Who we are
We started as a Family Foundation to protect young people like Thomas, killed by one punch at 18. Following the tragic death of his younger brother Stuart, also at 18, the Foundation evolved and became a national movement of kindness. We are more determined than ever to keep our youth safe through a kinder Australia.
Patrons and Ambassadors
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) was sworn in as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 July 2019.
David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. A long and distinguished 42-year military career followed where his service culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force. Prior to being sworn in as Governor-General, David Hurley served as the 38th Governor of New South Wales from October 2014 to May 2019.
David Hurley was born in Wollongong, New South Wales on 26 August 1953, the son of Norma and James Hurley. His father was an Illawarra steelworker and his mother worked in a grocery store. David Hurley grew up and attended high school in Port Kembla. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. David Hurley is married to Linda with whom he has three children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Wollongong in 2013; a Doctor of the University, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales in 2015; made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016; and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Macquarie University in 2017.
Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW
Allan is a renowned international keynote speaker, trainer and a former Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW. He is also one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens. Allan is one of 5 who has received Australia’s highest bravery decoration and civilian award, the Cross of Valour. Allan has also been awarded the Commendation for Brave Conduct, for saving the life of an Aboriginal man who had fallen onto the path of a train at Redfern Station in 2014. On Australia Day in 2017 Allan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Support organisations and the community. Allan is one of only 10 Australians to receive the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Having a lived experience of trauma related mental illnesses and recovery, Allan is a passionate advocate for pro-active approaches and greater education relating to the physiological risks being faced in today’s society.
The original Yellow Wiggle
Greg Page is best known as the original Yellow Wiggle. Together with his Wiggly friends, Greg has performed more than 6,000 concerts across the world to over 3 million fans, including selling out Madison Square Garden 13 times in one week! The Wiggles are loved by all and have sold over 24 million DVDs.
Greg is now possibly best known as The Wiggle who had a cardiac arrest on stage – and survived. Fun turned into a very near-death experience for Greg when at the most-recent performance with the original Wiggles group, Greg had a cardiac arrest. If not for the quick thinking and lifesaving skills of bystanders, (in the ultimate act of kindness) Greg would have most likely died. His life was saved because of CPR and an AED at Castle Hill RSL Club. Upon waking up from life-saving surgery, Greg was told that his chances of surviving such an episode were only 1 in 10. This rocked Greg. The fact that 90% of people who have a sudden cardiac arrest out of hospital do not survive, was a hard-hitting stat that he could not ignore.
Greg has always had a sense of community purpose, along with unwavering passion for educating young children while entertaining them. The concert where Greg almost lost his life was raising funds for bushfire relief. And so now, on an even greater mission, Greg sees his purpose as supporting the health and well-being of the broader Australian community. This will continue to include young children, as well as educating others about the importance of knowing CPR, making AEDs more available in public places and in homes – and most importantly, making sure people know where to find an AED.
Greg’s focus on young children and the general well-being of all people, as well as his own values of kindness and community spirit, make him an ideal Ambassador for Stay Kind. Along with his new initiative called “Heart of the Nation”, whose goal is to make sure that every Australian knows where to find an AED, Greg will be sharing the importance of kindness and inspiring acts of kindness through education and community messaging.
Community Kindness Champion
Michelle Boundy lives in Newcastle NSW and is passionate about her local community becoming a “Stay Kind” community and city. Michelle believes that by showing kindness to others we create a culture that’s inclusive, supportive and encouraging.
Michelle has over 30 years experience working in human services that includes state and commonwealth government agencies. She is tertiary qualified and has extensive experience in child protection, disability, drug & alcohol, mental health and work health & safety.
Michelle is also passionate about workplace wellbeing and has developed and implemented two highly successful wellbeing projects for the state and commonwealth governments. Both projects promoted health and wellbeing activities for staff which have won various awards including regional and state WH&S awards and a finalist in the prestigious WorkCover WHS State Awards.
In 2020 Michelle developed the Stay Kind 50 Walks Project and the Stay Kind 50 Acts of Kindness Project. Both projects promote the importance of kindness and the difference this can have on individuals and within a community. These projects were highly successful and have seen a strong following both nationally and overseas.
As our inaugural Community Kindness Champion Michelle is keen to support other communities in taking up the challenge of doing something kind.
An act of kindness can be life changing and could even save someone’s life.
Justin Greiner was appointed CEO of JBWere in February 2014. JBWere is a leading private wealth management and investment firm in Australia and New Zealand, providing a wide range of investment, advisory and philanthropic services. JBWere has more than $60b in Funds Under Advice and has over 500 employees.
Justin is Chairman of Stay Kind and a Director of the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP). Previous board positions include President of the Harvard Club of Australia, Director of The Institute of Bone and Joint Research and Director of Youngcare Sydney Advisory Board.
Ralph Kelly is the father of Stuart and Thomas. Initially with the support of a friend, he and Kathy Kelly founded the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation. Now as CEO of Stay Kind, Ralph has pro-actively campaigned for behavioral change in the community in relation to violence, bullying, hazing and suicide. He has also advocated for social support for victims of violence as well as violence protection. Ralph’s work has resulted in the provision of Take Kare Safe Spaces in the Sydney CBD, a Financial Hardship Victim Support program through the Department of Justice, a UNSW research study of the Take Kare Safe Spaces and the development of the Take Kare app in partnership with UTS. Notably the Take Kare Safe Space program has recorded over 67 000 incidents of assistance since December 2014. Ralph voluntarily oversees the Take Kare program initiatives, day to day operations of Stay Kind as well as the relationship management of all stakeholders.
