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Trisha Squires Travels from Hobart, TAS


  • Consultant / Coaching
  • Education
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Mental Health
  • Social Responsibility

Trisha has an impressive breadth and depth of experience across commercial, philanthropic and community roles. She lost her husband in the 2004 Asian Tsunami, then became Founder of the Broadbridge Fund, and former CEO of two well-established not-for-profit organisations. Trisha is known for her leadership qualities, clear strategic thinking, and resilience.

Most recently, Trisha was CEO of The Reach Foundation, a for-purpose organisation working to improve the wellbeing of young people, so they can get the most out of life. From 2013 until she was appointed the role of CEO, Trisha was on the Board of Directors at Reach.

Prior to Trisha’s role as CEO of Reach, she had been CEO of St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS), an organisation offering specialised education, youth engagement, housing and social service programs to young people.

Trisha is Founder of the Broadbridge Fund, established in 2005 to positively impact the lives of young people in Australia and Thailand. In 2005, Trisha established the Broadbridge Fund Education Centre on Phi Phi Island, which assists young people affected by the 2004 tsunami.

Trisha has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, La Trobe University), a Diploma of Youth Work (RMIT) and a Masters of International Development. In 2006, Trisha was awarded Young Australian of the Year. She is also the author of ‘Beyond the Wave – A Tsunami Survivor’s Story’.

She has, with the help of the Melbourne Football club, established The Broadbridge Education Centre on Thailand's Phi Phi Island. This centre assists young people affected by the tsunami, allowing them to continue to learn after such devastation. The Reach Broadbridge Fund also raises money to take Reach's youth programs to South Australia (Troy's home state).

“Something that I've always lived by - and Troy lived by, too - is that no matter what happens you have got to keep going. Troy always believed that you could turn a negative into a positive,” Trisha says in 2006, Australia celebrated Trisha’s achievements and contribution by awarding her Young Australian of the Year. During this year, she was a contestant on Channel 9’s “Torvill and Dean’s: Dancing on Ice”.

Trisha completed her Graduate Diploma International Development at RMIT University and 2006-2009 Advisory Board Member of the Youth Mental Health Fund (Department of Health and Ageing) and Board Member of Family Life. In 2007, Trisha was a philanthropic advisor for ANZ Trustees, managing charitable foundations.  Trisha was also appointed as the CEO of AFL Tasmania. 

Keynote Titles

  • Beyond the wave: a tsunami survivor's story


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