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Professor Allan Fels OA

Professor Allan Fels was Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), an institution established by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, the states and territories and 16 leading universities that educate and train senior public sector leaders. He also is Chairman of the Haven Foundation.

Professor Fels was Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 1995 to 2003 and prior Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission and Chairman of the Prices Surveillance Authority. In 2008–2009 he was a member of the Australian Government Disability Investment Group which first proposed the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In the field of mental health Professor Fels serves or has served on a number of government advisory boards. He also is patron of many mental health networks. He was a member of the Bayside Health Board for a number of years. Professor Fels is a long-term advocate of mental health policy reform and a carer for his daughter.


Dr. Margaret Leggatt AM

Dr. Leggatt is a sociologist and an occupational therapist with a long career in mental health and research. She has a long list of publications to her name, many of which cover family inclusive practice and the benefits of peer work. She was the Director of the Mental Illness Fellowship for 17 years and was instrumental in the development of SANE Australia, the national mental health advocacy organisation. She has also been a past President of the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, a Tandem founder, Chair and board member, and champion for the carer peer workforce and the Carer Consultants Network of Victoria.

Dr. Leggatt is the recipient of a top Australasian award – the TheMHS Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Service in Australia – which was announced at The Mental Health Services Conference 2013.


Rod Quantock OAM

Rod Quantock is one of the reasons that Melbourne is the live comedy capital of Australia. As a pioneer of stand-up comedy, Rod has more than forty-five years’ experience working in cabaret, theatre, television and radio. Thankfully, he has not mellowed as he’s aged and has remained sharp, insightful and fiercely political; lobbing Molotov Cocktails of Mirth at politics and society.


The Board


Michelle Swann (Chair)

Joined in 2016.
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours); Ass Dip of Bus (Legal Practice).
Other committees: Minister Foley’s Expert Mental Health Taskforce; 10 Year Mental Health Plan Workforce Reference Group; DHHS Carer Workforce Group; Womens’ Mental Health Network of Victoria.

Michelle is a Mental Health Carer and currently the Carer Advisor for NorthWestern Mental Health. She is a lived experience worker and social worker. Michelle has been a carer advocate, carer consultant and carer peer support worker. She is on the Executive of NWMH and also supervises the carer workforce at NWMH. Michelle is regularly involved in training activities for health professionals and is a staunch advocate for recovery for both consumers and their carers.


Rachael Lovelock (Deputy Chair)

Joined in 2014.
AdvDip of Community Services; Dip Administration & Finance.
Other committees: MHCC; Eastern Health CYMHS Carer Advisor; Vic. DHHS Lived Experience Leadership Expert Reference Group; Vic. DHHS Carer Partnership Dialogue.

Rachael Lovelock is a manager, advocate and family/carer leader who draws on her own lived experience and background in community development to lead, design and implement advocacy strategies, systems and processes at Wellways Australia.

Rachael advocates for platforms that ensure lived experience is heard, rights are upheld and principles of co-design are at the heart of policy, quality systems and services provision.

Rachael’s previous roles have included working as a family practitioner, service coordinator and consultant for carer participation and leadership. With experience in direct service, group facilitation, program coordination, training and project management her work has contributed to policy development, service design and advocacy.

Rachael is passionate about working with families and carers, her approach is informed by a belief that families and carers need support in their own right. Carer support is essential to assist people to identify with their own journey, reconnect to physical and emotional wellness and return to mutually supportive relationships.


Colin Fryer (Treasurer)

Joined in 2007.
BE (Hons) Adelaide; PhD, Monash; Dip Micro, Monash.

Colin is a retired engineer, business manager and CEO, with experience in business management, budgeting and financial reporting of projects and business entities.

Colin has been a family carer with experience of adolescent and adult mental health services in metropolitan Melbourne and the private sector. Colin has a particular interest in the needs of young people with mental illness, and in the support of their families.

