Board

  • Tony Wales
    Tony Wales
    Chairperson
Tony Wales
Chairperson

Employed with KPMG in 1962 to 1974 qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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.

Tony joined SMART Recovery in 2007 and was instrumental in establishing the organisation in Australia. He has 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 an Australian representative on the transition team establishing SMART Recovery International.

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.

  • Joe Gerstein
    Joe Gerstein
    Director
Joe Gerstein
Director

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.

  • Jenny Valentish
    Jenny Valentish
    Director
Jenny Valentish
Director

Jenny Valentish is a journalist with lived experience of problematic drug and alcohol use. She is the author of Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment (Black Inc), and covers drug-related stories for The Age, The Saturday Paper, and The Monthly. Valentish is a consultant for the University of New South Wales’ National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, and ambassador for BrainPark, a project of Monash University’s Brain and Mental Health Laboratory.

She has a Graduate Certificate Alcohol and Other Drugs at Turning Point/Monash University and is one of the core team of AOD Media Watch, dedicated to improving the reporting of alcohol and other drug issues through the critical analysis of media stories.

  • David Barton
    David Barton
    Director
David Barton
Director

Currently employed as the Head of Business Operations at ClubPlus Super, David has a strong interest in assisting people plan their own retirement.

David has been involved in the investment industry for the majority of his career, working with both small and large investment managers including Australian Ethical Investment ,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.

  • Ruth Campbell
    Ruth Campbell
    Director
Ruth Campbell
Director

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.

  • Jennifer Johannesen
    Jennifer Johannesen
    Director
Jennifer Johannesen
Director

Jennifer is  a senior associate 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 is an Australian representative on the transition team establishing SMART Recovery International

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.

  • Mike Fry
    Mike Fry
    Director / Partner
Mike Fry
Director / Partner

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.