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Open Minds is a non-profit, disability and community mental health support organisation based in Brisbane and supporting the Queensland community for over 100 years.

Our Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC - Governor of Queensland

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey announced his patronage to Open Minds on Wattle Day 2014.

Born in Brisbane in 1948, His Excellency is a dedicated and long –standing Queenslander.

His Excellency studied at the University of Queensland and graduated in Arts in 1969, and in Laws (with Honours) in 1971. At the end of 1971 His Excellency was called to the Bar and appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.

In 1985, His Excellency was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.

In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000), the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.

His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.

Works Cited

Government House Queensland. (2014). His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland. Retrieved November 5, 2014, from


Mike Gilmour

Mike is an experienced director with a strong commitment to corporate governance and the not-for-profit sector. He is an Independent Director of Isis Central Sugar Mill Company Limited, a Director of Sugar Research Australia Limited and a Director of Aviation Australia Pty Ltd. Mike has recently retired as Chair of the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local and as Chair of the South Bank Institute of Technology and as the Chair of the Brisbane Metro Region TAFE. Mike is a former President of the Queensland Division of CPA Australia. 

Mike has a close involvement with the indigenous community particularly through his recent role as Company Secretary of the Palm Island Community Company. Mike is a professional accountant and experienced Chief Financial Officer, and has particular experience in the health and manufacturing sectors. Previous appointments as a director, company secretary and senior commercial management positions have included the Uniting HealthCare Group, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Boystown Family Care and James Hardie Industries Ltd. Mike has been a Director of Open Minds since May 2005 and is a member of the Board’s Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.


Deputy Chair
Lynn Smart

Lynn is an experienced company director, business and finance professional. She is outcome and customer focussed with varied commercial and board experience including significant mergers and acquisition exposure.

Her diverse commercial experience over 25 years has included start-up, high growth, private and public companies across broad industry segments such as; construction, mining services, web hosting, energy, heavy industry and food manufacturing, assembly, FMCG, franchise, and transport.

Lynn is an experienced Director with strong involvement with the not-for-profit sector with previous appointments as Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. She is currently Deputy Chair of Open Minds and Chair of the Board’s Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee and has been a member of the Board since August 2011.


Non-executive Director
Dr Benjamin Duke

Dr Benjamin (Ben) Duke is a psychiatrist in private practice at Belmont Private Hospital in Brisbane. He has previously worked at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) and Caboolture Hospital. During his time at the PAH he was the psychiatrist responsible for looking after people with brain injuries in both the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and through the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service.

He has served two terms on the AMAQ Branch Council, and was previously the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatrists in Training. He is currently the President of the Queensland Ballet Friends, an organisation that raises funds to support the activities of the Queensland Ballet.

Ben is Chair of the Board’s Service and Clinical Governance Committee and has been a Director of Open Minds since June 2014.


Non-executive Director
Professor Paul Mazerolle
PhD, M Science, B Arts

 Professor Paul Mazerolle is Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law) and Director of the Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University. In his PVC role Paul has overall responsibility for the performance of the Arts, Education and Law group which includes over 13,000 students and 400 academic staff. Paul has a background in Criminology and leads research in various areas including offending across the life course, youth violence, intimate partner violence, and homicide as well as criminal justice policy. He holds a PhD in Criminology, a Masters in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor in Sociology.


Paul has been a Director of Open Minds since June 2009 and is a member of the Board’s Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee. 



Non-executive Director
Ms Julie-Anne Schafer

Julie-Anne has experience in diverse and highly regulated sectors including financial services, member service, mutual, private health, trustee and transport (road and rail). She has ASX, unlisted public company, government and advisory council experience with associated governance, committee, risk management, strategy and stakeholder engagement experience, some international exposure. 
She has led a large diversified mutual, an insurer, state law society and was Deputy Chancellor of QUT. Julie-Anne was previously a partner in professional legal service firms. Julie-Anne was appointed to the Board of Open Minds on 14 August 2015 and is a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Non-executive Director
Stephen (Steve) Roberts

Steve is an experienced chairman, non-executive director, board advisor and executive, having sat on the board of over 10 companies in the ASX, private, government, family company and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.

In an executive capacity, he spent 17 years with BHP Billiton managing a broad business portfolio within its Stainless Steel Materials Group.

Steve brings key skills in corporate strategy & governance, business development, finance & accounting and systems and frameworks, including in the areas of financial governance, compliance and risk management.

He currently holds the position of Queensland Business Development Director and Mentor with the Stephenson Mansell Group.

Steve is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA).

He is currently the Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. He also chaired the Business Development Committee from January 2014 through to its cessation on 29 May 2015. Steve was appointed to the Board in November 2013.


Non-executive Director
Dr Margaret Steinberg AM
PhD, MPhty (Research), BPhty (Hons), Dip Phty

Dr Margaret Steinberg AM brings to the Open Minds Board expertise in governance and ethical decision-making, as well as experience as a clinician, health administrator, academic, and director of public, private and third sector organisations. She has particular expertise in public health, including mental health and community health.

Margaret is a former Commissioner of the Criminal Justice (CJC) and Crime and Misconduct (CMC) Commissions and Chair of their Audit Committees and Governance areas. She was foundation Deputy President of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (GAAT), Assistant Commissioner of the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) and Chair of its Consumer Advisory Committee. She currently sits on a number of other Boards and Tribunals, including the Metro North Hospitals and Health Services Board. She is the Board Sponsor for Consumer and Community Engagement.

Margaret has a PhD (Child Health and Education) and MPhty. Her awards include a Churchill Fellowship (disability and early intervention), NHMRC Travelling Fellowship (Telemedicine) and WHO Study (HIV/AIDS). She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 in recognition of her work in public health, discrimination, ageing, HIV/AIDS and social justice.

Margaret is a member of the Board’s Services and Clinical Governance Board Committee and has been a member of the Board since October 2012.