The inaugural meeting of the new Board of Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA (9 April 2018). Top left to right – Keith Read, Dean Dyer, Russell Goodrick, Dennis Beros (Chairperson) Front left to right – Neill Hahn (Secretary), John Rich, Eugene Wynyard (Treasurer).
Dennis Beros – Chairperson
Dennis is a consultant, mediator, and facilitator with the following career highlights:
- Chairperson (current) ManKind Project Australia;
- Chairperson (current) ManKind Project WA;
- Chairperson Community Television Perth 1997-2001;
- Chairperson ECOCEAN (global whale shark photo-id library) 2007-2008;
- Past board member and treasurer Conservation Council of WA;
- Past director and life-member Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Dennis has a rich background in business, community development, environmental conservation, and men’s work. He has sharp analytical skills and a talent for leading strategy development and implementation, and delivering extraordinary outcomes. He coordinated the successful Save Ningaloo Campaign and has fulfilled many executive roles in other significant campaigns and community initiatives. Dennis has run a number of his own businesses including Eartheart Energy Advisers which brokered substantial residential and commercial bulk-buying programs in solar energy. As an engaging and transformative facilitator, he consistently brings people together to recognise new opportunities and plan for success. He has been active in the men’s movement since the 1990’s.
Eminent Australian author Tim Winton wrote of Dennis:
“He’s spent years fostering community and promoting greener alternatives and as an activist and thinker he has few peers in WA. He was the backbone of the historic campaign to save Ningaloo Reef and I consider him to be one of the state’s environmental heroes.”
Dennis is a recognised mediator, negotiator and coach – well practiced at developing and sustaining collaborative alliances and managing delicate multi-party negotiations. He has a wealth of board and committee experience and appreciates the principles of sound governance and fiduciary responsibility.
He has worked for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people; with Ranger Groups, Native Title Claimant groups, Elders, men in custody, educators and health promotion agencies. He is the architect of the award winning Mooditj Marmun Book (and App), an inspirational publication for Aboriginal men in the south of Western Australia.
Currently working in the Mental Health sector. Mental Health First Aid.
Neill Hahn – Secretary
Neill Hahn is a university qualified personal counsellor, specialising in male emotional reactions, such as depression & anxiety, using personally developed methods specifically suited to the male psyche.
He currently specialises in assisting separated fathers to use the Family Court system and mediation practices effectively, in order to re-establish their parental relationship with their children, using guidance obtained from a WA Family Court judge.
His prior experience in mental health related areas include assisting the chronically unemployed through emotional traumas (e.g. personal and/or cultural abuse, (e.g. Aboriginal population, sexual identity rejectees, ex-prisoners) to increase their self-esteem; assisting families in understanding and treating Post-Natal Depression to lower family breakdown or exacerbation risk; assist males (& females) to understand their unexpected emotional reactions and destructive interactions (especially grief as experienced during the discarded feelings of male partners) when abortion has been experienced in their lives.
– Communications technician for PMG (now Telstra). Trained & experienced in: Radio, TV, microwave radio, and audio distribution networks, Digital communications, digital networks, packet transfer (internet methods), etc.
– 2 years FT training in IT, achieving an Award of Excellence and Dux of Course. He operated his own business, training users of technology & sorting out complex technical problems for businesses.
Past president of Action Outdoors Association. Currently Chair of MATES team (an Abortion Grief Australia project) which addresses the general non-acknowledgement of male emotional reactions around childbirth.
Social level achievements: Acting (to learn about human character), Singing & Ballroom Dancing. Award in Humour from UWA (Summer-school).
Eugene Wynyard – Treasurer
Eugene has worked for the past 13 years in the promotion and sales of building and construction machinery, heavy equipment, specialised power tools, construction chemicals and materials throughout Perth’s Concrete Construction, Building, Civil and Mining industries. As an Account Manager, Eugene has been responsible for the growth and development of a $1.3m sales territory. This work has provided Eugene with a deep understanding of male workers in the blue collar industry, and an extraordinary insight into how they cope with personal traumas and tragedies.
WA State Manager (current) in the Oil and Grease Lubrication Systems with responsibility to establish the Perth branch, and increase market awareness and activity.
Conference Manager for the 2 day Western Australia NFP Summit (2017) focusing on influences and governances of today’s not-for-profit boards.
Men’s Abortion Trauma forum (2016) Project Coordinator and on the Steering Committee (under directorship of Abortion Grief Australia) and one of three key speakers at the forum.
Eugene has a Cert IV in Community Services in the following subjects:
- NDIS (National Disability Incentive Scheme)
- ATSI Cultural Awareness
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Domestic Violence
- Suicide / Self Harm
- Senior Elderly Abuse
- Risk Management & Client Intake Forms
- Workplace Discrimination, Policies and Procedures
- Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct
- Acts & Legislation
Mental Health First Aid
Eugene is currently writing a series of four books on the topic of Abortion Kryptonite detailing the emotional and spiritual impacts an abortion has on men, and how they can be healed and restored after an abortion.
Dean Dyer – Board Member
Dean Dyer is a Men’s health and wellbeing consultant and the former Chairperson of Men’s Advisory Network.
