Meet the Parents beyond breakup team

Gillian Hunt CEO Parents Beyond Breakup

Gillian Hunt BA Comms, GAICD

Chief Executive Officer – Gillian joined Parents Beyond Breakup as CEO in April 2021. She has previously held senior executive positions across various ASX listed organisations including Asciano, Arrium and the John Holland Group. She has extensive corporate, management and NFP director experience including deputy Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia. Gillian is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds degrees in Communications and Anthropology, has post graduate qualifications in Marketing, Economics and Management, and has twice been acknowledged in the Salt and Shein Top 50 report as one of Australia’s most influential corporate affairs professionals. Gillian is a passionate advocate of suicide prevention and mental health, having Lived Experience of the suicide of a close family member. Gill also serves as a Board Director of Australian Men’s Health Forum.

Pete Nicholls Regional Manager SW Sydney Parents Beyond Breakup

Pete Nicholls

Senior Project Lead – Pete has an electronics and engineering degree and a background of design in the defence aviation sector. An interest in data analysis led to retraining in Organisational Psychology and a pivot into corporate research and consulting; there he has held international leadership roles within IBM, Mercer and HayGroup. In 2013, Pete volunteered as a DIDs group facilitator. With a passion for suicide prevention, he has since made PBB his main occupation and retains a handful of part time ASX100 consulting clients. Pete’s roles within PBB include two terms on the board (2014-17) and as CEO (2017-20). As a separated dad, he has 21 years experience of parental separation and has acted as a McKenzie Friend.

Rob Hoile Parents Beyond Breakup Project Manager Hunter and Central Coast

Rob Hoile

Project Manager Hunter and Central Coast – Rob has had an extensive career in qualitative and quantitative social and market research and has developed a unique understanding of all walks of Australian society. Having worked for major multinational and national clients and many government clients, he has a unique perspective of the challenges many sectors of society face. political polling and political policy advice has given further practical experience in achieving social change Recent exposure to the not-for-profit sector as a CBT facilitator, project leader in mental health and addictive behaviours primarily targeting men places him ideally to support the efforts of PBB. 

Rob has a Bachelor of Business, Cert IV in Training, and Assessment. He has recently completed a Master of Theological Studies with a particular focus on the impacts of trauma, suicide, person-centred care, and counselling practice. He has also received completed training in Clinical Pastoral Care. Rob is passionate about helping individuals achieve their full potential and firmly believes in the therapeutic benefits of hope!

Amy Bowie Head of Marketing and Communications Parents Beyond Breakup

Amy Bowie

Head of Communications & Marketing – Amy joined Parents Beyond Breakup as Marketing and Communications Manager in June 2022. She has extensive experience in all disciplines of project management, communications, marketing, sales, operations, and management across a variety of industries, including not-for-profit organisations. She has a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts and a diploma in project management. As a separated mum, and growing up in a divorced family, she understands how vital organisations such as Parents Beyond Breakup are to the lives of children, parents, and other family members.

Candece Baker Team Administrator and EA Parents Beyond Breakup

Candece Baker

Team Administrator / EA – Candece eagerly joined PBB in late 2021 as a Team Administrator / Executive Assistant. With quite an eclectic background, she brings a variety of skills to the organisation such as a high regard for customer service, data entry, strong attention to detail, while also maintaining a personable manner. Candece has always had an interest in people, and, having three young children herself, she has a strong passion for helping others, especially families and children.

Phil Lamport Operations Manager at Parents Beyond Breakup

Phil Lamport

Operations Manager – Life Coach, Author, Dad, Stepdad, Uncle, Grandpa, IT professional, advocate for “playful parenting” and student of psychology.
In addition to PBB, Phil has volunteered in community support programmes in Cambodia, and has been a volunteer in providing ASD support services for pre-school children.
Involved with PBB since 2010, Phil has been facilitating our parent peer-support groups since 2014.
Currently responsible for day-to-day support of our volunteer base and technical platforms.

