Children's University

Chris Burns CSC

Chris served in the Australian Army for 32 years.  He concluded his full time service at the rank of Colonel as the Defence Attache in the Australian Embassy Manila.

A former consultant in defence and international relations and adviser for the SA Government, Chris’s most recent role was Chief Executive Officer with the Defence Teaming Centre which successfully campaigned for the navy’s next fleet of submarines and surface ships to be built in Adelaide. Chris became South Australian Mental Health Commissioner in July 2016.

He will use his strong advocacy skills and passion for improved community services to fulfil the Commission’s key task of leading the development of the next Mental Health Plan for SA. People with lived experience of mental illness will be central to ongoing mental health reform.