Australasian Housing Institute

Leone Crayden

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Executive Director at Q Sheter

Leone began her career as a nurse later completing further studies in Administrative Leadership, and post graduate qualifications Community Sector Management, Social Science (Research) and Governance. Leone was the Chairperson of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) of NSW, for seven years and was the Vice Chair until May 2015.

Leone has had previous roles and membership on the Minsters Priority Taskforce on Mental Health, the inaugural Joint Guarantee of Service Committee with NSW Housing and Chair of the MHCC Working Safe Tool Kit Committee.

Until June 2015, Leone was the CEO of On Track Community Programs and headed this multifaceted community organisation which provides support through a number of State and Commonwealth funded programs. The main target groups are people with mental illness, disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.  On Track is also a nationally registered community housing provider.

Before working in the community housing sector, Leone maintained several successful private businesses giving a balanced approach to working in human services. Relying on the ethos of a not for profit purpose with a for profit approach has given Leone sound experience in governance and strong corporate ethics which led to her being awarded Regional Achiever of the Year 2006 for her work in mental health and community housing services. Leone currently leads a unique consulting group consisting of only Indigenous consultants and those who have a lived experience of mental illness and or disability. In this role Leone provides mentorship to new consultants entering the market and looks for opportunities for the group to use their distinctive skills and expertise.

In 2011, Leone was appointed to the Northern NSW Local Health District and sits on the Mental Health and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.  In 2015, Leone was appointed as the Co-Chair of the NSW Ministry of Health, Agency for Clinical Innovation for the Network on Mental Health. Understanding the challenges and the reforms currently faced by the community sector, as a social entrepreneur she also sees the abundant opportunities the reforms will bring.