headspace Board


Ann Brewer

  • Board member since November 2014
  • Member appointee of University of Sydney.
  • Co-chair of Research and Evaluation Committee.
  • B.A. in Behavioural Science, (Macq) M.Com (Hons), PhD, (UNSW) FAICD
  • Ann is a Professor in Business and Dean of Professional and Continuing Education, the University of Sydney and has a honorary chair in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney.
  • She is the CEO of the Centre for Continuing Education and SydneyLearning Pty. Ltd. - a wholly owned entity of the University of Sydney and oversees the Law Extension Committee, the University of Sydney.
  • Ann is an organisational psychologist, initially training as a clinical psychologist.
  • Has held significant leadership and management positions as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Management) until June 30, 2014 responsible for ensuring he implementation of the University's strategic plan as well as oversight of the core operations of the University of Sydney including Human Resources, ICT, infrastructure & planning and Finance as well as the implementation of the strategic plan, the Quality Assurance Strategy for the University, risk management and enterprise bargaining. Her academic leadership roles included Head of School of Business and acting Dean of Faculty of Economics and Business.
  • Ann skills include change management, industrial relations and overseeing major projects that introduce change into large, complex organisations especially around restructuring core business and service processes.
  • Ann continues to publish in leading international journals in her field and has authored eight books on organisational change, employee commitment and citizenship including her most recent on Leadership, Coaching and Followership published in 2013.
  • Ann has a forthcoming book in 2015 on Beyond Mentoring
  • Ann is an accredited executive coach and has a group of senior managers as her clients.
  • Ann's community engagement includes strategic work for Jewish House, Jewish Care and others.
  • She maintains an active research and teaching portfolio in leadership, change and conflict management, conducting difficult conversations, performance and misconduct, business writing as well as critical anthropology for the 21st century.



Barbara Hingston

  • Board member since 16 July 2009
  • Appointee of the Commonwealth Minister for Health.
  • Member Centre Expansion Committee.
  • Member Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Member Family and Friends Committee.
  • Chair Remuneration Committee.
  • Barbara has held senior executive and corporate management roles in commonwealth government and in the NGO sector including as Executive Director for Mercy Health Care Australia Ltd, a national collaboration in health and aged care.  Board member since 16 July 2009, inaugural Co-Chair of headspace Board's Clinical, Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee 2009-2012.
  • She is a highly experienced non-executive director, having contributed to the governance of acute tertiary health as a member of Austin Health Board for 8 years, mental health and other primary care services, health professional regulation, and child and family services in Victoria, Qld and the ACT. In addition to headspace, her current directorships include Catholic Social Services Australia, Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local and Dental Health Services Victoria and Lady Gowrie Tasmania.
  • Barbara consults to government and community organisations in corporate and clinical governance, strategy and stakeholder engagement and service review and evaluation. She is an executive mentor and coach to senior executive staff and is also an experienced social worker practiced in individual and group counselling in sexual assault, family violence and other trauma.


Anita Jacoby

  • Board member since 11 February 2013
  • Appointee of the Commonwealth Minister for Health.
  • Member Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Anita is one of Australia's most experienced media professionals. In a career spanning 30 years she's created and produced hundreds of hours of content for every TV network.
  • She is currently Managing Director, ITV Studios Australia.
  • She has also been an Executive at Zapruder's other films producing programs such as "Enough Rope", "The Gruen Transfer", "Elders", "Hungry Beast", "Country Town Rescue" and "AFP" and documentaries including "God on My Side" and the award-winning mental health documentary, "Angels & Demons".
  • Over the years she's produced numerous stories for programs including "60 Minutes", "Sunday", "Witness", "Today" and "GMA". Many of these have focussed on mental health issues such as youth suicide, teenage drinking, drug abuse and gender issues.
  • Anita has also worked as a news reporter, print journalist and book editor.
  • Her work has seen her awarded six AFI/AACTA awards; an Order of Australia Media Award; a Human Rights Award (Highly Commended); Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award and the Alzheimer's Australia Annual Award.
  • Anita has completed the Australian Institute of Company Director's course.
  • She is also a part-time Authority Member of the ACMA, is on the NSW Alzheimer's Advisory Board and a Director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia.



