Over the course of the last twenty years, working predominately for state government departments, Jeremy has gained a deep understanding of the service delivery and community service needs of people impacted by disadvantage, including disability and mental illness.
He understands the specific issues impacting people living in regional, rural and remote areas.
Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland, he has been actively involved in leading the establishment of a range of mental health programs, services and projects across North and Far North Queensland.
While in the Department of Communities he led a team that transitioned a major drug and alcohol diversion service from government control to a community-based organisation.
He has advocated at social, political and local levels on behalf of individuals and community groups and is connected to national organisations and initiatives.
Jeremy has a strong desire to bring together mental health and alcohol and other drug services to improve the lives of people impacted by mental illness and addiction. He believes that by working collaboratively better responses can be developed that lead to enhanced collective impact.
Jeremy has held a range of community leadership roles, including as current Chair of the Board of the Townsville Intercultural Centre, President of the Townsville Community Legal Service and as a former Member of the State Council of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.