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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
depressioNet's Board of Directors are all 'people like us' - people who have personal experience with depression through having suffered from depression themselves, or through a family member or friend.

Ted Davies - Chair
Ted Davies was formerly Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Right Mangement with responsibilty for the Asia Pacific region. He has recently retired from his full-time mangement role and now works in a part-time consulting capacity.

Right Management is the world's - and Australia's - leading career transition and consulting firm, helping organisations and individuals with the complex and challenging task of managing the human side of change.

Ted works with people to establish new career directions consistent with their personal goals and capabilities. He is also a very experienced executive coach and mentor. He has extensive international management and human resources experience. He is former Managing Director of Moore Business Systems and Tenneco Walker Australia. Earlier in his career he held senior human resource management positions in the UK, Europe and North America.

He holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Cambridge University, and is a former English-Speaking Union Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business..

Ted is married with four grown-up children and resides in Melbourne. His interests include scuba diving, rugby union, choral singing (being Welsh by birth!) and the theatre. He is a board member of the Opera Foundation of Victoria.

Dr Rob Moodie - MBBS, MPH, F(FPHM)RACP, FRACGP, FAIM
Dr Rob Moodie graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1976 and later trained in Tropical Medicine at Paris University and Public Health at Harvard University. In 1977 he commenced an internship at the Albury Base Hospital. In 1978 he took up the position of Chief Resident Medical Officer at the American Hospital in Paris.

During 1979 and 1980 Rob worked as a medical officer for Save the Children Fund in refugee camps in the Sudan, and from 1982 to 1988 as a Medical Officer for Congress, the community-controlled Aboriginal Health Service in Alice Springs.

In 1985, Rob Moodie led a Medicins Sans Frontiers team in a refugee camp of 40,000 Tigrean people in Eastern Sudan.

In 1987, during his time as Senior Medical Officer with the Victorian Health Department, Dr Moodie commenced a number of international assignments with the World Health Organisation to plan and evaluate programs in AIDS/STD prevention in the Pacific and Africa. From 1992 until 1995 he was Director of the International Health Unit at the Macfarlane Burnet Centre. In August 1995 Rob became the Director of Country Support for the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) at the World Health Organisation headquarters in Geneva.

Dr Moodie is currently the Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. He has Professorial appointments in public health at Melbourne and Monash Universities.

Rob has represented Victoria in rugby union, and his interests include meditation, opera, touch rugby and learning how to cook. He is married and has two children.

Barbara Wilby - MBA (AGSM), GAICD
Barbara Wilby is a Director of Corporate Wisdom; a company created to serve leaders in the area of leadership dynamics. Corporate Wisdom works one-on-one with Chief Executives and their management teams in the continuing development of effective leadership.

Barbara’s original approaches have seen her work used to increase the leadership effectiveness of some of Asia Pacific’s best-known companies. Barbara’s philosophy is that an effective focus on leadership dynamics is a key contributor to corporate evolution.

Prior to establishing a track record in leadership, Barbara Wilby was a turnaround marketing specialist. This included repositioning brands and reinventing marketing structures. Roles held during that time included Director of Marketing at Fairfax and a global role as Director of Marketing for Ayers Rock Resort.

Barbara Wilby has an MBA with distinction from the Australian Graduate School of Management and has served as a Director of the AGSM Alumni Association.

Barbara also farms pistachios at Kyalite, New South Wales. The orchard at Kyalite is one of the pioneering pistachio orchards in Australia, and is among the largest. It is now highly productive and profitable.

Barbara’s interests include music, reading the great works of literature, travel and the rewards of friendship. She supports youth through sponsorship of NIDA.

Peter Lowe - MBA, B, Comm, CPA, AICD
Joining the Board of depressioNet in January 2005, Peter Lowe brings to depressioNet his extensive professional experience including CFO for both Australian and International listed companies.

With formal qualifications in Commerce complimented by an MBA, Peter’s career focus has been on finance and accounting, as well as corporate strategy, development and coaching. Some of the companies that Peter has worked for previously include Price Waterhouse, Fosters Group Ltd., United Energy Ltd., and Utilicorp Australasia.

A member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Certified Practising Accountants, Peter currently sits on the board of five companies as well as Chairing the Gasnet Audit Committee.

Peter is very familiar with depression through having loved ones suffer, and is looking forward to learning more. Couple this with a desire to contribute to society through involvement in an organisation that can make a real difference to people in need, and depressioNet was a perfect choice for Peter!

A keen sportsman, Peter enjoys swimming, tennis, bike riding and surfing as well as coaching a junior basketball team. A teenage son and daughter also help keep Peter fit and ‘on his toes’!

Peter is a very welcome and valuable addition to the Team at depressioNet!

Jan Land
Jan is a senior manager with a track record of success in business, financial and people management, having successfully run a commercial organisation, a private company, a government instrumentality and mentored others.

As Media and Technology Consultant to the Sydney Bid Committee Jan was the official spokesperson on media, telecommunications and technology for all of the presentations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Also responsible for writing the technical section of Sydney’s successful Candidature File regarded by the IOC as the most professional and technically outstanding ever presented.

