Our Story

It started with just one. His name was Matt.

In 2001, Matt Wardlaw died from suicide. This intelligent, creative soul was just 30 years old.

Matt’s family and friends were inspired to establish a fundraising group to support medical research into mental illness. One in Five was named in honour of Matt as one of five siblings, and to highlight that one in five people live with a mental illness.

Since 2003, One in Five events and campaigns have raised over $3m. Now 20 years on, we remain committed to raising hope by funding much needed scientific research into causes, treatments and cures for mental illness.

One in Five is a not-for-profit registered charity, run entirely by volunteers. Every dollar raised from our events and donations goes towards funding cutting-edge mental health research.

Meet the Board

Lou Wardlaw


Bruce Williams


Dr Nico Clark

Medical Director

Kris Cooney

Research & Partnerships

Cath Jowett


Troy McInnes


Katrina Somerville


Josephine Hook


Olivia Wardlaw

Governance & Risk

Lucy Cleeve