He has degrees in Psychology and Media. With over 10 years of experience in business and systems analysis, event management, mental health systems and policy development, he has developed a unique range of community development and project management skills. This allows him to work among a range of stakeholders on complex social and organisational projects.
His first role in 1999 was as a Business Analyst with Mercantile Mutual. His understanding of IT and testing methodology allowed him to provide timely advice to departmental stakeholders in resolving issues, devising systemic planning, and negotiating outcomes. He became a key problem solver, co-ordinating between the business and IT units, and continued to use his Business Analysis skills in several roles over the next 3 years.
Media and Development
After studying Media Production at Metroscreen in 2001, Tully attained roles in major television, commercial and film productions. Combining his love for cinematography with his technical aptitude, he served as a Camera and Editing Assistant on many productions, including the feature films ‘Garage Days’, and ‘Ned’. He helped develop the first successful (FCP) editing system in Australia capable of full production output, at one tenth the price of any other editing suite available at the time. Tully became a prolific freelance filmmaker, gaining commissions as a director and lighting cameraman on commercials and documentaries around New South Wales. His final film project would see a convergence between his media expertise and his parallel career in Mental Health – producing an award winning documentary on the Australian Mental Health Consumer Movement in 2006. This set him towards a sustained interest in social policy and planning.
Event Management, Policy and Project Development
In conjunction with his media career, Tully has worked for 10 years in team and supervisory roles within the policy and community (not for profit) sectors. He has successfully managed and delivered a broad range of outcomes for The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. (TheMHS), one of his primary contractors, and is an Advisor and Member of the TheMHS Conference Management Committee. TheMHS Conference is the largest forum of its kind in Australia, providing the most effective networking event for cross-disciplinary mental health system analysis and policy leadership. Tully works with the director to co-ordinate the annual conference for 1500 stakeholder-delegates, in addition to co-ordinating targeted forums limited to 200 delegates. He has been responsible for project co-ordination and research involving delegates from clinical and hospital systems, consumer and carer groups, policy advocates, and public sector stakeholders. He has analysed and reported on mental health programs and initiatives.
Other professional experience has included working as a Systems Analyst for Australia Market Research (AMR) Interactive, and numerous placements with public mental health services and community managed organisations across New South Wales.