About Us

Open Minds is an independent not-for-profit (NFP) organisation that works with people to enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

Open Minds a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With over 100 years of history, Open Minds is committed to its purpose of enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities. Open Minds is also a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, with over 400 employees spread across 35 locations.

We provide Support Workers and other professionals to enable our clients to live as independently as possible. Our services include: Supported Independent Living, Support Coordination, Community Access, Complex care, and more. We believe in working closely with the individual, their family and carers, professionals, and any other stakeholders in their life, to deliver high quality support services suited to their unique needs.

Our Purpose:

Enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities.

Our Values:

We work together and empower people to succeed.

We act with humility and value curiosity.

We are trustworthy and act with integrity.

Meet our team

Ian Maynard
Non-Executive Director - BSc GAICD

An experienced Non-Executive Director over the last 20 years, Ian is able to advise on governance, company and organisation structure, coaching and mentoring of business leaders in the areas of leadership, process improvement, enabling technology and customer engagement. Ian is currently a director of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School Advisory Board, Non-Executive Chair of Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Directorate, ACC Review Directorate (religious organisations), DPN Casa Capace (disability housing owner/operator) and co-founder of Cybermetrix (cyber-security startup). Ian is Principal of Maynards Consulting Group, advising as a business and executive coach, specialising in leadership and organisational development. Previously, as Deputy CEO for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Ian was responsible for rolling out the NDIS from trial sites to a full national scheme. 

Ian has held senior executive positions in public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand, including Director General Queensland Health, CEO Queensland Public Service Commission, CEO Queensland Urban Utilities, COO Brisbane City Council, senior procurement and risk management roles with Fonterra and Fletcher Challenge Group. As a CEO and senior executive, Ian has focused on transforming government service delivery through the use of public private partnerships, technology and developing leadership capability. Ian is also a very experienced leader in the business functions of strategic sourcing, IT system implementation and risk management. A co-founder of two start-up companies (cyber-security and disability housing), Ian has direct experience of the challenges facing business owners and the strategies required to succeed and grow. Ian holds a B.Sc. with first class honours in Chemistry (UQ) and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advancement Management and AICD Company Director programs. Ian was appointed to the Board in May 2019.

Our Partnerships

Partners in Recovery (PiR) helps you connect the dots between all of the different supports and services in your life, and ensures you stay organised while working towards your personal recovery goals. PiR aims to better support you by simplifying the coordination between your clinical services, natural supports and community based recovery models.

headspace supports young people who are going through a tough time. If you are aged 12-25 and you need someone to talk to, headspace will provide you with access to health advice, education and employment. Open Minds is the lead agency for headspace in both Redcliffe and Taringa.

Open Minds works in partnership with suncare community services to provide CHIME, support service for those living with mental illness. CHIME (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning, Empowerment) is a short term intensive community based program, focused on delivering one-on-one support to advocate and empower you.