As the CEO of Wellbeing Code, David takes pride in supporting the wellbeing, performance, and leadership development of the groups he works with. Throughout his NRL career, David has represented Queensland in eight Maroon-dominant State of Origin games as well as 14 International Tests for Australia. Engagement and relatability are his strength’s as he draws on his experience as a former NRL player, and mental health knowledge to leave a practical and long-lasting impact.
Ben is an accomplished leader and elite athlete who has had the unique honour of captaining the Wallabies during his illustrious career. Since retiring in 2020, his focus is on accelerating the culture, performance, and leadership capabilities of the next generation of high performers. Having worked with youth rugby coaching and mental health development programs, Ben brings his unique understanding to the Wellbeing Code team.
As captain of the Broncos, having represented her team in both National and State level, Ali Brigginshaw is a titan in her field. Currently rated the best player in the NRLW competition, Ali is passionate about coaching and mentoring to accelerate the wellbeing and performance paths of others, breaking down barriers to achieve their best. She brings with her a wealth of understanding in the wellness arena having participated in professional level sport for a number of years.
A country boy at heart, Dane was able to overcome setbacks early in his career to forge a reputation of being a hard-working, reliable performer in the NRL. Always noted by coaches as a passionate driver of team culture through the connection he built with his teammates, Dane retired after over a decade in the NRL to now focus on supporting Youth with their wellbeing, passionate about bringing support to those who may be vulnerable.
Chris is highly-regarded athlete having represented Australia at the Paralympics in London and Rio playing wheelchair Rugby. Chris made history as a member of the Steelers rugby team when they won two consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title over a four-year period. Using his experience as an elite athlete, Chris is passionate about inclusion, high-performance, and leadership and looks forward to creating a further impact on the community.
Libby Trickett is an Executive Coach for Wellbeing Code as well an Olympic Gold Medal winner for her massive efforts in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, representing Australia, in the relay, butterfly, and freestyle events. Since retirement, Libby has turned her attention to mental health advocacy following her own struggle with anxiety and depression. In 2016 Libby was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Anthony Minichiello is an Executive Coach for Wellbeing Code. Having built a career spanning over 20 years Anthony has solidified his spot in history having set records for most games and most tries in the clubs history whilst playing for the Sydney Roosters. Anthony is passionate about mentoring and wellbeing with a keen interest in community impact.
Mark Minichiello brings great experience to the team, having played over 400 professional Rugby League games across Australia and the UK. Having played for the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Gold Coast Titans in Australia, and Hull F.C. in the Super League, Mark offers a wealth of experience when it comes to transition, teamwork and leadership. Mark’s passion for helping people and optimising performance is mirrored through his practice of living a balanced lifestyle and holistic living.
Brent Tate is remembered as one of the greatest Maroons to wear the jersey and he is also regarded as one the most resilient players to play the game. Overcoming a fractured neck and 3 knee reconstruction during his career, Brent was a key figure in the Maroons ‘decade of dominance’, kick starting a new team culture in 2006 that would see the Maroons go on to be unbeatable for 8 series straight. Since retiring in 2014 Tate has moved his attention to community support, using his understanding of perseverance to shape and support youth in Australia.
Nick started his professional soccer career in the UK with Sheffield United before moving to Australia to link with the Central Coast Mariners and then Wollongong Wolves. Since retiring from professional soccer he is passing on the important lessons he learnt around commitment and sacrifice, bringing these personal qualities that accelerated his career, to the next generation.
Mark joins the Wellbeing Code team with a formidable career playing for the Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm, and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Mark is an incredible example of how hard work and perseverance can be so rewarding. He has now played close to 100 NRL games after proving himself to be a reliable performer for the top teams. Mark’s understanding of dedication and perseverance contributes to his success in both his personal and professional life.
Kody has been representing her state in rugby since 2014, having played for the Gladstone Raiderettes, the Calliope Roosters, during this period Kody made her debut in the State of Origin representing Queensland, currently representing the Brisbane Bronco’s and studying as an exercise physiologist student, Kody is passionate about accelerating young athletes and students to fulfil their potential through exercise intervention.
Becoming the youngest ever Super Rugby debutant at the age of 17, and the second youngest Wallaby in Australian rugby history at the age of 18. Now with 55 test matches for the Wallabies behind him, James has an impressive well-rounded approach to sport and life and is well-placed to help individuals and organisation build culture and performance through optimising their wellbeing.
Meica Christensen is a Paralympian having represented Australia in London and Rio. Starting her career in goalball in 2004 it wasn’t long until Meica caught the attention of former Australian player. With dedication she was soon invited to train with the Australian team. She is passionate about, and skilled to, support others to set goals and overcome hurdles to achieve success.
Jarrod Wallace is one the key leaders in the current Gold Coast Titans and a former QLD Maroon. Starting his career in the Brisbane Broncos in 2012, his community-minded nature helps him connect with the next generation to accelerate their goals and handle setbacks along the way.
