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OzHelp Foundations’ Reference Group is a group of people who advise OzHelp on its operations. The Reference Group will give a voice to workers in high-risk industries in promoting mental health awareness, enhancing awareness of suicide prevention, reducing stigma and enhancing participation throughout the community.
Hamish is a strategic consultant, published leadership author, speaker, and investor. He has been a successful CEO/Regional President and Global Brand head for Mars Incorporated (UK, Australia, and Chicago), a senior marketing and sales lead for Reebok International (England and the Netherlands), and an account executive in the London advertising scene. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a bachelor degree in marketing and commercial law.
Bruce came to Ozhelp following over 4 years as Chief Executive Officer of Northside Community Service which provided a range of education, aged care, and support services to the community. Prior to that he was a partner of WalterTurnbull in Canberra before becoming a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has over 30 years of experience in providing and leading professional assurance, financial management, consulting, governance, and risk management services.
Bruce is on a number of Boards and Committees and he holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
For over 18 years Caz has been driving improvements in the health and wellbeing sector, with an extensive career spanning diverse industries such as mining and building and construction. Her experience includes 10 years working for Rio Tinto, Yancoal, and Glencore in Occupational Health and as Health and Wellbeing Specialist at Ampcontrol.
Her work has seen her become an industry leader in high-risk, hard to reach and often male dominated industries, in contributing to the increasing important and focus of workplace wellbeing.
Caz holds qualifications in Occupational Health & Safety, Mental Health Intervention, Incident Investigation, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.
Emily Brown is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience working in acute mental health and hard-to-engage population groups, including complex trauma in children, forensic mental health, and veterans.
Emily has spent time working in the Northern Territory with young people in the out-of-home care sector and remote communities and has a strong research interest in Aboriginal mental health. Emily’s passion for working with people in regional and remote areas stems from her early experience of growing up in a small farming town in Tasmania.
Adrienne joined OzHelp four years ago as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager. With over 30 years’ experience working in finance and office administration across a range of industries such as property, banking, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Adrienne enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with managing the daily operations of an office. She is adept at wearing many hats and is a vital source of information for all employees and has been a volunteer Rotarian for over a decade.
Lesa is a dynamic member of OzHelp’s Service Delivery Team as the Service Delivery Team Leader and Nurse. She has been with OzHelp for five years and believes in leading by example. Lesa has experience in the not-for-profit sector, as well as many roles throughout different industries and sectors, including as a contractor to the Department of Defence.
She has expertise in delivering OzHelp’s health and wellbeing programs and engaging with clients in a relaxed and comfortable manner that aligns with the organisation’s vision and objectives.
Lesa has a Certificate 4 in Nursing from Wodonga Tafe, Certificate 4 in Mental Health from Open Colleges, and is currently undertaking a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment from Tafe NSW.
For the past few months Lesa has been an Education and Memberships committee member of the ACT Branch of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Skye is a passionate and results-driven business development professional with four years’ experience working in various industries in roles across the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has a Bachelor of Public Health from University of Wollongong. Skye believes in moderation with the exception of cheese consumption and creating mentally healthy workplace environments, in that order.
Her expertise include building engaged and strategic partnerships with a board range of local and national networks, effectively planning and delivering maximum value for partners and their workforces, improve external awareness of the value of partnering with the OzHelp and the impact and outcomes of collaboration.
Alannah is a dynamic and talented communications and marketing professional with five years’ experience working in various industries in roles across the not-for-profit and private sectors.
She has expertise in delivering corporate communication strategies, developing engaging campaigns that align with the organisation’s vision and objectives, development of publications and brand development and management.
Alannah has a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations from the University of Canberra and for the past three years has been the Communications and Marketing Chair of the ACT Branch of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Emilija Robeska holds a Master of Counselling from the University of Canberra and is registered with the Australian Counselling Association. Emilija has an array of experience working in the mental health field, including hard to engage population groups, drug and alcohol, children and adolescents. She has experience running groups and working within the Catholic School system as a school counsellor.
Born in Macedonia, Emilija has a strong passion for working with people of cultural minorities and working towards breaking the stigma associated with counselling.
Saima Durrani, a member of the CALD community is passionate to serve the community from linguistically, socially, and culturally diverse backgrounds. She has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Canberra, and is working towards a Master of Counselling. Saima is registered with the Australian Counselling Association.
Saima’s priority is to ensure all clients feel seen, heard, and understood; by providing a warm, relaxed, safe, non-judgmental space to feel genuinely heard with empathy. She uses a humanistic, person-centred, and integrated approach that relies on evidence-based interventions. She has worked with individuals and couples dealing with trauma, depression, parenting, relationship, addiction, stress, and anxiety related issues.
Saima in fluent in: English, Urdu, Pashto, Hindko, and Panjabi. Her mission is simple: empower clients with tools, resources to feel happy and healthy.
Vivek Lall is an Army Veteran turned counsellor. He has completed his Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Canberra, and currently enrolled in their Master of Counselling program and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.
As a counsellor, he follows an integrated approach using different client-centred interventions from varied counselling theories and therapies depending on the needs of the person being supported. Vivek has worked with victims of crime, migrants and refugees, and now in the blue-collar industry with OzHelp.
His counselling is scaffolded by the diverse work and life experience he brings from his past professions and from having lived in different countries. These experiences have led him to being passionate about supporting people who have witnessed traumatic events and those struggling to cope with changes in their lives
Peter is an Executive Director and Chair, Non-Executive Director, National CEO of the Year, and Committee Member with over a decade of board level experience across the public, commercial and not for profit sectors.
Peter brings experience in all major disciplines including accounting, audit, finance, governance, high technology, legal, policy, strategy and property.
Peter has spent more than 20 years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Post his ADF service, he was a senior executive in several multi-national companies delivering complex and leading-edge high technology solutions to the Commonwealth and State Governments. Peter is a Fellow of the AICD.
Lyn is the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Lyn was previously a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. Lyn is also a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lyn has a Bachelor of Science degree from ANU and lives in Canberra.
Caroline is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Administration Australia – ACT. Caroline has significant experience in policy, regulation, and program management covering service delivery, workforce capability, diversity and inclusion, workers’ compensation, safety, mental health, and wellbeing. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds qualifications in Law and Government.
David consults on risk management, most recently to Health Canada and the EU Project Bank. His other board roles include chair at Steinberg Law and non-executive director of the Darling Downs and West Morton Primary Health Network. He holds postgraduate qualifications in law and management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michael is CEO of Master Builders ACT, Civil Contractors Federation ACT and MBA Group Training Ltd. Michael’s background combines local government and industry experience, most notably leading large-scale projects throughout Australia. Michael is also the Director of Master Builders Australia Insurance Brokers.
Ian is the Executive Chairman of PBS Property Group. Ian has overseen the growth of the company from Prestige Building Services in the late 1980s to an integrated property business. Ian is actively involved in a number of national industry bodies that support community and skills training initiatives and is also a Director of the Master Builders Australia Skills Trust.
Leanne is CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and a committed health advocate with executive experience across Australian government and non-government organisations. Leanne is a board director of Coordinare South East New South Wales PHN and the Population Health Research Network. She is an expert in consumer and community engagement and is adviser on health consumer affairs issues to several government taskforces and committees.
Leanne is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management and Leadership. She has qualifications in communications and business.
Nicole is the Head of Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia and an Enterprise Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in evidence-based systems and services to support individuals working in high-risk organisations, including military, police and emergency services.