Our team & governance

Everyone who works at Roses in the Ocean has a lived experience of suicide.

Meet our team

Bronwen Edwards (she/her)

CEO

CEO, Bronwen Edwards founded Roses in the Ocean in 2011 following the suicide of her brother Mark a few years earlier. A fierce advocate for the development of lived experience designed and led, non-clinical alternatives to care, Bronwen is passionate about empowering others with a lived experience of suicide to contribute their unique insights to its prevention. She strives to keep her feet in the grassroots, her head in the strategic influencing space, and her heart very much on her sleeve.

Bronwen is a personal trainer in the wee hours of some mornings, just for fun, and loves escaping to her favourite beach and travelling to interesting places.

Listen to Bronwen’s story on our Roses Radio series.

Katherine Poulton (she/her)

General Manager – Operations & Quality

Katherine Poulton, our General Manager Operations & Quality, joined Roses in the Ocean in January 2018 after a career in education administration and working with young people with learning, physical and socio-emotional needs.

Katherine’s focus on reducing the stigma around suicide and talking openly and often about suicide prevention stems from her own lived experience of suicide and her determination to advocate for positive change in the suicide prevention sector. Her passion lies in the implementation of self-sustainable suicide prevention initiatives in communities.

Katherine believes one of the most important parts of her role within the organisation is to develop tools and communications opportunities to foster a supportive culture for the Roses in the Ocean team who all have a lived experience of suicide.

Outside the office, Katherine is busy with family, practicing yoga and continuous learning through her love of reading and studying. Her commitment to helping others is what drives all that she does.

Stephen Scott (he/him)

General Manager - Strategy & Policy

Stephen Scott is our General Manager – Strategy & Policy. Stephen worked at the New South Wales Ministry of Health where he established the Towards Zero Suicides initiatives, Australia’s first comprehensive suicide prevention system. He also worked at StandBy Support After Suicide where he implemented StandBy’s expansion to national coverage of its services.

His professional background includes policy, strategic planning, health promotion, community development, communications and journalism. He spent many years studying for his qualifications in sociology, anthropology, political economy and public administration. He believes passionately that people with lived experience of suicide are crucial to combating stigma and making prevention more effective.

In his spare time, he likes bush regeneration, native gardening, the beach, and spending time with his husband and chihuahua at their home in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Kerrie Mattiske (she/her)

General Manager - Finance

Kerrie Mattiske is the General Manager – Finance at Roses in the Ocean, having previously worked in similar roles in the Not-for-Profit and Philanthropic sectors. Kerrie also has experience in taxation and corporate advisory and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kerrie has been involved in executive or board roles in the Not-for-Profit sector for almost 20 years, and enjoys working with teams of passionate, caring and committed professionals. When not in the office, Kerrie keeps busy by supporting her two children in their chosen sports (water polo, netball and soccer) as well as catching up on reading, enjoying the outdoors, camping and holidaying with her family.

Amy Bertakis (she/her)

General Manager - Service Delivery

Amy Bertakis is the General Manager – Service Delivery at Roses in the Ocean. She brings working experience in the provision of direct support, project management, service implementation and leadership in the mental health, disability, human services and suicide prevention fields. Amy looks to draw on her experience overseeing programs for organisations such as Wellways, Beyond Blue, Lifeline and most recently leading the implementation of the NSW Towards Zero Suicides postvention initiative at StandBy Support After Suicide.

A values-based leader with tertiary qualifications in Counselling and (soon-to be) Social Work, Amy aligns her learnings from her studies as well as her working and lived experience, to advocate for and contribute to respectful, inclusive and diverse workplaces and communities.

As a proud Wiradjuri woman, Amy is grateful to live and to work on Dharawal country – between the mountains and the sea. In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, socialising over food, pottering in the veggie patch and spending time with her large family.

Nichola Parry (she/her)

Head of Lived Experience Engagement & Integration

An impassioned advocate for Suicide Prevention, Nichola Parry is dedicated to amplifying and integrating the voices of lived experience of suicide nationally, through effective and sustainable community engagement.

Nichola brings a diverse skillset gained whilst working in the corporate sector to her role as Head of LE Engagement and Integration, including over 25 years of people, project and event management experience.

In her spare time, Nichola enjoys various fitness activities, spending time with her loved ones and chilling with her pet pug.

