Meet the Team

Taryn Harvey

Taryn Harvey

Chief Executive Officer

Taryn joined WAAMH as CEO in January 2018, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Developmental Disability WA.

She has a strong track record in advocacy on social justice issues including legislative reform (the  Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act) and service reform ( Disability Justice Centres), and comes with a record for working collaboratively with lived experience, other organisations and Government.

She was also a member of the Partnership Forum and the WA Reference Group for the NDIS.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Executive Manager of Programs

Michael joined WAAMH in June 2016 to manage WAAMH's three main programs; Development and Training, Health Promotion and Systemic Advocacy. Michael was previously the CEO of the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors in WA and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma Inc. Michael also has substantial experience in the university and health sectors, and a post-graduate qualification in human resources.

Nigel Barrett

Nigel Barrett

Corporate Services Manager

Nigel joined WAAMH in March 2018 as Manager Corporate Services, bringing with him significant experience as a not-for-profit management professional. He is responsible for WAAMH’s financial management, human resources, information and technology, membership, facilities and Board and executive support functions.

His most recent position prior to joining WAAMH was as Manager Corporate Services at  Ngala, complemented by previous positions at Identity WA, WA Police and Community Youth Centres, SIDS and Kids WA and Cancer Support WA.


Katrina Bercov

Katrina
Bercov

Manager Training & Development

Integrating a tertiary background in Business and Psychology, Katrina also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Training & Development), meaning she is a qualified specialist in adult learning. With 20 years of experience in adult education and training design, Katrina is also a national award winning event manager. Prior to working for WAAMH, Katrina worked as a training and events consultant, with a wide range of corporate, government and community sector clients. Her previous employment roles include Training and Development Manager for Workpower Inc (disability services), General Manager for Propel Youth Arts (WA's peak Youth Arts body) and ten years running her own Training and Events organisation. Katrina is passionate about adult education and mental health issues and she joined WAAMH in March 2014 as the Manager, Training and Development.  

Chelsea McKinney

Chelsea McKinney

Manager Systemic Advocacy

Chelsea McKinney is responsible for advocating for effective public policy on mental health issues and the human rights of people with mental illness. Chelsea brings 12 years’ experience in the community sector and four years’ experience in government. She was previously employed as senior policy officer with the Disability Services Commission and manager of Against Violence and Abuse. Chelsea sits on the Management Committee for Nardine Wimmin’s Refuge, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Australia and a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University.

Philleen Dickson

Philleen Dickson

IPS Program Manager

Philleen has been engaged with the mental health sector for 16 years. Prior to joining WAAMH in 2012, she was the Individual Placement & Support employment specialist with WorkWise Employment Agency in New Zealand. Philleen obtained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Policy from Massey University and previously held roles with MidCentral Health and Journeys to Wellbeing. In her current position, leading the IPS project for WAAMH, Philleen assists mental health services and disability employment services to adopt and implement the IPS model to deliver integrated, supported employment services to those who live with an experience of mental illness.

Brooke Johns

Brooke
Johns

Public Relations Manager

Brooke is a media and communications professional with more than ten years' experience in Western Australia. Prior to working in public relations, Brooke was an award-winning journalist writing for Australia's flagship mining magazine, and has also worked in human resources. Brooke completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from The University of Western Australia and has a lifetime of experience caring and advocating for people with mental health issues. Brooke joined WAAMH in 2013 and manages its media relations, external communications, corporate and community engagement, website content, and social media.