It takes a small but dedicated team of professionals to lead StartOut Australia.  We think we've got a great team at the helm so far.  The passion and commitment of our co-founders is enhanced by the skill, depth and insight of our Non-executive Directors. 

The board provides leadership and oversight to StartOut Australia and is responsible for approving our strategic plans, managing risk and ensuring that StartOut Australia meets it's obligations and is an effective, efficient and accountable organisation.


David White

Non-executive Director & Chair of the Board

With a career in mentoring programs spanning almost 30 years, 24 of which were as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia. David is the Australian authority on mentoring programs for young people and has over a decade of board experience in mentoring programs.  David is the Chair of the Board for StartOut Australia.




Helen Cester

Non-executive Director & Deputy Chair of the Board.
GradDipMgt, MMgt(HR)

Over 20 years experience in strategic human resource management and workforce planning in the not-for-profit sector combined with Helen’s history in business and not-for-profit boards make her an ideal board member for StartOut Australia.




Adam Dent

Co-founder & Executive Director
GradDipMgt, MBA

Having led some of the largest humanitarian responses to disaster in Australia for the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, Adam is a passionate leader, stakeholder engager and advocate for social change with a background in leading psychosocial programs. Adam brings his skill in leading the not-for-profit world and passion for business being a force for good to StartOut Australia.




Brendan White

Co-founder & Executive Director
BEng, BCompSci

Brendan is an energetic and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, social change and positive mental health. Having worked for one of the largest technology firms and now consulting firms in the world, Brendan is well placed to bring his skills to the leadership of StartOut Australia.



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