Board Members

Patrick Hardwick, Western Australia, President

Patrick is passionate about enhancing services for carers and families and advocating their rights and needs. He wants to see a cultural change where services and other take a more family centred approach to treatment, discharge and support. Patrick is Deputy Chair of the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia), Director of Mental Health Australia, President of HelpingMinds and a member of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum.

Bronwyn Russell, Northern Territory, Vice President

Bronwyn has degrees in Psychology and Biology, and a Graduate Diploma in Management. She is mostly retired and works as a counsellor in Reproductive Medicine and casually as a tour guide for cruise ships in Darwin. She is President of Mental Illness Fellowship Australia (NT), Treasurer of MIFA, Trustee of Psychosis Australia and an ordinary member of Mental Health Carers Australia.

Kristine Havron, New South Wales, Secretary

Kristine has been a carer for 20 years and has a long association with Mental Health Carers NSW as President for 2 years, Secretary for 2 years and ordinary member for 2 years and is now once again an ordinary member.She currently represents MHCA on the National Mental Health Consumer and Carers Forum.

Jeremy Coggin. Victoria, Treasurer

Jeremy is a business strategist passionate about leading and delivering change which grows businesses. He is a multidisciplinary professional with expertise and qualifications in business, digital design and facilitation. He has over 17 years of corporate experience in both agency and in-house management consulting roles leading and managing transformation across multi-channel value chains supported by an Executive MBA. Jeremy is currently Business Planning Manager at CPA Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Mind Australia.

Sonia Cook, Tasmania


Sonia holds several Board positions and memberships across the mental health and community service sectors. She has extensive management and leadership experience within both private and public organisations. She holds a Masters degree in Business along with qualifications in Counselling, Community Sector Management and is a qualified teacher. Sonia has a particular interest in supporting and advocating on behalf of mental health consumers and carers.

Marj Bloor, Queensland


Marj has recently retired from her position of CEO with Mental Health Carers Arafmi Queensland, a position she held for  18 years