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Our People




CHAIRMAN Andrew Snaidero


TREASURER: Josephine Carroll      

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.




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)