Lyn Littlefield OAM

  • Board member since 5 June 2009
  • Member appointee of the Australian Psychological Society Limited
  • Member of Clinical, Quality, Risk Management and Research Committee
  • Member Remuneration Committee
  • Professor, OAM, FAPS, FAICD, FAIM, BSc, BBSc (Hons), Dip Ed, M Psych, PhD
  • Lyn has extensive experience in teaching, clinical practice and research, in child and family psychology, and she established the first professional doctorate in clinical child, adolescent and family psychology in Australia.  Lyn was previously the Head of the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University, and is currently a Professor at La Trobe.  She was the Inaugural Director of the Victorian Parenting Centre.
  • She was conferred a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to the welfare of children and families.
  • Lyn is Deputy Chair of Mental Health Council of Australia; Chair of the Board of Allied Health Professionals Australia; Board member of Mental Health Professionals Network.
  • Lyn also sits on a number of Government Mental Health Advisory Groups


Ian Marshman

  • Board member since 5 June 2009
  • Member appointee of the University of Melbourne
  • Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
  • Chair Centre Expansion Committee
  • Member Remuneration Committee
  • BA (Honours), LLB
  • Ian was appointed Senior Vice-Principal at the University of Melbourne in March 1999.  In this role he is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor and Council for the overall management and administration of the University.  Ian has specific responsibilities for major projects and facilities planning, audit, compliance and external reporting accountabilities.
  • Ian's career began as an Administrator in the Australian Public Service in Canberra.  He has held senior positions in health at Commonwealth and State Government levels.
  • He was Chair of the Management Committee for Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre for 15 years until 2014.
  • He is Chair of the Universitas 21 Managers Group.  Ian is a current member of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board and a Director of the Melbourne Dental Clinic and Uniseed Ltd.  He has previously served on the boards of several health services agencies. He is also a Director of a number of University boards.


Wendy McCarthy AO

  • Board member since 5 June 2009.
  • Appointee of the Commonwealth Minister for Health.
  • Chair of Board.
  • Member Centre Expansion Committee.
  • AO, BA, Dip Ed, Hon Dr University of SA.
  • Wendy began her career as a secondary school teacher and remains passionate about the power of education.  For five decades she has been a teacher, educator and change agent in Australian public life.
  • Wendy chairs Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and is a Non-Executive Director of Goodstart Early Learning and Bentham IMF Limited.
  • She has held many significant leadership roles in leading national and international bodies including eight years as Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10 years as Chancellor of the University of Canberra and 13 years as a director of Plan International.
  • In 1989, Wendy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women's affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations.


Patrick McGorry AO

  • Board member since 5 June 2009.
  • Member appointee of Orygen Youth Health Research Centre.
  • Member of Clinical, Quality, Risk Management and Research Committee.
  • Member Centre Expansion Committe
  • AO, MD, BS, PhD, FRCP, FRANZCP, Australian of the Year 2010.
  • Patrick is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.  He is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley journal "Early Intervention in Psychiatry".
  • Patrick has also played a major role in mental health reform in Australia and many other countries.  He led the successful consortium bid to the Department of Health and Ageing, on behalf of Orygen, University of Melbourne, APS and BMRI/University of Sydney, to design and implement headspace from 2006-2009, prior to it forming an independent company in 2009.  Patrick is President of the Society for Mental Health Research 2013-2015; acting Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Association for Youth Mental Health. He is a former Director of Headstrong, Ireland's National Youth Mental Health Foundation; past-president and treasurer of the International Early Psychosis Association; a former member of the National Mental Health Advisory Committee; and a former member of the Victorian Government's Mental Health Reform Council.


