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SMART Recovery Australia


Annual Budget: $750,001-$1,500,000
Number of Paid Staff: 4 - 10
Number of Volunteers: more than 100
Community Segment: Mental Health

Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): Every two months
Board Meetings Held: Early evening
State where Board Meetings Held: New South Wales
Local Government Area: The City of Sydney

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Non-Executive Director for the SMART Recovery Australia Board

SMART Recovery Australia is seeking two committed, value-oriented Non-Executive Directors. We are looking for people who want to address addiction and mental health issues through harm minimisation and a strength based approach. Your skills and experience should further complement those of the current talented staff and Directors of the team.

SMART Recovery Australia is seeking Directors who are willing to use their own capacity and that of their networks to deliver the strategic aims of the organisation. We are particularly targeting candidates with access to high net worth individuals interested in supporting the sustainable growth of the organisation, demonstrated PR skills, and access to the Alcohol and Other Drugs/mental health sector, business, or government.  

The SMART Recovery Board focuses on the strategic oversight of the organisation. It does not undertake the responsibilities of a management board. The organisation may employ the individual skills of individual Directors from time to time, which would be separate to their role on the SMART Recovery Australia Board.  

About SMART Recovery Australia

SMART Recovery Australia is a company limited by guarantee and registered as a health promotion charity. SMART Recovery Australia’s vision is to make SMART Recovery accessible to all Australians. Our purpose is to empower Australians with practical skills, tools, and support to manage addictive behaviours. SMART Recovery Australia aims to help people help each other to manage their addictive behaviours for the improvement of health and social well being in the community.

SMART Recovery Australia coordinates over 230 SMART Recovery groups face-to-face and online throughout Australia and New Zealand. The number of groups has doubled in two years, with the organisation experiencing a steady period of growth and increasing professionalism in that time. At present, the organisation needs to increase public awareness and acquire sufficient funds to sustain this rate of growth.    

About SMART Recovery

SMART stands for Self Management And Recovery Training. SMART Recovery delivers a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based program in a mutual aid group setting aimed at people dealing with addictive behaviour as well as facilitator training for people who wish to run meetings of their own. SMART Recovery groups are facilitated by both professionals and people recovering from addictive behaviours.

About SMART Recovery Internationally

SMART Recovery commenced in the United States of America in 1994. Today, there are 2,500 meetings in over 20 countries in the world.

Current Board Members

  • David Barton, Chief Finance Officer, Alpha Vista Financial Services
  • Ruth Campbell, retired Human Resource and Public Service Executive
  • Mike Fry, Partner, Ernst and Young Asia Pacific
  • Joe Gerstein, President/Founder of SMART Recovery
  • Sue Henry-Edwards, retired Alcohol and Other Drugs specialist
  • Jennifer Johannesen, Senior Associate, MARQUE Lawyers
  • Ryan McGlaughlin, SMART Recovery Australia Executive Director (ex-officio)
  • Tony Wales, Businessman and Philanthropist (Chairperson)


The bi-monthly board meetings run for no longer than two hours. These can be attended in person or online. Your overall time commitment is estimated at six to eight hours per month. There is an annual staff and Board planning day you would be expected to attend.

The SMART Recovery Australia office is in Woollomooloo, Sydney.

For more information:

Contact Ryan McGlaughlin
Email: rmcglaughlin@srau.org.au
Phone: 02-9373-5100

Website: www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au

Application close on: 10am Monday, 9th October 2017

Please email applications to: Ryan McGlaughlin, Executive Director on rmcglaughlin@srau.org.au

Role: Non-Executive Director
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Business, Fundraising, Government Relations
Targeting: Not supplied

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