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David Murray AO, Chair

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Masters in Business Administration and PhD.

David was appointed Chairman of AMP in June 2018; a position he still holds. Between 2006 and 2012 he was the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Government Future Fund Board of Guardians, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (1992-2005) oversaw the transformation of Commonwealth Bank from a partly privatised bank to an integrated financial services company.

David is a member of the Oliver Wyman Senior Advisory Board and a Consultant to Tenix Pty Ltd and is a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, Sydney. He has previously served as a member of the Finance Sector Advisory Council and the APEC Business Advisory Council. David was recently the Chair of the Government’s Financial System Inquiry.

In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society in banking and corporate governance and in 2007 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to the finance sector both domestically and globally and service to the community. David is an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Anne Doherty

Qualifications: RGN, RPN, BHA UNSW.

Anne has over thirty years’ experience in health, the majority spent in mental health. Anne spent 12 years in forensic mental health in New South Wales. She is committed to improving patient/consumer care and the patient/consumer and carer experience. Anne currently holds the position of Executive Director Mental Health, Southern Health Victoria.

Anthony Gill

Qualifications: B.COMM (Hons).

Anthony is the Chairman of the AFG board, a position he has held since 2008. Anthony has extensive experience across Australia’s finance industry, including Macquarie Bank for more than 16 years, most recently as Group Head of the Banking and Securitisation Group (BSG). Prior to joining Macquarie, Anthony was a Chartered Accountant with a major international firm in Australia and Canada, and then went on to work for a number of other banks and financial institutions.

Anthony’s banking experience spans more than two decades with expertise in banking, mortgage origination and securitisation. He is a past Chairman of the Australian Securitisation Forum and a past President of the Mortgage Industry Association of Australia.

Anthony is also a Director of First Mortgage Services, First American Title Insurance and Genworth Australia and a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Sydney Development Committee.

Catherine Happ

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University), Bachelor of Business, major in Industrial Relations (University of South Australia), Masters in Industrial Relations (Sydney University). Accredited Derivatives Adviser Level 2 (Australian Stock Exchange).

Catherine has over 16 years’ experience in the investments markets having joined JBWere Pty Ltd in 1996. Prior to joining the firm she worked as a Ministerial Adviser for the South Australian Government.

Christine Morgan, CEO

Qualifications: University of Sydney - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (1985). Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW (1986). Australian Graduate School of Management - Graduate Certificate in Management (1999).

Christine is the CEO of The Butterfly Foundation. She is also the National Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, a federally funded collaboration led by Butterfly that has developed the first National Framework on Eating Disorders. In the not for profit sector, Christine was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development.

Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Christine was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra. This included incorporating the strategies of each of the lines of business, leveraging opportunities across the different businesses and driving cross business initiatives.

Professor Susan Paxton

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons), M Psych., Ph D.

Susan is Professor and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychological at La Trobe University. She is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders and of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

She is a clinical psychologist and researcher engaged in projects focused on understanding risk factors of body image and eating problems, evaluating prevention and early intervention and early intervention strategies and exploring stigma and mental health literacy related to eating disorders in the community.

Susan has been a member of numerous State and Federal government advisory committees and has been President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and President of the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Paul Salteri AM

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Paul joined the Transfield group in 1978 and rose to the position of Joint Managing Director, a position he held until the Transfield Group split in 1997 at which point he was appointed managing director of Tenix Pty Ltd, a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is a past Director of Austrade, a Chairman of AIG Defence Manufacturers Council and a member of the Defence Industry Advisory Council.

In 1999 The Italian Government awarded him the title Cavaliere Ufficiale and in 2013 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for services to the building and construction industries and to philanthropy.

Paul is the Founder and Chairman of his family’s Private Ancillary Fund, the CAGES Foundation, which focuses on indigenous issues.

Michael Same

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Chartered Accountant.

Michael was a founding Partner of knp solutions, becoming a director in 1989. He has become an integral part of the knp group, not only as a director but also as a leader in the fields of business services and superannuation. Michael has fostered a unique relationship with his clients, often becoming the first point of call for those seeking advice with business, personal, development and planning issues. Michaels’ particular specialty is in the field of superannuation including the establishment and structuring of family superannuation funds. He is a director of the Maccabi Foundation.

