SHARC Board of Governance


Gaye Hennessey – Chair

Gaye holds a Master’s degree in Commerce, has a long term career in Human Resource (HR) management and currently works at Toll Holdings in HR Consultancy.  Along with her professional experience in senior HR roles, Gaye regularly contributes to her community through valuable volunteer engagements.  She is a member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club Koori Engagement Committee, has volunteered with AMES Australia supporting refugees and with St Anthony’s Mission in California in crisis management and referral.  Her experience encompasses lived experience in alcohol and other drugs along with demonstrated leadership qualities.

Treasurer – Vacant

Barbara Kelly – Director

Barbara Kelly has been working in the alcohol and other drug sector for over 30 years, firstly as a community health nurse through to her current position as the Program Director of Statewide Services (Eastern Health) with responsibility for Turning Point Centre and Spectrum (Borderline Personality Disorder) service. A former President of VAADA, her interest in SHARC runs parallel with that of developing an active consumer/carer presence for the sector. There is no stronger voice in informing the sector in how we can improve on the services we deliver than that of a consumer and the carer. As a service provider of alcohol and treatment services, Barbara relies heavily on the work of SHARC to keep these voices alive and relevant in the delivery of evidenced-based practice to her clients.  

Emma Hooper – Director

Emma has worked in the drug and alcohol and mental health fields for approximately eleven years, at Sacred Heart Mission working with marginalized women who experienced homelessness, AOD and mental health related issues and were engaged in street sex work, at SHARC working with young people experiencing issues related to their drug and alcohol use and at PenDAP as a forensic clinician, working with people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Emma is currently an AOD counsellor with Stepping Up. She has her own history of substance abuse and is committed to supporting others to move forward with their lives without the use of drugs and alcohol. She currently holds a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs Work (NMIT), a Diploma of Community Services – Welfare Studies (Vic Uni), a Certificate IV in Frontline Management (Swinburne) and is undertaking a Bachelor of Social Sciences – Welfare Studies at Charles Sturt University.

Frank Platon – Director

After being in the Public Service for eight years, Frank then ran his own business for sixteen years and has been with Metalsa Australia also for the past sixteen years. Frank has experience in FDH (Family Drug Help) at SHARC and is currently a casual facilitator at the FDH support group in Carnegie. His passion and enthusiasm is strong, as Frank understands how important this work is to so many families.

Carolyn Dalton – Director 

Carolyn has had a long career in the education sector, specialising in primary education and special development.  She has continued her passion for teaching by now focusing her skills on individual tutoring.  Carolyn has been engaged with her community at all stages of her career including parent/teacher committees, Board appointments and volunteer commitments.  She is currently engaged with the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project that works with, and for, asylum seekers both in detention and in the community, and still serves on two educational Boards.  Carolyn has been engaged with SHARC for a number of years through FDH, completing many courses and is a committed family support group facilitator.

 Andrea Travers – Director

Andrea Travers is an experienced organisational development consultant, facilitator and coach with a passion for helping organisations and people to evolve. She has delivered positive outcomes for a range of clients across all sectors including: Corporate clients such as Telstra, adidas and the Dentsu Aegis media group; Social sector clients such as Social Firms Australia, Uniting Care, Impact Social Services, Glastonbury Child Family Services, Jesuit Social Services and Kids Under Cover; and Public sector clients including: Department of Justice, Supreme Court of Victoria, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Essential Services Commission. On a personal level, Andrea is also passionate about recovery and has a rich understanding of what it takes to rebuild a life of meaning after battling addiction.


SHARC Management



Heather Pickard – Chief Executive Officer

Heather’s background is in nursing with Post Graduate studies in both organisational management and addiction studies. Her professional background over the last 15 years is in managing drug and alcohol programs including the hospital liaison team (now addiction medicine) and the community based Primary Health Care Clinic for drug users. She was a leader in the establishment of the local drug strategy response in Springvale and Dandenong, and retains strong interest in community partnerships to address challenging issues. In 2004 she established a program for nurses experiencing substance disorders and mental health issues (VNHP), including support for their families. Heather became the CEO of this organisation in 2006. Heather has had strong links with SHARC over many years, including being a Board Director and consultant. She became the CEO of SHARC in 2009, and believes this opportunity perfectly brings together her lived experience and professional training and experience.


Jeff Gavin – Manager, Association of Participating Service Users (APSU)

Jeff was appointed as the Manager of the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) in February 2012 and has over 14 years experience in community based alcohol and other drug treatment. Jeff has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management, a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs and a Certificate IV in Business Administration and Project Management. Jeff was an elected Board Member for the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association from 2009 – 2011, and participates on advisory committees at federal, state and local levels.


Robert Campbell – Manager, Family Drug Help (FDH)



Bella Anderson – Manager, Peer Projects and Programs 

Bella has been working in human services for over 40 years specialising in drug and alcohol and mental health services as a clinician, educator and manager in public, private and not-for profit organisations. Having completed her mental health nurse training, she worked as a senior nurse manager and clinical instructor, and was then employed in the union movement where she piloted statewide research projects, change management and nurse advocacy activities.  Following this, she trained as a therapist and went on to design and manage a number of alcohol and drug programs. Gaining post graduate qualifications in clinical mental health nursing, and alcohol and other drug community management , Bella developed a number of training projects—accredited and specialist, worked in private practice as a clinical supervisor, and wrote clinical programs and trained staff to deliver them. She lectures regularly at Melbourne University and has redeveloped and delivered vocational training at a number of Registered Training Organisations— face to face and on-line. More recently she worked as a clinician in an early psychosis program and as a nurse educator teaching strength-based case management to mental health professionals. Bella has expertise in change and project management, developing and delivering learning packages, and developing, applying and evaluating therapeutic interventions for a range of individual clients and services. She is employed at SHARC to manage the residential services and peer projects.

 It is such a profound pleasure to work at SHARC, seeing the power of peer support and being regularly inspired by clients and colleagues as they challenge their limits and work to change the world.