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, youth mental health, hospitality, social enterprise, business, vocational training, law and accountancy.

Professor Jane Burns (Chair)

Professor Jane Burns is CEO of InnoWell and Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Science. Professor Burns was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that united over 70 partners from the not-for-profit, academic and technology industry around a single research focus – to explore the role of technology in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people. 

In recognition for her achievements in mental health reform and suicide prevention she won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service and Chair of STREAT. She is a strategic advisor to the government, university and social enterprise sector and has served on numerous government working groups across Health, Communications and Veterans Affairs. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

Jane led the youth and public health agenda for beyondblue in its initial start-up, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships for Reachout.com at the Inspire Foundation. Jane held both a VicHealth and an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.

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. 

Brian Williams

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.

Col Duthie

Col is a trusted advisor to senior NFP leaders in the areas of strategy and leadership and is an expert facilitator and NFP Board Director.

He has 18 years experience developing strategic clarity, cohesive leadership and stakeholder buy-in for some of Australia and the South Pacific’s key social purpose organisations including World Vision Australia, Victoria Legal Aid and The PNG Sustainable Development Program, as well as numerous influential agencies such as Justice Connect and the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Col also has over 20 years experience as a non-executive NFP director including, as Chair of donkey wheel Ltd and Ethical Property Commercial Ltd, facilitating innovation in venture philanthropy and impact investing.

Prior to his work via Vocate, Col was Managing Director of Ergo Consulting, a professional services firm, the culture of which staff still describe as being in a league of its own. He has a pure maths degree from the University of Tasmania, numerous professional qualifications and is a graduate member of the AICD.

Jacob Spencer

Jacob has spent the last 15 years in executive roles at renowned food retail brands and currently owns and runs Mobile Skips.

Jacob began his career managing McDonalds stores in Australia before moving overseas to the UK as Operations Manager for the very successful and innovative food retailer Pret a Manger. Pret pioneered organic and handmade natural food well ahead of the market and is one of the world’s most successful café brands.

Coming back to Australia, Jacob joined Boost Juice Bars in an executive role leading operations before joining Coles during the turnaround to lead large operational improvement programs. Most recently and before acquiring Mobile Skips, Jacob returned to the Boost Juice group as General Manager of the Salsas Fresh Mex business prior to the company being sold to private equity.

Jacob’s passion for business and keen interest in franchising led him to acquire the innovative Mobile Skips brand.  Mobile Skips’ unique model has enabled an exclusive partnership with Bunnings and the brand is currently being grown through franchising around Australia.