Executive Chairperson, Company Secretary
Dip Governance; Dip Gen Studs; BA (Soc Sci), Grad Dip Ed, Master of Ed Mgt; FICDA; Lived experience
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.
B Laws (LLB), B Arts (Politics & Policy Studies), Grad Dip Legal Practice; lived experience
Angelina has held various risk and compliance leadership roles and currently works for a community super fund. Throughout her career in financial services, Angelina has ensured organisations have met their legal and regulatory obligations, assessed potential business and operational risks and ensured adequate management of business strategy.
Angelina has a strong interest in the mental health area and has worked with organisations within her own ethnic community to address this stigma. Her contribution to the not-for-profit field has also included working with migrants, refugees and consumers from varying socio-economic backgrounds. Angelina has joined BPD Community as she wants to assist in breaking the stigma and discrimination that exists within the community around borderline personality disorder.
Angelina is also committed to delivering good governance outcomes and has been recognised internationally for her contributions in the areas of compliance and compliance management.
The Principal of Washington Services, Frank Opray, has 25 years’ experience consulting to national and international schools prior to which he was Director of Development at Wesley College Melbourne and subsequently at Carey Baptist Grammar Melbourne. Frank has considerable previous experience in finance, market research and management consulting.
In recognition of his work in fundraising and marketing at Wesley, Frank received the inaugural award of “Fundraiser of the Year” awarded by the Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education, (ADAPE), now Educate Plus.
Frank joined BPD Community to support it's endeavours to achieve sustainability.
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, 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.
Committees: Development; Funding
B Arts, Juris Doctor
As a volunteer with BPD Community, Courtney gained a taste of the work of the organisation and subsequently took the step up to join the Development Committee.
In between working to support her studies, Courtney is also a subeditor for Monash University’s student-run Lot's Wife magazine and volunteers at the St Vincent de Paul soup van.
Courtney has a keen interest in the complexities of Borderline Personality Disorder and is dedicated to addressing the stigma and discrimination that exists within our society.
Committees: Development, Governance and Organisational Development
Assoc Degree Sci, B HSci, M PHealth.
Ashleigh currently works as a Team Leader at Inclusion Melbourne, supporting people with an Intellectual Disability and their families. Ashleigh came to Australia from the USA to work in her chosen field. She has a passion to support people with a disability and has broad experience in this field both in paid and voluntary employment.
Ashleigh is currently volunteering as a Co-ordinator of a tutoring project 'Homies Tutoring Project' and also with 'rEcess Respite'.
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.
Executive Director Management Governance Australia (MGA)
Grad Dip Ed, Assoc Degree Applied Sci (Hort), Masters Public Policy and Mgt
Bernadette is committed to addressing issues of social justice through organisational good governance.
As well as being the Executive Director of Management Governance Australia (MGA), Bernadette is also President/CEO of Workforce Plus. MGA is a consultancy company working with a range of businesses, governments (local, state and federal), education institutions and communities nationally. Workforce Plus is a small not for profit organisation that focuses on developing innovative solutions related to engaging and retaining young people in learning and ensuring that they can successfully transition into sustainable employment.
Bernadette has a broad depth of experience and qualifications in the fields of education, training, employment and human services for 30 years.
Bernadette is also Chair of Enable Social Enterprises and a Director of Disability Knowledge Network.
B Comm, AMA, FMVA
It was in the middle of COVID times that Mathew decided to accept the responsibility for the finances at BPD Community, motivated to use his skills where it could give to the community in general. Mathew has a desire to build a better world and is committed to social justice.
Mathew has decades of experience in financial management and possesses a sound appreciation of the needs of an organisation for continuous improvement. He has an aptitude for innovative and creative problem solving, and it is his superior communication skills that make him an ideal contributor to the development and support of BPD Community.
Mathew has in a short time lifted the accounting practices of BPD Community, preparing the organisation to step up to the next level in its growth and development.