Michelle Dickson (she/her)

Head of Workforce Development

Michelle Dickson is a learning professional with more than 25 years corporate and executive leadership experience. Michelle stepped out of a successful corporate career path into the world of mental health and wellbeing, seeking alignment with her values and to follow her passion for increasing awareness of mental health challenges.

Joining the Roses in the Ocean team as Head of Workforce Development, Michelle has a unique set of experiences to draw upon including experience in frontline Suicide Prevention with NSW Health, participation in service co-design, lived experience advisory groups, more than 20 years of experience leading the design and delivery of training solutions, being a passionate lived experience advocate and self-care blog writer.

Outside of work Michelle loves socialising with friends and family or spending time with her two fur babies – Chinese Crested Hairless dogs named Armani and Calvin. Michelle also enjoys painting, making jewellery and to always be learning something new.

Tony Martin (he/him)

Head of Community-led Safe Spaces

Tony is our Head of Community-Led Safe Spaces.

He comes from a lengthy career in the tourism industry with several years of experience in executive leadership roles and experience within local government, the military, and the teaching sphere.

After Tony’s lived experiences of suicide, he developed a men’s community fitness group for blokes who had similar or shared experiences. The group has been meeting twice a week since 2019 and includes blokes from 13 years old to 70 years old. He actively seeks people in his community to join the group and provides continued support to them. He also enjoys mentoring and supporting blokes through one-on-one projects.

Tony is driven to work towards suicide prevention and the general care and well-being of all members of his community. He enjoys cooking and keeping fit, but his happy place is either in the shed working with wood or sitting down with a sketchbook.

Amie Joseph (she/her)

Head of Peer CARE Companion

Amie Joseph is the Head of Peer Care Companion (Warmline and in Community). She brings extensive experience in working with vulnerable people in the housing and homelessness sector, child and youth mental health and foster and kinship care sectors. Amie has dedicated her life to working alongside people while sharing her lived experiences, supporting people to find self-efficacy and purpose.

Amie has worked in community organisations, providing frontline and leadership support to improve the lives of people accessing help services. Amie has spent the last 7 years of her working career in leadership roles, where her passion lies in building a trauma informed, person centred workforce. The incredible experience of a Lived Experience Summit opened Amie’s eyes to the courage and commitment that Roses in the Ocean has to embedding a peer workforce and inspired her to pursue a career in suicide prevention.

Amie finds joy in writing, spending time with her small children, and listening to diverse play lists of music and podcasts.

Andrea Reed (she/her)

Operations & Quality Coordinator

A dedication to positive change brought Andrea Reed to Roses in the Ocean as the Operations & Quality Coordinator. With over a decade in the medical, health and human services sectors Andrea has built a wealth of knowledge and compassion, with a keen interest in quality, systems implementation, and continuous improvement. When not at work, you will likely find Andrea strolling the aisles of stationery stores or flea markets. She is grateful to be able to help in a hundred small ways and strongly believes the secret to having it all is believing you already do.

Amy Biswas (she/her)

Digital Communications Specialist

Amy Biswas is our Digital Communications Specialist at Roses in the Ocean.

Amy’s experience lies in marketing, communications and event management, namely in Melbourne’s Hospitality & Entertainment industries. Deciding to leave the “for profit” sector behind, Amy is now determined to use her professional skills for a social and humanitarian purpose, and is passionate about truly helping in the field of suicide prevention. Her own lived experience gives her a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by suicide.

Outside of the office, Amy enjoys going on adventures out in nature with her dog, jumping in the pool for some laps, whiling away an arvo over a puzzle, dining out and about (a bit of a foodie), and catching a live music gig!

Nicola Goodman (she/her)

Visual Content Specialist

Meet Nicola Goodman, our creative artist. As our Visual Content Specialist at Roses in the Ocean, Nicola brings a wealth of experience in building brands through her skills as a graphic designer and illustrator. With a deep understanding of the importance of visual storytelling, she also likes to create artwork that speaks directly to people’s hearts.

Beyond her work at the office, Nicola enjoys spending time painting alongside her Jack Russell terrier, Bruce, and pursuing new hobbies. She’s also an avid camper and hiker, always seeking new adventures in the great outdoors.

