Darren Black

Darren is a former Army Officer and UN Peacekeeper with over 20 years experience as a CEO of purpose led not-for-profit organisations.  He joined SuperFriend as the CEO in September 2022. Prior to SuperFriend, Darren was the CEO of OZHELP Foundation – an industry focused Mental Health and Suicide Prevention organisation that focuses front line support services on high-risk male dominated industries such as Construction, Mining, Transport and Agriculture.

Darren is passionate about improving mental health and reducing suicide particularly in with vulnerable populations and high-risk workplaces. This interest was founded over 20 years ago in his first profession as an Army Officer and military veteran.

Darren is a Director of Suicide Prevention Australian (SPA) and the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF). He has contributed to the recent national policy initiatives towards a Suicide Prevention Act and contributed a submission to the Royal Commission into Veterans Suicide. Darren Co-Chaired the ‘Alliance” of Suicide Prevention Organisations under the National Suicide Leadership Prevention Program and contributed to the Advisory Board of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, which focuses on improving the mental health and wellbeing of workers in the Transport & Logistics Industry.

Darren is an experienced ‘For Purpose’ CEO having previously led Outward Bound Australia and the NSW PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Clubs) and is committed to improving NFP sector collaboration and performance.

He has an MBA from Melbourne Business School (2012) and is a Graduate of the Australiann Institute of Company Directors (2020).  He has studied best practice NFP Leadership at Harvard (2006), and Stanford (2019).

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