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.

Arun Amarsi – Treasurer

Arun is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australia & NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He was a partner with Ernst & Young from 1987 to 1995.  Since 1995 Arun has had various corporate positions as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director.  These appointments have been with listed and unlisted companies in a variety of industries.  Arun has focussed on financial and strategic management skills to optimise outcomes for the corporations he has been associated with.

Anthony Denham – Director

Anthony is the Program Director for Eastern Health’s Statewide Services Program. This includes Turning Point, a national addiction treatment centre and Spectrum, Victoria’s statewide centre of clinical excellence for personality disorders. He has worked in the community and health sectors for over 30 years in a range of management roles in communications and publishing, research, clinical service delivery, and telephone and online services.

Garry Anderson – Director

Bio coming  

Michael Howard – Director

Michael was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Officeworks in November 2007 following the Wesfarmers acquisition of Coles.  He joined the Board of Officeworks Ltd in 2008.  Prior to his current role, Michael worked with some of Australia’s largest retailers in a variety of commercial and financial roles.  He joined Wesfarmers in July 2005 as Financial Planning Analysis Manager with Bunnings.  Between January – July 2007, he worked with the Wesfarmers Business Development team on successful acquisition of the Coles Group.  Before joining Wesfarmers, Michael worked within Coles Group in a variety of roles across a number of divisions, including Coles and Officeworks.  Michael is a CPA, holds a Masters of Business Administration along with a Grad Dip in Accounting.

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.

 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

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.


 Rob Campbell

Robert Campbell – Manager, Family Drug Help (FDH)

Rob has been working in the human services field for over twenty years across a number of fields including alcohol and other drugs, men’s behaviour change and family violence, couple and family work, community health, brain injury, and acute and ambulatory services.  His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Work in Management and Human Services, Master of Counselling, Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Certificate IV in Work Place Training.  He has also been involved in research projects with Beyond Blue, Deakin University and ARBIAS.



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 online. 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.’