Our Leadership Team

The Board of Directors

Chair - Jim Redmond

Black Dog Ride's Jim RedmondOriginally a telecommunications technician, Jim became a Trainer and Facilitator, ultimately specialising in Management and Human Resources, and is now a Project Officer for local government coordinating contract relationships. Jim is Black Dog Ride's volunteer Wangaratta Coordinator and stepped up as Interim CEO from February - June 2017.

Secretary - Fiona Duffield, MACWA

Black Dog Ride Company Secretary Fiona Duffield With nearly 20 years involvement in the not for profit sector as Administrator, Facilitator, Project Manager, CEO and a founding director of Black Dog Ride, Fiona specialises in community development and has worked in the not for profit sector with local, state, national and government bodies. Fiona has lived experience of mental illness, and is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities.

Director - Jon Benham

Black Dog Ride's Jon BenhamJon is a Psychiatric Nurse and a Manager of a national not for profit. Jon helped develop and implement the first Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaM) teams in NT and his passion is building psycho-social support within communities. Jon is also Black Dog Ride's volunteer Darwin and NT Coordinator, and won Pride of Australia in 2017 for his services to mental health with Black Dog Ride.

Director - Michael Young, MAIES

Director Michael Young

Michael, or "Youngie" as he is affectionately known amongst Black Dog Riders, has a long involvement with Black Dog Ride in the capacity as volunteer Sunshine Coast and QLD Coordinator. Michael has spent 38 years working in the emergency services environment and is currently an Operational Capability Officer with QLD Fire and Emergency Services, specialising in volunteer development.

Director - Betty Parssey, MAIES

Black Dog Ride Director Betty Parssey Betty is Black Dog Ride's longest serving volunteer State Coordinator (TAS). A retired lecturer in Sports Science at UTAS, a current committee member of RACT's Road Safety advisory, an honorary member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services and a long time motorcycle rider, Betty brings a wealth of life experience, skills and passion to Black Dog Ride's Board of Directors.

Ex Officio - David Peach

Black Dog Ride's CEO David PeachDavid has spent three decades as a business owner, and also has a long history of service in the not for profit sector. First saddling up for Back Dog Ride in 2012, by 2016 David had signed up as Black Dog Ride's volunteer Penrith Coordinator. David's business expertise combined with his passion suicide prevention led him to be appointed Black Dog Ride's inaugural CEO in June 2017.


Subcommittees

Finance and Audit Subcommittee

Acting Chairperson - David Peach

Black Dog Ride's CEO David PeachDavid has spent three decades as a business owner, and also has a long history of service in the not for profit sector. First saddling up for Back Dog Ride in 2012, by 2016 David had signed up as Black Dog Ride's volunteer Penrith NSW Coordinator. David's business expertise combined with his passion suicide prevention led him to be appointed Black Dog Ride's inaugural CEO in June 2017.

Committee Member - Rosemary Hancock, B.Bus, CPA

Black Dog Ride's Rosemary HancockRosemary has been Black Dog Ride's volunteer Bathurst Coordinator for 5 years now, embracing a cause close to her heart. A passionate and active motorcycle rider in her local region, Rose is a CPA with a Bachelor of Business majoring in both Accounting and Business Law, a Registered Tax Agent, a JP and specialises in tax and business accounting.

Committee Member - Andrew Prescott, ICB

Black Dog Ride's Andrew PrescottAndrew has over 20 years in the finance and banking sectors and has experience as a small businessmen, bookkeeper, financial planner and BAS Agent with diverse involvement in the not for profit sector. Andrew is a former Black Dog Ride Darwin and NT Coordinator, and now is now based on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, assisting with his local Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer.

Christine Pidgeon, B.Comm, PGDip PM, CPA

Black Dog Ride's Christine PidgeonChristine is Black Dog Ride's contracted Bookkeeper, joining the Black Dog Ride Staff Team in April 2017 during the frenetic wrap up of the March 1 Dayer and has embraced the challenges and vibrancy of working in a charity. Christine has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting, a post graduate diploma of project management and is a BAS Agent.


Risk Management and Safety Subcommittee

Chairperson - David Peach

Black Dog Ride's CEO David PeachDavid has spent three decades as a business owner, and also has a long history of service in the not for profit sector. First saddling up for Back Dog Ride in 2012, by 2016 David had signed up as Black Dog Ride's volunteer Penrith NSW Coordinator. David's business expertise combined with his passion suicide prevention led him to be appointed Black Dog Ride's inaugural CEO in June 2017.

