Mind welcomes our new CEO
Mind is delighted to announce the appointment of Gill Callister as the new Chief Executive Officer of Mind.
Gill brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, following an exceptional career in the Victorian Public Service, most notably as Secretary of the Department of Education and Training (2015 - 2018) and Department of Human Services (2009 – 2014).
Gill began her career as a social worker and spent ten years working in child protection and family services in nongovernment organisations including OzChild.
Most recently, Gill was an Associate Dean at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and was a 2019 Victorian Public Service Medal recipient. Gill is also an Adjunct Professor (Practice) in Politics at Monash University and a member of the Monash University Council.
Gill has extensive experience in human services environments, managing large and complex service delivery systems that are client centric, strongly evidence based and deliver tangible outcomes.
"The Board considers Gill an excellent fit for Mind, to lead our staff and stakeholder communities in continuing to support our clients and build sustainable services to help more people gain better mental health and a better quality of life," Mind Board Director Melissa Field said.
Mind thanks Robyn Hunter who left Mind as CEO after two years of tireless leadership and she will be greatly missed.
Through a period of great change in the sector and the challenges brought on by COVID-19, Robyn's commitment to the clients, families and carers who make up the Mind community was unfaltering. Robyn worked hard to bring sector organisations together to advocate on shared issues. Her ability to raise the profile of what psychosocial rehabilitation and support is will be a lasting legacy of her time at Mind. We wish Robyn the best of success, health and happiness in her future endeavours.
We also thank our Director of Organisation Performance, Jeff Kagan, who served as Acting Chief Executive Officer in the interim. We have been delighted to have someone of his calibre within our team to be able to step into the role during the time between Robyn's departure and Gill's arrival.
Mind launches new tool to track recovery
This winter Mind is rolling out a new digital tool we have developed that will enable our residential clients to track their recovery progress with their support workers. Getting Better Together is an easy to use digital survey that clients complete at the beginning and completion of a period of care – or every six months in long-term residential support settings. By providing responses to a few key questions, clients will build periodic records over time of their mental health and wellbeing and their progress towards achieving their goals.