Queensland Alliance for Mental Health - The Board | QAMH

The Board

In November 2016, QAMH transitioned from an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld) to a Public Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The company now operates as Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

To enable the transition to a company, QAMH members passed a special resolution approving the adoption of a new Constitution that meets the requirements for a company limited by guarantee.

As a result of these changes, QAMH is now governed by a Board of Directors with accountability to the members of the company. At the date of registration of the Company, the following persons will be the initial Board of the Company, and each Director will remain in place until expiry of his or term of office.

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Mark Fenton

Board Chair and Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Mark has been a Director since July 2015 and Chairman since May 2018.  He has more than 15 years of experience as a company director and has previously served on the Boards of Queensland Ballet Company and John Paul College Limited. He chaired the Arts Investment Advisory Board that provided strategic and funding advice to the Queensland government. He is a director for the UQ International House Foundation Limited and is director and Deputy Chair of Common Ground Queensland Ltd.  Mark is a finance executive with over 25 years of experience, is a fellow with CPA Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has worked for businesses in the professional services, manufacturing, retirement living, retail, and membership services sectors. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Endeavour Foundation.

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Alison Fairleigh

Deputy Board Chair

Alison brings extensive experience working in primary health care, with a particular focus on rural and remote mental health. She is currently the Mental Health and AOD Program Coordinator for the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (PHN) based in Townsville.

Alison is passionate about building capacity and sustainability in regional Queensland, and has been instrumental in developing networks and partnerships, primarily in suicide prevention. She is a dedicated advocate for farming communities and the voice of lived experience, using consumer and community engagement as the primary source to drive and implement mental health reform.

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Craig Stanley-Jones

Skills-Based Director

Over the past 18 years, Craig has worked in various government and community roles within the mental health sector, including management and allied health roles within public and private clinical settings. He has led and assisted in the development and implementation of a range of community-managed mental health programs across Queensland, including projects focusing on consumer participation and leadership. Over the past 5 years, Craig has worked in senior management roles in the community managed mental health sector. Craig brings a strong history of establishing strong effective partnerships and collaboration on a range of community and clinically based programs and projects.

Neil Barringham

Elected Director

Neil is a community worker who has worked with others in his home and neighbourhood to facilitate inclusion and community supports. As an inclusion worker with “A Place to Belong” (Anglicare Southern Queensland) in Brisbane, Neil also deeply enjoys interacting with passionate people in the mental health and disability fields about ways
to build community-based supports and opportunities for participation. Neil has postgraduate qualifications in social work.

Viv Kissane

Elected Director

Viv is currently the CEO of Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness, a not-for-profit organisation she founded in 2011 which promotes mental wellness for parents.  As a mental health peer worker she is dedicated to delivering peer support groups which build community, foster inclusion and facilitate pathways to access services.  As CEO, she has created and implemented prevention/early intervention programs and educational workshops that are dedicated to improving parental and infant mental health outcomes.

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Leah Soutar

Skill-Based Director

Leah joined QAMH with extensive experience in business improvement, change management and strategic planning across the SME and corporate sectors. Leah has held various senior positions across the fast moving consumer goods and professional service areas including Chief Operations and Service Officer for Evolve and Group Retail and Facilities Manager for Greencross Limited with a strong focus on the development and delivery of strategic and innovative initiatives. Leah holds a Post Graduate Qualification in Business Administration and a Diploma of Management. In addition to being a member of various professional associations, Leah is also a current Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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Jessica Gibson

Skill-Based Director

Jessica is a highly experienced management and organisational change professional, who has built a career helping organisations navigate through strategic, operational, technological, and cultural change. Jessica brings a wealth of experience solving complex business problems across a number of sectors, including government, finance, banking, infrastructure, and IT – however at the core of Jessica’s work is a desire to help businesses adapt in order to best deliver on their core values. With a passion for supporting the not-for-profit sector and a personal commitment to driving improved outcomes for mental health in Australia, Jessica is proud to be a part of the QAMH Board.

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Sharon Sarah

Skill-Based Director

Sharon has worked in the health and community sector for 20 years, primarily in the mental health sector and is currently the CEO for Bridges Health & Community Care in the Wide Bay region. She manages a diverse multi-disciplinary workforce including people with a lived experience of mental illness and addictions. Sharon is passionate about system reform and collaborative practice to enhance consumer and carer outcomes, building a professional sustainable mental health and Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce and strong clinical governance, particularly program fidelity and evidence based practice. She is committed to lifelong learning, sourced from both the health and business sector. She is a registered practicing psychologist with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology and Masters in Mental Health Practice. Sharon is the current Branch Chair of the Australian
Psychological Society, Board member of the QAMH, Queensland’s peak body for mental health and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

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Kris Trott


Kris has worked with a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations in the areas of health, community housing, autism, education, research and indigenous health, including the Senior Executive for several research centres in the areas of vaccine technology, biosecurity, biomarkers and environmental biotechnology. Kris has extensive experience in finance, management and corporate governance, and has held many senior leadership positions, which have included Interim CEO, Autism Co-operative Research Centre; General Manager QUT Enterprise Holdings and Managing Director of Business Governance Solutions.

Julia Riordan

Company Secretary

Julia has been with QAMH since July 2012 and is the Company Secretary of the QAMH Board and Executive Assistant and Office Manager of the company. She has extensive international and Australian experience in executive assistant roles in corporate, government and non-government organisations. This experience has included 12 years with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Policy and Governance Divisions. Julia assists with office management, coordinates travel and meetings and organises QAMH events. She is passionate and committed to her role in community mental health and the broad contribution it makes to the community.