JD Knight

Training and Development Manager – JD is Lead Facilitator of our largest National online DiDs group, a Helpline Operator and has Lived Experience as a Dad in Distress. As the Training and Development Manager JD is responsible for organisational training and development needs. As a professional Facilitator with more than 25 years experience in men’s work, as well as global corporate expertise in Behavioural and Organisational Change, JD has been accredited in Psychological First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Advanced Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Psychological Type, Emotional Intelligence, Child Inclusive Mediation and Counselling, and Evidence Based Parenting

Rita Soares Marketing Coordinator at Parents Beyond Breakup

Rita Soares

Marketing Coordinator-Rita has experience in communications, social media, digital marketing and career counselling. She worked in universities and schools before joining Parents Beyond Breakup. Rita obtained a Bachelor of Letters in Brazil and has postgraduate qualifications in Digital Marketing, Education, Training and Development, and Career Development. Rita loves telling stories that engage others and make a positive difference in society. She is particularly interested in using social media as a power for good.

alan helpline operator saving lives at parents beyond breakup

Alan Valja​

Helpline Operator – One of the foundation members of this amazing movement!
Alan has been on the helpline for 8 years and was running the Coffs Harbour group for about 8 years.
He has also been on the board and was the National Volunteer Coordinator for 4 years.

Tim Kay

Helpline Operator – Tim has a background in Youth Work and Case Management, dealing with a range of issues including behavioural, mental health, homelessness, drug & alcohol.

Tim first became involved with PBB as a dad in distress in 2005.
He has been a lead facilitator for five years and over the last four years has served the role of Helpline operator on the PBB national support line and referral service.
Helpline parents beyond breakup Bernie livingston

Bernie Liversidge

Helpline Operator – Bernie has been working with Parents Beyond Breakup as a Facilitator/Co Facilitator with the Dads in Distress program since 2015. Now as a phone counsellor, Bernie brings with him a great deal of life experience and maybe a different perspective to the role. He has been involved in a good marriage for forty one years, riding the big dipper of life, many times holding on for dear life believing the chains holding the carts were going to snap.

Bernie has a diploma in counselling as well as qualifications and experience in phone counselling with Griefline, he has had experience with working with socially disadvantaged youth, long termed unemployed, people under court orders, mentally disadvantaged, asylum seekers, drug affected and international students. He is a father of two beautiful daughters and a kelpie, he prides himself in having a highly developed degree of empathy and has a passionate interest in men’s issues and people’s general well-being.

Helpline Operator Samantha Long at Parents Beyond Breakup Mums in Distress Dads In Distress

Samantha Long

Helpline Operator – Samantha worked in the banking and telecommunication industries for over 25 years where she developed a passion for face-to-face customer service and discovered she had a heart for people in extra need. Since then, Samantha has completed studies to become a registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist and a Mindset Coach. In addition to this Samantha has completed a Cert IV in Mental Health Gambling, is a qualified facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich relationship program, and is an EAP Counsellor for BetSafe Pty Ltd assisting staff and patrons in over 92 clubs across NSW. Samantha is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, the Australian Counselling Association, and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Chris Clarke Lead @ Frankston / Probationary Helpline Operator at Parents Beyond Breakup

Chris Clarke

Lead Facilitator Frankston, VIC and Helpline Operator

Chris has been working with Parents Beyond Breakup as a Facilitator/Co Facilitator with the Dads in Distress program since late 2014.

Chris has a diploma in Community Services.
Worked in the refugee and asylum seeker sector as a caseworker and case manager in both volunteer and paid roles.
Chris has also worked over some years as case and support worker in a number of community advice and information bureaus in both paid and volunteering roles.

Fred Nevill helpline operator at parents beyond breakup suicide prevention for parents who are experiencing relationship breakdown and do not have access to their children.

Fred Neville

Helpline Operator- In his career before retiring as a consulting actuary in an international firm, Fred had an expanded role of mentoring younger employees to advance their career in a specialised professional environment. Since retiring, he has grown a passion to build on that earlier skill as a mentor into a wider focus on enabling people in crisis to find their own unique way to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

Today, his experience includes over a decade as a telephone crisis supporter with Lifeline Australia. Plus, completing a Masters Degree in Applied Buddhist Studies has helped expand his know-how in connecting with people struggling with life’s challenges in an empathic supportive way to overcome their sense of hopelessness. Superseding all of this, is the understanding he has learned from personal lived-experience of the trauma of separation as a parent, when answering the PBB Helpline.

George MacRae

Helpline Operator