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Board of Management


MIFWA 2012/13 Board of Management are:

President – Denise Bayliss
Vice President – Lisa Dobrin
Treasurer - Ann White
Ordinary Member – Glen Stitfold
Ordinary Member - Vivien Hannaford
Ordinary Member – Roy Dickman
Ordinary Member – Hugh Cook
Ordinary Member – Paul Hill
Ordinary Member – Ruth Webber
Ordinary Member – Glen Pickett

Board Member, Dr Hugh Cook
Hugh’s interest in mental health and his concern for people with mental health problems come not only from his medical profession but also from personal and family experiences.

Hugh served for many years as chair of the Youth Suicide Advisory Committee (now the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention). Hugh started training in psychiatry in 1978 and become director of child and adolescent mental health services from 1988 to 1995.

More recently he has provided services to regional southwest WA towns Bunbury, Busselton and Bridgetown. Hugh has no retired practice except for ongoing work with people with autism and with the Mental Health Review Board.

Treasurer, Denise Bayliss
Denise was the CEO of a mental health NGO for 10 years, and previously a research and development officer in the intellectual disability field for five years.

Denise currently has a private consultancy specialising in working for the not-for-profit disability sector. The nature of her work over the last 15 years has involved interactions with people with mental illness and their family members.

This, together with her management and board experience provide skills that contribute to MIFWA’s corporate governance.



Glen Stitfold, Ordinary Member

Rosemarie Kenny, Ordinary Member

Rosemarie is the carer of a 28-year-old son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age of 17. She has a deep interest in working towards the improvement of quality care, both in hospitals and in the community for people with mental illness.

Rosemarie has her own real estate business and was a high school teacher who specialised in art and children with behaviour problems and special needs.

Rosemarie has two grandchildren – and, three daughters, a family of eight children. Rosemarie’s experience and positive can do attitude is a great benefit to the MIFWA management committee.

Vivien Hannaford, Ordinary Member

Vivien was born in Ireland and came to Australia as a child and grew up in Perth. She describes herself as “a quiet sensitive soul” who has been volunteering at the Lorikeet Centre for around seven years. 

She enjoys working as the receptionist at the Lorikeet Centre because she loves meeting and greeting people. She conducts tours in the centre for groups from other organisations and prospective Lorikeet Centre members.

Vivien became a member of the MIFWA board of management in 2008.



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