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. Douglas joined the Board in 2011.

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. Natalie works 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. Natalie joined the Board in 2010.

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. Jan joined the Board in 2005.

John Coughlan

John Coughlan (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 Director of Odyssey House since 2006, being Chairman of the Finance and Risk Management Committee since that time. John joined the Board in 2006.

Stewart Hindmarsh

Stewart Hindmarsh is a director of diversified property business, Hindmarsh. Stewart most recently was Chief Executive Officer of World Nomads Group, a leading global provider of travel insurance now owned by private health insurer, nib. Prior to his role with World Nomads Group, Stewart was a Director of 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. Stewart has been a long term supporter of Odyssey House NSW and joined the Board in 2016.

Valerie Hoogstad

Valerie Hoogstad has lectured at several universities in Communication studies and International education. She has written sixteen textbooks and several papers on Intercultural Education and Communication studies. 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 is also on the board of the National Volunteering Body, together for humanity and AIM overseas. She has been a director of Odyssey House NSW for 21 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 is a technical advisor to the World Health Organisation on Mental Health and Human Rights. He 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. Additionally he was previously the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs, and has represented Australia on four occasions at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. David joined the Board in 2014.

Garry Wayling

Garry is a Chartered Accountant. He graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor in Commerce in Accounting Finance and Systems. Garry’s professional experience includes more than 35 years in accounting and business leadership. He was an Audit Partner at Arthur Anderson and then Ernst & Young Australia. Garry currently is an Independent Director at ASX listed OneVue Limited and ASX listed Inabox Group Limited. He holds other private company directorships and is an ex-officio member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Mission Australia. Garry has been a director at Odyssey House NSW for four years and a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committee of Odyssey House NSW since 2013.

Peter Johnstone

Peter Johnstone is the President of the Children’s Court of New South Wales, a position he has held since 2012.  The Children’s Court is comprised of the President and 13 specialist Children’s Magistrates and 10 Children’s Registrars, located at Parramatta, Surry Hills, Lismore, Broadmeadow, Wyong, Port Kembla and Campbelltown.  Its jurisdiction consists of the care and protection of children and young persons, and youth crime (ages 10 -18), across NSW.

Previously, Peter worked for 35 years at the national law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron (now known as Ashurst), predominantly in the insurance and litigation fields.  Prior to his appointment as a District Court Judge in 2006, he served as the firm’s National Chief Operating Partner from 2002.

Peter is dedicated to the welfare of children in NSW, with particular interest in assisting disadvantaged families, early intervention, diversion and the rehabilitation of children and young people.