Currently employed as the Executive Director of SMART Recovery Australia. Ryan commenced this role in November 2013.
Ryan has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, including 15 years in Executive roles. This has been has been primarily in the fields of mental health, suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS advocacy, Gay and Lesbian rights, social justice and the environment.
Ryan was the Chief Executive Officer for Suicide Prevention Australia for over eight years. In a previous role he was the Executive Officer of People Living With HIV / AIDS (NSW) Inc (now Positive Life) for over 5 years. In both positions he was successful in significantly building the capacity and capability for the organisations.
He has been on numerous Boards and committees, recently having been a member NSW Suicide Prevention Ministerial Advisory Committee and the National Suicide Prevention Working Group, Australian Government, volunteer Director on the Independent Community Living Australia Board (supports people with mental and intellectual disabilities with supported accommodation), where he was the Chair of the Clinical Governance Working Group, as well as the co-Chair of the Strategic Planning sub-committee of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Board.
Ryan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management. He is currently studying part-time towards a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Josette Freeman has an extensive background in nursing and specialised in Paediatric Oncology. She continued her counselling studies and has worked across all sectors of the drug and alcohol field.
For the past 11 years she has worked for SMART Recovery Australia in the capacity of the National Program and Training Coordinator, travelling across the country to teach organisations and individuals about the SMART Recovery program and provide training on how to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings.
Josette worked in collaboration with aboriginal workers to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander edition of the SMART Recovery manual
Josette still runs her own SMART Recovery group in the community on a weekly basis.
Dan joined SMART Recovery Australia in October 2016. Originally from Scotland, Dan has many years experience working in addiction recovery, peer education and within the homeless sector in the United Kingdom.
Over the last 4 years, since immigrating to Australia, Dan has worked with a number of leading non-government organisations within the mental health, addiction and youth sectors. Prior to joining SMART Recovery Australia he was responsible for managing a multi-site residential care service for youth. Dan’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Integrated Counselling and a Certificate in Community Mental Health. As of 2017, Dan is a member of the board of Silky Oaks.
Dan has a real passion and interest to see people who are experiencing addiction gain more control over their behaviours. He strongly believes in peer support and that those seeking recovery are the experts in themselves. His desire is to see people equipped with the necessary tools and strategies and empowered to live more balanced and fulfilled lives.
His interests include soccer, golf, playing the guitar and singing. He has enjoyed travelling and visiting many countries but most of all enjoys spending time with his family at home.
Michael Bellamy has been the Head of Digital & Brand for SMART Recovery Australia since September 2014.
Prior to SMART, Michael was the National Director of Content & Social at Australia’s largest digital performance and experience agency, Columbus. Here he led a team delivering digital content and communication solutions for a range of national financial, travel, insurance, health and government organisations.
Michael has almost a decade’s experience developing, implementing and managing digital content and social media strategies for various organisations such as Bauer Digital (formerly Australian Consolidated Press) and Ninemsn.
He completed a Bachelor Degree in Communications (Digital Media Studies, Public Relations) from the University of Newcastle.
Liam’s background is in education and the humanities. He completed a Bachelor of Arts with an English major at the University of Sydney in 2014.
Prior to joining the SMART Recovery team, Liam worked as General Manager for Confidence Boost Tutoring, a tutoring company which helped struggling children to get back on track at school. There, he tutored children in English and Mathematics. He has several years’ experience in designing and implementing administrative systems and working with vulnerable people.
Social justice, education and honesty matter most to Liam. These are closely followed by playing guitar, reading Irish literature, and Liverpool FC’s inevitable return to the English Premiership.
Angela Argent (PhD) has worked within the NGO and university sectors for twenty years. She was Project Coordinator for Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN), a partnership project between the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs (NADA), Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Mental Health Commission of NSW. She was Executive Officer at Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service Network, Senior Policy Officer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Student Equity Officer at UNSW and Senior Research/Policy Officer at Schizophrenia Fellowship, Mental Health Coordinating Council, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability and NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
Angela studied psychology (B.A hons. Ist Class) at Sydney University and completed a doctorate in the School of Historical and Gender Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. She taught for ten years at Monash and Sydney and was Honorary Research Associate at Sydney University while living and working in the Czech Republic from 2006 – 2011.
Social justice, social inclusion, as well as recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and evidence-led practice matter to her most. She wants to contribute to enabling people to experience and enjoy leading the most fulfilling lives possible.
Three teenagers and two mad cats keep her grounded. She is currently completing a Master of Creative Arts and reads and writes fiction for fun.