Steering Committee

Prof Rob Donovan

Rob Donovan (PhD Psychology) is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Sciences at the University of WA, and principal of Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit campaign. He has a broad range of experience over a variety of health and social policy areas in social marketing and health promotion. Professor Donovan is the originator of the conceptual frameworks embodied in Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit and Actively involve, Build skills, Celebrate achievements constructs.

Dr Jo Clarkson

Jo Clarkson is the Director of Health Promotion at Healthway, where she provides strategic advice on health promotion and has direct responsibility for Healthway’s community health promotion and research grants. Jo is a member of a number of State committees and in 2014, was awarded the Public Health Association WA Branch President’s Award in recognition of her commitment to public health.

Lynette Dimer

Lynette Dimer (Lyn) has worked at the Heart Foundation for 17 years, where she has led and supervised staff and represented the Heart Foundation on committees advocating for a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within WA. In partnership with key stakeholders in cardiovascular health, Lyn developed a heart health program at Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, where healthy lifestyle and education are key components for improved heart health outcomes.

Lyn also has in excess of 30 years’ experience working in health, more specifically Aboriginal health with lived life experience adding value. She is dedicated, committed and passionate about positive health, social and emotional wellbeing changes occurring with her people, by walking alongside them to encourage support and make a difference.

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. 

Neil Guard

Neil Guard was appointed CEO of Richmond Wellbeing, a not-for-profit mental health organisation in May 2016, following a career including 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.

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.

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.

Evie Devitt-Rix

Evie Devitt-Rix is a Senior Community Policy Advisor at WALGA, where she is involved in representing members’ interests and developing policy in a range of portfolios including public health, community safety and age friendly communities. Evie is also a Planning Project Officer in the Planning and Development team at WALGA, providing information to build the knowledge and capacity of officers and elected members on planning matters in Local Governments.

Donna Harrison

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