About

About ADHD Australia

Founded in 2014, ADHD Australia is striving to make Australia a better place for people living with ADHD. Striving to help over 1 million Australians. Striving to help you, or someone you know and love. 

We are Australia’s leading national charity supporting all Australians affected by ADHD through raising awareness, advocating, funding research initiatives and creating positive systemic change. 

As a 100% volunteer organisation from the Board, to Executives and their teams, each member shows unwavering passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the role that ADHD Australia plays in supporting those living, working and learning with ADHD. 

"Australians are turning more and more to ADHD Australia to help advocate for change on their behalf. With 1 in 20 Australians living with ADHD, our community is at the heart of our organisation. We will continue to give our community a voice as we work towards national reform."
Matthew Tice
Matthew Tice
Chair, ADHD Australia

Meet the ADHD Australia Board

Our national Board of Directors brings a wide range of business, not-for-profit, clinical and commercial experience to ADHD Australia. It’s key role is to provide governance as ADHD Australia delivers on it’s vision of making Australia a better place for people living with ADHD. 

Overseeing strategic direction, organisational risk and compliance within the ADHD Australia regulatory and legal environment, our Board is  comprised of 8 volunteer directors working with 2 advisory board members, supported by the Company Secretary, CEO, volunteer Executive leaders and their teams. 

Chair

Matthew Tice

Joining the board in 2020,
Matthew Tice is an experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director and a father of two boys with ADHD, aged 20 and 16. His direct experience with helping his sons navigate ADHD is the source of his passion for supporting individuals with ADHD, their families and carers.

BS Industrial and Operations Engineering (University of Michigan), MBA (Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business), MAICD

An expert in strategy and innovation, his experience working with organisations in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australia has delivered billions of dollars of economic value and significant social impact. Matthew is a leading strategic advisor to businesses helping them to address disruptive change brought on by emerging business models, technology and changing social and customer dynamics.

He is an author of two books, the most recent being Insurgence: How Established Incumbents Can Operate Like Nimble Insurgents in Fast Changing and Volatile Markets (2020). 

Prof Simon Clarke
Director

Prof Simon Clarke

Professor Simon Clarke is a Clinical Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health, at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School. Having completed his research at Harvard in ADHD and learning difficulties in children and adolescents, Simon has founded centres of excellence in Australia, and brings his extensive clinical experience to ADHD Australia.

MBBS, FCP, FRACP, FACPM, FASHM.

In 1980 whilst still at Harvard, he was awarded the “Young Investigator Award” for his research into adolescent learning difficulties.

On his return to Australia he established, at Westmead Hospital, a Learning Difficulties/ADHD Clinic with a team of psychologists and speech therapists treating children and young people.

He founded an Adolescent Unit containing Australia’s first 27 bed ward which became known as a Centre of Excellence for Managing Adolescents, including those with eating disorders, both in the ward and as outpatients.

Subsequently he founded the Centre for Research into Adolescents” Health (CRASH) with Dame Marie Bashir A.C. as patron. The Centre has received numerous grants and produced over 80 papers and book chapters.

He is a trained Family Therapist and utilises this as an essential addition to his management of families and young people.

Vikrant Mulgund
Treasurer

Vikrant Mulgund

Vikrant Mulgund has a breadth of experience in NFP organisations in leadership/board roles in the trade & investment and education sectors. He has a deep passion for all forms of neurodivergence and champions initiatives that improve inclusion for neurodivergent individuals in the workforce, joining the board in 2022.

MBA (Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney); Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (University of Mumbai, India).

Vikrant is a Managing Director at a global consulting firm, Alvarez and Marsal (A&M), bringing strategic and operational leadership experience, gained through a 23-year career in professional services and industry; specialising in areas of strategy & planning, business transformation, performance improvement and leadership of major programs across public and private sectors.

A strong Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate; he brings an international outlook by virtue of his experience living & working across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and North America.

Jane Endacott
Director

Jane Endacott

Jane Endacott has more than 20 years senior leadership experience across for profit and for purpose sectors with a specialisation in growth, innovation, and sustainable business models. Informed by this lifetime of experience, Jane leads ADHDA’s revenue and fundraising program, joining the board in 2022.

