For many of our young people, their interaction with our team is often their first experience of feeling supported. Our qualified and experienced psychologists, social workers and therapeutic mentors are their guiding light. They are backed by a dedicated administrative team who believe all young people should have access to mental health support that meets their individual needs.

That feeling you get when a client reaches out for help and you know you have a deep, connected, genuine and wonderful bond with them is all the more special given most of our clients’ (understandable) deep attachment issues and mistrust of adults.–  Azriel Reshel, Adventure Therapist (Social Worker)

Our CEO

Sharyn White

CEO

In March 2021, we welcomed our first CEO, Sharyn White. Clinically trained with over 30 years working in the health sector, Sharyn is an experienced executive, passionate about delivering innovative programs to improve the health and well-being of individuals and the community. She has an extensive track record of providing strategic…

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Our Senior Leadership Team

Andy Hamilton

Therapeutic Lead & Founder, Psychologist

Andy Hamilton is a Psychologist with over 20 years experience of working in the youth mental health, drug and alcohol and justice fields. Together with Graham Pringle Phd, a specialist in Adventure Therapy, he created our signature Recre8 Program in 2008 – combining the best aspects of outdoor education, experiential…

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Jen Parke

Programs Manager

Jen Parke has worked alongside young people and as a senior manager in a wide range of settings including Juvenile Justice, youth homelessness, counseling, and youth development and leadership. She has a Social Science degree and graduate diplomas in Counselling and Mediation. Jen has facilitated youth reference and advisory groups…

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Joy Barber Hua

Head of Marketing & Engagement

Originally from the UK, Joy has over 20 years experience in marketing and brand engagement in both the not-for-profit and private sectors, working for large charities like the NSPCC and Terrence Higgins Trust and on major brands such as BMW, Disney and Philips. At the NSPCC she established a team…

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Our Board

Human Nature Adventure Therapy Ltd is governed by a highly-skilled Board of volunteer Directors hailing from the Northern Rivers NSW region, Sydney, Newcastle and the ACT. They provide governance, leadership and financial expertise to strengthen and steer the organisation.

Scott Beachley

Board Chair

After a nomadic upbringing, Scott embarked on a corporate path as a lawyer 25+ years ago, leading to 10 international moves across three continents. He has had regional and global executive appointments spanning General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations. He also held the role…

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Scott Beachley Human Nature Board Chair

Brenda Wraight

Deputy Board Chair, People & Culture Committee Chair, BK Wraight Consulting

Brenda hails from Nelson, New Zealand and calls the Northern Rivers of NSW home. An independent consultant with a Masters in Educational Psychology, she works with government, non-government and for-purpose organisations, focusing on strategies and tools to improve health and wellbeing.   Her Board Director roles and interests follow a similar…

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John Akehurst

Compliance Risk & Audit Chair

Former-Non Executive Director, Origin Energy (Retired) Born in London, John studied engineering at Oxford before working and living in Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Holland, eventually settling in Australia. He has vast corporate and governance experience, including his role of CEO of Woodside Petroleum and membership on the Board of…

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John Akehurst Human Nature Board Member

Hugo Hayes

Co-founder & Director, Apollo Live As a creative thinker, music producer, and audio engineer, music has always played a central role in Hugo’s life. He has performed around Australia and the globe. However, Hugo learned the hard way in his teenage years that making mistakes is central to learning. At…

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Troy Mason

Management Consultant, Program & Project Delivery

Troy is a highly proficient and senior manager with nearly 15 years of management experience within the public and finance sectors. He has significant experience with project delivery and programme governance to extract successful business transformation outcomes. Troy’s’ professional experience spans a variety of sectors and has included numerous leadership…

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Stephen Grant

Management Consultant

Originally from the UK, Stephen has lived in Australia since 1995 and Mullumbimby since 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing. His key skills include strategy formulation, building brands and developing inclusive leadership.  Stephen has extensive experience as a CEO and a Management Consultant…

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Lea Clothier

Lea has a 20+ year background in personal finance in Australia and the US. A former award-winning Financial Adviser and social entrepreneur, Lea has formal qualifications in Business Management, Financial Planning, Coaching, NLP, Behavioural Finance and Mindfulness. Lea is a values-driven professional woman who is constantly seeking to improve and create efficiencies, “work smarter,…

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Lea Clothier Human Nature Board Member

Our Ambassadors

Mandy Nolan

Ambassador

Mandy is a proud Northern Rivers NSW resident and is an accomplished Comedian, Author, Journalist, MC, Keynote Speaker, Humour Therapist and Comedy Instructor. This is a program that changes lives. Actually, it does more than that it saves lives.Mandy Nolan…

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Work with us

Human Nature provides a workplace where you can thrive. As we expand, we will be looking for talented people whose values match our own.

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