John Catford MA MSc MB BChir DM FRCP FAFPHM FIPAA
Dean of the Faculty of
Health and Behavioural Sciences,
Professor of Health
John Catford is Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Professor of Health Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also Editor-in Chief of the journal Health Promotion International, published by Oxford University Press, which he helped to set up in 1986. Having qualified in medicine he trained initially in paediatrics and then in public health.
Over the last twenty years he has had extensive experience in the planning, management, and evaluation of health services, both nationally and internationally. From 1998-2002 he was Chief Health Officer and Executive Director of Public Health for the State Government of Victoria, during which he was responsible for health promotion, disease and injury prevention and early intervention, and drugs policy and services.
In 1984 he was appointed as the first Professor of Health Promotion in Europe and Director of the Heartbeat Wales programme in Cardiff, UK. During 1994 and 1995 he worked for the World Health Organisation as Health Policy and Public Health Adviser to Ministers of Health in Central and Eastern Europe. He has published widely with more than 200 publications, and was co-author of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986 as well as the recent Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World.
John’s current interests include child and youth health; social exclusion and health inequalities, whole of government approaches, chronic disease prevention (with a focus on nutrition, tobacco and physical activity); and mainstreaming public health approaches into health services. He brings a wealth of experience and insights into the ‘science of delivery’ of public health services.
Recent national roles include: Chair of the Child and Youth Health Intergovernmental Partnership of the National Public Health Partnership; Member of the National Obesity Taskforce and Chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee; Vice President (Medical) of the National Heart Foundation, and Chair of Kinect Australia which is a new not-for-profit national organisation which seeks to promote ‘active living for healthier communities’.
YSAS Deputy Chair
Anne has been a clinical psychologist for thirty years, working in psychiatric services and substance abuse services for much of that time including a period as CEO of Odyssey House Victoria. Together with others from Centre for Adolescent health she developed a program to assist parents to support their children who were involved with substance abuse and other issues. She later worked substantially in bereavement both as a counsellor and educator. In her consulting she worked on a wide range of projects in the area of evaluation and clinical management. She is now retired from practice and contributes to NFP Boards where her experience is relevant.
General Electric Company
Graeme Barns works for the General Electric Company in their Australian Corporate Division. He specialises in taxation, assisting primarily on treasury operations and mergers and acquisitions. He holds degrees in Law and Economics.
Prior to joining General Electric he worked as a Tax Manager at KPMG. He brings to the Board an expertise in finance and is currently on the Board's Risk Management and Audit Committee.
Former Chief Comissioner
Simon Overland is the 20th Chief Commissioner of Victoria.
He was appointed as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police on the 2nd March 2009 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for three years.
Previous roles include leading the Crime Department as Assistant Commissioner from February 2003 to July 2006. In this role he became widely known for his leadership of the Purana Task Force; investigating a series of violent murders and associated offences within entrenched organised crime networks.
Prior to joining Victoria Police in February 2003, Simon served 19 years with the Australian Federal Police. He rose through the ranks to become the AFP’s Chief Operating Officer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2007.
Luke Smith (BA, LLB (Hons) (Melb))
Luke is General Counsel, Australia and New Zealand, at Verizon Business, a global IT and communications company. Previously he has held senior in-house legal positions in Australia and the United Kingdom. Luke started his career in private practice at Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) in Melbourne and Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney.