Our Team

The team at ReachOut includes some of the most passionate, hard-working, innovative and agile people you’ll ever meet.

Michael Gonski

Chair

Mike Gonski is a partner at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Mike co-founded ‘New Gen’, the next generation of giving program run by Philanthropy Australia. Mike sits on the Board of Carriageworks and also the Prime Minister’s Community and Business Partnership.

Graeme Head AO

Board member

Graeme is currently a Partner at EY Port Jackson Partners having previously been the Commissioner of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (2018-2021). He has had a long and distinguished career in public administration and public policy. He has been the chief executive of three New South Wales government agencies – notably as inaugural Public Service Commissioner for 6 years – and one Commonwealth agency. He has served as a deputy secretary in both NSW and the Commonwealth and his experience spans policy, regulatory and central agencies, with a focus on social policy, environmental policy and public sector employment.

Graeme is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.

Emma Hogan

Board member

Emma Hogan became the Secretary for Digital, and the NSW Department of Customer Service in October 2019, after joining the government in May 2018 as the NSW Public Service Commissioner.

Prior to joining Government, Em had a 20 year career in the private sector, working with iconic Australian brands across hospitality, retail, aviation, media and entertainment. Em is an experienced transformation leader across customer, digital, people, culture and communications, and has led teams of over 10,000 people in Australia and globally.

Em holds postgraduate qualifications in HR and Business Management and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

Em is currently a board member at Destination NSW, and has previously held board roles with the NSW Telco Authority (20202022), the Can Too Foundation (201418) and AIME (2015–2019). Em is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Dianne James

Board member 

Dianne James is the CFO, Strategy & Enterprise Services and Director Enterprise Portfolio Governance at the Westpac Group, responsible for leading the Financial Control and Business Partnering, including formulation and implementation of strategy, execution and outcome delivery. 

Dianne originally joined Westpac in 2008 as Project Director for Finance merger activities and was the CFO for Westpac Retail and Business Bank from 2009 to 2013. 

Dianne commenced her career at KPMG and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She has previously held roles with MLC, NAB and State Street Australia across Transformation Programs, Finance, People & Culture, Strategy, Operations and Process Ownership.

Josh Lowy

Board member 

Joshua Lowy is Head of Product at Calendly, the leading software provider for enterprise teams to automate how they find and schedule a common time to meet with prospects, customers, and clients. Prior to joining Calendly, he was the Co-founder & CEO of Hugo, an enterprise software startup based in the United States, that focused on meeting productivity solutions for revenue teams.

With a focus on the Product Management of enterprise software, Joshua spent a decade developing his career in San Francisco. After Hugo was acquired by Calendly in 2022, he and his family returned to Australia.

Stuart Munro

Board member 

Stuart Munro is the Commonwealth Bank’s Group Head of Strategy. He commenced this role on 1 July 2018.

Prior to joining CBA, Stuart held various roles at McKinsey & Company in London, New York, and Sydney where he served leading companies on a range of strategy-related topics. Stuart has also worked as an Investment Manager for RF Capital with a focus on technology-related venture capital and private equity investing.

Stuart holds first-class honours degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oxford.

Glen Selikowitz

Board member

Glen is the managing director of Ritam, the family office of Gretel Packer and her children. He is also the chair of Quenter, the family office of the Cantarella family.

During his more than 25 years as a corporate and commercial lawyer, Glen helped resolve a number of high profile and complex disputes, and led a number of significant domestic and cross border transactions. 

Glen served as a member of the advisory board of the NBL. He holds an economics degree, law degree (cum laude) and post graduate tax diploma (Distinction).

Tiara de Silva

Board member

Based in Sydney, Tiara De Silva is a human rights and youth mental health advocate, as well as a Youth Ambassador for ReachOut Australia.

Starting her career in 2018, Tiara has worked with organisations such as ABC Australia, Triple J, Greenpeace International, and SBS to advocate for the destigmatisation of mental health in her community.

She currently attends the University of Sydney, studying Politics and International Relations, and is passionate about helping young people find their voice.

Erica Stewart

Board member 

Erica Stewart is the founder and CEO of Hardtofind, Australia's leading curated marketplace for unique gifts, and Juuni, a subscription start-up for women.

She has a sales and marketing background, with more than 10 years' experience working in senior advertising and publishing roles.

Erica has won numerous awards for her contribution to e-commerce in Australia.

Brendan Thomas

Board member 

Brendan Thomas, proud Wiradjuri man, father of four, is the Deputy Secretary, Transforming Aboriginal Outcomes in the Department of Communities and Justice. Brendan is leading the Department’s response to NSW’s commitments to Closing the Gap – specifically the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people and young people in the criminal justice system and the out-of-home care system, and women and children’s safety from domestic and family violence, within a newly created division.

Prior to this, Brendan was the CEO of Legal Aid NSW, one of Australia’s largest law practices, for half a decade. Brendan led work to ensure clients were at the heart of the important work it does, increased the number and quality of services provided to Aboriginal clients, and secured future funding for Legal Aid NSW and community legal centres across NSW.

As Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice, Brendan led major criminal and civil justice reforms including reforms to sentencing, the introduction of circle sentencing, major reforms in the field of domestic violence, services to victims of crime and to Aboriginal communities, including Aboriginal Sentencing courts, the Safer Pathway Scheme and Youth on Track. He founded the Design Out Crime Research Centre and served among other things on the Australian Criminology Research Council, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and the Board of the NSW Crime Commission.

Brendan is the Executive Sponsor of Local Decision Making and the Multicultural Network, and the founding Chair of the DCJ Racism Taskforce.

Ian Thorpe AM

Board member 

Ian Thorpe AM is Australia’s most decorated Olympian and one of the country’s most recognised and influential athletes. He has a strong commitment to the not-for-profit sector, having established his own charity, Fountain for Youth, to prevent and control illness in children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. He is also a passionate advocate for mental health through his various roles as Patron of ReachOut, Member of the AIS Athlete & Wellbeing Advisory Board and Ambassador for Invictus Games. Ian is also co-founder of Beon Performance, which helps to cultivate cultures that thrive under pressure while giving people the tools to eliminate self-induced stress and anxiety. Ian is a member of ReachOut’s Fundraising Committee.