About Us

CMHA Board

CMHA President - Patrick Carlisle
CMHA President - Patrick Carlisle

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.  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 Currently he is the Treasurer for The Hobart Clinic in Tasmania. Patrick has strong experience in accounting; the Not-for-Profit sector and governance and is chair of Finance and Audit Committees of The Hobart Clinic. Patrick has been a member of AICD since 2013 and graduated the Company Directors Course in 2015.

Western Australia – Kerry Hawkins, CMHA Vice-President

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 – Pam Boyer

Pam is President of the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT and Director, Mental Health and Housing, Woden Community Service since 2014. Pam has an extensive background in community sector management, community education and health advocacy. In recent years she applied this experience in the mental health domain, including as Executive Officer of MIEACT (Mental Illness Education ACT).

Northern Territory – Lorraine Davies

Lorraine Davies is Executive Officer, Mental Health Fellowship of Australia NT.

NSW – Judi Higgin

Judi has been actively employed in the community services sector for over 30 years. Judi commenced with New Horizons Enterprises in 1999 and in 2010 was appointed as CEO. Judi’s enthusiasm and passion for the Not for Profit sector has seen her play a key role in the ongoing growth and development of New Horizons, helping the organisation forge its place as a trusted and respected community service provider.

Queensland – Mark Fenton

Mark has been a Director since July 2015 and Chairman since May 2018.  He has more than 15 years of experience as a company director and has previously served on the Boards of Queensland Ballet Company and John Paul College Limited. He is a director for the UQ International House Foundation Limited and is director and Deputy Chair of Common Ground Queensland Ltd.  Mark is a finance executive with over 25 years of experience, is a fellow with CPA Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Endeavour Foundation.

South Australia – Kim Holmes

Kim is State Manager at Neami National in South Australia.



Tasmania – Debbie Evans

Debbie is the Chair of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania. She is currently the CEO of Lifeline Tasmania and has over 20 years working as a senior manager and leader in the relationship support and mental health sector. Debbie is a registered psychologist and accredited counsellor and has extensive knowledge of the issues faced by clients with a mental health issue and those who care for them. Debbie brings over 20 years’ experience reporting to Boards and is currently the Vice Chair of the TasCOSS board.