B.App.Sc. (Ag)., B.Ed. (Adult)., G.C. Bus. Admin.

Jane has a comprehensive understanding of, and empathy for, carers of chronic and debilitating mental health disorders, having a lived and living experience as a carer in this context.

Jane is passionate about mental health, wellbeing and inclusivity with a particular interest in carers of people living with ADHD, adult ADHD as it intersects with the workplace. She hopes to see a future where people who are neurodivergent are welcome and supported through education, awareness and recognition of the value they bring to society.

Advisory Board Member

Dr Karl Sebire

A leading expert in digital distraction, attention spans and technology dependence, Dr Karl Sebire brings decades of experience in education to ADHD Australia. As an educator, Karl manages the challenges of neurodiversity in the classroom, both for learners with ADHD, and their teachers.

BComm, GradDipEd, MDes, MEd, PhD.

Karl’s PhD, titled ‘Learning in the Age of Distraction’, interrogated the tipping point between where technology becomes a hindrance or an aid when it comes to learning, and its implications for adolescent attention spans. He is the Director of Research & Practice at an independent girls’ school, a sessional academic at the University of Melbourne, and consults to a range of organisations who have an increasing appetite to understand technology’s role in the attention economy. As a researcher, educator and author, Karl consults on harnessing the power of technology.

Director

A/Prof Melanie Porter

Associate Professor Melanie Porter is a Scientist-Practitioner with a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. With lived experience of ADHD as the mother of a son with ADHD who is now in a high school setting. As a clinician and through academic roles, Melanie is passionate about helping students with ADHD.

B.Psych. Hons.; M.Clin. Neuro; Ph.D.; MAPS; CCN.

Melanie is a Scientist-Practitioner with a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. With lived experience of ADHD as the mother of a son with ADHD who is now in a high school setting, Melanie is passionate about helping students with ADHD. Through her clinical and academic roles, Melanie is also privy to the school /learning experience of many students with ADHD, their parents/carers and their educators.  She is committed to helping students with ADHD, parents/carers and educators to increase their self-efficacy and their knowledge about ADHD and to help facilitate more positive experiences in relation to ADHD in preschool/ school /tertiary education settings.

Melanie is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Macquarie University. She assists with the coordination of the postgraduate neuropsychology programs at Macquarie University. Melanie has national and international research collaborators for her work investigating cognitive, emotional, behavioural and brain functioning in those with neurodevelopmental or acquired brain conditions (e.g. ADHD, Williams syndrome, NF1, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, paediatric stroke, epilepsy). She also heads several projects in the area of neuropsychological rehabilitation and intervention, as well as research on the functional outcomes of teacher professional development for ADHD students and the lived experience of primary and high school children and university students with ADHD. She is on the editorial board for many scientific journals and has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews in her field, including Nature Reviews Disease Primers.

Melanie also has 20 years of clinical and medico-legal expertise, including experience in evidence-based assessment , diagnosis and intervention for children and families, medical negligence, child protection, family law, funding appeals and guardianship/capacity assessments, having written single expert and narrow issue reports for family, civil and criminal law proceedings.

Melanie’s vision is to improve the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disability and their families.

Director

Michael Guilday

With extensive legal experience, Michael Guilday is versed in committee governance and advocating for regulatory and policy advancements. With lived experience in both family and workplace settings, Michael is set to leverage his legal leadership and public relations to improve the outcomes for Australians impacted by ADHD.

 Sc. (Mathematics and Statistics), LLB, Grad Dip Commercial Law, M Tax, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance.

Michael is the General Counsel and Head of Property at Sydney Fish Market. As a member of the Executive Group, he is responsible for the Legal and Property Functions at Sydney Fish Market, including executive-level strategic decision-making in relation to commercial, operations, legal and ESG aspects of the iconic Sydney Fish Market.

