Stepping down as
Chair of Beyond Blue

It is with many and mixed emotions that I announce I will be stepping down as Chair of Beyond Blue at the end of this year.

I first joined Beyond Blue as a Board Director almost 9 years ago, before becoming Chair in 2017.

Since its creation in 2000, Beyond Blue has been a trusted source for mental health information and support in Australia, and it’s been a true privilege to help ensure that continued.

During my 7 years as Chair, the organisation has continually adapted to the changing world around it and met an ever increasing demand, particularly during the Covid pandemic which created a seismic shift in the way we lived. 

Beyond Blue has evolved and grown its free, 24/7 mental health supports and services, and this year we launched Strategy 2023+, which can be described in three simple words: Earlier. Easier. Together.

The strategy, along with Beyond Blue’s new partnership with Lifeline, will allow the organisation to focus on prevention and earlier intervention. Supporting people before mental health issues arise or they reach crisis. 

It’s been a thorough pleasure to work with the wonderful and supportive team at Beyond Blue, led superbly by CEO Georgie Harman. 

The difficult decision to step down is made somewhat easier by knowing I am passing the baton onto a fantastic successor.

From 2024, Beyond Blue’s Chair will be Sam Mostyn, a highly respected businesswoman and advocate for a multitude of issues including climate change and gender equity.

I’m pleased to be remaining at Beyond Blue as a Patron.

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC | 27th Prime Minister of Australia

13 December 2023