MATES Executive

Chris Lockwood National CEO - National CEO - Chris has served as a director of Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (Inc.) since 2010, serving as Chair from 2012 to 2018, and as Secretary currently. Chris took on the role of CEO MATES in Construction (Aust.) in 2017, delivering the management and strategic direction for the company nationally. Prior to leading MATES, Chris worked for Cbus for 10 years managing strategic relationships with industry partner organisations (Unions, Employer Associations and other industry stakeholders) across the construction industry nationally. As well as managing the development and implementation of the fund’s member health strategy and initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence of suicide in the construction and allied industries. Chris has a BA (Psychology), BSc. and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jorgen Gullestrup Queensland/Northern Territory CEO and Secretary - Jorgen Gullestrup has been part of MATES in Construction right from the start. A plumber by trade he has worked in the Construction industry from the age of 15. After migrating to Australia in 1988 he became an official of the Queensland Plumbers Union for 13 years whereof six was served as secretary of the Queensland branch. Since 2007 he has worked for MATES in Construction. Jorgen holds an Associate Diploma in Labour Studies, a Diploma in Social and Community Development, a Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention and a Masters of Suicidology. He is a 2017 Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, investigating workplace suicide prevention globally and a 2018 Suicide Prevention Australia LIFE Award recipient for leadership in suicide prevention. Liam Cubbage Western Australia CEO - Liam possesses a tertiary background in Psychology with Post Graduate studies in Health Service Management. Combined with over 12 years’ experience in the not for profit and community services sector, Liam has held leadership roles in suicide prevention and postvention, family support services, drug and alcohol support and community development. Liam has been an integral member of the MATES WA team for the past 6 years and has provided the construction industry Postvention Support, Case Management and more recently held the role of Acting CEO. Alan Suridge South Australia CEO - Alan has been CEO of the South Australian Building Industry Redundancy Scheme Trust (BIRST) for 28 years. BIRST was instrumental in establishing MATES in Construction in South Australia and remains the major financial supporter to the organisation. Alan is a Certified Practising Accountant and has been on the MATES in Construction SA Ltd Board as Company Secretary since it was created in 2012. In January 2018 he took on the additional role of CEO of MATES in Construction SA Ltd as part of a significant restructure to the local operations. Brad Parker New South Wales CEO - New South Wales CEO - Brad Parker is the current CEO of MATES in Construction NSW, a position he has held since October 2017. Brad is a former director of several construction industry boards and committees both National & State working cooperatively with industry associations and government. These were mainly in the areas of work health & safety as well as vocational education & training related matters. Brad was previously the National Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU Construction & General Division and was a CFMEU National Executive Member. Victoria McArthur MATES in NZ CEO - I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to introduce MATES into our construction industry, here in New Zealand. Building strong communities within our industry is something I am passionate about, and I am also dedicated to promoting well-being and reducing the impact that suicide is having amongst our construction family. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders positively impact a reduction in suicide across the construction sector. Suzanne Desailley General Manager MATES in Mining and MATES in Energy - Suzanne has over 21 years’ experience in various clinical, operational and business development roles in the not-for-profit, private and public mental health sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Suzanne commenced her career as a Psychologist with Queensland Health before moving overseas and working with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. After returning to Australia, she transitioned to working in a private mental health hospital and not-for-profit community organisations in the mental health sector in various management and business development roles. Immediately prior to joining the MATES national team, Suzanne was national Operations Manager for a not-for-profit veterans services organisation which supported injured current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel. Suzanne is passionate about developing and delivering programs and initiatives which provide positive outcomes, particularly for those impacted by suicide and mental health issues.