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Board, senior management and executive

Mind Australia employs over 600 people across Victoria and South Australia.  We have a valuable team of talented, professional people who are committed to supporting people with mental health issues.

Board of Directors

Julian Gardner AM

Chair
BA,LLB, FIPAAV

Mind Board Committee

Ex officio member: Finance, Audit and Risk Management; Governance; Service, Quality and Risk; Remuneration

Professional Associations

Law Institute of Victoria, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law

Other Board roles

Alfred Health, International Society for Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Limited, Vice-Chair of the Australian Press Council

Julian had 26 years’ experience as CEO of five public sector organisations including the Legal Aid Commission and the Mental Health Review Board. He was Victorian Public Advocate, a position that protects and promotes the rights and interests of people with a disability. His current consultancy and committee work covers a range of areas of social justice, including mental health law reform and public administration and management.

Julian Gardner AM

Jeremy Coggin

Director
B.Sc.(Architecture), B.Sc.(Computing), MAICD

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk

Professional Associations

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Jeremy is a business strategist skilled at helping organisations identify and deliver opportunities which grow their business. A digital savvy professional, he has 14 years of corporate experience in both agency and inhouse consulting roles leading and managing transformation across multi-channel value chains. Jeremy’s previous positions include delivery head at a digital agency, senior manager at Deloitte Digital and also a board member of family and carer specialist, ARAFEMI. Jeremy is currently Business Planning Manager at CPA Australia.

 

Jeremy Coggin

Judith Earls

Director
LLB (Hons), LLM(MON), Cert Mediation/Arbitration Univ. of Adelaide

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Judith is a former partner of Phillips Fox lawyers and now practices on her own account. She has broad experience as a commercial solicitor with expertise in corporate governance, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, business and corporate law, commercial contract drafting and estate planning.

Judith Earls

Dr John Farhall

Deputy Chair
BA (Hons), MA (Clinical Psychology), PhD, MAPS

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk; Remuneration

Professional associations

The Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies

John has 30 years’ experience working, teaching and researching in the mental health field. He is an Associate Professor in Psychological Science at La Trobe University, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with North Western Mental Health and a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He has served on a range of advisory committees for the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Dr John Farhall

Melissa Field

Director
B.Comm, CA, MBA (Hons)

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Professional Associations

Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia

Other Board Roles

Centre for Sustainability Leadership Ltd, Surf Coast Shire Audit and Risk Committee, Trimantium Capital Advisory Board

Melissa has broad experience as both an executive and advisor in the commercial sector, including seven years as an Executive Director with Ernst & Young. She has particular expertise in finance, accounting and assurance and in planning and implementing strategic change in entrepreneurial organisations.

Melissa Field

Amanda Ford

Director
FCPA, Bach Bus.(Acc), MBA, Grad Cert (HRM), Dip FS (Financial Planning)
Currently undertaking Diploma Integrated Risk Management

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Other Board Roles

International Women’s Development Agency

Amanda commenced her career as a corporate sector accountant, specialising in the arts and entertainment sector and adept at financial analysis, feasibilities and management accounting in fast paced organisations. Amanda successfully transitioned to the not for profit sector and spent the last 11 years building her strong finance skills and expanding her focus. Amanda is currently General Manager, Business Services Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local.

Amanda Ford

Chris Gibbs

Director

Chris Gibbs has held significant leadership roles in the public health sector (Melbourne Health), the Victorian Public Service and the community services sector. Chris was the Director of NorthWestern Mental Health for eight years; one of the largest public funded providers of mental health services in Australia with a clinical workforce of 1,300. He was Chair of VATMI Industries from 2008 to 2013; a commercial business service employing 420 staff, 350 of whom have a disability. Chris commenced as the inaugural CEO of MHPN in August 2008.

Chris Gibbs

Bernie McCormick

Director

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk

Professional Associations

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Bernie has a varied academic background including Architecture, Environmental Engineering and Psychology. Along with this he has experience in the mental health system over 20 years, the last 15 in some form of consumer perspective driven role. He has worked as a consumer consultant in two AMHS’s, as information officer at VMIAC, and was the VMIAC newsletter editor for just under 10 years. He has lectured at Universities and TAFE on consumer issues and perspectives and has been a recipient of many services similar to that which Mind provides.

Bernie McCormick

Senior Management

Dr Gerry Naughtin

Chief Executive
B.A., B.S.W. (Hons), PhD

Gerry has held leadership roles in the disability, aged care and mental health sectors over the last 30 years. He is passionate about the development of responsive and flexible human services and Mind being a leader and contributor to best practice in community services in Australia. In his role as a member of the Independent Advisory Council to the National Disability Insurance Agency, he contributes to providing advice to Federal, State and Territory Governments and the Agency on issues for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dr Gerry Naughtin

Simon Wrigley

Executive Director, Business Services

B. Bus., MBA

Simon has over 25 years’ experience in senior executive roles at global financial institutions both locally and overseas. As a result, he has developed a strong commercial acumen from holding leadership positions across a variety of business functions including operations, client relationship management, strategic development and business support. Simon’s passion is the delivery of high quality services to clients by the business and its team members.

