Governance and Funding

The Buttery is an independent, community-based not-for-profit organisation located at Binna Burra near Bangalow in Northern NSW, Australia. A non-discriminatory organisation, not affiliated with any political or religious group, The Buttery serves people according to their need.

The Buttery's Patrons, Gillian and David Helfgott

The Buttery is a company limited by guarantee and was established in 1973. It relies on government funding and philanthropic support to fulfill its life-changing mission. 

As a Deductible Gift Recipient, donations to The Buttery are fully tax deductible. As well as acknowledging the generous philanthropic support of donors. The Buttery gratefully acknowledges the continuing financial support it receives from generous donors, the NSW State and Commonwealth Governments, and NSW Health Department of Health (Commonwealth).

The Buttery is governed by volunteer Directors who receive no remuneration for their invaluable services.

Board of directors

The Buttery is governed by volunteer directors who receive no remuneration for their invaluable services. The Board of Directors comprises people with lived experience of recovery, community representatives and experts from a range of professional backgrounds, including finance, law, mental health administration and business.

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Sandy Lockhart

Mr Sandy Lockhart is a partner at Next Capital, a Sydney based private equity firm. Before setting up Next Capital in 2005, Sandy was a director of Macquarie Bank Limited, where he was responsible for the bank’s direct investment activities from 1987 to 2004. He is a graduate of Harvard University and attended Harvard Business School.
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Kara Goodsell

Ms Kara Goodsell is a lawyer with a long-standing relationship with The Buttery. She taught yoga at the Buttery in 2006 and was Executive Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009. She later resumed a Directorship in 2015 when she returned to live in the Northern Rivers. Kara is currently involved in RTO (education) management and recently completed her first novel.
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Jonathan Dunlop

Mr Jonathan Dunlop has worked in professional services for 30 years and has been a partner at KPMG since 1997. Jonathan joined The Buttery Board as a Director in 2017 and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.
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Ian Mckay

Mr Ian Mckay is the principal of Byron Legal solicitors. After completing a Bachelor of Laws at the Qld University of Technology, Ian was admitted as a Barrister in 1995 and has worked as a Judge’s Associate for the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Prisoner’s Legal Service and the private bar. In 2000, Ian moved to the Northern Rivers and has worked as a solicitor in private practice since 2003. Ian has been a Buttery Director since 2014.
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Rosemary Warnock

Rosemary Warnock is a Principal of The Adelante Group, an executive mentoring partnership with participant’s based in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Formerly CEO of Castrol Asia Pacific based in Singapore, Rosemary enjoyed a 23-year career with BP to global leadership level, in Australia, London & Singapore. Upon returning to Australia, she completed a six-month assignment as Interim CEO of the Clean Energy Council in 2008, followed by an appointment as a panel member for the independent review of the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Rosemary is an Independent Director of Steel & Tube Holdings New Zealand.  
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Jenna Bateman

Ms Jenna Bateman has worked in the mental health sector for 25 years and is a passionate advocate for mental health reform. Jenna has co-authored documents on social inclusion, trauma informed care and recovery-oriented practice and has driven accredited training qualifications and supported the Mental Health Peer Work qualification development. She was appointed to the NSW Mental Health Commission task force and helped develop the NSW Strategic Plan. Jenna was a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). She is currently CEO of the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), which she also held from 2000-2017. Jenna is a qualified Mental Health Nurse and has a Bachelor of Arts Master’s Degree in Community Management.
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Jane Enter

Jane Enter is a senior psychologist and psychotherapist at First Light Healthcare in Byron Bay. From 2001-2004, Jane was the Team Leader at The Buttery’s Residential Therapeutic Community. Jane has her own private practice, teaches for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, is a consultant to several organisations and supervises clinicians in individual and group contexts. She is also the resident psychologist on Bay FM radio’s Above the Fray show with Fern Freitas.
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Leone Crayden

Leone Crayden has experience in senior management level roles across the Health, Community Services and Disability sectors. Roles include Executive Director of Q Shelter, a peak housing and homeless organisation, and On Track Community Programs CEO.

Leone has held positions as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network for the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) from 2015 to 2020 and Chairperson of the Mental Health Coordinating Council, NSW, for six years. Leone is a Board member of the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and has also been a Board member of the Northern NSW Local Health District 2007-2015 and the Director of the Lady Musgrave Trust.

She has presented several papers on housing and homelessness, mental health, support services and the importance of the interface between clinical, psychosocial support and tenancy sustainment.

Leone has a background in nursing, social science, leadership and governance.

Clinical Governance Committee

The Clinical Governance Committee provides advice on clinical issues to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior clinical staff to ensure that The Buttery’s clinical programs are consistent with current best practice and deliver outcomes.

In providing guidance and advice, the Clinical Governance Committee ensures that a clinical perspective is considered by the CEO so that decisions, investments and innovations are client-centered, cost-effective, regionally relevant, aligned to local care expectations and appropriately prioritised.

The Buttery’s Clinical Governance Committee comprises external experts from mental health and The Buttery’s Leadership Team members with relevant qualifications. The Clinical Governance Committee provides indispensable advice about maintaining The Buttery’s clinical standards.

Ms Frances Pidcock

Internal Committee Member

The Buttery Clinical Operations Manager, BSC Psychology, BA Nursing; Masters in Mental

Health Nursing. Currently enrolled In MBA.

Ms Larissa McClelland

Internal Committee Member

The Buttery Therapeutic Community Coordinator, Registered Nurse – psychiatric credentials and Diploma of Community Services.

Ms Leone Crayden

Internal Committee Member

The Buttery CEO, BA Nursing, BA Social Science, Post Graduate Diploma Social Science (Research); Psychology (Hons), Graduate Certificate Governance, MBA.

Dr Bronwyn Hudson

External Committee Member

MBBS (Hons), DCH, MLLR, BCom (Hons).

Chairperson of the Byron Shire Medical Council, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and an Advanced Trainee with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chapter of Addiction Medicine.

Dr Ian Hayes

External Committee Member

Consultant Psychiatrist FRANZCP BM, MRC Psych, Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Ms Corinne Maynard

External Committee Member

Service Manager Richmond Clarence Alcohol and Other Drugs. Nursing, Masters in Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management.


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Frances Pidcock

Clinical Operations Manager
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Sam Booker

Intake and Assessment Manager
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Ari Soemardi

Corporate Services Manager
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Karen Farrell

Partnerships, Marketing and Communications Manager
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Joanne McLaughlin

Human Resources Manager
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Zac Dawkins

Finance Manager


The Buttery is most grateful to David and Gillian Helfgott, who have supported The organisation as its Patrons since 2006.

Maestro David, whose life was portrayed in the Academy award-winning film, Shine, has enjoyed a musical career spanning 50 years.

“We are both extremely honoured to be Patrons of such an outstanding facility as The Buttery. We have watched with great admiration the expansion of the facilities and the healing and new life paths that are being achieved by residents through the dedication and inspiration of the staff.”

David and Gillian Helfgott

The Buttery's Patrons, David and Gillian Helfgott