Dan Palmer played at the top level of Rugby Union in Australia, including representing the Wallabies. With a double degree in Science and Psychology, Dan is skilled at goal setting, commitment, overcoming setbacks, and is passionate about inclusion and diversity.
Dale Copley is a leading example of how to manage a busy life of sporting commitments, family life and study. An accomplished NRL player, having played approximately 150 games for the Gold Coast Titans, and a current Brisbane Broncos player, Dale has also completed a law degree whilst juggling family commitments. Making his NRL debut at just 18 years old, Dale played four matches and scored two tries in his debut season, spotlighting him as a player to watch. Off the field, Dale is known for his work within the community, being nominated for the 2020 NRL ken Stephen Medal for his values work.
Matthew Guyatt is a former touring golf professional, having played on numerous tours around the world. His global tours include the Europe, Japan, One Asia and Australasia. He was awarded the QLD PGA Trainee of the year in 2009, taking out the Australasian PGA Championships two years later. After spending time with the world’s leading coaches, Matthew now shares his knowledge gained through these experiences with others through his coaching. His coaching philosophy is to help his clients to better understand their patterns, and tweak them where needed. Matthew has a clear passion to educate and inspire others to achieve their full potential, and guides them on tactics to best achieve that success.
Isaac De Gois
Isaac De Gois is an NRL legend, having played 225 top level games as well as four test matches for Portugal’s International Rugby League team. After a decade long career on the field, the former Eels, Tigers, Sharks and Newcastle hooker retired from the game and became an advocate for brain health after suffering a series of head knocks of his own. His ability to use his platform to set an example and use his voice for advocacy mirrors his passion and drive for all things sport and leadership. These same traits are what saw Isaac develop a health and balanced lifestyle.
Ashley Harrison is a former QLD Maroon and premiership winning NRL star who played for the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs. After debuting in the NRL in the early 2000’s Ashley took home the 2000 NRL Premiership, paving the way for his 276 game career. Ashley’s career was accelerated through preparation, healthy living, and hard work, all of which he continues to embrace and instil in his post-NRL career. With a passion for helping people achieve their goals, Ashley draws on his experiences to motivate and inspire people to do so.
Beau Robinson is a former Australian Rugby Union Player who played for the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby. He represented Australia in the Wallabies team in 2011, while making his senior debut. Beau is known for his resilience, perseverance and work ethic. After growing up on Australia’s biggest cattle farm, leadership and responsibility was instilled in him from a young age, paving the way for his career both during and post field. Beau channels these foundations into his coaching, with a focus on accelerating individuals goals and ambitions through high performance leadership.
Willie Tonga has had an illustrious career as a former QLD Maroon and Indigenous All-Stars representative player. At just 19 years old, Willie was scouted by the NRL, moving to Parramatta to sign with the Eels for the 2002 season. Over a 181 NRL game career, Willie played for Parramatta, the Bulldogs and the Townsville Cowboys. He also played 12 Tests for Australia, and represented the Queensland Maroons eight times. Willie draws on his personal experiences to educate others about the importance of health, education and wellbeing.
John Doyle is a former QLD Maroon who played for the North Queensland Cowboys and Sydney Roosters, playing 74 first grade games and three Origin matches. Known as one of the toughest players at the height of his Origin career, John has an exceptional approach to mentoring, using this ‘tough’ mentality to help break down barriers and open up conversations. John has found a particular passion for mentoring young Indigenous Australians.
Liam Wright is an Australian professional rugby union player who captains the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. He also played for Queensland Country in Australia’s NRC. He is a capped Wallaby and Captain of the QLD Reds with a passion for leadership and high performance. Liam brings with a unique outlook to mental health, success and motivation.
Millie Boyle is a current NRLW player for Brisbane Bronco’s. Millie has represented her state (New South Wales) and her Country across both code’s league and union.
Millie is a great role model and leader in the Gold Coast and Brisbane community and has a great passion for providing opportunities and supporting the Disability sector.
James Kelly is a 3 times AFL Premiership Player and 1 time All Australian. He played for both Geelong Football Club between 2002 – 2015 and Essendon Football Club between 2016 – 2017, where he then joined Essendon coaching staff for 3 years, retiring in February 2021.
James is a natural born leader playing a pivotal role in Geelong’s dominant era. He has a good understanding on what makes a great leader and that is needed to be able to succeed, overcome setbacks and manage day to day stresses in a playing, coaching and personal/family setting.
Xavier Ellis is a former AFL athlete, with a long history in the game retiring with over 125 senior matches, Xavier played for both the West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn Football Club in his career. Xavier began his professional career in 2005, in this debut season Xavier was rewarded with the club’s best first year player. Following his esteemed career in the AFL Xavier moved his attention to Radio and TV, working on Weekend Breakfast and conducting interviews during AFL matches.