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RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP ACT INCORPORATED – BOARD MEMBERS

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

CHAIRMANHarry Bluhm FCA (appointed 11/1992).

Harry was initially the Treasurer of Richmond until May 2018 when he was appointed as the Chairman.  He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant who was in public practice for 40 years during which time he was a partner of KPMG and later, the senior partner of Marlow Bluhm.   Harry was a registered Company Auditor, Tax Agent and Referrer from the Supreme Court until his retirement.  Whilst he also practiced in the areas of audit and tax consultancy, his main interest was the establishment and guidance of business clients.  He also has extensive experience in preparing business plans, forecasts and financing and had for several years made presentations to Canberra Business Week attendees and the ACT Banking Institute on these subjects.

Harry has had considerable experience in guiding and mentoring staff and clients and was a Group Leader and presenter for the Chartered Accountants Professional Year.

Other Board experience includes a three year ACT Government appointment as the Treasurer of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and Board membership of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Inc. for a period of 14 years, 5 of which were as Treasurer.  Harry also chaired the Audit and Risk Committees of both these organisations.

Harry’s main aim as a Board member is to ensure that Richmond has a robust financial base which can support well trained and equipped staff and other professionals to deliver quality support and accommodation to those in need.

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN:  Mr Alan Frank Castle  (appointed director –2002)

Alan was appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2010. He was an Australian Federal Police officer with 36 years of service. He retired with the rank of Superintendent Officer in Charge of the Tuggeranong District. During his service with the AFP he mainly worked in Community Policing roles and was instrumental in planning and carrying out major operations including the Olympic Games events in Canberra and the Torch Relay. This experience made him become well accustomed to working with groups of people to obtain the best outcomes. Alan has received the Australian Police Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the UN medal and a number of other decorations and awards.

Alan is also a Justice of the Peace in the Australian Capital Territory. In addition to undertaking numerous professional courses during his career he has since then also undertaken many Counselling Courses such as ‘Loss and Grief’.

As a result of his Police Service and his involvement in the community in areas such as Church sports Alan became increasingly concerned with the plight of people suffering from mental illness in the ACT, in particular with the lack of support for them. Alan also has personal experience with a member of his family suffering such an illness. Consequently after retirement he was keen to be able to assist such people. He was aware of the great work done by Richmond Fellowship ACT Inc. in this area so he was pleased to accept appointment to its Board. Alan believes that Richmond Fellowship, with its dedicated staff and Board, offer the people of the ACT an excellent service and it is his aim as a Board member to ensure that this same service continues into the future.

TREASURER: Andrew Snaidero CA (appointed 5/2018).      

Andrew commenced his career in the accounting profession in 2004 and was appointed as a partner of Hardwickes Partners in 2013. His vast experience in finance, auditing, reporting and governance, combined with his passion for the community and his flair for strategic thinking, has seen him serve on a number of boards, including Communities@Work (as treasurer). He also acts in an advisory capacity for several other organisations in the Canberra region focusing on growth opportunities and strategies. Andrew is also engaged with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as a facilitator, mentor and examiner.

 

CEO Katherine Whitehead GAICD, AGIA   (appointed 8/2019).     

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in industry groups, member organisations, and the not-for-profit sector working across policy and strategy, and with key expertise in corporate leadership. She has strong corporate management experience, including executive responsibilities for finance and budgeting operations, and strategic and business planning.  She is also experienced in risk management and organisational governance.

Katie has held volunteer and pro bono Board positions for the Focus Supported Living Foundation (Chair) and the Australian Pain Management Association (Treasurer) and presently is a Director for the YWCA Canberra, serving as the Treasurer. She is actively engaged in the Canberra Business Chamber and its Social Enterprise Taskforce, promoting initiatives within Canberra and the region that support economic growth and development, innovation and social inclusion.

Katie is passionate and committed to promoting and advocating for equity and access for everyone in health and wellbeing service provision.

Katie holds qualifications in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia.

 

SECRETARY: Elizabeth Steeper (appointed 1991).    

Libby has been closely involved with mental health issues and support in the ACT since 1985. Over these years she has been a committee member of The Schizophrenia Fellowship and the Mental Health Foundation.   She Chaired the ACTCOSS Mental Health Task Force and the first ACT Mental Health Advisory Council.  She presided over Mental Health Resource guided support groups such as Serenity and has been a continuing member of the Mental Health Tribunal since 1988.     She was a Board member of Sane Australia for several years and has been involved with Richmond Fellowship ACT Inc. since 1991, serving as Secretary of the Board since 2009.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS

 

 

Daniel Bonner (appointed 2/2008)

  • Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of Syndey 1996)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP 2006)
  • Conjoint full-time appointment as Staff Specialist Psychiatrist, Mental Health ACT and Lecturer, Australian National University (ANU), 2006 to present day.
  • Course coordinator and principle curriculum author ANU Medical School Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine 2006 to present day.
  • ACT Forensic Psychiatrist 2006-2011.
  • Accredited Member of The RANZCP Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry 2011
  • Canberra City Mental Health Psychiatrist 2011-2012
  • Rehabilitation Service Psychiatrist 2012-2019
  • Deputy Head of Department, Academic Unit of Psychiatry, 2018 to present day.
  • Accredited Member of the RANZCP Faculty of Adult Psychiatry 2019
  • Access Mental Health Comprehensive Team Psychiatrist 2019 to present day.
  • Mental Health ACT, Canberra Health Service and ANU coordination of medical student placements, collaborating with clinical supervisors from multiple disciplines.
  • Establishing, coordinating and authoring the ANU Medical School’s curriculum as a standard in medical education for psychiatry and addiction medicine from the first cohort of students from 2006 to present day.  He teaches 110 students each year.
  • Peer reviewer in the past 5 years for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
  • ANU Medical School Phase Two Curriculum Committee 2006 to present day
  • Mental Health ACT Suicide Vulnerability Working Group 2017-2018
  • Mental Health ACT Rehabilitation Service University of Canberra Hospital establishment working group 2017-2019
  • Mental Health ACT Rehabilitation Service Smoking Cessation Working Group 2012-2019.
  • Supervised 48 ANU medical students, 18 psychiatry trainees (registrars) and mentored 11 ANU medical students from 2006 to present day.
  • Provided extensive treatment and care for indigenous people, working closely with the ACT Aboriginal Liaison Officer and with families.
  • Mental Health ACT and Consumer Network Borderline Personality Disorder Working Group 2015.
  • A special interest in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and in working with consumers and consumer representatives (advocates and consultants) to improve care.
  • Worked with Dr Peggy Brown (Director of Mental Health ACT) to establish the modern public forensic mental health service from 2006-2011.
  • Has given expert court testimony on a number of occasions.
  • Helped establish the mental health rehabilitation service in the ACT (2012-2019), including the establishment of the new University of Canberra Hospital in 2019.
  • Helped establish the Suicide Vulnerability protocol that rolled out throughout the ACT, with his work on the Suicide Vulnerability Working Group 2017-2018.
  • Also a computer programmer and is in the process of applying this knowledge to psychiatric research.

SHALINI SREE (06/2020)

THOMAS MAILING (11/2021)

GABRIELLE CARLTON (03/2022)