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Edward Souti

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Edward is a trusted adviser to policy-makers, funders and commissioners and service providers in the health and mental health sectors.

His experience includes system and service development, funding, governance and commissioning reform, child and youth mental health, alcohol-and-other-drug (AOD) services, and rural and remote healthcare. Edward is known for well-considered advice and professional empathy and has led consultations in Aboriginal communities and with consumers, families, and carers with experience of complex mental health and AOD issues. 

Influential work

  • Led the design of a new system model for the Ministerial Taskforce into Public Mental Health Services for Infants, Children and Adolescents aged 0-18 years in Western Australia (WA) 
  • Led a co-design process, which engaged children, young people and families, Elders, and community leaders to develop the model of service for a mental health and co-occurring AOD service for children and young people in the Kimberley 
  • Led multiple independent reviews of harm reduction and AOD treatment services across regional and metropolitan WA 
  • Supported the board and CEO of one of WA’s largest health services to develop policy positions and submissions to influence governance arrangements reforms 
  • Supported the review and re-design of policy and practice for the funding and purchasing of $9 billion in public health services. 

Outside of Nous

Edward’s professional background is in the legal and not-for-profit sector, where he worked in an advocacy and reform role, before joining a global energy and resources giant in a commercial role. He then felt compelled to seek out more community-focused, purpose-driven work at Nous.  

Outside of work, Edward is the Board Chair of the Consumer Credit Legal Service, a not-for-profit community legal centre that provides financial rights and consumer law advice to vulnerable people across WA, and advocates to state and federal regulators on behalf of WA consumers.  

Edward holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of WA. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. 

In his spare time...

Edward does not shy away from all-encompassing but short-lived hobbies. His love for cooking and coffee, weekly trips to Bunnings, and anxious attachment to the Philadelphia 76ers have endured. 


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