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Board of Directors

Ostara Australia Board


Lisa McPherson-Sturt Dip BM, Dip HR 

Lisa has a range of experience in the employment and mental health sector and disability related areas including employment, community accommodation, project management, case management and human resource management. Lisa is the CEO of Nexus Human Services Incorporated, a specialist mental health DES provider based in the ACT. Lisa is a member of the ACT Chamber of Commerce, the Community Collation of the ACT and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


 Mark Orr

Pamela Rutledge B Soc Wk, Grad Cert Corp Mgt, FIPAA, MAICD 

Before joining the not-for-profit sector in 2009, Pam had over 35 years experience in senior roles in the NSW government, including experience in health, housing, and ageing and disability, Pam is a past Director of the Office of Ageing in NSW and was instrumental in the development of the NSW Government’s plan, Towards 2030: Planning for our changing population. Pam is a member of the NSW Mental Health Co-ordinating Council’s board.



Robert Ramjan AM, BA, BSocStuds 

Robert is CEO of Schizophreia Fellowship of NSW. He has worked for the Fellowship for more than 20 years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to people wth mental illness.

Rob has extensive experience in the provision of mental health services, especially in the non-government sector.



Shaun McDonagh B Bus (Mkt Mngt), A Deg Law, Cert Adult Ed, Masters Mkt Mngt, Masters Com. Law, Exec Dev Program

Shaun McDonagh is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd.

Shaun has twenty years industry experience nationally and internationally across education, training, media, financial services, property development and sales, and the Not-For-Profit sector. Shaun possesses strong skills in marketing, communications, digital media, business development, government engagement, strategic planning and analysis. Shaun has taught across business and law subjects for NSW TAFE and Charles Sturt University.


 Mark Orr

Mark Orr Masters in Health Services Mngt &

Mark Orr was appointed Chief Executive of Flourish Australia on 15th August, 2017 and commenced in this role on January 1, 2018.

Mark has a wide and varied career history including working as a psychologist, a Commonwealth Tribunal member and as Deputy Protective Commissioner of NSW. Mark also holds tertiary qualifications in psychology, health service management, corporate governance, applied finance and health informatics.



Judi Higgin EMBA, B Soc Sci, Dip M, Dip HR

Judi has worked in the community mental health sector for almost 30 years, the last 13 years with New Horizons Enterprises Limited. Prior to becoming CEO in 2010, Judi held a range of senior and executive management roles.



David Bell BA(Hons), ACA, ASIA

David has been a non executive director of Ostara Australia since December 2013. David is currently the Managing Director of Kwik Kopy Australia, a national print and design franchise business operating out of 100 locations across Australia. Prior to this David has been the CEO of a number of businesses operating in a variety of sectors including retail, consumer services, and agribusiness. David joined Price Waterhouse (PWC) in 1981 and trained as a chartered accountant and auditor before furthering his career as a corporate adviser in investment banking. David's particular interests and expertise include financial management, strategy, change management and marketing as well as anything to do with getting the best out of people.