Our Organisational Team

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Andy Hamilton, Director, Program Manager and Board Member

Andy Hamilton is a psychologist with over 18 years’ experience working in the mental health, drug and alcohol and justice fields. He has been head clinician and program manager of the Recre8 Bush Adventure Therapy Program for the past eight years, which he now operates as director Human Nature Adventure Therapy. He is passionate about facilitating transformation in young people and feels that collaborative partnerships and multi-disciplinary approaches offer enormous opportunity for expanding the depth and breadth of great therapeutic work. In the past he has worked in mental health to support people with severe psychiatric disability, those in crisis experiencing homelessness and juvenile offenders. He helped pioneer the Recre8 Program whilst he was a Youth Drug Outreach Psychologist at INTRA, The Buttery’s drug and alcohol outreach program.

Dani Akehurst, Operations Manager, Communications and Logistics

Dani has fifteen years’ experience working for NFPs in Australia and the UK. She worked with Greenpeace and Cystic Fibrosis NSW to research and create their communications strategies. Projects she’s managed include: countering racism through schools and the community; training disadvantaged youth in the Arts to gain employment and; fundraising to support young women survivors of rape and domestic violence publish a book of their artworks to spread awareness. She has also worked with entrepreneurs in 2 business start-ups, Celsius Research Ltd and a local Byron business. Dani has a Masters in Psychology and French from the University of Manchester in the UK and spent a year studying at Mirail University in Toulouse. She has a life-long love of Nature and surfs when she can with friends. As a musician and artist she is inspired by young people being given a voice and finding true self-expression.

Astra Jerebine, Office Adminstrator

Astra holds a Bachelor of Primary Education with First Class Honours (Southern Cross University) and was awarded the University Medal for academic excellence. Astra worked at the not-for-profit Uplifting Australia, strengthening the emotional wellbeing and resilience in children and families across Australia, for 6 years as a Project Manager. Prior to working for Uplifting Australia, Astra worked in promotion and business administration for a parenting skills organisation delivering behaviour management programs to professionals and parents. She also has a background in drafting organisational policy for non-organisations and administering best practice family counselling models.

Astra is also interested in social justice, especially where children and families are supported to reach their potential. She has a passion for independent music and is a music blogger with a worldwide audience.

Our Recre8 Program Team

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Our Recre8 Program is run by a passionate and experienced team of mental health professionals, counsellors, youth workers and mentors.

A typical Recre8 program team will include at least one registered psychologist, senior adolescent youth counsellor, an experienced Senior OutdoorInstructor and certified skippers where required. We also involve a range of mentors and volunteers with skills and experience in therapeutic care, outdoor education and working with youth-at-risk. The level of expertise, responsiveness and wisdom of our Program Team is at the heart of Recre8’s success.

Our Board

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Human Nature Adventure Therapy Ltd is governed by a highly skilled Board of six Directors. Hailing from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Northern Rivers they provide governance, leadership and financial expertise to strengthen and steer the organisation.

Anita Nath, Board Member

Anita is a highly motivated, results-focused professional with 10 years’ marketing and communications experience across international brands in the retail, financial and consumer services sectors. As a board member, her specialty input is in marketing and communications, fundraising, and business. For over ten years, Anita has sat on the executive teams of large organisations and start-ups, and advised businesses on how to continually grow. She is now redirecting this unique skillset into growing a cause she believes in.

Belinda Seaton, Board Member

Founder of the Seaton Foundation and philanthropist, Belinda has prolific experience in the aged care sector after twenty-seven years working in the field. She also has contributed her skills to community services, training and HR for the last five years, spending long days on the road interviewing and training. Belinda has been instrumental in supporting youth-at-risk through the development of Human Nature Adventure Therapy and the driving of its strategic direction.

John Akehurst, Board Member

John has a wealth of leadership, mentoring and governance experience. He is currently Chairman of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases and of The Fortitude Foundation, which looks to build self-esteem and self-reliance particularly amongst disadvantaged women.  He is also currently a non-executive director of Origin Energy Limited.   John was formerly a director of Youth Focus – a West Australian not-for-profit working to prevent youth suicide –  and of the UWA Business School. Graduating in Engineering Sciences from Oxford University, England, he pursued a career in oil and gas exploration and production. This included 20 years with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and 7 years as CEO of Woodside Petroleum.  He was a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia for a decade where he chaired the Board Audit Committee. Now based between the Byron Shire and Perth, he is committed to developing Human Nature Adventure Therapy to its full potential.  John is married with 5 beautiful children.

Mark Mathieson, Board Member

Mark is a registered psychologist who has worked across numerous domains in the mental health field. He has worked with youth over the past four years in Australia’s largest school, on cultural change, including work with Arne Rubinstein and Simon Crisp (Wilderness Adventure Therapy) and in the corporate sector for many years on change and strategic HR. He served in the Australian Army (reserves) for nearly 20 years and continues to serve in a senior position as a Major in command of a sub-unit. He is passionate about using place and nature as significant components in transformational change processes and is completing his PhD on transforming the mental health profession. He is passionate about working with youth in transition and the communities around them. He is keen to take on a strategic and operational role to give back to communities and start-up organisations after 30+ years in the corporate sector.

Scott Beachley, Board Member, Chair

Scott has lived and worked in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, sometimes more than once, after growing up in Adelaide, Melbourne and the USA. Over the course of a nomadic 25 year corporate career as a lawyer, he’s negotiated deals, advised executive decision making in 100+ countries, often where there are new laws or no laws. He’s led global legal government relations, regulatory affairs, compliance, privacy, security and ethics teams for huge well-known brands that sell stuff.

Determined to keep learning, experience new things, have fun and do something useful when he grows up, Scott stepped off the corporate path, studied yoga, started coaching, set up a consulting practice and now helps startups and for-purpose organisations to achieve their ambitions.

A coastal creature, he’s often spotted playing in the ocean or wandering barefoot nearby. Rarely still, he can be found gazing out to sea or into a book, maybe even writing one.