Mates of Menslink

Engaging high profile Canberra men to support Menslink

The Mates of Menslink initiative engages high-profile Canberra men to support the work of Menslink and act as role models for young guys and men in our community.

Mates of Menslink are stand-up local men who:

  • attend events (like Menslink Midweeker or Linkups) and talk candidly about their life experiences;
  • use their profile to promote the work of Menslink; and/or
  • hang out with the young guys in our programs

Mates of Menslink know that blokes need positive role models. They understand the importance of having mates you can talk to about issues and stuff in your life, and they’re not afraid to admit that they’ve had problems too – no matter how successful they are.

Being a Mate of Menslink isn’t a huge time commitment, but can make a huge difference to the people (young guys, parents and others in the community) who hear their stories of good times and bad, and how they’ve overcome challenges in life to get to where they are now.

Mates of Menslink come from all walks of life: famous sportsmen (past and present), politicians, senior executives, business leaders, authors, policemen, comedians, and many more. We welcome anyone who could be a positive role model for our young guys.

If you would like to get involved, please contact our CEO.

Here’s a sample of our Mates of Menslink:

  • Alan Clements, former Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Alan Tongue, former Raiders captain
  • Andrew Barr, Deputy Chief Minister ACT
  • Andrew Blyth, former CEO ACT Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Leigh, Federal Labor politician
  • Andrew Wall, Liberal MLA and Youth Spokesperson
  • Ben Alexander, Brumbies and Wallaby forward
  • Brett McNamara, Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service
  • Cade Brown, former ACT and PMXI cricketer, PWC Director
  • Cam Sulling, MIX 106.3 radio announcer
  • Chris Bourke, ACT Labor MLA and former Menslink mentor
  • Clyde Rathbone, former Brumby and Wallaby
  • David Lamont, former ACT Deputy Chief Minister
  • David Morrison AO, former Chief of Army
  • David Shillington, former senior Raiders player
  • Dayne Rathbone, comedian
  • Eoghan O’Byrne, former Canberra FM General Manager
  • Gary Humphries, former ACT Chief Minister and Senator
  • Glenn Keyes, Founder and CEO Aspen Medical
  • Ian Meikle AM, owner and editor of Canberra CityNews
  • Jay Sullivan, comedian
  • Joe Roff, former Wallaby and CEO University of Canberra Union
  • Mark Vergano, GM Community Rugby Canberra Raiders
  • Marcus Paul, 2CC radio announcer
  • Michael Milton, Paralympian and Australian speed skiing record holder
  • Pat McCabe, former Brumby and Wallaby
  • Paul Trezise – former local Vinnies CEO
  • Paul Vaughan, Raider front rower
  • Paul Walshe, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at ActewAGL
  • Philip Clark, ABC 666 radio announcer
  • Richard Agnew, mountaineer, summited the highest peaks in all seven continents
  • Richard Luton, CEO Luton Properties
  • Ricky Stuart, Raiders head coach
  • Roman Quadvlieg, CEO Australian Border Force, former Chief Police Officer ACT
  • Rudi Lammers, former ACT Chief Police Officer
  • Shane Rattenbury, Greens MLA and Minister
  • Simon Corbell,  former Deputy Chief Minister
  • Stephen Hodge, former Olympic & Tour de France cyclist
  • Stephen Larkham, Brumbies head coach
  • Stephen Parker, former Vice Chancellor at University of Canberra
  • Tim Gavel, ABC Radio Sport’s Canberra broadcaster
  • Tim Kirk, Chief Winemaker, Clonakilla Wines
  • Zed Seselja, Federal Liberal Senator and former Menslink mentor
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