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Forensicare Board

Forensicare is governed by a Board of nine directors, who are appointed by the Governor in Council for a three-year term, based on the recommendation of the Minister for Mental Health.

The Board provides quarterly reports to the Minister for Mental Health, and the Minister for Corrections, on the operation and performance of the organisation. Our Board includes nominees from the Attorney-General and the minister administering the Corrections Act 1986, as well four to seven other members–at least one of which who is able to reflect the perspectives of people receiving mental health services, and one who has knowledge of or experience in accounting and finance management.

Board Directors

Ken Lay AO APM
BA (Pol Stud), GDip Pub Admin, HonLLD (Monash), FAICD

Appointed 10 April 2019

Mr Lay is a professional non-executive director, and the Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. His substantial career was with Victoria Police, concluding as the Chief Commissioner (2011-2015). He has since conducted a number of reviews for both state and federal agencies concerning significant social policy, community safety, governance and leadership issues.

His Board portfolio in 2019-20 included the Federal Heavy Vehicle Regulator Board (Director), and chairing roles with Ambulance Victoria and Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health). From January to April 2020, Mr Lay was Chair of Bushfire Recovery Victoria, a new permanent Victorian Government agency created to work directly with communities to listen, help and deliver what they need after the 2019/20 Victorian Bushfires.

He is an Officer of the Order of Australia, and an Australian Police Medal recipient.

As Forensicare’s Board Chair, Mr Lay attends a variety of Committee meetings in an ex officio capacity throughout the year, and is chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Ian Forsyth

Forensicare Board Director Ian Forsyth

Appointed 17 September 2019

Ian has extensive leadership experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including the media, health, finance, insurance, IT, and the arts. He began his career as a journalist, and has held a range of senior executive positions including Deputy Chief Executive, WorkSafe Victoria, and Managing Director, Norwich Union Life Australia. Ian is also a Board Director for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ambulance Victoria and the Emergency Services Foundation.

While working as a Forensicare Board Director, Ian continues to maintain his role as Managing Partner with behaviour change communications specialists The Shannon Company.

Ruth Vine


Appointed 12 May 2015

Associate Professor Ruth Vine was the Executive Director of North Western Mental Health until mid-2019, and has previously worked in the Victorian Department of Health as the Director of Mental Health, and has also been the Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria. Ruth was appointed to a new role—Deputy Chief Medical Officer (Mental Health) in the Commonwealth Department of Health in May 2020.

Ruth spent many years working as a consultant psychiatrist working in forensic mental health, as well as community health. She has also worked with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to develop the fourth National Mental Health Plan. Ruth has also contributed to the development of legislation and policy in areas such as mental health, disability and the management of offenders living with mental illness.

Sally Campbell

Sally Campbell, Forensicare Board Director

Appointed on 31 March 2018

Sally is a business leader with extensive executive private and public sector experience, gained in commercial and government industries all around the globe, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition, Sally has extensive experience in law, governance and strategy, informatics, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and services, spanning the health and research sectors – most recently at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Barwon Health.

With a proven track record in designing and delivering major business strategies and systems, Sally has driven significant cultural changes, improvements and exemplary operational results for large, complex, and
politically-sensitive organisations. Sally currently sits on the Board of Alfred Health, and is the Chair of the Alfred Health Audit Committee.

Sue Williams

Sue Williams Forensicare Board Member

Appointed on 10 April 2019

Sue brings more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry to Forensicare. Currently, she is the Chief of Health Operations at Cabrini Hospital, and on the Board of Better Care Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Business Management, and Master of Business Administration from Monash University, as well as an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Her previous roles include the Director of Nursing at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Chief Operating Officer of 44 hospitals at Healthscope, and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Health, where she managed over 5000 staff across 12 sites.

Jo Flynn

Appointed on 2 July 2019

Dr Flynn is a medical practitioner who worked as a general practitioner and medical educator and has held extensive governance and advisory roles at national and state levels over many years.

Most recently, Dr Flynn was Chair of Eastern Health and the Medical Board of Australia, and is the current Chair of the Board Ministerial Advisory Committee advising the Victorian Minister for Health on appointments to health related boards. She is also a Board Director at Ambulance Victoria and President of Berry Street.

Dr Flynn is a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2018 was recognised in the Victorian Public Sector’s Top 50 Public Sector Women Awards.

Frances Sanders

Frances Sanders, Forensicare Board Director

Appointed on 18 February 2020

Frances Sanders provides a lived experience perspective to the board and across the organisation.

Frances has worked in the mental health sector for more than 25 years, and is passionate about making a real difference in the world. With strong skills in organisational analysis, change management and project management,
she is an expert in helping organisations develop their strategic capacity.

Frances has held a wide range of senior management and executive positions across the mental health and human services sector—including as a Senior Carer Advisor at the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, and a Director of Business Development at Mind Australia. She is currently the Senior Manager of NDIS Packages at ERHMA365 (complex mental health and disability services).

Allison Smith

Appointed July 2021

Allison Smith is an experienced non-executive director and a results oriented executive. She has held senior retail, merchandise, marketing, supply chain and finance roles in international and Australian organisations. Allison specialises in growth and value creation agendas and has significant experience in CFO and management consulting roles. Allison is also the Deputy Chair at Peninsula Health as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Allison is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of chartered Accountants and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

The Audit and Risk 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.

The Clinical Governance 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 Forensicare’s clinical services.

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 the Executive team. This committee also plays a role in advising the Board on committee structures.

The Finance Committee’s role is to assist the board to fulfil its financial governance responsibilities

Chaired by Board Director Sue Williams, the People and Culture Committee will closely identify and review trends and issues arising within the People and Culture and Occupational Health and Safety space.