Staff

  • Ryan McGlaughlin
    Ryan McGlaughlin
    Executive Director / Company Secretary
Ryan McGlaughlin
Executive Director / Company Secretary

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 25 years, including over 18 years in Executive roles. This 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 at international, national and state level. His current role also includes being the company secretary of SMART Recovery Australia. Ryan is also an ex-officio Board member of SMART Recovery International; an organisation he played a key role in being established in 2018.  

Ryan McGlaughlin has been awarded a Vice Admiral commendation for ‘bravery’, is a ‘Distinguished’ Life Member of PLWH/A (NSW), won the inaugural Leadership Recognition Life Award for Suicide Prevention Australia, and was Volunteer of the Year for the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

Ryan has completed a Master of Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management and a post graduate Certificate in Community Management and Not-for-Profit Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Josette Freeman
    Josette Freeman
    Senior National Program Manager & Trainer
Josette Freeman
Senior National Program Manager & Trainer

Josette Freeman has an extensive background in nursing and specialised in Paediatric Oncology. She then went on to study Counselling and Community Development at the University of Canberra. This led to working in the field of Alcohol and other Drugs.

For the past 12 years she has worked for SMART Recovery Australia in the capacity of the Senior National Program Coordinator. This work involves travelling across Australia and New Zealand to teach organisations and individuals about the SMART Recovery program and provide training on how to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings.

Josette wrote the SMART Recovery Facilitator manual and the SMART Recovery Participants for the Australian audience. She co-wrote the BeSMART Family and Friends manual with Angela Argent. Josette also worked in collaboration with aboriginal workers to develop the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander edition of the SMART Recovery manual.

Josette is a member of the SMART Recovery International Global Training Committee. She also facilitates forums for the SMART Recovery Asian facilitators. Josette continues to facilitate 2 community SMART Recovery meetings each week when she is not away training.

  • Daniel Raffell
    Daniel Raffell
    National Program Manager & Trainer (Peer & online lead)
Daniel Raffell
National Program Manager & Trainer (Peer & online lead)

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
    Michael Bellamy
    Head of Marketing, Digital & Brand
Michael Bellamy
Head of Marketing, Digital & Brand

Michael Bellamy has been the Head of Marketing, Digital & Brand for SMART Recovery Australia since September 2014. He also serves a Vice Chair of the SMART Recovery International Brand and Communication Committee.

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 and is currently studying a Masters of Marketing at the University of Newcastle.

  • Dr. Angela Argent
    Dr. Angela Argent
    National Program Manager & Trainer (Research lead)
Dr. Angela Argent
National Program Manager & Trainer (Research lead)

Dr Angela Argent (PhD) is National Program Manager/ Research Lead at SMART
Recovery, Australia, working in partnership with the SMART Australia Research
Advisory Committee (RAC). She is also a member of the Research Ethics
Consultation Committee (RECC) for the Community Mental Health Drug and
Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) and a Health Education Officer at the
Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Sydney.

Angela studied psychology and humanities at Sydney University. She 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 for an NGO and
university in the Czech Republic. In 2019 she completed a research degree in
creative practices at UTS.

Angela has worked within NGO and university sectors for more than twenty years.
She possesses highly developed research and program management skills and a
strong track record in translating evidence into better practices and improved
outcomes. Angela has researched and published widely in a range of contexts.

Angela 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 is committed to evidence-led practices and partnerships that aim to build
social inclusion, put people at the centre of conversations, minimise harms and
build recovery capital in ways that are strengths- based and trauma-informed.

  • Liam Whelan
    Liam Whelan
    Business Development Manager
Liam Whelan
Business Development Manager

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, and Liverpool FC’s inevitable return to the top of the English Premier League.

  • Emma Edwards
    Emma Edwards
    Operational Support & Accounts Coordinator
Emma Edwards
Operational Support & Accounts Coordinator

Emma recently joined SMART Recovery Australia in August 2019 as the Operations Support & Accounts Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Edinburgh Napier University.

Emma has previously worked within customer service and administration roles within legal and hedge funds environment. She is passionate about treating people with respect and dignity. She wants to contribute to enabling people to live empowered lives.

In her spare time you will find Emma in the gym or running in Centennial Park. She enjoys baking cakes, listening to podcasts and volunteering with The Exodus Foundation.

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