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Jo Cook

Qualifications:  Masters of Education, specialising in Gifted Education (University of Tasmania), Grad Dip Psychology (Charles Sturt University), Bachelor of Counselling (AIPC).

Jo is the founder and former Executive Officer of TRED inc (Tasmania Recovery from Eating Disorders). She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and sits on its Consumer-Carer  Committee.  She is a member of the NEDC Expert Advisory Panel.

Jo is an advocate for improvements in mental health services in Tasmania and through participation in National forums. She holds that the voices of the lived experience of consumers and carers are integral to system and clinical advancement of treatment, in mental health broadly, but more specifically in Eating disorders. Her achievements include being awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the Director of The Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs in March 1997 for contribution to the settlement of refugees and more particularly as Chair of the Southern Tasmania CRSS Network and member of the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Centre 1996-1997.

Jo held the Ministerial appointment at the Chair of Tascag, (Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health on Mental Health) 2008-2009 and was a Member of COPMI National Family Forum 2008-2010.

David Murray AO, Chair

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Masters in Business Administration and PhD.

David has 40 years’ experience in financial services, with expertise in banking and wealth management, as well as the industry’s regulatory environment. David served as Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia from 1992 to 2005 and as the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Future Fund from 2006 to 2012 when his statutory term ended. He was the inaugural chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. David also chaired the Financial System Inquiry, which reported to the Australian Government in December 2014 and has previously served as a member of the Finance Sector Advisory Council and the APEC Business Advisory Council.

David holds a Bachelor of Business from the NSW Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration, commenced at Macquarie University and completed at the International Management Institute, Geneva. He holds an honorary PhD from Macquarie University.

David was appointed to the AMP Limited Board as Chairman in June 2018.

Anne Doherty

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Qualifications: RGN, RPN, BHA UNSW.

Anne has over thirty years’ experience in health, the majority spent in mental health. Anne spent 12 years in forensic mental health in New South Wales. She is committed to improving patient/consumer care and the patient/consumer and carer experience. Anne currently holds the position of Executive Director Mental Health, Southern Health Victoria.

Anthony Gill

Qualifications: B.COMM (Hons).

Anthony is the Chairman of the AFG board, a position he has held since 2008. Anthony has extensive experience across Australia’s finance industry, including Macquarie Bank for more than 16 years, most recently as Group Head of the Banking and Securitisation Group (BSG). Prior to joining Macquarie, Anthony was a Chartered Accountant with a major international firm in Australia and Canada, and then went on to work for a number of other banks and financial institutions.

Anthony’s banking experience spans more than two decades with expertise in banking, mortgage origination and securitisation. He is a past Chairman of the Australian Securitisation Forum and a past President of the Mortgage Industry Association of Australia.

 Anthony is also a Director of First Mortgage Services, First American Title Insurance and Pinchgut Opera’s Development Committee.


Catherine Happ

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University), Bachelor of Business, major in Industrial Relations (University of South Australia), Masters in Industrial Relations (Sydney University). Accredited Derivatives Adviser Level 2 (Australian Stock Exchange).

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience in the investments markets having joined JBWere in 1996, and hold the position of Executive Director.  

Catherine is the Vice President of Kambala Anglican Girls School Council , Chair of Kambala Foundation, and has been a member of the School Council since 2017

Emeritus Professor Susan Paxton

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons), M Psych., Ph D.

Susan is Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders and of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

She is a clinical psychologist and researcher engaged in projects focused on understanding risk factors of body image and eating problems across the lifespan, and evaluating prevention and early intervention strategies for eating disorders with a focus on understanding the role of social media. In addition, her research has explored stigma and mental health literacy related to eating disorders in the community.

Paul Salteri AM

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Paul Salteri graduated from the University of NSW in 1971 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, trained as an accountant, working in Sydney, the UK and Canada, and joined the Transfield Group in 1978. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, and a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney.  He is a past Director of Austrade, a former member of the National Executive of the Australian Industry Group (AIG); former Chairman of AIG's Defence Manufacturers Council and a former member of the Defence Industry Advisory Council. He was appointed a Director of Transfield in 1981 and rose to the position of Joint Managing Director until the Transfield Group split in 1997. Following the split, the Salteri family formed Tenix Pty Limited, the assets of which included the company responsible for the ANZAC Ship Project, later named Tenix Defence. Tenix Defence was sold in 2007.  Paul was Tenix Group Managing Director from 1997 to 2007, when he resigned from his executive position and became Chairman of the renamed Tenix Group, Olbia Pty Ltd.

