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 20 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 an ex-officio Board member of SMART Recovery International; an organisation he played a key role in being established in 2018. Ryan is also a member of the Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies Board Advocacy sub-Committee

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, and now in the capacity of the Senior National Program Manager. 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 Australia Facilitator Manual and the SMART Recovery Australia Participants Handbook. She co-wrote the SMART Family & 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.

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, a Certificate in Community Mental Health and a Diploma in CBT. He is currently studying a diploma business management. 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/ Staff 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.

Angela is a member of the SMART Recovery International Global Training Committee, as well as the SMART Recovery International Research Advisory Committee.

  • 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.

As well as being the Business Development Manager for SMART Recovery Australia, Liam is also a member of the SMART Recovery International Fundraising Committee.

Social justice, education and honesty matter most to Liam. These are closely followed by playing guitar, reading, and Liverpool FC’s inimitable success as world, European, and English champions.

  • Angela Pickering
    Angela Pickering
    National Project Coordinator (Online)
Angela Pickering
National Project Coordinator (Online)

Angela Pickering joined SMART Recovery Australia in July 2020 as National Project Coordinator (Online).

Angie is an enabler. She has led projects and developed people for 15+ years. Starting out as a casual dental nurse and coach/adjudicator and completing a Certificate III in Information Technology while at high school, it seems Angie was destined to blend the worlds of trauma-aware care, strengths-based personal development and new technologies.

Angie studied education and psychology and holds a Bachelor of Education with Honours from Sydney University. Angie trained in project management with ANZ before travelling to India for a life-changing year volunteering with resilient rural communities.

Angie undertook further training and worked as an instructional designer in Melbourne from 2005 leading projects for the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council, Crisis Support Services, Institute of Counselling & Community Studies, MensLine Australia, Mission Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology, amongst others.

Angie continued to gravitate towards work in social inclusion and community development, a passionate advocate for self-determination, resilience, recovery and empowerment.

Angie completed a Diploma of Community Welfare Work and Counselling Certificate in 2009, and in 2017 completed a Master of Counselling at Monash University, specialising in trauma recovery. Most recently Angie held space for women at The Benevolent Society’s Centre for Women’s Children’s and Family Health, specialising in women’s health counselling, domestic violence and trauma recovery.

Angie has travelled extensively and loves a laugh, good company and live music. She is slowly learning the guitar, and enjoys painting and long walks with beautiful views.

  • Tim Wade
    Tim Wade
    Project Officer (Marketing / Sales)
Tim Wade
Project Officer (Marketing / Sales)

Tim joined SMART Recovery Australia in July 2020 as a Project Officer (Marketing / Sales). Having completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science, Tim is currently in his final year of a Master of Social Work degree. Tim has previously worked in Customer Service and Sales within the Information Technology and Pharmaceutical industries. During 2019, Tim completed a student internship with Mental Health Carers NSW and currently volunteers with the Centennial Park Visitors Survey Project.
Tim advocates for the implementation of social justice principles and empowers people to make positive changes to their life and their communities. In his spare time, you will find Tim spending a lot of time with his beloved Springer Spaniel, Hector, in many of the dog parks in and around Sydney.

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