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Tony Miller OAM
Founder 'Dads in Distress', Fathers Day 1999
We started out as Dads in Distress, on Father’s Day 1999. Our founder was Tony Miller OAM. Back then, we operated one dads group that met periodically on a veranda in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
Tony kicked off the group after he could not find any support that he needed as a recently separated and highly distressed dad; in fact it led him to contemplate taking his own life more than once. Others heard about his work and they volunteered to set up their own local groups.
Over the years, mums too started to come to our groups for support, so we widened our work to include mum support and, in 2017, we rebranded to Parents Beyond Breakup. We continue to operate a front line support service called Dads in Distress (alongside one called Mums in Distress) but our focus is where the greater lack of national support continues to exist – that is with separated dads.
Two decades on and we’ve expanded our services to include a telephone helpline, LiveChat helpline, online forum and local ‘one to one’ mentors.
Our core ethos remains today as strongly as it did back in 1999, to provide support free and to utilise where possible only peer volunteers all of whom have been through it themselves. This makes all the difference when you’re all out of money, and trust. Although we are in small part funded by government, we continue to operate on very limited funds and rely heavily on the generosity of the public, trusts and corporate donors.
Parents Beyond Breakup
PBB is a registered charity
Donations are tax deductible
Our focus is the prevention of suicide in separating parents
Our tagline is keeping parents alive, and in their kids lives
We are non ideological, non political, gender neutral and gender inclusive.
We do not do ‘activism’.
We are often asked to provide policy makers high quality and unbiased factual information that they need to make better decisions about the areas in which we operate.
Gillian Hunt, CEO – NSW
Pete Nicholls, Ambassador (Immediate past CEO) – NSW
Tania Karshagen, Executive Assistant – NSW
Glenn Hodgson, Operations Manager (North) – QLD
Phil Lamport, Operations Manager (South) – VIC
Alan Valja, Helpline Operator – NSW
Tim Kay, Helpline Operator – NSW
JD Knight, Helpline Operator – QLD
Brendan Blomeley – TAS, until 2022 AGM – CHAIR
Campbell Lennox – NSW, until 2023 AGM – TREASURER
Ross Arriola – NSW, until 2022 AGM – DEPUTY CHAIR
Glen Poole – QLD, until 2022 AGM
Josie Sinnamon – QLD, until 2023 AGM
Leadership Advisory Team
Tony Miller OAM, Founder & Ambassador – NSW
Jim Morris, Ambassador – SA/NSW/QLD
John Heron, Legal Counsel – VIC
Diane Leach, Accounting – NSW
The Hero's (Our volunteers!)
Dozens of dedicated volunteer peers
Separated mums, dads, grandparents and just great humans who want to make a positive difference to those most in need and most at risk
The Empty Chair (Passed)
Our Family Values
One big family
We are family centric, client focussed and cognisant of children’s needs
We model the PBB behaviours; demonstrate camaraderie, warmth and we each help to develop others around us
Our ethos is to facilitate peer to peer connection, support and care
Sleep well at night
We are accountable, responsible, ethical, respectful, caring, compassionate and empathic
We believe in equality and act in an egalitarian manner
Open heart, open mind
Our nature is to be determined, driven, passionate, inclusive, sensitive
We act urgently, influence and nurture whilst demonstrating humility
We use emotional and social intelligence
If not us, who?
We believe in empowering, growing and inspiring leaders
We value talent, innovation and communication
We make a dent in the universe and choose the road less travelled
We are dependable, trustworthy experts
We value teamwork, expertise and knowledge
Playing by the rules is what makes us successful
Do more with less
We are pragmatic, resourceful, frugal and proactive
We see no barriers, accept all challenges and do not postpone
Think different whilst keeping it simple
Our Vision, Our Mission
Parents Beyond Breakup not only supports parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledges the specific issue of parent-child contact and custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’, a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia.
Every child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents …. ….