Michael has a passion for leading business projects and transformations, motivating and mentoring teams, advocating for regulatory and policy advancements, encouraging innovation and disruption, promoting robust and ethical decision-making, recognising Australia’s First Nations People, promoting workplace neurodiversity, and elevating the importance of holistic health and wellbeing.

Michael’s other Board-level roles include Executive Committee Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia, Committee Member of the Property Council of Australia and Committee Member of the Law Society of NSW.

Director

Emmet Fay

Emmet Fay brings almost 20 years of Corporate Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Relations experience to ADHD Australia. Emmet has lived family experience in understanding the difficulties in diagnosis and the challenge parents,  families and ADHDers face in finding appropriate supports and information.

BA(Hons), BSocS, MIR.

Emmet has held senior roles in the resources and transport industries where he led engagement and advocacy with multiple state governments and the Commonwealth on complex policy and regulatory issues, as well as managing stakeholder consultation and engagement processes for significant project approvals. Emmet has also worked in social policy and in politics.

Emmet is passionate about using his professional experience to work to improve the policy frameworks which support people living with ADHD and their families. This passion is a direct result of the difficult processes of getting his eldest daughters ADHD diagnosis. 

Emma Harrington
Advisory Board Member

Emma Harrington

Emma Harrington brings over two decades of international experience spanning technology, media and data driven organisations. A passionate advocate for DE&I, and lived family experience of ADHD, Emma seeks to champion the value of ADHD individuals in the workplace and society.

MA Politics and International Relations (York University, Toronto, Canada), BA Hons Political Science (Kent University, England), MAICD

Emma Harrington is a strategic and purpose led business leader, Emma brings over two decades of international experience spanning technology, media and data driven organisations and most recently as the CEO of the iconic Motoring and Membership business at the NRMA. Her career is marked by a distinctive ability to conceive and implement innovative strategies and business models that navigate disruption and change. Her specialization lies in steering strategy, orchestrating customer-centric business transformations, and cultivating high-impact cultures. Beyond her executive roles, Emma has made significant contributions as board advisor and non-executive director.

Emma is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, with a track record of pioneering outcomes, including introducing the NRMA’s first female roadside patrol and tow operators, in its 102-year history and establishing its inaugural employee-led DEI networks.

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Melissa Webster
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Melissa Webster

Melissa Webster, is a neurodivergent individual and a forward thinking executive with 20 years experience in community services and health care.  Melissa is committed to social inclusion and equality, modelling ethical leadership and embedding a culture of improvement at ADHD Australia.

MBA (Quality), BSc (Hon) Health & Disability Studies, RMA (Ad) Health and Social Care Management

Melissa builds capable and confident teams to better improve service outcomes and has underpinned her career success to date. With expertise in service environments and leadership roles, Melissa has a proven record of consistently delivering business, financial and stakeholder objectives to ensure greater quality, excellence, learning, innovation and outcomes. Fostering work environments centred around engagement and collaboration stems from my ability to model ethical leadership values and embeds a culture of improvement and better practice.

Melissa has solid history of success in implementing strategic plans and leading the delivery of innovative service models to exceed quality and best practice standards. Melissa’s in-depth knowledge of changing funding and service environments serves to improve her practice across the lifespan of disability, aged care, nursing and residential services.

Melissa tackles life and career management scenarios with meticulous strategies based on her personal and professional expertise.

James Kyd
Company Secretary

James Kyd

James brings over 23 years of leadership and board experience across not-for-profit, government, and private sectors. Specialising in strategy, governance, and strategic change, he has a proven track record in consulting and industry roles, with a unique perspective shaped by his experience as an ADHD individual.

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
MSc Digital Currency
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia (AGIA)

As a management consultant, James is focused on strategy and transformation for government clients. His approach to leadership is influenced by his personal experiences as an ADHD individual and as a father to two perfectly unique daughters, one with a rare genetic condition and the other neurodivergent.

His professional and voluntary work reflect a passion to fostering strengths-based approaches to inclusion in the workplace and in the community. He champions workplace neurodiversity and serves on a not-for-profit board advocating for disadvantaged youth’s rights.