Committee Member - Michael Young, MAIES

Black Dog Ride's Michael YoungMichael, or "Youngie" as he is affectionately known amongst Black Dog Riders, has a long involvement with Black Dog Ride in the capacity as volunteer Sunshine Coast and QLD Coordinator. Michael has spent 38 years working in the emergency services environment and is currently an Operational Capability Officer with QLD Fire and Emergency Services, specialising in volunteer development.

Committee Member - Wayne Amor

Black Dog Ride's Wayne AmorWayne is an Electrical Contractor with over 3 decades in the industry, rising from apprentice to Team Leader with an electric supply company, and obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Currently working in Auditing and Compliance, Wayne first joined Black Dog Ride in 2014 as a Dubbo Coordinator, and has been Black Dog Ride's volunteer NSW Coordinator since 2015.


Volunteer Development Subcommittee

Chairperson - Michael Young, MAIES

Black Dog Ride's Michael YoungMichael, or "Youngie" as he is affectionately known amongst Black Dog Riders, has a long involvement with Black Dog Ride in the capacity as volunteer Sunshine Coast and QLD Coordinator. Michael has spent 38 years working in the emergency services environment and is currently an Operational Capability Officer with QLD Fire and Emergency Services, specialising in volunteer development.

Committee Member - Fiona Duffield, MACWA

Black Dog Ride Company Secretary Fiona Duffield With nearly 20 years involvement in the not for profit sector as Administrator, Facilitator, Project Manager, CEO and a founding director of Black Dog Ride, Fiona specialises in community development and has worked in the not for profit sector with local, state, national and government bodies. Fiona has lived experience of mental illness, and is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities.

Committee Member - Jim Redmond

Black Dog Ride's Jim RedmondOriginally a telecommunications technician, Jim became a Trainer and Facilitator, ultimately specialising in Management and Human Resources, and is now a Project Officer for local government coordinating contract relationships. Jim is Black Dog Ride's volunteer Wangaratta Coordinator and stepped up as Interim CEO from February - June 2017.


Mental Health Advisory Subcommittee

Chairperson - Jon Benham

Black Dog Ride's Jon BenhamJon is a Psychiatric Nurse and a Manager of a national not for profit. Jon helped develop and implement the first Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaM) teams in NT and his passion is building psycho-social support within communities. Jon is also Black Dog Ride's volunteer Darwin and NT Coordinator, and won Pride of Australia in 2017 for his services to mental health with Black Dog Ride.

Committee Member - Bev Seeney

Black Dog Ride's Bev SeeneyBev studied Psychology, Art Therapy and Psychotherapy, and has run a private practise for the past 15 years, following a Somatic method of psychotherapy called Hakomi. Bev specialises in depression, trauma, sexual assault and has significant experience in family violence, working in a women's refuge for a decade. Bev and her husband Rog are long time Black Dog Riders based in Denmark, WA.

Committee Member - Charles Linsley

Black Dog Ride's Charles LinsleyCharles' first Black Dog Ride was in 2012 to the Red Centre, and in 2013 became the Mackay Coordinator, organising the town's annual 1 Dayer. Charles is an Accredited Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructor and runs courses in the Mackay Whitsunday Region. He is also a member of the Suicide Prevention Action Planning Project Mackay Region, and a First Aid for Motorcyclists Instructor.

Committee Member - Fiona Duffield, MACWA

Black Dog Ride Company Secretary Fiona DuffieldWith nearly 20 years involvement in the not for profit sector as Administrator, Facilitator, Project Manager, CEO and a founding director of Black Dog Ride, Fiona specialises in community development and has worked in the not for profit sector with local, state, national and government bodies. Fiona has lived experience of mental illness, and is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities.


Governing Documents

Constitution

ACNC Certification

ACNC Charity Summary

Annual Directors and Financial Report 2015

Annual Directors and Financial Report 2016

Membership

Membership to Black Dog Ride Australia Ltd will be opened in 2017. Ordinary Membership will be available to riders and volunteers who have participated in an approved Black Dog Ride activity, and Associate Membership will be open to all who support Black Dog Ride's mission. Corporate Membership will also be available. Please subscribe to the Black Dog Ride Newsletter to receive notification of the memberships opening.