The Mental Health First Aid Australia Board | Mental Health First Aid

Krystian Seibert, Chair of the Board

LLB, BCom (Econ) (Deakin), MSc Regulation (LSE)

Krystian Seibert has served on the board since 2014, and was Deputy Chair from 2017, prior to becoming Chair in July 2021.

Krystian is an internationally recognised expert on philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, whose work spans the boundaries of policy development, education and research. He holds a joint appointment as an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and a Policy and Regulatory Specialist at Philanthropy Australia, as part of a key strategic partnership between the two organisations.

Krystian teaches units in the Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Impact programs offered by Swinburne University of Technology, and is an active participant in policy debates in relation to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector.

Previously, he was the Advocacy & Insight Manager for Philanthropy Australia. He has also worked as an adviser to a former Australian Assistant Treasurer in the Australian Government, a role in which he oversaw the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms such as the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. 

He has completed a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science focusing on regulatory policy, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Deakin University. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Swinburne University of Technology focusing on the regulation of structured philanthropy.

Tony Jorm

Professor Anthony Francis Jorm

BA(Hons) (UQ), MPsych (UNSW), PhD (UNSW), DSc (ANU), FASSA
Tony Jorm is a researcher with particular interest in building the community’s capacity to take action on mental health. He is an Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. With Betty Kitchener, he was a co-founder of Mental Health First Aid. He has had numerous honorary positions, including President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Editor-in-Chief of Mental Health & Prevention and the Australasian Journal on Ageing, and Board member of the Mental Health Council of Australia. He has had a long association with Australian Rotary Health, including as Chair of its Research Committee.

Darren Abbruzzese

Darren Abbruzzese

B.Comp (Monash), Grad. Dip Applied Finance (Finsia), MBT (UNSW), GAICD
Darren is a technology executive with experience leading large teams and delivering complex programmes across financial services and manufacturing. With international experience across Asia and the UK, Darren has a passion for delivering great customer experiences and helping businesses develop and implement strategies that further their reach and effectiveness through technology.

Nicki Batagol

B Ec Hons (Monash), Grad Dip Asian Studies (Monash), GAICD, WCLP 2018 Nicki is a Management Consultant specialising in change management with 16 years of experience in Australia and London leading global organisations through workforce transformation programs. She has worked across a range of industries including resources, professional services, government and the not-for-profit sector. She is the Chair of PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) and holds a number of voluntary roles in the community including committees and working groups. Nicki is passionate about raising awareness for mental health, reducing the associated stigma and encouraging early intervention.

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has extensive knowledge of accounting, funds management and banking sectors. Her work experience includes auditing, regulatory compliance and risk management roles with international experience in the UK and New Zealand. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also RG146 qualified and has a Diploma in Superannuation through the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Kathryn sits on a number of boards and audit and risk committees in the not for profit sector. She also sits on the Disciplinary Tribunal for Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Marcia Gough

Marcia Gough

Marcia Gough is the Vice President, Human Resources at Swinburne University. She has significant Human Resources and Leadership experience gained across a number of sectors, including, education, manufacturing, consulting, professional services, telecommunications and high technology. She has held global responsibility for Human Resources for a number of years, most recently with RMIT and the Leica Group. Marcia is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a qualified Psychologist with Post Graduate qualifications in Human Resources and Psychology.

Kerry Ryan

LLB (UniMelb), BA (UniMelb), FAICD, FGIA

Kerry is an experienced non-executive director across the listed, private and non-profit sectors and in a range of industries including retail, sport, professional services, education, fitness and wellbeing. Her other current board roles include Retail Food Group, Richmond Football Club, Aligned Leisure and Kids First Australia. 

Kerry's professional background is in law. She has over 20 years as a commercial lawyer and was a former partner at an international law firm, where she practised predominantly in the consumer markets area. Kerry also has experience working across international markets, having spent some years in Asia and assisting clients with their international business dealings. 

Kerry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. 

 Benjamin Stretch

Benjamin Stretch

B Ec (Hons) JD (Hons) (Syd), MBA (London, Chicago)
Ben is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. His expertise is focused in Corporate Finance, Strategy and Transaction Advisory – as well as organisation design and effectiveness. Previously, he was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Senior Vice President at Macquarie Group in Sydney and New York. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics (first-class honours) and J.D. (high honours) from The University of Sydney; and MBA from London Business School and The University of Chicago GSB.