Join Suicide Prevention Australia with some of Australia's best thinkers to explore solutions to the emerging employment,
housing and relationship trends highlighted by Turning Points: imagine a world without suicide.
The roundtable, co-hosted by KPMG, will bring together leading minds from the not for profit sector, politicians, influencers,
businesspeople, and people with lived experience to collaborate on solutions to reduce the rate of suicide.
The focus will be the three themes of our recently released Turning Points white paper. We need to creatively tackle the impact of changes
in housing affordability, the gig economy and relationships if we’re to reduce suicide risk in a meaningful way.
Register today to be a part of the conversation and influence solutions thinking.
Limited tickets available.
Registration and refreshments
Welcome by Nieves Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia
Address by Guest Speaker
Panel discussion moderated by Andrew Dempster, Director, KPMG
John Brogden AM, Chairman, Lifeline Australia
“They say the comeback is greater than the setback”.
A leading politician and now a business leader, John Brogden is living proof that even from the darkest places, there is a way back. Whilst John has reached the highest levels in his professional career, his personal journey is one of highs and lows, strength and courage.
John’s career in politics started when he became a Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament in 1996. In 2002, he was elected Leader of the Opposition on his 33rd birthday – the youngest person ever to lead a major political party in Australia.
However, it’s John’s personal story that best illustrates his resilience and his determination to come back from the lowest of lows. His willingness to share the details of his journey to recovery make him a compelling and inspirational storyteller.
John was diagnosed with depression in 2006 following a suicide attempt in 2005. His passion for mental illness stems from a breakdown that marked a turning point in his life and reframed the discussion around depression, particularly in the corporate world. Thanks to his profile, John has changed the way we talk about suicide and in turn, is helping thousands of individuals through his involvement with Lifeline Australia as Chairman.
John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Kookaburra Kids. He is the Chief Executive Officer at Landcom. From 2015 to 2017, John was the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015, and Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Unity from 2006 to 2008.
Bronwen Edwards, CEO, Roses in the Ocean
Bronwen lost her brother Mark to suicide in 2008 after supporting him for a number of years.
Bronwen is the founding CEO of ‘Roses in the Ocean’, a lead organisation for lived experience of suicide. Contributing to best practice and a growing evidence base, Roses in the Ocean collaborates with individuals and organisations across community, corporate, health and government sectors to effectively and meaningfully engage lived experience expertise within all aspects of suicide prevention.
Bronwen has been a key advocate and driving force for the inclusion of lived experience in all aspects of suicide prevention since 2011, passionately advocating for non-clinical alternatives to the regular mental health system, greater support for families and supporters, lived experience led co-design, and the inclusion of lived experience Peer CARE Companions in suicide prevention contexts.
Darren Cocks, Chief Operating Officer, Human Capital Solutions, NSW Business Chamber
Darren Cocks is the Chief Operating Officer of the NSW Business Chambers Human Capital divisions.
He was founder of The Chambers recruitment businesses, Group Training Company and Apprenticeships Centre operations, is Managing Director of the joint venture of Chambers across the country delivering apprenticeship placement services to more than 1.5M apprentices nationally over 21 years and founder of the Skillsroad website which was a recent finalist for best unconventional project at the International Chambers of Commerce Congress held in Rio last June. Skillsroad is a site dedicated to careers guidance and school to work transition with over 300,000 school levers aged 15-24 registered on the site and responsible for the 2018 Youth Census, Australia’s largest survey of youth about employment aspirations with over 30,000 responses.
Andrew Dempster, Director, KPMG
Andrew leads KPMG Australia’s Mental Health Advisory business. He works with private businesses, not for profit organisations and industries to realise their role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Andrew is passionate about improving health and wellbeing and is dedicated to realising an Australian community that is at the forefront of providing innovative, high quality, world leading mental health services.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing, and Bachelor of Nursing.
Alan Kirkland, CEO, CHOICE
Alan Kirkland has been CEO of CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer organisation, since 2012.
Alan has a strong background in access to justice, having worked as CEO of Legal Aid New South Wales, Executive Director of the Australian Law Reform Commission and Chair of the National Legal Assistance Advisory Body. He has also been a part-time member of a number of state and federal tribunals.
Alan has also served on the boards of a number of social justice organisations, including the Australian Council of Social Service, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Welfare Rights Centre.
Margo Lydon, CEO, SuperFriend
Margo has more than 19 years’ experience in mental health and suicide prevention. She also has an extensive background in leadership, business management and marketing. She has been instrumental in driving the strategic growth of SuperFriend. Margo’s energy and dedication to her role is underpinned by her strong belief that SuperFriend’s unique and innovative business model provides unprecedented opportunities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the millions of Australians who belong to ‘profit to member’ superannuation funds.
Margo holds a Master of Science, Positive Organization Development and Change from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. Margo also holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Marketing) from University of Queensland.
Margo represents SuperFriend on a number of nationally recognised strategic alliances including; the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration, Leading Well Queensland Collaboration, Positive Psychology Institute of Australia Advisory Panel, Shared Value Project and Roses in the Ocean’s Sector Advisory.
Margo is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Beta Gamma Sigma. Margo was a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Victoria) in the “For Purpose and Social Enterprise” category.
Nieves Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia
“Challenging stereotypes about vulnerable people drives me.”
Nieves commenced as CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia in May 2018.
Throughout her 30+ year career in the social sciences, Nieves has lived and breathed her passion for enabling vulnerable people to have more choice and control over how they live their lives.
Nieves spent over a decade at the helm of IRT Group, one of Australia’s largest community-owned seniors’ lifestyle and care providers, driving record growth, customer satisfaction and social impact. She has held non-Executive leadership roles in financial services, tertiary education, property development, retail, research, health, aged care and retirement living since 2001. Her contributions have been recognised at a regional, national and international level. In 2013 Nieves was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review.
As a long-term Lifeline and Vinnie’s Van volunteer and previous Director of Coordinare, South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, Nieves has been at the front line of homelessness and mental health in Australia.
A Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, Nieves is currently:
Independent Chair of Family Spirit, a joint start-up venture by Marist 180 and CatholicCare Sydney.
A Member of the University of Wollongong Council and Member of its Audit and Risk and Nominations Committees.
Pro Bono Partner