National Mental Health Commission
Lucy has a strong commitment to helping others. Her primary areas of focus are issues facing Women and Girls and Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace. She takes an evidenced based approach to problem solving and social investment.
Lucy has more than 25 years’ experience commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young working in accounting, finance and organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEO’s, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs.
Chair & Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission
Chair, Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Chair, Expert Advisory Group to Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Suicide Prevention
Patron, Partners in Depression
Patron, Lifeline Northern Beaches
Ambassador, Kookaburra Kids
Friend, Carers NSW
Founder & Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund
Silver Medallion, Surf Lifesaving – Patrol at Bilgola Beach
2015 – 100 Women of Influence – Public Policy
2019 – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Department of Communities and Justice (NSW)
Catherine Carvolth is a Director in the NSW public sector leading industrial relations, work health safety, reform implementation, injury management and wellbeing programs for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Catherine has an extensive public sector background centred in human service agencies and has completed the Executive Masters in Public Administration program.
Catherine has led wellbeing initiatives in the former Department of Family and Community Services. These initiatives bridge the gap between work health safety instruction and professional practice direction so that staff have tools to look after themselves whilst working in challenging and emotionally charged situations.
Department of Home Affairs
Stephen Hayward is the First Assistant Secretary of Health Services Division in the Department of Home Affairs. He has been in this position since March 2019. He is responsible for health related policies and clinical support across the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force, including immigration and detention health, global health related IT services and Staff Health and Wellbeing.
He has previously served as an Assistant Commissioner ABF Business Services and the Operations Capability Division.
Stephen has a lengthy career in Integrity, Security and Assurance activities including as the Chief Audit, Risk and Security Executive in Home Affairs and prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protections Service, Stephen was the Executive Director of Operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), responsible for the investigation, intelligence and operational support arms of the Commission.
Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) at the Australian Institute of Police Management and is currently studying to be a Counsellor.
Stephen recently contributed to a publication as part of a joint UNSW and Fortem Australia
collaboration on Moral Challenges: Vocational wellbeing among first responders by detailing his lived experience with mental health.
Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years.
In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) for a period of 12 months.
He is a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, the NSW State Rescue Board and a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. He was awarded the National Medal in 1999 and Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2001.
CEO of Lifeline Canberra, Carrie is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and GAICD with a demonstrated history of working in the health care industry. Strong business development professional with a Marketing focus in Public and Government Relations, Psychology, and Applied Communication from University of Natal, South Africa.
Department of Health (VIC)
Karen Olver has over 30 years’ experience working across health and human services, justice, planning, policy, social research and social science in both the private and public sector. She is known for her commitment to employee wellbeing, and has an in-depth understanding of implementing employee support programs. Karen is known for her work leading the implementation of a new employee wellbeing and support program as Manager Employee Wellbeing and Support in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. This included reshaping the employee ‘wellbeing’ narrative in the context of complex organisational change using systems psychodynamic theories and methods.
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (SA
Ngaire is an experienced health manager and board Director, with over 18 years working across clinical, training, educational, managerial, executive and governance roles in public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Ngaire also brings experience in business development and entrepreneurship both in the wine industry and healthcare sector – including brand strategy, and better practice in dementia care and mental health.
With a paramedic background and various Board Directorships in the healthcare sector, including previous Chair of a public hospital and current Board Director of a not-for-profit community health organisation, Ngaire’s experience positions her to be at the forefront of developing and influencing effective strategies for organisations including Comcare, where she leads a portfolio as Director Mental Health and Research.
Mental Health Australia
Leanne Beagley has been the Chief Executive Officer at Mental Health Australia since April 2020.
Her background includes clinical qualifications in Occupational Therapy and Family Therapy, as well as a Masters of Business Leadership and a PhD in Psychology in organisational culture and performance. Prior to working at Mental Health Australia Leanne was CEO at Western Victoria Primary Health Network for three years.
With 15 years’ experience in direct mental health care in clinical settings in Melbourne, Leanne is also a former Director of Mental Health and Drugs at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, a role she held for five years.
She also has a range of experience as a non-executive Director on a variety of Boards including the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre, Tweddle Child and Family Health Centre, and Eating Disorders Victoria.
University of South Australia
Dr Tessa S. Bailey is a registered psychologist who completed her PhD focusing on Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) and psychosocial factors at work, for which she received the 2019 Ian Davey Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of South Australia. Dr Bailey has experience working in the areas of human resource management, injury preventions, and injury management across both public and private sectors across a wide range of industries including health, social services, and aviation.
Dr Bailey has assisted with coordinating the Australian Workplace Barometer project since 2011 which has collected data on working conditions, worker health, and productivity outcomes for over 7000 workers across Australia. Dr Bailey’s current appointment as a Research Fellow with the PSC Observatory focuses on extending the understanding surrounding psychosocial factors at work and their impact on worker health and productivity. Dr Bailey’s work as a Consultant Psychologist with PSCiP involves engaging with industry to build the capacity of Workforce Health and Safety systems to provide a safe environment, protect worker health, and promote wellbeing.
