Our Board


Andrew Fairley

Andrew Fairley was appointed Chairman of the FARE board 1 July 2013. Andrew is an equity lawyer with Hall & Wilcox Lawyers. He has specialised in superannuation for over 30 years and is recognised as an industry leader.

 Andrew is Chairman of Equisuper, an industry superannuation fund with assets under management of $6.5 billion. He is also Chairman of Parks Victoria, the organisation which is responsible for the management of parks representing 18 per cent of the State of Victoria. Andrew also serves on the board of Tourism Victoria and Tourism Australia.

 Andrew has a long association with the philanthropic sector, and is Chairman of his family’s Foundation, the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation. He is also Deputy Chair of the George Hicks Foundation.

 He has been very involved with the sustainable tourism industry, and has been Chairman of Sundowner Hotels Group, a Director of Turtle Island in Fiji for 25 years and Chairman of the Alpine Resorts Council in Victoria.

He also sits on a number of family boards as an independent director, and is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.

Andrew is  the Chair of the FARE Funding Development Committee. He also sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.


Jonathan Nicholas

Jonathan Nicholas
Deputy Chairman
BA (Hons) MPH

Jonathan was appointed a Director of FARE on 19 October 2011. He is the CEO of Inspire Foundation, the organisation behind the youth mental health service ReachOut.com. Jonathan was previously the Founding CEO of Inspire Ireland Foundation and a human rights consultant for AusAid and UNICEF in Indonesia and Cambodia.

 Jonathan currently sits on a number of advisory committees including the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and the NSW Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol.

 Jonathan is the Chair of the FARE Nominations and Remuneration Committee, he also sits on the Small Grants Committee, the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Funding Development Committee.

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas
B. Comm; FCA

Peter Thomas was appointed as a Director of FARE on 27 May 2010. He is a director of TFG International, a consulting and advisory firm. TFG specialises in the areas of business strategy, hands-on management, policy development, organisational strategy and tactics, managing critical issues and facilitating mergers and capital restructures for its clients.

Since 2003, Peter has practised as a chartered accountant in private practice providing specialist taxation advice as well as general business advice. Prior to establishing his own business, Peter specialised in tax as a partner at KPMG Sydney for 25 years.

Peter sits on the boards of a number of government entities, including Innovation Australia, the Australian Solar Institute and Indigenous Business Australia. He is also on the board of Albert Music and is active in the not-for-profit sector.

Peter is the Chair of the FARE Small Grants Committee, Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.


Kate Conigrave

Kate Conigrave
Professor Kate Conigrave was appointed a Director of FARE on 19 October 2011. Kate is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

As well as caring for patients with alcohol or other drug problems, she has worked for many years on education of health professionals on these issues, particularly as a Conjoint Professor at the University of Sydney.

Professor Conigrave has co-authored a clinical textbook on Addiction Medicine, and has many years of research experience, including on early detection and intervention for alcohol problems. She has also had the opportunity to collaborate with several Aboriginal communities in their efforts to reduce harms from substance misuse. She is the Chair of the FARE Research Committee.


Steve Ella
MPhil, GradDip IndigHP

Steve was appointed as a Director of FARE on 25 October 2013. He is currently the NSW Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Traineeship Coordinator.

Steve was inducted into the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Honour Roll in 2012 at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol conference in Fremantle, WA and Steve also was awarded the First Peoples award at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) conference in Brisbane in 2013.

Steve is a mentor for the NSW Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Leadership group as well as lecturing at the NSW Aboriginal Health College and at Sydney University as an Adjunct lecturer. Steve has co-authored a handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work, Steve also serves on a variety of NSW Aboriginal drug and alcohol committees.

 Steve sits on the FARE Research Committee.

Tony Walker
BA (Politics/International Relations)

Tony was appointed as a Director of FARE on 25 October 2013. He is the International Editor for the Australian Financial Review (AFR).

He is a former Political Editor for the AFR, and the Washington Correspondent. He has worked variously for the ABC, The Age and the Financial Times of London. His work as a correspondent covered postings in Beijing, the Middle East and North America. He is a dual Walkley Award winner for commentary.  

 Tony co-wrote Behind the Myth: Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Revolution (W.H. Allen, 1990) with Andrew Gowers.

Tony is also a board member and convenor of the C.E.W. Bean Foundation. A graduate of The Australian National University, Tony now resides in Melbourne.

Tony also sits on the FARE Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.



Pippa Grange

Pippa was appointed as a Director of FARE on 4 December 2013. Pippa is a Doctor of Applied Psychology and Director of Bluestone Edge Pty Ltd, a consultancy business helping sports people and organisations thrive.  She works primarily within elite sport, in the areas of culture, ethics and leadership.

Pippa provides strategic leadership and governance on culture change projects such as the responsible use of alcohol, illicit drugs, respectful relationships and social inclusion.  Pippa was a Vincent Fairfax Fellow graduate (Ethics in Leadership) in 2010 through the St James Ethics Centre and is an international keynote speaker on the culture and ethics of sport.


