Meet the Board
Founder. DirectorLou James lost her brother Matt (Mouse) to suicide on New Years Day 2001 after he could no longer live with his mental illness. Her family decided that something needed to change for people like Matt - they needed better answers and the opportunity to live healthier happier lives.
Director & Operations lead Kristen joined One In Five as our first operations lead in 2017. Her wealth of business development experience in the NFP sector has been instrumental in improving our operational excellence. More recently, Kristen joined our board to drive our grants and donor engagement programme. She is specifically interested in seeing advancements in mental illness treatments to ensure treatment resistant individuals can find the answers they critically need. Kristen is responsible for grants and donor engagement.
Director Mietta joined One In Five in 2019 bringing her infectious enthusiasm for driving positive culture and building resilient teams. Not only does she bring her professional expertise regarding the workplace mental health challenge, but she is passionate about connecting others to the opportunity of rethinking our approach to mental illness. Mietta is our philanthropy and fundraising champion.
Director Phil has been a long time supporter of One In Five advocating for our mission to increase awareness for the importance of mental illness research. We were excited to welcome Phil to our Board at the end of 2019. He is an accomplished senior executive who has led global M&A / VC teams in Banking, Consulting and Technology companies in Asia, Latin America, North America and Australia. He brings his wealth of board experience (tech start ups and asx listed companies) along with his talents in commercial strategy and government relations. Phil is guiding our commercial strategy and...
Director Samantha Reidy joined our Board in May 2019. Samantha brings a rich experience in people & team performance. She is passionate about the importance of people & culture as central to successful businesses. Her natural gift for empathy and motivating people ensures that we have wonderful board member helping to navigate our volunteer engagement strategy as we continue to grow. She is passionate about shaping the future of mental illness and strongly believes we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to understanding mental illness and wants to change that. Samantha is our culture & volunteer strategy champion
Director After helping One In Five to successfully create our first advertising campaign in Oct 2019 - "One to None", Bruce's infectious belief in the power of medical research to change the face of mental illness made him a very compelling addition to our board. As a Creative Director with over 20 years experience in advertising, Bruce brings a wealth of knowledge from working with an enviable list of many of the world's most enduring brands. He is passionate about big ideas and expressing these as simply as possible. Today he leads the creative team at Bastion Brands - a specialist...
Chairperson Gabrielle joined One In Five in 2015 and became the Chair in 2016. With over 20 years commercial experience across Australia and the UK, spanning leadership, brand & marketing strategy, sponsorship, advertising and consulting, she brings a passionate belief that it is possible to find answers for people living with complex mental illness - we just need to invest in the understand the why illness occurs and how we can prevent it.