Our Board

   Janice Chesters (Chair)

Academic, mental health researcher and medical educator, Janice has worked at the interface between the university, clinic and hospital in both Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. Janice has extensive leadership and governance experience within the mental health, rural community health, general practice training and research investment management fields. She was the founding Director of Awhina, Waitemata Health Campus in Auckland and is a life member of within Australia.

    Eric Sjerp (Vice Chair)

Eric Sjerp is an Environmental Scientist with a Bachelor of Science Degree and over 25 years’ experience in the environmental management and geological professions. Eric has worked throughout Australia and in Malaysia, and is currently Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Ethos NRM Pty Ltd, Environmental Assessment and Natural Resource Management Consultants, and a Non-Executive Director of Yarra Valley Water Corporation.
Eric is a past Executive Officer of the Gippsland Lakes Management Council and has previously served on the Boards of East Gippsland Water, Southern Rural Water, the East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board, and the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Land Program Committee. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand, and the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association.

 Geoff Willett (Secretary)

Geoff is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia. He has a Diploma of Business Studies in Accounting from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Accounting from Swinburne University of Technology. Currently he holds the position of Financial Controller and Company Secretary at within Australia. Previously he spent thirteen years as the Manager Corporate Services at Quantum Support Services, a Gippsland based homelessness agency. Before that Geoff had a diversity of corporate services experience, including working in hospitals and rural ambulance, after many years in the power industry. Over the years Geoff has served on many boards and committees. He is a devoted family man who loves his football, cricket and fishing.

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    within Australia is committed to excellence, equity and quality in mental health and wellbeing.

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