our governance

Our Structure

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 of suicide through addressing underlying factors 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 of suicide through addressing underlying factors leading to suicide.  The fund is established to receive all gifts of money or property for this purpose any money received because of such gifts must be credited to its bank account.  The fund must not receive any other money or property into its account and it must comply with Subdivision 30-EA of the ITAA; and;
  • do all acts and things as may be deemed reasonably necessary or incidental to the achievement of these Objects

Our Board

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 and Company Secretary

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 and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of a leading disability service provider, House with No Steps.

Bronwen Edwards

Founder of ‘Roses in the Ocean’, Bronwen lost her brother, Mark, to suicide in 2008. Bronwen also holds numerous advisory roles  including  Co-Chair – Queensland Suicide Prevention Health Taskforce 2016-2019 ;Member Research & Advisory Committee LifeSpan Project, Black Dog Institute and Chair – International Association Suicide Prevention (IASP) Special Interest Group – Lived Experience.

Michael Sheedy

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

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.

Jono Nicholas

Jono Nicholas is one of Australia’s most prominent advocates for better mental health. He was a founding staff member of ReachOut, Australia’s leading digital mental health service for young people and their parents. During his 20-year tenure with ReachOut, he helped establish the service in the US, was Founding CEO of ReachOut Ireland, and CEO of ReachOut Australia from 2010 to 2018.

In 2018, Jono stepped down as CEO to establish the Wellbeing Outfit, a consultancy firm dedicated to helping organisations improve their performance by improving the wellbeing of their people.

Jono has been acknowledged for his contribution to mental health through various national awards, including as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize, and winner of the 2016 Pro Bono Australia Impact Award. He also serves on the Boards of several organisations, including the ASX-listed Future Generation Global, TelcoTogether Foundation, and non-profit mental health organisation, The Man Cave.

He has a lifelong love of football and continues to play with a level of enthusiasm that far outstrips his talent. His support of Crystal Palace FC reminds him each year that winning is not the most important thing in life. Most importantly, Jono is a father to three awesome boys and is dedicated to ensuring that they grow up in a world that enables them to be awesome young men.

Nicholas Andreatidis Q.C.

Nicholas has been a Director of Roses in the Ocean since 2011 and brings his legal experience to the depth of the Board.

Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Advisory Group

Our LE Advisory Group provides guidance to the CEO. The Group is embedded into our Constitution and appointed by the Board.

Sam Phipps (Chair), Lindy Zillman, Imbi Pyman, Mark Davis, Mark Ellis

Roses in the Ocean Sector Advisors

Margo Lydon (Chair) – CEO SuperFriend

Jacinta Hawgood – Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention

Jill Fisher 

International Association for Suicide Prevention (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 IASP and Suicide Prevention Australia.

CEO Bronwen Edwards current advisory roles

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

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

Chair of the International Association Suicide Prevention – Special Interest Group: Lived Experience 

Adult Mental Health Centres – Technical Advisory Committee (2019-2023) 

BeyondBlue National Advisory Committee ‘The Way Back Support Service 

Black Dog Institute – National Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural and Clinical Advisory GroupMember

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

Brisbane North PHN – Strategic Partnership Group