Meet the Board

Board Directors are elected for three year terms at the WAAMH Annual General Meeting in November each year. 

Directors


Kerry Hawkins

Kerry Hawkins

President

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.

Shannon Calvert

Shannon Calvert 

Vice President

Shannon Calvert is a lived experience professional, having experienced longstanding physical and mental health challenges. Her expertise lies in collaborating alongside clinicians, researchers, and organisations that champion wellbeing through education, training, and supervision. She has worked for both government and non-government organisations as a consumer consultant, peer worker and mental health trainer and has completed the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work and graduated as a Lived Experience Educator from the Valuing the Lived Experience Project. With a renowned dedication for mental health reform, Shannon has presented papers and workshops at national and international conferences on topics such as the importance of compassion in treatment interventions; consumer and carer engagement in the design of policy and education; as well as her own lived experience. Shannon sits on a range of state and national boards, committees and working groups (mental health, eating disorder and palliative care-specific), advocating for person-centred, recovery-oriented, and integrated best practice. For the past three years she has been on the WAAMH Board of Directors as an individual member and recently as Vice President. She is also a member of the WAAMH Financial Committee, Governance Risk, Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and Lived Experience Committee.


Arthur Papakotsias

Arthur Papakotsias

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.

Carli Sheers

Carli Sheers

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.

 

Chelsea Hunter

Chelsea Hunter

Board Director & Regional Manager, Hope Community Services (Goldfields)

Chelsea is the Executive Regional Manager for Hope Community Services in the Goldfields, and has been for 6 years. She oversees a range of services including the Goldfields Community Alcohol and Drug Services, headspace Kalgoorlie and Esperance, Integrated Team Care for Aboriginal People with Chronic Conditions, programs addressing alcohol and other drug and suicide prevention and programs for young people involved with youth justice.

Chelsea is passionate about supporting people in regional and remote communities to live healthy and connected lives, particularly the lives of Aboriginal people. She is currently completing an MBA and holds Bachelor and Post Graduate qualifications in Anthropology and Addiction and Mental Health.

Monique Williamson

Monique Williamson

Board Director & CEO, MIFWA

Monique Williamson is CEO of Mental Illness Fellowship West Australia (MIFWA), a member organisation of the national organisation Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). Monique has a Masters in Social Change and Development and has worked in community services since 1990, in both the NGO and public sectors in WA. She spent the past decade in senior sector development roles including with the peak body National Disability Services and as an executive director of the Disability Service Commission. As MIFWA’s CEO Monique works alongside people and their families, staff, volunteers and the Board of Management to develop and implement support and services for people experiencing mental health issues. Monique has a long standing interest in working alongside individuals and families to co-design effective support and services.

Lorrae Loud

Lorrae Loud

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.

Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

Board Director, Lived Experience Representative

Nicole is an experienced executive, with over 18 years working in law, government and advisory including a decade of board experience on government, corporate and not for profit boards. Her background in infrastructure, economic development and community engagement provides her with a unique insight into the complexity of planning and delivering large infrastructure projects in an environment of ever-changing social expectations.

Nicole has extensive lived experience with the mental health system as a family member and carer of a number of people with mental health issues. Having experienced the continuum of services provided by the sector, Nicole is passionate about seeking additional support for people in the community to provide more options for intervention prior to requiring acute care. With a background in law and infrastructure and experience as a chair and member of a number of boards, Nicole brings a robust knowledge of good governance and board practices.

Shaun Mays

Shaun Mays

Board Director and Director of Strategy & Growth, Rise

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.

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.

Lorna MacGregor

Lorna MacGregor

Board Director and CEO, Lifeline WA

Lorna is an experienced executive with over 30 years of experience in management and senior management roles in both the corporate and community sectors, including HBF, Activ, healthdirect Australia and Perth North Metro Medicare Local. She has been CEO of Lifeline WA since January, 2016 and is committed to a community that fosters emotional and mental wellbeing for all, while advocating for systemic change for vulnerable populations.

Lorna has significant experience as a Board Director, having been a Director, and Chaired, many not for profit boards in the arts, aged care and education sectors. Lorna was also Co-Chair of the Disability Health Network Workforce Development Working Group which sought to improve health outcomes for people with disability.

Lorna has an MBA, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management

Debbie Childs

Debbie Childs

Board Director and 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.


Our Team

WAAMH has grown from a team of three staff members in 2007 to 24 people currently working in our Perth head office, 2 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.

Meet the Team