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David Murray AO, Chair

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

David was most recently the inaugural Chairman of the Australian Government Future Fund Board of Guardians between 2006 and 2012. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia between 1992 and 2005. In this time he 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.

Claire Middleton OAM, Founder

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. 

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.

Clinical Associate Professor John Richard Newton

Richard is the Medical Director of Austin Mental Health Service. Austin Mental Health is a large mental health service based in a teaching hospital with a strong research component. It has a diverse range of Adult, Child and Youth, regional and state-wide specialist mental health services. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Clinical Director, of BETRS, a specialist Body image, Eating Disorder, Treatment and Recovery Service. He is strongly committed to 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.

He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles or book chapters on a range of topics including CBT, treatment of psychosis, eating disorders, psychosocial interventions in mental health services, health service redesign, and homelessness. 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.


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.

Kirsty Greenwood - National Manager, Organisational Development

Kirsty Greenwood joined the Butterfly Foundation in January 2012 and has managed a number of different areas for Butterfly since then, including establishing Australia’s first national eating disorders telephone and online counselling helpline, ED HOPE, and co-establishing the Australian eating disorders conferences for carers, At Home With Eating Disorders. 

Kirsty has over 25 years’ experience in consulting, senior management and leadership positions, gained in a variety of organisations in the financial, corporate, government, and non-government not-for-profit sectors, including ten years leading, growing and strengthening services for people affected by eating disorders. Her wide-ranging experience profile has included strategic planning, budgetary and financial management, developing service specifications, project planning and implementation, HR management, conference organisation, managing membership and volunteer services, overseeing the development of new evidence-based resources, communications and awareness campaigns. For the last 20 years, Kirsty has followed a personal commitment to working only with not-for-profit organisations.

Kirsty’s deep grasp of the perspective and needs of consumers with eating disorders and their carers, combined with her understanding of the importance of evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to treatment, has led to her being sought after to participate in expert advisory groups on eating disorders and body image at local, state and government level. Kirsty has also been a member of the steering committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration since its inception. Kirsty is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her combined experience, understanding and commitment to assist Butterfly in its vision and mission.

Sarah Spence - National Manager, Communications

Sarah holds a Masters of Adult Education & Business, a Bachelor of Education and a Postgraduate in Strategic Business Management. Her particular areas of expertise include the development and implementation of brand and identity, communication planning, the development of strategic fundraising opportunities and awareness campaigns, and implementing project management frameworks.

As part of her experience, she has worked within the Not for Profit (NFP) sector for a number of years establishing various research campaigns that encompass a variety of coordinated activities which not only raise the profile of the organisation and a particular social issue, but raise considerable funds for the services. Sarah also spent a number of years within the corporate sector developing and facilitating training programs across Australia for employees.

Sarah is enthusiastic about identifying ways in which the Butterfly Foundation through effective communication, can raise the profile of the organisation and the work that they do along with finding opportunities to engage support for the issue of Eating Disorders throughout Australia.

Michelle Blanchard - National Manager, Programs & Practice

Dr Michelle Blanchard is the National Manager, Programs and Practice at the Butterfly Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s clinical and support services for Australians impacted by eating disorders.

From 2011 to 2016, Michelle was Head of Projects and Partnerships at the Young and Well CRC – an international research centre which explored the role of technologies in improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Michelle was part of the Young and Well CRC team since its inception, project managing the bid to establish the CRC in 2010 as part of the ReachOut Australia team.

During this time Michelle was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to that she worked in State and Local Government on projects relating to young people’s civic and social participation.

Michelle is currently a Board Member of youth mental health organisation batyr and a member of the Community Health and Wellbeing Advisory Panel for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.  She is an alumni of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and in 2015/2016 was Program Manager of this private diplomatic initiative.

Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with majors in Psychology and Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare, all from the University of Melbourne. In 2016, she completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management at BSchool. 

David Stewart - National Manager, Fundraising

David joined the Butterfly Foundation in late 2015. He brings with him strong relationship management and business development skills which were gained over 25 years working in the trustee services sector. This included working at Perpetual, National Australia Trustees, ANZ Trustees and Equity Trustees. Throughout this time, he managed many key client relationships and was highly successful at new business development.

Over recent years, David became more heavily involved in philanthropy, including being a volunteer Board member on the ANZ Staff Foundation for 10 years as well as assisting clients (including clients ANZ’s Private Bank) to commence their own structured giving vehicles. He also enjoyed being able to provide guidance on their strategic giving journey, talking to them about causes and charities that they may like to support.

David is responsible for all areas of fundraising at The Butterfly Foundation and is keen utilise his diverse skills to ensure that Butterfly’s future is secure.

Danni Rowlands - Manager, Education Services

Danni Rowlands has worked at Butterfly since 2007 building the various education services around Australia for young people, professionals, parents and workplaces. The community based programs aim to address the modifiable risk factors of eating disorders, provide basic early intervention support and raise awareness about the broader services of Butterfly.

Danni has facilitated, developed materials and manages the various programs and projects, including the initiatives of the Dove Self Esteem Project. As a result of these programs Butterfly has reached over 540,000 young people and 6,000 professionals and parents.

Danni has worked in the not for profit sector for almost 20 years, with specific involvement in the eating disorder sector for 13, having worked and volunteered in various capacities during this time following her personal lived experience. Danni has worked as a fitness professional, advocating for healthy practices with food and exercise.

Danni is passionate and dedicated to her work in the area of prevention and awareness of eating disorders.

Michelle Sperling – Manager, Recovery Support Services

Michelle joined The Butterfly Foundation in 2013. She is a registered psychotherapist specialising in eating disorders with a wide-range of experience in human resources, counselling and psychotherapy within various practices including corporate, individual and group programs. 

Michelle is committed and passionate about working in the field of eating disorders and contributing to Butterfly’s vision and mission, advocating for the possibility of full recovery from eating disorders.

Michelle feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate and expand both locally and nationally Butterfly’ s Face to Face Programs and Support Groups for those affected or caring for someone with an Eating Disorder.

Maria Tchan - Operations Manager, IOP

Maria Tchan is the operations manager for the Butterfly IOP and has a background in nursing and expertise in health services’ evaluation. She has worked for many years in the community, not-for-profit and research environment and joined the Butterfly IOP in early 2016. She was drawn to the Butterfly Foundation due to her interest in advocating for excellence and consistency in the culture of care and support for people with eating disorders. In her free time she likes to hang out with her two small children (and husband).

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