Melissa Field, Chair

Melissa Field, Chair

Melissa FieldB.Comm, CA, MBA (Hons)

Mind Board committees - Finance and Audit; Remuneration; Governance and Nominations; Quality, Assurance and Risk  
Professional associations - Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Other board roles - Surf Coast Shire Audit and Risk Committee, Trimantium Growth Ops Ltd (ASX: TGO), Attra Pty Ltd

Melissa has broad experience as both an executive and advisor in the commercial sector, including 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.

Chris Gibbs, Deputy Chair

Chris Gibbs, Deputy Chair

Chris GibbsBA, MHA

Mind Board committees - Governance and Nominations; Quality, Assurance and Risk
Other board roles - VATMI Industries, Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, Orygen Research, Australian Centre of Psychiatric Nursing Research, Community Advisory Council North Western Melbourne PHN

Chris has held leadership roles in the public health sector (Melbourne Health), the Victorian Public Service and the community services sector. Chris was the Director of North Western Mental Health. He has served on a wide range of industry and government advisory committees. He commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for the Mental Health Professionals Network in 2008.

Jeremy Coggin, Director

Jeremy Coggin, Director

Jeremy CogginExec MBA, B.Sc.(Architecture), B.Sc.(Computing), MAICD

Mind Board committees - Governance and Nominations
Professional associations - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Jeremy is a business strategist skilled at identifying and delivering change goals which grow businesses. He is a multi-disciplinary professional with expertise and qualifications in business, digital, design and facilitation. He has over 17 years of corporate experience in both agency and in-house management, and 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 Strategy and Planning Manager at CPA Australia. He currently heads Experience Design & Innovation at CPA Australia, and is treasurer on the board of Mental Health Carers Australia.

Professor Allan Fels AO, Director

Professor Allan Fels AO, Director

BEc., LL.B., PhD

Allan FelsMind Board committees - Finance and Audit
Current and previous positions - Professor, Melbourne, Monash and Oxford University; Former Dean, and current Professor of Government, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG); Former Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); Former Chairman, National Mental Health Commission (NMHC); Patron, Mental Health Australia; Patron, Mental Health Victoria
 
Allan Fels has had a deep interest in mental health for many years and is the father of Isabella who has schizophrenia.  He was chairman of the Haven Foundation from its inception until its merger with Mind Australia.  He has also played an important role in the national mental health policy in Australia and especially as chairman of the National Mental Health Commission from 2012 to 2018.

Teresa Fels, Director

Teresa Fels, Director

Teresa Fels smilingBEc (Hons), LLB, MComm (Hons), MA (Hons Kings College London), Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Mind Board committees - Finance and Audit
Current and previous positions - Executive Director, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (current); Competition economist, Ofcom UK and CRA International; lawyer, Freehills; Takeovers Panel, Commonwealth Treasury; director, Hospital Purchasing Victoria
 
Teresa Fels has a deep commitment to mental health and is on the board of The Haven Foundation, which provides long term housing for people living with mental ill-health, including for her sister Isabella. Teresa has participated in social policy reforms including in social impact investing, the NDIS, housing, national health reform and across human services.

Amanda Ford, Director

Amanda Ford, Director

Amanda FordFCPA, Bach Bus.(Acc), MBA (Marketing major), Grad Cert (HRM), Dip FS (Financial Planning),
Diploma Integrated Risk Management
 
Mind Board committees - Finance and Audit; Governance and Nominations
 
Amanda is an experienced and broadly skilled senior executive with nearly 30 years' experience in corporate services and business management across a number of sectors including: arts and entertainment; philanthropic foundations; early childhood intervention; disability; child protection; job service network and disability employment services; and most recently, health. A risk management and governance specialist, her focus and proven success is the driving and supporting of change in complex environments. 

Bernie McCormick, Director

Bernie McCormick, Director

Bernie McCormickMind Board committees - Quality, Assurance and Risk
Professional associations - Member of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Bernie has a varied academic background including architecture, environmental engineering and psychology. Bernie has experience in the mental health system as a consumer for the last 29 years. For the last 20 years he has been active in some form of consumer perspective driven role. He has worked as a consumer consultant in two Australian mental health services and as information officer at VMIAC, where he was also 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. In the last few years he has also worked in various roles including the Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) List at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court writing educational insight documents for court staff. Bernie also works as a freelance consumer consultant in other areas of the system such as MHV and NWMH as required and where his experience is sought.

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