serviceJames Service
James is Managing Director of the JGS Property Group, Chairman of CIC Australia and Chairman of the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority. He is also a Director of Canberra CBD Limited, President of the Canberra Cancerians Committee and Chairman of Koomarri.

carlinVanessa Carlin
Vanessa is Director and Financial Controller of Sound Advice Australia. She is a former model, fashion industry buyer and retailer. Her commitment to fundraising for mental health extends back to 1987 when she was a finalist for Miss World. She’s been a long time member of the AFFIRM board and committed to breaking the stigma around mental illness.

lukeLuke Healy
Luke is a Partner with EY in their advisory business focussed on Digital and Technology transformation in Federal Government. He has a professional background that spans both management consulting and as a CIO in an ASX50 company. Luke is a husband and father, a passionate triathlete and coach and is strongly committed to a mentally healthy Australia and believes that research and awareness are two of the pillars to this goal.

dorothy 2Dorothy Barclay
Dorothy is a Director of Forrest Hotel and Apartments. She is a passionate advocate for Canberra and has loved seeing our city evolve into the innovative and amazing place it is today. Dorothy loves people and their stories. She enjoys connecting people and believes in strong and supportive communities especially around mental health. She is involved with many local and regional associations including the Design Canberra Marketing think tank, and CIT Business Tourism and Industry Advisory Council.

Adrian King


Professor Helen Christensenhlen christensen (1)
Helen is Director of the Black Dog Institute and a Professor of Mental Health at the University of New South Wales, a NHMRC John Cade Research Fellow, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences and former President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. She is renowned for her research into suicide prevention, depression and anxiety.

Adam BolandAdam Boland
Adam is Head of Video at Media Holding Group and serves as Executive Producer at the Australian Academy of Science. He was the man behind top-rating television shows such as Sunrise and The Morning Show. He wrote about his struggle with bipolar for Melbourne University Publishing in the book Brekky Central.



hickie (1)Professor Ian Hickie, AM
Ian is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, Co-Director of The Brain and Mind Centre and a national Mental Health Commissioner. He was the inaugural Chief Executive of beyondblue and one of the founders of headspace.