The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. We represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better access and outcomes for every Tasmanian.



Debbie Evans

Debbie is currently the CEO of Lifeline Tasmania and has over 20 years working as a senior manager and leader in the relationship support and mental health sector. Debbie has demonstrated experience in working with government, funding bodies and partnerships within the community sector. Debbie is a registered psychologist and accredited counsellor and has extensive knowledge of the issues faced by clients with a mental health issue and those who care for them. Debbie brings over 20 years’ experience reporting to Boards and is currently the Vice Chair of the TasCOSS board. Debbie also sits on our Governance Sub-Committee.


James Versteegen

James is a qualified accountant with a career based mainly in the community not-for profit sector. He is currently the Corporate Services Manager with Lifeline Tasmania and brings experience and skills in Administration and Corporate functions, including WHS, Compliance and Governance to the MHCT Board. James is passionate about  mental health within the community and creating a world’s best practice mental health system in Tasmania.


Board Member
Jules Carroll

Jules Carroll is employed as Director of Early Intervention Services with Relationships Australia Tasmania. She has responsibility for a broad range of programs across the state, including mental health services, suicide prevention, Partners in Recovery, counselling and adult support services. Jules is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Network, and previously served on the Board of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council of Tasmania, and Service Tasmania. Jules had an extensive career in the State and Federal public services in the education field, with twelve years of experience at senior management level, prior to moving to the not-for-profit sector. Jules sits on our Governance Sub-Committee.


Board Member
Lance Skelton

Before joining the board at MHCT in 2016, Lance served on the National Board of Grow for four years, which is a not-for-profit peer support organisation working in mental health. In early 2015, Lance moved to Hobart. He works as a branding consultant, and in January 2018 celebrated his 10th year as the Strategic and Creative Director at Freelance Skelton. Lance has been in the advertising industry for over 25 years, working at multi-national agencies in Perth, Singapore, Scotland and Malaysia, and winning over 20 local, national and international advertising awards across TV, radio, press, outdoor advertising and direct mail.


Board Member
David Tilley

David is currently a Senior Investigator with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has a diverse career history, including as a Policy Analyst, Policy Officer, Police Officer and Business Support Officer for a government focused enterprise. David graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts and Laws. David has recently graduated from the College of Law with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.


Board Member
Deb Fast

Deb has worked in a variety of roles across the disability and mental health sectors for over 20 years. Deb is currently Baptcare’s Service Manager for Mental Health. She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the MHCT Board to ensure that better service systems and culture are a primary focus of mental health in Tasmania. Deb is passionate about working toward a future where Tasmania has best mental health system in Australia.


Board Member
Paul Campbell

Paul is a Psychologist in private practice in the NW of Tasmania. He brings a wealth of insight and experience having previously been a relationship counsellor, Adult Mental Health Team member as well as working on research in Scotland and Australia He is currently undertaking his PhD from Western Sydney University.  Paul has a history of community based involvement and was previously an elected member to the Renmark Paringa Council, the Renmark Paringa Hospital Board, and Riverland Mental Health Advisory Council Member. He is currently the Tasmanian Representative for the Division of General Psychological Practice with the Australian Psychological Society, and is also on the Marist Regional College Board. Paul has a strong commitment to mental health both in Tasmania and at a national level.