Our board

Andrew Fairley AM, Chair

Andrew was appointed as a Director of FARE on 24 May 2013 and appointed the Chair of FARE on 1 July 2013.

Andrew practices as an equity lawyer with Hall & Wilcox in Melbourne, and is recognized as one of Australia’s leading superannuation lawyers. He is Chair of Togethr Trustees Pty Ltd which acts as trustee of Equip Super and Catholic Super. They have assets under management of $27b. He is also a Director of Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd and an Industry Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.

He has a long association with the philanthropic sector, and is Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and Deputy Chair of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation.

He sits on a number of Family Boards as an Independent Director and is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.

Associate Professor Nicholas Carah​​, Deputy Chair

Nicholas Carah was appointed a Director of FARE on 23 March 2018.

Nicholas’ research examines the promotional culture and advertising model of digital media platforms. His work focusses in particular on the emerging forms of alcohol marketing taking place on social media platforms, and how they intersect with everyday drinking cultures and identities.

Nicholas is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Using machine vision to explore Instagram’s everyday promotional cultures’ and the Linkage Project ‘Young Australians and the promotion of alcohol and nightlife on social media’.

Nicholas has also undertaken research with the social movement and health intervention Hello Sunday Morning to explore and evaluate their use of blogs and digital media in changing drinking culture. He was also a part of the research team for the Queensland government funded evaluation into the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence legislation.

At The University of Queensland Nicholas is the Deputy Head of School of the School of Communication and Arts. He is a recipient of a UQ Teaching Fellowship to develop approaches to teaching that blend on campus and digital modes of learning by working with student partners and a recipient of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. His work has been published in Media, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Television & New Media, Consumption, Markets & Culture, Health, and Critical Public Health.

Teresa Dyson​​, Director

Teresa was appointed as a Director of FARE on 22 February 2017.

Teresa is a non-executive Director, following a career in law, with more than 20 years’ experience advising governments and the private and not-for-profit sectors on complex business and governance issues, strategic decision making, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and social infrastructure.

Teresa is formerly a partner of Ashurst Lawyers and Deloitte Australia. She was named Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.

Teresa is also a Director of Energy Queensland, Seven West Media Ltd, Genex Power Ltd, Shine Justice Ltd, Power & Water Corporation and Energy Super. She is a member of the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Services Board, and is also a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, the Takeovers Panel and the National Housing Finance & Investment Corporation.

Tony Walker, Director

Tony was appointed as a Director of FARE on 25 October 2013. 

Tony is the Global Perspective columnist for The Conversation, a Fairfax columnist, and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University.

Tony is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University. He is an analyst for The Conversation where he serves as a board member and adviser to the Editorial Board. Tony is a former International Editor for the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Political Editor for the AFR and the Washington Correspondent. He has worked variously for the ABC, The Age and the Financial Times of London. His work as a correspondent covered postings in Beijing, the Middle East and North America. He is a dual Walkley Award winner for commentary. Tony co-wrote Behind the myth: Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian revolution (W.H. Allen, 1990) with Andrew Gowers. Tony has recently published The Peter Thomson Five (Melbourne University Press).

Tony is also a board member and convener of the C.E.W. Bean Foundation and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He was a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001.

Steve Ella, Director

Steve was appointed as a Director of FARE on 25 October 2013.

Steve is a Walbunja Aboriginal man originating from the Yuin Nation on the South Coast of NSW with his cultural links based within the La Perouse Aboriginal community.

Steve is the Manager of Nunyara Aboriginal Health Unit for the Central Coast Local Health District. Steve has a 20 year background in Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol work and was inducted into the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Honour Roll in 2012 at the National Indigenous Drug Alcohol conference in Fremantle. Steve was awarded the First Peoples award at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) conference in Brisbane in 2013.

Steve is a member of the NSW Aboriginal Directors and Managers Strategic Leadership Group and previously lectured at Sydney University as an Adjunct lecturer. Steve is a Board member of KARI, the largest Indigenous Out of Home care service in Australia. Steve also has co-authored a handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work. Steve is an Associate Investigator with the Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Health and Alcohol Research. He is past executive member of the NSW Drug and Alcohol Network Executive Committee.

Kirstie Clements, Director

Kirstie was appointed as a Director of FARE on 30 June 2015.

Kirstie is an author, journalist, speaker and former editor in chief (1999-2012) of Vogue Australia and former features director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Her memoir of three decades in fashion publishing, ‘The Vogue Factor’ (MUP) was released in 2013 and has since become an international bestseller.

Kirstie has co-authored two illustrated books on fashion, In Vogue Australia: 50 Years of Australian Style (Harper Collins, 2009) and The Australian Women’s Weekly Fashion: The First 50 Years (2014) for the National Library of Australia.

