people and governance

Our Staff Organisational Chart & HR Overview

Governance Structure Model

Our governance structure reflects our commitment to achieving a genuine model of youth participation - ensuring young people are at the focus of and involved in decision making at all levels. Our structure supports us to achieve our mission for young people and drive towards our strategic goals.

The governance of Reach resides with our Board of Directors. The role of the Board includes advocacy, fundraising and overseeing the strategic direction and performance of the organisation. The structure ensures the Board delegate the day-to-day management of Reach to the CEO and Leadership Team, consisting of our staff management team and crew leaders. It is this team that has overall responsibility for achieving our strategic and annual action plans (as approved by the Board).

Our structure supports us to achieve our mission for young people and drive towards our strategic goals.

Meet our Board

Geoff Roberts

Geoff was appointed Chair of the Reach Board in June 2013 and has been a Director since 2009. He is a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk and Fundraising Subcommittees. Geoff is the Group CFO of Seek Limited. From November 2011 to May 2014, Geoff was the Managing Partner of Deloitte for Victoria. In the seven years prior to this, Geoff was the Group Chief Financial Officer of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, a top-20 listed company across ten countries including eight in Asia. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Melbourne University) and an Executive MBA (AGSM). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. From 1997 to 2002, Geoff was a Board Member of Vision Australia. Geoff has resigned as Chairman effective 1st May 2016.

Michelle McQuaid

Michelle has served on the Reach Board since 2009. She has also been a member of the Impact Board Subcommittee since 2012.

Michelle is the Founder and Director of Michelle McQuaid Pty Ltd, where her aim is to promote greater health, happiness and success using positive wellbeing strategies, both for individuals and within schools and organisations.

From 2011 to 2012, Michelle was Executive Director for Human Capital and Positive Psychology Business Expert at PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 2008 to 2012, she was the Australian Strategic Marketing Executive Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Michelle holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts (Management Communications). She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at Melbourne University.

Michelle’s work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Boss magazine, The Age, Women’s Agenda and Wellbeing magazine.

Thomas Harkin

Tom has been a Reach Director since 2011. He has also served on the Impact Board Subcommittee since 2012. In 2010 Tom launched Tom Harkin Consulting, through which he runs custom-built workshops on authentic leadership, culture change and optimal performance.

Tom has delivered workshops to companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, NAB, Urban Edge, Young Presidents Organisation, Red Bull, Shadforth Financial Group and The Melbourne Football Club.

Since 2001, Tom has been a crew member at Reach, delivering workshops to young people and more recently training the younger Reach crew in how to effectively engage and inspire young people.

In 2013, Tom was invited to be Chairperson of the Young Minds Conference in Sydney. Tom has a Diploma of Youth Work.

Clare Amies

Clare Amies was appointed a Director of Reach in 2012. She is the Chair of the Board’s People and Culture Subcommittee and a member of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee.

Clare is currently the Chief Executive at WorkSafe Victoria where she has also held the position of Executive Director of the Insurance Business Unit and the Executive Lead of Health & Disability Strategy Group.

Prior to this, Clare spent 11 years at Western Region Health Centre - as General Manager, Primary Care Services from 1997 to 2002, and then CEO from 2003 to 2009.

Clare’s educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work; she also holds a Graduate Certificate of Public Policy & Management.

Clare is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of Leadership Vic.

Dr Lisa Suzanne (Suzy) Green

Dr Suzy Green was appointed a Director of Reach in 2012.

Suzy has also served as Chair of the Impact Board Subcommittee since 2012. Suzy is a Clinical & Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) based in Sydney. She is the Founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation providing applied positive psychology for life, school and work. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology, having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an

Applied Positive Psychologist. Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has been published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Suzy taught Applied Positive Psychology as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney for ten years. Suzy is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Sydney Business School at the University of Wollongong, an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and Research Fellow of the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at Australian Catholic University.

Suzy is also a Research Fellow of the Black Dog Institute and the Stress-less Expert for Australian Women’s Health magazine.

Christopher Wilson

Chris was appointed a Director in 2013. In 2014 Chris became Chair of the newly formed Fundraising Subcommittee, and has been a member of the Impact Subcommittee since 2013.

Chris is Partner at Koda Capital and a key member of Koda’s Philanthropy and Social Capital team. His responsibilities include bringing philanthropic opportunities and solutions to clients. He also provides strategic advice to charitable and non-profit organisations in relation to their governance, endowment practices, capacity building, sustainability, and donor relations activity. Chris has a decade of experience in financial services, working predominantly with high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and charitable institutions.

Prior to joining Koda Capital, Chris worked for 7 years at JBWere where he was a Director of JBWere’s Philanthropic Services team.

Chris has a Bachelor of Business (Economics & Finance, RMIT), a Masters of Commercial Law (Deakin) and a Diploma of Financial Planning.

Chris is on the Founding Committee of lmpact100Melbourne, a fund raising initiative designed to raise $100,000 from 100 donors in support of the Melbourne community. Chris has been appointed Chairman effective 1st May 2016.

Trisha Squires

Trisha joined the Reach Board in 2013. Trisha was also appointed to the People & Culture Board Subcommittee in 2013. Trisha took a leave of absence as Director in April 2015, and when appointed CEO in September ceased being a Director. Trisha has resigned as CEO effective 20th May 2016.

Trisha is currently the CEO of The Reach Foundation. Previously Trisha was the CEO of St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS), an organisation offering specialized education, youth engagement, housing and social service programs to young people, Trisha successfully initiated, negotiated and delivered a merger and integration of SKYS’ services with Melbourne Citymission’s Youth Services

Trisha is Founder of the Broadbridge Fund, established in 2005 to positively impact the lives of young people in Australia and Thailand. In 2005, Trisha established the Broadbridge Fund Education Centre on Phi Phi Island, which assists young people affected by the 2004 tsunami.

