Board of Directors
Employed with KPMG in 1962 to 1974 qualified as a Chartered Account.
Formed own accountancy practice in 1974, employing 60 staff when left in 1990.
Joined Computershare Ltd and took a major interest in the company in 1980, Finance Controller through to 1990, then executive Finance Director. Floated company on ASX in 1994, took it international in 1997 and retired as executive Director in 2003 and non- executive in 2010.
Joined SMART Recovery 2007 and was instrumental in converting it to a not-for-profit organisation in that year. Have remained on the Board since as a non-executive Director and Chairperson.
SMART Recovery Australia’s representative on the SMART Recovery Board for nearly eight years.
He is on the international SMART Recovery Transitional team.
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Secretaries.
Tony now spends time looking after the family investments, philanthropy and The Family Foundation.
Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP. Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Founding President, SMART Recovery Self-Help Network. Retired Board Member, SMART Recovery UK and current Board Member, SMART Recovery Australia. Facilitator of over 3000 SMART Recovery meetings. Inventor of several SMART Recovery tools. Practicing Internist and Pain Management specialist for 30 years. Medical Director for 10 years of the #1-Rated US HMO. Introduced SMART Recovery into UK, Australia, South Africa. Volunteer Advisor of SMART Recovery/Massachusetts, where there have been over 26,000 SMART Recovery meetings. Instigated and helped develop the InsideOut Prison Program of SMART Recovery funded by the US National Institute of Drug Abuse. Introduced SMART Recovery into the US Federal Prison System. Presented SMART Recovery at 2 Harvard Addictions Symposiums. Wrote the Chapter on Alternatives to the 12-Step Programs in the 2nd Edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Textbook of Addiction Medicine.
Retired from the Principal Advisor Alcohol and Drugs and Health Promotion, Corrective Services NSW.
Previously, Senior Research Officer, Drug and Alcohol Services, South Australia.
Sue has a Masters of Social Science, Applied Social Research (University of Social Science) and Bachelor of Education (Flinders University).
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow employed as a Professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research has been supported by NHMRC fellowships continuously since 2003. Funded in 2012 by the NHMRC.
Co-Director of a Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CRE). This CRE represents a world first, bringing together the largest concentration of nationally and internationally recognised comorbidity researchers.
￼Immediate Past President of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD).
Amanda has worked as a clinical psychologist in both mental health and substance abuse treatment settings in Australia and the UK.
Experienced executive manager with wide experience in all aspects of human resource management including with Qantas, National Foods and AGL.
Prior to joining the private sector she worked as a senior Executive in the Federal public sector.
Ruth’s areas of specialisation included Company restructuring, dispute resolution, pay negotiations, demergers, floats and takeovers as well as policy and governance.
Five years ago she changed direction and took up alcohol and drug counselling
NSW Attorney General’s appointment as Official Visitor to NSW Prisons.
She has worked as a director of superannuation funds, held Government board appointments and worked as a director in the not for profit sector.
Ruth is an extensive traveller who loves reading and music.
Currently employed as a lawyer in the Corporate and Commercial Advisory group at Marque Lawyers, a boutique law firm in Sydney.
Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of New South Wales and her B.A. from York University in Toronto, Canada, where she was born and raised.
Jennifer has experience in commercial and IP law, including contracts, franchising, advertising, been living in Sydney for about 6 years and can’t bring herself to leave.
She currently sits on the Board of Ethiopiaid Australia, which she joined in 2012
Jennifer briefly worked at Amnesty International Australia for a 6-month secondment while she was working at DLA Piper (where she worked before Marque Lawyers).
Currently leads the Corporate Governance practice for Ernst & Young across Asia Pacific.
Mike has over 14 years experience advising clients on corporate governance best practice and how to improve their governance and compliance risk profile.
He has experience working with a range of clients including private groups, not-for- profits and multi-national organisations.
He has provided corporate governance advice and support to a range of US, European and Australian multi-nationals from various industries including financial services and consumer products.
Mike specialises in the identification and management of significant corporate governance risks across the structure from the executive board to key offshore subsidiaries.
Currently employed as the Chief Finance Officer at Australian Ethical Investment Ltd the leading ethical wealth manager in Australia.
David has been involved in the investment industry for the majority of his career working with both small and large investment managers including Perpetual, Schroders, Maple Brown Abbott and State Street.
His experience includes financial management, strategic acquisitions and disposals, investment administration, custody operations, risk management & compliance, operations management, project management, process design and client transition management
David is passionate about social justice and the environment.
Currently employed as the Executive Director of SMART Recovery Australia. Ryan commenced this role in November 2013.
Ryan has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, including 15 years in Executive roles. This has been has been primarily in the fields of mental health, suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS advocacy, Gay and Lesbian rights, social justice and the environment.
Ryan was the Chief Executive Officer for Suicide Prevention Australia for over eight years. In a previous role he was the Executive Officer of People Living With HIV / AIDS (NSW) Inc (now Positive Life) for over 5 years. In both positions he was successful in significantly building the capacity and capability for the organisations.
He has been on numerous Boards and committees, recently having been a member NSW Suicide Prevention Ministerial Advisory Committee and the National Suicide Prevention Working Group, Australian Government, volunteer Director on the Independent Community Living Australia Board (supports people with mental and intellectual disabilities with supported accommodation), where he was the Chair of the Clinical Governance Working Group, as well as the co-Chair of the Strategic Planning sub-committee of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Board.
Ryan has a post graduate Certificate in Community Management and Not-for-Profit Management. He is currently studying part-time towards a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Josette Freeman has an extensive background in nursing and specialised in Paediatric Oncology. She continued her counselling studies and has worked across all sectors of the drug and alcohol field.
