Board of Governance

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Dr Russell James (he/him)


Russell is currently employed by the Royal Hobart Hospital as a mental health nurse. He also has experience working at the Alfred Hospital (in Melbourne). He’s been involved in policy development, report and submission writing and is currently completing a PhD with a project titled: Advance statements within the Mental Health Setting, which explores the use of advance planning tools within the mental health setting.

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Leigh Delaney (he/him)


Leigh has a passion for supporting people. He has a strong commitment to social justice. He has worked closely with people in the disability sector and supported them through advocacy and maintaining employment. Leigh has also worked in a voluntary counselling capacity and in management positions
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Lukas Praditya (he/him)


Lukas has a background in organisational psychology and accounting. Previously he worked in a global energy company mostly in human resources and business administration area, before moving to Tasmania to continue study where he completed his Master of Professional Accounting. He’s an associate member of CPA Australia.

Heather Fahey (she/her)

Heather has many years’ experience as a school principal and an education administrator. Heather is currently employed by the Teacher Registration Board as a Registration Support Officer and auditor, as well as the University of Tasmania as a student mentor. Heather is a member of the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise Community Service Committee and is on the organising committee for the International Women’s Day Breakfast.

Rhonda Studley (she/her)

Rhonda has 20 years’ experience working in the community sector, in a variety of roles. She’s worked with young people and adults who live with co-existing conditions, including complex mental health issues, illnesses and or disabilities, including psychosocial disability. Her passion around supporting and promoting mental health education and changing attitudes towards mental illness, more widely within the community, is closely linked to that lived experience of loved ones.

Steven Bone (he/him)

Steven has worked closely with Tasmania’s diverse multicultural society for more than 20 years in a variety of management roles. He’s seen and dealt with the effects of mental health over this time. Steven wants to utilise his diverse skills, knowledge, and experience to advocate for members of society who have been affected by mental health. He believes that through greater education and awareness of societies’ struggles and challenges, every member of society can do their part to help fight and overcome this current challenge many people face alone.

Melody Kulhmann (she/her)

Melody is a court child expert with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. She draws upon a 17-year history of social work focused on child protection. Her expertise extends to assessment, case management, inter-disciplinary liaison, and the management of teams and individuals. Melody is particularly ardent about increasing the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmanian communities. She’s committed her career and voluntary service to affecting change, specifically in the areas of early intervention with young mothers and children and mental health. Melody holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Tasmania.

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Nicole Marsh (she/her)

Nicole is a psychologist who has experience in education, disability, community and private sectors working collaboratively with individuals, couples and families of varying ages to address their mental health concerns. Both through her professional and personal familial experiences, Nicole understands the importance of appropriate support pathways and advocacy.

You can read the board’s strategic priorities in our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

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