CMHA Board

Independent – Patrick Carlisle, CMHA Chair

Patrick has held a number of volunteer Director posts in Not-for-Profit Associations for nearly four decades. Using his Master of Business education to assist NFP organisations to become stronger and more resilient in the evolving economic and civil environment. Currently a Board member of Hobart City Mission and Board Member / Finance Officer (Treasurer) of RSL Tasmania Branch. Patrick has been the Treasurer of over seven NFP’s, Chair of two Associations; served on two National Committee’s and four years as Deputy-Chair of the Tasmanian Social Science Human Research Ethic Committee. In 2016 Patrick stepped down as the Chair of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania Previously the Treasurer for The Hobart Clinic in Tasmania, a private Mental Health Hospital in Tasmania. Patrick has strong experience in accounting; the Not-for-Profit sector and governance and is chair of Finance and Audit Committees. Patrick has been a member of AICD since 2013 and graduated the Company Directors Course in 2015

Western Australia – Kerry Hawkins, CMHA Deputy Chair

Kerry has been a carer representative on the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) board for four years and was appointed President of WAAMH in November 2016. 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.


ACT – Angela Ingram

Angie is the CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of ACT and Director and Board Secretary of the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT.


Treasurer – Dario Molina

Dario is the CEO of CBHS Corporate Health, a provider of private health insurance and corporate wellbeing programs. He has over 20 years’ experience in management roles within Australia and abroad.

He has broad expertise across strategy, finance, operations, risk management and business administration. Dario holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Non-Executive Director of Mental Health Coordinating Council – June 2020 to present.


NSW – Judi Higgin

Judi is currently interim Chief Executive Officer at Breakthru and Chair of the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and also sits on a several for-purpose boards. Judi has worked in the not-for-profit and mental health sectors for more than 30 years. During her career she has worked in a variety of executive positions, including for many years as Chief Executive Officer of New Horizons Ltd. Judi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Charles Sturt University and an Executive Masters Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Technology Sydney.


Northern Territory – Anne Gawen-GAICD

Anne is the Chief Executive Officer of TeamHEALTH. Anne commenced in September 2019, returning to the Territory (where she was born) after an extended period working in NSW and SA. Anne is an established CEO and Board Director and has completed her MBA with over 26 years’ experience in the Non-Government sector and a strong background in both grassroots service delivery, strategic business development, financial performance and human resources management. Anne has worked extensively in the Community Services Sector, including children services, family carers, disability, ageing and mental health services across South Australia. Anne is a passionate leader within the community sector and places great value on relationships to deliver outcomes and furthering standards of excellence.


South Australia – Kim Homes

Kim is SA State Manager of Neami National and President of the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) Board of Directors. Along with leadership experience in non-government and government settings in SA and WA, she has qualifications in Social Work, Masters Business Administration (MBA) and is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Program. Kim is driven by a personal commitment to authentic allyship in elevating the influence of lived experience through all elements & levels of the mental health sector. She has a background in collaboration, partnership, consortium leadership and collective impact approaches.


Queensland – Cathy O’Toole

Cathy has four decades of experience leading people, managing organisations and projects, many as a Chief Executive Officer.
She has a Masters in Metaphysical Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Diploma of Teaching TAFE, as well as Diplomas in Community Welfare, Frontline Management, Training and Assessment, and Business Management. She is currently a Board Member: Carers Australia, Community Mental Health Australia, Qld Alliance for Mental Health, President: Glasser Australia, Townsville Multicultural Support Group (TMSG), and Committee Member: Centre for Brain Research in the Tropics Board Member and Connecting End of Life Care Palliative Care Qld.

As the former Federal Member for Herbert, Cathy’s work involved navigating social and economic policy, driving strategic direction, and serving on various committees. Cathy has extensive experience relating to the challenges that face people living with mental ill health both in her private life and professional work as a leader.

Tasmania – David Tilley

Dave is currently the Director of Compliance and Dispute Resolution with the Tasmanian Government’s Department of Justice and is a former Adviser to the Ministers for Local Government and Building and Construction. Dave is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania.  Dave is a director for a number of organisations and has significant experience in government policy, investigations, regulatory compliance and risk management. Dave has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws and is admitted as a lawyer with the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

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