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By volunteering for Lifeline not only will you be making a difference to the lives of other Australians who use the Lifeline services, but you’ll also be enriching your own life.

It takes a lot of dedicated people to provide Lifeline's telephone crisis support services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, across Australia. Lifeline Canberra relies on support from the community to answer the crisis support line, raise funds and run the iconic Bookfair events.


Online Bookstore

Lifeline Canberra earns a major part of its funding by selling thousands of donated items at our three Bookfairs. We offer a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, as well as magazines and pamphlets, comic books and atlases, records, CDs and DVDs, games and puzzles.

A limited selection of our rarer, more valuable or collectable items is available for purchase from our online bookstore catalogue.



Board Information

Cade Brown LinkedIn


Cade joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2012. He was elected to the position of Treasurer in 2014, Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. Cade provides the board with a deep understanding of corporate governance, risk management and financial management skills that he has obtained in a fifteen year career as a consultant in in Canberra’s leading accounting firms. He is currently a Partner of Callida Consulting and has also figured prominently in Canberra’s sporting landscape, primarily as captain of the ACT Comets. Cade has a Bachelor of Commerce at Canberra University and is also a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Cade is a proud Canberran and is committed to the Lifeline vision and values. He is passionate about the services that our volunteers and hardworking staff provide to the people of Canberra and the surrounding region. 

Todd Wills LinkedIn


Todd joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2016. In 2015, Todd moved to Canberra from Melbourne and has been passionate about Canberra and its community ever since.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts and has over 25 years’ experience in the professional services industry in South Africa, Melbourne and Canberra. He is currently the Canberra Office Managing Partner for EY. His experience over the last 25 years has given him a great appetite for growing business, supporting the community and creating value. Todd is currently on the Red Shield Appeal Committee and the Canberra Cancerians Committee. In addition, he was formerly a board member of the Canberra Business Council (CBC).

Todd has a strong passion for mental health, support around mental illness and the prevention of suicide.

Jessica Mellor LinkedIn


Jessica joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in February 2017. She is an experienced project executive with a strong focus on strategy and innovative solutions. Her experience spans major infrastructure projects, residential and commercial development, and funds management.

Jessica is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aquis Entertainment and Casino Canberra, and brings a wealth of knowledge in public company administration and compliance, projects and cost management.

Arran Curll LinkedIn


Arran joined the board in 2014 and was appointed to the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, leveraging his expertise in finance to help ensure we maintain a long-term approach to sustainability. He was elected to the position of Treasurer in 2015. 

Having studied in the ACT, Arran's skills and passion for life took him abroad to the United Kingdom and then the Northern Territory, before returning to Canberra in 2007. Arran is a partner at local financial planning firm, Much more than money (formerly Godfrey Pembroke) and is an accredited Financial Advisor. A passionate fitness fanatic Arran can more often than not be seen around town running or cycling.

Warren Apps LinkedIn


Warren joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a Director in 2011. Leveraging his experience in communications, he has worked closely with the team to assist engagement and business development. 

Warren is a Director of Coordinate Group, Canberra’s largest communication, marketing and advertising consultancy. He has 20 years experience working in multinational advertising agencies and was twice named one of the top five advertising professionals under 30 in Australia by B&T in 2007 and 2008. Outside of his agency role, Warren is a regular media commentator on advertising, media and marketing issues, and is a Director of both the CBR Brave Ice Hockey team and the Brave Foundation.

Carol Bennett LinkedIn


Carol joined the Lifeline Canberra Board in June 2017. Over the last two decades, Carol has worked at senior executive levels in peak national and state health and aged-care organisations. This includes as Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Australia, Consumers Health Forum of Australia, Hunter Medicare Local, Rural Health Workforce Australia and the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association.

Carol has also managed her own consulting business working with national peak groups such as beyondblue, Australian Practice Nurses Association, Heart Support Australia and Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter Trust, where she performed in the role of interim CEO.

Carol is the current CEO of Painaustralia—a national peak body representing broad interests in the areas of medical/scientific, academia/research, carers, consumers and allied health professionals.

Carol is also on the Board of the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter Fund and is a member of the Medicines Australia Advisory Council.

Carol is passionate about improving the quality of health and aged care for all Australians.

Jeanie Bruce LinkedIn


Jeanie joined Lifeline as a Telephone Crisis Support volunteer in 1999, quickly expanding her volunteering role to include In-shift Support Supervisor and mentoring new volunteers as a Group Facilitator. In 2011 she was honoured to be named the ACT Volunteer of the Year, for her considerable and ongoing contribution to Lifeline. She became a member of the Board in 2012 and was elected to the position of Secretary in 2015.

Jeanie has extensive experience as a manager in the public sector in both WA and the ACT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Canberra has been her home since 1991 and contributing to the local community, through Lifeline Canberra, continues to inspire her.

Ayesha Razzaq LinkedIn 


Ayesha joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as Director in 2011. She brings a wealth of commercial knowledge and expertise obtained through her career in the retail energy industry, leading a dynamic business through a time of significant industry change. Ayesha is currently the General Manager Retail for local utility company ActewAGL and has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the Australian National University.

Ayesha is proud to be on the Lifeline Canberra Board and supports the important work it does in providing telephone crisis support to the people of Canberra and surrounding region.

Archie Tsirimokos LinkedIn


Archie joined the Lifeline Canberra Board in February 2017. He has a strong connection to, and is an active member of, the Canberra community.

Archie is Meyer Vandenberg's Chair and is recognised as one of Canberra's most experienced commercial lawyers. In 2014 Archie was named the Property Council ACT's Property Professional of the Year, and in 2016 Archie was inducted to the Real Estate Institute of ACT Hall of Fame. Archie was named the Institute's 'Solicitor of the Year' in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

In addition to his role as a Director of Lifeline Canberra, he is also Deputy Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber and former Chair of Communities@Work.

Archie believes that an understanding of what clients want is critical to achieving excellence.