Our Board

Suicide Prevention Australia is governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with our Constitution. The Board is supported by Suicide Prevention Australia Management, Suicide Prevention Australia Members and people with lived experience of suicide. Suicide Prevention Australia Board committees include the Governance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

In addition to supporting the effective governance of Suicide Prevention Australia, directors, members and people with lived experience of suicide help to guide our work as members of Suicide Prevention Australia program advisory committees and the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. Members of our Board, governance and program committees are passionate advocates for suicide prevention in Australia and bring a wealth of insights and lived experience to their role. We’re grateful for their guidance and input. See below for further detail on our governance structure and committees.

The Suicide Prevention Australia Board is currently comprised of 11 directors (the maximum number) and includes both appointed and elected directors. The appointment and election of directors is as per Clause 5.1 of our Constitution. Up to five directors are elected by vote of organisational members, and up to eight other directors are appointed as independent directors by the Board. Each director must be a member or representative of a member. In general, directors are elected for a three-year term with an overall maximum term of nine years.

For the election of member elected directors, nominations are sought from the sector. Once nominations are received, if the number of candidates is greater than positions available, a vote is conducted. Only organisational members of Suicide Prevention Australia have voting rights on the election of directors.

OUR BOARD

ANGELA EMSLIE AM

Director (Chair)

Angela Emslie joined the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia as an independent director in 2013. She was appointed Chair in 2019 and is a member of the Governance Committee.

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Appointed 2013

PHILLIP CORNWELL

Director (Secretary and Deputy Chair)

Phillip Cornwell joined the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia in 2014 as an independent director, and chairs the governance committee. He is also Company Secretary and a member of the RAP Working Group at Suicide Prevention Australia.

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Appointed 2014

GRAHAM MCLEAN

Director (Treasurer)

Graham McLean joined the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia in 2021 as an independent director and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Appointed 2021

STAN PIPEROGLOU

Director

Stan brings wide experience over a range of fields as an independent director to the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia. He has worked in Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health.

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Appointed 2021

DARREN BLACK

Director

Darren Black is the CEO of the OZHELP Foundation – an industry focused mental health and suicide prevention organisation that focuses its support services on high-risk male dominated industries such as construction, mining, transport and agriculture.

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Elected 2021

GRAEME HOLDSWORTH

Director

Graeme Holdsworth is an architect who spent most of his career in project management. He has been Project Director for major building projects throughout Australia, for both the private sector and government.

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Elected 2021

TOM BRIDESON

Director

Tom Brideson is the CEO of Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia and a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi man born in Gunnedah, NSW.

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Appointed 2022

PROF. DON NUTBEAM

Director

Professor Don Nutbeam is the Executive Director of Sydney Health Partners and a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

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Appointed 2019

KAREN PHILLIPS

Director

Karen Phillips is the General Manager of StandBy Support After Suicide, Australia’s largest suicide postvention program. With a decade of experience in the not-for-profit community sector.

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Elected 2019

DR FIONA SHAND

Director

Fiona Shand is Associate Professor and head of suicide prevention research at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales.

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Elected 2021

ZED TINTOR

Director

Zed Tintor (They / Them / She Her) has worked in the not-for-profit community service sector for 30 years, specialising in homelessness, housing, and mental health.

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Elected 2021