Professor Elizabeth More, AM, MAICD, Chair
Chief Academic Officer for Study Group Australia, Elizabeth has extensive experience in executive and higher education, and in consulting to both the private and public sectors. She is a member of the AICD Not for Profits Chairs' Forum.
Elizabeth is widely published in the areas of organisational change, communication, knowledge management, sustainable leadership, and management. Elizabeth’s dedication and service to education was recognised with her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia.
A qualified psychiatric nurse, Paul has devoted more than 30 years of service to people with a lived experience of a mental health issue.
He is also the Community Partnerships Manager for Sydney Local Health District’s, Mental Health Services (Redfern to Canterbury). Paul is a published writer and speaker on matters of mental health, drug health and partnerships, and has led award winning projects in mental health services and holistic mental health.
Dr Josey Anderson
Highly regarded as a clinician, academic, teacher and administrator, Josey has many roles, including as a consultant psychiatrist at the Black Dog Institute, Clinical Director at Royal Far West, a conjoint Associate Professor with UNSW, a Psychiatrist Member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, and a member of the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Community Advisory Council.
Josey has specialised in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for more than 20 years, and championed the development of young people’s services in Western Sydney, including our highly successful Young People’s Outreach Program, and three Headspace centres in Western Sydney. She currently provides psychiatry consultation via telehealth to headspace Broken Hill and Orange, and provides an onsite clinic at headspace Bankstown, on behalf of Black Dog Institute.
Jeremy Thorpe, Treasurer
Jeremy is the Chief Economist and a Partner in PWC’s National Economics and Policy Team, for more than 20 years he has advised and provided expertise, to major corporations, and to all levels of government both in Australia and internationally.
Jeremy has particular experience in disability and mental health policy, having advised both the private and public sectors, on transition to the NDIS, and the economic impacts of disability and mental health activities.
Robyn’s involvement in the mental health sector, began more than 20 years ago when she started caring for a family member with a mental health issue.
Her experience and knowledge, brings a community and carer viewpoint to what we do. Robyn has served with the Board of Pioneer Clubhouse and is an advocate for the provision of respite facilities for carers.
Paula is the Manager, Consumer Services for North Shore Ryde, Mental Health Service, and a surveyor for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards.
She has previously worked for the NSW Mental Health Association, the community sector, and advocates with many community advisory councils and lived experience committees. Paula’s lived experience and recovery journey furthers her passionate advocacy for mental health reform, to which she brings authentic insight and compassion.
Andrew Pryor FCA, B Comm, GAICD
An accomplished senior finance executive and carer for his daughter on her recovery journey, Andrew’s experience fuels his powerful advocacy for people experiencing mental health issues, their families and carers.
Andrew applies skills acquired during 30 years in corporate finance, with the Westfield Group, ASX20 and PWC, to improving mental health services. He is a Board Director and Treasurer for Mental Health Carers NSW and provides consultation, governance and guidance on the strategic direction and development of Headspace, Western Sydney.
Dr Phillip Wing CA, B Econ, M Econ, PhD
With extensive, global experience as a Senior Executive, Non-Executive Director and Board Chair, Phil’s recent focus has been on start-ups and growth companies.
Former roles include Partner in Technology Venture Partners (TVP), a specialist technology venture capital firm, and was an active Non-Executive Director on many of TVP's portfolio companies in Australia and overseas. Prior to that, Phil was a Senior Executive in IBM's Global and Asia Pacific Management Team, including General Manager (Global Services), responsible for strategy, marketing and business development including acquisitions, alliances and business partners.
Hugh de Kretser
Hugh is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre and has two decades of human rights law policy and practice experience. Amongst other roles, Hugh has served as a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, Director of the Sentencing Advisory Council and Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres.
Hugh started his legal career at the law firm Mallesons, he has previously served as Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, a board member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and a governance committee member for knowmore – the national service that provided legal help for people navigating the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In 2019, Hugh received the Stanford Australia Foundation Scholarship to undertake the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University.
Senior leadership team
Mark Orr AM, Chief Executive Officer
BSc (Hons), M Hlth Serv Mgt, M e-Hlth (HI), Grad Dip Spec Ed, Grad Dip ACG, Grad Cert App Fin and Invest, GAICD, FGIA, FCG(CS), MAAPi, Registered Psychologist
Recognised for his significant service to community health, our CEO Mark Orr, has worked extensively in disability services and guardianship, as well as championing HIV prevention, care and support, and LGBTI health care and rights for decades.
