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 Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Australia, and a non-executive director of International Fistula Alliance, Women’s Community Shelters and Health Industries SA. Julie serves on a number of advisory boards and provides consulting and mentoring services to a range of not-for-profit organisations.
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 a Customer Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil and has been with ReachOut’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee since 2013. Previously at Lion, she progressed through the finance graduate program before transitioning across into category and innovation marketing, where she led several of Lion’s category growth initiatives. By night, Zoe can be found singing at weddings or in some of Sydney’s music hotspots.
Alison Hughes is Head of Digital at Virgin Money – an online financial services company. She is responsible for managing the digital team, developing and executing the digital strategy, driving digital initiatives across the company, and enhancing the technical capabilities of the company’s digital platforms and overall online customer experience. She has previously led digital teams to develop and execute digital strategies, campaigns and projects across leading brands, including Lion, Schick, National Foods and Optus. Alison has co-owned two digital agencies, one achieving a ranking of #31 on the 2012 BRW Fast Starters list.
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. Michael is a member of ReachOut’s Fundraising Committee.
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 Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Gill Australia, and has held board positions with Pillar Administration, the Centre for Social Impact and livewire.org.au. Nigel now provides technology strategic consulting and executive coaching to IT executives for a number of companies.
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 the Office Managing Partner at KordaMentha, one of Australia’s leading turnaround and restructuring firms. He has about 30 years’ experience working with organisations to solve operational, strategic and liquidity problems. Prior to KordaMentha, David was a partner with EY’s restructuring practice. He is a Chartered Accountant and an Official Liquidator of the Supreme Court of Australia. A father to three children (aged 17 to 22), David has been involved with ReachOut’s Board and committees for eight years. He is currently Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.
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.
Tracey Campbell, BA (PA, Hons) DipDM
Director of Fundraising
Our team inspires community support so that, together, we can create change to help an extra million people by 2020.
Liza Davis, BA GradDip(PubP)
Director, Strategic Communications and Government Relations
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.
Dane Glerum, BSc (Psych) (InfoSys)
Director of Digital
The Digital team helps to bring the ReachOut vision to life. We connect technology with research to create products and experiences that make a real difference in people’s lives.
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.