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Chris Freel & Rebecca Stella to join Talent RISE board

15/02/2024

Talent RISE is pleased to announce Chris Freel, Group Sales Director, Australia, oOh!media, and Rebecca Stella, Program Director Head of Wellbeing and Engagement, BlendED, will join as board members effective immediately. Freel and Stella will both work closely with Karen Graham, Talent RISE CEO.

Freel and Stella will join fellow board members, Michelene Hart, Non-Executive Director & Chair of Talent RISE; Mark Nielsen, Global CEO, Talent; Richard Earl, Founder & Non-Executive Director, Talent; Jane Tewson, Founder & Director, Igniting Change;and Ben Trollip, Non-Executive Director, Talent.

Speaking on the announcement, Rebecca Stella, said, “The work Talent RISE is doing to help young people into meaningful work is incredibly important and something we should all be responsible for. Throughout my career I’ve been able to work closely with young people who experience different challenges and I’m looking forward to being able to share what I’ve learned with the Talent RISE team who do remarkable work.”  

Chris Freel, spoke highly of the work Talent RISE is doing, “I am honoured to be joining the Talent RISE board. I’ve admired the work that the RISE team do for some time now and share their passion with helping young people with barriers into employment. We can all do our part to help change young lives and feel an immense responsibility as a business leader.”

Chris Freel’s passion for supporting young people into meaningful employment spans across major organisations in Australia including his previous role as Group CEO of UnLtd & MOOD tea. UnLtd is a social impact organisation who believe that every young person deserves the best opportunity in life. They work with the media, marketing, tech and creative industries to unlock their time, skills, funds, and resources to drive impact for their charity partners, who all work with youth at risk. Under Chris’s stewardship they have driven over $200million of social impact value, helping positively influence tens of thousands of young lives. In 2021, Chris and the UnLtd team brought the industry together to launch the industry’s first social enterprise – MOOD tea. MOOD tea is committed to fighting the leading cause of death for young Australians, suicide.

Rebecca Stella’s passion and dedication to supporting young people is a force to be reckoned with. Stella has built her professional career walking alongside young people who have experienced significant barriers to engaging in education across Victoria. She has spent 15 years in the flexible school space, working across numerous school settings that focus on building trauma informed and healing orientated schools that can accommodate individualised learning needs for disengaged young people. Currently serving as the Program Director of Head of Wellbeing and Engagement for the BlendED school at St Joseph Special Assistance School, Stella continues to cultivate learning environments that cater to the needs of young individuals who may not fit into traditional schooling structures.

Karen Graham, Talent RISE CEO, said on the announcement, “Both Chris and Rebecca bring a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience. Not only have they worked directly with young people who have experienced barriers, but they have helped change many lives with that work. It is such a privilege to have them join our mission of transforming young lives through meaningful employment.”

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