Happiness Co Foundation has been built to improve lives. This is core to who we are and always have been.

Founded in 2020, the Happiness Co Foundation funds programs and initiatives that empower people to face their mental health battles and find happiness in their lives.

With a team of volunteers, we aim to spread happiness in the community through events, activations and support groups for anyone affected by mental health struggles.

We already see incredible results in communities through funding grants and deep partnerships with community organisations. As we look ahead, we know there is much more to do. That’s why in 2023, our impact will focus even more on Mental Health, people's happiness and the resources we can share. It’s time to take care of each other and start healing and rebuilding the health of our communities.

We have a mission to positively impact 10 million lives in 10 years and we are right on track to do so.

Our Board

The people who dedicate their time to ensuring proper governance, transparency and impact are at the heart of the Foundation.



Julian is the founder of Happiness Co Foundation, a charity devoted to instilling happiness into as many lives as possible. Julian brings vision and direction to the board, which is vital in giving back to the community and positively impacting the mental health and wellness space. Julian’s background is lived experience and human behaviour. Specialising in happiness and personal performance that allows people to learn strategies and tools to transform their lives.



John is a highly experienced CFO and Company Secretary with over 30 years post qualification experience. John has been integral in raising over $1.5 Billion in debt and equity during his career mainly for ASX listed companies, John is a qualified chartered accountant, member of ICAEW and Graduate of Australia Institute of Company Directors (AICD). We are privileged to have John on our board with the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings.



Maurice (Mo) engages with corporate decision-makers, understands their strategic growth requirements & delivers the sustainable improvements of corporate triple-bottom-line; financial, social & environmental performance measures. Maurice has held directorial positions of three specialist OHS & Wellbeing consulting companies with an impressive client base. Mo continually shares his wisdom and directional strategies and is an asset to the foundation.



Nikki is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of developing and leading high performing teams.

Nikki brings with her extensive experience around strategy development that supports visions to enhance, educate and raise awareness around social impact through the power of social procurement. Nikki is driven by passion and purpose, and we are privileged to have Nikki on our board.



Shane is the Managing Director and Founder of Elevate Accounting. A three-time winner of the Partner of the Year award at the Australian Accounting Awards, Shane is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor, has an MBA and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. We are lucky to have Shane on the board overseeing financial matters and contributing to the foundation.

Our team

Meet the people who help make our Foundation truly awesome.



Thomas O’Brien is the Health Promotions Project Officer. Tom is super passionate about his role as he have always valued his own, as well as others health & well-being.

Since Tom started at the Happiness Co Foundation, he has continued to develop in his role as a 3rd year student at the University of Notre Dame Australia, studying a Bachelors in Health Promotion, minoring in Media and Communications.

Tom is also half of the brains behind “Switched On”, a platform dedicated to youth mental health and wellbeing where they provide podcast episodes, social media material and resources, as well as a website where the community can learn more!  



Monique McCarthy is an all rounder for the Happiness Co Foundation managing admin, accounts and events.

Monique’s background stems from managing her own events company and is also the founder and co owner of Wellness Stations. 

Monique recently joined the Foundation to create a calendar of signature, meaningful events which will assist funding our new grants program.

The Happiness Co Foundation

dedicated to a high level of ‘entity integrity'.

We will go to every possible length to be transparent, accountable and credible. The decision by the Foundation to fund any initiative must go through the same process on each occasion. This process is an application, independent review, project sustainability metric and board approval based on a “community happiness impact”

Supported by:

The ‘GIVE’ brand is on a mission to create a culture of giving in a world that has become inwardly focused. We do this with random acts of kindness and ‘pay it forwards’ to people in the community that need it most along with our charity work and fundraising.

Ensuring we have quality resources online is extremely important to us

Switched On is a free, self-guided online wellbeing and resilience podcast for young people. Our youth mental health crew interview young people to create opportunities for gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle, and positive relationships.

A range of sports stars and influential people have already been on the Switched On Podcast to support young people.