Portrait of Michael Gorton AM

Michael Gorton AM

LLB, BComm, FRACS (Hon), FANZCA (Hon)
Board Chair | Chair of the Governance, Policy and Advocacy Committee

A lawyer with over 38 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, Michael has a special interest in health law and an extensive governance background in the health and community sectors. Michael is currently Chair of the Board of Alfred Health and is a Board Member of Ambulance Victoria and Holmesglen Institute. He is a former Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Board member of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004.

Portrait of Julie Babineau

Julie Babineau

MSW (Social Work), BSc (PhEd), GAICD
Board Deputy Chair

Julie is the CEO of Odyssey House NSW and has a wealth of experience in the health and community services sectors, public and not-for-profit, in Australia and Canada. Julie is a member of the board of NSW Ambulance and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW), and is the President of the NSW Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies.

Portrait of Elleni Bereded-Samuel

Elleni Bereded-Samuel AM

MEd, GradCert (MBA&M), GradDip (Counselling)

Elleni is a member of the Board of the Royal Children’s Hospital, having previously been on the Boards of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Breast Screen Victoria, Western Health, SBS Australia and the Australian Social Inclusion Board. Between 2005 and 2011, Elleni served as a Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission. In 2014, Elleni was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’. Elleni was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019.

Portrait of Rosemary Boote

Rosemary Boote


A former member of the Wellways Consumer and Carer Committee, Rosemary was the CEO/Manager for not-for-profit community organisations Community Housing, Northern Joblink and Richmond Fellowship before moving to statewide Mental Health in Tasmania for 10 years as a Project Officer, NGO consultant and Policy Consultant. She is now a consumer advocate with Flourish Mental Health Action in our Hands: the Tasmanian mental health consumer organisation and a health consumer advocate with Health Consumers Tasmania.

Portrait of James Digby

James Digby

MBA, GradDip International and Community Development, BBus, FCPA

James has over 30 years’ experience in general management, governance, corporate advisory and strategic planning in both commercial and ‘for purpose’ organisations. He has been working in the disability sector since 2012 and with NDIS since its inception. James has particular interest in social justice and developing opportunities for people who are marginalised. 

Portrait of Scott Hartley

Scott Hartley

Chair of the Finance, Audit & Resource Management Committee

Scott has over twenty years’ experience delivering risk management and advisory services to clients predominantly in the Public Sector with an emphasis on local government, health, education and emergency services. Strong supporter of diversity in the workplace and advocate of LGBTIQ+ issues.

Portrait of Rod Little

Rod Little


Rod is a proud Wilunyu and Wajuk man of the Yamatji and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and currently lives in Canberra. He is currently on the Board of the Burbangana Group and was a former Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First People's and Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.  He is passionate about and committed to improving the capabilities of communities and families. 

Portrait of Reba Meagher

Hon. Reba Meagher

BA, MLLR, GradDip Industrial Law, GAICD

Reba is CEO of the Sisters of Charity Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation she was a Member of the NSW Parliament for 14 years and served for six years as a Cabinet Minister, including as Minister for Community Services and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Portrait of Richard Newton

Professor Richard Newton

Chair of the Quality & Safety Committee

Richard is the Clinical Director of Mental Health at Peninsula Health and an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine at Monash University. He is strongly committed to consumer and carer participation in Mental Health Service development and the provision of safe effective evidence-based interventions for all members of the community in need of mental health care. He is a Board Member of Mental Health Victoria and the Butterfly Foundation.

Portrait of Kay Toshach

Kay Toshach

B.Phyt, GradCertHAdmin, GAICD
Chair of the People & Culture Committee

Kay is an Executive Director at Metro South Health in Queensland, responsible for health service planning and community engagement across a large and diverse population. She has leveraged her clinical background to develop extensive experience in corporate governance and partnership development.