The Board of Directors

Douglas Snedden- Chairman

Douglas has been the Chairman of Odyssey House since October 2011. Formerly Managing Director of Accenture, he is Chairman of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a director of OFX Ltd and a member of the National Library of Australia Council.

Natalie Micarone (nee Archer)

Natalie Micarone is a co‐founding Director of Bendelta and a practice area expert in strategy, cultural alignment, governance and leadership, working with clients across both the public and private sector, concentrating on the transformational impact of building strategically aligned capabilities. Her primary focus is assisting organisations with the design of environments and capabilities that unlock human potential in highly disruptive contexts.

Christine Bishop

Christine joined the Board in 2011. She spent 25 years in legal practice, then eight years with the Dept of Juvenile Justice as a Psychologist specialising in alcohol and other drug issues with young people. She has an interest in pathways to recovery that balance medical, legal and social issues so that clients leave treatment with skills leading to pro-social and productive lives. Christine is a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sydney Symphony Council and has served on several not for profit Boards.

Jan Copeland

Professor Jan Copeland (PhD, BSc Psych (Hons)) is the founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at the University of New South Wales since 2007. She has worked in the addictions field for more than 20 years over a range of topics. She is best known for her studies developing and testing brief interventions for the management of cannabis use disorder among adults and adolescents.

John Coughlan

John, B.Ec. Dip. Rur.Acc. FCA, enjoyed a 25 year career in the Racing Industry occupying Chief Executive positions in the Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound Industries in NSW and Queensland, after an 8 year career in Chartered Accounting. He is Chairman of Sire Custodians Ltd and has been a Board Member of Odyssey House since 2006, being Chairman of the Finance and Risk Management Committee since that time.

Stewart Hindmarsh

Stewart Hindmarsh is a director of diversified property business, Hindmarsh. Stewart recently finished a seven year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of World Nomads Group, a leading global provider of travel insurance. Stewart was also a Director at the boutique corporate advisory group, Grant Samuel. It was here that Stewart advised on a wide range of corporate advisory transactions across a broad range of industries including the building, food and beverage and travel industries. Stewart joined the Odyssey House board in January 2016.

Valerie Hoogstad

Valerie Hoogstad has lectured at several universities in Communication studies and International education. She was the Director for International Education at Australian Catholic University. She is currently working at Sydney University and is also Chair of the Centre for Volunteering NSW. Valerie has been on the Board of Odyssey House for over 15 years.

David McGrath

David McGrath runs his own independent consultancy business providing advice to government on areas of social policy. He was previously the Director of Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Programs at NSW Health and held that role for 9 years. With a background in psychology, research, operational management, 15 years clinical experience, and a masters degree in business he has a mix of skills that are of considerable value to Odyssey House.

David has previously been on the NSW Psychologists Registration Board, the board of the Institute of Psychiatry, and the board of the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre as well as being the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs, and has represented Australia on four occasions at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Garry Wayling

Garry Wayling (BCom, ACA) has spent more than 30 years in professional life in major accounting firms and was a partner for 21 years. During that time he worked largely in audit and middle market practices. He brings to the Board experience with accounting and corporate governance practices and has served on the Finance and Risk Management Committee in an advisory role prior to becoming a full Board member in 2013. Garry is currently an independent director for both public and private companies and is also an ex-offico member of the Mission Australia Board audit and risk committee.

Geoff Wilson

Geoff Wilson is the Chairman and founder of independent investment manager Wilson Asset Management. Geoff holds a number of public company and charitable Board positions. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Graduate Management Qualification. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Geoff has been a Director of Odyssey House McGrath Foundation since May 2008.