Lifeline Australia Leadership Team
Pete Shmigel is passionate about Lifeline Australia’s vision of a suicide-free Australia.
Over some 20 years, Pete Shmigel has worked at the highest levels of Australian public policy, business and the consulting sector, particularly in social and environmental sustainability.
Pete’s previous roles include:
- Director Communities for a leading social research firm;
- Chief of Staff to Ministers for environmental, indigenous, multicultural, veterans, volunteering, and youth affairs, and then NSW Leader of the Opposition Barry O’Farrell;
- Senior sustainability management positions for two corporations;
- CEO of industry associations / NGOs in the sustainability arena, and;
- Co-owner of a sustainability consultancy with major corporate and public sector clients.
Pete currently voluntarily serves on the Boards of two sports-related organisations, and is an Honorary Life Member of RSPCA NSW. His creative and essay writing has been published.
Pete has documented his family's lived experience via the SMH.
Follow Pete on Twitter @shmigel
Dip Arts (Communications); B Bus (Public Admin); M Policy Studies
Executive Director – LIFELINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Alan has held executive positions with Lifeline Australia for 12 years, contributing to national service development and performance measurement for the national telephone crisis line and other Lifeline suicide prevention services.
He has responsibility for Lifeline Research Foundation to support research and evaluation related to telephone and online crisis support services, as well as community based suicide prevention, drawing together academic experts and service program managers.
Alan holds a Masters Degree in Social Science and Policy Studies, a Bachelor of Business (Public Administration) and a Diploma in Arts/Communications. He is a PhD Candidate with the Centre for Mental Health at Melbourne University, researching the impact of crisis helplines on callers and for the wider community.
Outside of Lifeline, Alan is a Board Director for Suicide Prevention Australia and a member of the Community Advisory Council for NSW Mental Health Commission. He is a Past President of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
B.Sc. (App Physics), Grad. Dip Computing, TOGAF 9.1 Cert, ITIL V3 Expert.
Chief Information Officer
John has over 20 + years’ experience in Information Technology, specialising in strategy development and transformation programs to continuously adapt business and ICT into best practices relevant to their value proposition. Originating as a software engineer at Ansett Australia, John has divers industry experience across financial services, software vendor, information management and technology consultancy industries with a focus on service excellence underpinned by nimble, fit for purpose and ever evolving technology solutions. John holds a Bachelor of Physics in Applied Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing, TOGAF 9.1 Certificate, ITIL V3 Expert, Agile Scrum Master and PMBOK Project Management Certifications.
B.Bus (Accountancy), CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in financial accounting and management roles, extensively within not for profit organisations.
Andrew started his career straight out of university in the not for profit sector in an Indigenous owned organisation in Brisbane called Black Community Housing Service Pty Ltd. This led to involvement in Indigenous community festivals and events culminating in the two days sports and cultural festival in Musgrave Park as part of the 1993 International Year of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, which became an annual event now in its 24th year.
He then progressed to a role in the Queensland State Government with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines where he developed a broad set of financial and governance skills, and recommends to any young accountant to try a stint in state government.
Andrew moved to Canberra in 2006 following a secondment to the Commonwealth Government as an internal auditor in Centrelink, as part of the Department of Human Services overseeing a financial audit program for an organisation with the second largest budget in the Commonwealth government after Defence and the largest IT infrastructure in the southern hemisphere.
By 2007 Andrew returned to the not for profit space in a number of broadly different types of not for profit organisations – including CFO of The Australian Property Institute – managing annual subscriptions and setting up a Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme; and Diabetes NSW - dealing with fundamental funding restructures with massive impacts on the organisation.
More recently Andrew was the CFO of the Australia Indigenous Leadership Centre an organisation which delivers Indigenous Leadership and Governance skills to Indigenous people across Australia and provides cultural competency training to Government agencies like Health and Defence, and Corporations such as NRL and White Ribbon.
From this role he was approached to join the Lifeline Australia team to help implement an ambitious work program arising out of their three year ABC Strategy including taking the lead on Lifelines Indigenous Suicide Reduction Strategy and consolidating Lifelines network of largely independently operated retail shops through a national retail strategy.
Outside work Andrew has a long standing involvement in community radio and has a weekly radio show on 2Ser in Sydney called Groove You.