Julie Borninkhof - CEO
Julie has recently been appointed as CEO of PANDA, bringing significant experience 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 is excited about 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.
David Sutherland - Communications & Fundraising Manager
David is a former freelance journalist and copywriter who switched gears several years ago to work in the community sector and make a difference. He is passionate about using his experience and skills in strategic communications, media liaison, fundraising, corporate relationships and brand building to raise awareness in the community about perinatal mental illness and PANDA’s services so those affected can know what’s happening to them and can seek help.
Cathy Wyett - Manager (currently on maternity leave)
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. In March 2020 Cathy will be returning from maternity leave with a new appreciation for the unique challenges of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
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.
Rebecca is an experienced lawyer and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her career has spanned legal and commercial leadership roles in ASX top 50 listed companies as well as in the not for profit sector. Based in Sydney, she currently holds a role with The Benevolent Society and is deeply committed to promoting the care and wellbeing of women and men in the perinatal period. Rebecca joined the PANDA board in 2015 and is chair of the Governance Committee.
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.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Board please see PANDA’s Statement of Purpose and Rules.