Council

The Council of the organisation is an elective, representative, and collective body.

The Council consists of 9 members with various skills who have an interest in mental health area and volunteer their time and expertise to the organisation. Length of Term Tenure of Council members is two years. Outgoing Council members may stand for re-election to vacant positions at the Annual General Meeting each year.

Council members take ultimate responsibility for the governance of the organisation. The function of the Council of the organisation is to collectively ensure the delivery of its objects, to set its strategic direction, and to uphold its values. The Council is collectively responsible and accountable for ensuring and monitoring that the organisation is performing well, is solvent, and is complying with all its legal, financial, and ethical obligations.

Chairperson:

Allan Davey is the Director of Davey Innovation, a consulting business specialising in policy development, research management and government relations.  Allan has over 20 years’ experience leading innovative programs across the agribusiness, manufacturing and government sectors that have invested funds in industry-led research and development.  He has more recently been a senior ministerial adviser in health and is currently working in the mental health sector.  Allan commenced his career as a research scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division and spent 18 months in Antarctica before completing an MSc and PhD in science.  He is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and has assisted many not-for-profit organisations.

Deputy Chairperson:

Laurence Alvis is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare ReGen (formerly Moreland Hall) for the past 10 years. He holds a Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Services Administration and a degree in Bachelor of Economics.  A graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Laurence has a strong commitment to social justice principals and providing accessible services to those who need them most.

Treasurer:

John Marshall is a retired Finance Director with over 50 years experience in accounting, finance & general management. He has a diverse background working with a number of large companies such as Toyota Australia, Hersfield Developments and Murray Goulbourn. John has been the Treasurer of the Council since 2007.

Secretary:

Jonathan Kneebone is the Senior Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Strategic Projects at Indigenous Business Australia. He holds a Masters of Mineral Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and has been selected in the 2019 cohort of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program. Throughout his career, Jonathan has had a strong commitment to social justice and principles of fairness and equity and has spent over a decade working as a lawyer on native title, land rights, property and commercial matters on behalf of traditional owners.  Jonathan is passionate about the outdoors and natural environment as a medium for providing enduring positive and rewarding experiences.

Member:

Carole Hatherly is an experienced registered nurse who has been a participant of Out Doors and a valued mentor for the past 6 years. She is very passionate about Out Doors as an organisation and its philosophy. Carole has a very positive relationship with participants and uses her sense of humour to welcome new participants to the programs. Due to her own experience with Out Doors, Carole would like to contribute her skills and knowledge to the organisation by being part of the governing Council.

Olga Shegoleva holds a Bachelor of Microbiology and migrated to Australia from Ukraine in 2000.  Her work experience ranges from aged care, administration and running her own business. For the past 14 years, she has been caring for her brother who participated in Out Doors’ programs until mid 2014 when the funding cuts ceased his eligibility to attend.  For the past 4 years, Olga has also been caring for her frail mother and uncle. As a full time carer for her family, Olga is a strong advocate for people in caring roles and is keen to share her experience and knowledge with the Council of Out Doors.

Darryl Flukes is an experienced executive across the energy supply chain with a strong focus on renewable energy, wholesale markets and risk management.  He has held numerous board positions and advisory roles across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Though having no direct exposure to the mental health sector (other than through his personal experience), the “raison d’être” of Out Doors resonates with Darryl who is eager to contribute his skills and knowledge to support Out Doors’ mission.

Rahul Chauhan has over 13 years’ experience in marketing strategy, media planning, campaign management and customer insights. Having worked in national roles across multiple sectors, he led transformational projects for ASX 100 and Fortune 500 companies; managed significant marketing teams and engaged with senior directors across both humanitarian organisations and corporate companies. Rahul is a strong advocate for animal rights and compassionate about inclusion and diversity within the community. He is currently studying towards his Executive MBA and is passionate about contemporary art and loves cooking.

Caryl Hertz held various positions in leadership and management roles spanning across several industries both in Australia and internationally.  Her qualifications cover a variety of disciplines including Commerce, Marketing, Education, Management and post-graduate qualifications in Public Relations and Personnel Management. Caryl served on the board of the Australian Chamber of International Trade and published a book on Consumer Behaviour. She is passionate about social justice and equity, and enjoys walking and cycling in her spare time.