For the past 11 years she has worked for SMART Recovery Australia in the capacity of the National Program and Training Coordinator, travelling across the country to teach organisations and individuals about the SMART Recovery program and provide training on how to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings.
Josette worked in collaboration with aboriginal workers to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander edition of the SMART Recovery manual
Josette still runs her own SMART Recovery group in the community on a weekly basis.
Michael Bellamy has been the Digital and Online Community Coordinator for SMART Recovery Australia since September 2014.
Prior to SMART, Michael was the National Director of Content & Social at Australia’s largest digital performance and experience agency, Columbus. Here he led a team delivering digital content and communication solutions for a range of national financial, travel, insurance, health and government organisations.
Michael has almost a decade’s experience developing, implementing and managing digital content and social media strategies for various organisations such as Bauer Digital (formerly Australian Consolidated Press) and Ninemsn.
He completed a Bachelor Degree in Communications (Digital Media Studies, Public Relations) from the University of Newcastle.
Peter commenced work at SMART Recovery Australia as Fundraising and Donor Liaison Manager in August 2015.
Prior to that Peter worked in fundraising roles at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Westmead Medical Research Foundation and Childrens Cancer Institute Australia working with Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Sponsors, Government and individual donors. Peter brings a wealth of experience to SRAU in the fundraising area having successfully raised over $1.5M for causes as diverse as medical research and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island youth programs.
Before becoming involved in the not-for-profit industry, Peter worked in financial services, managing the philanthropic services teams at Perpetual Ltd. and Trust Company. In these roles Peter drove the reinvigoration of the annual funding rounds, mentored staff and introduced new processes and systems to streamline administrative processes.
In addition to his role at SRAU Peter works as a fitness instructor at a couple of gyms in Sydney and is a keen runner, swimmer and exercise enthusiast.
Peter completed a Graduate Certificate (Philanthropy and Non-Profit studies) through QUT in 2012.
Research Advisor Committee
As scientific knowledge evolves, SMART Recovery adapts. To keep up to date with the latest thinking, opinions and research, SRAU established a Research Advisory Committee in 2014. The committee includes leading researchers in the addiction field.
Professor Amanda Baker is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, University of Newcastle, and Co-Director of the CRE in Mental Health and Substance Use. She is a senior clinical psychologist who has practised in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her expertise lie in the development of evidence-based treatment for substance use and mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Prof Baker has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, and published numerous treatment manuals and clinician guidelines based on her innovative clinical interventions. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, and is currently the President of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), the peak body for professional working in the AOD field.
Frank Deane is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Illawarra Institute for Mental Health at the University of Wollongong. He trained as a clinical psychologist at Massey University in New Zealand, practiced in the USA for 6 years before returning to NZ. He was a Senior Lecturer at Massey University until moving to the University of Wollongong in 1998 to take up the Director of Clinical Psychology programs position. His research is predominantly applied and clinical in nature and he has particular interests in the role of therapeutic homework in treatment, help seeking for mental health problems and service effectiveness research.
Professor Anthony Shakeshaft’s principal research interests are in embedding the evaluation of interventions into the delivery of routine clinical health services and into the implementation of population-level interventions, with a particular interest in community-based approaches and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. His intervention trials have been conducted in partnership with a range of service providers, communities and academics to: examine the cost-effectiveness of alcohol brief interventions delivered in community-based counselling settings; the use of patient driven computers for screening and intervention in primary care (UK, Canada and Australia); improving the appropriateness of red blood cell transfusions in metropolitan hospitals; a national evaluation of pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence provided in drug and alcohol clinics; and increasing the provision of screening and brief intervention through Aboriginal Medical Services. He has also implemented a number of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate: the cost-effectiveness of mailed personalised feedback to patients delivered through hospital emergency departments; the cost-effectiveness of mailed tailored feedback to GPs on their prescribing practices; and the cost-effectiveness of targeting high-risk weekends with community-based strategies aimed at reducing alcohol harms. Most recently he led the largest community-wide cluster RCT ever undertaken internationally aimed at reducing population level rates of risky drinking and alcohol-related harms – the Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project.
Dr Leanne Hides is a clinical psychologist with clinical and research expertise in the assessment and treatment of primary and co-occurring substance use disorders in young people. She also has worked extensively in youth mental health. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship holder at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Leanne is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), the only youth-focused research centre of its kind in Australia. Leanne has developed brief and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) interventions for substance use and comorbid mental health issues in young people and has led over ten clinical trials on these interventions. Leanne also develops web and mobile app based interventions and is the QUT project leader of a major project in the Young and Well Collaborative Research Centre developing Etools for enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Dr Kelly is a Senior Lecturer and Cancer Institute NSW Early Career Research Fellow based in the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. He is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has been awarded membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. He has extensive clinical and research experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse problems.
Dr Kelly’s research is focused on cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention in disadvantaged and marginalised populations. He holds a number of research grants and consultancies supporting this work. His program of research is particularly focused on developing and trialling multiple health behaviour change interventions for at-risk population groups (i.e. mental health and substance abuse populations, Indigenous Australians). These interventions tend to focus on reducing smoking, improving diet and promoting physical activity.
He has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles or book chapters, with the majority of this work focused on the non-government sector. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr Kelly was employed as the Chief Executive Officer at Kedesh Rehabilitation Services. Kedesh is a large organisation that provides both residential and outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance abuse problems and co-occurring mental illness.
Prof. John F. Kelly is the current Past President of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Masschusetts General Hospital, and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of alcohol and other drug addiction and related problems. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He treats individual, couples and families suffering from these difficulties. He maintains a private practice in Boston, MA.