Julia Granahan (she/her)

Administrator – Lived Experience Engagement & Integration

Julia Granahan works as the Lived Experience Engagement and Integration Administrator at Roses in the Ocean. She has moved into the NFP sector after 5 years of developing administrative and customer service skills and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. Outside of work, Julia enjoys spending time with the local community by volunteering at her local thrift shop, spending time with her two cats, gardening and getting stuck into a good book.

Hannah Davy (she/her)

Operations Administrator

Hannah Davy is our Operations Administrator. After 5 years of working in motor insurance, Hannah shifted her focus onto something she believed to be more meaningful and joined Roses in the Ocean in May 2021 as the Workshops Administrator. After a year and half, Hannah decided to take a personal break and has now returned as the Operations Administrator. Hannah’s dedication to creating positive community change is what drives her contribution to suicide prevention and mental health advocacy. With focused interests in eliminating stigma, raising awareness, and furthering the accessibility of impactful resources and services to communities. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Hannah also advocates for safe and inclusive environments, where diversity is celebrated.

Outside of work, Hannah is an avid traveller and enjoys connecting with nature and her spiritual self. You’ll often find her immersed in one of her oracle card decks, and after attending a Bali yoga retreat, Hannah now practises Kundalini yoga daily.

Miranda Richardson (she/her)

Workshops Coordinator

Miranda Richardson is our Workshops Coordinator at Roses in the Ocean.

Miranda comes from a diverse background in finance, operations and customer service across various industries. Miranda is passionate about connecting with others and supporting the human spirit to shine. She believes that the deepest wisdom comes from a lived experience and is excited to work in a role where she can embrace her lived experience and put her passion of making connections to purpose.

Outside of work, Miranda loves being kept busy by her three teenage daughters and cooking up a storm for family and loved ones.

Nadia Bagley (she/her)

Project Administrator

Nadia Bagley is our Project Administrator. She comes from a background of quality, continuous improvement, design and innovation supporting front-line Customer Service and Operations. At the centre of her approach has been an aim to improve the experience of the people she interacts with. Nadia decided to build on this and enter the Not-For-Profit space, wanting to contribute to and serve her community in more direct and impactful ways, for an organisation that aligns with her values.

In her spare time, Nadia enjoys cooking, tabletop gaming and staying active.

Mark Ellis (he/him/his)

National Service Lead: Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce Support Services

Mark Ellis is our National Service Lead: Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce Support Services.

Mark is a Lived Experience Advocate, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Peer Worker with 30 years of experience supporting people living with complex and enduring mental and emotional distress.

He has worked in a variety of professional roles across the Disability, Aged Care, Schools, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention sectors.

Mark lives in the Wollongong region and is a Lived Experience Member of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative. Whilst not working Mark spends his time with family, his dogs and reading.

Dom Pezzutto (she/he/they)

Suicide Prevention Peer Workforce – Lead Facilitator

Dom Pezzutto works to foster spaces that recognise all people’s experiences as valid. She believes that by hearing and learning from all stories we can find a better way forward in prevention, intervention and postvention. Dom’s identity as Queer and Genderfluid (she/he/they) has made them particularly sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. Dom centres his work in an ongoing practice of self-reflection with regards to his place in the world. Always growing!

Dom can be found on a Sunday afternoon in their garden with a guitar in their hand and two chihuahuas at their feet. In winter her habitat is the ski field and in summer she’s likely to be spotted at a music festival.

Sam Phipps (she/her)

Peer CARE Companion Lead Regional Co-ordinator WA

Sam Phipps is Chair of Roses in the Ocean’s Lived Experience Advisory Group, a workshop facilitator and the Peer CARE Companion Lead Regional Co-ordinator in WA. She has 35 years of work experience across a variety of roles, including customer service, manufacturing operations, human resources and safety. Sam is a small business owner and a lived experience educator with Curtin University’s Valuing Lived Experience Project.

She loves to connect with people and is a passionate suicide prevention advocate and she is dedicated to supporting people impacted by suicide within her community. Sam uses her experiences to drive systemic reform and hold compassionate, courageous conversations regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

When Sam is not working in suicide prevention, she loves to read, grow flowers and spend her time connecting with family and friends.

Jon Eddy (he/him)

Safe Spaces Project Co-ordinator

Jon Eddy is our Safe Spaces Project Co-ordinator.

