Chief Executive Officer
Rachel Green commenced her role as SANE’s CEO in 2021.
Rachel is driven by her passion for pursuing big impact, community-focused interventions designed with the lived experiences of individuals and families at the forefront.
Rachel brings a wealth of experience and expertise across the mental health, not for profit and government sectors, and the fields of implementation science and public policy, and is passionate about championing the diverse voices of lived experience.
As Director of Policy, Rachel led the establishment of the National Mental Health Commission in 2011 where she joined with SANE Patron Janet Meagher AM to develop the Contributing Life Framework. She was the author of Australia’s first national consumer paid participation policy, and produced the first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in 2012.
Prior to joining SANE, Rachel was CEO of a medium sized mental health and disability NGO. She also designed and led large scale community suicide prevention implementation efforts around Australia in her role at the Black Dog Institute, including LifeSpan – the systems approach to suicide prevention. Rachel has also held senior roles in mental health, business development and public health policy with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Health and Care Connect.
Rachel holds academic qualifications in human geography, political economics, leadership and management, and has held non-executive director roles with Being, the Institute of Analytics Professionals Australia, Sands Australia, Red Nose and the NSW Cycling Women’s Commission.
Director of Programs and Services
Sophie is passionate about digital services and lived experience participation. She is proud to lead the team delivering SANE’s mental health programs and services across peer support, counselling and the arts.
Before her role as Director, Sophie led SANE’s peer offerings through a period of significant growth.
She is a mental health professional that combines her lived and learned experience to deliver person-centred services.
Sophie has worked in the UK, south-east Asia and Australia with a focus on women’s and youth mental health – most recently holding senior roles at ReachOut Australia. She has academic qualifications in Cultural Studies and Community Welfare.
Director of Marketing and Fundraising
Sophie brings to SANE over 20 years’ experience working in government and the not for profit sector leading key portfolios including marketing, communications, fundraising and advocacy. She began her career at the City of Melbourne, with her passion for social justice she then moved into the international development sector working for World Vision Australia, CBM Australia and the Fred Hollows Foundation. She has also held senior leadership roles with peak national bodies including Vision 2020 Australia and the Australian Disability and Development Consortium.
Sophie has a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a graduate of Melbourne Business School with a Master of Marketing. She is passionate about giving voice to people’s lived experience and building connections to create lasting and impactful change.
Director of People and Culture
Jessica is an experienced and engaging leader, who specialises in enabling businesses to grow and thrive. Jessica comes to SANE from Amaze, a not-for-profit with national scope supporting Autistic people and their families. Jessica is a recognised industry thought-leader, and holds several advisory HR positions with the Australian HR Institute. Jessica has a Masters in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Public Relations.
Director of Finance and Technology
Tina has over 20 years of experience as a senior leader in Finance, Technology and Supply Chain with Colgate-Palmolive. After many years spent abroad, she returned to Australia, keen to work with organisations that directly impact and advocate for those in need.
With personal experience of the toll mental illness takes, Tina feels privileged to be working with SANE. She is thrilled to contribute to SANE’s mission of making a real difference in the lives of Australians affected by complex mental health issues.
Tina is a CPA, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director and has a Bachelor and Master’s degree from UNSW.
Principal Advisor Innovation and Impact
Jackie Mead has over 15 years' experience in the not for profit sector, using her lived experience and expertise in human resources, strategy and innovation to lead organisations towards improved service outcomes for those most vulnerable in our community.
Jackie holds qualifications in commerce and in public administration and has represented the voices of those with lived experience of at all levels of government.
Jackie’s strong commitment to ensuring that the recommendations of those who have lived with complex mental health are embedded in policy and in service delivery, sits at the heart of her work.