Meet the Board
Board Directors are elected for three year terms at the WAAMH Annual General Meeting in December each year.
Kerry has been a carer representative on the WAAMH board for four years and was appointed president of WAAMH in November 2016. Kerry has acquired a solid understanding of the issues facing the mental health sector, particularly those faced by community mental health services in an uncertain, rapidly changing funding and practice environment.
This experience is complemented by her professional career in the private, education and public sectors, including working as a project management consultant at KPMG, a high school teacher, and a strategic advisor for the National Native Title Tribunal.
Kerry has previously worked as a senior program manager for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Mental Health Commission, and as a Carer Consultant for North Metro Adult Health Service. Her other board appointments include vice president of Helping Minds and WA director for Emerging Minds.
A graduate of Boston University's Global Leadership Institute's Recovery Class of 2013, Kerry is also able to draw on her lived experience as a family member.
Board Director & Chief Services Officer, Hope Community Services
As chief services officer, Pam is responsible for the provision of mental health, drug and alcohol, family and domestic violence and youth justice services statewide for Hope Community Services. Pam understands the challenges and complexities of navigating systems and is a strong advocate for the provision of quality, sustainable services in metropolitan, remote and regional WA.
Pam has extensive experience in adult and youth mental health, having worked in both the public and non-government sector. She has specialist knowledge in the areas of First Episode Psychosis, residential and community-based mental health services, and has been instrumental in the implementation of peer supports throughout her career.
As chair of the Clinical Governance Committee at Hope, Pam has an excellent understanding of governance and risk at an operational and corporate level. She is adept at driving forward strategic objectives and is a pragmatic leader. Pam holds graduate and post-graduate qualifications in psychology and youth mental health and is on the Youth Mental Health Sub-Network Committee at the Department of Health. Pam holds a board position for a large national volunteer organisation at a local level and is an active community member. She is also committed to reconciliation with First Nations people.
Board Director & CEO, HelpingMinds
Debbie brings a wealth of experience in leadership, including extensive experience as a Board Director with both not-for-profit and commercial businesses, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute Company of Directors. Debbie also sits on several committees, working groups and an IPS Board, as well as being a committee member of Mental Health Carers Australia. In addition to this, Debbie has been an active member of the steering committee implementing the new national guide: “A Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness”.
As a highly motivated, passionate and methodical senior leader, Debbie has significant leadership and management experience in the not-for-profit, corporate and small to medium enterprise sectors. With a reputation for reliability, integrity, and having a great sense of humour, Debbie loves the challenge of developing outstanding teams, achieving targets and fostering a culture of high engagement and productivity working in a collaborative and dynamic organisation. Debbie continues to lead change at HelpingMinds to ensure the services offered are effective and meeting community needs. Through a wide network and collaborations with other organisations, Debbie is committed to improving the services offered to communities throughout WA for those impacted by a mental health issue.
With lived experience as a mental health carer, Debbie is a passionate advocate within the sector and is a regular speaker at conferences and forums.
Board Director & WA State Manager, Neami
Nicole is committed to the delivery and demonstration of robust quality, safety and governance principles, and provision of evidence-based practice. Nicole is the WA state manager for Neami and has achieved 90% revenue growth since she commenced in 2019, including the successful re-contracting of all services and the expansion of two new regional mental health Step Up/Step Down services in Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.
Nicole has a commitment to social justice principles and has worked in youth mental health, trauma services, high-risk adolescent residential care, and high-risk adolescent child protection across the government and not-for-profit sectors. Nicole is a qualified social worker and has an Masters in Business Administration from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicole holds voluntary directorship roles as chairperson of Hepatitis WA and parent representative of Mount Lawley Senior High School.
Nicole is proud of her past achievements in helping to establish high-risk adolescent units in Victoria in the late 1990s, supporting Youth Focus’ expansion into the Mid West, Peel and South West regions of WA, and supporting the implementation of the innovative Perth headspace Early Psychosis program.
Board Director & CEO, Lamp Inc (South West)
Lorrae has been the CEO of Lamp Incorporated for 20 years, a community-based NGO providing psychosocial support services to consumers and families across the South West. She is a graduate of Murdoch University with degrees in Sociology, Adult Education and Policy. Lorrae is a sitting member of the South West Regional District Health Advisory Council and has been a member of the Mental Health Tribunal for twelve years.
Lorrae is passionate about individual choice, recovery, inclusion, and equity for all people, and is aware of the disparities in access and service options in rural and remote communities, including in many regions the thin markets around the NDIS.
Board Director & Director of Strategy & Growth, Rise Network
Shaun has 25 years’ experience in the Human Services sector and has held senior management positions for the last 15 years at both National and State based organisations. He has extensive experience working across child protection; youth; mental health; drug and alcohol; and health sectors. Shaun is passionate about client centred service delivery and empowering clients to meaningfully take part in service design. He holds both a Degree in Business and a BA (Hons) in Social Work and has been a member of the Australian Association of Social Work since 2002. Shaun is currently the Director of Strategy and Growth at Rise Network.