Jon comes from a long working career in the construction industry including successfully running his own plumbing business for many years. He also comes from a longer history of a lived experience of suicide.

After losing his son to suicide in 2019, he made a promise to him to use his grief and pain to help change the way we deal with the topic. In the early days he had no idea how a tradesman could possibly make any difference in this sector. He went forward with his diploma in life and it has led him to Roses in the Ocean which he’s very proud to be a part of.

He’s very much looking forward to both learning from all but also being able to guide others through the process of setting up their own Community-led Safe Space.

We must tear down the stigma surrounding suicide and we must go forward with a firm belief that our sacred lived experience knowledge will lead the change. Compassion, empathy, collaboration and education are his mantras.

When he’s not in the office he absolutely loves to cook and to hike in the wilderness with his wife. Nature frees his soul.

Rachel Luongo (she/her)

Executive Assistant

Rachel Luongo joined Roses in the Ocean after 18 years in public and private sector roles in Healthcare, Strategy & Innovation, Finance and HR.

Her move to Non-Profit has seen her leave the corporate life behind to re-focus on a career that allows her to be a part of positive change.

Outside of work, Rachel spends her time in nature creating art through her photography, she loves being close to family & friends, making a good cheese platter, and exploring new restaurants around town.

Kerry Gleeson (she/her)

Peer CARE Companion Regional Coordinator Northern Sydney NSW

Kerry Gleeson has been a member of the Lived Experience Collective with Roses in The Ocean for the last five years, and she has participated in some great initiatives. She is delighted to now be a team member within the organisation.

Kerry is a passionate trauma-informed advocate for survivors of childhood trauma and suicide postvention; having lived these experiences herself she chooses to use this in her authentic approach to recovery and healing in promoting advocacy with the hope to reduce suicide and the impact of trauma and to empower individuals and their families to a journey of recovery, support, and connection. She is also passionate about allowing a safe space for others to feel heard.
 
 
For self-care, Kerry practices mindfulness, meditating, jumping in the ocean and feeling her feet in the sand and spending quality time outdoors in nature with her family. She also loves to swim with dolphins!

Sarah Simic (she/her)

Workshops Administrator

Sarah Simic is our Workshops Administrator at Roses in the Ocean.

Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years with a keen interest in implementing new procedures, projects and efficiencies.

Sarah loves to connect with new people from all walks of life and hear their stories. She believes that we can all learn and grow just by listening to the stories of others and sharing our own.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending her time at the beach or relaxing around the house with her cat.

Heidi Forbes (she/they)

Service Delivery Administrator

Heidi Forbes is our Service Delivery Administrator for our Non-clinical Peer Care Companion Services.

She brings experience in the not-for-profit sector to her role, including areas of suicide prevention/postvention as a Lived Experience Peer Support Worker providing individualised support to persons bereaved by suicide, as well as working within the drug and alcohol and homelessness sectors. Heidi also has over 20 years’ administrative and project management experience within both the not-for-profit and university/education sectors.

Heidi has a particular interest in holistic wellbeing and mindfulness, the integration of health and science within populations, the support and advocacy of the LGBTIQA+ community, along with suicide prevention and postvention.

Heidi is a self-confessed science nerd and loves a good Excel spreadsheet! In her spare time, she enjoys being near the ocean, spending time with her family and two dogs, studying, and seeking out new and interesting things to do and learn.

Jemma Lunney (she/her)

Peer CARE Companion Regional Coordinator for Western NSW

Jemma Lunney is the Peer CARE Companion Regional Coordinator for Western NSW. She comes to Roses in the Ocean after 12 years in policing, with a passion for normalising conversations around mental illness and suicide. Jemma strongly believes in the importance of giving everyone a voice and allowing people to feel heard and safe. She is also a fierce advocate for creating awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Outside of work, Jemma enjoys yoga, reading, being in the garden and spending time with her husband, two kids and Charlie the puppy.

Fiona Higgins (she/her)

People and Culture Business Partner

Fiona has joined Roses in the Ocean as our People and Culture Business Partner and brings extensive HR skills, knowledge and experience across both the government and not for profit sectors, having worked for influential organisations such as Children’s Medical Research Institute (Jeans for Genes), YMCA NSW, YMCA Brisbane and Lives Lived Well.

Fiona is a collaborative and passionate HR practitioner fuelled by her desire to foster and cultivate an inclusive, diverse, and rewarding workplace and culture, in order to be able to effectively support the lived experience workforce.

