Mental Health Coordinating Council farewells former CEO Carmel Tebbutt and thanks her for delivering for the sector, being a great humanitarian and an inspirational leader. We wish her well in her new role.
As CEO from 2018 to 2023, Carmel successfully championed the mental health sector, strengthening crucial relationships with key decision makers, expanding access to services and advocating for policy reforms to address systemic challenges. Through her commitment to increased investment in the sector, strategic vision and ability to navigate complex landscapes, Carmel developed vital partnerships, secured funding and positioned the organisation and sector within the mental health system.
Carmel was a human leader, someone who walked the talk and led by example. Her understanding and empathetic approach allowed her to connect with all people, instilling confidence, trust and hope in those around her. By fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment, Carmel nurtured the organisation and team at MHCC, supporting MHCC to make a meaningful difference.
Carmel successfully transitioned to the community sector after nearly 20 years in the NSW Parliament, where she held a range of senior ministerial portfolios including Health, Education, Community Services and the Environment. She was the first woman to be Deputy Premier in NSW.
As MHCC bids farewell to Carmel her impact will continue to reverberate through the community mental health sector. She has set in place many influential contributions that will continue to deliver strong outcomes. These include, but are not limited to:
Carmel’s leadership has set a strong standard, reminding us all of the transformative power of empathy, compassion and authenticity.
MHCC wishes Carmel every success as she steps into the role of CEO of Odyssey House NSW and looks forward to ongoing success under the direction of new CEO, Dr Evelyne Tadros.