Our Board

Mental Health Australia is governed by a Board of up to 10 Directors. The Board must consist of at least three and up to eight Elected Directors; and up to two Board Appointed Directors. 

Interim Chair – Ms Robyn Kruk AO

Board Appointed Director
Robyn’s experience incorporates positions as director-general of state agencies including the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, New South Wales Health, and NSW Parks and Wildlife. She was the Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and established and worked as the inaugural CEO of the National Mental Health Commission.  She is currently a member of a number of state government boards and statutory bodies including the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, Agency for Clinical Innovation, and NSW Ambulance.  She chairs the Western Australian Partnership Forum.  In 2005, Robyn was appointed to the Order of Australia as a Member for service to public administration. In 2018, Robyn was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for service to public administration, particularly through mental health reform, and other distinguished service.

Dr Jennifer Bowers

Elected Director
Jennifer is the former CEO at Rural & Remote Mental Health. She has professorial academic appointments at two Queensland universities and has lead the development and implementation of innovative mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention programs focused solely on the needs of Australians living and working in rural and remote areas. As CEO of Rural and Remote Mental Health, Jennifer was leading the Centre in spearheading research, design and delivery of proactive awareness-raising, prevention and early interventions into the unique circumstances and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; those working in the mining and resource sector particularly FIFO workers; and Australians involved in, and connected to, farming and agriculture.

Mr Jeremy Coggin
Elected Director

Jeremy has worked on boards with a mental health mission since 2012. Starting at mental health carer ARAFMI Victoria, he is currently a board member at community mental health provider Mind Australia and also president of Mental Health Carers Australia, the only national group solely concerned with advocacy on behalf of mental health carers.  With personal experience as a mental health carer, he is passionate about how we can design person-led systems and services by embedding the voice of consumers, family and carers, and service providers at the heart. 
He is a design and innovation professional with expertise and qualifications in business, digital, design and facilitation. He currently heads Experience Design and Innovation for CPA Australia, and has over 19 years of management consulting experience working in senior digital and management roles at Areeba, Deloitte, and CPA Australia.

Ashley de Silva
Elected Director

Ashley is the CEO of ReachOut Australia. He has worked in the community, public and private sectors in strategy, operations and marketing roles. He is an advocate for online services and is passionate about using technology to help young people be well and stay well. Ashley is a strong supporter of collaboration and working to an organisation’s strengths to avoid duplication of effort and resources. He is Co-Chair of the Technology and Wellbeing Roundtable – an alliance of 40+ organisations from across the corporate, not-for-profit, government and academic sectors that share knowledge, build relationships and find opportunities for collaboration.

Ms Georgie Harman
Elected Director

Georgie was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014 following three years as Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. Before that she worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, tobacco, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs. Before Canberra, she was a member of the executive team at the NT Department of Health and Community Services and before that the CEO of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, a NSW-based HIV/AIDS organisation.

Dr Kym Jenkins
Elected Director

Kym has been the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) since May 2017. She has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program, runs a small private practice and is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Kym has had extensive involvement in psychiatry-related medical education, both within the RANZCP and externally. She has had roles within the College as an accredited examiner, trainer and assessor and has served as the Chair of the Committee for Examinations; Chair of the Fellowships Attainment Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Board of Education. She has also been involved in the planning and development of the (competency-based) Fellowship program since its inception and has chaired several of its working parties. Dr Jenkins was a member of General Council from 2005-2010, and was elected to the College’s inaugural Board in 2013.

Mr Mark Orr AM
Elected Director

Mark is the CEO of Flourish Australia, a large specialist mental health community managed organisation. He has over 30 years’ experience working in the areas of disability, mental health and LGBTQ health services. Mark has a commitment to working in partnership with people with a lived experience of a mental health issue, and their families and carers, to develop accessible organisations and to co-design programs that deliver outcomes. Mark is a registered psychologist and a qualified and experienced Board Director in human services and health organisations. He is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Public Health at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney focused on digital peer work. Mark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant services to community health through a range of initiatives.

Ms Carmel Tebbutt
Elected Director
Carmel Tebbutt was appointed to the Mental Health Australia Board in June 2019. She is the current CEO of the Mental Health Coordinating Council, the peak body for community managed mental health organisations in NSW. Prior to this, Carmel was CEO of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, and was a Member of New South Wales Parliament for 17 years serving in both the Legislative Council and as the Member for Marrickville. Carmel was appointed to the Ministry in 1999 and held many portfolios including Health, Education, Community Services and the Environment. In 2008, she was the first woman to be appointed Deputy Premier in NSW.

Board Charter

The Board Charter sits under the Constitution and our Governance Manual and sets out the roles, responsibilities, structure and processes of the Board of Mental Health Australia Ltd. It describes expectations of the Board as a whole while the Board Position Description outlines individual competencies expected of Board Directors.