board of directors
One Eighty is committed to staying true to the organisation’s ethos of supporting young people to develop a public voice and providing a platform from where meaningful sustainable cultural change can be instigated. In line with this the organisation has implemented a youth-led Board of Directors.
Chairperson / coo
Samantha recently graduated from her fourth year of Psychology (Hons. I) at Monash University, where she completed her thesis on childhood trauma and posttraumatic growth. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology and the History and Philosophy of Science, from the University of Sydney in 2018. She has been involved with One Eighty since its inception in 2017. In addition to her role at One Eighty, she works as an Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapist for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Chris graduated from Macquarie University with a Commerce degree in International Business and marketing in 2016 and is currently studying Communications (majoring in Social and Political Science) and a Diploma of Language in Mandarin, at UTS. He has also worked as a marketing assistant at Fantasea, and a student learning facilitator for UTS. Chris understands that young people today are faced with a set of unique and uncharted challenges that stem from age old questions, and believes community support is the best way for all of us to thrive.
Elisabeth Goh has been named one of Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs and the Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing Winner for leadership and advocacy work with young people. Elisabeth is a young law reformer dedicated to advocating for people living with mental illness. She started her career with the establishment of the Youth Forum Model, bringing together and supporting over 200 young people in the local area to develop grassroots strategies to improve mental health in high school, and which was awarded a Department of Education Model of Excellence. Now, as a Senior Policy Officer at NSW Victims Services, Elisabeth advocates for victims of crime by contributing to significant policy and program reform for victims of crime.
Billy Bain is an Indigenous artist and surfer born and raised on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Formerly a successful professional junior surfing competitor, Billy made the decision to pursue a career as a practicing artist a few years after leaving school, moving into the city to study art full time. Billy completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2019, graduating with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales. He currently is represented as a exhibiting artist by .M Contemporary Gallery in Woollahra, and works part time as a tutor for Indigenous students at the University of New South Wales. Billy is passionate about youth mental health, particularly the relationship between creative practices and their benefits for our mental state.
dr maria bilal
dr maria bilal
Maria is a Sydney-based doctor who is committed to meaningful youth participation and is passionate about setting up young people to live healthy lives. Within her first year of university she was advocating on the Post-2015 Agenda at the United Nations, and only weeks later was representing medical students at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Maria was selected to represent Australia to the 2016 Girls20 Summit in Beijing, where she partook in intensive training by international experts in organizational strategy, leadership, and communication. Alongside graduating with Distinction, she has convened leadership conferences and contributed to a plethora of projects that seek to use health as a tool to empower the vulnerable. Maria has been heavily involved in advocacy for mental health on the National Youth Advisory Council for Youth Mental Health, and as the Wellbeing Officer for AMA NSW. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, working to make the organisation more sustainable, allowing the new generations of doctors to mobilise change and engage in meaningful projects.
Karla works for Diversity Council Australia (DCA), the independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as DCA’s Governance, Policy & Research Officer / Company Secretary. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and Journalism, from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and has volunteered for various charities and community groups throughout her studies and professional career.
Her personal experiences with mental health drive her passion to be involved in initiatives that better support those affected and those close to them.
Natasha Gillezeau works as a journalist for The Australian Financial Review. She has a Bachelor of Media & Communications and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She has coordinated events and panel talks on topics including sexuality, body image, mental health, and women’s rights. Tash grew up in Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches, and joined the One Eighty Avalon Board in 2019 to help with its mission of creating a community for young people where they can simply be more open with each other about the highs and lows of life.