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First Step Leadership Team

First Step’s Leadership Team provides collaborative, cross departmental advice and insights into operating a unique organisation with a complex clientele.

  • Patrick Lawrence, CEO
  • Gayle Wood, Operations Manager
  • Dr Peter Wright, GP
  • Joe Fishburn RPN, Manager Mental Health Services
  • Kym Coupe, Team Leader Mental Health Services
  • Chloe Bradford, Manager ResetLife
  • Nelly Katsnelson, Fundraising and Engagement Manager
  • Tania Wolff, Director of Legal Services

First Step Board

First Step is governed by a Board of Directors – a diverse group of leaders who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of First Step.

The Board works closely with our Leadership Team to guide their decision-making on strategic issues and hold them to account for their leadership of the organisation.


Barbara Kelly

Barbara has worked in the alcohol, drug and mental health sectors over a 30-year span. Recently retired as the Program Director of two state-wide services specialising in treatment, clinical research and education,...
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Mark Watt, Chair

AM, Chair Mark is the CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia.  Brothers Big Sisters Australia (BBBS) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mentoring programs create life-changing connections between positive role models and young...
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Richard Kasperczyk

PhD FAPS Richard is passionate about creating mentally healthy workplaces. As an Organisational Psychologist, Richard brings his extensive consulting and management experience to First Step, with a dual focus on supporting clients...
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