Meet the Stay Kind board who are dedicated to our vision.
Stay Kind board
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.
Justin is also the Executive Director of JBWere. 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.
Director & CEO
Ralph Kelly is the father of Stuart and Thomas. With the support of a friend, Ralph and Kelly started the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation. As the CEO of Stay Kind, Ralph has pro-actively campaigned for behavioural 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.
Under Ralph’s direction, numerous initiatives have been established including a Financial Hardship Victim Support program through the Department of Justice, Take Kare Safe Spaces in the Sydney CBD and the development of the Take Kare app in partnership with UTS. The Take Kare Safe Space program has recorded over 67 000 instances for assistance since December 2014. Ralph oversees the Take Kare program and Stay Kind’s daily operations.
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 Executive 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.
Company Secretary & COO
Natalie Zelinsky is both the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for Stay Kind. She is responsible for the daily operation of the Foundation and also oversees Stay Kind compliance with its statutory and regulatory obligations. Natalie plays an integral role in the development and execution of strategic activities and also provides executive support to the volunteer CEO, supporting 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. As Company Secretary 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.
Jane Hutcheon is one of Australia’s top broadcast interviewers. She’s a Sydney-based writer and facilitator with over three decades of experience in international journalism, TV & video presentation and story-telling. Jane created the ABC TV show One Plus One conducting 500 in-depth conversations in nine years with world leaders, celebrities, CEOs, mavericks, freedom-fighters, justice-seekers and lesser-known heroes from Australia and beyond. As a former international correspondent who’s reported on China, the Middle-east and Europe Jane has a unique ability to talk to anyone. Recently she established her own brand which helps clients strengthen their conversation and listening skills. She’s the author of two non-fiction books with her third, The Good Talk, due out in 2021.
Nate Brown is a dedicated community builder who is passionate about bringing people together around a common cause. He believes that empowering people to be part of a collective solution strengthens the social fabric of our communities. With qualifications in youth work and social sciences, and as an innovative leader in the community services sector, Nate helped establish the Take Kare Safe Space program in 2014 and was the inaugural Take Kare Program Coordinator from 2014-2017. He is currently the Team Leader of the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Services in the Central Coast and Hunter regions of NSW. Nate provides practical insight and advice to our Take Kare program as it continues to evolve.
Westpac Observers Program
Tim is a current Board Observer with over 15 years’ experience in Digital, Marketing and various team leadership roles primarily in the financial Services industry with the Westpac Group. Tim is passionate about using his skills and experience to help build awareness and drive change in the community and has recently completed an Indigenous corporate secondment to Far North Queensland.
Rajiv is a driven transformation leader with an enterprise mindset and a proven track record in strategic program delivery within Financial Services. Rajiv is both results orientated and focused on building sustainable competitive advantage, which he achieves by actively partnering with businesses for strategic analysis, transformation planning and execution.
Rajiv is equally passionate about targeted social impact by taking up active roles within community organisations including Stay Kind, Hindu Council of Australia, and Sydney Jain Mandal Education Centre. Rajiv continues to mentor university students and Financial Services professionals in order to help develop the next generation of leaders.
Michelle is an experienced technology professional with experience across Asia and Australia. Her background in top-tier consulting firms have seen her work across strategic planning, project management, systems integration and complex operating models. In addition to her day job, Michelle is Deputy Chair of Westpac’s Employee Action Group for Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteering. She leads a passionate network of employees across Australia, who are willing to use their daily skills to make a difference to organisations in the Not For Profit sector.