Board of Governance

The Mentis Assist Board consists of highly skilled voluntary members with a wealth of knowledge in health, not for profit and finance sectors

Dawn Fisher — Chairperson


Dawn Fisher has many years’ experience in nursing in the UK. Since migrating to Australia in 1982 she has worked in the field of psychiatry, with a focus on working with the elderly who have psychiatric problems. Dawn was involved in the initial establishment of PSS, and served on the board in those early years. Dawn is a qualified General and Psychiatric nurse, and has a Graduate Diploma of Gerontology, and a Diploma of Advanced Business.

Ila Howard — Deputy Chairperson


Ila Howard has tertiary qualifications in Welfare and Business Management and has a history of working in the local community with families and carers, specialising in Dementia, Aged Care, Mental Health and Intellectual disabilities. She has been a resident on the Peninsula for over 20 years.

Sue Kavanagh - Secretary


Sue has returned to reside on the Peninsula after almost 20 years working interstate and has been a Mentis Assist Board member since 2013.

She possesses extensive experience working in Management positions in the areas of Aged Care, Disability, Mental Health and Homelessness. 

Having worked in both the government and not for profit sectors, she has a thorough understanding of the demands and accountabilities of NGO`s including the diverse funding arrangements. She also has extensive experience in community development, facilitating new community based support services in towns across the Pilbara in WA as well as in Qld.

Her latest role was as CEO of community based organisation Footprints in
Brisbane Inc.

Kevin Clarke – Treasurer


Kevin has extensive experience in corporate governance and a strong knowledge of the local catchment. Previous roles include Director Corporate Services with Frankston Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local and a number of Director Corporate Services roles in local government both locally and interstate. He is passionate about corporate governance, finance and risk management. Kevin is a Certified Practicing Accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Business (Local Government). Kevin has been a resident on the Peninsula for over 25 years.

Tracey May


Tracey May has extensive experience gained in several senior HR management positions within both the corporate, professional services, not for profit and more recently health sector. Her experience spans areas such as organisational / cultural change, executive coaching, recruitment, learning & development, strategic planning, employee relations and generalist HR consulting.  Tracey is a chartered member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources (AHRI) and a member of the Monash University Alumni MBA student mentoring program. Tracey is currently the HR Director, Aspen Medical. Previous roles have included Head of HR, Hospira; EGM People and Culture, Victoria Racing Club and Head of People, KPMG.

Warren Cecil


Warren Cecil has a widespread background in business to business sales and marketing within the events, hospitality and automotive industries. He has an in-depth understanding of the Australian funding landscape with extensive exposure within the corporate, not for profit and public sectors and a keen passion to assist the community through government, philanthropic and corporate partnership opportunities.

Elain Bakker


Elain Bakker has a long involvement in community organisations, community houses, community theatre, local development associations, member of various state level organisations, the Australian Education Union, Teachers Registration Board and Institute of Teaching.  Currently Secretary of Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association, Board member of the Community House Network, Southern Region and President of Mornington Community Contact Board.

Peter Brookhouse


Now retired, Peter has extensive executive management experience in the disability sector. He is also an experienced Company Director, having previously served on the Boards of Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Medicare Local, Peninsula General Practice Network and Peninsula Health. He is a past President and Board Chairman of Frankston Hospital.  Peter’s most recent full time role was CEO of a Peninsula based disability service organisation.

Peter is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Business Administration (Health Admin) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He has also undertaken post-graduate studies in Bioethics and was, for several years, a community member and chairperson of the Peninsula Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

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Head Office
23 - 25 Yuilles Road
Mornington Victoria 3931

Phone: 1300 MENTIS (1300 636 847)

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