Weekends and down time are spent with her partner, two teenage kids and two doggy fur babies. She also has a keen interest in the science fiction and fantasy genres, is a Marvel comics and movies enthusiast, and enjoys activities such as console gaming, writing, spending time at the beach and listening to music.

Doris Nguyen (she/her)

Victorian Peer CARE Companion Project Coordinator

Doris is our Service Delivery Administrator for our Non-clinical Peer CARE Companion Services. After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, her unwavering passion for helping others propelled her through six years of dedicated service in non-for-profit organisations within the disability sector and government departments. During this time, Doris honed her professional skills and discovered what truly matters to her: authentic human connection, self-expression, growth, all generously seasoned with a healthy dose of humour. As the child of immigrant parents, Doris is also driven to raise awareness and dismantling cultural stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide within Vietnamese communities.

Doris doesn’t see life as a series of random events; she believes in turning her experiences into meaningful connections and using them as unique tools to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

On her days off, you can either find Doris immersed in a Haruki Murakami novel, curating her 200th Spotify playlist for a very specific mood, sweating profusely at the gym or (when Melbourne weather allows) indulging in some light “people-watching Olympics” at the park.

Sasha Baker (she/her)

Regional Peer CARE Companion Coordinator for WA

Sasha Baker is our Regional Peer CARE Companion Coordinator for WA.

Sasha comes from a variety of experiences in mental health, peer and not-for-profit sectors, including areas of service navigation, advocacy and peer support.

Sasha’s lived experienced of suicide and mental health challenges has driven her to be passionate about the peer space and have a particular interest in holistic wellbeing and person-focused and trauma-informed approaches. Sasha is driven to create spaces for people to create connection and to feel seen and heard. She is proud to be a part of something that shares her values of the lived experience perspective and take action in suicide prevention.

Beyond work, Sasha is usually attending yoga, spending time with her horse but is also always eager to try something new and go on different adventures.

Meet our Workshop Facilitators

Layne Stretton

Workshop Developer & Lead Facilitator

Layne Stretton is the Workshop Developer and Lead Facilitator for Roses in the Ocean, with a self driven mandate to create workshop experiences for people that change the way that they view their story and themselves in the process. Each lived experience story is rich with knowledge, insight and wisdom that can assist others to navigate the complexities of their experiences with more personal empathy, compassion and self-love. Layne is passionate about advocating for change across communities, particularly communities that might be marginalised or unable to connect with the current systems.

A book reader, gym goer and sometimes lycra wearer, Layne can be found balancing his self-care with outdoor pursuits and a passion for understanding how human beings can better work together.

James Gallacher (he/him)

Facilitator

James Gallacher is an engaging leader who brings exceptionally well-developed relationship-building, coaching, mentoring, facilitation and consultative skills to his role as Facilitator with Roses in the Ocean.

James has a passion for supporting people to break through with new ways of thinking and working, and an emphasis on building connectivity, confidence, positive self-concepts and awareness. James is an incredible husband, awesome father of twins and devoted dad to the family dog. He’s also a passionate Collingwood AFL/AFLW supporter, anxiously awaiting that next premiership flag.

Sam Fewings

Facilitator

Sam Fewings brings lived experience, change management and a deep caring to his role as a Facilitator for Roses in the Ocean. Sam has 20 years experience as a Senior Executive in Insurance and Human Resources. His second job is as a married father of two, who also enjoys working on his tennis game. Sam is a member of the lived experience panel for the Black Dog Institute and is passionate about helping those struggling with their mental and emotional health.

Meet our Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG)

The Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) is an integral part of our organisation. They provide guidance to the CEO and the Group is embedded into our Constitution and appointed by the Board.

Sam Phipps (she/her)

Sam Phipps is Chair of Roses in the Ocean’s Lived Experience Advisory Group, a workshop facilitator and the Peer CARE Companion Lead Regional Co-ordinator. Sam is a lived experience educator with Curtin University’s Valuing Lived Experience Project and has 35 years of work experience across a variety of roles, including customer service, manufacturing operations, human resources and safety.

She loves to connect with people and is a passionate suicide prevention advocate. Sam is dedicated to supporting people impacted by suicide within her community and uses her experiences to drive systemic reform and hold compassionate, courageous conversations regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

When Sam is not working in suicide prevention, she loves to read, grow flowers and spend her time connecting with family and friends.

