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Our Executive Board

President: Kenneth Meissner [BALaw MBA]

Ken is a licensed dealer in vintage and period furniture and is a self employed furniture restorer. He is an advocate for improving the lifestyles of people with a mental illness and their families. 

Ken’s daughter Joanne was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1995.  After she passed away in 2000, Ken became a member of MIFQ and was elected to the Executive Board. He has been President since September 2006.  Ken is interested in the performing arts and served as President of The Brisbane Eisteddfod for 11 years.

He is also interested in public affairs and served as President of the Queensland Division of The Royal Commonwealth Society of Australia for three years.  Ken is a member of the MIFQ Governance Sub-Committee and the Finance, Audit, Risk Management and Human Resources SubCommittee.


 Vice President: Bob Steele [BEcon]

Bob has 13 years experience in the mental health arena, having served on a number of not-for-profit boards in the community mental health sector since 2000. He has held a variety of roles on these boards including General Member, Vice President, Treasurer and President. 

He joined the Executive Board of MIFQ in 2009 and is currently the Vice President.  Bob is the Chair of MIFQ’s Governance SubCommittee and a member of the Finance, Audit, Risk Management and Human Resources SubCommittee.

Bob is also a member of the State Council for the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.  He has been a member of the State Council for six years and is currently the Treasurer.  He is involved with the Governance Sub-Committee and is Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee.

Prior to his involvement in the not-for-profit sector, Bob worked in a senior management role in the banking and finance industry for 33 years. Bob has a lived experience of mental illness. 


Treasurer: Cameron Smith [Bcom, Grad Dip Adv Acc, ACA]

Cameron is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s Audit and Assurance practice in Brisbane. He has 19 years audit experience including five years working in London. Cameron has worked with many large corporate and fast growing entrepreneurial clients, particularly in the travel, transportation, tourism and resource sectors. Cameron is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. Cameron is the Chair of MIFQ’s Finance, Audit, Risk Management and Human Resources Sub-Committee. 


 Secretary: Charles Perry [Bsc]

Charles is a computer programmer with the Australian Taxation Office and has been an employee for 21 years. Charles has the neurological condition epilepsy and although he has not had a seizure in 30 years, it is a lifelong condition. He was on the Board of the Epilepsy Association of Queensland in the early 1990s. Charles also has some experience as a carer, having supported his elderly mother until she passed away in 2006. Charles is a member of MIFQ’s Governance Sub-Committee. 


Ryan Bryer 

Ryan was elected to the MIFQ Executive Board in September 2012. During his final year of high school, Ryan was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since his diagnosis, Ryan has managed his illness without receiving Government funding through self-awareness and support from health professionals, family, friends and colleagues. Ryan has worked at Mamre Association Inc for the past six years. Mamre is a community organisation that supports families who have a family member with a disability. Ryan has gained Tertiary qualifications in Education Support, Theology, Christian Ministry and Business. Ryan is a member of MIFQ’s Governance Sub-Committee. 



Trish Nolan [PhD in Psychology, MAppPsych, Grad Dip Psych, BA]

Trish recently retired from Queensland Health in her role as Deputy Director of Research, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. This research group investigates genetic and environmental causes of mental illnesses (particularly schizophrenia) and undertakes research to guide policy and planning in mental health services. Her research position followed a long career as a Psychologist/Clinical Director in mental health and drug abuse services in the public health sector and private practice, both here and in America. She maintains a strong interest in policy development and organisational change in mental health services to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illness and their families.


Coby Pearce

Coby joined MIFQ in 1996 as a volunteer for the monthly barbeques in Southport and has been a member of the Gold Coast Branch Committee since 1997. Coby was employed by Landmark BoysTown for two years as a consumer support worker and was the consumer representative of Integrated Mental Health Services Gold Coast for three years. Coby is an active member of the Gold Coast Consumer and Carer Advisory Group and is a current member of the General Practice Gold Coast Mental Health Advisory Committee. Coby experienced a major psychosis in 1987/88 and has been successfully treated for her bipolar disorder. Coby is a member of MIFQ’s Membership Sub-Committee. 


Nicholas Tucker

Nicholas is a Barrister at the Private Bar in Queensland. As a component of his practice Nicholas regularly appears before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and other Courts on behalf of people who have a mental illness. Nicholas also has a background in both social sciences and commerce. He has worked extensively in child protection and corporate management. This includes roles in child protection in NSW, Victoria and Qld and as a CEO in venture capital acquisition and biotechnology, recruiting and service delivery. He has both consulted to and held senior roles in the renewable and traditional energy sector in Australia and the UK. He has also spent time on a number of boards and peak bodies. He is a Certified Management Consultant, recognised for his work in corporate mentoring.

In line with his social sciences background he has been involved in children’s rights, advocacy and law reform for over 20 years. He is the past Chair of the Child Witness Support Network Queensland (PACT) and the past Deputy Chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council. As well as being a newly appointed board member for MIFQ he is the current Chair of the PACT Foundation. He was a finalist in the 2010 National Children’s Law Awards and writes extensively for Thompson Reuters Legal Publishing, including authoring the annotations for the Mental Health Act. Nicholas holds an Economics degree from Sydney University, a Juris Doctor from UQ and will graduate with a Master of Laws from The ANU next year.




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