Leonie Young

Appointed to Board in 2011, appointed Chair of the Board 2014 – 2017
Leonie Young
Leonie Young

Leonie is currently Deputy Chair, Australian Gynaecological Research Foundation; Director, Grow Australia. She was formerly National Chair, Grow Australia; Director, The Hobart Clinic; Director, Rural Alive & Well (RAW); CEO & Director, beyondblue.

She has over 30 years’ experience in health, mental health and primary care reform as a successful CEO, Board Director, NGO and public sector executive.

  • Formerly CEO and Board Director of beyondblue: the national depression initiative (July 2003 – December 2010); played strong role in Australia’s mental health reforms, including improving community awareness, consumer and carer participation, promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies, strengthening evidence based research and national e-mental health strategies.
  • Consolidated a successful national partnership model in NGO/public sector stakeholder engagement with the Federal, State and Territory Governments
  • Extensive policy and service development experience in health reform as a senior executive with the Australian Government, Department of Health & Ageing, having worked as a State Manager, Northern Territory, 2000 – 2003, and in DoHA with Mental Health and Aged Care 1990-2000.
  • Represented beyondblue and the Australian Government on health partnership programs in China and Indonesia in primary health, mental health promotion and stigma reduction, rural and remote health; and in Australia, hosted visiting health officials to beyondblue from Canada, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, New Zealand and the UK.

Other past roles:

  • Member Australian Institute Company Directors, 2006-2011
  • Board director RAW Inc, Rural Alive & Well, Tasmania, 2011
  • Executive, DoHA, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention & Aged Care and NT State Manager, DoHA