Kirstie is currently employed as a freelance journalist and copywriter and writing her sixth non- fiction book for Murdoch Books. She has a weekly column on the New Daily news website and is also the publisher of lifestyle magazine Inprint and co- director of Inprint content agency. Kirstie works as a consultant in communications and marketing for several Australian lifestyle brands and is a lecturer in multimedia journalism at FBI College, Sydney.

Dr Nadine Ezard​, Director

Nadine was appointed a Director of FARE on 22 February 2017.

Nadine is the Clinical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Director of the National Centre for Clinical Research in Emerging Drugs, and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

A practicing addiction medicine physician, she is a registered medical practitioner and Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM), Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Her research focuses on building the evidence base for effective interventions for substance use disorders. She has a particular interest in public health and clinical care linkages for reducing alcohol and other drug related harm.

She has previously worked for the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Professor Simone Pettigrew​​​, Director

Simone was appointed a Director of FARE on 19 September 2018.

Simone’s research focus is in the areas of consumer psychology and health promotion. Her work investigates methods of encouraging individuals to make behavioural changes to improve their health and wellbeing. She has been researching the factors associated with alcohol consumption for almost 25 years, with a particular focus on the socio-cultural factors influencing individuals’ decisions to drink. To date she has published more than 70 peer reviewed articles on the topic of alcohol consumption. These publications relate to various aspects of the social norms applying to alcohol consumption, alcohol marketing, and alcohol policy recommendations.

Simone’s research is cited in government strategy documents and submissions prepared by non-government organisations in their alcohol control advocacy work.

Jono Nicholas, Director

Jono was appointed as a Director of FARE on 19 October 2011.

Jono is the founder and managing Director of the Wellbeing Outfit, a consulting firm that helps organisations improve performance by improving the wellbeing of their people. He founded the Wellbeing Outfit after stepping down as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2018 after 10 years in the role. Jono is also a Director of Future Generation Global and Mancave and an Executive Consultant at EY specialising in mental health.

Mark Textor​​, Director

Mark was appointed a Director of FARE on 17 June 2019.

Together with his business partner, Sir Lynton Crosby AO, Mark has successfully built one of the world’s premier market research, campaigns and communications consultancies – the C|T Group (formerly Crosby|Textor). Headquartered in London, with offices in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, New Zealand, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia, his firm reaches a truly international scope and Mark enjoys unmatched high level and trusted relationships with corporate, community and political leaders across the globe.

Prior to co founding C|T Group, Mark was an Australasian Managing Director and one of the three founding Asia-Pacific team leaders of Wirthlin Worldwide, helping to establish offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canberra and Sydney. Mark was mentored by its founder, President Ronald Reagan’s pre-eminent Pollster and strategist, Richard B. Wirthlin.

Mark has also provided significant assistance to charities focusing on help for the homeless and in numerous campaigns for indigenous groups.

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Past Board Members

Mark Addy was appointed as a Director of FARE on 6 March 2014. Mark is the co-founder of 3TWINS a creative content marketing agency. Mark is an advertising creative director for multiple platforms including screen, web, tablet, mobile and branded entertainment.

Mark’s experience in advertising has included creating campaigns for Australian Defence Recruiting, Schweppes, Heinz, Air New Zealand, Vodafone, Nestle and Mars. Mark is one of Australia’s most awarded digital creatives, winning over 40 creative awards in 2012, including 4 Cannes Gold Lions for work on Defense Australia. Born in South Africa, Mark is now a New Zealand citizen, and resides in Sydney. Mark served on the Fundraising and Research Committees.

Professor Kate Conigrave was appointed as a Director of FARE on 19 October 2011. She is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. As well as caring for patients with alcohol or other drug problems, Professor Conigrave provides education and training for health professionals, including at the University of Sydney. 

Professor Conigrave has co-edited clinical textbooks on addiction medicine and her research has been recognised by the Senior Scientist award from the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. Her research includes a focus on early detection and treatment for alcohol problems. Professor Conigrave has also had the opportunity to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities and agencies in urban and remote Australia on research and health promotion initiatives.

Trevor Riley was appointed a Director of FARE on 5 July 2016. Trevor studied a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia. He is an experienced solicitor who commenced practice in the Northern Territory in 1974. He was a partner of the Darwin-based firm Ward Keller (1975-1985). In 1985 he went to the independent Bar and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1989. 

He was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1999, and as Chief Justice from 2010. He has previously served as Chair on the Northern Territory Parole Board (2005-2010), as President and Vice President of the Northern Territory Bar Association, and is a former councillor and Vice President of the Law Society of the Northern Territory. Trevor’s community service includes being a board member of St John Ambulance, serving as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Northern Territory Football League Disciplinary Tribunal, and officiating as the AFLNT Affiliated Leagues Commissioner. He is a former Vice President of the Marriage Guidance Council (NT) and was a Director of the NT AFL Football Development Foundation (1997-2001). He is a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University, where he has been a lecturer and mentor of law students for many years. He authored the book titled The little red book of advocacy.

