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 governance committees include the Policy Committee; Governance Committee; and Audit and Risk Committee.

In addition to supporting the effective governance of Suicide Prevention Australia, members and people with lived experience of suicide help to guide our work as members of Suicide Prevention Australia program advisory committees. 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.

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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PHILLIP CORNWELL

Director (Secretary)

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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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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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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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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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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CHRISTOPHER JOHN

Director

Christopher John has been a Non-Executive Director with Suicide Prevention Australia for the last five years. He brings 15 years’ of experience as Chief Executive of non-profit organisations including Lifeline.

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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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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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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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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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