Gavin McLeod is Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy Sydney. He has over 20 years of experience fostering creative and collaborative cultures at some of the world’s most innovative advertising agencies such as R/GA and AKQA. He currently manages a team of over 50 creatives and has long recognised the importance of positive mental health to unleash the full creativity of his people.
Gavin has won over 200 industry awards for his work at international creative festivals such as the Cannes Lions. As a consequence, he has been invited to chair award panels at a number of these festivals and is a regular speaker at industry events.
He graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town with a BA in Graphic Design. He also completed a Diploma in Art Direction at the Association of Advertising Agencies School, Cape Town.
Dr Lars Madsen
Dr Lars Madsen is a clinical psychologist who has worked in both the United Kingdom and Australia in community and hospital settings.
As well as his particular experience in working with anxiety (generalised anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder), trauma, sexual dysfunction and behaviour problems, Dr Madsen also has a keen interest in self-worth issues and specialises in the treatment of low self-worth.
Prior to working in Australia, he worked within the National Health Service in England with clients with complex needs. He has published research in academic journals as well as presented at international conferences, and is a member of the APS College of Clinical and Forensic Psychologists. Dr Madsen completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in Australia before obtaining a Ph.D. in Psychology at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.
Dr Mark Cross
Doctor Mark Cross is a psychiatrist with over 30 years clinical experience.
He graduated as a doctor in Cape Town, specialised in the UK, and has worked as a specialist in Sydney since 2005. He holds senior conjoint lecturer positions at the Universities of NSW and Western Sydney. Mark has special interests in sexuality issues, mental health in the workplace, and improving the care and quality of life of people with lived experience and their carers. In 2015, he received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists NSW Branch Meritorious Award for his “significant contribution” to psychiatry.
Mark is the author of ‘Anxiety’ and co-author of ‘Changing Minds,’ both published by ABC Books/Harper Collins, and was the Lead Psychiatrist in the ABC TV series ‘Changing Minds.’ He is a well-respected speaker on mental health issues, a SANE Australia board member, and a passionate advocate on the importance of preventative mental health.