After missing a year during the COVID shutdowns of 2020, The Albury Club are delighted to be hosting our 4th annual Mental Health Luncheon with proceeds going again to supporting the Survivors of Suicide and Friends, working for the prevention of suicide in our local and wider regional area.
Our guest speaker this year has been confirmed and we are pleased to be hosting Mr John Brogden AM on the day. As one of Australia’s leading politicians and now a business leader John Brogden is living proof that even from the darkest places there can be a way back. Whilst John has reached the highest levels in his professional career, his personal journey is one of highs and lows, strength and courage.
John’s career in politics started when he became a member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament in 1996. In 2002, he was elected Leader of the Opposition on his 33rd birthday – the youngest person ever to lead a major political party in Australia. However, it is John’s personal story that best illustrates his resilience and his incredible ability to come back from the lowest of lows. His willingness to share the details of his journey to recovery make him a compelling and inspirational storyteller.
John was diagnosed with depression in early 2006 following a suicide attempt in 2005. His passion for mental illness stems from a breakdown that marked a turning point in his life and reframed the discussion around depression, particularly in the corporate world. Thanks to his profile, John has changed the way we talk about suicide and in turn, is helping thousands of individuals through his involvement with Lifeline Australia, where he has been the Chairman since 2012.
John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Kookaburra Kids. He was appointed to the Board of Landcom as Chairman in January 2012 and accepted the permanent role of Chief Executive Officer from 2017. From 2015 to 2017, John was the managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015, and Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Unity from 2006 – 2008.
We are delighted to have raised $21,000 for Survivors of Suicide & Friends this year. John Brogden was an amazing speaker, another excellent event! Thanks of course to our sponsors, attending members and their guests and the Albury Club staff on the day.