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Board of Directors

OUR EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF PASSIONATE VOLUNTEERS

The Board

ADHD Australia Limited is passionate about creating a better future for those living with ADHD and their families. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and management of the organisation. Our experienced directors are volunteers who bring great depth and breadth in clinical, governance, leadership and business, as well as important links with the ADHD community. The compliment of our working board has a balance of professionals, gender and those with a lived experience of ADHD.

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CHAIR

Michael Kohn

MBBS (UNSW); FRACP; PhD (Syd Uni)

A/Professor Michael Kohn is the Area Director for Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine for Western Sydney, and Head of Department for AYA Medicine at Westmead Hospital. He has research and clinical interests in neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD and Autism. He is well known in the ADHD field through his publication of over 100 scientific articles, writing in medical textbooks and media work.

Michael has experience as a Director for the Emanuel School (1998-2003) and Butterfly Foundation (2005-2014), prior to joining the ADHD Australia Board in 2015. He has been Chairman since November 2015.

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DEPUTY CHAIR

Manisha Amin

BBus Marketing (UTS), MA Prof Writing (UTS), PhD Arts (UTS)

Manisha Amin is Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Inclusive Design, an organisation which design systems, products, services and customer experiences based on inclusive principles. Previous positions have included Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Barnardos Australia (2011-16), Cancer Council NSW (2008-2011), Guide Dogs NSW (2007-8) and she has worked in communication and marketing at UTS.

In addition to her role as Director of ADHD Australia, Manisha has served on the Board of the Active Learning and Communication Cooperative and the fundraising advisory committee of the Nature Conservation Council. She is a published author and has served on a number of advocacy organisations including Adoptive Parents Australia.

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SECRETARY

Nick Mercer

Nick Mercer founded MercerBell in 1999 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since then. In that time MercerBell has evolved into one of Australia’s leading Customer Experience & Advertising agencies with a staff of 80 people and offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

The company has been highly awarded within the advertising industry and has maintained a blue chip client base including Toyota, Qantas, Caltex and UNICEF. MercerBell is now part of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia and Nick continues in his role as CEO.

Prior to joining the ADHD Australia board in 2018, Nick served as a Director with ADMA (Australian Direct Marketing Association) and was inducted into the ADMA Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to the industry in 2017.

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TREASURER

Rafael Kimberly-Bowen

MBA (Curtin), BSc (London School of Economics and Political Science), CPA, FCMA

Rafael Kimberley-Bowen is an experienced chief financial officer, company director, entrepreneur and angel investor. Rafael has international corporate experience including banking, education, childcare and community services, mining, media, healthcare, agriculture and aged care.

Rafael is a member of the AICD, and sits on the board of private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Rafael is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting, and a founding director of Scale Partners, a boutique professional services firm.

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DIRECTOR

Chris Bevan

BEc LLM (Hons)(Syd) FGIA MAICD CTA FTI TEP

Chris is a lawyer of 37 years’ experience in corporate governance, corporations law, taxation law and the law relating to charitable organisations as an advisor and advocate. He has appeared in cases in those areas of law in various State Supreme Courts, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. Chris maintains barrister’s chambers at the Sydney and Melbourne Bars. Chris is a former adjunct lecturer in postgraduate taxation law at UNSW and lecturer in corporate governance for the UNSW, Legal Wise Seminars and Law Society of NSW continuing legal education programs.

Chris has been a non-executive director of several family companies and the corporate trustee of a superannuation fund. Chris has had over 30 years of membership of committees of various peak professional bodies responsible for vetting draft legislation, including the Tax Institute and the Bar Association of NSW, and is a former chairman of the Legislation Committee of the Tax Institute.

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DIRECTOR

Diane Cassen

MBA (UTS), GAICD

Dianne Cassen has over 20 years’ experience in human resources leadership and consulting, executive recruitment, mentoring and coaching. She was recently Head of HR at Meriton, one of Australia’s largest property development companies, and previously held senior executive roles in Talent2 and Hudson, two of Australia’s leading executive recruitment and HR consulting companies. She was part of the team that established Talent2 in Australia and an executive committee member for 10 years.

Dianne has been a mentor for the Australian Human Resources Institute and National Association of Women in Construction for many years, a volunteer event manager for numerous executive networking events, a longstanding volunteer for the Property Industry Foundation, and a regular presenter on career and leadership related topics.

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DIRECTOR

Monica Iklandios

Masters of Business Technology (UNSW), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Hons) (UNSW); GAICD

Monica Ikladios has been involved with the digital and ecommerce space since 1998. Initially involved as a Programmer and then as a Senior Manager in various ecommerce and digital roles across a variety of commercial organisations.

Monica is currently a National Manager who is responsible for the development and implementation of Digital Marketing strategies focusing on the merging of data, disruptive digital marketing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

She has spoken at various events on a variety of topics such as; Digital disruption, How to communicate data and the Importance of big data.

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DIRECTOR

Greg van Wyk

MBBCh (Witwatersrand); BBA (South Africa); MEc (Macquarie)

Dr Greg van Wyk is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical officer of Noxopharm, which is an Australian publicly-listed clinical stage drug development company.

Greg graduated as a medical doctor, from the University of the Witwatersrand, in 2001 and worked clinically, in hospitals and in GP practice, for 5 years prior to moving into pharmaceutical medicine. Prior to joining Noxopharm, he enjoyed an 11-year career with Eli Lilly during which he led large, diverse medical teams across Australasia and North-western Europe and worked across a range of therapeutic areas, on medicines in all stages of the product Life-cycle.

In both clinical and commercial contexts, Greg is a strategic thinker who is focused on achieving valued outcomes for the multitude of stakeholders engaged with the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys research design and analysis and he enjoys continuous learning.

Greg has postgraduate degrees in management and economics and is passionate about the healthcare economy and the role of technology in extending and enhancing people's lives.