Chief Executive Officer
Dr Michelle Blanchard
Deputy CEO, Director, Anne Deveson Research Centre
Dr Michelle Blanchard is the Deputy CEO at SANE Australia. Michelle is also the founding Director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre which partners with people with mental illness and their family, friends and colleagues to drive policy and social change. The Anne Deveson Research Centre honours the SANE co-founder’s tireless work in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
Prior to joining SANE, Michelle held senior roles at the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.
Michelle is also an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Chief Operating Officer
Dinah Rowe-Roberts is the Chief Operating Officer at SANE Australia.
Dinah has over 20 years of experience working in the health sector at senior levels in commercial and strategic roles within the private, government and not for profit sectors. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prior to joining SANE, Dinah was the Executive Manager of Strategy and Commercial at Australian Unity and a Director in PwC’s Healthcare consulting practice.
Director, The Dax Centre
Charmaine Smith is the Director of The Dax Centre, a leader in the use of art to raise awareness and reduce stigma towards mental illness.
Prior to joining The Dax Centre, Charmaine was the Director of Operations at SANE. In 2010, Charmaine joined SANE Australia to develop and launch the Mindful Employer program, a workplace program to support positive responses to mental illness at work. Prior to joining SANE Charmaine held senior roles at Telstra.
Charmaine holds a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Marketing from Monash University.
Director, SANE Support
Sophie is passionate about digital services. She is proud to lead the team delivering SANE Support – SANE’s integrated service offering counselling, peer support and self-help tools & resources. Before her role as Director, Sophie led SANE’s peer offerings through a period of significant growth.
She is a mental health professional that combines her lived and learned experience to deliver person-centred services. Sophie has worked in the UK, south-east Asia and Australia with a focus on women’s and youth mental health – most recently holding senior roles at ReachOut Australia. She has academic qualifications in Cultural Studies and Community Welfare.
Director of Marketing and Fundraising
Sophie brings to SANE over 20 years’ experience working in government and the not for profit sector leading key portfolios including marketing, communications, fundraising and advocacy. She began her career at the City of Melbourne, with her passion for social justice she then moved into the international development sector working for World Vision Australia, CBM Australia and the Fred Hollows Foundation. She has also held senior leadership roles with peak national bodies including Vision 2020 Australia and the Australian Disability and Development Consortium.
Sophie has a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a graduate of Melbourne Business School with a Master of Marketing. She is passionate about giving voice to people’s lived experience and building connections to create lasting and impactful change.