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 rights 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.

Katie Larsen, General Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Participation

Katie Larsen, General Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Participation

Katie Larsen smilingKatie is committed to contributing to better mental health outcomes for people within marginalised populations through systemic and structural change processes. She works to develop and operationalise strategies for organisational capacity, workforce development and practice that are underpinned by an understanding of cultural safety, health equity, lived experience and participation.

Katie has been working in social services for more than ten years with experience in both service delivery and strategic roles across child and family welfare, family violence, homelessness and mental health. She works from a social justice and human rights perspective incorporating lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ identity and mental health supported by a Master of Social Work. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the National Mental Health Commission, Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship.

Michael Loh, General Manager Clinical Practice and Quality

Michael Loh, General Manager Clinical Practice and Quality

Michael LohMichael has over 35 years’ experience working within the mental health, aged care and education sectors. He has held leadership positions at Mind, as well as in aged mental health services and occupational therapy departments. His practice background has primarily been as an occupational therapist and clinician in aged mental health and aged care, dementia and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Supported by his qualifications in occupational therapy, gerontology, leadership, learning, coaching, project management and neuro-linguistic programming, Michael has developed a strong reputation for leading teams in quality practice and outcomes to meet organisational goals.  

Michael is passionate about the growth mindset and supporting continuous improvement in practice and learning.
 

Kaylene Rowe, State Manager Victoria

Kaylene Rowe, State Manager Victoria

Kaylene RoweWith over 20 years’ experience in mental health, drug and alcohol, homelessness and complex needs sectors, Kaylene has a wealth of knowledge and experience leading client services and teams within stream based operational structures. Kaylene’s extensive experience is supported by a Masters in Social Work and tertiary qualifications in Management, Indigenous Studies and Business Leadership. 

Known for passionate and innovative leadership, Kaylene is a dedicated leader with a reputation for service excellence and client centred care.

Jodie Ryan, General Manager Information Technology

Jodie Ryan, General Manager Information Technology

Jodie Ryan smilingJodie has almost 20 years in health IT, five of those with her own health IT consultancy company. Prior to that, she was CIO for St Vincent’s Health & Aged Care in Queensland for almost 8 years, with whom she worked for 14 years in total. Jodie worked as a Disability Employment Officer for seven years, has been a photographer and an Enrolled Nurse, working in both hospitals and aged care.

Her joy is in helping others achieve their goals by providing solutions that enable them to do what they do best, as easily as possible. She has a particular passion for exceptional and inclusive services and age appropriate living arrangements for people with disabilities.

Anthony Stratford, Principal Advocate Lived Experience

Anthony Stratford, Principal Advocate 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 the Chair, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner’s Advisory Council; Member, Mental Health Tribunal; an Honorary Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne; an Honorary Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne; and Expert Advisor to the World Health Organisation, Geneva.

Helen Sheppard, State Manager South Australia / Western Australia

Helen Sheppard, State Manager South Australia / Western Australia

Helen SheppardHelen has held senior operational and business development roles across South Australian and national not-for-profit organisations throughout the last 18 years. This has included diverse service portfolios in mental health, nursing, allied health, youth, counselling, homelessness, justice, employment, domestic violence, community development, aged care, disability and volunteering. 

Helen is passionate about partnerships, program design, innovation and outcomes, which is evident in her time at the Australian Red Cross where she introduced co-design, delivering new solutions for mental health.

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, General Manager Property

Greg Wasmund, General Manager Property

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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