SuperFriend appoints Darren Black as CEO

SuperFriend, a workplace mental health and wellbeing not-for-profit partly funded by superannuation funds, has appointed Darren Black as chief executive, effective from 6 September.

Black would join SuperFriend following his four-year tenure as CEO at OzHelp Foundation, a national workplace mental health and suicide prevention organisation.

Black had pioneered the transformations of leading organisations, including Outward Bound Australia and NSW Police Citizens Youth Clubs. He also sat on the boards of Suicide Prevention Australia and The Australian Men’s Health Forum.

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SuperFriend chair, Elizabeth Proust, said: “Darren was a standout applicant with excellent non-for-profit experience who has led several transformations of Australian “for purpose” organisations and has much to offer SuperFriend and its team.

“Darren has also proven to be a great advocate for collective impact approaches to addressing complex societal problems, most recently improving mental health and reducing suicide. His depth of advocacy experience, practical knowledge and networks will be extremely valuable and beneficial to the SuperFriend team, our partners and stakeholders.”

On his appointment, Black said: “I am thrilled to be joining SuperFriend, an organisation with an established, strong reputation in Australian workplace mental health.  With mental health and suicide prevention issues being more widely recognised nationally, the role of workplaces is also being acknowledged. Workplaces have a very important role in fostering positive mental health.”

Darren Black would succeed SuperFriend’s former CEO, Margo Lydon, who stepped down in March this year. SuperFriend thanked Dina Goebel for her work as acting CEO.

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