Margo Lydon | Chief Mental Health Advisor, Workplace Mental Health Advisory

Margo has influenced real-world reform in mental health and suicide prevention for over 22 years.  She is the Chief Mental Health Advisor at Workplace Mental Health Advisory, a boutique consultancy, partnering with industry and organisations to achieve both wellbeing and productivity impacts through creating mentally healthy, sustainable and thriving workplaces.

Margo is the independent Chair of the National Mental Health Commission’s Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance – an Alliance of national organisations from the business, union, community, and government sectors leading change to promote and create mentally healthy workplaces. The Commission and Alliance members are developing the National Workplace Initiative (an $11.5 million investment over four years from the Commonwealth’s Department of Health), to create a nationally consistent approach to workplace mental health and wellbeing to benefit every Australian business, all workers and strengthen our communities.

Margo is also a non-executive director on the Shared Value Project Australia Board. Shared Value is a business strategy, developed by Harvard Business School, that solves social issues, profitably. 

Margo is currently a member of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia and the Sector Advisory for Roses in the Ocean – Australia’s peak organisation empowering people with a lived experience of Suicide to share their voice and bring their unique insights and wisdom to prevent suicide. 

Until recently, Margo was CEO for SuperFriend; a position she held for 12 years successfully leading the growth from start-up to a national organisation at the forefront of workplace mental health and wellbeing in Australia. Prior, she was an executive leader for 10-years at the Oak House – Australia’s largest private outpatient facility treating people with eating disorders.

Margo holds a Master of Science, Positive Organization Development and Change, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Queensland. Margo was a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Victoria) in the “For Purpose and Social Enterprise” category.