STREAT has a passionate, active and committed Board, that not only understands its responsibilities under the Corporations Act and takes ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the running of STREAT, but that does so in strong partnership with STREAT’s management.
The Board comprises directors with expertise across key areas including community development, psychology, hospitality, social enterprise, business, vocational training, law and accountancy.
Dawn O'Neil AM (Chair)
Dawn is a recognised leader in providing business coaching and consulting services to social sector leaders especially in the areas of collaborative and participatory change. She has developed a particular focus and specialist skills in emerging arena of Collective Impact.
Previously CEO Lifeline Australia and beyondblue, Dawn is the Chair of STREAT, a Director of Ten20 an innovative catalytic philanthropy organisation and a Director of Big White Wall a global on-line mental health and wellbeing service.
In 2009 Dawn was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the community and to Mental Health.
Rebecca (Bec) Scott
For two years Bec was the Vice-President of KOTO, a hospitality training program and social enterprise for street youth in Hanoi. Prior to this she worked for a decade in management positions at CSIRO, Australia’s premier science research organisation (roles included Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics Manager, Internal Communication Manager and National Coordinator of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club). Prior to this she won a scholarship to the Australian National University and traveled Australia as part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
Bec has founded a number of large interdisciplinary programs (particularly international science art programs) and helped establish the ACT Film Makers’ Network. For six years she has been on the Board of the Australian Choreographic Centre. In 2005 she was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, an 18-month program to further develop outstanding young Australians who have demonstrated strong ethical leadership.
Bec is passionate about the role that governments, NGOs, businesses and community groups can play together in poverty reduction and sustainable development. She feels strongly about environmental and social issues, and particularly those associated with food production, hunger and homelessness. She has a Masters in International and Community Development.
Dr Kate Barrelle
As a clinical and forensic psychologist, Kate’s career has centred around people and their well-being. Her early career focused on community mental health, and also abused and neglected children in care. As a Partner of a major psychology practice in Canberra, the clinical focus of Kate’s practice included clients with issues related to trauma, pain, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, behaviour problems, substance abuse etc. She also worked with perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes, gang and cult members. She provided confidential counselling to individuals, NGOs, community groups, corporations, and the caucus of one of the Federal political parties. As a Partner Kate did complex psychological assessments for Criminal, Children’s and Family Court matters, and was a regular expert witness for both the prosecution and defence.
Kate then worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Working with DFAT provided an appreciation of larger scale matters such as international politics, leadership styles, as well as the management, operational, staffing and logistical demands of such a large international organisation. During this time she travelled extensively within the Asia Pacific region as well as China, the Middle East and further afield. She developed a focus on cross-cultural aspects of personal and international relations, and is increasingly interested in ethical ways of resolving violent and intractable conflict. The last number of her years with DFAT was in their CT Branch.
In late 2004 Kate undertook a Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, an 18-month ethical leadership program run by the St James Ethics Centre in Sydney. This experiential program strengthened Kate’s commitment to make a positive difference. It underlined her desire to work both with individuals as well as on as large a scale as possible – something STREAT does exceptionally well. In 2008 Kate was selected as one of Australia’s leading 1000 thinkers and attended the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit, where her expertise in prevention of youth radicalisation in an international context was drawn upon.
Since moving to Melbourne to co-found STREAT with Rebecca Scott, Kate completed her PhD which involved interviews with former radicals about disengagement from extremism and their subsequent societal reintegration. In addition to sitting on the STREAT Board, Kate works as a freelance consultant with a particular focus on projects that aim to assist disenfranchised youth attain sustainable livelihood and belonging through mentoring, skills training and holistic social support.
Paul is a successful entrepreneur who has owned and run several companies over the past 20 years. Considered the originator of “pop-up retailing” in Australia and New Zealand, Paul is perhaps best known for founding the 150-store seasonal retail chain Calendar Club which is the market leader in its sector. He was also the inaugural chairman of the international advisory board of Calendar Club overseeing 1,500 stores in six countries.
Paul was also the Chairman of the advisory board of Real Institute, a leading Australian training company, which in 2014 was sold to an ASX-listed company. In addition he was the start-up CEO of Powershop, Australia’s most innovative electricity retailer. Paul has interests in several entrepreneurial companies and currently runs The Breen Institute, a school of innovation and design thinking.
Dianna is a qualified CA with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Senior Associate with FINSIA. She is currently a Director at LDB Financial Management, a company that provides CFO services to small and medium businesses.
After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University, Dianna commenced her career at KPMG in the audit and assurance division. Her experience to date includes roles at Deutsche Bank London, Fosters Group Limited, and Country Road Australia where she held Managerial roles across Finance and Treasury.
Dianna most recently worked with Hudsons Coffee as their Finance Manager, where she was responsible for the day to day management of the Company’s finances. She was also Company Secretary for Emirates Leisure Retail Australia, the ultimate owner of Hudsons Coffee and various other Food and Beverage Outlets.
Dianna has extensive experience in financial control and month end reporting. She has strong analytical skills, and has been focussed on improving processes and efficiencies in her roles over the years.
Brian is a commercial lawyer and company director. He began his career in private legal practice in New Zealand, before moving into corporate life in Australia as General Counsel with Robert Holmes à Court, Senior Legal Officer at Shell Australia and Chief Counsel at Rio Tinto. His career has spanned legal, treasury and company secretarial roles as well as offices in security and privacy. During the last 15 years he has worked overseas as Chief Legal Officer for a joint venture owned by 20 global mining companies where he developed and implemented the legal and international tax structure for their joint e-commerce procurement platform.
He has deep domain experience in commercial contracting, intellectual property, international licensing, cross border contracts and international tax structuring.
He has also been a company director and member of the audit and risk committees of listed, public and private companies in countries such as Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Africa and The Netherlands. He has a particular interest in corporate governance, as well as board performance and effectiveness.
Brian is admitted to practice law in New Zealand, Western Australia and Victoria and holds LL. B. (hons) and LL. M. (hons) degrees from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.