NSW Consumer Advisory Group – Mental Health Inc. (NSWCAG) has 18 staff members, as well a pool of consumer consultants that work on a casual basis, providing expertise in working or references groups as well as committees. We also provide volunteering opportunities to consumers and members of our network who all make a valuable contribution to our work.

The day-to-day operations of NSW CAG are managed by the Chief Executive Officer:

 Management Team






Dr Peri O’Shea

Chief Executive Officer
Phone:  02 9332 0200
Email: poshea@nswcag.org.au


Dr Peri O’Shea is currently the Chief Executive Officer at NSW CAG. Peri has been with NSW CAG since 2010.  Prior to this Peri was the Research Program Coordinator at the Social Justice and Social Change Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. Peri’s work and personal histories have given prominence to social justice, social inclusion and participation. Peri has a strong history in working with Human Service NGOs and in service management and a strong understanding of mental health policy and consumer issues.  Peri has a PhD in Applied Sociology, a Master’s degree in Social Policy and a Bachelor of Social Science with Honours in Psychology. Peri has a lived experience of mental illness as both a consumer and a carer.



Operational Team






Esther Pavel-Wood

Senior Promotions & Operations Officer
Phone: 02 9332 0218
Email: epavel-wood@nswcag.org.au
Esther is also overseeing the Consumer Worker's Project


Esther Pavel-Wood is currently the Senior Promotions and Operations Officer. She also oversees many projects (including the Consumer Workers’ Project and the Media Project) in addition to working with the NSW CAG funding submissions writer on future grant proposals. Esther began with NSW CAG as a volunteer in May 2012. Since then, she has worked in a number of different capacities, including Project Officer for the Consumer Workers’ Project and Project Coordinator for the Community Mobilisation Project. Prior to this she worked as a freelance fashion stylist, costume and production designer in Paris and in Sydney as well as working as a solicitor in Paris. Esther has a double Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Law, a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Health.




Cecilia Rais


Executive Support Officer

Phone:  02 9332 0241

Email: crais@nswcag.org.au




Maureen O’Keeffe


Administration Officer

Phone:  02 9332 0244

Email: mokeeffe@nswcag.org.au


 Policy Team





Ka Ki Ng


Senior Policy Officer

Phone: 02 9332 0216

Email: kaking@nswcag.org.au








Policy Officer

Phone: 02 9332 0200





Gwen Scotman


Policy Officer

Phone: 02 9332 0229

Email: gscotman@nswcag.org.au




Sam Stott


Policy Officer

Phone: 02 9332 0239

Email: policy@nswcag.org.au

Consumer Worker Project




Lawrence Muskitta


Secretariat Coordinator

Phone: 02 9332 0246

Email: lmuskitta@nswcag.org.au

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