Board of Management
Ann White, President
Ann has a long association with MIFWA, having been employed with the Schizophrenia Fellowship of WA (now renamed to MIFWA) as the Executive Officer in the mid-nineties. Ann became a member and Board Member of MIFWA in 2011, and commenced as President in 2014, having also previously served as Treasurer.
Through this association, MIFWA has a special meaning and place for Ann. She has a passionate belief in the values and commitment of MIFWA, and the aspiration that it can be the organisation that provides hope, the time and regard to listen, and a deep sense of care for the members and clients who use our services.
Ann has worked extensively within the community services sector in a variety of management positions and has served across a range of Boards, including the Health Consumers Council, Medical Board of WA, WAAMH, Fremantle Multicultural Centre, and as MIFWA’s representative with the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. As such, Ann brings significant organisational and influencing skills to the role as President, along with persistence, willingness to listen, courage speak up when required, financial literacy and a strong understanding of board governance.
Ruth Webber, Past co-Vice President
Ruth believes passionately in the vision and mission of MIFWA, and admires the wholehearted passion and commitment of all of its staff and members. She recognises the need to reform the mental health system, and brings her skills and experience to the challenge of policy development and implementation in order to make a difference to individuals and carer’s affected by mental health issues.
Ruth has an extensive background in community and public policy development, and served as Senator for Western Australia from 2002 until 2008 during which time she was a member of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, and has broad ranging skills and experience in the areas of public policy development, public speaking, government relations and stakeholder engagement.
Ruth has also served on the boards of Carers WA and Women’s Health Works. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Down Syndrome Australia.
Kellie McCrum, co-Vice President
Kellie first became involved with MIFWA through her connections with Leadership WA. Kellie wanted to give back to the community by volunteering her professional skills to not-for-profit organisations. As a result, she helped the Board and Staff of MIFWA to renew and develop the MIFWA Strategic Plan. Kellie subsequently became a Board Member in October 2014.
In addition to her facilitation skills, Kellie contributes her experience in human resources, stakeholder management, community and indigenous relations, safety and change management that have been developed through her work in the education and mining sectors. She has a Bachelor of Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma of Education (School Psychology) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Kellie cares deeply about the welfare of others, and wishes to break down stigmas associated with mental illness both in the community generally and in the workplace. She is excited by the vision and aspirations of MIFWA and committed to using her skills, and experience to help MIFWA realise its vision and mission.
Nicholas Hopkin, Treasurer
Nick became a board member of MIFWA in August 2014 and was elected as Treasurer shortly after. His commercial skills coupled with extensive corporate governance, risk and compliance experience are a significant asset to MIFWA.
Like many members of the community, Nick has family members who have been affected by mental illness, and he is passionate about contributing to services and organisations that improve and assist the experience of the individual and family on their journey.
Nick is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the St Ives Group, one of Western Australia’s leading providers of retirement villages and home care to the elderly. He is a Chartered Accountant, holding a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nick is trained as an auditor and has undertaken various commercial roles across a range of different industries, both in the UK and Australia.
Nick brings insight and commercial rigour to the strategic challenges facing community organisations, and he is passionate about helping MIFWA to realise its competitive advantage and to deliver valued services that meet the needs of the community.
Adrian Gallo is an Area Sales Manager in Western Australia with the Mantra Group. He is on his board director journey as a Non-Executive Director at Hepatitis WA. He has since been: co-opt Board Director at Mental Illness Fellowship of WA; Council of Governor at YMCAWA; a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of Royal Perth Hospital; a Consumer Representative on the Developmental Pathways Project with the Telethon Kids Institute and a Consumer Representative on the Cancer Council WA Cancer Epidemiology Network.
Adrian is also assisting the Department of Health in the writing of a draft "Consumer Engagement Framework". Adrian is currently enrolled at Murdoch University and is undertaking a Bachelor of Business (Double Major) in Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management. He is currently participating in the Australian Tourism Export Council - 2016 Emerging Leaders of Inbound Tourism Excellence (ELITE) Program. He is expected to graduate in Canberra in November. To increase his knowledge in governance, Adrian recently graduated from the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program, run by Southcare Incorporated; where he wrote a book on Boardroom Diversity called "Driving Diversity".
Last year, he was involved in the Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders Program at Murdoch University, where he was part of a group who assisted Baptistcare to assist dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. When he is not working, studying or volunteering, he enjoys staying at home and being a husband, father (of two young boys), training to climb Mt. Kosciusko next year and catching up on various TV series.
Robyn Fitall co-Vice President
Robyn became a board member of MIFWA in October 2014. Previously, she was employed by MIFWA as the Manager EIRP/PIR and brings to the Board her understanding of the holistic support needed to make a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness, and a strong belief and support in the mission, vision and values of the organisation.
Robyn is currently the Chief Executive of the Eastern Region Domestic Violence services network. She has over a decade of experience in non-government community services and brings to her role with MIFWA her skills and capabilities in the areas of Strategic Planning, leadership, program development and stakeholder management.
Robyn recently completed the Leadership WA Rising Leaders program, and is a fellow of Leadership WA. She also serves as a member of the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network Inc.
Vivien has been a member of Lorikeet Recovery Centre since 2000. She volunteers as a receptionist at Lorikeet and the MIFWA Individualised Community Living Service in Osborne Park.
Vivien has a lived experience of mental health issues. Her governance experience includes serving on the Parish Council at her church. Vivien worked in finance and banking before she became unwell.
Vivien is proud to have been invited onto the MIFWA Board and appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the strategic issues faced by the organisation.
Glenn grew up in Bayswater and has been a Perth boy all his life. Glenn has a lived experience of mental health issues. He is a member of Lorikeet Recovery Centre and an avid gardener. He regularly works in the West Leederville community garden.
Glenn has been on the MIFWA Board for several years and enjoys the opportunity to contribute his experience and perspective to the organisations future. He is a strong support of early intervention. His governance experience includes serving on the Workright Board in the 1990’s.