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Mr Chris Tanti


Chris Tanti is the Chief Executive of the National Disability Services (NDS) and has extensive experience in the Australian mental health sector.

He has held senior management and CEO positions in the private and public sectors nationally and internationally where he has sought to influence the provision of service delivery to improve outcomes for the end user. Chris is highly experienced in working with government at ministerial and departmental levels.

Chris was the inaugural CEO of Headspace, an Australian youth organisation providing early intervention mental health services. During his ten years in this position, Chris transformed the organisation from a pilot program situated within the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Melbourne to an independent, national not-for-profit organisation, expanding the organisation’s footprint from 30 to 100 sites nationally. Chris also established Headspace internationally, with centres in Denmark and Israel.

After leaving Headspace in 2016, Chris moved to Silicon Valley where he worked with the venture capital community to establish Safespace. As Chief Executive, he set about ensuring the mental health sector, along with schools, implemented a more effective system of meeting the needs of young people.

Chris is deeply passionate about ensuring that social services are effective and efficient for both the taxpayer and the end user. He is a strong advocate for the disability community, including the organisations that deliver services to support them.

He has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Trobe University, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

*Chris joined the Independent Advisory Council in September 2018 (taking over from Ken Baker) as an Expert Adviser.