News • 02 Aug 2019

Welcome message from our new CEO

Read a welcome message from our new CEO, Paula Mayson, who discusses what she intends to focus on in her new role, and what exciting things there are to come for Open Minds.


What a brilliant first week, I have felt very welcome. I was lucky enough to meet most of the people in the Woolloongabba head office as well as the Client Services leaders, who work directly with our front line staff who support our clients. 

I am very excited for our organisation and its future. The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) are doing a great job in bringing me up to speed on all the challenges and opportunities that Open Minds has been facing. 

I have worked across a number of businesses in the sector and the entire industry is facing exactly the same challenges that we are.

Over the coming weeks, the ELT and I will be taking some time out to stop, take a breath and think about our vision, values, purpose, operating model and strategic priorities. 

We will also be considering what key projects the organisation will need to undertake and focus on. The output of these meetings will then be provided to the Board to make some strategic decisions for the organisation.  

In terms of exciting things to come for Open Minds, we have just opened nominations for the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

These awards have been run by Open Minds since they first began in 1996 – a seriously impressive part of the history of Queensland. They recognise the great work that is being done in Queensland to help improve the lives of people with mental illnesses.

If this sounds like someone you know or your organisation, I encourage you to submit a nomination before the closing date of 2nd September.

From what I have seen in my first week, I know that we have a wonderful team of people who are committed to our clients and delivering on our purpose… this is what will get us through any challenging times ahead. The resilience of our employees has been outstanding.

Over the coming weeks I will be starting to get out and about and meeting the people who make up our 400+ employees across our 15 offices in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. 

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible who make the magic happen.  

Finally, to our valued partners and referrers, I thank you for your continued support of Open Minds. For anyone unsure of how to refer a person to us for support, you can complete our simple online referral form here. 

Warm regards,


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