Our Steering Committee

Prof Simone Pettigrew

Simone Pettigrew is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University and the Director of the WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU). Her work focuses on encouraging people to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours to enhance their mental and physical health. Simone holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Marketing, and a PhD in Consumer Research.

Dr Julie Owen

Julie comes from the Nurrunga/Ngarrindjeri Nations of South Australia and has lived in Western Australia for nearly 30 years in regional and remote areas. Julie’s background is health and education, with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Aboriginal Health, Masters in Primary Health Care and Diplomas in Education and Counselling. Her extensive experience in health promotion, health education and community development has enabled her to work within the AMS and WACHS systems across the state. Currently Julie is working with the Centre of Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University and passing on her love of learning to students and her 14 grand kids.

Lorraine Powell

Lorraine Powell identifies as having a living experience of mental health issues. She is an avid ambassador and has been an active member of Mentally Healthy WA since 2005, also starring in a TV advert for the campaign. Lorraine strongly believes people can gain confidence in looking after their mental health by using the simple message of Act, Belong, Commit. Lorraine has contributed widely to mental health reforms locally, state-wide and nationally using her experiences and networks to inform her work. She is a qualified company director, has a certificate IV in mental health peer work, takes great delight in dog ownership, enjoys dancing and is a proud mother and Nana.

Kirstie Davis

Kirstie Davis is a Senior Policy Advisor at WALGA.

Neil Guard

Neil Guard's career has encompassed more than 15 years in the corporate sector in the UK and 18 years in human services in both the government and, more recently, not-for-profit sectors in Western Australia. His previous roles include 7 years as Executive Director of the WA Drug and Alcohol Office (during which period he was seconded to lead the establishment of the Mental Health Commission) and 5 years as Executive Director of Healthway (2003-2008), during which Neil was involved in the establishment of the Mentally Healthy WA program.

Joanne Graham Smith

Joanne Graham-Smith looks after the health promotion project grant funding at Healthway.  Her career in health promotion spans 15 years and she has held various roles in Government, health promotion research and within the not-for-profit sector. 

Sandra Cronin

Sandra Cronin is a Director and founding partner of Worklink Occupational Health & Rehabilitation Service. She is also a registered Psychologist and recognised expert in Employability and Vocational Assessment. Sandra specialises in the management of return to work (RTW) services for psychological, complex and catastrophic injuries, with RTW experience across a range of industries with a particular focus on health and education workers. She is passionate about the health benefits associated with work. This belief is central to both her approach to work place rehabilitation and psychological intervention. 

Donna Harrison

Donna Harrison represents the Mental Health Commission in Western Australia as an observer on the Steering Committee.