Meet the Board

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Sarah Mahon
Chairperson

Sarah Mahon is a Woodend resident with a nursing background who now runs a small beef and sheep farm. Sarah served on the Kyneton & District health Service Board for six years and is involved with a range of community and sporting groups. Sarah brings significant governance and board experience in addition to her community connections.

Sarah Hardy MAICD
Deputy Chair

Sarah has held diverse leadership and management positions for 25 years in the philanthropic and Not for Profit sectors. Sarah’s experience has focused on strategy development, grant management, governance, financial management and reporting to boards. Originally a Registered Nurse and Adult Educator, Sarah has worked with a broad and diverse cross-section of the philanthropic, not for profit sector and education sectors across Australia, particularly organisations and institutions working in mental health, youth, education, rural and remote issues and women’s health.

Sarah is a co-founder of the Live4Life initiative in the Macedon Ranges, having established the program in 2009. Sarah has post graduate qualifications in Mental Health Sciences (majoring in Youth Mental Health), Community Health, Adult Education and Business. Sarah has also undertaken an executive leadership program at Stanford University and will undertake an executive program in fundraising at Harvard.

Brian Renwick FCA, MBA
Treasurer

Brian is a highly experienced senior business manager with highly developed commercial acumen and a unique combination of commercial skills combined with a strong finance background. A strong record of career accomplishments reflects a comprehensive depth and breadth of operational and commercial expertise developed in leading organisations such as CSL Limited, Symbion Healthcare, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sara Lee Corporation and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In addition Brian has senior management public company experience with Ascent Pharmaceuticals Limited and Advance Healthcare Group Limited.

Brian currently delivers a broad range of value added Consultancy Services in the Technology and Healthcare & Life Sciences sectors. He is currently Chair of the Braemar College Board and a non executive director Jayex Healthcare Limited. Through these engagements Brian has developed a comprehensive and ‘hands on’ understanding of corporate governance that is key to Youth Live4Life in its formative stages as an organisation.

Pauline Neil
Secretary

Pauline Neil has extensive experience in the youth sector, primarily in local government where she has held senior management positions. Pauline has coordinated youth services for the City of Springvale and Greater Dandenong and is currently the Coordinator of Youth Development for Macedon Ranges Shire Council in regional Victoria. Early in Pauline’s career her work was centred around direct support for young refugees, crisis support, youth housing and alcohol and other drugs. Pauline’s current role seeks to develop the community’s capacity to better understand and support young people in regional Victoria, requiring a different focus to that of metro Melbourne. Pauline is a cofounder of Live4Life. Pauline has recently been awarded Master Instructor by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Noelene Ward

Board Member

Noelene Ward has lived in the Macedon Ranges for over 30 years and taught in local primary schools for 20+ years, broken up by four years working in an International school in Bangkok. She has two children but lost her 20 year old son to suicide in 2008. He hid his feelings so well that NO-ONE knew he was struggling. Noelene is passionate about the Macedon Ranges Live4Life program because it has proven effective in increasing student’s mental health knowledge and their ability to communicate with a friend about needing help or connecting to mental health services. Her interactions with parents and ex students in the community has reinforced this view. Noelene feels that if this program was part of her son’s school experience, he may have fared better through asking someone for help before he reached the point of suiciding.

Noelene has completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training. She channels her passion for expanding community awareness and understanding of issues around suicide through her involvement as Vice-Chair of Macedon Ranges Suicide Prevention Action Group and is a trained Peer Support person in the Support After Suicide support group created by this action group.

Tamara Wilson
Board Member

Tamara lives in the Macedon Ranges and has 3 children.  Tamara works as a bookkeeper in her own business.  Her passion is breaking down the myths around Mental Illness.  Tamara is President and Co-Founder of PS My Family Matters where her real passion is met, supporting carers in our local community.  Tamara has lived experience of being a carer for her family through their mental health challenges.   Youth Live4Life is a fantastic initiative, my middle child having had peers go through the program she has seen and reaped the benefits of the initiative.