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.

Janice Hogan, General Manager South Australia and Western Australia

Janice Hogan, General Manager South Australia and Western Australia

Janice HoganJanice has a Degree in Applied Science Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health. Over the last 43 years Janice has worked with a broad range of mental health professionals in both the acute and community mental health settings in Australia and the UK. Janice has been part of Mind’s Executive for the last 4 years and has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders across the mental health service network. Janice is driven by her passion for collaboration, consumer participation and positive outcomes, system integration improvement and best practice.

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.

George Osman, General Manager North West Melbourne

George Osman, General Manager North West Melbourne

George OsmanGeorge joined Mind as General Manager of the North West Melbourne Division in April 2017. Prior to this, he held senior executive positions in mental health services for over 29 years, including in the roles of Operations Director for Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services at Monash Health; Director of Aged Psychiatry at Eastern Health, and Melbourne Health; Director of Nursing and Director of Child and Adolescent Services, Mental Health Program at Southern Health; and Advocate/Guardian in the Office of the Public Advocate, Attorney General's Department. George is a registered nurse, he also holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety) a Bachelor of Education, Masters of Health Administration (UNSW) and studied in the professional development program at Harvard, USA. He is an Associate Fellow of the College of Health Service Managers and a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. George is also a national coordinator for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS)  and a member of the International ACHS accreditation program.

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.

Heather Thompson, General Manager South East Regional Victoria

Heather Thompson, General Manager South East Regional Victoria

Heather ThompsonHeather holds undergraduate qualifications in welfare and criminology, and a Masters in Social Science–Policy and Management.  Heather has over 30 years’ experience in homelessness, community care and mental health.  She currently leads the teams in Mind's South East Regional Victoria division to deliver high quality, dynamic and responsive support to Mind clients, families and carers.  Heather is committed to improving service outcomes for consumers and understands the importance of working in partnership and collaboration with a broad range of key stakeholders. She has actively participated in mental health and homelessness sector reform and contributes to a broad range of organisational and sector projects and initiatives.

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 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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