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Who we are
Meet our team
Connie Digolis - CEOShow "Connie Digolis - CEO"
Connie Digolis is the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT). Connie brings to her role a wealth of experience in population health and preventative health strategy, community sector management, advocacy, health promotion and policy. Connie is a leading voice advocating for mental health system reform, providing solutions to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of all Tasmanians.
Connie, in partnership with our Board, is responsible for ensuring that MHCT functions as an effective peak body for the community managed mental health sector in Tasmania. Together, the Board and CEO give direction and leadership towards the organisation’s relevance to the community and stakeholders; and the achievement of its vision, mission, strategic plan, annual goals and objectives.
Connie is a Deputy President of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS). Connie also represents the community managed mental health sector on a range of Advisory and Reference Groups working collectively to transform the Tasmanian mental health system to become a truly person-centred, integrated care model providing the best mental health outcomes for all Tasmanians.
Shareen Pearson - Corporate Services ManagerShow "Shareen Pearson - Corporate Services Manager"
Corporate Services Manager
Shareen manages the financial and human resource functions of MHCT and provides support to the CEO, the Board and sub-committees including the review and updating of organisational policy and procedures and the management of all MHCT records and documents. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bree Klerck - Project Officer, Sector ReformShow "Bree Klerck - Project Officer, Sector Reform"
Project Officer, Sector Reform
As the MHCT Sector Reform Project Officer, Bree is responsible for analysing, informing and communicating government policy reform at a state and national level in the mental health sector, and providing feedback to relevant stakeholders on impacts and implications of proposed policy reform. Bree also coordinates our Regional Mental Health Group and other member meetings across the state. email@example.com
Ezra Thomas - Project OfficerShow "Ezra Thomas - Project Officer"
Ezra as Project Officer is responsible for coordinating the establishment of the Tasmanian Communications Charter: A state-based approach to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, building engagement across a range of stakeholders and developing mechanisms to safely talk about suicide, the impact of suicide and mental health in our communities. Ezra also supports other MHCT projects. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Sullivan - Media and Communications OfficerShow "Nick Sullivan - Media and Communications Officer"
Media and Communications Officer
Nick is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the MHCT website and social media accounts, monitoring government and media activity relating to mental health, developing a range of communications including newsletters, infographics, surveys and marketing materials, and coordinating MHCT events. email@example.com
Manoj Fernando - Project Support OfficerShow "Manoj Fernando - Project Support Officer"
Project Support Officer
Manoj assists in the delivery of project goals across the MHCT with a focus on research, writing and policy analysis. He develops briefing papers and summary reports, and supports the Media and Communications Team in the monitoring of government and media mental health activity. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Board
Jules Carroll - ChairShow "Jules Carroll - Chair"
Jules Carroll is the Chief Operating Officer at Relationships Australia Tasmania. She has responsibility for a broad range of programs across the state, including mental health services, suicide prevention, Partners in Recovery, counselling and adult support services. Jules is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Network, and previously served on the Board of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council of Tasmania, and Service Tasmania. Jules had an extensive career in the State and Federal public services in the education field, with twelve years of experience at senior management level, prior to moving to the not-for-profit sector. Jules sits on our Governance Sub-Committee.
David Tilley - Deputy ChairShow "David Tilley - Deputy Chair"
David is currently a Senior Investigator with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has a diverse career history, including as a Policy Analyst, Policy Officer, Police Officer and Business Support Officer for a government focused enterprise. David graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts and Laws. David has recently graduated from the College of Law with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. David is also the MHCT representative to Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).
James Versteegen - TreasurerShow "James Versteegen - Treasurer"
James is a qualified accountant with a career based mainly in the community not-for profit sector. He is currently the Corporate Services Manager with Lifeline Tasmania and brings experience and skills in Administration and Corporate functions, including WHS, Compliance and Governance to the MHCT Board. James is passionate about mental health within the community and creating a world’s best practice mental health system in Tasmania.
Nicky Osborne - Board MemberShow "Nicky Osborne - Board Member"
Nicky is a social worker with nearly 20 years experience working with children, young people, families and carers in both direct therapeutic roles, and mental health service management. Nicky manages the state-wide child, youth and families Mental Health Services of Life Without Barriers -Synergy and iConnect.
Deb Fast - Board MemberShow "Deb Fast - Board Member"
Deb has worked in a variety of roles across the disability and mental health sectors for over 20 years. Deb is currently Baptcare’s Service Manager for Mental Health. She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the MHCT Board to ensure that better service systems and culture are a primary focus of mental health in Tasmania. Deb is passionate about working toward a future where Tasmania has best mental health system in Australia.
Paul Campbell - Board MemberShow "Paul Campbell - Board Member"
Paul is a Psychologist in private practice in the NW of Tasmania. He brings a wealth of insight and experience having previously been a relationship counsellor, Adult Mental Health Team member as well as working on research in Scotland and Australia. He is currently undertaking his PhD from Western Sydney University. Paul has a history of community based involvement and was previously an elected member to the Renmark Paringa Council, the Renmark Paringa Hospital Board, and Riverland Mental Health Advisory Council Member. He is currently the Tasmanian Representative for the Division of General Psychological Practice with the Australian Psychological Society and is also on the Marist Regional College Board. Paul has a strong commitment to mental health both in Tasmania and at a national level.