John McGrath AM

  • Board member since 5 June 2009.
  • Appointee of the Commonwealth Minister for Health.
  • Chair Family and Friends Committee.
  • Member Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Member Remuneration Committee.
  • AM.
  • Chairman of Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd, a Commonwealth funded project in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Networking.  John is past Deputy Chair and an Inaugural Director of beyondblue since its inception in October 2000.
  • Immediate Past Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Expert Council on Mental Health from 1999 - 2010.  Former Board Member of Crisis Support Services, a national professional telephone counseling service.  John was the Inaugural Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia 1997 - 2003.  John was also the Inaugural Chair of the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre in Warrnambool for 13 years.
  • Member of the Victorian Parliament 1985 - 1999.  Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees from 1992 until his voluntary retirement as National Party MLA for Warrnambool, in late 1999.
  • In 2008 John was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours awards.
  • John`s decision to retire from politics was prompted by his desire to direct all of his energies towards promoting better outcomes for consumers of mental health services and their families.
  • John brings a strong family/carer focus to his involvement, instigated by the personal experience of having his two sons impacted by mental illness.  Darren's treatment has been effective, so that today he leads an active and productive life, however John's second son Shane, lost his life to suicide in 1993.



Louis Peachey

  • Board member since 18 May 2012.
  • Appointee of Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.
  • Chair Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee.
  • Co-Chair of Clinical, Quality, Risk Management and Research Committee.
  • Dr Louis Peachey is a Girimay man from the Djiribaligan language group (Rainforest People) of North Queensland.  He is a Senior Medical Officer at the Atherton District Hospital where he works as a Rural Generalist.
  • Dr Peachey was the founding President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, and has been directly involved in Health Advocacy for Indigenous Australians for more than a quarter of a century.  He has served on the Board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and the Logan Area Division of General Practice.  Dr Peachey has also served on numerous Federal and State health committees and reference groups throughout his career.

Rodney Pearce AM

  • Board member since 22 June 2015
  • Member appointee of Australian General Practice Network
  • AM, MBBS, Fellow AMA
  • Rodney comes from a sixth generation farming family and grew up and works as a general practitioner in a farming town with significant Indigenous health issues. He has an interest in mental health, men's health and medical practitioners own health.
  • Since 1993 he has been involved in integrating general practice with local, state and federal government programs.
  • Rodney is an advisor to the federal government writing Australia's First Primary Health Care Strategy. He has received personal and practice awards for teaching undergraduate, postgraduate medical students, interns, RMO's and GP registrars.

Rodney has previous roles as:-

  • President AMA (SA) 1998-2000
  • Chair Federal AMA Council of General Practice 2004-2010
  • Royal District Nursing Service Director 2007-12
  • Central Adelaide and Hills Medical Local 2011-13
Rodney is presently a director of:-
  • Medical Benevolent Association (SA)
  • Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL)
  • Australian General Practice Network, Joint Chair(AGPN)
  • Australian Association of General Practice (AAGP)
  • Influenza Specialist Group, Vice Chair (ISG)
  • Australian Medic Alert Foundation (AMAF)
  • General Practice Partners Australia (Founding member)
  • MedicalHQ (Urban and rural general practice)
  • Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for local government (Eastern Health Authority) and MedVet
  • In 2012 Rodney was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia



Sheree Vertigan

  • Board member since 5 June 2009.
  • Appointee of Principals Australia.
  • Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee.
  • BA, MEd, MACE.
  • Sheree has worked in a variety of positions within education, commencing her career as an English teacher prior to taking up a position as a consultant and then returned to senior positions within schools and the Department of Education. Sheree has had a long term and extensive involvement in professional associations at local, state, national and international levels. She is now working on a number of educational and social projects.  Sheree currently holds a number of other positions including:
    • President of Australian Secondary Principals' Association Ltd.
    • Asia/Oceania Representative on the International Confederation of Principals
    • Director, Principals Australia Board
    • Director Asia Education Foundation
    • Director Australian National Council for Drugs.


Wendy McCarthy began her career as a secondary school teacher and remains passionate about the power of education. For four decades she has been a teacher, educator and change agent in Australian public life. Her national consulting business, McCarthy Mentoring specialises in providing mentors to major corporations, the public sector, and not-for-profit Organisations.

In addition to headspace, Wendy Chairs Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents, and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. In 2009, she retired from her role as Vice Chair of Plan International. She has held many significant leadership roles in leading national bodies, including 8 years as deputy Chair of the Australian broadcasting Corporation.

In 1989, Wendy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women's affairs, and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership and in 2005 she was nominated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia's Top 100 Public Intellectuals.

She is the author of seven books.