Marion Wands

Prior to becoming a Director with ConNetica, Marion held senior executive Human Resource positions with the ACT Pubic Service and was the ACT Deloitte Consulting Change Management and Training Manager.

Marion’s key skills relate to systems thinking, service review and evaluation with particular focus on mental health and suicide prevention, stakeholder engagement, organisation design and development and delivery of suicide prevention training programs.Marion has extensive experience in the review and evaluation of mental health programs, analysis of hospital transition pathways for people with a mental illness, analysis and design of self-managed care plans, facilitation of codesign and consultative workshops with carers and consumers and the design and delivery of community and workplace suicide prevention and resilience training programs. She routinely applies her communication and change management expertise to engage with stakeholders, quickly establish mutually respectful working relationships and address system changes to improve service delivery processes and outcomes. 


John Mendoza

John is a Director of ConNetica after a career that has seen him hold several executive positions including the inaugural Chair of the Australian Government’s National Advisory Council on Mental Health, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia and CEO of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Australian Sports Drug Agency. 

John has authored and co-authored dozens of reports and submissions to public inquiries on mental health and suicide in the past decade including the landmark reports Obsessive Hope Disorder: Reflections on 30 years of mental health reform and visions for the future (2013) and Not for Service: Injustice and despair with experiences of care in Australia’s mental health system Report (2005). He is widely credited with having played a critical role with Professors Pat McGorry and Ian Hickie, in securing the $2.2billion mental health reform package in the 2011 Federal Budget. In 2005-6, he also played a key role in development and implementation of the campaign advocacy to secure $5billion under the COAG Mental Health Plan. 

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Margaret Qillaq

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