The Lifeline Direct (LLD) Board of Directors help lead LLD’s strategic direction, establish a governance framework including compliance systems to ensure the organisation meets its obligations, oversee the financial performance and help ensure that LLD stays focused on working towards its guiding vision of an Australia free of suicide.
Kevin’s career began working for the Australian Federal Government where he spent 14 years in various roles within economic and socio-economic policy units. He transitioned to the customer-owned banking sector, initially as the National Government Affairs Manager for the sector. Kevin took on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the then New England Credit Union in 2001.
During his time as CEO, Kevin has played an integral role in developing the organisation from a small credit union with only a handful of branches and a small team, to a $2.5 billion high-performance customer-owned bank.
Kevin’s career has also included a range of diverse roles as a non-executive director. His recent roles include board member for the New England Region of Regional Development Australia, ministerial appointed Director for UNE Council, Chairman of three shopping centre trusts based in Armidale, Scone and Innisfail, Chairman of Backtrack youth works program, Director of the Armidale Diocesan Investment Group, Coastline Credit Union and the Hunter New England Local Health District.
Kevin’s strengths are strategy, courageous leadership and community engagement. It is with this ethos that Kevin aligns his volunteer work with not-for-profits and community-centred organisations, particularly those that support mental health in regional Australia. Kevin was instrumental in establishing the Armidale-based youth-at-risk program, BackTrack.
Colin is Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Australia. Colin has held leadership positions in the health sector for more than 20 years. Previously Colin was Chief Executive Officer of Healthdirect Australia and prior to that he held senior executive positions with the National Safety Council of Australia, the Hospital Benefits Association and Sano Consulting.
Colin has worked across a broad spectrum of health sector issues including governance, policy development, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.
Colin spent seven years in management positions at the Sydney Swans Football Club, where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2002.
Shona Tarrant is a senior executive leader with experience across not for profit, retail, consulting and construction. Since 2018 she has been Group Executive, People and Culture for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and has previously held executive leadership roles within operations, strategy and people and culture. In these roles she has supported organisations through start up, growth, transformation and change. Shona holds an MBA from Deakin University, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Dr John Yu Fellowship Program at the University of Sydney Business School. This is Shona’s first Board position.