SHARC Board of Governance


Andrea Travers – Chair

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.


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 focused 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.


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.


Garry Anderson – Director

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Catherine Flynn – Director

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Jacqui Sundbery – Director

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Margaret Abernethy – Director

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SHARC Management


Heather Pickard – Chief Executive Officer

Heather Pickard is a Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate in Addiction Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Management. Her professional background over the last twenty four years has been working as a Nurse Manager in residential and outpatient withdrawal, then managing the suite of withdrawal services at Monash Health. That was followed by the establishment of the Hospital liaison team (now known as addiction medicine) and then overseeing and managing the establishment of the Community Based Primary Health Care Clinic within the existing needle and syringe exchange program for substance users in the Southern Region. Alongside the ANMF, she became involved in 2004 with a forum that met with the aim of establishing a program for nurses experiencing substance disorders and mental health issues. Heather became the Chief Executive Officer of this organisation and was responsible for establishing the program in July 2006. This program is now known as the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program (NMHP) and has a strong focus on recovery and providing opportunities for supported change, as well as building resilience within the nursing community. She became the CEO of Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) in 2009, and continues to work in that capacity today. Heather has completed the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course, and currently is the chair of NMHPV. She is interested about governance in not for profit, and advocacy for the nursing profession. She also brings a passion for self help and mutual aid across the health sector.


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.




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.



Nicole Thompson – Manager, Residential Peer Programs

Bio to come.