Glenys Reid M.Ed GAICD
Glenys was born in Melbourne, Australia. She grew up in Canberra before studying in Sydney, travelling to Asia, and eventually ending up in the USA where she lived, studied and worked for 15 years. She now lives back in Melbourne in the beachside City of Bayside and has her own consulting business. After experiencing an unexpected period of social isolation in 2017, Glenys began introducing Chatty Café to Australia in late 2019, in partnership with the UK office. The national bushfires and Covid-19 pandemic in 2019/2020 made it clearer than ever to Glenys that Australia needs its local communities to be encouraged to stay socially connected to help prevent loneliness at all stages in life. Glenys believes Chatty Cafe Australia can help communities achieve that.
Anne brings to the Board of Directors of Chatty Café Australia a comprehensive experience base in organizational development, change and human resource development. Her experience has been gained with over 40 years both in Australia and internationally. Her consulting roles together with formal employment positions covered a diverse range of industry sectors and staff groups both in the private and publics sectors. Her work in developing countries transitioned her organisational development roles in Australia that included juvenile justice, child protection, health, community services and psychiatric care. Building on a strong social justice value system Anne is now giving back to community and those in need, by redirecting her efforts and capability to NGOs and agencies that respond to the many complex social justice issues challenging disadvantaged groups in our community. Anne currently holds a leadership role at Highlands LLEN as Manager of the Ballarat GROW program. Her hobbies and interests include, wine and food, her friends, riding her bike on the beach, gardening at her bush cottage, movies theatre and the opera.
Simone has had experience in various sectors of business. She graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Commercial Law. After graduating she worked in the Financial markets predominantly in Bonds and Derivatives, and as the Victorian Treasury Manager at St George Bank She has also spent time working in regional Real Estate, whilst living in the country and managing their cattle farm. Recently Simone has had positions such as Finance Manager in an Advertising Agency and the Building Industry She has also owned a successful event hire business. She has volunteered for organisation such as Yooralla, Gisborne Primary school council and finance committee, Aimes Program, and Farnham Street Community House. Simone has 3 adult children and enjoys time between Melbourne and rural Victoria.
Helen Boulton, Volunteer Manager, Chatty Café, Australia
Helen is also based in Bayside, Melbourne having moved there from the UK in 2004. When she first arrived in Australia, she only knew 4 other people in the country – her husband and 3 children. Fortunately, that is not the case now, but she does understand what it is like to be a very long way from all her family and friends and to be starting out again in an unfamiliar country knowing no-one. She is a qualified solicitor and has also worked in the Not For Profit sector. She is passionate about baking, yoga and singing.
Our Team of Chatty Volunteers
Our amazing team of Chatty Volunteers stretches from Western Australia across to the East coast, at this point primarily in Melbourne, as we grow Chatty Cafe across Australia. These committed and energetic volunteers are the core of our Scheme – they provide a support to the venues as requested, to introduce the concept of Chatty Cafe to the local community by sitting at “Have a Chat” tables when venues first join up, to act as an “icebreaker” for customers to join the Chatty table and chat amongst themselves. Our volunteers also provide other support in administrative areas such as social media, scheduling etc. We look forward to growing our army of Chatty Volunteers over the coming months.
NOTE: The photo on the left is indicative of recent Chatty Volunteer Training in Bayside “Covid Style” 🙂 !!!”