Julian Gardner AM, Chair

Julian Gardner AM, Chair

Julian GardnerBA,LLB, FIPAAV

Mind Board committees - Finance, Audit and Risk Management; Governance; Service, Quality and Risk; Remuneration
Professional associations - Law Institute of Victoria, Institute of Public Administration Australia
Other board roles - Deputy Chair Alfred Health, Chair, Implementation Taskforce for Voluntary Assisted Dying, Panel Member 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. In 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through leadership roles with social welfare, mental health, legal aid and other legal organisations.

Dr John Farhall, Deputy Chair

Dr John Farhall, Deputy Chair

John FarhallBA (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, Society for Mental Health Research, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

John has more than 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 Federal Governments.

Jeremy Coggin, Director

Jeremy Coggin, Director

Jeremy CogginExec MBA, 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 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.

Judith Earls, Director

Judith Earls, Director

Judith EarlsLLB (Hons), LLM(MON), Cert Mediation/Arbitration University of Adelaide

Mind Board committees - Finance, Audit and Risk Management
Other Board roles - Director Emmanuel College Warrnambool Foundation Limited

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.

Professor Allan Fels AO, Director

Professor Allan Fels AO, Director

BEc., LL.B., PhD

Allan FelsMind Board committees - Finance, Audit and Risk Management
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.

Melissa Field, Director

Melissa Field, Director

Melissa FieldB.Comm, CA, MBA (Hons)

Mind Board committees - Finance, Audit and Risk Management; Remuneration
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.

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, Audit and Risk Management; Governance
 
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. 

Chris Gibbs, Director

Chris Gibbs, Director

Chris GibbsBA, MHA

Mind Board committees - Governance; Service, Quality 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.

Bernie McCormick, Director

Bernie McCormick, Director

Bernie McCormickMind Board committees - Service, Quality 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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