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 She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience. Leanne has held executive positions within federal government and in national and state non-government organisations, most recently as CEO of a state-based primary care organisation.  Throughout her career, she has worked in the health and social care sectors. Leanne is a Board Director of Coordinare South East New South Wales Primary Health Network, the Ozhelp Foundation, PainAustralia and Advancing Pharmacy Practice. She is the Independent Chair of Coordinare’s Community Advisory Committee.  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.

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.

Carolyn Thompson
Policy Officer

Carolyn joined the CHF Policy Team in 2018 as a Policy Officer. She is involved with in a broad range of projects including CHF’s ongoing work in primary and preventative care, mental health, and youth health needs.

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.