Alex Gulli – River’s Gift Interim Chairman
Craig graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) and is a registered Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. Craig is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Within his profession, he has worked in a range of roles, including public mental health, private practice, forensic services, crisis assessment and providing support to organisations and individuals. Craig is experienced in facilitating group based interventions and has delivered programs targeting depression and anxiety, violence reduction, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Craig is an experienced trainer for individuals and organisations in areas such as Mental Health First Aid, Violence Risk Assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Responding to At Risk Individuals.
Craig is the owner and Managing Director of Home Psychologist, a business providing psychological services to people in their own homes. Craig prides his business on providing affordable psychological services and support to vulnerable people that may not be able to access traditional services.
Craig also works for Deakin University providing counselling and supervision to students, and facilitating training and promoting mental health awareness to fellow staff members.
Craig says “Through my personal friendship with Karl and Alex, I shared in part both the joy surrounding River’s birth, and the horrible pain of his loss. As a result I have had a close personal connection with River’s Gift since its inception. I have always had an interest in neuroscience and hope to share in the advancement of knowledge in this field that may ultimately prevent any other families from experiencing such an overwhelming loss”. Craig has three young children, including a son of very similar age to River, and enjoys sharing his love of science, nature and travel with them.
David began his career in Melbourne and spent a number of years as legal counsel for a global financial services company, as well as a litigation lawyer in a leading law firm, servicing clients including the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, AMP, TAL Life Insurance and the Bunnings Group. After gaining significant experience in the financial services corporate legal sector, David made a career change to the health sector and in more recent years, has taken up senior management positions with the Primary Health Network, GMHBA Health Insurance, and with the ASX Top 50 company Medibank Private as a Senior Hospital Contracts and Relationship Manager.
David has been an active Board member since early 2015 after meeting Karl and Alex and being inspired by their resilience, passion and unrelenting drive to eradicate SIDS.
As well as spending time with family and friends, David enjoys racing motorbikes, participating in mountain bike endurance competitions, snow sports and being involved in community events.
Heath McCartney is one of three Directors of WMC Accounting, rapidly moving up the corporate ladder following his graduation from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2000. He has continued building his education and financial knowledge throughout his career and holds post-graduate qualifications with CPA Australia, and a Diploma of Financial Planning. Heath is a registered SMSF Auditor, Tax Agent and an Authorised Representative of SMSF Advisors Network.
Heath specialises in the complex capital gains tax issues arising from property, land developments and large-scale investments. He is proactive in tax minimisation and can be relied upon at the onset of business development to offer innovative advice to support effective strategic planning advice.
Heath and his team have major clients in trade and construction, and provide support and advice to individuals looking to branch out on their own, through the development of business structures that provide asset protection and tax minimisation. This support continues throughout the business life, from start-up, business development and maintaining reporting obligations for taxation compliance.
Heath is a Director of River’s Gift and has spent countless hours providing direction on fundraising and the distribution of funds to facilitate the deliverable objectives of the organisation. Additionally, Heath advises on the intricate and specific reporting requirements of running a not-for-profit registered charity. Heavily involved with many sporting associations throughout his youth, Heath continues to be immersed in building strong community ties.
Rebecca is a NED/ executive leader in health innovation and commercialisation, and is mission-driven to create real impact through evidence translation in health, disability and ageing. As a specialised health strategist, Rebecca brings together cross-disciplinary teams from across extensive and influential industry networks, and manages multiple and complex projects, stakeholder relationships (and competing priorities) without losing momentum. She thrives in dynamic, ambiguous and changing work environments.
Tash is an active River’s Gift supporter, and is currently employed as Strategy and Engagement with the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG). Tash’s role sees her take a lead role in developing CoGG’s strategic framework and strategy, and implementation of this across the diverse service areas of Local Government.
Tash enjoys collaborating with colleagues to ensure everyone who works for the City knows the value of what they do and can see how they are contributing to the organisation’s overall purpose and strategy. Experienced in performance reporting, Tash is passionate about making sure we all stop to celebrate success along the way.
Tash joined River’s Gift in 2012 as an Advisory Board member. Her affiliation with River’s Gift started when she met Karl and Alex when their own little boy was just four months, the same age as River when he passed. Their story touched her deeply and changed the way she approached parenthood. When she was ready to get back into running she joined her first River’s Gift run training program and has never looked back!.
Tash has now completed six running campaigns and has previously coordinated the Run Program for three years. Tash is a passionate volunteer with River’s Gift and is proud to see it become a professional and sustainable charity that makes a real difference in the lives of parents just like her. Tash and her husband and have two little boys who are nine and five, and the reason she’s so passionate about Stamping Out SIDS.