Black Dog Ride's Team

Steve Andrews - Founder

Steve Andrews, Founder of Black Dog Ride. Image by Roger Clark, ENVY Photography Upon the tragic suicide of his best friend's wife Anna in 2008, Steve was mobilised to act to prevent suicide and raise awareness of depression. In 2009, Steve circumnavigated Australia on his motorbike, calling this inaugural lap his Black Dog Ride, and he inspired a nation. Just five years later, with hundreds of communities and thousands of riders involved, Black Dog Ride was incorporated as a National Charity by Steve Andrews. Black Dog Ride is now a respected leader in initiating grassroots conversations, making mental health awareness simple and practical at a community level.

STAFF TEAM

Fiona Duffield - Acting CEO

Black Dog Ride's Fiona DuffieldFiona responded to Steve's call for volunteer assistance in the early days and helped build Black Dog Ride's national presence with her skills in organisational administration, digital management, community development and not for profit governance, becoming an inaugural staff member in 2014. With nearly 20 years service in the sector, Fiona is committed to building healthy, resilient communities.

Erin Hope - Community Officer

Black Dog Ride Community Officer Erin HopeA passionate believer in our mission, Erin has been an enthusiastic volunteer for Black Dog Ride with our community projects and rides and is honoured to be given the opportunity to bring her senior administrative experience to Black Dog Ride. A former volunteer Ambulance Officer for St John Ambulance in WA's Pilbara Region, Erin is thrilled to now be supporting Black Dog Ride's volunteers around the nation.

VOLUNTEER TEAM

STATE COORDINATORS

These invaluable volunteers coordinate community projects within their state or territory, in addition to mentoring and supporting local Coordinators. Black Dog Ride could not amplify our message of depression and suicide prevention awareness across the nation without the tireless efforts of our wonderful volunteer coordinators and their amazing teams.

New South Wales, Wayne Amor

Queensland Michael Young

South Australia Merv Storton

Tasmania Betty Parssey (Betty is retiring, interested in the role? Please experess interest here)

Victoria Bernie Garvey

1 Dayer 2019 Coordinators

Dozens of volunteers in each state and territory dedicate incalculable hours to developing and organising annual Black Dog Rides. They, and their volunteer teams, are an integral part of Black Dog Ride's success in raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

1 Dayer 2019

ACT Canberra Deanne Vaughan
NSW Bathurst Rosemary Hancock; Condobolin Anny Seaton; Dubbo Wayne Amor; Penrith Jason Kennedy; South Coast Paul Gaffney; Newcastle David Deal; Tamworth John Holyoake; Wagga Wagga Graham "Bear" Falconer; Wollongong Scott Quayle
NT Alice Springs Jarred Torres
QLD Cairns Leanne Dance; Darling Downs Clayton Cahill; Gold Coast Kathy Zannes and Kylie Sage; Mackay Charles Linsley; Sunshine Coast Michael Young; Townsville Chris Dow, Wide Bay Burnett Michael Tucker
SA Adelaide (South) Craig Field; Barossa Merv & Julie; Jamestown Nick Fetherstonhaugh/ Deane Boston; Kangaroo Island Steve Dixon; Port Augusta Jeremy Rabig; Riverland Gill Atkinson;
TAS Campbell Town Betty Parssey
VIC Albury Wodonga Mark Williamson; Ballarat Mark Dwyer; Geelong Gary Stooke; Latrobe Valley Ron Ipsen; Mornington Ryan Jackson; Penshurst Heather Muskee/Neil Wiltshire; Wangaratta Bernie Garvey; 
WA Baldivis Chris Glover; Busselton Steve Ingram; Denmark Roger Seeney; Esperance Paul McKenzie; Geraldton Sandra McGillivray; Kalgoorlie Kathy Nikolaiyjenko; Pilbara Joanne Waterstrom Muller


WINSTON - MASCOT

Winston - The Black Dog Ride Mascot Winston was Steve's companion on the inaugural Black Dog Ride around Australia in 2009 and has been on every single Black Dog Ride! He also travels to agricultural shows, public forums and speaking engagements.

Winston has proven to be a brilliant tool for engaging the community of all ages about mental health awareness. You will see Winston on the bikes of Black Dog Riders right across the country. You can purchase your own Winston here.

Black Dog Ride's Mascot is named after Sir Winston Churchill, who famously diarised about being hounded by the "black dog of depression".

"Black Dog" is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation.The combination of 'blackness' with the negative connotations of 'dog, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever present companion, lurking in shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. - Paul Foley