Our Team

The Fly Program team is made up of passionate professionals

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Founder and CEO

Matt Tripet

Matt Tripet is a highly respected adventure professional, public figure in the recreational fishing industry and educator. Losing a brother-in-law to suicide, Matt intimately understands the burden and trauma associated with losing a loved one in these circumstances.

He is driven to change the culture surrounding mental illness in the Australian male community by fostering environments where men can find reprieve from the difficulties they may be facing through powerful environments found in the outdoors.

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Company Director

Michael Thomson

Michael Thomson brings a wealth of local, national and international experience to his role as CEO of the Plus500 Brumbies, most recently General Manager of Participation and Sustainable Sports at the Australian Sports Commission.

General Manager of the Brumbies between 2009 and 2011, Michael is an experienced sports administrator who has held senior sports management positions with Nike Greater China, Nike Australia, Australian Rugby Union, the Football Federation of Australia and FIFA Marketing AG.

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Company Director

Cade Brown

Cade is a Partner at Callida Consulting and is also an Elite Athlete Manager for some of Australia’s best Rugby Union
and cricketing athletes. Coming from a semi-professional sporting background, Cade has a tremendous opportunity to share his expertise and personal experience connected to mental health disorders with amateur and professional sporting athletes.

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Company Director

Michael Fardel

Michael is a successful business owner, film producer and is considered by his peers as a philanthropist. As a business owner he experiences first-hand the anxiety and stress associated with owning a business and managing staff and aims to use his experience to benefit the male adult community as business leaders and employers.

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Company Director

Mark O’Brien

Mark is a senior Naval Officer with the Australian Defence Force. Mark sees first-hand the impact and prevalence that mental health disorders such as PTSD has on current and ex-service people. With a deep seeded passion for the outdoors and those who serve our country he offers extraordinary experience and professionalism focused on helping current and ex-servicemen.

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ALICE TAY

Alice leads the corporate and commercial team at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers. Alice brings to the Fly Program her knowledge of the NFP sector and skills in governance. Having seen and experienced the effects of mental illness through friends and colleagues, Alice is committed to de-stigmatising mental illness through positive messaging and partnerships.

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Company Secretary / Public Officer

Amelia Tripet

Amelia Tripet is a young mother who has directly experienced the trauma of losing a brother to suicide. Amelia is passionate about mental health in our Australian male community and is someone who understands the sensitive nature of mental illness, shining a nurturing light on the company and its direction.