Steering Committee

Frances Hughes

Dr Hughes has over 30 years’ nursing experience and has held senior management and nursing positions on a global level, most notably as the Chief Executive of the International Council of Nurses, based in Geneva. She has also held chief nurse positions in both New Zealand and Australia, executive leadership positions in health services, non-governmental organisations and in the public service across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. From 2005 to 2011, Dr Hughes worked for the World Health Organisation in the Pacific region, delivering on WHO agenda for mental health. Dr Hughes is currently the Director of Strategic Global Initiatives for CGFNS International, a USA based organisation, and serves on boards in Queensland, Rwanda and Switzerland. Dr Hughes is a Registered Nurse and holds a BA, MA and Doctorate in Nursing. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health in 2005.

Amanda Pithouse

Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

She qualified as a mental health nurse in 1993 and spent much of her early clinical career in adult acute mental health in both inpatient and community services.  Amanda held a number of nursing leadership positions within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and has led a number of organisational wide improvement programmes. Amanda has an extensive academic background, completing the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship, and an MSc in Leadership and Healthcare Improvement at London Southbank University, and is also a trained Improvement Advisor from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Amarsanaa Jazag

PhD, MD, Former Vice Minister of Health between 2012 and 2016, Ulaanbaatar City councilor, founder of Happy Veritas Hospital, Chairman Of The Board at Otoch Manramba Medical University, Chairman of health committee at Mongolian Youth Federation

Amarsanaa has qualified in Tokyo University and worked in Harvard University as researcher during his post-doctoral studies.

Julia Hennessy

Julia Hennessy is experienced senior manager in the fields of education and health. She is interested in undertaking research that relates to the wider health sector, mental health, intellectual disability and education.

I enjoy working with a variety of groups, working through challenging situations and achieving positive results. Over the years I have been involved with a number of complex projects, many of which have required me to use my negotiation and facilitation skills in order to complete the projects goals.

In 2017 I was appointed to the Funeral Services Training Trust (ITO) and in 2018 invited to be a national moderator for this ITO.

I am a director with Kalandra, which provides private education for the health and social services with a focus on aged care.

Marc Tasse

For the last 30 years, Marc has been a Business Development Specialist focusing on inter-cultural and international projects. He continues to mentor new ventures in Asia and North America, helping them develop their ideas and expand into international markets.

In 2013 he moved to Mongolia as the Resident Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies, exploring new areas for research and academic collaboration between North America and Mongolia.

Marc came to Mercy Corps in 2019 as the Director of Programs. He oversaw the Resilient Communities Project, an 11 million dollar comprehensive livestock market system development project.

Neil Brimblecombe

Neil Brimblecombe is Professor of Mental Health in the Health and Social Care Department of London South Bank University. He has worked on the Boards of several mental health organisations in the UK, in Director of Nursing, Chief Operating Officer and Non-Executive Director roles, including Director of Nursing for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He was Director of Mental Health Nursing for the English Department of Health, where he led a national review of that profession and which resulted in changes in both practice and training. Neil has worked clinically in a range of mental health services in and around London, specialising in Crisis and Home Treatment services.

He has published widely, his long term research interests include international approaches to mental health care, new professional roles and the history of mental health care. 

Wendy Scott

Wendy Scott is a General and Mental Health Nurse of over 30 years’ experience mainly within Australia.  She has however worked both nationally and internationally at senior levels of Nursing Management, Education, Project Work and Clinically.

She currently works clinically for Rural and Remote Mental Health Services in South Australia and Voluntarily within communities in Nepal. She has visited Mongolia and their Mental Health Services on multiple occasions over the last ten years and is fully supportive of the MoMeNT project and its implementation within Mongolia having met with representatives from all partners in Mongolia in 2019.