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Our People
We pride ourselves on our exceptional team, our supportive organisational culture and our professional approach to leadership. 
Our leadership and strategic direction are based on the fundamental principles of our vision, mission and values. Forming the foundation of our 2012-15 Strategic Plan, our principles drive our desire to strive towards continuous improvement and effective delivery of  our programs and services.

Our A/Chief Executive Officer     

 Jennifer Pouwer Headshot


My initial interest in Mental Health arose from two distinct experiences working as an Occupational Therapist.  Firstly, working with children and their families experiencing trauma, abuse, grief and loss and in another role, assisting unemployed individuals with mental health concerns return to work.  These clients included Defence veterans as well as everyday employees whose mental health concerns required reasonable adjustment approaches by their employers.

As I moved into senior management and leadership roles, this interest grew as did my ability to influence policy and service delivery design within community managed mental health and the child protection system. I joined MIFQ in August 2013 as Director Services, overseeing service delivery and policy and practice improvement across our five regions.

In November 2016 I stepped into the Acting CEO role at a time of major mental health reform at the Commonwealth and State level and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Like many of us, my own life has been touched by family and friends who have had a formal diagnosis of a mental illness or are seeking to understand and self-manage their own mental health concerns, including symptoms, available supports and treatment options.


Our Board

The role of the Executive Board is to provide effective strategic overview of all aspects of MIFQ. This includes strategic direction, governance, vision and leadership, planning, and oversight and evaluation of resources.

We are pleased to present the members of our Executive Board.

President: Bob Steele [BEcon]
Bob joined the Board in 2009 and was Vice President from 2011 to 2015. In December 2015, Bob was elected President. Bob’s board experience within the mental health sector, and his banking and finance background inform his commitment to excellence in governance and financial management. Bob is passionate about a strong and thriving future for MIFQ where every person affected by mental illness lives the life of their choice

Secretary: Charles Perry [Bsc]

A Board Director since 2008 and Secretary since 2009, Charles, is committed to excellence in governance, a strong and effective Executive Board, and spreading the importance of fellowship and belonging. Charles understands the importance of being accepted, valued, supported and validated within the community.

Trish Nolan [PhD in Psychology, MAppPsych, Grad Dip Psych, BA]

A Board Director since 2009, Trish has extensive experience in the fields of mental health research and psychology. She is committed to enhancing the way that we connect with people affected by mental illness and involving them in service development. Trish is passionate about empowering people to have choice and control in their lives.

Michelle WIlson 

Michelle has over 20 years direct experience in a range of small businesses, including in the service, wholesale and residential construction sectors. Michelle commenced an accounting, self-managed superannuation administration and taxation practice in 1994 and offers services to small and medium business clients across a wide spectrum of industries.

Margo Powell

Margo is a fundraising professional with 20 years experience in the not-for-profit industry with a strong record of developing successful fund raising programs in a broad variety of sectors.  Margo has been heavily involved in creating new businesses and forging new partnerships through her senior leadership roles with QUT, Metro Arts and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.




Our Ambassadors

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk


In 2015, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk accepted our invitation to be MIFQ’s first official Ambassador. Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011, Cr Quirk was elected as Lord Mayor in the 2012 Brisbane City Council election. He has been serving the local community since 1985, and celebrates 30 years with Council in 2015.

Born and raised on Brisbane’s northside, Cr Quirk currently lives in Eight Mile Plains with his wife, Anne, and three daughters. As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr Quirk is committed to making the city a better place to live, work and invest in.

Together, we share the vision that people living with mental illness should be accepted and valued, and that families and carers are supported and validated. Our innovative and recovery-orientated programs and services support inclusivity and active participation, an outlook shared by Brisbane City Council and Cr Quirk.