Professor Richard Newton

Qualifications: MBChB (Edin), MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Richard is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.  Peninsula Mental Health is a large mental health service based in a teaching hospital.  It has a range of Adult and Aged mental health services.  He is also a consultant adult psychiatrist within the service.  Until 2017 he was the Medical Director of Austin Mental Health, and the Clinical Director of BETRS a regional Eating Disorder service.  He has a private practice specialising in eating disorders

He is a Board Member of the Butterfly Foundation and also a board member of Mental Health Victoria.  He has had a number of roles within RANZCP and is currently Chair of the Victorian Branch of the college.

Richard is a member of the Australian Safety and Quality Commissions Comprehensive Care advisory Committee and has contributed to the development of the commission’s work on recognition and response to deterioration in mental state.  He is strongly committed to Quality and Safety systems in MH, consumer and carer participation in Mental Health Service development and the provision of safe effective evidence based interventions for all members of the community in need of mental health care.  Richard is an Editorial Board member of national and international academic journals and sits on numerous federal and state based planning or advisory committees. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters. He teaches a Masters level course in Structured Psychotherapy at the University of Melbourne and an Advanced Training course in CBT accredited for RANZCP AT in Psychotherapy.

Jo Cook

Qualifications:  Masters of Education, specialising in Gifted Education (University of Tasmania), Grad Dip Psychology (Charles Sturt University), Bachelor of Counselling (AIPC).

Jo is the founder and former Executive Officer of TRED inc (Tasmania Recovery from Eating Disorders). She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and sits on its Consumer-Carer  Committee.  She is a member of the NEDC Expert Advisory Panel.

Jo is an advocate for improvements in mental health services in Tasmania and through participation in National forums. She holds that the voices of the lived experience of consumers and carers are integral to system and clinical advancement of treatment, in mental health broadly, but more specifically in Eating disorders. Her achievements include being awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the Director of The Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs in March 1997 for contribution to the settlement of refugees and more particularly as Chair of the Southern Tasmania CRSS Network and member of the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Centre 1996-1997.

Jo held the Ministerial appointment at the Chair of Tascag, (Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health on Mental Health) 2008-2009 and was a Member of COPMI National Family Forum 2008-2010.


Claire Middleton OAM

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)

Claire Middleton (formerly Vickery) founded the Butterfly Foundation in 2002 in response to her family’s journey with two daughters with anorexia. Claire also suffered herself from bulimia as a young person. In 2005, Claire was inducted into the Victorian Honour Role of Women and in 2006 she was awarded the Meehan Hartley Award International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). In 2012, Claire was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), Australia Day Honours List for her work with the Butterfly Foundation. Claire chaired the National Eating Disorders Collaboration 2009-2010 and she currently sits on the NEDC Steering Committee. Claire has served on several State and Federal Government advisory boards and committees for body image and eating disorders, including Founding Director of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (2012), Advisory Board Member of the International Academy of Eating Disorders (2013), Founding Director of Australians for Mental Health (2014) and Executive Producer of a Web Series 'A Peace of Nourishment' examining worldwide treatment for eating disorders. 

Executive Team

Christine Morgan - Chief Executive Officer and National Director, NEDC

Christine has been CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for 8 years, and in that time has grown Butterfly into a widely respected and highly effective national organisation for consumers with eating disorders and their carers in Australia.

Christine was instrumental in the founding of the ground-breaking National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) in 2009, and under her leadership Australia received its first federal funding for a national telephone and e-health helpline for eating disorders, ED HOPE, in 2012.  She is also the National Director of the NEDC and a Director of Butterfly. 

Christine is a board member of Mental Health Australia, Australia’s peak body for mental health, she sits on the implementation committee for the NSW Government’s Eating Disorders Plan, and plays a significant advocacy role in media and to government in furthering Australia’s understanding of eating disorders.

In the not-for-profit sector, Christine previously served as General Manager in Wesley Mission, overseeing the areas of corporate services and community and family development. In these roles, she was extensively involved in the operations of Wesley Mission as a service provider and in the corporate governance, human resources and legal affairs of the organisation. She was also responsible for developing a strategic plan for Wesley Mission.

Prior to joining not for profit organisations, Christine spent 10 years of her career as a lawyer and in-house counsel for Telstra, Australand Holdings Ltd, Century Drilling Ltd, State Superannuation & Investment Management Corporation, Australian Consolidated Investments Limited (formerly Bell Resources Ltd) and Tooth & Co Ltd.

Hilary Crilly

Melissa Wilton

Tina Sinclair

Kirsty Greenwood

Danni Rowlands

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