Board of Governance
Lorelle Taylor – President
Lorelle completed a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master of Rehabilitation Counselling which has enabled her to spend the last eight years working with people managing mental illness. Lorelle is currently employed by headspace as a supervisor of the headStart Work and Study Program (previously the IPS Program). Lorelle is a member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and the Tasmanian Association of Vocational Rehabilitation Providers (TAVRP).
Russell James – Vice President
Russell is currently employed by the Royal Hobart Hospital as a Mental Health Nurse and has prior experience at the Alfred Hospital (in Melbourne). He has had the opportunity to be 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.
Leigh Delaney – Secretary
Leigh has a passion for supporting people and 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 management positions.
Lukas Praditya – Treasurer
Lukas has a background in Organisational Psychology and Accounting. Previously he worked in a global energy company for five years, mostly in human resources and business administration area, before moved to Tasmania to continue his study. He then completed his Master of Professional Accounting education from the University of Tasmania and currently is an associate member of CPA Australia.
Heather has many years of 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, and by 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.
My practice background includes 20 years’ experience working in the Community sector, in a variety of roles. I have worked with young people and adults who live with co-existing conditions, including complex mental health issues, illnesses and or disabilities, including psychosocial disability.
My personal background includes loved ones with varied lived experience of mental health issues, and severe mental illness. My practice background formed the basis for a deep interest in mental health literacy, and led to me becoming an active Volunteer Ambulance Officer. My passion around supporting and promoting mental health education and changing attidtudes towards mental illness, more widely within the community, is closely linked to that lived experience of loved ones.
Biography to come.