David Crosbie was appointed a Director of FARE on 17 October 2001. David is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Council of Australia and was previously the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the national peak body for the mental health field, the CEO of Odyssey House Victoria, one of Australia’s leading alcohol and drug treatment agencies and the CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.

Phillipa was appointed as a Director of FARE on 4 December 2013. Phillipa is a Doctor of Applied Psychology, the General Manager, People and Culture at Cotton On Group and the Director of Bluestone Edge Pty Ltd, which is a consultancy business helping sports people and organisations thrive.

Her career has been spent providing strategic leadership to organisations and teams on culture, ethics and leadership, with Bluestone Edge focusing predominantly on elite sport. Phillipa was a Vincent Fairfax Fellow graduate (Ethics in Leadership) in 2010 through the St James Ethics Centre and is an international keynote speaker on the culture and ethics of sport. Phillipa is the Chair of the Research Committee and also serves on the Funding Development Committee.

Peter served as a Director of FARE on 27 May 2010 to 8 June 2016. During his time with the Foundation, Peter served as Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, and on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. He is a director of TFG International, a boutique consulting and advisory firm which specialises in the area of business strategy. Peter is a chartered accountant in private practice, providing specialist taxation advice as well as general business advice.

Prior to establishing his own business, Peter was a partner at KPMG for 25 years. In the not-for-profit sector, he is on the board of Bluearth, a foundation which promotes healthy activity as a means of preventing disease in later life resulting from sedentary living. He also sits on the boards of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia and Indigenous Business Australia which are Commonwealth government owned entities.

Dr Tobin served as a Director of FARE from 2001 to 25 October 2013. She is currently the Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and Reader in Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. She is Honorary Ethicist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Cheryl Bart served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 30 June 2013 and Chair from March 2010 to 30 June 2013. Cheryl is a lawyer and company director who serves as a Director on the boards of the ABC, Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australia Power Networks, Football Federation Australia, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd, Local Organising Committee of the Australian Asian Cup 2015, SG Fleet Ltd, and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Cheryl is also the immediate past Chairman of ANZ Trustees, FARE, South Australian Film Corporation, the EPA and the Adelaide Film Festival.

Coralie Ober served as a Director of FARE from 13 November 2012 to 15 March 2013. Coralie is retired as a Research Fellow from University of Queensland. She is Islander by birth with Aboriginal kinships in the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) communities of Cherbourg and Palm Island. Her Torres Strait Island kinships are with the Island of Saibai in the Torres Strait and her South Sea Islander kinships are with the Islands of Vanatau.

Scott Wilson served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 13 November 2012. Scott is the State Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc, which is the only Indigenous organisation of its kind in Australia. In 2003, Mr Wilson was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Indigenous substance misuse issues. Scott serves on a variety of other national and state committees.

Professor Webster served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 19 October 2011, and Chair from 2001 to 2009. He is a consultant and Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine of the University of New South Wales.

He is Patron of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, Chair of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, NSW Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drugs and Governing Council of The Ted Noffs Foundation.

Tim Costello served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 19 October 2011. Tim is currently the Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia. Tim is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues. He has taken a prominent role in national debates on issues such as gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Elizabeth Mosey (known as Anne) served on the Foundation’s board from 17 October 2001 to 13 October 2010. Anne has worked with remote Aboriginal communities for over 20 years in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia to assist them in the development of strategies concerning alcohol abuse and petrol sniffing.

Anne is currently working as a consultant providing training, resource development, and community development support to government and non-government agencies in the areas of alcohol, community night patrols and inhalant substance misuse.

Professor d’Abbs served on the Foundation’s board from 17 October 2001 to 13 October 2010. He holds a position as Professor of Substance Misuse Studies at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, and adjunct appointments with James Cook University, Queensland, and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth.

He has conducted extensive policy related research and evaluation in the areas of alcohol problems, volatile substance misuse, and community-based interventions, particularly in Indigenous and rural/remote settings.

Dr Ngaire Brown served on the Foundation’s board from 17 October 2001 to 20 February 2006. Ngiare is currently the Medical Officer for the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and conjoint Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Her research and clinical interests focus on early childhood and adolescent well-being. Over the past two decades she has developed extensive national and international networks in Indigenous health and social justice, including engagement with the UN system.

Professor Timothy Stockwell served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 1 July 2004. Timothy is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Director of the Centre for Addiction Research of BC. He is a psychologist who accomplished both clinical and research work in the UK before spending 16 years with Australia’s National Drug Research Institute as Deputy Director and then Director.

He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University and obtained a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He was President of the international Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, 2005-7. He was the recipient of the prestigious international E.M. Jellinek Memorial Award for Outstanding Research on Social, Cultural and Policy Studies of Alcohol in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.