The Banyans’ Leadership Breakfast is an opportunity to bring together small groups of highly respected leaders from various fields to discuss what it means to be a leader and the importance of ensuring mental wellness in our workplaces, staff, and in ourselves.



The Banyans’ Leadership Breakfast is held each quarter and comprises different leaders at each event. It is a wonderful networking event and presents an exclusive opportunity to visit The Banyans Residence to see first-hand what our programs involve.

Our Inaugural Breakfast

Our inaugural breakfast was held on Saturday, February 6 at The Banyans Residence. Attendees included Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity Professor Selena Bartlett, Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young, Somerville House Director of Philanthropy Petrina Gilmore, Springfield City Group Managing Director Raynuha Sinnathamby, Fluid Approval Chief Executive Officer Grant Johnsen, and Postdoctoral Researcher at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Dr Ruth Knight.

While enjoying a delicious breakfast prepared by The Banyans chefs, these leaders were able to share their thoughts about the contribution of mental wellness to their organisations’ productivity and outcomes, while also discussing the challenges posed by 2021.

Winter 2021 Breakfast

Attendees at our Leadership Breakfast on August 21 included State Member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek, Briz Brain and Spine Non Executive Director Mario Pennisi AM, Covax Founder and Medlab Pathology General Manager Mannu Kala,”Brain Reset” and “Sweet Poison” author David Gillespie, and Women’s Network Australia Chief Executive Officer Janelle Bostock.

The view was as inspirational as the conversations and The Banyans Head Chef Brent prepared the most delicious breakfast as networks were built and strengthened.

Spring 2021 Breakfast

A truly stunning morning set the scene for the final Banyans Leadership Breakfast of 2021 on November 13. Attendees included Princess Alexandra Hospital Executive Director Dr Michael Cleary, Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal Legal Member Carol Lee, Red Frogs Australia National Relationships Manager Steve Davies, Australian Online News Founder and Chairman Jarrod Sierocki, Journalist Christy Johns, Medartis Australia Customer Service Specialist Glen Fields, The Brisbane Lions General Manager Commercial Rachel Condos-Fields, and My Giving Table Founder Katelyn Aslett.

The conversation centred on Queensland’s COVID readiness as the state prepares to open its borders again as well as the growing need for mental health and substance dependency treatment here as a result of the pandemic.