The Executive

Julie Babineau- Chief Executive Officer

Julie has held leadership positions in the health and community services sectors in both Australia and Canada.  She has a wealth of experience in policy, planning and strategy as well as an extensive knowledge of the health needs of populations in need. For seven years Julie was the CEO NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, which serves a diverse and vulnerable population.  While CEO, Julie led substantial reforms at JH&FMHN that saw the expansion of services to courts, community and adolescent settings while promoting a patient centred approach.  All the roles Julie has held have involved addressing a myriad of health issues, including drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues. Julie is also an advisory council member of NSW Ambulance and a non-executive director of Variety NSW, the Children’s Charity.  Julie has also been a regular volunteer providing personal support to people experiencing mental illness and the disadvantaged.

Margaret Noonan - Director, Planning and Development

Margaret has over 10 Years experience working in the not for profit sector managing community and residential services for Spinal Cord Injuries, Vision Australia and Ronald McDonald House Randwick before joining the team at Odyssey House in 2012. She also has experience in the corporate sector having worked in international telecommunications in commercial negotiations, product management and the setting of commercial standards between developing and developed countries. She has been on the Board of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and is currently a Board member of the Mount Saint Joseph Trust.

Jennifer Frendin - Director, Community Services

Jennifer has over 40 years of experience in the health industry in nursing, counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol, Indigenous primary health care and management, not to mention over 20 years in mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Jennifer has developed and implemented a Remote Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce that sat within primary health care in remote communities across the Northern Territory and has been in numerous leadership positions spanning her career. Jennifer believes in a holistic approach to service delivery especially around social and emotional needs.

Mark Stevens - Director, Residential Services

Mark is a UK trained small group analytical psychotherapist, consultant nurse and nurse prescriber. He has worked in the AOD field for over 38 years as a very active clinician, clinical manager and AOD service developer. Mark moved to Australia last year and has been working for Odyssey House NSW since July 2017, helping develop AOD community and residential services. Mark is passionate about clinical team development and has yet to meet a client who could not recover.