GOVERNANCE

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HOW WE ARE GOVERNED

The Drug Awareness & Relief Foundation (Australia) is incorporated by Letters Patent under the provisions of the 'Religious, Educational and Charitable Institutions Act 1861-1967'.

Drug Awareness & Relief Foundation (Australia) Board

Our organisation is governed by a Board of Directors who are are appointed either by election at a General Meeting of Members, or by resolution of the Board to fill a casual vacancy. The Board may also appoint suitably qualified persons to fill a short term Director appointment for a specific need. All Directors agree to the Director expectations statement when appointed

The Board of the Drug Awareness & Relief Foundation (Australia) meets monthly to oversee the organisation and plan the future direction for the Foundation.

The Board has developed Charters for its own operation as well as for each of the subsidiary Boards and Board committees. These charters set out the Board oversight responsibilities that includes the working relationship with the Executive Director, strategic direction, operational and executive policy, risk management and monitoring and accountability including performance management of both the Board and senior management.

Meet the Board

Harold Peacock DARFA Director

Mr Harold Peacock, Chair

BA, GDipAppFinInv, MAICD

Harold is a consultant in the accounting and advisory channel who specialises in private equity capital raising, revenue growth, and process improvement. This comes after 20 years inside the biggest technology companies in Australia, creating sales strategies and leading teams focused on success.

 

He is a multi-award winner in communications, revenue growth, and management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (double major in journalism and a major in government), a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has been a long-term judge of the Telstra Business and Business Women’s Awards.

Brad Strong DARFA Director

Mr Bradley Strong, Vice Chair

BEc, Dip Training, Cert IV Outdoor Recreation, JP(Qual)

Mr Bradley Strong has many years experience working with nongovernment organisations. Mr Strong worked for the Salvation Army for 15 years and managed the Riverview Farm which is a centre for providing training for the long term unemployed.

 

He has worked in the mental health sector for a number of years and is currently working for an Independent Indigenous School at Springfield, QLD. Mr Strong has also served in the Australian Army, and has been involved in Rotary Internation and the Bundamba ANZAC Observance Committee for the past 20 years.

Ken Walker DARFA Director

Mr Ken Walker, Treasurer

BCom, CPA, CTA

Mr Ken Walker has over 30 years of experience with the Australian Taxation Office prior to retirement in 2013. He held a variety of senior professional and leadership positions including audit, advice, litigation and law development. Since leaving the ATO, Ken continues to work in his family business.

 

Mr Walker has held a number of institutional roles within the SeventhDay Adventist Church including as a member of the School Board of Brisbane Adventist College and its constituent schools for 16 years and as a member of the South Queensland Conference Executive Committee for 6 years. He has a longstanding commitment to community service.

Rev Graeme McKay DARFA Director

Rev Graeme McKay, Director

BA Theology, MA Religious Studies, Dip Missiology

As an ordained Minister Rev Graeme McKay has provided leadership in two Churches, one near Glasgow in Scotland and one in Toowoomba, from 1993-2013.

Rev McKay is also former Moderator for the Presbyterian Church of Queensland and is currently Senior Chaplain with PresCare, the caring arm of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland

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Dr Rama Spencer, Director

MBBS, FRCGP

Dr Rama Spencer is a General Practitioner who has worked in the Ipswich region for 26 years. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland, holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and post graduate qualifications in skin care. 

With a passion for holistic medical care, Dr Spencer works as part of a specialist team at the Limestone Medical Centre in Ipswich. At the Centre, Dr Spencer deals with complex mental health trauma, adolescent health and wellbeing, a myriad of general health issues as well as offering mentoring to the next generation of doctors. Increasingly her work is based on patient advocacy, and over the last 3 years she has helped establish ‘Our House, Our Haven’ - a nurse led Trauma Centre that has already delivered to over 300 clients with many positive outcomes. This Centre aims to prevent disadvantaged individuals from falling through the gaps, thus reducing the economic, societal and personal harm.

