At Suicide Prevention Australia’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27 October 2021 the appointment of five Board directors was announced.
Graham McLean has been appointed as an independent director, replacing Luke Mann as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. In addition, we welcome four elected directors to the Suicide Prevention Australia Board. Congratulations and welcome to the Board!
- Graham McLean
- Graham is an experienced senior executive leader with extensive service in the medical technology industry in Australia, Asia and Europe, most recently with Stryker as President Asia Pacific. Graham is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a qualified accountant (both CIMA and CPA). He has also served on industry boards in Australia (MTAA), Japan (AMDD) and Asia Pacific where he was vice chair of APACMed.
- Darren Black
- Darren 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. Darren is passionate about improving mental health and reducing suicide particularly in male dominated, high-stigma work cultures.
- Graeme Holdsworth
- Graeme 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, including No.1 Martin Place, Sydney and Crown Casino, Melbourne. He is now retired largely due to severe depression, which saw him lose his career, marriage, and nearly his life through a suicide attempt. Since his recovery, he decided rather than attempting to go back to his old career, he would use his lived experience working for suicide prevention.
- Dr Fiona Shand
- Fiona is Associate Professor and head of suicide prevention research at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. She is an investigator and stream lead for crisis and aftercare research at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention. Her research focuses on large-scale suicide prevention models and on improving suicide crisis care and aftercare. Fiona has been at the Black Dog Institute focusing on suicide prevention since 2012.
- Zed Tintor
- Zed is currently the Deputy CEO at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. Zed has worked in the not-for-profit community service sector for 30 years, specialising in homelessness, housing, and mental health. Their mental health and suicide prevention work includes, executive management at B Miles Women’s Foundation (2004 -2014), trainer and assessor at Australian College of Applied Psychology (2014 – 2018) and Director of Mindout and QLife programs at LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (2019 – 2021).
A special thank you to directors who retire from the Board this year including Luke Mann, Jacinta Hawgood, Bronwen Edwards and Dr Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat, for their outstanding commitment and contribution to the work of Suicide Prevention Australia.
Thank you to outgoing director, Chris Lockwood for your hard work and dedication whilst serving on the Board.