Our Board

Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck – Grow Chair

Lesley is well known in the mental health sector. Lesley was the inaugural Mental Health Commissioner in Queensland. She has also held the position of Mental Health Commissioner for the Mental Health Commission in Western Australia.

John MacIsaac – Deputy Chair

John has worked as a consulting engineer for over 30 years in the minerals industry. He has participated and volunteered in the GROW program in various roles since 2006 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Barker – Treasurer

Peter is a senior finance executive with significant domestic and international experience. He is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of multi-national engineering, scientific and international development company Cardno Ltd.

Sonia Di Mezza – Director

Sonia Di Mezza is a solicitor and human rights lawyer. She is the CEO of the Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services in Bendigo, Victoria, supporting refugees and migrants with settlement services.  She has set up and managed human rights projects in Pakistan and Sudan; worked as a Resettlement Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon; worked in India promoting the rights of child labourers; and as a Refugee Lawyer in Australia. Sonia holds a Master of International Law, majoring in human rights law.

Heath Fereday – Community Member

Heath has 10 years of experience in working with the Grow Program and more than 7 years of experience in Program and Consumer Leadership Roles within GROW. Heath is the Chair of the South Australian Branch Program Team (elected peer leaders), a member of the National Program Team and is an active member of the GROW Community and was nominated to the Board by his peers. 

Mark George – Community Member 

Mark has been a member of the Grow community since 2016 and enjoys the opportunities that GROW offers for, friendship, leadership and connection. Mark represents Tasmania in the Victoria Tasmania Branch Program Team of which he is also the Deputy Chair. Mark is also a member of National Program Team and was nominated to the Board by his peers.

Jeremy Morse – Director

Jeremy is a Business Performance Analyst at Anglicare Southern Qld. He was the Financial Accountant and Analyst for Anglicare Tasmania, and during the NDIS trial period, he oversaw the transition of contracts into funding under the NDIS.

Ina Mullin – Director

Ina has over 20 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement and communication.  She is Director of Engagement & Communication at the National Mental Health Commission after holding business development, brand management and public relations roles at a variety of NFP mental health service providers, including Lifeline Australia.  Ina has focused her career on building a more compassionate society where people with lived experience of mental health challenges can expect the same rights, opportunities, health and sense of belonging as the wider Australian community. Ina holds a Master of Arts in Communications Management, an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

Steve Ryan – Director

Steve has had extensive exposure across the public, superannuation, union and not-for-profit sectors. He has held roles as a secondary school teacher, Qld Teachers’ Union President, a Trustee of the QSuper Board, and a director of QInvest.

Virginia Slaughter – Director

Virginia is Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. A developmental psychologist by training, Virginia’s own research focuses on social and cognitive development in infants and young children. In her 25-year career as an academic, Virginia has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, three edited volumes and a first-year Psychology textbook. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award (1999) and an Australian Award for University Teaching (in the category Teaching Large First Year Classes; 2005). Virginia is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Ian Sloan – Director

Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive experience in business and technology. Ian has worked with government, private business and a range of not-for-profit organisations.  Ian is the Managing Director of DSBS IT Consulting and Contracting.

David Butt is the National CEO of GROW and works with the Board to guide the performance and development of GROW.

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