Our Staff

Our Staff

Margo Lydon

Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary

As Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Margo’s role is to manage the strategic direction and operations of SuperFriend, ensuring that the Foundation works to deliver on its mission of reducing the incidence of suicide and the impact of mental illness on individuals, employers, workplaces, families and friends.

She works closely and collaboratively with the superannuation Partner Funds, Partner Group Insurers and mental health organisations participating in SuperFriend. Margo thrives on seeing the work of SuperFriend having positive impact, adding value and changing workplace mental health in Australia for the better. Margo joined SuperFriend in June 2010, attracted to the Foundation because of… 

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Samantha Sims

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Sam joined SuperFriend in May 2017 as Executive Assistant to the CEO. Sam’s role includes one on one support to Margo Lydon as well as broader administrative support to the SuperFriend team. Sam brings over 15 years’ experience as a senior executive administrator to the role. Prior to joining SuperFriend, Sam worked across a number… 

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Emma Vibert (formerly Emma Warren-Smith)

Head of Partner Relationships

Emma began her working life in wholesale financial services and has since gone on to hold diverse and senior roles in both the for-profit and for-purpose sectors.

Prior to joining SuperFriend, Emma was the Fundraising Manager at the Reach Foundation (which provides peer-led workshops for young people that aim to improve their mental health and wellbeing) where she was responsible for developing relationships with individuals, philanthropic partners and third party fundraisers. Emma has a Bachelor of Business from Monash University and a… 

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John Lee

Relationship Manager

John joined the SuperFriend team in November 2015, bringing skills in relationship management, health promotion and project management to his role as Relationship Manager.

Prior to joining SuperFriend, John has worked for breast screening programs in both the UK and Australia, most recently being the lead for Primary Health Engagement for BreastScreen Victoria, responsible for fostering and developing relationships to promote screening and ultimately reduce mortality rates due to breast cancer in Victoria. John studied marketing and public relations… 

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Kara Makhetha

Relationship Coordinator

Kara joined SuperFriend in July 2016 as a Relationship Coordinator. Kara’s role involves supporting the Relationship Management team in their delivery of SuperFriend’s goals, vision and strategic objectives.

Kara gained experience during her time as a Client Executive at Aon Risk Services managing a portfolio of complex risks, and she brings a wealth of knowledge from the Insurance Industry. Kara is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and believes developing positive workplace culture is imperative to achieving employee satisfaction and engagement.

Kristina Basile

Head of Programs & Initiatives

Kristina joined SuperFriend in July 2015 as the organisation’s Program Manager. In her role she oversees the delivery of a suite programs and products that SuperFriend offers to its Partners Funds and employers. 

Kristina has a public health background and has worked in the education, community health and state government sectors. In these roles she has developed extensive experience in health promotion program planning, policy development and delivering state-wide programs targeting the prevention of chronic disease across a range of settings. In particular she has a passion for… 

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John Capon

Program Manager, Mental Health & Wellbeing Training

John joined SuperFriend in August 2017 in the role of Program Manager – Mental Health & Wellbeing Training. In his role, he is responsible for managing the development and delivery of training that supports workplaces to promote mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

With a Masters in Applied Psychology, he brings over 13 years’ experience in organisation development and workplace mental health across a variety of industries in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  John prescribes to the mantra that “no worker can achieve peak performance if they are not physically and mentally healthy” and strongly believes… 

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Erin Farmer

Program Manager (maternity leave)

In her role as Program Manager, Erin manages the development and delivery of SuperFriend projects and programs, ranging from Financial Services Training to digital apps and workplace programs. 

Since completing her degree in Psychology, Erin has spent the last 7 years developing and delivering policies and programs that aim to improve mental health outcomes in Australia and Internationally. With complimentary qualifications in fitness, policy and project management, Erin applies an integrated and holistic approach to meet the needs of fund members, employers and supporting stakeholders.

Tom Notley

Program Manager – Financial Services

Tom joined SuperFriend in August 2016 in the role of Program Manager – Financial Services.  He brings over 11 years’ experience of clinical treatment and Occupational Rehabilitation within the Insurance and Finance sectors of the UK and Australia. 

Tom specialises in the development and delivery of innovative early intervention, claims management and rehabilitation services for the Life Insurance industry.  In his role, Tom will be leading the development of programs developed specifically for the finance and insurance sectors, their employers and members.  Tom is passionate about influencing better practices in “Person Centred” approaches… 

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Emma Dunstan

Program Manager - Wellbeing Works and Planning a Mentally Healthy Retirement

Emma joined SuperFriend in August 2016 and comes with 15 years’ experience working in the Health Promotion industry.

