Margaret represented the ACT in the Senate for 22 years. In 1996, she became the Senate’s first female President. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Margaret was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1987 and appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004.
Virginia Hansen, OAM – Deputy Chair
Virginia has lived in Canberra for almost 40 years and has been actively involved in community fundraising for much of that time. In 2008, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her efforts. Virginia served as President of the Canberra Cancerians for five years.
Craig is Senior Partner of KPMG’s government advisory services division. He is also on the firm’s People Strategy Council responsible for the cultural and performance aspects of more than 5,000 employees. Craig is committed to encouraging the business sector to support the community and charities.
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.
Belinda has significant management experience in the Public Service including Mental Health Policy and e-Health Policy. She is currently a professional trainer and facilitator with Interaction Consulting and works with many government agencies. Belinda is passionate about removing social and workplace barriers for those living with mental health issues and also providing understanding and support to families who are affected by mental health issues in the home.
Alan has been head of government departments federally and in Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand. He led the team that oversaw the recovery after the 2003 Canberra bushfires: much of it focussed on the mental health of victims. Alan has extensive experience supporting people with mental illness including 20 years with the Rosanna Service Group in Melbourne.
Andrew is a Director in Westpac Institutional Bank’s property, government and infrastructure team. He manages the relationships with the bank’s Government clients. Before joining Westpac as Head of Government Affairs in 2006, he was Chief of Staff to Defence Minister Robert Hill. Andrew also served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force for 15 years.
Jane is Director of premium fashion retailer Pink Ink. She is a passionate advocate of small business and a renowned entrepreneur. Jane launched the Kiss Project in 2010, with Therese Rein as Patron, to raise funds for support services for those battling mental illness and to create a more active conversation about mental health.
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.
Susie is a Director of Beaver Galleries in Canberra and has worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years. She has a strong belief in the value and importance of mental health research and has had a committed involvement in this field for many years.
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 is Director of Video at NewsDNA (News Corp) and 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.
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.