Mark Addy
BA (Graphic Design)

Mark joined the FARE board on 6 March 2014. Mark is the co-founder of 3TWINS a creative content marketing agency.

Mark is an advertising creative director for multiple platforms including screen, web, tablet, mobile, could and branded entertainment.

Mark’s experience in advertising has included creating campaigns for Australian Defence Recruiting, Schweppes, Heinz, Air New Zealand, Vodafone, Nestle and Mars.

Mark was born in South Africa but is now a New Zealand citizen who resides in Sydney.


Past Board Members


David Crosbie
BA, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Spec Ed
David Crosbie was appointed a Director of FARE on 17 October 2001. David is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Council of Australia and was previously the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the national peak body for the mental health field, the CEO of Odyssey House Victoria, one of Australia’s leading alcohol and drug treatment agencies and the CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia.

Bernadette Tobin
Director, MA (Melb) MEd (Melb) PhD (Cantab)
Dr Tobin is Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and Reader in Philosophy at Australian Catholic University. Dr Tobin was appointed a Director of FARE in 2001. Dr Tobin also serves on the FARE Audit and Risk, and Research Committees. She is Honorary Ethicist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and Conjoint Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Cheryl Bart AO
Cheryl Bart was appointed a Director of FARE on 17 October 2001. Cheryl is a lawyer and company director. She is the Chairman of ANZ Trustees Ltd, the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival and the Environment Protection Authority. During the past year Cheryl also served as a director of Spark Infrastructure Ltd, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ETSA Utilities.


Coralie Ober
Coralie Ober served as a Director of FARE from 13 November 2012 to 15 March 2013. Coralie is Islander by birth with Aboriginal kinships in the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) communities of Cherbourg and Palm Island. Her Torres Strait Island kinships are with the Island of Saibai in the Torres Strait and her South Sea Islander kinships are with the Islands of Vanatau.

Coralie is a Research Fellow at the Queensland Alcohol & Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) UQ where she is writing her PhD Thesis. Since joining QADREC, Coralie also holds the position of Principal Consultant Indigenous Training Education and Research Queensland Health. She is the Program Director for the National Rollout of Indigenous Risk Impact Screen and Brief Intervention Project based at Biala City Community Health. Coralie is also State Director for the delivery of the MCDS Workforce Development and Capacity Building Project in Queensland – Up-skilling of the Indigenous Alcohol & Other Drugs Community Workers.

Prior it joining QADREC Coralie was Principal Advisor Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Programs Queensland Health. Coralie has worked in the field of Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs both at a state and national level for some years including working internationally in WHO on the Global Project on Indigenous Peoples and Substance Use. Coralie is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Teacher.

Scott Wilson
MIndigH (SubUse)
Scott Wilson was appointed a Director of FARE on 17 October 2001 and is the past FARE Chair and Deputy Chair. Scott is the State Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc, which is the only Indigenous organisation of its kind in Australia. In 2003, Mr Wilson was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Indigenous substance misuse issues. Scott is the co-Deputy Chairperson of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee and serves on a variety of other national and state committees.

Ian Webster AO
Professor Webster served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 19 October 2011, and Chair from 2001 to 2009. He is a consultant and Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine of the University of New South Wales. He is Patron of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, Chair of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, NSW Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drugs and Governing Council of The Ted Noffs Foundation. Professor Webster has chaired a number of Commonwealth and State Government inquiries and reviews in disability, health, mental health and alcohol and other drug problems.

Timothy Costello AO
LLB, DipEd (Monash)
Bdivinity (BTSRuschlikon)
Mtheol (Whitley) AO
Doctorate of Sacred Theology
Tim Costello served as a Director of FARE from 17 October 2001 to 19 October 2011. Tim is one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues. He has taken a prominent role in national debates on issues such as gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. Tim has served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for profit outreach service for the urban poor. Between 1999 and 2002 he was national President of the Baptist Union of Australia. In April 2008 Tim chaired the Strengthening Communities Supporting Families and Social Inclusion Committee of the Australian Government’s 2020 Summit in Canberra.

Anne Mosey

Elizabeth Anne Mosey
Elizabeth Mosey (known as Anne) served on the Foundation’s board from 17 October 2001 to 13 October 2010. Anne has worked with remote Aboriginal communities for over 20 years in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia to assist them in the development of strategies concerning alcohol abuse and petrol sniffing. Anne is currently working as a consultant providing training, resource development, and community development support to government and non-government agencies in the areas of alcohol, community night patrols and inhalant substance misuse.

Peter dAbbs

Peter Harald Nilsen d’Abbs
Professor d’Abbs served on the Foundation’s board from 17 October 2001 to 13 October 2010. He holds a position as Professor of Substance Misuse Studies at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, and adjunct appointments with James Cook University, Queensland, and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth. He has conducted extensive policy related research and evaluation in the areas of alcohol problems, volatile substance misuse, and community-based interventions, particularly in Indigenous and rural/remote settings.