ADHD Australia Limited was created by a group of five individuals whose passion and focus was to create a better society for those dealing with ADHD in their everyday lives. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and management of the organisation. ADHD Australia Limited Directors are volunteers who have a passion to bridge the ADHD advocacy and support gaps for all Australians where the lives of individuals, families and communities are affected by ADHD. The organisation has appointed a board of Directors whose experience and qualifications complement, and bring highly valuable and extensive skillsets and experience to the Board. The Board now boasts great depth and breadth of clinical, governance, leadership and links to the ADHD community.
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.
BBus Marketing (UTS), MA Prof Writing (UTS), PhD Arts (UTS)
Manisha Amin is Chief Executive Officer of Media Access Australia. 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.
BA (Syd Uni); Grad Dip Arts Management (UTS); Master of Policy (UNSW); Grad Cert Applied Finance (Kaplan); Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Kate Lidbetter is Chief Executive Officer of Symphony Australia, also known as Symphony Services International. Previous positions have included Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts and leadership roles with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Children’s Choir.
Kate has broad governance experience in the Not-for-Profit sector. She is currently Chair of Gondwana Choirs, and is a past Chair of Ensemble Offspring. She is a director and company secretary of Accessible Arts Limited and sits on the Finance and Audit committees of both Gondwana Choirs and Accessible Arts.
MBA (Curtin University of Technology), BSc (London School of Economics and Political Science), CPA, FCMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
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.
B.Sc (Hons) (Uni Sussex, UK); Cert Management (Eastbourne College of Tech); Master of Psychology (Uni Sydney); PhD (Uni Sydney); MAPs
Caroline Stevenson is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of a private psychology practice on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She has research and clinical interests in ADHD across the lifespan. Caroline’s PhD is on the Management of ADHD in adulthood. Caroline has lectured at University of Sydney and Macquarie University.
Caroline has been a strong advocate for people with ADHD. She has been a past President of ADDults with ADHD NSW, a support group for adults with ADHD. In addition, Caroline has been a media spokesperson for Hyperactivity (NSW) and ADDults NSW.
MBA (Uni of Newcastle)
Board and Founding Director
Chris is a senior business analyst and business analysis capability lead at the Department of Social Services in Canberra. He has over twenty years’ experience bridging the gap between functional business areas and information technology across government, charities and in the private sector.
Chris was vice president of ADDults with ADHD from 2006 to 2015. He transferred his focus to building ADHD Australia in order to unite the many groups involved in the field to work at a national level to support people affected by the condition, and to create a voice that is heard at all levels throughout the country.
BN Australian Catholic University, Graduate ADHD Coach (ADDCA)
Jonathan Hassall is a co-director of Connect ADHD Coaching in Brisbane. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Lead Scientific Advisor (ADHD) for Lilly Australia/New Zealand where he was responsible for medical expertise regarding ADHD, Strattera and related medications. In this role he was also responsible for providing ADHD education and training to health professionals, in the form of lectures, conferences, and specific ADHD service development workshops.
Currently Jonathan is active in both the Australian and US ADHD peer community as a standing member of several psychiatry and ADHD coach peer review groups. His ADHD Coaching practice provides specialised ADHD and Executive Function Coaching to clients across Australia and internationally. He has also been accepted at the CHADD international conference for innovation programs for 2015 and 2016.
MSc, PGDPubHlth, RN
Board and Founding Director
Leigh has a background in Nursing and Master of science, post graduate degree in public health and health behaviour, plus marketing and PR qualifications. It is her passion for making an impact and having close family members with ADHD that has drawn her to the ADHDA Board. Leigh is a communications and stakeholder relations leader as well as designer of award winning Corporate Social Responsibility and colleague engagement programs.
Leigh’s career and interests have long revolved around health and wellbeing in both profit and not for profit settings. She has held positions reporting to CEO’s, boards and director level, managing large teams, and transforming those teams and organisations along the way. Leigh currently works at Pfizer as Manager External Relations, interacting with patient groups and guiding the organisations social investments and philanthropic support as well as managing Pfizer’s award winning CSR program Pfizer CARES.
LL.B (Syd Uni); BA (Syd Uni); Grad Dip Legal Practice (COL); Cert III Financial Services (Kaplan); Cert Govt and Risk Mgmt (GIA)
Leon Mazarakis is a General Manager of Trustee and Client Finance at a publically listed global financial services corporation, as well as a Director of Napoleon & Richard Legal. His expertise lies within Treasury management, trustee and custodial arrangements and asset management as well as governance and policy.
Leon is Chair and Treasurer of Kogarah Community Services, a non for profit entity focused on delivering services to the elderly and children. Leon is passionate about helping others and providing people with access to information and support networks.
Leon has previously held the Secretary and Treasurer positions of ADHD Australia.
MLS, BBus, PGCertMgt.
Chief Executive Officer
Len Russell was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of ADHD Australia in early September 2017 to lead the organisation from being a board based volunteer management organisation into one which represents ADHD issues more consistently across Australia.
Len comes to us with an extensive mixture of experience from both the not for profit and corporate sectors. His experience covers a number of areas such as leading fundraising teams, donor stewardship, product marketing and corporate governance.
Prior to joining ADHD Australia, Len was Head of Fundraising for MS Research Australia and he was part of the senior executive fundraising team at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), a Sydney medical research institute which focused on diseases of the brain and mind. Complimenting his not for profit working experience, he is the Chair and non-executive director of an organisation providing support for people with disabilities within Western Sydney.
Before embarking on a career in the not for profit sector, Len worked in sales, marketing and product development in the Legal Publishing, Telecommunications and Earthmoving Equipment industry sectors.
Len is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (the national peak body for fundraising within Australia) and since 2010 has been a member of the FIA's NSW Executive Committee. He has also been an Advisory Committee member for the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic, part of the University of Western Sydney's law faculty initiative for student practical legal experience.