Colin would like to see Tandem continue to have a strong influence in the Victorian mental health system, with representation from a wide range of member organisations and with more interaction with carers in rural and regional areas. Financial stability will be a key factor for the board to work on in the next few years.


Katrina Clarke

Joined 2016.
GradCert Community Services Practice Client Assessment and Case Management (Culturally Responsive Practice VTPU), AdvDipMgt, DipHealthCouns, Cert MH Peer Work, Cert TAE.

Other committees: National - National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum (NMHCCF) – Carer Ordinary and Victorian Carer Representative; Consumer & Carer Participation Working Group & Psychotropic Iatrogenic Disorders Advocacy Working Group that has recently Launched ‘A Critical Literature Review of the Direct, Adverse Effects of Neuroleptics’ Essential information for mental health consumers , carers, families and support people, Primary Health Network (PHN) Lead Site Evaluation Advisory Committee Carer Rep.

Victorian – Carer Representative: Lived Experience Leadership Expert Reference Group and the Innovation Expert Reference Group advising to Minister Foley’s Mental Health Expert Task Force, shaping Victoria’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan; DHHS Carer Workforce Development Group; RANZCP Enabling Supported Decision Making (3 Year Project); and the Second Psychiatric Opinion Service Project Control Group.

Katrina remains abreast of current advocacy issues through her membership on national, state and local and regional committees and networking groups. Katrina currently leads the Mental Health Carer Workforce at Monash Health as a Senior Carer Consultant in the Southern Region of Victoria and has worked as a Carer Consultant for the past 11 years and is passionate about developing the Lived Experience Workforce and Engagement and Participation in the Mental Health Sector.


Belinda Horton

Joined in 2017.



Matthew Jackman

Joined in 2016.
BSW (Hons), Monash University
Other committees: Boroondara Greens (The Greens), Housing Working Party, Family Sensitive Practice Committee, Consumer Advisory Group – Community and Hospital, Consumer and Carer Leadership Committee (Forensicare).

Matthew’s carer journey began aged nine as a result of caring for his younger siblings after loosing a mother to mental illness. He developed family and carer advocacy skills when coming into contact with mental health services for his teenage siblings to ensure they were provided with the best opportunities for recovery.

He is passionate about human rights, social justice and its intersection with family and carer involvement at all levels of mental health services and broader systems. 

He is currently studying a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, a Masters of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne, and a Doctorate in Social Work at Monash University with the view to becoming a Family and Carer and Social Work Academic. He is passionate about trauma informed consumers, carers and consumer supporters, staff, organisations, structures and systems which involves examining the Peer Workforce and its capacity for social change in the mental health system.



Peter McKenzie

Joined in 2015.
PhD (MA ClinFamTher).

Peter is an anthropologist and family therapist. He currently holds the Carer Academic (mental health) position at The Bouverie Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. He has significant personal caring and professional experience in the mental health sector, including CMHSS and clinical. His other currents roles at the Centre include clinical family therapist, family practice consultant in the mental health program and principle research supervisor of the higher degree research program. His focus areas include family inclusive practice, carer peer workforce, ethnographic research and narrative therapy, with a particular clinical focus on Borderline Personally Disorder and complex needs families.



Frances Sanders

Joined in 2016.

Frances is the General Manager of Business Development: NDIS at Mind Australia. She was the former Executive Director of ARAFEMI Victoria, and the Eating Disorder Foundation, and has held executive roles in the mental health and employment sectors since 1995. Frances holds post graduate qualifications in psychology, change management and training. Having worked in the mental health sector for 20 years, Frances has extensive experience in the development and delivery of mental health, carer and peer service models. Frances has been responsible for leading the Mind Family and Carer Strategy, consumer engagement, tendering and the development of new services.



Maurice Sheehan

Joined in 2016.



Cathy Spencer

Joined in 2016.
Dip. Child Care; Dip Bus (Community Services and Health Management)
Other committees: CLEW.