David Anstee has broad CEO experience in innovation companies having worked across start-ups, media and technology sectors. He founded and sold two media and communications businesses to establish Australia’s 2nd largest direct advertising agency. David works both as a mentor and a consultant focusing on innovation, creativity and business acceleration.
David’s professional career began with American Express following from which he founded what was to become one of the leading Direct Response Advertising and Communications Group in Australia. Onselling the business to McCann Erickson, David led the combined agency to become the country’s 2nd largest. David’s highly successful track record along with his innovative approach will complement the Foundations’ work.
Eric Cao is a high achieving UNSW student majoring in marketing and psychology. He has spent the last two years kick starting his career by working full time in the marketing industry whilst also studying full time.
Eric considers community awareness of social issues and appropriate behaviours a critical element for our social structure. He is a firm believer in the importance of empowering individuals to do the right thing, in order to help shift the underlying culture.
Kathy Kelly is the mother of Stuart and Thomas. She is an advocate for behavioural change in the community, harm reduction and the provision of social support for victims of violence.
Kathy sees communication, prevention and education as key platforms supporting the drive for social change. She is also a firm believer in the need to take a pro-active approach to exploring and implementing strategies for harm reduction.
Mark Langsworth is an experienced Banking and Finance Senior Managing Director, with over 30 years of experience in the Australian financial markets. Mark’s roles have encompassed trading, risk management, portfolio management, sales and distribution, origination, product development, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
In addition, he has been an active participant on various Underwriting, Risk Management and Credit Committees. He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, a qualified Telephone Crisis Counsellor for Lifeline and has also been actively involved in the Take Kare Safe Space program.
Simon McGrath is the Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific, responsible for over 385 hotels, 53,000 rooms and 21,000 employees in the region. Simon has had an extensive and highly respected career having worked in executive management positions in both main cities and iconic leisure destinations throughout Australia. Simon has also worked throughout Asia in key locations including Malaysia and Thailand. Simon is a Director of AAPC Limited, Accor Vacation Club and Reef Casino Trust.
Simon participated in a special Taskforce for the NSW Government – Visitor Economy Taskforce in 2018. Outside of tourism and hospitality, Simon holds the position of Independent Director of GenesisCare (leading healthcare company). He has also played a major advocacy role in advancing Indigenous employment in hospitality and wider economic employment. Simon has also championed and taken a lead role to greatly improve gender diversity in the tourism sector.
Natalie Zelinsky is both the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for Stay Kind, She is responsible for daily operation and overseeing Stay Kind compliance with its statutory and regulatory obligations. She ensures the provision of strategic and executive support to the CEO and supports Stay Kind in its key relationships, the provision of programs and services, and management of specific projects that contribute to the strategic growth and impact of the Foundation. Natalie also provides a range of support to the Stay Kind board.
Elizabeth Broderick has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.
A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.
She also established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.
Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, and Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. She is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, the Australian Rugby Union Board, and formerly a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council. She is Senior Advisor to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change.
In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology Sydney.
Howard Brown is an over 60 year-old failed legal student who after studying Law for six years found himself unable to pass the subject of Taxation. He then became a Private Investigator and was working as same in 1988 when one of his friends was murdered. Howard attended the inaugural meeting of VOCAL and became a member and went straight onto the committee, in 1989. Howard then established the Sydney arm of the Victims of Crime Assistance League (Vocal) in 1991.
Howard is a member of the Victims Advisory Board, NSW Sentencing Council, and the DNA Review Panel. Provides assistance to Homicide Victims Support Group, Enough is Enough, Mission Australia, Stacsa (stand together against Sexual Abuse) Gunnedah, Homicide Victims Association. He has also held the positions of President, Vice-President of VOCAL Hunter, and is a Life Member.
Howard is a Victims Advocate for Victims of Crime before the Mental Health Review Tribunal and NSW Parole Authority. Howard was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in June of 2004 for his work with Victims of Crime. In 2011 Howard was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of New South Wales for his work with the University and for Victims of Crime.
Peter Miller is Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at the School of Psychology, Deakin University. Peter has recently completed three of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing 11 Australian cities (and Wellington, NZ) over 5 years and talking to more than 15,000 patrons. Peter has edited one book and has over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous government reports.
Peter’s projects include: an Australia Research Council Linkage grant in collaboration with the Cancer Council and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) to investigate the role of vested interests such as the tobacco, alcohol and gambling in preventing effective health policy; Drug and Alcohol intoxication and Subsequent Harm in night-time Entertainment Districts (DASHED), Alcohol and Drug Involvement in family and Domestic Violence in Australia (ADIVA), related violence and the impact of different police responses on recidivism rates; and an ARC Discovery project evaluating risk-based licensing (RBL) schemes for the sale of alcohol at on-licensed premises in Australia. Peter has also worked with eight Emergency Departments across Australia on systematic screening of alcohol-related harm.
Richard Sauerman is The Brand Guy. He is ranked #3 in the world’s Top 30 Brand Professionals.
After working in multi-national ad agencies on brands such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft, Richard pioneered a new way to do branding where everything you do and say as a business must be driven by and aligned to your brand strategy – your business strategy, your products and services, your culture and people, your customer service and trade relationships, your marketplace positioning as well as [and not just] your marketing communications.
Richard co-runs a Brand Strategy, Design & Communications agency in Sydney, called Brandcraft, and delivers keynote talks and workshops in Australia and abroad.