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President and Chair
Inspector Nicole O’Reilly has been a member of Victoria Police for 27 years.
She has worked across a number of Regions, Commands and Departments and it was whilst working at Road Policing Command in 2018 that Nicole developed a passion for road safety and joined the Board of Directors of the Fit to Drive Foundation.
Nicole is married to a police officer and has 3 teenage children. Aside from busy family life, Nicole likes to keep active through community football and cricket.
I have a Masters in Science from the University of Birmingham, UK. While studying for a PhD in Melbourne I was recruited by the international science journal, Nature, to be their Australian correspondent leading me to a path of science journalism. I was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, the Science Editor for The Age newspaper, winner of the Australian Science Journalist of the Year, a member of Prime Minister Keating’s Advisory Council on Science, received US Fund for Investigative Journalism grant as well as travel fellowships from the Rockefeller Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2000 I left journalism to start my own media consultancy focusing on the higher education, biotech, medical research spaces. I have been the Media Manager for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco and the Media Manager for the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). My expertise lies in being able to source a story, and place that story where it will have the most impact. I also specialise in the writing of opinion pieces with what could be called thought leaders such as Julian Assange and Nobel Prize winners Peter Doherty and Elizabeth Blackburn.
I am a passionate believer in the capacity of the media to be used strategically to influence government policy and funding. During my time managing media for MUARC I became interested in how public policy can literally change the road toll. I became aware that road safety programs have no impact if they are not widely disseminated to the general public. And the best way to disseminate any public health program is via the media, whether it be print, radio, TV or the internet.
Since joining the F2D Board in 2018 I have been amazed at the commitment the organisation generates – both from within and with the schools that we attend. It is clear that the program, based as it is on research into how attitudes and behaviours can change, is one that should be available to every secondary student and in fact anyone in the early stages of driving, across the State.
My focus with F2D is to assist in ensuring the foundation had a program that promotes the incredible work it does in preventing road deaths and injury in the highly vulnerable teenager and young adult group. What we do is amazing and more and more people need to know about it.
Megan has significant experience leading communications, marketing and strategic engagement across the for-purpose and government sectors. She is currently the Marketing and Communications Director at Philanthropy Australia, the national peak body for philanthropy in Australia helping to build more and better philanthropy. Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia, Megan worked as a Communications and Engagement Manager for Major Road Projects Victoria, and the Head of Strategy at Crime Stoppers Victoria.
Growing up in a small regional community, Megan gained a strong understanding of how important and life changing getting your license can be, especially in rural and regional areas where public transport options are limited or non-existent. Now, as a parent of young children who will one day be L platers on suburban roads, Megan is passionate about growing opportunities to empower and educate the drivers and passengers of the future. Having joined the Board in 2018, Megan is committed to working with the Fit to Drive Foundation to deliver significant and positive learning experiences and outcomes for young people and their friends, families and communities right across Victoria.
John is a former Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office who retired in 2014 after 40 years’ service. John’s career spanned many aspects of the ATO’s operations including large scale information technology programs and he has experience with program governance and delivery.
Since his retirement John has maintained a role in tax administration. He works as a part-time advisor with the International Monetary Fund helping to increase the capacity of tax administrations in developing, emerging and in some case developed economies.
John was invited to join the Board in 2014 and quickly recognised the commitment and energy of the founding members of the Foundation in empowering Year 11 students to make decisions that impact their safety. The role that the Foundation plays in using near-peer facilitation to raise awareness and action by this cohort is without parallel in the road safety space. John is committed to working as member of the Foundation to ensuring this program can reach as many students within Victoria, wherever they might live.
MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP
Dr Andrew Stocky MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP is a psychiatrist with extensive clinical, governance and administrative experience.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), he joined our board in 2016. He is a member of our Finance and Audit Sub Committee.
As a clinician and a father, Andrew is very aware of the human trauma represented by road accident statistics, and is passionate about influencing decisions made by young people.
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