Chairperson, Company Secretary
BA (Soc Sci), Grad Dip Ed, Master of Ed Mgt (Melb); Carer
Barbara Mullen is the Founding Chair of BPD Community.
Now retired, Barbara has more than 30 years’ experience working in education and employment sectors. She was a secondary school teacher throughout metro and regional Victoria primarily teaching English and History to VCE and teaching English as a Second Language at RMIT Language School. She has also worked on Victorian public sector rural and regional employment programs such as Youth Guarantee Program, Community Youth Support Scheme and the Commonwealth Employment Service.
Throughout her career, Barbara gained a wealth of experience working in the development of program logic and evaluation, curriculum and policy development, crisis management, communication, teaching and training. Through her work in the employment sector, Barbara delivered innovative and creative community based responses to the challenges of youth unemployment.
Barbara Mullen is moved to challenge inequalities and unfairness and to work for social justice. She was inspired to start BPD Community in response to the stark lack of support for Victorians living with Borderline Personality Disorder and their families.
Director and Company Secretary
B Pharm, Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (Commercial Law), MBA, GAICD
Faisal is passionate about giving back and contributing to community.
Faisal is a legal professional and business leader with experience and qualifications encompassing strategic advice, governance, advocacy, commercial law, project management, risk management, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution. He brings to BPD Community an appreciation of the health sector and commercial combined with financial acumen, vision, and agility.
Kevin Walsh, RFD
B Bus (Acctg), Masters Risk Management; CPA; Carer
Kevin is currently teaching at Chisholm Institute in Accounting. He has run his own Accountant Practice, has served full time as an Army Staff Officer, has worked as a University Lecturer in Accounting and Risk Finance and in as several roles in Accounting and Finance in both Private Firms and in Public Service. He counts amongst his career highlights when he was elected Councillor and Mayor the City of Greater Dandenong.
A published author, Kevin's academic interest lies in Integrated Reporting and its ability to derive value from the business environment with reference to the six capitals; Financial, Manufactured, Intellectual, Human, Social and Natural.
Committees: Development, CASM
BA (hons), B Journalism, Dip Govt, Dip Languages (Italian), carer
Rachel Murphy is the Senior Media Advisor for VicHealth, Victoria’s leading health promotion agency. Throughout her career in public relations and communications, Rachel has delivered strategic media relations advisory services for senior leaders in government, community and health organisations.
Rachel has a track record of delivering high profile public relations campaigns, including This Girl Can – Victoria, Walk to School, Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check and National Stroke Week.
Rachel is passionate about improving health outcomes in the community and believes all Victorians deserve access to good quality healthcare regardless of their age, background, socio-economic status or culture. Her contribution to the not-for-profit field has included working with migrants and refugees. Rachel has joined BPD Community as she wants to see the borderline personality community in Victoria supported and empowered to live healthy and fulfilled lives. She co-ordinates the CASM Committee.
Committees: Development, Communication and Social Media
Cert III Children's Services, B Media Communications
Stephanie Isherwood is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Stephanie brings to BPD Community her expertise in marketing, communications and fundraising, including managing media relations and social media, delivering fundraising campaigns and developing marketing collateral.
Stephanie is passionate about mental health awareness Her lived experience with borderline personality disorder, means she can provide both a professional and personal contribution to the work of BPD Community.
Committees: Development, CASM
Dip Comms, B Sc (HR), B Laws
Ayisha Yahaya is a passionate and committed legal professional with a keen interest in social justice. In her home country Ghana, she was a journalist, with experience in print, radio and television media and public relations, before moving to Australia to study law, with a particular focus in human rights.
Ayisha is dedicated and committed to helping others, after having worked as a mentor for junior law students – including international students – in her final year of law studies. She has a track record of managing complex demands and competing deadlines and is keen to apply her experience and knowledge in helping the borderline personality disorder community in Victoria.
Committees: Development, Carer's
B Psych, Cert IV AOD Dual Diagnosis
Shannon Robinson is currently working for Mind Australia, one of Australia’s leading Community Mental Health organisations. Shannon's career has included working in both the Finance and Health Insurance sectors before deciding to follow her passion of supporting mental health and mental health recovery.
Throughout her career, Shannon has been involved with policy development, conflict resolution and crisis management which in combination with her mental health background has allowed her to bring a unique perspective to BPD Community.
Shannon is passionate about and dedicated to supporting not only people with mental ill-health but also the family and friends that support them. Shannon has joined BPD Community as she believes that the borderline personality community in Victoria deserves to be heard and supported to achieve their potential.
Committees: Development, Carer's
B Psych (Hons), Cert IV Hypnotherapy
Ania recently graduated from Psychology where her research was in neuroscience. Ania is passionate about personal development and supporting others in their personal development, she joined BPD Community with a view to develop her experience in that with the Carer's Committee which she co-ordinates.
Ania is passionate about personal development and supporting others in their personal development and has been working with the BPD Community Family & Friend's Group in the development of a training program for carer's of a loved one with BPD.
Francois qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in Tax, Accounting, Financial Management and External Auditing, servicing clients in a wide range of industries such as Construction, Mining, Manufacturing, Retail, Engineering, Residential and Commercial Property, Transport, Professional Services, Public Sector and Not-For-Profit Organisations. Francois is a registered member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, as well as the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Francois has a passion for providing clients and business owners with tailored solutions that fit, helping them to achieve their goals through understanding of their needs. He is keen to support BPD Community in their work.
Francois is also an avid golfer with a great lover of the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and camping with his young family. He is also a passionate follower of cricket, rugby, and AFL.
Consultant: HR, Training
B Psych, M. Comm
Linda has more than 20 years’ experience in the discipline of human resources management and industrial relations and apart from working with her own clients, manages a national team of HR consultants for HRplus. She has worked and consulted in a professional capacity to a range of government, not-for-profit and private organisations across several industry sectors.
Prior to her consulting career, she held several senior and management HR, IR and change management roles with the Wesfarmers Group, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Federal Police. Over more recent years, Linda has consulted to a wide range of small and large organisations including government, health care, professional services, manufacturing, hospitality, rural, not-for-profit and utilities industries. Many of her clients are industry leaders.
Linda has a generalist background and consults to clients on a wide range of issues including strategic human resource management, risk management, HR cost management, industrial relations, conflict management, legislative compliance, change management, training and development, recruitment and career planning.
Consultant: Strategic Relationships
BA Hons II, Dip Soc Studs, Cert Social Work, Accredited Family Therapist
Steve Ballard is currently Health Director for the Department of Health and Human Services North Division.
Steve has held a variety of senior leadership roles within the public sector in public health, community health, Aboriginal health and wellbeing, children families and statutory services. As Regional Director Steve has led significant mental health reform initiatives in the Southern metropolitan area bringing together clinical practitioners within the health that works with community services providers to develop a more seamless service system for service users and their families.
Steve's passion is to promote effective partnerships and collaborative arrangements between agencies and sectors to deliver better outcomes for the more vulnerable within our community. As a member of the Child and Youth Partnership executive in the Western Metropolitan area Steve was active in promoting the development of social enterprises and improving access to training and employment opportunities for marginalised sections of the community. Steve is currently involved in a number of partnerships with primary health networks, community health services and public hospitals to strengthen the primary care service system and reduce avoidable presentations and admissions to hospital.