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Leigh joined the Stillbirth Foundation Australia as CEO in September 2019. She holds an MBA(Executive) from the AGSM and a BA in Economics from Yale University. Leigh has built her career as a senior business development leader in the arts, culture, sport and finance sectors, building strong advocacy, partnership and stakeholder management skills.
Beyond ensuring the Foundation’s mission is fulfilled, Leigh’s focus is on ensuring the stillbirth community – from bereaved parents to healthcare workers – feels supported and that parents’ voices are heard and validated.
Fiona brings her experience of working across many areas of HR including diversity, inclusion, talent attraction, employee engagement and HR operations as well as nearly 10 years of working with corporate Australia to develop family friendly programs and workplaces. Fiona is currently the Customer Experience Director at Parent At Work, working with organisations to develop and implement family friendly workplace programs and is a strategic advisor on best practice parental leave policies and transitions.
Danielle’s previous research background is in psychology and midwifery, specialising in stillbirth and stigma. During her PhD, she developed the Stillbirth Stigma Scale, which measured the prevalence and type of stigma in bereaved parents. Her work highlighted that over half of bereaved mothers faced stigmatising attitudes and beliefs, and these experiences included being discriminated, feelings of contagiousness, isolation and unable to embrace their motherhood identity. Furthermore, Danielle’s work highlighted bereaved parents as advocates in changing the ingrained and fatalistic attitudes towards stillbirth held by clinicians, researchers, and government organisations. Her other research work includes exploring how government, non-government and health care professionals communicate with women about stillbirth.
Danielle is an Early Career Researcher who prides herself on community involvement, such as her role as co-founder of the ASAP (Australian Stillbirth for Awareness and Prevention), member of the Still Aware Consumer Advisory board and International Stillbirth Alliance Advocacy and Bereavement working groups.
Cathy is an experienced Clinical Supervisor, ACA registered counsellor (COS #16575), psychotherapist and workplace trainer. She has gained experience in organisations such as ANZ Bank, Department of Corrective Services (Probation & Parole), public schools and private clinics. Cathy has also lived and worked in Dubai as a school counsellor, child protection consultant, and psychological supervisor. Cathy has returned to her hometown of Dubbo to provide specialist bereavement support counselling, workshop facilitation, volunteer training and support, and clinical supervision. In addition, Cathy is a very experienced and enthusiastic Sandplay therapist.
Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports person. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. As a boxer Joe was a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and also won the WBC Asia Continental Title.
Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental health & wellbeing .
Joe is also an author having contributed to multiple books as well as his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within - which has been purchased in multiple countries around the world.
Joe was also named as finalist for the courage award in the 2017 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards & 2018 was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia Life Award for his work in communities across the country.
In 2019 Joe was awarded Australia’s highest honour in the Mental Health field, announced as a co winner of the National Mental Health Prize presented by the Australian Prime Minister.
Since founding the organisation The Enemy Within in 2014, Joe has delivered wellbeing programs to over 200 communities across Australia; which aims to alleviate the mental & traumatic distress of individuals from all pockets of community.