Glenys Reid M.Ed GAICD

Managing Director

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.  After experiencing an unexpected period of social isolation in late 2017, Glenys began introducing Chatty Café to Australia in late 2019, in an informal partnership with the UK Chatty Cafe office. The national bushfires in 2019 and current Covid-19 pandemic has 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.

Simone Lambert

Director

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.

Jill Harbrow

Jill Harbrow

Director

Jill is recognised as a trusted advisor by all her clients, having successfully delivering multiple change programs both domestically and at international level focusing on: Change Management strategy and implementation, Change capability, Team leadership, Business Engagement, Executive advice and coaching.  Jill’s career spans Corporate, consulting and industry experience including Financial Services, Agribusiness, Retail and Distribution, Mining and Minerals, Public Sector, Automotive and Telecommunications.

Bailey Thomas

Bailey Thomas

Director

Bailey is a Director of The Chatty Cafe Scheme Australia. Having almost completed her Tertiary education in Business and Arts from Swinburne University of Technology, with majors in Marketing and Environmental Sustainability, Bailey brings a varied range of experience to the Chatty Cafe Scheme Australia. With a special interest in philanthropy, social justice and the environment, Bailey hopes to bring about positive change in our communities for a more inclusive, connected and sustainable society. Her experience working with not-for-profit organisations and community campaigns has led her to get on board The Chatty Cafe Australia team.

Sue Barrett

Director

Science graduate from Monash University, Sue’s always been a champion for equality, climate action, integrity and the common good tracing her activism roots back to the 1970s when, as a teenager, she discovered feminism and David Bowie.

It surprises no one that she became a founding organiser for March4Justice and Voices of Goldstein, and Zoe Daniel’s campaign manager for the federal seat of Goldstein in 2022. Founder of Barrett and the Selling Better Movement, and a leading advocate for human-centred, ethical business, sales and leadership practices, Sue works with businesses and communities to raise awareness of our interconnectedness as a foundation for empathy, compassion, decency and ethics, which in turn informs our moral cognition – our capacity to ‘do the right thing’.

She encourages us to think deeply about how our decisions affect others and the planet, and how to take positive action and affect real change. In 2019, Sue published her book, ‘142 Days of Gratitude that changed my life forever‘, a treatise on the positive power of gratitude. She is an active sportsperson living in Melbourne with her family and is inspired by David Bowie, Rachel Carson, Kate Raworth, and Maria Montessori.

Helen boulton

Helen Boulton

National Chatty Ambassador

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 the Victorian Councils of Bayside, Ballarat and Mornington, 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.