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Meet our team

Connie Digolis


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.

Shareen Pearson

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.


Julie Martin

Operations Manager

Julie is responsible for the planning, development and coordination of MHCT projects, supporting project staff and representation to enhance MHCT’s functions as the peak body for the Tasmanian community-managed mental health sector.

Bree Klerck

Project Officer, Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter

Bree 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.

Astrid Wootton

Project Officer, Peer Leader

Astrid as Peer Leader is responsible for coordinating the Tasmanian component of the ILC National Project, Reimagine Today (Stage 2), which aims to ease transition into the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities. The project will create a peer network and will also contribute to work collaborative co-design and promotion of a new website, Reimagine Today, as a mechanism for easier NDIS psychosocial transitions.

Jackie De Vries

Project Officer, Sector Reform

As the MHCT Sector Reform Project Officer, Jackie 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. Jackie also coordinates our Regional Mental Health Group and other member meetings across the state.

Ezra Thomas

Project Support Officer

Ezra is responsible for supporting our Project Officer’s in the delivery of their projects. Currently he is assisting the development of the Peer Workforce Development Strategy project and facilitating the Peer Workforce Community of Practice.

Cat Delpero

Media and Communications Manager

Cat is responsible for managing campaigns, promotional activities and programs, media presence and building MHCT’s brand and profile to increase awareness of mental health, mental illness, suicide prevention and the mental health sector in Tasmania.

Nick Sullivan

Media and Communications Support 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.

Meet our Board

Debbie Evans


Debbie is currently the CEO of Lifeline Tasmania and has over 20 years working as a senior manager and leader in the relationship support and the mental health sector. Debbie has demonstrated experience in working with government, funding bodies and partnerships within the community 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. Debbie also sits on our Governance Sub-Committee.

James Versteegen


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.

Jules Carroll

Board Member 

Jules Carroll is the Director of Early Intervention Services with 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

Board Member

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.

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 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.