Julie Borninkhof - CEO
Julie brings significant experience to PANDA as a recognised leader in the primary health sector. Julie is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked across primary and tertiary settings, namely with people from vulnerable and diverse communities. She is passionate about ensuring that people’s lived experience informs the development of progressive services and supports. Julie loves leading the dedicated team at PANDA.
Kristyn Debono - Finance Manager
Kristyn is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants Australia. She brings to PANDA a depth of experience from 14 years in the industry from a variety of accounting areas including: External Audit at PwC, Management Accountant at Village Roadshow and Financial Accounting at Australia Zoo Pty Ltd in QLD from 2011, before relocating back to Melbourne in 2016. Kristyn has been the Finance Manager at PANDA since 2017.
Mitzi Paderes - National Helpline & Programs Manager
Mitzi is a qualified mental health nurse (Master of Mental Health Nursing) registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACHMHN). Mitzi’s passion and commitment in supporting positive mental health is complemented by a strong clinical acumen gained from working in various areas of mental health that include child, adolescent and youth, refugee centre and intensive community case management. A leader and motivator, Mitzi is effective in managing teams and projects with a proven track record in planning, developing and implementing new service models.
Bec Schafer - Marketing & Communications Manager
Bec has over 10 years’ experience working in marketing within the not for profit and public health sectors. She has also managed her own marketing consultancy business working with small businesses to improve their digital presence. Bec holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a post graduate certificate in Strategic Marketing from Melbourne Business School. Bec is passionate about bring customer voice to the forefront and building high performing teams. Bec has two young children and has seen firsthand the impact perinatal mental health can have on families. Bec joined the PANDA team in 2021.
Cathy Wyett - Strategic Development Manager
Cathy has over 10 years' experience in the not for profit sector across disability and mental health services, and is passionate about the role of peer support in recovery. Since completing an MBA in 2016, Cathy has been focused on improving quality and accountability in mental health services to ensure that people in need can access the right supports at the right time. Cathy works across a number of initiatives designed to maintain and grow PANDA's systems and structures and drive PANDA’s strategy into the future.
Nicki Batagol, Chairperson
Nicki has been a PANDA Board member since 2011, acting as Secretary from 2013-2017, and Chairperson since 2017. Nicki is a Management Consultant specialising in change management and transformation programs. Over the past 16 years she has worked in Australia and London across a range of industries from corporate to the public sector. Having been through her own personal experience of postnatal depression, Nicki is committed to raising awareness of the impact of perinatal depression and anxiety on families.
Ben Lannan, Vice Chairperson
Ben joined the PANDA board in 2015. A Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ben brings over 17 years’ experience consulting in taxation matters to a range of corporations across industries. He is currently responsible for People at PwC Brisbane, including performance and culture change programs, staff communication and engagement. Ben is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the Tax Institute of Australia. He is deeply committed to helping families experiencing perinatal depression after supporting his partner through postnatal depression.
Matthew Stewart, Treasurer
Matthew joined the PANDA board as Treasurer in 2015. He brings over 40 years’ experience in financial and management accounting across Not for Profit, university administration, manufacturing and the security industry to PANDA. His experience also includes project management, internal auditing, insolvency and mentoring SME Directors. Matthew was a Board member of Kangan Institute (Ministerial appointee) for 6 years and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee. Matthew is a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants and Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.
Karen Marshman, Secretary
Karen’s career has been in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She studied psychology and has worked therapeutically with individuals, youth and families. Her career has largely been leading organisations in private and NFP sectors in educating and generating agency in support of their wellbeing management. She currently runs Let’s Talk, training and implementing early intervention strategies in organisations and mental health awareness. Karen joined PANDA in 2017 to assist PANDA’s support of the health of parents and families.
Kathi is an experienced and committed clinician and senior executive with over 26 years working in both government and non-government organisations. She is the CEO for a community managed organisation in NSW, One Door Mental Health. She brings to PANDA skills and experience in clinical and corporate governance and the implementation of community and clinical services. As a mother of three daughters, she understands the importance of supporting mothers and is deeply committed to perinatal mental health and the investment of giving people the best start in life. Kathi joined the PANDA board in 2018.
Jenni Campbell has a strong background in mental health governance and leadership, having served in senior management and executive roles across the mental health sector for more than 10 years. Jenni currently provides mental health focussed consultancy services to a range of Government and Non-Government health organisations. Jenni is a proud Mum of 4 and has lived and worked in rural Australia her whole life. Jenni holds a ministerial appointment as Chair of the NSW Mental Health Commission Advisory Council and previously served as a member of the Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council. Jenni holds qualifications in social work and human service management. Jenni joined the PANDA board in 2018.
Anne has spent the past 18 years working in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the CEO of Greater Charitable Foundation. An experienced leader, she has established and led two corporate foundations, worked with a diverse range of charitable organisations and managed the distribution of millions of dollars to social programs throughout Australia. She is a Member of the US-based Unfunded List evaluation committee; a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); and an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Anne joined the PANDA board in 2018.
Samantha is the CEO of Early Childhood Australia and has held a number of governance roles including serving on the boards of ACOSS, AIHW and Parentline ACT. She holds a Master’s Degree in (Community) Management from the University of Technology, Sydney; she is a Graduate of the Company Directors course offered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumni of the Cranlana Colloquia for Ethical Leadership. Samantha has over 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of social policy and sector development projects in the public, private and NGO sector. She has held roles encompassing service delivery, executive management, consulting, social policy analysis and advocacy. Samantha joined the PANDA board in 2017.
Helen brings over twenty years experience in the development and implementation of strategic communications across corporate, nonprofit and government sectors in Australia and internationally. Helen’s expertise across stakeholder engagement, communication strategy, branding, media and public relations drives the delivery of positive business outcomes. With a broad knowledge in digital communications she is passionate about building capability within teams to communicate and educate, igniting authenticity and empathy.The intersection of Helen’s work is meaningful, values-led communication, that leads to collaborative leadership and positive lasting impact. Helen holds a ministerial appointment as Co-Deputy Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women (2019 -2020) and is committed to the emotional and mental wellbeing of new families. Helen joined the PANDA board in 2020.
Ingrid brings over fifteen years’ experience in the financial services sector with a focus on delivering digital and marketing strategies that are fit-for-purpose, achievable and scalable. Her experience includes leading business-wide digital and technology transformations, translating data-led insights into strategy, implementing end-to-end customer experiences, delivering omni-channel communications and leadership. As an innovator of change, Ingrid is passionate about driving organisational change that improves the lives of customers and delivering solutions that remain relevant and sustainable well into the future. Ingrid joined the PANDA board in April 2021.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Board please see PANDA’s Statement of Purpose and Rules.
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