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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

Julie Dormand

Julie Dormand has over 20 years of industry experience both agency and client side, in roles with a CRM focus. As CEO of MercerBell, Julie is responsible for running the Customer Experience (CX) agency and ensuring they deliver best-in-class CX for their clients.

Julie has been a committed supporter of the industry, and acted as Chair and Board Member for ADMA, as well as taking part in speaking and mentoring initiatives. Her involvement was acknowledged in 2014 with the coveted AC&E Jon Clark Outstanding Contribution Award. In 2019 Julie won the highly coveted Mumbrella Industry Leader of the Year award.

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TREASURER

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

Dr Patrick Concannon

MB BS DCH MRCP(UK) FRACP

Dr Patrick Concannon recently retired after 14 years in private medical practice as a consultant developmental paediatrician. Prior to that he was the Service Director for the Lower North Shore Child and Family Health Service and Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital for 27 years.

His particular interests and experience are in child and adolescent ADHD, autism and the associated co-existing mental health issues. He is a life member of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia and has served on State and Federal ADHD committees.

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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.