From 2000 to 2010, Trisha worked as Head of Program Delivery at Reach. Prior to this, Trisha was Community Partnerships Leader at ANZ Asia Retail (2008) and Manager - Philanthropy Partners at ANZ Trustees (2007-2008).

Trisha has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, La Trobe University), a Diploma of Youth Work (RMIT) and a Masters of International Development.

In 2006, Trisha was awarded Young Australian of the Year. She is also the author of ‘Beyond the Wave - A Tsunami Survivor’s Story’.

Peter Williams

Peter was appointed a Director of Reach in 2014 and also sits on the Board’s Fundraising Subcommittee.

As the Chief Edge Officer, Centre For The Edge Australia at Deloitte, Peter is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in innovation with a particular focus on digital innovation. Centre for the Edge is a Silicon Valley Applied Research Centre with a mission to identify and explore emerging opportunities related to big shifts that aren’t yet on the senior management agenda, but ought to be.

As one of Australia’s leading thinkers, Peter grasped the implications of the internet as long ago as 1993 and has been engineering change ever since. He is a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

Peter was recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences. He is Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council, is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, is a Board Member of Deloitte Foundation and a Director of Circus OZ. Peter is also very active in the community and has assisted in Victorian Bushfire relief as well as actively mentoring young people and emerging talent.

Alice Macdougall

Alice was appointed a Director in 2014. She joined the Board’s Audit and Risk and Fundraising Subcommittees at the same time.

Alice is a Special Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills. With 14 years practise as a charity lawyer specialising in tax, structuring and governance for charities and foundations, she is considered one of Australia’s most respected and experienced charity and non-profit legal experts. Prior to moving into charity law, Alice had 13 years experience as a corporate lawyer including 4 years in London.

As well as having a strong commitment to the wellbeing of young people, Alice is a supporter of diversity in the workplace and retention and promotion of women. She is a member of the Victorian Women Lawyers Work Practices Committee and various Freehills diversity committees. She was also a founding member of the Freehills Community committee.

Alice holds a Bachelor of Science and an Honours Law Degree from Monash University and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1987.

She is currently a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Australian Charity Law Association, the ACNC Professional User Group and Victorian Women Lawyers; and is also a Director of Carey Baptist Grammar School.

Anthony Klein

Anthony was appointed a Director of Reach in October 2014, having been an External Expert member of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee for two years. On joining the Board, Anthony took on the Chair of this Subcommittee.

Anthony is currently a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over 22 years professional experience as an international tax and M&A tax specialist, including two years working with PwC Hong Kong/China. Anthony leads a Melbourne based tax team of 23 partners and approximately 100 staff who focus on solving Corporate, International and M&A Tax issues for clients.

Christopher James Whitnall

Christopher joined the Reach Board in May 2015. As well as his role on the Board, he has been a volunteer and supporter with Reach for 16 years and part of the Reach NSW working Group since the beginning of the NSW expansion.

He is the Founder and Managing Director of talkforce - a Communications, Facilitation and Leadership Consultancy based in Sydney and delivering projects across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

As well as his involvement with Reach, Christopher also has been a long term supporter and volunteer with The Oasis Youth Support Network, The Salvation Army Auburn branch and

Michael Thomas McShane

Mike joined the Reach Board in April 2015, having been involved with Reach for many years. He has participated in Camp Massai and a range of other programs, and both personally and through his business, has provided significant support to Reach through major fundraising events such as the annual McLardy McShane Lunch and golf days.

Mike has had a long and rewarding career in insurance. He started what was to become a lifelong career after choosing to join Sun Alliance immediately after leaving school. Since then, Mike has worked in all facets of the insurance industry including general broking, claims, financial services and for the national industry association, NIBA.

Mike started his own business in 1999, McShane Business Services, which he grew consistently over eight years and then merged with Don McLardy & Associates in 2007 to create McLardy McShane. Mike continues to service a large number of clients, and although he has experience in all areas of business insurance, Mike has a particular expertise in the mobile plant, cranes and earthmoving industry.

Thomas Canny

Tom Canny was appointed a Board Member in early 2015, and served on the Impact Board Subcommittee since 2014.

Tom is a facilitator and with over 8 years facilitation experience with The Reach Foundation has an intimate knowledge of Reach’s purpose and culture. Most recently he has been involved in developing the facilitation skills of Reach’s facilitators-in-training, as part of Reach’s learning and development process.

Tom continues to facilitate externally on a freelance basis, with particular interest in developing facilitated experiences for elite sporting teams. Tom continues to study social sciences.

Lindsay Gregory Oades

Lindsay Oades (MBA with Distinction, PhD) is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director (Learning & Teaching) at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne.

He is also the program coordinator of the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). In 2013 he received an Australian Government citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. He speaks at conferences around the world, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly book chapters cited over 2100 times. His research interests concern the applications of wellbeing in workplaces, health and education systems. In particular, he has developed intervention and organisational development programs to assist mental health services to become more recovery oriented, drawing on the empirical bases of positive psychology and wellbeing science. His current developing research program focusses on positive systems and wellbeing literacy.

In 2015 he received a Vice-Chancellors Award for excellence research commercialisation. He is a co-editor for the multidisciplinary International Journal of Wellbeing; managing Director of Life Sculpture Pty Ltd, nonexecutive Director of the Reach Foundation and sits on the scientific advisory panel for the Institute of Coaching, at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital.

Lindsay is on the leadership team of the Wellbeing Collaborative for the Mental Health Commission of NSW.

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