ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Odyssey Board Updates

The Chairperson of Odyssey’s Board Mr. Bruce Hartnett AM is soon to step down from the Board after 8 years of service. We wish him well and thank him for his time steering the Odyssey ship.

The former Federal Member for Jagajaga and senior Minister, Ms. Jenny Macklin succeeds Bruce as Chair. Jenny was the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives, and was the first woman to become the Deputy Leader of a major Australian political party. She was the Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 2001-2006 and Senior Vice President of the Australian Labor Party. We welcome Jenny to our Board. In addition, Odyssey House Ambassador, Laura Turner, Clare Flintoff Phillips and Peter Allen have joined the Board. 

Laura Turner is a senior reporter for Channel Nine. Laura is particularly interested in issues of social justice and it was the tragic death of her own sister from a heroin overdose, which has propelled Laura to further her interest in the area of harm minimisation and drug law reform.

Clare Flintoff Phillips has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to help them put customer centric thinking at the centre of their organisations and strategies. As a research and insights specialist both client and agency side, Clare has led global brand transformation projects in the insurance, banking, consumer goods and automotive sectors across the UK, Europe, US and Asia Pacific.

Peter Allen spent more than 20 years in the Victorian Public service in which time he served in various roles including Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Community Services; Victoria’s Chief Drug Strategy Officer; Director of Schools; and Secretary of the Department of Education and Training. Peter is currently based at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSoG) where he worked as Deputy Dean from 2009-2016.

Full Board member biographies can be found here.