News • 18 Feb 2019

Are you the next Non-Executive Director of Open Minds?

Are you the next Non-Executive Director of Open Minds?

Open Minds is recruiting two additional Directors to join the Board in early/mid 2019 as part of normal Board renewal. Skills required include strong financial, audit and risk management skills, and business leadership/former CEO with commercial acumen and Board experience.

Open Minds provides high quality mental health, disability and specialised supports tailored to people living with mental ill health, disability or acquired brain injury. Programs and services include living, lifestyle, health and community streams. At the heart of Open Minds’ work is enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities.

From its head office in Brisbane and operations across Queensland and northern New South Wales, Open Minds has more than 420 employees across 17 offices and 15 residential houses. and assists over 2,700 clients each year. 

Open Minds is a registered charity and governed by a board of non-executive directors with a diverse range of skills and experience. His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, is the Patron of Open Minds.

Like many providers in the disability sector, Open Minds is undergoing a period of transition given the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Open Minds is a registered NDIS provider and well positioned to meet the transformation and opportunities presented by the NDIS.

The board is seeking to recruit two additional directors to join the board in early-mid 2019 as part of normal board renewal. The skills sets being sought for the two new directors are as follows. 

The desired skill sets being sought for the first director are: 

  • strong financial skills, possibly Chief Financial Officer executive experience, and 
  • audit, accounting and risk management. 


The desired skill sets being sought for the second director are:

  • strong business and commercial acumen, possibly from a business leadership/former CEO career, and
  • strong networks within the not-for-profit sector and government departments.

(The second director role was recently advertised with the closing date extended to allow both roles to be recruited in the same timeframe.)

Previous board level experience and a strong working knowledge of corporate governance systems and frameworks will be highly regarded for both director roles.

Experience in the not-for-profit sector and with the implementation of NDIS is also desirable. All directors are required to have a genuine interest in the work of Open Minds.

The board’s preference is that the directors be based in Queensland or northern NSW. The board is looking to increase its geographical diversity and it encourages applications from candidates based in regional locations.

Directors are remunerated by way of an annual fee including superannuation. Open Minds additionally assists directors with professional development relating to their board role.  

To apply for this position, visit, click on “Position Search”, select role before clicking on “View Selected” and then “Apply Online”. 

Alternatively, for further information about the positions please contact Bonita Nichols on 0408 087 245 or 

Applications close 5pm Friday 22 February 2019.


Read the full position descriptions here.