Jeff Kagan, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Kagan, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Jeff KaganBachelor of Economics (Monash), CA ANZ, Grad Dip Applied Finance and Investment FINSIA

Jeff has been a part of services industries for over 20 years and held a number of CEO and Executive roles.

Jeff is experienced in leading strategic and operational change, driving business growth, process improvement and operational efficiency.  As a leader, Jeff consistently delivers results, takes ownership and is relentless in identifying opportunities to improve performance and cash flow, ensuring enhanced customer value.  He is a recognised change agent who successfully manages himself and others through change.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Chartered Accountant having developed his career at blue chip organisations ANZ, General Electric and KPMG before embarking upon the provision of Executive Services to SMEs and ‘for purpose’ organisations in philanthropy, education, disability and aged care.

Dr Sarah Pollock, Executive Director Research and Advocacy

Dr Sarah Pollock, Executive Director Research and Advocacy

Sarah PollockBA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MBus, PhD

Sarah has worked at the executive level in the social care and mental health sectors for fifteen years. Prior to that, she worked in vocational and higher education in various roles including teaching and learning, education strategy and curriculum development. Sarah combines her strengths in applied research, policy analysis and strategy development with a sound understanding of the operating and business environments of non-government organisations. She is committed to ensuring that we continue to have a strong and vibrant third sector through the delivery of high quality services and advocacy which amplifies the voices and concerns of the people and communities that Mind serves.

Usha Sivanathan, Director Finance

Usha Sivanathan, Director Finance

Usha SivanathanFCPA, CA, CGMA, GAICD

Usha is an experienced finance professional who over the past 30 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 Joined Mind in 2009 as part of the Executive managing the implementation of Mind’s strategic direction, change and growth.

Mikki Swindon, Director People Experience

Mikki Swindon, Director People Experience

Mikki SwindonMikki Swindon is the Director of People Experience, People and Development at Mind. Mikki has an extensive background in human resources and change management. She has been consulting to public and private sector organisations for some 20 years and has undertaken significant change management projects in organisational relocation, organisation redesign, contract transition, systems implementation and executive coaching. Mikki was formerly the locum Chief People and Culture Officer at Barwon Health, Executive Director, People and Culture at WorkSafe Victoria, and General Manager Human Resources at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). Mikki is currently an independent member of the Board People and Strategy Sub Committee of Cenitex.

Sandra Walker, Executive Director Innovation

Sandra Walker, Executive Director Innovation

Sandra Walker smilingAs Executive Director of Innovation, Sandra’s role focuses on transitioning a range of Mind’s services to the NDIS and developing high quality services that offer our clients choices for support in their mental health recovery journeys. With extensive experience working in the health and disability sectors, Sandra has practiced as a mental health practitioner and a general nurse. She led the Canterbury District Health Mental Health service through the Christchurch earthquakes, which sharpened her appreciation of the longer-term impacts of trauma and the importance of peer support in recovery. Sandra’s approach will be to develop high quality, evidence-based support that has been co-designed in consultation with consumers and their carers.

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