Mark Davis (he/him)

Mark has a living experience which contributes to his work as a Peer Support Worker and Mentor, specialising in persons at risk. Mark volunteers his time across a variety of roles in the suicide prevention sector and is a Consumer Representative on Federal, State and NGO committees and panels.
He collects old movies as a change of pace.

Amy Corcoran (she/they)

Amy has worked for suicide prevention services in lived experience roles, including facilitating workshops from a lived experience lens and supporting people experiencing thoughts of, or those bereaved by suicide. She is driven by the power of connection when discussing suicide and values solidarity, compassion and kindness.

Amy is excited to be part of the LEAG to contribute and learn from others, particularly around the diversity of experiences.

Amy has a greyhound, is a big Simpsons fan and loves being amongst nature.

Fairley Wijesinghe (he/him)

Fairley has an extensive career in managing teams and is currently studying Certificate 4 in Mental Health. He volunteers his time mentoring and supporting others within his community and is passionate about affecting systemic changes through collaboration and conversation. Fairley brings a cultural diversity lens to conversations and has contributed to a variety of outreach projects including the asylum seeker suicide prevention task group – an initiative of the greater Dandenong suicide prevention place-based trial.

Fairley lives in Melbourne with his family and enjoys connecting with people through authentic connection and conversations.

Ray O'Brien (he/him)

Ray enjoyed a career in industrial sales and operations before making a change several years ago and moving into the charity and not for profit sector. Ray currently works as a support worker in mental health and suicide prevention as well as volunteering in a range of suicide prevention and postvention activities. Ray also helps to facilitate a peer led suicide bereavement support group. He values family, connection and community and loves spending time with his family, working in the garden, cooking and running.

Darlia Dafter (she/her)

Darlia is bereaved by her partner (and 8 friends).

She has been in the lived experience space for 2 years now in different roles, and her current role is with Jesuit Social Services as the Regional Coordinator for the StandBy Support After Suicide program in North West and South East Melbourne. She is very passionate about this space, that we respectively share with honour, to support those who have lost someone to Suicide.

Her favourite thing to do on the weekend is spending time with her dog, spending time with friends and family, listening to live music, eating yummy food whether cooked together or out at an amazing Melbourne restaurant.

Ben Brien (he/him)

Ben is an emerging leader in the lived experience and Peer Workforce space, and a passionate lived experience and consumer advocate.

Having living experience of mental ill health, suicidal distress and substance use recovery since his early teen years, as well as caring and supporting loved ones with similar experiences, Ben is passionate about changing the narrative around living with mental ill health and challenging the existing stigma around suicide.

Improving lived experience integration and developing the Peer Workforce are two of Ben’s greatest personal and professional goals.

Imeleta Lia-Norris (she/her)

Imeleta is a cultural artist, musician and community leader, she sees herself as a strong advocate for culturally diverse young people and women and those who are struggling with mental health and finding verbal therapies challenging. As a parent of a young person with a mental illness who attempted to take her life during the pandemic, Imeleta hopes to grow and bring awareness to mental health and to ensure young peoples voices are heard, society understands their value and to stay connected with what’s happening on the ground.

Anwyn Ladzinski (she/her)

Anwyn is a very passionate suicide prevention advocate, using her own lived experience to share & connect with others. She aims to live a life that prioritises empathetic, trauma informed and radical acceptance of self & others. She resides in Perth, working for the government by day and sleeping by 8pm by night.

Her free time is spent engaging in as many sapphic stereotypes as possible with her wife: spoiling her dog, playing intense board game campaigns, hiking and descending into the chaos of life as a birder/twitcher. She is also a diehard Freo fan and if anything has taught her hope, it’s supporting the Freo Dockers.

Our Governance & Board

Roses in the Ocean was founded in 2011 and is a Public Company Limited by Guarantee. It is listed on the Harm Prevention Charities Register and has full DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) Status (Level 1) with the ATO, with all donations over $2 tax deductible. It is registered under the Corporations Act 2001.

