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.
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 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.
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.
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.
BEc, LLM (Hons), CTA, FTIA, TEP, MAICD
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.
MBA (UTS), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (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.
MBA (Uni of Newcastle)
Board and Founding Director
Chris Malcher 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 countryhris Malcher is a senior business analyst and business analysis capability lead at the Department of Social Services in Canberra.
Greg van Wyk
MBBCh (University of Witwatersrand); BBA (University of South Africa); MEc (Macquarie University)
Dr Greg van Wyk is the Principle Consultant and Managing Director of AugIntel Health, which enables healthcare clients to make smarter, data driven decisions within their business. He is also currently undertaking a Master of Data Science at the University of Sydney.
Previously, Greg was the Senior Medical Director of Eli Lilly in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries as well as earlier here in Australia and New Zealand, where his focus was on leading the medical department to generate-and-implement effective lifecycle plans for Lilly’s products.
Whilst working for Lilly as a Neuroscience Medical Advisor, Greg conducted medical research in the field of ADHD management and developed a passion for improving understanding-of-and-support-for neurodevelopmental challenges.
MLS, BBus, PGCertMgt, CFRE, MAICD
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. His focus will be delivering on the organisation's mission and bringing the ADHD community together as a catalyst for positive change within the wider community.
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.