ACMHN team

Office staff

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses staff run the College's operations under the guidance of the CEO.  They work across administration, events, finance, membership, credentialing, and communications to support mental health nurses and the College's membership.

Stephen Jackson


Stephen has a long international career in health and other fields. Prior to joining the College Stephen was CEO a large primary health care organisation and has a track record in developing partnerships with various governments and stakeholders, as well as growing membership organisations. Stephen has combined his experience with an MBA to deliver innovative solutions across many jurisdictions. Stephen is a traveller and active triathlete.

Irene Dummett

Operations Manager

Irene has over ten years’ experience working in the health sector on various projects for non-profit organisations. She is skilled in project management, contract management, and stakeholder engagement. Irene is responsible for overseeing ACMHN membership and credentialing operational systems. Irene has also ran a number of events, worked for federal ministers, and law firms. She enjoys yoga, and keeping active in her free time.

Lauren Tait

Senior Administrative Officer

Lauren started with the College in March 2018, supporting the membership, finance, and events teams. She now does most of her work with credentialing while continuing her supporting admin role. Before coming to ACMHN, Lauren worked at the Australian College of Nursing in the scholarship area. Lauren is a competitive Ten Pin Bowler and is a regular gym-goer.

Ellen Fraser

Events Manager

Ellen Fraser has been with the ACMHN since May 2016. Ellen has extensive experience in event management and has held senior event management positions in a variety of settings in the hospitality, not-for-profit and corporate sector spanning her 15-year career. Ellen completed her Masters of Business Administration in 2018 and enjoys spending her spare time with her dog, Kurt and her retired racehorse, Loki.

Catherine Rigby

Membership Officer

Catherine started with the ACMHN in February 2021 after leaving her position with Flight Centre as a Travel Consultant. She has brought to the membership role a wealth of knowledge and experience of database systems. With a love of travel and fitness, Catherine spends her spare time and weekends exploring the great outdoors.

Julia Ahrens

Communications Manager

Julia is a communications professional with a passion for public health. From strategising to content producing to analytics, she oversees all things communications at the College. Prior to joining, she completed degrees in English philology, political science, and international relations, and worked in communications at the Australian National University.  Julia is an avid dancer and Zumba instructor.

Angus Jolly

Communications Officer 

After graduating from the University of Canberra, Angus worked at Soldier On, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Department of Defence. As the Communications Officer at the ACMHN, he works on all things communications based, from the website, to social media, to newsletters. Outside of work Angus is a member of a local LGBTIQ Toastmasters group and plays D&D.