Dean has been actively involved in men’s health and wellbeing since 1998. He is a qualified and experienced trainer and facilitator, and an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor. He runs his own business consulting in learning and development, and assisting individuals and organisations to improve their effectiveness and performance. He now utilizes these skills to deliver men’s health and wellbeing talks and workshops to groups and employers on topics including career transition and outplacement, customer service, communicating effectively, managing self and others, personal leadership, train the trainer, facilitation skills and better meetings. Dean has coordinated and delivered Mankind Project men’s training weekends and men’s groups since 2006.
Dean was recognised nationally in 2013 for his ‘Contribution to men’s health and wellbeing in Australia’ as a finalist in the National Men’s Health Conference awards in Brisbane.
Dean is involved in a number of community groups including the ManKind Project WA, Community violence prevention reference group, the ‘making of good men’ project, as well as an alumni of the Cranlana ‘Cultivating Wisdom in Leadership’ program.
Russell Goodrick – Board Member
Along with community and charity involvement, Russell has been in media and particularly television for most of his life on both the west and east coasts of Australia and in London. A former on the road journalist, police rounds man and entertainment reporter, Russell started at Radio 2GB in 1964, he moved to Perth in 1974 and became Nine’s highest rating newsreader from 1978 through 1986 winning a Logie for his efforts.
From 1996 through 2014 through his own production company MRGTV he produced around a thousand programs – many of which he hosted – mainly on Channel 9 and Foxtel – employing hundreds of people both in front of and behind the camera.
Russell was a Director at one of Perth’s leading advertising agencies representing many national clients.
He organised events such as Garden Week in the 80’s and the Avon Descent for 10 years and voluntarily hosted Metropolitan School quiz nights, Christmas Carols, school art auctions and was Chairman of the Bassendean Bicentennial Committee.
Russell has been a Director of both Private and Public companies. A Founding Director of Football West; Former Acting President of Soccer West Coast & President Inglewood United; Chairman of community and sporting organisations and a Director of a company that placed the largest and highest video billboard on the New York Skyline.
He has been a long-time supporter of the Chamber of Commerce, is currently on the executive of the Western Australia Party, and is an advocate for changes to the Family Court for better outcomes for mums, dads and especially children.
Keith Read – Board Member
Keith has been working 10 years with men and fathers, the past 5 coordinating the DadsWA program with WA’s leading parenting agency, Ngala and is a passionate advocate for the positive contribution fathers make to their children, family, and communities. He has a degree and postgraduate diploma in Psychology and a degree in Physical Education.
In his work with men and fathers, Keith has facilitated courses and workshops in anger management, communication skills, parenting after separation, parents working away, new parents programs and has developed and presented the very popular Dads Raising Girls and Dads Raising Teenage Girls workshops at Relationships Australia WA.
For the past 5 years through the DadsWA Program, Keith has facilitated antenatal sessions for expectant dads at King Edward Memorial Hospital, workshops for dads (0-5 years), playgroups for dads, and provides phone and email consultations for dads. All services are provided outside of regular working hours to be more accessible for fathers. Keith also has regular conversations about the role of fathers with the mothers who attend Ngala’s parenting programs.
Keith is a regular guest lecturer on fathers at Edith Cowan University (Social Science students) and Curtin University (Midwifery students). He delivers half day Engaging Fathers Professional Development sessions three times a year, and has presented sessions for Midwives at KEMH and Child Health nurses at various locations. Topics covered include; how engaged fathers benefit their children, how to involve fathers in your practice, dads and breastfeeding, fathers and attachment and new dads and mental health.
Each year via these programs, Keith has direct service contact with over 500 fathers (and mothers) and provides professional education to over 150 practitioners, gaining a wealth of knowledge on the current state of fathers and family services in the process.
Conference presentations include: Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Association National Annual Conference, WACOSS annual conference, Men and Family Relationships Conference, Great Southern Early Years Conference, and Goldfields Early Years Conference. Keith recently presented on Engaging Fathers in the Early Years at the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc (WA Branch) 2017 AGM. Speaking on fathering, Keith has been interviewed on ABC radio and 6PR, and has been featured in the West Australian Newspaper and has written for Offspring Magazine. He is a founding member of the WA Father of the Year Award Organising Committee. Keith is the Father of two adult children.
John Rich – Board Member
John Rich has a degree in counselling, in chemical engineering, and has the following men’s health and wellbeing career highlights:
- Manager of Ottey Community Centre 2017-2018
- Coordinator & Counsellor Social and Emotional Wellbeing – Wiluna Aboriginal Health Service 2015-2017
- Relationships Australia 2011-2015:
- Counsellor – Royal Commission Support Services for clients surviving childhood sexual abuse;
- Counsellor – children, youth, families;
- Group Facilitator – male perpetrators of Domestic Violence.
- Holyoake Group Facilitator Drug and Alcohol Men’s groups 2011-2015
- Hope Community Services – youth diversion program 2011-2012.;
- Lifeline telephone crisis supporter and facilitator 2010-2013.
John’s engineering career highlights (1982-2011) include various roles in chemical engineering, project and operations management, consultancy, environmental management and community relations, planning, management systems development implementation and auditing, and Business Development including working for top-end engineering firms including Worley Parson, URS Consultants, Thiess Pty Ltd, Clough Engineering, John Holland, Brambles Cleanaway, Japanese consortia comprising Nippon Steel, Mitsubishi, Indemitsu, Asia Oil, and Monsanto Australia.
John’s boards experience includes Linkwest Board 2018 – peak-body representing 160+ community and resource centres across WA, and WA Men’s Gathering – management committee 2015, 2018.