About Us

CMHA Board

Victoria – Elizabeth Crowther, CMHA President
Victoria – Elizabeth Crowther, CMHA President

Elizabeth Crowther has been CEO of Wellways Australia (previously the Mental Illness Fellowship) since 1995. Wellways is a not-for-profit providing community based mental health and disability services in all eastern states and territories. Wellways strives for community inclusion and advocates for change to ensure people can access the best possible care and information when they need it. Prior to this appointment she was Director of Nursing, at Royal Park Hospital, in Melbourne, this appointment came after a long clinical and teaching career in Victorian mental health services. Elizabeth is a Senior Fellow of the School of Nursing, University of Melbourne and she is the immediate past-president of Mental Health Victoria (formerly VICSERV).

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.