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Executive team

Forensicare’s executive team is led by the chief executive officer, who is appointed by the Forensicare board. The executive leadership team assists the CEO in the overall management, and strategic development of the organisation.

Meet our executive team

Dr Margaret Grigg

PhD, MS (Health Policy & Administration), MBio, BA, RN, RPN MAICD

Margaret was appointed as Forensicare’s CEO after a unanimous Board endorsement in August, 2019 following a four-month period as interim CEO. Margaret is an experienced health professional with extensive experience in senior leadership roles. Previously, she has worked as the Deputy Chief Executive of Mind Australia, and the Vice President of the Kyneton District Health Service Board. She has also worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as a senior executive for many years, and was the Executive Director of Health Services Policy and Commissioning.

Cayte Hoppner

Chief Operating Officer
MN, MBA, RN, BN, NP, Grad Dip (Occ Hlth), Grad Dip (Psych Nsg), Adv Cert Pharm, MHN, MACMHN, MACN, MACNP, MAPNA.

Cayte commenced at Forensicare in August 2021. She is a mental health nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in operational, clinical and leadership roles in public mental health services across Australia. Prior to commencing with Forensicare, Cayte was the Executive Director of Mental Health and Chief Mental Health Nurse at Latrobe Regional Hospital. Cayte is passionate about delivering person centred care for all consumers, families and carers accessing the mental health service system. Her key interests include mental health clinical practice models, advanced practice roles for nurses, education, research, psychological safety, clinical supervision and reducing restrictive interventions.

Jessica Lightfoot

Chief Financial Officer

Jessica joined Forensicare in March 2020 and is responsible for the financial stewardship of the organisation, including procurement, ICT and property services.

Jessica began her career as a lawyer, and spent three years working on the policy and legislative reforms, including the reforms that led to the establishment of Forensicare.

She transitioned to project management to lead the establishment of the National Coroners Information System, and managed large-scale property projects at Monash University. She then took on the role of leading the University’s financial performance management, division before assuming a Chief Financial Officer role in the private sector. Jessica holds Non-Executive Director roles at VESKI and the Springvale Monash Legal Service and lives locally with her family.

Nadia Baillie

General Counsel and Executive Director of Governance and Risk

Nadia joined Forensicare in September 2017 as General Counsel and was appointed as Executive Director of Governance and Risk in July 2020. She is an experienced commercial lawyer having worked for over 16 years in top tier legal firms in Australia and the UK, as well as in-house in the university and health sectors.  Prior to joining Forensicare Nadia worked at MinterEllison and Melbourne Health. She brings a breadth of commercial and government experience along with a passion for delivering positive consumer outcomes in mental health.

Nadia leads the provision of legal advice on a broad range of complex legal issues, including the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, the Mental Health Act 2014, recent Royal Commissions.  She also oversees privacy and information sharing, contracts, statutory interpretation and coronial matters.  Her expertise in governance and risk sees her playing an instrumental role in transforming Forensicare’s risk management culture, leading the internal audit program and the delivery of governance services to Forensicare’s board and subcommittees. 

Lucia Giagnorio

Executive Director People and Culture
BBus, Grad Cert OHM and PROSCI

Lucia Giagnorio began her role as the Executive Director of People and Culture on 6 May 2019. Lucia was the original Human Resources Manager when Forensicare was first established in 1998. Years later, she has made the decision to return to the organisation. With a genuine passion for helping people achieve their full potential, Lucia aims to bring Forensicare into a workplace of the future, updating processes to ensure a smooth transition, as the organisation approaches a new period of growth.

Dr Danny Sullivan

Executive Director Clinical Services
MBBS, MBioeth, MHlthMedLaw, MMgmt, AFRACMA, FRCPsych, FRANZCP

Danny has worked at Forensicare since 2004 in a variety of consultant positions. Most recently, he has worked within our Community Forensic Mental Health Service, where he was Assistant Clinical Director (Community Operations) from 2005 to 2017.
He holds academic appointments at Melbourne and Swinburne Universities and has published numerous book chapters and academic papers. He is a well-regarded expert witness and currently serves on the board of ACSO.
As the third Clinical Director of Forensicare, he is keen to cement our position as a high-quality service with great expertise in assessing and treating mentally disordered offenders.

Distinguished Professor James Ogloff AM

Executive Director Psychological Services & Research
BA, MA (ClinPsych), JD (Law), PhD, FCCP, PCFP, FAPS

Professor Ogloff was appointed to Forensicare in November 2001. Jim is responsible for the delivery of psychology services and research across the organisation and assists with the provision of vital service development advice. He also holds the positions of Foundation Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Fiona Whitecross

Executive Director Inpatient Services
MHSM, BN, Dip Nursing, Grad Dip (Community MHN), FACMHN 

Fiona commenced at Forensicare in February 2022 after spending the previous 17 years in public mental health services at Alfred Health. Fiona is a mental health nurse with over 25 years’ experience in clinical, operational management, governance, risk management, and nurse manager roles. Fiona is a passionate advocate for safe patient and family centred care that is free from restrictive practices. Her key interests include early intervention and prevention approaches, quality improvement methodology, partnering with peers in care, and the reduction of restrictive practices.

