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 has 30 years’ experience in business and, more recently, in the public sector. She spent 10 years in private legal practice, and then worked as a senior executive across a range of industries for 18 years. At the same time, she undertook various directorships in the health, transport and superannuation sectors. From 2011 to 2015, Helen served as CEO of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. She is currently the Deputy Chair of Aon Superannuation and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business and Economics.
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 and Planning at Coca-Cola Amatil. Previously, he 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
A member of the original team that launched ReachOut in 1998, Jono Nicholas is one of Australia’s most prominent and passionate advocates for the mental health of young people.
A father of three boys himself, Jono is driven by the belief that rethinking the approach to mental health care in Australia will allow all young people to access help during tough times.
Central to Jono’s vision is alleviating the pressure placed on traditional mental health care options by embracing the scale that is realised through online self-help channels.
Since joining the organisation as Director of Programs, Jono has helped transform ReachOut (then Inspire Foundation) into Australia’s leading youth mental health service. Following his pivotal role in establishing ReachOut in Australia and then Ireland, Jono was appointed as CEO of ReachOut Australia in 2010.
Jono holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health, and has a background in child psychology and human rights. During his time at ReachOut, Jono has provided training to Indonesia on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and co-authored a report for UNICEF on the situation of children and women living in Cambodia.
Heather Doig, BEng (Hons)
Deputy CEO and Director of Digital
We challenge ourselves to drive digital innovation across our e-mental health products.
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.
Ashley de Silva, BBus (Mkt) BBus (Mgt)
Director of Marketing & 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.)
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.
Judith Parke, MA (Hons)
Director of Fundraising
We often hear supporters say they wish ReachOut.com had been around when they were young – it’s stories like these make us love raising funds for ReachOut.com.