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.
After a career in education administration and working with young people with learning, physical and socio-emotional needs, Kathy Poulton joined Roses in the Ocean in January 2018.
As our General Manager – Operations and Quality, Kathy is passionate about reducing the stigma around suicide and talking openly and often about suicide prevention. Her commitment to helping others is what drives all that she does.
To keep herself grounded Kathy connects regularly with nature, dabbles in aromatherapy and studies theology, just for fun.
Kerrie Mattiske is the Finance Manager of 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.
Martina McGrath is the Research, Evaluation, Diversity. Equity and Inclusion Officer.
Martina has worked in Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resource Management and is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland, with a research focussing on lived experience of suicide.
In her spare time, Martina loves music, good food, great conversation and spontaneous road trips (maps and pre-planning optional) heading off with her camera gear to enjoy nature and capture life’s moments.
Crystal Paniccia joins Roses in the Ocean as our Executive Officer.
Crystal has significant experience in strategic support and project management across the corporate, government, NFP and NGO sectors. Crystal is passionate about contributing to positive change within communities, previously working with Traditional Owners to deliver beneficial outcomes for protected areas.
When she’s not in the office, Crystal loves to get outdoors, a BBQ with friends, travelling literally anywhere, or just curling up with a good book.
A commitment to positive change has brought Andrea Reed to Roses in the Ocean as Workshop Manager.
Andrea’s 14 years in the medical, health and human services industries has provided a wealth of knowledge, compassion and understanding and helped to support a very healthy stationery obsession.
Andrea 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.
Shannon Howat worked in senior administration roles in TV production and advertisement before joining Roses in the Ocean as National Operations Coordinator.
After producing ad campaigns for several not-for-profits, Shannon was inspired to leave ‘show biz’ and work in a more meaningful role directly connected to helping people in need.
With a diverse background in graphic design, branding and creative product development, Julie Holmes joins the team as our Visual Content Specialist.
Julie’s passions are directed towards visual creativity, including all aspects of design, production, publishing and photography – all part of telling a story.
Having worked for the BBC in the UK and 20th Century Fox in the States, Julie was looking for a more meaningful role when she moved to Australia, helping to tell the story of those who need to be heard.
Out of office, you’ll find Julie outdoors walking in nature and indoors chasing her two rescue cats around the house.
Nichola Parry joins Roses in the Ocean as Lived Experience Officer.
Nichola arrived from the UK last year and brings with her diverse experience in both the corporate and NFP sector.
Nichola is passionate about opening up conversations and increasing awareness around mental distress. She is inspired by compassionate and caring people who are dedicated to influencing change and helping to give a voice to those who need it the most.
Outside work, Nichola has a preoccupation with anything canine related and when not spending time with her four-legged friends, she can be found in the yoga studio in her favourite pose, downward dog.
Amy Biswas joins Roses in the Ocean as our Digital Communications Officer.
Amy’s experience lies in marketing, communications and event management, namely in the Hospitality industry. With a strong desire to use her communication skills in an area that evokes the Marketing for Good premise, Amy is passionate about making a difference and truly helping in the realm of suicide prevention. Her own Lived Experience and her belief that we need to normalise the conversation about suicide, gives her a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by suicide in some way, by sharing the stories and reducing the stigma.
Outside of the office, Amy enjoys going on adventures out in nature with her dog, dining out and about (a bit of a foodie), and catching a live music gig (when possible)!
After a decade of teaching high school students, Tina Kenny decided to re-train as a Peer Worker and use what she had learned from her own lived experience to support and seek empowerment for people who experience mental distress.
Tina has never been able to shake off her “call” for teaching. She provides mental health education and specialises in the professional development of Peer Workers. Tina is our SP Peer Workforce Manager.
Tina shares her home with her pinball machine, sewing machine, large CD collection and a good supply of art materials. She finds them to be the ideal housemates.
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 supporter, anxiously awaiting that next premiership flag.
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 and working on his tennis game.
Sam is a member of the lived experience panel for the Black Dog Institute and the Ministry of Health Zero Suicide initiative and is passionate about helping those struggling with mental health issues.
Roma Aloisi brings to her role as Facilitator an extensive career in education as: Leader, Consultant, Researcher and Teacher.
Roma is passionate about equity and loves to learn. Roma seeks to understand how societies, systems and people operate. She promotes reform and social justice. She believes we can work together to make the world a fairer, kinder and better place.
Impassioned to explore how othering, identity and shame interact as contributors to mental ill-health, suicide and complex bereavement, Roma hopes that by shining a light on difficult and silenced arenas, communities can face uncomfortable truths and be transformed by them.
As a creative, Roma enjoys pursuits that nurture her spirit: writing, drama, design, film, music, singing, crafts and cooking. Nature replenishes her: gardening, at the beach, camping out bush and she finds AFL footy especially cathartic!
Celia Taylor is a coach, mentor and facilitator, including supporting people through periods of organisational and personal change.
As well as running her own business, Taylored Results, Celia has worked with large companies specialising in transition coaching, seminars and support. She also conducts workshops in career transition and team dynamics.
Having worked at senior levels in the government, private and not for profit sectors, Celia is an experienced mentor for executives, managers and high value employees.
Celia loves working with Roses in the Ocean and feels privileged to facilitate workshops and mentor people with lived experience of suicide.
Lindy Zillman first became involved with Roses in the Ocean when she completed the Voices of In-Sight training with her sister in March 2016. She is a member of the Lived Experience Advisory Group at Roses in the Ocean, assists with screening for workshops and training, and is one of the Facilitators for the Peer CARE Companion workshop.
As a Peer Companion for the Way Back Service in Tweed Heads, Lindy also volunteers her time supporting others, her professional experience includes education, counselling and the law. She also runs her own business with her husband.
For fun she writes and illustrates children’s books, loves to go to the movies and the beach. Lindy lives with her husband Bruce and her two dogs Bella and Butch in Northern NSW.
Carrie Lumby is a member of the facilitation team and a strategic advisor involved in a number of key projects, including the co-design of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Alternatives to ED services and the development of an individually tailored peer workforce for suicide prevention supports.
Carrie is an Executive Member of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative which takes a place-based, whole-of-community, systems approach to reducing suicide that actively and meaningfully involves people with lived experience. She is deeply committed to supporting grassroots community development initiatives that empower local communities to meet their own needs and improve collective wellbeing.
Carrie loves the way otters wrap themselves in kelp and hold hands so they can float together while having a nap. She thinks it’s a great example of creative collaboration.
Hayley Purdon is a Facilitator, lived experience advisor and advocate and a member of Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Advisory Group.
She currently serves on a number of boards and committees in the suicide prevention and mental health sectors and holds a Masters Degree in Suicidology.
Hayley’s passion is for understanding the ways people describe their lived experiences and how they can be used for maximum impact, both personally, and within the community.