Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership


Board structure

The Mental Health Victoria Board is comprised of up to 11 non-executive Directors. The functions reserved for the Board and those delegated to management are formally documented in the Board Governance Charter, Director Letter of Appointment, and Instrument of Delegation.

Chair: Damian Ferrie, CEO Star Health

Deputy Chair: Christopher McDermott, Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers West Victorian Bar

Board members:

  • Professor Steven Moylan, Clinical Director of Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Services, Barwon Health
  • Tom Dalton, CEO of Neami National
  • David W. Frost, Chartered Accountant
  • Maggie Toko, Assistant Commissioner, Mental Health Complaints Commission
  • Professor Richard Newton of Monash University Central Clinical School
  • Tassia Michaleas, CEO of Merri Health
  • Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO of Ermha 365
  • Paul Ramadge, Director and International Practice Lead at Wells Advisory

Our Patron is Professor Allan Fels AO.

Our Ambassador is Professor Patrick McGorry AO.


Approach to corporate governance

Mental Health Victoria Ltd is governed in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), the Constitution of Mental Health Victoria , and the Board Governance Charter.

Our approach to corporate governance is based on a set of values and behaviours that underpin day-to-day activities, provide transparency, and protect the interests of stakeholders.

This approach includes a commitment to corporate governance excellence, which Mental Health Victoria sees as fundamental to its sustainability and performance.



Mental Health Victoria Ltd (ABN 79 174 342 927) is a public company limited by guarantee. Our registered office is located at 6/136 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000.


Charitable status, tax concessions and fundraising

Mental Health Victoria Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has endorsed the company as an Income Tax Exempt Charity.

As a result, it receives income and certain other tax concessions, along with exemptions consistent with its status as a PBI which relate to Goods and Services and Fringe Benefits taxes. Mental Health Victoria is also endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).