Pam has a strong mental health, social policy and human resources background, and has successfully managed major programs and led change and reform in the health and community service sectors.
Pam is a part-time Member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and a Director of Autism Australia (Aspect Australia).
In 2017 she was honoured as a joint recipient of a National Award (the TheMHS Award) for an Exceptional Contribution to the Mental Health Sector in Australia and New Zealand.
“I am passionate about ensuring that the voice and wisdom of lived experience is first and foremost in everything we do. I have been privileged to work with and learn from such hugely influential advocates and reformers, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Commission”, Pam said.
Pam has many years of experience managing and leading complex health, community services and mental health services, and has been successful in building values-driven cultures, engendering quality, continuous improvement and co-design. As well as her commitment to co-design with people with a lived experience, families and carers, Pam is a strong advocate for good governance and accountability, risk management and strategic planning.
In her early career, Pam worked as a social worker in front-line mental health service delivery. She also has extensive experience in senior roles in the NSW government, including experience in health, housing, and ageing and disability.
In 2009 Pam became chief executive officer (CEO) of Richmond Fellowship of NSW and then CEO of the merged Flourish Australia (RichmondPRA Ltd) until 2017. She proudly led a team in several innovations and reforms such as the exponential growth of the peer workforce and the establishment of the Resolve Program (Social Benefit Bond with the NSW Government).
In 2021, Pam was awarded an Australia Day Honour for her significant service to people living with disability or social vulnerability.
“I look forward to working with the Commissioner, my fellow Deputy Commissioners, the team at the Commission, and people with lived experience to optimise the life opportunities for people with a mental health issue and their families and carers.” Pam said.
Pam Rutledge's appointment as Deputy Commissioner is from December 2018 until November 2021.