Our team is dedicated to representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers, and making their voices and needs heard at the national policy level.

Leanne Wells
Chief Executive Officer

Leanne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Previously, she has held executive positions in federal government and non-government organisations, and served as CEO of national peak and local service delivery organisations in the primary care sector. She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience in health and social policy, program and service development. Leanne has broad governance experience and is currently Board Director of Coordinare (South East New South Wales’ Primary Health Network), the Ozhelp Foundation, and the Australian Pharmacy Council, Independent Chair of Coordinare’s Community Advisory Committee and Chair of the ACSQHC’s Patient Advisory Group. She has several advisory appointments including the Commonwealth’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group, the National Preventative Strategy Advisory Committee and the OECD PaRIS Patient Advisory Panel. Leanne has tertiary qualifications in communications and business. She is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Mark Metherell
Communications Director

Mark Metherell, Communications Director, joined CHF in 2013 after 42 years as a journalist including as health correspondent in Canberra for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jo Root
Policy Director

Jo manages the policy team to help CHF develop policy positions and advocate for reform to a consumer-centred health system. Jo has been involved in health policy since 1990, working for the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and then moving to the non-government sector; community-controlled aboriginal health, and Council on the Ageing. She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in economics and has been with CHF since November 2014.

Kate Lyttle
Executive Officer

Kate has held management roles in not-for-profits, associations and ACT government disability services for much of her career. She has a tertiary qualification in science and a post-graduate qualification in Business Management. Kate has a keen interest in governance and business administration.

Tammy Wolffs
Senior Policy Officer

Tammy's professional skills are in policy, research, program delivery, communications, engagement and public law, She has worked in a range of roles across the public and community sectors. Her social policy experience has spanned aged care, disability and social security, and she has experience working with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She has a commitment to equity and social justice, and is enthusiastic about working with consumers to improve health outcomes.

Penelope Bergen
Quality Use of Medicines Lead

Penelope has a background in social research and nearly two decades’ experience in media and communications. She has a PhD in applied sociology, researching the intersection of government policies, governance structures, geographical isolation and the personality and values of non-Indigenous workers in remote Aboriginal communities. A longstanding interest in community development enhances her research interests.

James Ansell
Research and Policy Officer

James is a PhD candidate at the ANU who joined CHF in Oct 2018 as the Research & Policy Officer. He is a science communicator with a background in the intersection of science and public interests. James is involved with CHF’s research activities including Australia’s Health Panel and he works with the TGA.

Ghislaine Martin
Consumer and Member Relationship Coordinator

Ghislaine has been the Consumer and Member Relationship Coordinator at CHF since 2010. She is responsible for managing CHF’s membership services and she provides operational support for the CHF Consumer Representative Program which nominates and supports consumer representatives from the CHF membership base.

Luke Catania
National Coordinator, Youth Health Forum

Luke's professional skills are in communication, youth engagement and advocacy. In this role, Luke coordinates the activities of the Youth Health Forum, focusing on health and social issues that impact young people, and facilitates members of the forum and the Youth Health Leaders group to engage in current health policy discussions. He joined CHF in early 2021.

Lisa Gelbart
Senior Policy Officer

Lisa started working at CHF in June 2019. Before joining CHF she worked in both Commonwealth and ACT governments and as a Ministerial adviser. As part of the policy team, Lisa works on a range of issues including primary care reform, mental health and prevention. Lisa is currently on parental leave.