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. President of SMART Recovery US. 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 30,000 SMART Recovery meetings, where groups meet in 24 hospitals, including many Harvard Teaching Hospitals. 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.

 

  • Tania Skippen
    Tania Skippen
    Director
Tania Skippen
Director

Tania Skippen is an Occupational Therapist employed as a senior manager in a NSW mental health policy and leadership unit. Tania has a Master of Health Services Management, majoring in Planning, and extensive experience in strategy, policy and service development for the mental health sector.

Tania has worked across three Australian states in public, private, and community managed settings. She authored the ‘My Mountain’ narrative assessment tool for child and adolescent mental health services and has developed and delivered clinical training nationally and internationally.

Tania is a member of the University of Sydney OT External Advisory Group and is passionate about helping people experience mastery and satisfaction in their valued life roles.

  • 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.

Some years ago she changed direction and took up alcohol and drug counselling

NSW Attorney General’s appointment as Official Visitor to NSW Juvenile Justice Centres.

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.

  • Andrew Mikhail
    Andrew Mikhail
    Director
Andrew Mikhail
Director

Andrew works as a lecturer at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in the areas of Strategy and Organisational Behaviour, and as an adviser to leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with particular focus on performance transformation, organisational development and customer experience excellence.

 Andrew draws upon a variety of cross industry experience to provide engaging and empowering consultation and facilitation in the private and public sector, helping senior executives to position organisations for growth and improved performance.

  • 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.

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