Jonathan Harms, Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1969 in Mount Lawley WA, growing up in Perth and graduating with Bachelors of Arts and Laws from the University of Western Australia, Jonathan subsequently worked as a plaintiff lawyer, as well as a public servant, policy advisor and stakeholder manager for a variety of State and Federal Ministers, (Attorney General, WA and Human Services, Commonwealth), government departments (Ministry of Health), private corporations (Insurance Australia Group) and non-government organisations, including Mental Health Carers NSW Inc. (MHCN).

In the course of this career he has gained significant experience in the development of policy, including regulatory schemes, e.g. the creation of the Life Time Care and Support Scheme for the NSW CTP and workers compensation schemes; and the Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority created to set up nationally applicable medical practitioner registrations.

After becoming CEO of MHCN, which is the peak body for carers of people with lived experience of mental illness in NSW, he has initiated a number of changes, including the creation of Carer Peak Advisory Committee(s) to enhance stakeholder participation in MHCN policy development; and the Carer Support Worker Forum, meeting annually and with a weekly e-newsletter, to enhance networks for carer support workers and carers across NSW for consultation and advocacy purposes.

MHCN is now also a key partner in the Collective Purpose collaboration project with Being and Way Ahead to pool resources around the provision of corporate back office services to reduce costs and enhance standards. This project will greatly help all organisations achieve organisational excellence in the years to come.