The team at ReachOut.com includes some of the most passionate,
hard-working, hilarious people you’ll ever meet.
Board of Directors
Our Board members are a talented bunch, with the skills and expertise to ensure we achieve
our vision of helping all young people be happy and well.
Julie White has more than 30 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, including her former role as head of the Macquarie Group Foundation. She is also the former CEO of Chief Executive Women, Chair of the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, and a non-executive director of Social Finance Australia and Women’s Community Shelters. Julie also serves on a number of advisory boards.
Helen Conway is a non-executive director. She is a director of Westpac Life, St George Life, Westpac General Insurance, Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance, Endeavour Energy and Catholic Schools NSW, and the Chair of Per Capita Australia, a progressive think tank. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics at the University of Queensland and a mentor with Kilfinan Australia.
Helen had a successful career as a lawyer and senior executive. Following 10 years in private practice as a lawyer, including 7 years as a partner in a major law firm in Sydney, she moved into the corporate sector where she worked as a senior executive in a range of sectors over 18 years. From 2011 to 2015, Helen served as the CEO of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Zoe Gault is an experienced marketer within Lion’s category and innovation team, and has been a member of ReachOut’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee since 2013. Since progressing through Lion’s finance graduate program, she now works across new product launches and category growth initiatives. She is a Certified Practising Accountant, mentors accounting students and members of the Lion graduate program, and is a musician by night.
Michael Price is an executive director of Macquarie Bank, where he has worked for the past 25 years. A passionate supporter of the not-for-profit sector in Australia, he is Chair of the Social Finance Advisory Council at Social Ventures Australia, which boosts the impact and sustainability of organisations such as ReachOut. He also works as a director for In-Form Limited, which raises funds for youth mental health charities.
Nigel Smyth joined our Board after retiring from Macquarie Group in July 2013, where he was the Group Head of Market Operations and Technology. He is a director of Pillar Administration, Chair of Middle Harbour Yacht Club, and has held board positions with the Centre for Social Impact and livewire.org.au.
Andrew Wilson is the Head of Strategy at Ascender HCM, the leading HR, payroll and learning outsourcing provider in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. Previously Andrew was General Manager – Strategy, Planning & Innovation at Coca-Cola Amatil and has also gained more than seven years of strategy consulting experience across a range of industries while working at Bain & Company. He has completed an MBA from London Business School.
David Winterbottom is a partner at KordaMentha, one of Australia’s leading turnaround and restructuring firms. He has more than 25 years’ experience working with organisations to solve operational, strategic and liquidity problems. Before joining KordaMentha, David was a partner with EY’s restructuring practice. He is a chartered accountant, an official liquidator of the Supreme Court of Australia, and a certified fraud examiner.
Jono Nicholas, BA (Hons) MPH
Jono Nicholas was a founding member of ReachOut when it launched in 1998 as the first digital mental health service in the world and has gone on to become one of the most passionate advocates for the mental health of young people. Jono spent the early part of his career developing and leading the ReachOut service before establishing ReachOut in Ireland in 2009.
Since his appointment as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2010, ReachOut has gone on to become the digital entry point to the mental health system for young people and their parents and is now accessed by over 1.58 million Australians per year for everything from exam stress, relationship difficulties to suicidal thoughts. By 2020 ReachOut plans to help a further one million people per year.
Jono holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health and is a father of three young boys.
Jono is a director of Mental Health Australia and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. He is co-chair of the Telstra Technology and Wellbeing roundtable, member of the Federal Department of Health’s Digital Mental Health Advisory Committee, and the NSW Mental Health Commission’s Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.
Ashley de Silva, BBus (Mkt) BBus (Mgt)
Deputy CEO, and Director of Marketing and Communications
It’s our job to tell the world about ReachOut.com. We love that this means snappy facebook posts, lots of gifs, and clever campaigns that reach millions. (i.e. Fun.)
Dr Kerrie Buhagiar, BSc MAPP PhD
Director of Service Delivery
From developing ReachOut.com and ReachOut.com Professionals to youth involvement across the organisation, we’re young at heart and keep things relevant.
Liza Davis, BA GradDip(PubP)
Director of Government Relations and Policy
Our research shows that digital self-help is a critical way to support young people, so I’m working to integrate it into Australian mental health services.
Mariesa Nicholas, BA (SocSci) BA (IntStud)
Director of Research
We make sure ReachOut is built on the best available evidence to keep it relevant and effective. This includes heaps of original research around our users’ needs, extensive evaluations, and fun workshops.