Dr Spencer has been involved in the sector as a volunteer for Drug ARM, Teen Challenge and other youth work as well as extensive experience as a speaker in schools, churches and delivering training in the community. Dr Spencer has developed her own specialist course on trauma and mental health conditions for staff and volunteers in the community health sector.

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Dr Kevin Lambkin, Director

BSc (Hons), PhD, GradDip Public Sector Management

Dr Kevin Lambkin is an honours science graduate of the University of Queensland and has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney as well as a graduate diploma in public sector management from Griffith University. A career Queensland public servant for 31 years, he served in both the parliamentary and executive arms of the service, including as research director of inaugural Queensland parliamentary public accounts committee. Dr Lambkin joined Queensland Health in 1994 and made significant contributions to health policies and programs including the design and introduction of drug diversion and drug court programs, the expansion of the needle and syringe program, the modernisation of tobacco control legislation, and preventative health campaigns and programs.

 

Dr Lambkin retired from the public service in September 2012 as Executive Director, Preventative Health. At a community level, Dr Lambkin is a founder, past president and current board member of the Caxton Legal Centre, a member of the Drug ARM National Policy Council, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum.

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Ms Linda Bryant, Director

Ms Linda Bryant has a long history with the Mental Health Association Qld and has a key passion for developing the support groups, increasing community support for and awareness of mental health, education and training aspects and the impact of dual diagnosis. Ms Bryant is the current Queensland Director for Origins Inc. which is an organisation that supports people separated by adoption. Ms Bryant has also lent her expertise to many Government advisory committees on adoption.

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Rev David Baker, Director

David is currently serving as General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together. QCT is the main ecumenical body for the churches in Queensland.

He previously served two terms as Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. a second term as moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church.


He experienced the church’s ministry from a young age through the Methodist tradition. 

David worked as a property valuer in rural and regional Queensland before completing theological training and ordination in 1991. He served in rural Queensland, and in a successful church planting venture in Karana Downs, before serving as a Presbytery Minister. 

David holds a Diploma in Business Management from Queensland Agricultural College, a Bachelor of Theology from Brisbane College of Theology, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Dennis Young AM, Company Secretary

B.Bus, MBA, Grad Dip FET, DHSM, FAIM, AFCHSE, MAICD

Dr Dennis Young AM has over 40 years of experience with non-government organisations. He is currently the Company Secretary/Chief Advocate after serving for 30 years as the Executive Director (ED) of Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation (Australia).

 

He also served for 30 years as the ED of Drug ARM and ED Mental Health Association (Queensland) Ltd and the Australian College of Community Services Ltd., for 7 years. Dr Young is a Fellow in the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Road Safety and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Dr Young has previously served on the following organisations; Member of the Australian National Council on Drugs; Former Member and Chairman of ‘Of Substance’ Management Committee; Director of the Community Council of Australia, Former Director/Chairman Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies, Director for Creche & Kindergarten Association Queensland; the Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association.

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Ms Jody Wright, Executive Director and Superintendent 

BPsySc, MICDA

Jody Wright is the Executive Director of the Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation (Australia) group of subsidiaries, including Drug ARM and the Mental Health Association Queensland.

 

Ms Wright has worked for the organisation for 10 years but brings 20 years experience in frontline, development and management roles. Jody holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and is passionate about the work of the sector.

 

She is currently a Director on the Queensland Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies and the Community Council of Australia, sits on the executive of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol and the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol, and is an active member of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

Corporate Governance Framework 

The Foundation has a well-defined corporate governance system that provides the broad framework through which the organisation operates, is regulated and controlled. This framework is a critical factor in the overall success of the group. The corporate governance framework focuses on the need for continuous improvement practices across the group.

 

The Corporate Governance framework contains some the following elements:

  • Board practices

  • Charters for the Board and Board Committees

  • Definition of our ethical practice

  • Clearly sets our specific office bearer codes of conduct

  • Clarification of conflict of interests

  • Financial and operational reporting guidelines

  • Guidelines for building confidence and maintaining positive relationships with our clients, consumers, stakeholders and staff.

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