Meet Our Leadership Team

Eugene McGarrell

Chief Executive Officer

Eugene’s personal mission is to re-create the village and facilitate human connections thereby eradicating the pandemic of loneliness and the adverse health, social, economic and environmental impacts of loneliness.

He believes we all need human connection, we all need to feel we belong and we all need to contribute to a collective purpose. The absence of human connection is depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic ill health and poverty. The "Healthy Australia" movement allows him to invest his time in creating the right ingredients for pre-school children to learn and transition successfully to primary school. Sowing seeds in fertile ground while nurturing the saplings to grow into the mighty trees of the future.

For pre school children to grow into adults that contribute positively to society we need to ensure we have quality early learning environments, situated locally and accessed by all. We also need to make sure we support the families, communities and the primary schools to adapt in order to facilitate the child's transition.

Eugene is always looking for partners to join him in this mission.

Ruby O’Rourke

Director

Ruby is the joint founder of Healthy Australia and brings a depth of social welfare and business experience to the company. Healthy Australia was created in 2015, as a pathway to social impact for Australians needing social services. The move to social impact services was a natural move instigated by the gaps she felt as a new mother needing assistance in navigating first parenthood. The purpose of Healthy Australia is informed by Ruby’s life experience as a State Ward of Victoria and being shuffled from one institution to another.

As CEO, Ruby will drive the organisation's purpose to successfully help millions of Australians navigate the social welfare system.

David Salajan

Director

David has a Bachelor of Information Systems (BComp(InfoSys). In 2005 David took a position in the IT security and cost recovery sector where he found his preference for IT security technologies.

In 2006, Ruby asked David if he would join her in Paper Friendly, to fill a market gap in Community Services technology. He joined the federal government’s NEIS program to create a business plan for Paper Friendly which was to facilitate communications for childcare services and families. David co-created Paper Friendly in 2007, becoming sole director. The business plan had evolved to provide government compliance software for the niche childcare market. David was and still holds the role of Head of Product for the company.

David has been consistently involved in the conceptualisation, client facilitator of product and development of HubHello. He has also been the interface between government and HubCare, negotiating new ground technically and for social government innovations.

Ron Dewhurst

Director

Mr. Dewhurst has spent 40 years spread across the Investment Banking and Asset Management industries. He has lived approximately half of this career outside his native Australia, working in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He started his career at Melbourne broking firm, McCaughan Dyson going to become CEO of what became ANZ McCaughan Ltd. In 1982, he joined J P Morgan where he ran the Asian and European Equities division in Hong Kong and London before being appointed as Head of Americas for J P Morgan Asset Management. In 2004, he was CEO of IOOF Holdings Ltd and from 2008 until 2013 he was Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Global Investment Managers for Legg Mason Inc based in the USA.

In December 2015, he is the newly appointed director and Chairman of Rhinomed Ltd. (ASX: RNO).