Roses in the Ocean is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Our Constitutional Objects
The Objects of Roses in the Ocean are to directly or indirectly:
- promote the prevention or control of factors and behaviours leading to suicide;
- raise community awareness of suicide and the reasons for it;
- provide support and assistance to communities and persons who have suffered from being affected by suicide;
- assist with suicide prevention and intervention;
- increase community involvement in suicide prevention;
- actively seek donations, money or property or raise funds in support of these Objects;
- establish and maintain a public Gift Fund to be called ‘The Roses in the Ocean Gift Fund’ for the specific purpose of the promotion of the prevention or the control of behaviour that is harmful or abusive to human beings;
- do all acts and things as may be deemed reasonably necessary or incidental to the achievement of these Objects

Pamela Catty

Chair

Pamela is a company director and executive coach and mentor with extensive experience in public, private and NFP sector leadership.

After studying journalism, Pamela began her career on newspapers in the UK and Bermuda. She came to Australia in 1980 and worked as a political adviser and chief-of-staff to State and Federal Ministers.

Pamela began the corporate phase of her career in 1995 as Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Ansett Australia, and subsequently held executive leadership roles at the National Australia Bank and Coles Myer.

She has held numerous director positions and is currently a director of Campbell Page Limited and Chair of the Dax Advisory Group. Pamela is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Pamela runs her own executive coaching and mentoring business, assisting individuals, families, teams and organisations to reach their full potential. Pamela works with a range of larger and smaller organisations, as well as individuals, across the public, private sectors and non-for-profit sectors.

Leanne Dreves

Treasurer

Leanne is a senior finance, governance and risk executive and a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). She has held leadership roles in various profit for purpose organisations, including charities and credit unions; and in public practice. Leanne is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Act for Kids, an Australian charity that provides therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing harm from child abuse and neglect. She is also a Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of a leading disability service provider, Aruma.

Bronwen Edwards

CEO

Founder and CEO of ‘Roses in the Ocean’, Bronwen lost her brother, Mark, to suicide in 2008. Bronwen holds numerous state and national advisory roles across the suicide prevention sector and government, is an international speaker and consultant in the suicide prevention field.  She is the Co-chair of the International Association of Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group: Lived Experience and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Sheedy

Board Member

Michael is passionate about helping individuals and organisations do good work for their clients, customers and communities. He does this by combining social purpose with business acumen to achieve great outcomes. Michael has developed his passion for social purpose through experience at Wesley Mission, Anglicare and various Board positions. His work is founded in strong business acumen developed through roles in project management, marketing, product management, e-commerce and HR in the Financial, Manufacturing and Technology sectors.

Peter Dalton

Board Member

Peter Dalton is General Manager Global Digital Solutions, Global Wealth and Private Banking ANZ & Group General Manager Innovation. Peter is also a member of the ANZ Corporate Responsibility Committee. He brings a valuable business and innovative mindset, is a proven Corporate Leader with a particular bias towards creating a simple and outstanding customer experience.

Learn more about our role in suicide prevention

What We Do

ROSES IN THE OCEAN SECTOR ADVISORS

Margo Lydon – former CEO SuperFriend

Jacinta Hawgood – Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention

Adriel Burley – Consultant and OASIS Veterans Centre Townsville

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (IASP)

Roses in the Ocean is an organisational Member of IASP

CEO, Bronwen Edwards is a Co-Chair of the IASP – Special Interest Group – Lived Experience

SUICIDE PREVENTION AUSTRALIA

Roses in the Ocean is an organisational Member of Suicide Prevention Australia.

CEO BRONWEN EDWARDS CURRENT ADVISORY ROLES

National Suicide Prevention Office Advisory Board – (2022-ongoing)

Queensland Suicide Prevention Strategic Oversight Group – (2022-ongoing)

Queensland Suicide Prevention Network – (2021-ongoing)

International Association for Suicide Prevention –  Co-Chair Special Interest Group: Lived Experience

StandBY National Reference Group

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural and Clinical Advisory Group – Member (2020-ongoing)

Life in Mind Champions group

National Safe Spaces Network – Expert Advisory Group – (2020 ongoing)

Brisbane North PHN – Strategic Partnership Group

PAST ADVISORY ROLES:

Adult Mental Health Centres – Technical Advisory Committee (2019-2021)

Queensland Suicide Prevention in Health Taskforce – Co-Chair (2016-2020)

Qld Forensic Mental Health – ‘Partners in Prevention’ project Steering Group

Black Dog Institute – National Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee