Forensicare Board

Forensicare is governed by a Board of nine directors. Board members are appointed by the Governor in Council for three-year terms on the recommendation of the Minister for Mental Health. The board provides reports to the Minister for Mental Health quarterly on the operation and performance of the organisation. A copy of the report is also provided to the Minister for Corrections.

The board includes a nominee of the Attorney-General, a nominee of the minister administering the Corrections Act 1986 and between four and seven other members, of whom at least one is able to reflect the perspective of persons receiving mental health services and at least one has the knowledge of, or experience in, accountancy or financial management.

Board Directors

Adjunct Professor Bill Healy
MA Dip Soc Studs

Appointed as the Forensicare Board Chair 10 April 2013

  • currently Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University
  • formerly Associate Professor of Mental Health and Social Work, La Trobe University and the Psychosocial Research Centre, NorthWestern Mental Health
  • extensive academic background and widely published on mental health issues
  • Director of Mind Australia from 1992–2013 and Chair from 1999–2011
  • Community Member, Mental Health Review Board from 2000 and Mental Health Tribunal since July 2014.

Ms Julie Anderson
Cert Bus (Acc), Cert Theo, Completion AICD course

Appointed to reflect the perspective of persons receiving mental health services 1 December 2013

  • Member of Mental Health Australia National Register of Consumer and Carer Leaders; Consumer Partnership Forum, Consumer and Carer and National Relations, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria; National Disability Insurance Agency, Mental Health Sector Reference Group; Consults with federal and state governments on mental health issues from a lived experience perspective.
  • currently Manager, Consumer Participation Strategy, Neami National
  • past Director Neami National (2008 -2013), President (2000–2011), Vice President (2011-2012)
  • past Chair Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (May 2015–October 2015)
  • graduate of Leadership Plus Program and National Mental Health Commission Future Leaders Program
  • experienced consumer leader with lived experience of recovery.

Mr Andrew Buckle
OAM

Appointed 10 April 2013

  • extensive corporate management experience in wide range of portfolios
  • awarded OAM in 1992 for his work with disadvantaged and underprivileged youth
  • currently consultant with Activetics, focussing on providing solutions to challenges driven by an aging workforce.

Ms Janet Farrow
OAM BSW, MBA, Grad Dip Law, GAID, Churchill Fellow, Williamson Fellow

Appointed 27 April 2011

  • adjunct Academic Staff Member, School of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Director, Children’s Protection Society Board, Chair Quality and Risk Committee
  • awarded an OAM in 2016 for service to community health through a range of roles.

Dr Cristea Mileshkin
MB BS, FRANZCP

Appointed as the nominee of the Attorney-General 10 April 2013

  • 2010 recipient of the Ian Simpson Award by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry
  • sessional academic teacher with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne
  • current member of the Mental Health Tribunal
  • over 30 years in senior positions in the Victorian public mental health service
  • most recently Clinical Director of St Vincent’s Hospital Mental Health Service
  • previously Director of Psychiatry of Maroondah Hospital Mental Health Service.

Mr Greg Pullen
MBA, FCPA, FAICD

Appointed 10 April 2013

  • Currently CEO, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, an aged care and disability provider in the not-for-profit sector
  • 33 years’ experience in various senior roles within the public healthcare industry in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. His most recent appointment prior to his current position was as CEO, Northern Health, Melbourne
  • has formal accounting, management and board director training and qualifications.

Mr John Rimmer
MA, Dip Soc Studs, AMusA, FAICD

Appointed 12 May 2015

  • Assistant Director Policy and Program Development, Office of Psychiatric Services Victoria, 1986–1989 and Acting Director 1989
  • Director Policy and Planning, Health Department Victoria from 1989–1992 and Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1992–1995
  • Founding Executive Director of Multimedia Victoria 1995–1997 and then CEO of the National Office for the Information Economy 2001–2004
  • Board Director, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne 2004–2014
  • Principal, Acuity Consulting Pty Ltd and Acuity Ventures Pty Ltd 2004 to current.

Associate Professor Ruth Vine
MB BS, FRANZCP, LLB

Appointed 12 May 2015

  • currently Executive Director, NorthWestern Mental Health
  • previously worked in the Department of Health – Director of Mental Health 2003–2008 and Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria 2009– 2012
  • worked as a consultant psychiatrist in forensic mental health, in a community health setting worked with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in the development of the fourth National Mental Health Plan
  • holds medical and law degrees and has contributed to the development of legislation and policy in areas including mental health, disability and the management of mentally ill offenders.

Ms Jenny Roberts
BA. (Soc Sci)

Appointed as the nominee of the Minister for Corrections on 1 December 2016

  • More than 30 years experience in Corrections, including senior operational, policy and project management roles in prisons, Community Corrections Services and Women’s, Drug’s and Education areas.

Board Committees

The board is supported by six committees to assist it in fulfilling its responsibilities. Each committee is required to report to the board.

Audit, Security & Risk Management Committee

The Audit, Security and Risk Management Committee’s role is to assist the board to fulfil its corporate governance and oversight responsibilities in relation to Forensicare’s financial reporting, internal control structure, legal and regulatory compliance, risk management systems and the internal and external audit functions.

Members: Janet Farrow (Chair), Andrew Buckle, Dr Cristea Mileshkin and Brian Keane (external member).

Clinical Governance & Quality Committee

The Clinical Governance and Quality Committee plays a key role in ensuring effective clinical governance by providing leadership and advice to the board in the assessment and evaluation of the safety and quality of clinical services provided by Forensicare.
Members: Janet Farrow (Chair), Dr Cristea Mileshkin, Julie Anderson, Associate Professor Ruth Vine and Dr Maurice Magner (co-opted member).

Executive Performance & Remuneration Committee

The purpose of the committee is to assist the board to fulfil its responsibilities in relation to the review of performance and remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer and his or her direct reports (“Executive”).
Members: Adjunct Professor Bill Healy (Chair), Janet Farrow and Greg Pullen.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee’s role is to assist the board to fulfil its financial governance responsibilities.
Members: Greg Pullen (Chair), Adjunct Professor Bill Healy, Janet Farrow and John Rimmer.

Research Committee

The purpose of this committee is to determine research priorities and activities, monitor and develop guidelines and progress and adherence to ethical standards of research, and encourage research across the organisation.
Members: Professor Janet Hiller (External Chair), Adjunct Professor Bill Healy, Dr Cristea Mileshkin, Julie Anderson and Associate Professor Ruth Vine (Co-opted members – Prof James Ogloff and Dr Maurice Magner).

Strategic Planning & Oversight Committee

The Strategic Planning and Oversight Committee works to identify, review and prioritise key strategic challenges and risks and develop recommendations for the board on strategic plans and the governance framework of Forensicare.

Members: John Rimmer (Chair), Adjunct Professor Bill Healy, Andrew Buckle, Janet Farrow, Tom Dalton, Dr Maurice Magner and Prof James Ogloff.