Haven Board

The Haven Foundation is a subsidiary company of Mind Australia Limited; as such the Haven Committee of Management is made up of members of the Mind Australia Limited Board.

Professor Allan Fels AO, Director  

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BEc., LL.B., PhD

Mind Board committees – Finance and Audit 
Current and previous positions - Professor, Melbourne, Monash and Oxford University; Former Dean, and current Professor of Government, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG); Former Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); Former Chairman, National Mental Health Commission (NMHC); Patron, Mental Health Australia; Patron, Mental Health Victoria

Allan Fels has had a deep interest in mental health for many years and is the father of Isabella who has schizophrenia.  He was chairman of the Haven Foundation from its inception until its merger with Mind Australia.  He has also played an important role in the national mental health policy in Australia and especially as chairman of the National Mental Health Commission from 2012 to 2018.

Teresa Fels, DirectorTeresa Fels

BEc (Hons), LLB, MComm (Hons), MA (Hons Kings College London), Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Mind Board committees – Finance and Audit 
Current and previous positions - Executive Director, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (current); Competition economist, Ofcom UK and CRA International; lawyer, Freehills; Takeovers Panel, Commonwealth Treasury; director, Hospital Purchasing Victoria. 

Teresa Fels has a deep commitment to people living with mental ill-health, including her sister Isabella. Teresa has participated in social policy reforms including in social impact investing, the NDIS, housing, national health reform and across human services. 

Melissa Field, Director

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B.Comm, CA, MBA (Hons)     

Mind Board committees – Finance and Audit; Remuneration
Professional associations - Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Other board roles - Surf Coast Shire Audit and Risk Committee, Trimantium Growth Ops Ltd (ASX: TGO), Attra Pty Ltd

Melissa has broad experience as both an executive and advisor in the commercial sector, including as an Executive Director with Ernst & Young. She has particular expertise in finance, accounting and assurance and in planning and implementing strategic change in entrepreneurial organisations.

Amanda Ford, Director

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FCPA, Bach Bus.(Acc), MBA (Marketing major), Grad Cert (HRM), Dip FS (Financial Planning),
Diploma Integrated Risk Management
Mind Board committees – Finance and Audit; Governance

Amanda is an experienced and broadly skilled senior executive with nearly 30 years' experience in corporate services and business management across a number of sectors including: arts and entertainment; philanthropic foundations; early childhood intervention; disability; child protection; job service network and disability employment services; and most recently, health. A risk management and governance specialist, her focus and proven success is the driving and supporting of change in complex environments.