Dayna has over 15 years’ experience in strategic research and cultural change initiatives in both the public and private sectors. She has delivered complex programs both in Australia and internationally, including developing better practice policy and frameworks across multiple jurisdictions.
In addition, Dayna spent 7 years as Chair of a network for LGBT employees, which helped to frame her passion for improving workplace cultures and ensuring that everyone feels able to be their best self at work. In this role, she led an annual program of work which resulted in her organisation being named as one of the Top 100 employers for LGBT staff each year.
Jo Farmer Consulting
Jo Farmer is policymaker and evaluator focused on improving health and wellbeing, particularly for those who experience mental illness and are disadvantaged by social structures. Jo uses her skills to design and drive systemic change, supporting the development of a health and social services system that puts people at the centre. Her experience includes strategic planning, evaluation and service design in not for profits, government and service delivery agencies. She has previously worked in workplace mental health policy and evaluation with Beyond Blue, and as part of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, and as a consultant, has delivered evaluations for leading mental health not-for-profits and government agencies.
The community and those with lived experience are at the heart of Jo’s work. As someone who combines lived and professional experience in her own work, she recognises the value of genuine engagement and collaborative design that balances evidence with the needs of consumers and those of delivery agents to deliver long-term, meaningful change.
Manager - WHS: Local Government Work Care, JLT Public Sector
Peter has more than 20 years of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) on-the-job experience practice working with government, volunteer organisations including the Qld State Emergency Service and Surf Life Saving Qld and the mining equipment manufacturing industries.
Peter professionally is a Registered Nurse with a postgraduate specialities in OHS and Disaster & Emergency Management.
Peter proudly heads up the Safety & Wellbeing Unit at the Redland City Council and is Councils Lead for Crisis Management
Peter is particularly passionate about his “Head Safety Coach” role in local government.
Peter is a determined optimist and believes that Health, Safety & Wellbeing can be part of a “normal day at work” if people are considered to be an organisation’s best and most valuable assets.
Peter really cares about people and this drives his keen interest in Workplace Mental Health matters.
Peter is an engaging speaker who values the opportunity to channel his real-world experiences and learning’s to share stories that resonate with his audience.
Ingrid is a vibrant passionate Mental Health and Suicide Prevention advocate, educator and campaigner. Over many years, she’s worked closely with many of Australia’s bluechip household organisations and those in the UK and Europe. Ingrid’s company mh@work has won many prestigious awards and has been independently evaluated, confirming an evidence based approach and ROI to businesses in taking bold steps to address issues of stress and mental illness and help work to be a positive conduit to health and wellbeing.
Having developed the first interactive elearning tool focusing on Mental Health and Resilience in the workplace, and the success of her book co-written with Bernard McNair “Creating Mentally Healthy and Supportive Workplaces” these resources have been distributed to more than 250,000 employees in Australia alone.
An official ambassador of Lifeline, Ingrid has also participated on many national boards, committees, advisory groups and research grant applications. Ingrid has helped both sides of government COAG deliberations via the Prime Minister and Cabinet with respect to mental health reform with previous and current Australian Federal Governments.
Ingrid shares her journey of loving, living and working with people in her family and workplaces who have been touched directly and indirectly by mental illness and suicide. Ingrid is a survivor and shares her vulnerability that has become her strength and personal and professional crusade, so we aren’t left wondering what if we had reached out and asked someone how they were coping?
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (SA)
Mary works as the WHS Advisor at Questacon, Australia’s Science and Technology Centre. She is a qualified WHS practitioner with in excess of 35 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors, across diverse industries in numerous roles ranging from retail and consultant to lecturer, investigator senior manager and HR professional.
As a WHS senior manager at WorkSafe ACT Mary was instrumental in the implementation of the WHS harmonisation legislation and managed a diverse portfolio of in excess of 5O personnel that included retail, construction, explosive regulators, worker’s compensation, asbestos regulators and the asbestos task force.
In her current role at Questacon over the past 18 months, Mary has led a number of key recovery and staff well-being initiatives such as:
- Bushfire Recovery Plan (November 2019)
- Smoke Recovery Plan and Hail Damage Recovery Plan (December 2019 through March 2020)
- COVID -19 business continuity plan (March 2020 – present). Key focuses include:
- The Questacon COVID-19 Recovery Plan and the implementation of the centre’s WHS Risk Plan and section specific COVID Safe Work Plans
- Centre closures and staged re-opening plan and COVID-19 WHS Induction implementation training for re-opening
- Initiated and continues to undertake staff wellness checks as a result of COVID-19 with key focus on staff working in isolation and remotely.