Board Vacancies 2017
The MHCTas Board is advertising for new members. Applicants need to commit to only four meetings a year, although it is hoped that members would also contribute to executive functions or participate as a member of a sub-committee.
The key attribute of a Board member is an understanding of and commitment to carers. Carers play an important, unpaid and often unacknowledged role in supporting people with mental illness and carers are best placed to understand these challenges. For this reason, the MHCTas Constitution provides that at least half of Board members should be carers.
Small community organisations face significant challenges because of limited budgets and few staff. There is little financial flexibility or capacity to operate outside of the core funding purpose of the organisation. For these reasons, the Board and CEO of MHCTas has focused on being clear about the purpose of the organisation and what it can realistically achieve. This focus and been driven by the development of a clear vision and strategic plan and on building a strong relationship with Mental Health Carers Australia as a peak national body. The CEO has done an excellent job is developing and leading this focus.
However, governance of a small organisation is often just as complex as a large organisation and having members with good skills is important because of limited administrative resources. For this reason, the MHCTas Board is looking for people with experience in governance or administration. This would include experience in running meetings, taking minutes and developing strategic plans. It might also include managing staff or understanding the needs of modern organisations.
If you believe that you can make a contribution to the MHCTas – apply to become a board member. Write a brief statement about why you would like to contribute and include details of your experience and interests. We look forward to hearing from you.
Expressions of Interest close on Sunday 30th July 2017.
Please download and complete Board Member Expression of Interest and MHCTas Board of Governance Selection Criteria 2017. Please forward completed forms to email@example.com or post to 1 St Johns Avenue New Town 7008.
For more information about our organisation please download the following documents:
Board of Governance 2016
Chris Batt – President
Chris has extensive experience in legislation, policy development, consumer affairs, governance, public administration, politics, senior management and leadership. This year is Chris’ second year on the board of MHCTas and his first year as President.
Elida Meadows – Vice President
Elida is the current Vice President of MHCTas and currently works with Mental Health Council of Tasmania as Policy Officer and her skills lay within policy, advocacy, research and diversity. Elida has been on the board for three years.
Mathew Holloway – Secretary
Mathew is in his second year of the board and currently holds the position of Secretary. Mathew has supported people with long term mental health illness in both his personal and professional life. He is currently employed at Bethlehem House as a senior case worker and also has strong administrative and community development skills.
Colleen Hooper – Treasurer
Colleen has worked in the disability employment field for over 30 years. This role works across a broad sector, including education, NDIS, employment and community access programs and Colleen is the current Treasurer of MHCTas.
Lisa is currently employed as Director of Eureka Clubhouse and has worked in the mental health sector for over twenty years. Lisa has an in-depth knowledge of issues and barriers that consumers face and the skills to implement supports that deliver better positive outcomes for both those experiencing mental ill health and their carers.
Jane has worked in the community/health sector as well as various positions within the State Library of Tasmania. Jane has a wealth of experience in management, governance and strategic planning amongst many other skills.
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.
Malcolm represents Northern Tasmania and brings valuable experience as a mental health carer, a teacher and school principal. Malcolm also brings financial and HR management experience at a state-wide level.
Sonia is a current Board Member of the Pittwater Neighbourhood Centre and is currently employed as a teacher. Sonia is a former manager in the State Service and brings a wealth of experience in finance, leadership and management, business and strategic planning and policy and procedure development. Sonia represents MHCTas on the Carers National Board – Mental Health Carers Australia.