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. 

Matt Berriman

Chair – Mr Matt Berriman
Board Appointed Director

Matt was appointed as the Chair of Mental Health Australia on 8 December 2021. 
He began his career as a professional Australian Cricket representative and spent five years at the Victorian Institute of Sport as a coach and player, until injury forced his retirement – turning his attention to business and applying those attributes to the commercial landscape.
Matt has over 15 years’ experience in start-up businesses as a founder, executive and investor and has advised some of Australia’s largest corporate organisations, including NewsCorp and Commonwealth Bank.
Matt also has sector and lived experience, including advising Beyond Blue through its 2020 transformation and strategic reset, after announcing a bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2018. Matt looks forward to leading Mental Health Australia into a new era, working with a united sector committed to creating the best mental health system in the world.

You can watch Matt’s brave and personal story here.

Cathy Andronis

Dr Cathy Andronis
Elected Director


Dr Cathy Andronis works as a GP at Access Health and Community and in private practice as a psychotherapist in inner Melbourne.   
Her qualifications include MBBS (University of Melbourne, 1987); Dip Obs.; FRACGP; Dip Family Therapy; Master of Couple and Relationships Counselling, and she is a clinical member of the Australian association of Family Therapists.  
Cathy is the current chair of the RACGP Specific interest group  in psychological medicine, a member of the Victorian RACGP-RANZP liaison sub-committee, a FPS trainer with the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine and RACGP, and is the RACGP representative for the MHPN QACEC.
She is a tutor at Monash and Deakin Universities medical schools and the GP lead for Deakin University Eastern Health clinical school.

 

Jeremy Coggin

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

Mr 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.

Georgie Harman

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.

Joe Hooper

Mr Joe Hooper
Elected Director


Joe is the CEO at Rural & Remote Mental Health, a not-for-profit charity that develops and delivers awareness-raising and suicide prevention programs for Australians living in rural and remote areas. The organisation provides programs tailored to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, farming and agricultural communities, as well as the resource sector and FIFO workforces.
With qualifications in Law and Nursing, Joe has worked in the health sector for over 40 years. He has experience in clinical and administrative roles, including 15 years in acute and community mental health. 
Joe is currently a member of the clinical governance committee for a major disability provider and has previously held Chief Executive roles in medical regulation and with the Australian Medical Association of South Australia. He has been involved in health policy, health  consumer advocacy, strategic planning and systems development at both the state and national level. 
A dedicated advocate for the mental health needs of rural and remote communities, Joe is devoted to bridging the mental health services gap between Australia’s metropolitan and regional populations.

Sharon Lawn

Professor Sharon Lawn (Nanai)
Elected Director

Sharon is Chair and Executive Director of Lived Experience Australia Ltd (LEA) and was previously Lead Mental Health Commissioner for South Australia. Sharon’s lived experience as a consumer over several decades and her 20 years as a family carer have given her ‘a good batting arm, and a strong appreciation of life and the small time we all have to make a contribution to it.’ PTSD has taught her that there is no time to waste. Sharon is particularly passionate about addressing stigma and coercion in care (having lost close kin whilst they were receiving inpatient treatment) and improving the person’s and their family’s experiences of seeking and receiving support from services.

Sharon is also a Professor at Flinders University and has undertaken a broad range of mental health research for the past 20 years. Prior to this role, Sharon worked in mental health, aged care and disability services. Sharon brings diverse skills and experience to the MHA Board, underpinned by significant lived experience.

Mark Orr

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.

Carmel Tebbutt

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.


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