Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary
Margo Lydon is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of SuperFriend – Industry Funds’ Mental Health Initiative
SuperFriend delivers targeted workplace programs, initiatives, resources and insights to improve the mental health and wellbeing of ‘all profit to member’ superannuation fund members. Actively supported by the Partner Group Insurers and Superannuation Funds, Margo’s work intersects with the Mental Health, Superannuation and Life Insurance sectors. Margo has 17 years’ experience in mental health. She…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more Email LinkedIn
Partner Relationship Manager
Rob Costello joined SuperFriend in September 2018 in the role of Partner Relationship Manager.
In his role, he is responsible for managing and overseeing the relationships for some of our key Partners. Prior to joining SuperFriend, Rob has worked across a number of diverse roles within Financial Services and specifically within Group Life Insurance and superannuation with some of the largest providers. With past experience across claims, product and…Read more
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.
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…Read more
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…Read more
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 complementary 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.
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…Read more
Program Manager - Workplace Positive Psychology & Wellbeing
Celia joined the SuperFriend team in December 2017, bringing with her deep expertise in organisational culture and change, organisational development, and learning and customer experience functions.
Celia is known for her exceptional stakeholder relationship management, and positive influencing style working with a transparent and consultative communications style. She employs a customer centric design approach to change management and change initiatives and uses evidence-based tools from psychology and neuroscience to enable sustained change. She has expertise in creating, delivering and managing people…Read more
Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health & Wellbeing
Danielle joined SuperFriend in August 2018, bringing with her a passion for creating and supporting thriving workplaces through a focus on culture and wellbeing developed through over 10 years’ experience as a learning and organisational development practitioner in the finance sector.
Through her role as Program Manager, Danielle supports workplaces and their employees to flourish using the latest evidence in workplace mental health promotion to create and implement strategic organisational development programs and initiatives that benefit workplaces and positively influence leadership, policies and practices, connectedness, capability and culture. Danielle is a qualified and highly skilled facilitator,…Read more
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…Read more
Program Support Officer
Jasmine joined SuperFriend in November 2017 as the Program Support Officer.
Jasmine’s role involves supporting the Programs and Initiatives team in the delivery of mental health and wellbeing programs and initiatives. Her day-to-day tasks involve communicating with SuperFriend service providers, partners and employers to organise program bookings and ensure the smooth delivery of programs to members and employers. After undertaking studies in Public Health and Psychology,…Read more
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…Read more
Dr Nerida Joss
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…Read more LinkedIn
Head of Marketing & Communications
Danielle joined SuperFriend in July 2018, bringing with her two decades of marketing communications experience primarily within financial services. She's passionate about driving positive change in the industry she loves.
Danielle’s background includes senior marketing and communications roles with both profit-to-member and retail super funds, and in qualitative research. She loves translating complex information into content people can genuinely understand and enjoy, as well as harnessing the power of simple and effective design. She loves and shares SuperFriend’s vision for a mentally healthy and thriving…Read more Email LinkedIn
Digital Communications Specialist
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…Read more LinkedIn
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.
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…Read more
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 Financial 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…Read more