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Governance & Board

Lifeline Canberra functions as do many organisations with standard corporate governance, a board and reporting requirements.

Find out about board members and explore the organisations latest Annual report and Strategic plan, that are available for download at the bottom of the page.


Board members

Lifeline Canberra’s Board consists of nine directors. The Board is responsible for the overall performance of Lifeline Canberra, providing strategic direction, governance and leadership.

Here at Lifeline Canberra, we are extremely proud of our passionate, authentic and driven board members.


Cade Brown


Cade joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2012. He was elected to the position of Treasurer in 2014, Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. 

Read more about Cade Brown

Cade provides the board with a deep understanding of corporate governance, risk management and financial management skills that he has obtained in a fifteen year career as a consultant in in Canberra’s leading accounting firms. He is currently a Partner of Callida Consulting and has also figured prominently in Canberra’s sporting landscape, primarily as captain of the ACT Comets. Cade has a Bachelor of Commerce at Canberra University and is also a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Todd Wills


Todd joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2016. In 2015, Todd moved to Canberra from Melbourne and has been passionate about Canberra and its community ever since.

Read more about Todd Wills

Todd holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts and has over 25 years’ experience in the professional services industry in South Africa, Melbourne and Canberra. He is currently the Canberra Office Managing Partner for EY. His experience over the last 25 years has given him a great appetite for growing business, supporting the community and creating value. Todd is currently on the Red Shield Appeal Committee and the Canberra Cancerians Committee. In addition, he was formerly a board member of the Canberra Business Council (CBC).

Jessica Mellor


Jessica joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2017. She is an experienced project executive with a strong focus on strategy and innovative solutions.

Read more about Jessica Mellor

Her experience spans major infrastructure projects, residential and commercial development, and funds management. Jessica is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aquis Entertainment and Casino Canberra, and brings a wealth of knowledge in public company administration and compliance, projects and cost management.

Arran Curll


Arran joined the board in 2014 and was appointed to the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, leveraging his expertise in finance to help ensure we maintain a long-term approach to sustainability.

Read more about Arran Curll

He was elected to the position of Treasurer in 2015. Having studied in the ACT, Arran's skills and passion for life took him abroad to the United Kingdom and then the Northern Territory, before returning to Canberra in 2007. Arran is a partner at local financial planning firm, Much more than money (formerly Godfrey Pembroke) and is an accredited Financial Advisor. A passionate fitness fanatic Arran can more often than not be seen around town running or cycling.

Warren Apps


Warren joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in 2011. Leveraging his experience in communications, he has worked closely with the team to assist engagement and business development.

Read more about Warren Apps

Warren is a Director of Coordinate Group, Canberra’s largest communication, marketing and advertising consultancy. He has 20 years experience working in multinational advertising agencies and was twice named one of the top five advertising professionals under 30 in Australia by B&T in 2007 and 2008.

Carol Bennett


Carol joined the Lifeline Canberra Board in June 2017. Over the last two decades, Carol has worked at senior executive levels in peak national and state health and aged-care organisations.

Read more about Carol Bennett

This includes as Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Hunter Medicare Local, Rural Health Workforce Australia and the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association. Carol has also managed her own consulting business working with national peak groups such as beyondblue, Australian Practice Nurses Association, Heart Support Australia and Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter Trust, where she performed in the role of interim CEO. Carol is the current CEO of Painaustralia.

Jeanie Bruce


Jeanie joined Lifeline as a Telephone Crisis Support volunteer in 1999, quickly expanding her volunteering role to include In-shift Support Supervisor and mentoring new volunteers as a Group Facilitator.

Read more about Jeanie Bruce

In 2011 she was honoured to be named the ACT Volunteer of the Year, for her considerable and ongoing contribution to Lifeline. She became a member of the Board in 2012 and was elected to the position of Secretary in 2015. Jeanie has extensive experience as a manager in the public sector in both WA and the ACT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Canberra has been her home since 1991 and contributing to the local community, through Lifeline Canberra, continues to inspire her.

Archie Tsirimokos


Archie joined the Lifeline Canberra Board in February 2017. He has a strong connection to, and is an active member of, the Canberra community.

Read more about Archie Tsirimokos

Archie is Meyer Vandenberg's Chair and is recognised as one of Canberra's most experienced commercial lawyers. In 2014 Archie was named the Property Council ACT's Property Professional of the Year, and in 2016 Archie was inducted to the Real Estate Institute of ACT Hall of Fame. Archie was named the Institute's 'Solicitor of the Year' in 2015, 2014 and 2013. In addition to his role as a Director of Lifeline Canberra, he is also Deputy Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber and former Chair of Communities@Work.

Catherine Murphy


Catherine joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in September 2018. She has lived in Canberra for 40 years and completed a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws at the ANU.

Read more about Catherine Murphy

Catherine has significant experience in policy development and budgetary processes as a senior public servant. From 1996-2005 she worked in the Australian Parliament as senior legal adviser to former Prime Minister the Hon John Howard and Chief of Staff to former Education Minister the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson. She was also CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries. Catherine has more recently been retired to undertake carer responsibilities for her family members. Catherine is passionate about the wonderful work that Lifeline Canberra and its volunteers undertake in assisting those in our community with crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health issues.

Annual report

Integrity and transparency are part of the core values of the organisation. Lifeline Canberra have their Annual reports available for download.

To download, select any of the files below.

Strategic plan

Lifeline’s strategic plan lays the foundation of the organisation as it is today, including its
products and services. It also outlines the vision of the organisation for the future
and how they intend to achieve that vision.

To download, select any of the files below.