Simon Wrigley

Bronwyn Lawman

Executive Director Operations

RGN, RPN, GDCMH, DIPBUS, MNurs

Bronwyn joined Mind in 2015 as Director Clinical Practice and moved in the Executive Director Operations role on 2016. Bronwyn is a credentialed mental health nurse with 25 years’ experience in a variety of clinical settings (both general and mental health). For more than a decade prior to joining Mind, Bronwyn worked in management roles in acute mental health, managing crisis and assessment treatment  teams, psychiatric triage services and homelessness teams. As the Operations Director for Peninsula Health Mental Health Service, Bronwyn was responsible for overall operations and strategic planning for service delivery in clinical mental health services.  Among Bronwyn’s areas of special interest are: practice supervision, trauma and LGBTI health needs.

Bronwyn Lawman

Nicole Artico

Executive Director Business Development

Nicole holds an Honours Degree in Criminal Justice and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School. Nicole brings to Mind over 12 years’ experience working across the government, commercial and not–for-profit sectors. She began her career working in the Youth Justice division at the Department of Human Services before moving into the not-for-profit sector where she has held senior management responsibility for state based counselling and mediation services within the Family Law sector, in addition to residential and community based services for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and young people. She is driven by her aspiration to make a sustainable difference to the lives of those in need, either through direct service provision, or the development and oversight of efficient, effective business systems.

Nicole Artico

Executive Team

Ruth Davenport

General Manager Regional Victoria

Ruth is a Credentialed Mental health nurse with an Ad. Cert in Systems and Family Therapy. Ruth has extensive experience in the health and community fields that has spanned for more than 35 years, undertaking practitioner and management roles in both the clinical and non-clinical mental health sectors. Ruth has a passion for developing and maintaining high quality services and systems in rural and regional areas that are responsive to the needs of Mind's clients, their families and carers and in leading and developing staff to enable their full participation within Mind.

Ruth Davenport

Glen Prewett

General Manager South East Regional Victoria Division

Glen has been involved in the management of mental health support provision for over 12 years with prior practitioner experience as a youth worker for the long term unemployed, counsellor and in employment support. He has a Diploma in Management and has been with Mind for over 9 years with direct management experience in residential services, personalised services and homelessness services. Glen is passionate about ensuring that service delivery is based on systems and frameworks which ensure accountability for high quality outcomes for all who access them.

 

Glen Prewett

Janice Hogan

General Manager South Australian and Western Australian Division

Janice has a Degree in Applied Science Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health. Over the last 43 years Janice has worked with a broad range of mental health professionals in both the acute and community mental health settings in Australia and the UK. Janice has been part of Mind’s Executive for the last 4 years and has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders across the mental health service network. Janice is driven by her passion for collaboration, consumer participation and positive outcomes, system integration improvement and best practice.

Janice Hogan

Peter Laws

General Manager Information Systems

Peter holds a Masters in Information System Management.  Peter has worked in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors for over 30 years. He has a passion for developing and maintaining high quality, innovative information systems and services that assist in the outcomes for clients, their families and carers.

Peter Laws

Dr Sarah Pollock

Executive Director Advocacy

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBus, PhD

Sarah has worked at the executive level in the social care and mental health sectors for more than ten years. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles in the vocational and higher education sectors, and has substantial experience in teaching and curriculum development. Sarah brings together strengths in research and evaluation, policy analysis and strategy development. She has a sound understanding of the operating and business environments of NGOs, and applies her conceptual and strategic skills to a broad range of tasks and activities. She has specific expertise in socially inclusive approaches to service development.

Dr Sarah Pollock

Frances Sanders

General Manager of Business Development: NDIS

Frances was the former Executive Director of ARAFEMI Victoria, and the Eating Disorder Foundation and has held executive roles in the mental health and employment sectors since 1995. Frances holds post graduate qualifications in psychology, change management and training. Having worked in the mental health sector for 20 years, Frances has extensive experience in the development and delivery of mental health, carer and peer service models. Frances has been responsible for leading the Mind Family and Carer Strategy, consumer engagement, tendering and the development of new services.

Frances Sanders

Jackie Van Vugt

General Manager Marketing and Communications

Jackie Van Vugt holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) and Grad Diploma (Marketing) and has over 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing and communications roles across commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government-funded policy bodies (including 7 years as Director of Marketing and Communications at VicHealth). She has also spent a number of years lecturing at Monash and RMIT University business schools in consumer behaviour, advertising and marketing fundamentals.

Jackie Van Vugt

Usha Sivanathan

General Manager Financial Services

FCPA, CGMA

Usha is an experienced finance professional who over the past 25 years has chosen to work for not-for-profit organisations and has worked for organisations that provide aged care, nursing, employment and mental health services. Usha is especially passionate about working for an organisation that supports people who face mental health challenges.

Usha Sivanathan

Anthony Stratford

Senior Advisor Lived Experience

Anthony uses his lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to inform his work and he is passionate that this should inform practice both internally and external of Mind. He is a Visiting Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, and is on the university’s Executive Committee for International Lived Experience Leadership Academy. Anthony is also an Honorary Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and Expert Advisor to the World Health Organisation, Geneva.

Anthony Stratford

Heather Thompson

General Manager – Queensland & Mind Recovery College

Heather holds undergraduate qualifications in Welfare, Criminology and a Masters in Social Science – Policy and Management.  Heather has over 30 years’ experience in homelessness, community care and mental health.  Heather is responsible for ensuring Mind’s services deliver high quality, dynamic and responsive support to Mind clients, families and carers.  Heather is committed to improving service outcomes for consumers and understands the importance of working in partnership and collaboration with a broad range of key stakeholders. She has actively participated in mental health and homelessness sector reform and contributes to a broad range of organisational and sector projects and initiatives.

Heather Thompson
 
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