Denise Cumming, General Manager Queensland

Denise Cumming, General Manager Queensland

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. Supported by her qualifications in social work, human right’s 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.

Ruth Davenport, General Manager Regional Victoria

Ruth Davenport, General Manager Regional Victoria

Ruth DavenportRuth is a credentialed mental health nurse with an Advanced Certificate in Systems and Family Therapy. Ruth has extensive experience in the health and community fields over 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.

Marie Fox, Senior Advisor

Marie Fox, Senior Advisor

Marie FoxMarie joined Mind following nearly five years at Open Minds as General Manager Operations and for the last two years as Chief Executive Officer.  Marie has more than 25 years in leadership roles across the community, child protection and mental health sectors. She brings to any role a passion for social justice and the development of innovative and contemporary solutions to issues affecting our most vulnerable.  Marie is a strategic thinker and believes in the value of a collaborative approach to the development of evidence based contemporary practice.  At Mind, Marie will provide strategic advice through the office of the Chief Executive with a particular focus on New South Wales, Queensland and special projects.

Belinda Horton - General Manager Clinical Practice and Quality

Belinda Horton - General Manager Clinical Practice and Quality

Belinda HortonBelinda's qualifications include a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy. She also has over 25 years of experience in the community mental health sector.  Following ten years as Chief Executive Officer of PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) Belinda continued her work in service development and organisational leadership, and is due to complete a Master of Business Administration in 2017. Belinda is committed to supporting Mind staff to be confident, skilled and supported in their vital work with clients with mental health issues and their families and carers.

Peter Laws, General Manager Information Systems

Peter Laws, General Manager Information Systems

Peter LawsPeter 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.

Anthony Stratford, Senior Advisor Lived Experience

Anthony Stratford, Senior Advisor Lived Experience

Anthony StratfordAnthony uses his lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to inform his work and he is passionate that this approach informs practice both internally at Mind, and across the sector. 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.

Jackie Van Vugt, General Manager Marketing and Communications

Jackie Van Vugt, General Manager Marketing and Communications

Jackie Van VugtJackie Van Vugt holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) and Grad Diploma (Marketing). She has over 25 years' experience in advertising, marketing and communications roles across advertising agencies, commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government-funded policy bodies (including 7 years as Director of Marketing and Communications at VicHealth). At The Alannah and Madeline Foundation she established the eSmart program, a whole-of-school bullying and cybersafety behaviour change program that was introduced into all Victorian state-run schools. She has also spent a number of years lecturing at Monash and RMIT University business schools in consumer behaviour, advertising and marketing fundamentals.

Greg Wasmund, Consultant Business Services

Greg Wasmund, Consultant Business Services

Greg WasmundGreg is a highly experienced and respected advisor having spent the last ten years working in the disability sector at both Board and CEO levels. Prior to that, he worked in the property and banking sectors both in Australia and internationally. Greg is the architect behind Mind’s residential property strategy and is working in partnership with the leadership team to implement it nationally.

Natalie Wright-Boyd, General Manager Human Resources

Natalie Wright-Boyd, General Manager Human Resources

Natalie Wright-BoydNatalie is a human resources leader with experience across a wide range of industries including IT, media, sport and family services in the public, private and NFP sectors.  Natalie has a Bachelor of Business in HR and Industrial Relations and has a track record in working collaboratively and sensitively with employees to ensure they have the support they need to excel in their role. She has been a member of a number of senior executive teams, contributing to the strategic direction and achievement of organisational goals.

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