Terry Runciman

Executive Director Prison Services
BAppSc(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

Terry commenced his role as Executive Director of Prison Services in August 2020. Terry is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience within public mental health services, including public community mental health services, homeless mental health teams, emergency mental health, consultation liaison, and commissioning mental health and police response teams (MHaPR). Prior to commencing with Forensicare, Terry was the Area Manager of Mid West Area Mental Health, one of Victoria’s 21 area based public mental health services. He brings a strong desire to deliver mental health service equivalency for people within Prisons and to strengthen the transition from Prisons services back to the community. 

Anthea Lemphers

Executive Director Community Operations
BSc (Hons), MPsych (Clinical)

Anthea was appointed as the Executive Director of Community Operations in September 2020. Anthea is a clinical and forensic psychologist with more than 22 years experience in forensic mental health in both operational and discipline leadership roles. Prior to her appointment, Anthea was the Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare. She is passionate about leading a service where staff feel valued and are empowered to achieve the best outcome for Forensicare’s consumers and contribute to community safety.  Anthea is committed to improving services in the community by enhancing Forensicare’s role in creating and supporting linkages between the justice and mental health systems. 

Liam Barry 

Executive Director Redevelopment & Asset Management
BA, Dip.Law, GDLP, PMP

Liam joined the Forensicare Executive in January 2021 and is responsible for Forensicare’s leadership of the Thomas Embling Hospital redevelopment project, as well as Forensicare’s broader capital works program and asset management activities.

Prior to joining Forensicare Liam spend most of his career in the Justice sector delivering a range of significant capital and business transformation projects within the Courts and Justice sector, including at Court Services Victoria, The Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Liam is a qualified Australian Lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He is also currently studying an Executive Masters of Public Administration with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)  and holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Matthew Hercus

Executive Director Strategy, Policy and Planning
BN, BA, GradCert Hlth Science (AOD), MPH

Matthew commenced as Executive Director Strategy, Policy and Planning in June 2022. Most recently Matthew was Executive Director Mental Health and AOD System Management in the Victorian Department of Health, having commenced as a nurse, working across metropolitan, regional and remote settings. Matthew has gained an extensive understanding of Victoria’s Health and Mental Health Systems, reform directions, including experience with and across government. With a clinical and systems background, Matthew is keen to support the important growth and development period that Forensicare is facing, working closely with teams, consumers and clinicians.

Jo Ryan

Director of Nursing
RN, BEd, Cert Forensic Psychiatric Nursing

Jo was appointed as Director of Nursing in December 2013. Jo is responsible for providing nursing leadership and embedding a nursing culture that values professional standards and the delivery of best-practice nursing care. She has extensive experience as a psychiatric nurse in forensic mental health settings as a clinician, manager and educator.

Dr Anthony Cidoni 

Director of Clinical Services, Community

Anthony joined Forensicare in 2017 as Director of Clinical Services. With 24 years of experience in psychiatry, he is committed to excellence in patient care and clinical governance.

In his role, he works in partnership with the Executive Director of CFMHS to ensure delivery of the highest quality of clinical care across all programs through a robust framework for Best Care and positive relationships with all key stakeholders and advocacy for community forensic services within and outside Forensicare.

Alongside his role at Forensicare, he is the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Tasmania, an adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University, and director of Perception: Forensic and Adult Psychiatry, Anthony’s private practice which specialises in forensic psychiatry—particularly in the preparation of court reports.

Dr Kate Roberts 

Director of Clinical Services, Prison Services 
BSc (Med Sci) MBChB, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Cert. Forensic Psychiatry  

Kate graduated from University of Manchester before returning to her hometown of Glasgow for psychiatric training. Having completed her elective in Melbourne as a medical student she decided to return to Melbourne for a short period between her basic and higher training where she worked at Juvenile Justice.  She ended up staying and went on to complete her advanced training in Forensic Psychiatry with Forensicare, becoming a consultant in 2008 and Director of Clinical Services (Prisons) in 2017. She has worked across all directorates both as a registrar and consultant but has always particularly enjoyed prison work. She is committed to ensuring men and women in prisons have access to equivalent, recovery focused mental health care within and on transition from prison. 

Dr Jacques Claassen

Director of Clinical Services, Inpatient Services 
MBChB, FRANZCP, Cert Forensic Psychiatry

Jacques commenced at Forensicare in January 2022. Originally trained in South Africa, he emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 where he completed specialist training in the field of forensic psychiatry at the Mason Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. Jacques emigrated to Australia in 2014. He has worked across the public and private mental health sectors, including metropolitan Western Australia and regional Victoria, in a range of forensic and general adult mental health roles. Since 2015 he has worked in senior medical leadership roles. Jacques is passionate about the provision of recovery focused and consumer centred care, eliminating restrictive practices, maintaining a psychologically safe workplace, administrative psychiatry and the co-production of service delivery with the lived experience work force.