Cathy Spencer has worked in the human service field for 30 years and is employed as a Carer Consultant with Psychiatric Services at Bendigo Health. The Carer Consultant role gathers the carer perspective of the mental health service and what is required from across the region to ensure broad carer representation in service planning and delivery. This perspective is then integrated into the development and review of Bendigo Health, psychiatric services policies, processes and programs. Cathy links with the statewide Carer Consultant Network, bringing innovation and ideas back to the regional service.

Cathy is an integral part of the Bendigo Health Psychiatric Education Team, and is actively involved in developing and facilitating educational programs for clinical staff from a carer perspective. Her lived experience as a carer compliments her professional knowledge, and is a vital component of support for families using the service.

Cathy has provided authorship to Latrobe University Mental Health Masters, and facilitated tutoring within the post graduate study days. Concluding Bendigo Health’s 2014 NQMHS accreditation, Cathy’s work was recognised as a bench mark in the area of carer engagement and inclusion. A recent graduate of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP), which aims to develop community leadership in the North Central region of Victoria, Cathy aims to further embed her leadership skills into her role.

She is passionate about her work and strongly believes a three way partnership (client/carer/clinician) is a vital component for successful recovery-focused care and treatment within mental health.



Simon Stafrace

Joined in 2016.

Simon is a psychiatrist with over 20 years’ clinical experience in adult and aged psychiatry in Victoria’s public mental health system.  He has served in numerous committee and educational roles in the the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age.

In his current appointment as Program Director of Psychiatry at Alfred Health, he is responsible for the delivery of clinical specialist and primary mental health services at 12 locations across southern metropolitan Melbourne and a psychiatry research centre managed in partnership with Monash University. His passion is to lead the kind of mental health service he's like members of his family to be treated in, one that is welcoming; treats people with dignity; provides safe and effective care; promotes clinical and social recovery; engages families and  friends; and is valued by the local community.

In his clinical work, he has become increasingly aware that the best efforts of clinicians sometimes do not lead to the kinds of outcomes sought by patients and their families. His leadership journey has led to an interest in how the outcomes and safety of healthcare can be improved by connecting the experience of service users and the expertise of professionals differently. He believes that the engagement of professionals and the people whose lives are affected by their decisions will produce better outcomes not just in health services, but in the community more broadly. 



Lisa Sweeney

Joined in 2014.
BA (Political Science, Social Theory); Bachelor of Health Science.
Other committees: Other committees: Australians for Mental Health (Director); National Register of Consumer and Carer Representatives.

Lisa has been a carer for her older brother for almost two decades, since the age of ten, following a diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder. This early insight into public mental health has inspired an appetite for change and crafted her vocational choices both in public policy and health. In addition to her career as a public servant, Lisa works as a naturopath focusing on adjunctive mental health. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and in particular recognising the difficulties faced by young carers.



Marie Piu MAPS

Since June 2016.

Marie is passionate about advocating for a health system which supports consumers, families, carers and service providers working together in partnership to strengthen outcomes for people facing mental health and wellbeing challenges. She is thrilled to be entrusted with the leadership of Tandem as she has been in a caring role for her mother, living with a psychosocial disability, since she was a young child and has firsthand experience of the power of working in partnership.

Marie is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Her postgraduate studies in Applied Psychology provided her with the theoretical underpinning and professional skills for her future focus on systemic advocacy. She has been lobbying for service improvement, accountability and family/carer inclusion in care throughout her professional career. She has worked for nearly three decades to ensure that marginalised community members, many impacted by serious mental illness and their families/carers, have access to better care and community services and that there are policies, procedures, professional guidelines, and wherever possible, an authorising environment in place to support this.

Marie has held Senior Management roles, managed multidisciplinary staff and multiple programs and projects in a broad range of contexts including: Community and Mental Health, Trade Union and Policing, with extensive experience and interest in working with Aboriginal and Multicultural Communities.