Mindd Board

Vanessa Fudge

Vanessa is a founding Director of Leadership coaching firm AltusQ and more recently the founding Director of the Wellness Strategy a company facilitating organisational wellness programs. Vanessa has also served on the board of a division of RailCorp (now Sydney Trains) for 3 years as a non-executive Director and coaches Boards and CEO’s on strategy, wellness and leadership.

Vanessa’s core competencies include strategic partnerships, leadership development, organisational change, organisational wellness transformations, coaching skills development, cultural transformation and vision and strategy setting.

Vanessa is a registered psychologist; a coach trainer and supervisor to EMCC quality standards, an Accredited Certified Meta Coach (ACMC) through the Institute of Neuro-Semantics; Organisational Development Resources (ODR) Practitioner and Train the Trainer; Certified Leadership Circle 360 Assessment coach, holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology from UNSW and a post graduate degree in Applied Psychology.  She is also the mother of three young boys and a persistent inventor of nutritious food that her family and friends love to eat!

Jill Weekes

Jill Weekes has an extensive career as a Chief Executive, both in the private and not for profit sectors.   She was CEO and a Board member of the Starlight Children’s Foundation for over 11 years.  Starlight grew from a Sydney not for profit with a revenue of $3m to a national organisation with a revenue in excess of $25 million under her leadership.  Her passion for excellence in leadership and high performing teams has seen significant growth and performance in the businesses she has led.

Jill’s CEO results were recognized when she was named the 2007 Equity Trustees’ Australian Not for Profit CEO of the Year, as well as a NSW Finalist in the Community and Government section of the 2007 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.  She has also won the 2006 JML Australian Director of the Year Award, scholarships to the Harvard Business School and the Senior Management Development Course at the Australian Graduate School of Management.  Jill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Jill also has an extensive career as a senior executive in marketing fast moving consumer goods and in the communications industry.  She was CEO of a US based advertising agency in Australia.

She has a deep understanding of business effectiveness and sustainability.  She invests heavily in visionary leadership, sound strategic direction, execution excellence, team focus, continuous innovation, business development and exceptional brand management.


Dr Frank R Golik

MBBS (Hons QLD) FRACGP, FACNEM: graduated from University of Queensland with 2nd class Hons in 1975; 2 years junior RMO at Royal Brisbane Hospital; 1 year as senior RMO at Atherton Hospital, Nth Qld. He commenced in solo Private Family Practice in Clayfield, Brisbane in 1979. He later formed a multi disciplinary clinic in 1995 and currently prctices out of Stafford in Brisbane. Dr Golik gained his fellowship in the RACGP in 1982; and is a Fellow and occasional lecturer of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. His special areas of interest and passion are Autism, ASD, ADHD, Musculoskeletal medicine; Dietary and lifestyle therapy; Thyroid conditions; and the Metabolic Syndrome. He has trained with the Mindd Forum and their Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs Program since 2005.

Leslie Embersits

Leslie is the Executive Director of Mindd Foundation which she founded in 2005. She has over 30 years of experience in strategy, advertising, marketing, film and event management across New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.
In 1997 Leslie became a mum which began her campaign for more informed healthcare for children. In 2004 she began seminars on kids health that officially became Mindd Foundation in May 2005. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Masters in film from the Peter Stark Film Producing Program from the University of Southern California.

Ingrid Villata

Ingrid Villata is a qualified language teacher and a practising Landscape Architect. Her work experience over the past 22 years includes private residential projects as well as working for both Randwick Council and Holroyd Council in Sydney. Ingrid also designed garden makeovers for Boral  and created kitchen gardens for several primary schools. Her passion for holistic health was ignited by her European parents, growing up with an awareness about feeding your body unprocessed, fresh food.  The household vegetable garden was and still is overflowing with herbs and vegetables. Freshly picked bitter green radicchio is a staple part of her diet!

Kathryn Ritchie

Kathryn Ritchie is the Founder and CEO of KR Strategy, an international strategy execution firm. Her primary area of expertise lies in igniting the potential of companies seeking to strengthen performance in the face of market disruption and change.

Kathryn is a widely recognized leader in strategy having pioneered the KR Strategy Execution Method©. Working with a refreshingly participatory and systems based approach, Kathryn enables organizations to clarify and prioritize objectives and then, with the synergy of alignment, successfully execute their agreed strategy.

As an expert in organizational effectiveness and change management, Kathryn is client-focused and has worked across industries and the globe, including Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, helping companies unleash their performance potential.
Kathryn earned an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, was awarded the Chairman’s prize for excellence and leadership and holds an applied science Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology. Kathryn has been an active board member in the Education, Arts and Not for Profit sectors. She currently also holds positions on The Foundation Board for University of NSW (Australia), Library For All, a social entrepreneurial organization driving literacy in developing countries.

Key Patrons

Chris & Steve Bohan, Hon. Elizabeth Evatt, Irene Grootendorst, Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman, Simone Lanham Nicola Lefroy, Alan Liddle, Victoria & Patrick O’Neil, Gretel Packer, Margaret Sixel & George Miller, Geoff Sewell, Jackie Vidor-Staab, The Sewell Foundation.


Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), Australasian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA), Austral-Asian Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A5M), Autism Research Institute (ARI), Global Autism Collaboration, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH), Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, Nourishing Hope, 4-A Foundation, National Herbalist Association, Complementary Medicine Association, National Institute of Integrative Medicine.


Grosvenor Business Advisors, Pty LTD, George Street, Sydney

Creative Services

Style House Creative

Red Ark (Pro Bono-Take the Step Campaign)

Mindd Foundation