Greg Hire - Founder & Director
Greg Hire is a highly respected advocate for mental health, community engagement, and personal development in Western Australia. As a former professional basketball player, he experienced the importance of physical and mental well-being and witnessed the struggles of those around him, motivating him to champion mental health causes. In 2014, Greg founded A Stitch in Time, an organisation dedicated to raising mental health awareness and providing support to those in need. He actively engages with various organisations, schools, and sports clubs, offering impactful workshops and programs to prioritise mental well-being and resilience. As a sought-after speaker and mentor, Greg shares his own journey to inspire audiences on personal growth and overcoming challenges. His authenticity, empathy, and commitment to making a difference have earned him respect and admiration, making him a role model and catalyst for change. Beyond his professional efforts, Greg's humility and genuine connection with others create safe spaces where individuals feel supported and empowered. His unwavering passion for mental health and community-focused initiatives make him a beacon of hope and an invaluable asset to Western Australia, leaving a profound impact on many lives and fostering a society that values mental well-being and inclusivity.
Blair Evans - Director of Outreach and Partnerships
Blair Evans is a remarkable retired athlete, inspirational speaker, and passionate advocate for mental health and personal growth. Excelling in swimming at a young age, Blair's dedication and achievements earned her recognition at prestigious international events, including the Olympics. Beyond her athletic success, Blair's openness about her mental health struggles has broken stigmas and inspired others to prioritise their well-being. As an engaging speaker, she shares stories of resilience and overcoming adversity, motivating audiences to embrace their journeys. Through workshops and community engagement, Blair empowers individuals to prioritise self-care and develop positive mindsets. Her impact as a role model reaches far beyond sports, contributing to a more compassionate and inclusive society.
Dr. Marny Lishman - Psychologist
Dr. Marny Lishman is a highly respected Health & Community Psychologist, author, keynote speaker, and media commentator. With a Bachelor's Degree and a Doctorate in Psychology specialising in Health & Community Psychology, she empowers individuals to thrive in their personal and professional lives by developing mental agility and resilience. Dr. Lishman's work spans government prevention programs, academia, and a successful private practice in Perth, Western Australia. She delivers captivating presentations and serves as a psychologist presenter and advisor at A Stitch In Time, a mental health charity. Nationally recognised for her expertise, she offers commentary on mental health topics and is the Resident Psychologist on Channel Nine's '9 News at 5' in Perth. Beyond her professional pursuits, Dr. Lishman finds solace in nature, reading, meditation, and spending time with her children, highlighting her love for animals and the outdoors as crucial elements of her well-being.
Brad Robbins - Education Manager
Brad Robbins is a retired professional basketball player and dedicated mental health advocate who has made a significant impact on and off the court. Known for his tenacity and leadership in basketball, Brad's journey extends beyond sports as he courageously shared his struggles with mental health to raise awareness and break down stigmas. As a mental health advocate, he has been a driving force within the Stitch in Time team, delivering powerful speeches and workshops to promote mental well-being and provide support to individuals facing challenges. Brad's authentic approach and vulnerability have resonated with audiences, empowering others to prioritise their mental well-being. He continues to make a difference through his involvement in mental health initiatives, driven by a genuine desire to create a supportive and understanding society.
Ben Sainsbury - Facilitator
Ben Sainsbury is an inspiring world champion in Para-canoe, known for his remarkable achievements and resilience. Despite a life-changing motocross accident at 16 that left him a T4 paraplegic, Ben pursued education and wheelchair basketball before discovering his passion for para-canoe. He has won five national championships, a World Cup, and became a world champion, aiming for the Paris Paralympics. Beyond sports, Ben advocates for disability awareness and mental health, sharing his personal journey to inspire and empower others. His unwavering resilience and dedication make him a beacon of hope and positivity for individuals worldwide.
Luke Shuey - Ambassador
Luke Shuey is an exceptional professional Australian rules football player known for his remarkable skills, leadership qualities, and commitment to excellence. His impressive career in the Australian Football League (AFL) as a midfielder has earned him respect and recognition as one of the game's elite players. As a leader, he captained his team to victories and sets an example with his work ethic. Off the field, Luke is actively involved in community initiatives and charitable causes, demonstrating his genuine care for others. Known for his humility and sportsmanship, Luke's positive attitude and dedication to continuous improvement inspire those around him, making him a beloved figure in the football community.
Scotty Griffiths (Optamus) - Facilitator
Scott Griffiths, known by his stage name Optamus, is a prominent figure in the Australian hip-hop scene as a member of Downsyde and WA's Syllabolix Crew. As a talented rapper and advocate for hip-hop culture, he runs a workshop programs all over WA to inspire participants to explore emotions and appreciate the art behind the lyrics. Optamus also uses his platform to make a positive impact in the mental health space. His work with Downsyde has established the group as influential in Australian hip-hop, and his versatile music explores various themes, connecting deeply with fans. Through his workshops and music, Optamus exemplifies the spirit of hip-hop, emphasising unity, creativity, and positive change, leaving a lasting legacy in the genre.