Gill Callister PSM​, Chief Executive Officer

Gill Callister PSM​, Chief Executive Officer

Gill CallisterGill brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, following an exceptional career in the Victorian Public Service, most notably as Secretary of the Department of Education and Training (2015 - 2018) and Department of Human Services (2009 – 2014).

Gill began her career as a social worker and spent ten years working in child protection and family services in nongovernment organisations including OzChild.

Most recently, Gill was an Associate Dean at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and was a 2019 Victorian Public Service Medal recipient. Gill is also an Adjunct Professor (Practice) in Politics at Monash University and a member of the Monash University Council.

Jeff Kagan, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Organisational Performance

Jeff Kagan, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Organisational Performance

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.

Nicola Ballenden, Executive Director Research, Advocacy & Policy Development

Nicola Ballenden, Executive Director Research, Advocacy & Policy Development

NicolaNicola has held senior leadership roles across the not for profit sector, providing research, policy, service development and strategic communications expertise in health, welfare and homelessness organisations including the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Launch Housing.

Earlier in her career, Nicola spent time in policy roles with the Commonwealth Government and the Australian Consumers Association (CHOICE). She is passionate about using research and evidence to measure impact, build better mental health services and to influence the policy process.

Denise Cumming, Executive Director Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia Operations

Denise Cumming, Executive Director Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia Operations

Denise CummingDenise has over 20 years’ experience working within the mental health and complex needs sector in non-government, government and private services both in the UK and Australia. This experience, supported by her qualifications in social work, human rights and social justice continue to serve as the primary motivation and justification for her continued commitment to the human services sector.  

Denise has held leadership roles in both government and non-government sectors and has a strong reputation for the delivery of high quality integrated health and social care services in accordance with recovery principles and strengths based practice.  

Denise is driven by her belief in working with clients across a range of support needs to ensure our services meet their aspirational wishes and needs.  Before joining Mind, Denise was General Manager Operations for Queensland mental health service Open Minds.

Mark Heeney​, Executive Director Housing Strategy

Mark Heeney​, Executive Director Housing Strategy

Mark HeeneyBA in Applied Science (disability studies), Dip Management

Mark has over 18 years’ experience in the mental health, disability and homelessness sector across metro and regional Australia and the United Kingdom. He is an NDIS housing and support aficionado backed with a passion in advocacy and research, especially in peer support and the co-designing of services.

Belinda McCullough, Executive Director Victorian Operations

Belinda McCullough, Executive Director Victorian Operations

Belinda McCulloughBelinda has over 25 years experience working in the mental health sector across clinical, government and now non-government sectors.  Belinda is a registered Occupational Therapist and holds a Masters of Family Therapy.  She has significant experience working across mental health services as a clinician, operational manager and manager of quality and governance systems.

Most recently, Belinda worked at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) managing a range of projects including the coordination of mental health service’s response to COVID-19.  Prior to this, Belinda spent several years at NorthWestern Mental Health, Melbourne Health in quality and governance and as an operational manager at Orygen Youth Health. 

Mikki Swindon, Executive Director People Experience

Mikki Swindon, Executive Director People Experience

Mikki SwindonMikki Swindon is the Executive 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 National Innovation

Sandra Walker, Executive Director National Innovation

Sandra WalkerAs Executive Director National 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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