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.
Alison Hughes is the Head of Technology at Velocity Made Good (VMG) Digital – delivering mobile optimised creative at scale. She was previously the Head of Digital at Virgin Money, where she was responsible for developing and executing the digital strategy and enhancing the company’s technical capabilities. She has also 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.
Dianne 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 2009–2013.
Dianne commenced her career at KPMG and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Dianne has previously held roles with MLC, NAB and State Street Australia across Transformation Programs, Finance, People & Culture, Strategy, Operations and Process ownership.
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.
Ian Thorpe AM
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, and is 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 cultivate cultures that thrive under pressure, whilst giving people the tools to eliminate self-induced stress and anxiety. Ian is a member of ReachOut’s Fundraising Committee.
Andrew Wilson is the CEO of 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.
Ashley de Silva, MBA (Executive) BBus (Mkt) BBus (Mgt)
Chief Executive Officer
Ashley de Silva was appointed as CEO of ReachOut Australia, the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia, in September 2018.
He has worked in community, public and private sectors in strategy, operations and communications roles. Previously, he was Deputy CEO of ReachOut and Head of Strategy and Marketing at the Biennale of Sydney.
Ashley is passionate about using technology to help young people be well, and stay well. He is a Board Director for Mental Health Australia and Co-Chair of Telstra’s Technology and Wellbeing Roundtable – a long-running alliance of 40+ organisations from across the corporate, not-for-profit, government and academic sectors that provides a space to share knowledge, build relationships and find opportunities for collaboration.
Ashley holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM (Sydney), and Marketing and Management degrees from Monash University (Melbourne).
Tracey Campbell, BA (PA, Hons) DipDM
Director of Marketing and 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.
Janina Jancu, BA LLB, MBA, Grad Cert (Social Impact), GAICD
Director of Operations
Our team provides the support infrastructure that allows our staff to focus on what they do best and that’s help young people take control of their health and wellbeing.
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.