Jas has coached the Chairmen and Managing Directors of numerous top 500 companies in presentation, communication and personal life skills.

She has held board positions with various Not For Profit (NFP) organisations.

Jan was seeking a change of direction with new and interesting challenges when she joined the depressioNet board.

Maria Prendergast
Maria is a writer and journalist with considerable experience working in publishing and in the community sector. Maria has made a significant contribution to a broad range of community organisations, contributing both her experience as a writer and publisher and as a Board member.

Company Secretary
Linda Dillon
Linda is an experienced finance professional with a successful career as a company secretary and Chief Financial Officer. She has performed these roles in large privately owned multi national organizations.

Linda has over 20 years experience in accounting, finance, risk management, board reporting and compliance with company regulations and Corporate Governance. Linda currently sits on the Board of two companies.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a Chartered Accountant.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

Linda’s interests include fitness, reading and travel. She has two daughters.

depressioNet Patrons
According to The New Penguin English Dictionary, a Patron is:
1. a person who uses wealth or influence to help an individual, institution or cause;
2. a person who is chosen, named, or honoured as a special guardian, protector or supporter.
In addition to our Directors, the following people join us in our desire to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australians and have generously agreed to be Patrons of depressioNet.

    Professor Gordon Parker
    Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales;
    Director, The Black Dog Institute

    Professor Helen Herrman
    Professor & Director of Psychiatry, at St. Vincent’s Mental Health Service (Melbourne) and the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry;
    Site Director, World Health Organisation Australian Multi-Site Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health

depressioNet Ambassadors
Sarah Cornally - June 2002 - June 2006 Inaugual Chair
Sarah Cornally is the Managing Director of Leading People, a leadership development and behavioural change consultancy. Her client list includes AMP, CSR, Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, Network 10, Phillips Fox Lawyers, The Prime Minister & Cabinet Office, Westpac & Vodafone.

Sarah has experience presenting on several leadership programs, radio and pay TV business skills channel. She writes regular articles for industry groups and publications and recently published a chapter on The Art of Engagement – Turning Strategic Intent into Real Results in the book, Lessons in Leadership.

Sarah's expertise is founded on 17 years experience inspiring and leading severely injured workers through the rehabilitation process. She specialised in turning around "failed" cases, achieving a 70% success rate, saving millions of dollars whilst facilitating people discovering what they were capable of, despite their circumstances.

Headhunted by corporate leaders who wanted to know her "secrets" for influencing people's attitudes and behaviour, for 20 years Sarah has been consulting to leaders and organisations on how to shape and influence people's behaviour to deliver pragmatic business results.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) and Masters of Safety Science. As an advocate of business enterprise she has acted as a business mentor for the Mentoring Program with the NSW Department of State & Regional Development Business Enterprise Scheme assisting people establishing their businesses and presented to youth involved with the Young Achievement Australia program.

Sarah has 18 years experience as a Director and has served in many roles in various associations including treasurer, insurance industry liaison chair, accreditation committee chair, program director, sponsorship & display co-ordinator and president. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management & an accredited member of the National Speakers Association of Australia and International Federation of Professional Speakers. Sarah served as National President of the National Speakers Association of Australia 2000-2002 and on the executive council of the International Federation of Professional Speakers from 2000 - 2003.

Financial, People and Legal
The Board of depressioNet have the support of high level expertise in the key areas of legal, Human Resources and financial matters.

Tom Tyrrell: Accountant and depressioNet auditor.
Tom Tyrrell is the senior principal of the chartered accounting practice, Tyrrells & Associates Pty Ltd, Carlton. Prior to commencing practice in Carlton in July 2002, he worked in the Melbourne city based chartered firm of Warnocks with whom he was partner for over 20 years.
Apart from specialising in income tax consulting as a licensed tax agent, Tom is a licensed company auditor and has been the auditor of many companies and organisations including public companies and superannuation funds. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Over the years he has been a member of many community organisations, for most of which, he has been treasurer and/or auditor. These include being on the board of Methodist Ladies College for 4 years and being an active member of Rotary for 12 years.

Darren Cutts and Centaur: Human Resource expertise
Darren Cutts is the founder of Segway Human Resources which merged with Centaur Australia in 2005. Darren now leads the HR Consulting Services under Centaur and provides expert advice and consultancy pro bono to the depressioNet Board and CEO in a broad range of Human Resource issues and activities. Caring for our people is a priority for depressioNet and we are very fortunate to have Darren support us in this area.

Freehills Legal Services
Freehills have a strong committment to serving the community and provide invaluable pro bono legal services to many community organisations. We are very fortunate to have the support of Freehills for depressioNet and depressioNet benefits from the services provided by a number the Freehills Team in relevant areas of expertise.
It was the Team at Freehills that helped establish depressioNet as an independent Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC) and Deductibly Gift Recipient (DGR), and they have been wonderful in assisting depressioNet ever since.
This is a partnership that we appreciate and value!

Supporting our Board

In addition to the formal board members we are seeking suitably experienced people to support our Board in the vast range of activities involved in maximising the potential of depressioNet to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australians. If you are interested in supporting the Board of depressioNet please contact Leanne at lpethick@depressioNet.com.au for further information.


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