Our Leadership Team

The Board of Directors

Acting Chair - Jon Benham

Black Dog Ride's Jon BenhamJon is a Psychiatric Nurse and a Manager of a national not for profit. Jon helped develop and implement the first Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaM) teams in NT and his passion is building psycho-social support within communities. Jon is also Black Dog Ride's volunteer Darwin and NT Coordinator, and won Pride of Australia in 2017 for his services to mental health with Black Dog Ride.

Secretary - Fiona Duffield

Black Dog Ride Australia Ltd Director Fiona DuffieldWith nearly 20 years involvement in the not for profit sector as Administrator, Facilitator, Project Manager, CEO and a Founding Director of Black Dog Ride, Fiona specialises in community development and has worked in the not for profit sector with local, state, national and government bodies. Fiona has lived experience of mental illness, and is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities.

Director - Michael Young

Director Michael Young

Michael, or "Youngie" as he is affectionately known amongst Black Dog Riders, has a long involvement with Black Dog Ride in the capacity as volunteer Sunshine Coast and QLD Coordinator. Michael has spent 38 years working in the emergency services environment and is currently an Operational Capability Officer with QLD Fire and Emergency Services, specialising in volunteer development.

Director - Richard Brown

Black Dog Ride Australia Ltd Board of Directors Richard BrownRichard is a Psychologist and Managing Director of a growing Psychology practice. As a Psychologist he specialises in professional and leadership development, and in the treatment of work-related psychological injury (including PTSD). Richard has lived experience of anxiety and depression, and is passionate about raising awareness. Richard served as Black Dog Ride's volunteer Victorian Coordinator from 2016 to 2018.

Ex Officio - David Peach

Black Dog Ride's CEO David PeachDavid has spent three decades as a business owner, and also has a long history of service in the not for profit sector. First saddling up for Back Dog Ride in 2012, by 2016 David had signed up as Black Dog Ride's volunteer Penrith Coordinator. David's business expertise combined with his passion suicide prevention led him to be appointed Black Dog Ride's inaugural CEO in June 2017.


Black Dog Ride Australia Ltd is grateful to K & L Gates for their ongoing provision of pro bono legal advice, and utilises the services of Auditors Moore Stephens (Perth) for financial matters.


Positions Vacant! Expressions of Interest from appropriately qualified and experienced people to contribute to Subcommittees will be taken in late 2018. Please subscribe to Black Dog Ride's newsletter to be notified.

Governing Documents

Black Dog Ride's ACNC Charity Tick Constitution (Updated 2016)

ACNC Certification

ACNC Charity Summary

Annual Directors and Financial Report 2015

Annual Directors and Financial Report 2016

Annual Directors and Financial Report 2017

Black Dog Ride is proud to display the ACNC's "Charity Tick" which lets you know that Black Dog Ride is registered and compliant with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.