March 16 2021

New Board Director Appointments

OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board Directors, Mr. David Cosgrave, Mr. Hamish Thomson, and Ms. Caroline Walsh.

OzHelp Board Chair, Mr. Peter Howman, officially welcomed the new directors at the board meeting on Friday 27 February.

“OzHelp is delighted to have three new directors join the Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge to complement the existing group of dedicated directors.”

“I am pleased with the composition of the board. We have strong and capable directors who are genuinely committed to supporting and guiding OzHelp in meeting its strategic objectives over the next term.”

OzHelp Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren Black said the recent appointments are welcomed by management and staff.

“On behalf of the organisation, we welcome the new directors and thank them for committing their time to help OzHelp achieve its purpose.”

“OzHelp’s purpose is of great importance, and with their support, we aim to achieve even greater impact across hard-to-reach industry cohorts where there is a high risk of suicide and mental-ill health’’ Mr. Black said.

Mr. David Cosgrave

Mr. Cosgrave has worked as a litigator, corporate adviser and general counsel with experience in legal risk management, legal project management and large transactions, contracts, insurance and corporate governance. His background includes investment banking, asset management, private equity, healthcare, information technology, security, intelligence and optical technology in both the private and public sectors.

Mr. Cosgrave is currently also a Director of the Darling Downs and West Morton Primary Health Network. He is a Teaching Fellow at the College of Law’s postgraduate program where he lectures on governance, project management, risk, and commercial law. He holds postgraduate qualifications in law and management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Hamish Thomson

Mr. Hamish Thomson is a seasoned global leadership executive. Across a 30-year career, 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 a fresh-faced account executive in the London advertising scene.

Mr. Thomson is a board and start-up adviser, consultant, speaker, and investor, he is the author of the Wiley published leadership book, “It’s not always right to be right” – an autobiographical account of leadership and personal lessons relating to breakthrough and transformation. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three children.

Ms. Caroline Walsh

Ms. Walsh joins the board with 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 passionate about public service and has had a 20-year career spanning the Commonwealth and state public sectors.

Ms. Walsh is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Administration Australia – ACT, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds qualifications in Law and Government.

View the complete list of Board directors here.