He maintains a strong commitment the value of lived experience of a mental health issue and codesign. His vision is for truly inclusive communities, where everyone is welcomed and valued.
Aidan Conway, General Manager, Services
Aidan’s dedicated, 35 year career in Mental Health began in 1980 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a mental health inpatient setting.
He is now responsible for Operational Management of mental health services in metro, regional and rural NSW and South East Queensland.
Andrew O’Brien, General Manager, Services
B Ed (Econ & Geog), Dip Comm Mgt, MAICD
Absolutely passionate about social justice, inclusion and empowering people to participate in making decisions that will impact their lives, Andrew worked for the NSW Ombudsman and managed out of care programs, before transitioning to the mental health sector.
He co-founded CREATE, the national peak organisation for young people in and out of home care and his published work includes a co-authored book for people studying youth work and articles about inclusion and participation in decision making, in state and national journals.
Fay Jackson, General Manager, Inclusion
B Crea Vis Arts, Dip Ed.
A multi-award winning national and motivational speaker, educator, advocate and voice for mental health, Fay is renowned for her unique ability to break down barriers and engage diverse audiences on matters of mental health.
Fay is regularly engaged to advise the NSW and federal governments, and NGOs, on the state and conditions of mental illness and mental health in the community, services and workplace. She was awarded the inaugural Mental Health First Aid Champion and oversees the development of our peer workforce.
James Herbertson, General Manager, Services
James has been working in the non-profit sector since 1991, including managing disability employment programs in Victoria for MIFV and Ostara Australia, and in NSW for Flourish Australia after returning from a 10 year posting in Europe in 2009.
Prior to this James held senior positions branches of C3 Church in Byron Bay, Amsterdam and London between 1991-2009. He also operated as the European Regional Director for C3 International between 2003-2009. James has led the reform of Flourish Australia's Community Business (ADE) program over the last three years following a role as head of program for the organisation's DES program.
Megan Hancock, Chief Financial Officer
B Bus, Grad Dip App Fin and Invest, CA, GAICD
Responsible for providing financial management leadership and advice in support of a culture that values financial stability, Megan is our senior finance professional.
She develops and maintains financial systems and controls to safeguard financial information and assets and maintain high standards of ethical financial governance. Megan has proven change management skills and is a powerful advocate for the people she works with and for.
Mohammed Alkhub, General Manager, Business Excellence
BSc Eng (Hons), M Eng, MBA, M Law, JP
A qualified Engineer, Mohammed manages our formal quality, environmental management and work health safety programs, including independent accreditation against Australian and International standards.
Mohammed has worked in mental health for 23 years including a supervisory role in the Australian Disability Enterprises and as GM, Community Businesses at PRA. He previously served 8 years as an Engineer with the the Royal Jordanian Air Force and has managed a paper converting factory.
Peter Neilson, Chief Development Officer
B Comm, CPA
An innovative executive whose experience is comprehensive across leadership, strategy, branding, marketing, finance, not-for-profit, mergers and strategy, Peter spearheads our growth strategy, in partnership with our CEO.
He is responsible for identifying strategic opportunities at a State and National level for current and new services, social enterprise and new business ventures. Peter drives the establishment of new major partnerships, the continued growth and extension of our services and our branding, marketing and fundraising. He also served as CEO of the Kids Cancer Project - an independent National charity supporting childhood cancer research.
Tim Fong, General Manager, People and Culture
MAppPsych, BSc(Psych), Registered Psychologist
In line with our core values, Tim recognises the contribution that people with lived experience can make to an organisation’s mission and is passionate about building an inclusive workforce.
A project management specialist and registered psychologist who has worked in front-line Mental Health services, his broad-based experience and training makes him uniquely qualified for his important role in recruitment, performance management, injury management, our wellness program and all-important employee relations. Tim has spoken on the subject of service collaboration and inclusive practice, on the international stage.
Susan McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer
BSc (Nutrition and Physiology), MPH, GAICD
Passionate about health, human rights and social justice, Susan brings broad leadership experience, honed over 20 years, to overseeing our frontline services and operational divisions.
Susan’s strategic leadership prowess is proven across dementia & ageing, international development and corporate sectors. She has global operations experience and believes in the value of consultation to sustain a culture of continuous quality improvement and service excellence and uphold Flourish Australia’s code of conduct.