Emma has held health promotion practitioner and leadership roles in a variety of settings including not for profit, state government and primary and community health.  Emma has a passion for population health and influencing the systems outside of the health sector that impact on the health and wellbeing of our community. Before joining SuperFriend Emma… 

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Eliza Smith

Program Coordinator

Eliza joined SuperFriend in February 2017 as the Program Coordinator.

Eliza’s role involves supporting the Programs and Initiatives Team in the development and implementation of mental health and wellbeing programs and initiatives. Managing the day-to-day administration of program delivery activity, Eliza works with SuperFriend service providers, partners and employers to coordinate the delivery of programs and initiatives to members and employees. Whilst completing her tertiary… 

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Catherine Easton

Head of Strategy & Business Operations

Catherine oversees SuperFriend’s strategy development, business operations, strategic collaborations, marketing & communications and insights & impact functions. 

Drawn to SuperFriend’s unique relationship with insurers and all profit to member superannuation funds to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing, Catherine joined the SuperFriend team in early 2014.  With a wealth of experience from the banking and arts sectors, Catherine’s previous roles include Head of Business Management and Program Director at ANZ.   Catherine is currently Deputy… 

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Deborah Kennedy

Strategic Collaborations Manager

Deborah joined SuperFriend as the Program Development Manager in 2011, and has moved on to managing SuperFriend’s strategic alliances. These include the National Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and the Health Benefits of Good Work initiative.

Deborah Kennedy is the Strategic Collaborations Manager at SuperFriend Mental Health Promotion Foundation, and has 30 years’ experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion, capacity building, and systems change initiatives across mental health promotion and social health, General Practice, policing, and Government. Deborah gained international insights and perspective through representation of SuperFriend… 

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Kelly Tapley

Evaluation & Impact Manager

With qualifications in Psychology / Psychophysiology, Kelly has experience in the commercial, public and not for profit sectors; from pathology services (cardiology) to pharmaceutical research. She has also managed significant research projects for the TAC and WorkSafe Victoria Shared Health Services, including those funded by Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative and the Victorian Trauma Foundation.

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Dr Nerida Joss

Insights Strategist

Nerida joined the SuperFriend team at the end of 2016 after holding positions in the academic, government and community sectors.  With a strong passion for the promotion of positive workplace mental health and knowledge translation, joining SuperFriend in this role has been a fantastic fit. Nerida holds a Master of Public Health from Deakin University… 

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Melanie Schoo

Marketing and Communications Manager

Melanie joined SuperFriend in December 2014, following a number of communication leadership roles in the not for profit sector.  

As Marketing and Communications Manager, Melanie is focussed on developing the SuperFriend brand in a way that promotes strong engagement with Partner Funds and Insurers, whilst strengthening the community’s understanding and support of mental health and well-being. Outside of work, Melanie is a social media and current affairs enthusiast, who is passionate about social justice… 

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Claire Dellora

Communications Coordinator

Claire joined SuperFriend in October 2015 after working in marketing and communications roles at several not-for-profit organisations.

Her most recent role was at a medical research institute where she led internal and external communications activities. She was drawn to SuperFriend as she believes the organisation has the potential to dramatically reduce the impact of mental health issues through its extensive networks and focus on the workplace. Her role at SuperFriend is focused… 

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Megan Gerring

Communications Assistant

Megan joined the SuperFriend team in July 2017 as the Communications Assistant. As a recent graduate from RMIT University, she has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, as well as social media and event execution experience.

Megan joins SuperFriend’s Marketing and Communications team to support social media, events, strategic collaborations, insights and impact. Megan is a keen traveller, café enthusiast and an avid reader. She also has a passion for mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness practices, and is excited to further explore these interests at SuperFriend.

Terry Coleing

Head of Finance

Terry has recently relocated to Melbourne from the UK with his family to adopt a greater work/life balance. He has more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in finance within the not-for-profit sector in local government, education, charities and health organisations.

Qualified as an accountant with an internationally recognised ACCA qualification, Terry is responsible for all strategic and operational financial aspects and for driving SuperFriend’s financial performance in line with the organisation’s goals. Outside of work, Terry is a big sports fan and loves cycling, running, tennis and badminton and is keen to fully immerse himself… 

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Michelle Klaric

Financial Accountant

Michelle joined the SuperFriend team in early 2014 and has experience in finance and commercial roles across airline, property and transport sectors.

As SuperFriend’s Finance Accountant, Michelle maintains accurate financial records for financial and management reporting relating to SuperFriend’s programs and research activities. As well as supporting the SuperFriend team with finance matters, Michelle also assists with governance, compliance and administration activities. A dedicated mum, spending time with her family is a priority for any spare time… 

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