In 1999, the Italian Government awarded Paul the title Cavaliere Ufficiale. In 2005, he was named an “Innovation Hero” by the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering in Sydney. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Paul is the Founder and Chairman of his family’s Private Ancillary Fund, the CAGES Foundation, which focuses on indigenous issues.

Michael Same

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Chartered Accountant.

Since joining KNP Solutions in 1986, Michael has become an integral part of the KNP group.  As a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree ,he has fostered a unique relationship with his clients, often being the first point of call for those seeking advice with business, personal, development and planning issues. His interests are broadened by his charitable involvement as Director of the Maccabi Victoria Foundation, and on the board of the PNET Cancer Foundation.

Professor Richard Newton


Qualifications: MBChB (Edin), MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Richard is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.  Peninsula Mental Health is a large mental health service based in a teaching hospital.  It has a range of Adult and Aged mental health services.  He is also a consultant adult psychiatrist within the service.  Until 2017 he was the Medical Director of Austin Mental Health, and the Clinical Director of BETRS a regional Eating Disorder service.  He has a private practice specialising in eating disorders

He is a Board Member of the Butterfly Foundation and also a board member of Mental Health Victoria.  He has had a number of roles within RANZCP and is currently Chair of the Victorian Branch of the college.

Richard is a member of the Australian Safety and Quality Commissions Comprehensive Care advisory Committee and has contributed to the development of the commission’s work on recognition and response to deterioration in mental state.  He is strongly committed to Quality and Safety systems in MH, consumer and carer participation in Mental Health Service development and the provision of safe effective evidence based interventions for all members of the community in need of mental health care.  Richard is an Editorial Board member of national and international academic journals and sits on numerous federal and state based planning or advisory committees. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters. He teaches a Masters level course in Structured Psychotherapy at the University of Melbourne and an Advanced Training course in CBT accredited for RANZCP AT in Psychotherapy.


Claire Middleton OAM

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)

Claire Middleton (formerly Vickery) founded the Butterfly Foundation in 2002 in response to her family’s journey with two daughters with anorexia. Claire also suffered herself from bulimia as a young person. In 2005, Claire was inducted into the Victorian Honour Role of Women and in 2006 she was awarded the Meehan Hartley Award International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). In 2012, Claire was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), Australia Day Honours List for her work with the Butterfly Foundation. Claire chaired the National Eating Disorders Collaboration 2009-2010 and she currently sits on the NEDC Steering Committee. Claire has served on several State and Federal Government advisory boards and committees for body image and eating disorders, including Founding Director of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (2012), Advisory Board Member of the International Academy of Eating Disorders (2013), Founding Director of Australians for Mental Health (2014) and Executive Producer of a Web Series 'A Peace of Nourishment' examining worldwide treatment for eating disorders. 

Executive Team

Kevin Barrow - Chief Executive Officer

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently, as Country Manager for Philips Australia and New Zealand, Kevin oversaw all Philips’ businesses and it’s supporting operations across Australia and New Zealand. He was also the direct General Manager for Healthcare where he was responsible for strengthening Philips’ market positions across the company’s broad healthcare offerings.

Kevin joined Philips from medical technology firm BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) where he was the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand since 2006. Prior to this, he held several senior sales and marketing management roles at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

Kevin was appointed to the Board of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) in 2009-2010 and was elected Chairman in 2012, serving in that role until his departure from Becton, Dickinson and Company.

Kevin was born in New Zealand and holds a Master of Science (with 1st Class Honours) from the Waikato University, New Zealand. He obtained a MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia and is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin is married with two children and enjoys running, kayaking, with spare time mostly spent following his children’s activities.

Hilary Crilly

Melissa Wilton

Kirsty Greenwood

Danni Rowlands

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