Shaun's father and grandmother both lived with acute mental health challenges and Shaun has experienced anxiety for most of his life. This has led him to gain a firsthand understanding about the challenges faced by everyone trying to access support for their mental health and has informed the way he approaches his work in delivering mental health services.
Board Director & CEO, Youth Focus
As the CEO of Western Australia’s leading youth mental health agency Youth Focus, Arthur is committed to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. Since joining in January 2019, he has embarked on significant reform to diversify the organisation’s programs, expand its reach and provide comprehensive wrap-around services for young people.
Arthur served as a director of Housing Choices Australia, a national provider of affordable housing, from 2011 to 2019 and held the position of chair for five years. He was also a director of Mental Health Australia from 2011 to 2018 and the chair of its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for four years.
Arthur holds a Graduate Diploma of Business (Health Services Management) from RMIT University and has attended three residential leadership programs at Harvard Business School. He has also served on numerous other Boards including One the Line, VICSERV (now Mental Health Victoria) and Mental Health Coordinating Council.
Board Director & Consumer Representative
Carli enjoys a deep understanding of the community managed mental health sector through her employment with Grow (2007-2015), WAAMH (2014-2018), and Richmond Wellbeing (2017-2019).
Carli founded her own business and provides lived experience consultancy and leadership on a local, state and national level to actively contribute to mental health reform including co-designing the WA Recovery College. She possess both an operational and governance understanding of WAAMH through previous board support work.
Board Director & General Manager of Community Services, Centrecare Inc
Leanne is the general manager of Community Services of Centrecare Inc, which delivers a diverse range of social services to the WA community. Her involvement in the sector, both paid and voluntary positions span across 30 years. She oversees 10 Centrecare branches across diverse geographical locations in WA. Leanne has a long history of service delivery in mental health; individual, family and children counselling services; family dispute resolution; child contact centres, family relationship centre’s; gambling prevention; homelessness; justice services; settlement services; family support networks; intensive family support; youth services; and family and domestic violence prevention.
Leanne has extensive knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the local needs of the community and effective responses pertaining to metropolitan, rural and remote areas. She has more than 25 years of governance experience working within numerous community services governance frameworks at state and national levels. Leanne is a director of Family and Relationship Services Australia, agency representative for WA to End Homelessness WA, Child and Family Alliance of WA and the Family Court of WA Reference group, and is a participant in the Signature Leadership WA Program.
Board Director & Lived Experience Representative
Tanya has worked in communications, project and management roles for more than 20 years in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors, largely in the property and development industry. Tanya is the chief executive officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA. She was previously executive director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in regional and remote WA at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package (SHIP) which ensured the priority wait list for seniors and families with children more than halved and added another 1000 social homes.
Tanya has extensive leadership and management experience working in industry associations. She has a high media profile with an extensive network within state and local government and was recently included in the WA Business News Power 500 list of Perth’s most influential leaders.
Having been recently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 43 after years of treatment for major depressive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder, Tanya recognised the similarities in her challenges with those of her 14-year-old daughter who has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and anorexia nervosa. Her daughter’s journey in both the public and private system treating her symptoms resulted in hospitalisation at Perth Children’s Hospital for suicidal ideation, self-harm and anorexia and further fuelled her passion for change in the mental sector. Tanya has also cared for her husband through his journey with complex post-traumatic stress disorder due to his long career with the WA Police Force.
Board Director & Lived Experience Representative
Claire is a manager in the Strategy and Transactions division at professional services firm, EY. Claire predominately works with government clients across the health and human services sectors, with a special interest in mental health. Within health and human services Claire specialises in service design, service redesign, gaps analysis and service evaluation. Claire is passionate about supporting her clients to use data and information to make evidence-based decisions. To further her skills and knowledge in this area, Claire is completing a Masters degree in Predictive Analytics at Curtin University.
Claire also has living experience of mental illness since adolescence and her recovery journey continues today. Claire is passionate about advocating for change in the mental health sector and draws on her living experience expertise where necessary and appropriate to complement her business skills and knowledge. Most recently, Claire was appointed the lived experience consumer representative on the WA Joint Services Planning and Governance Committee to oversee the implementation of the mental health and suicide prevention initiatives under the Bilateral Schedule.
Claire has previously worked in the mental health sector, through service provider HelpingMinds and with WAAMH. Through this work, Claire gained extensive experience in project-based work, psychosocial disability within the NDIS and systemic advocacy. Claire was also a guest speaker for the 2020 Community Webinar Series, keynote speaker at the Regional Closing Ceremony for WA Mental Health Week in 2020, lived experience judge for the WA Mental Health Awards in 2021 and 2022, and reviewed the abstracts for the WA Mental Health Conference 2022 from a lived experience perspective. Claire continues to seek out opportunities to support the work of WAAMH, most recently presenting the voice of lived experience at the Closing Ceremony for Mental Health Week 2022.
WAAMH has grown from a team of three staff members in 2007 to 24 people currently working in our Perth head office, three remote staff members, and an additional contract staff member.
WAAMH prides itself on employing professionals with experience in and a passion for working in the mental health sector.