Meet The Team

  • Jeremy Forbes – Co-founder and spokesperson

    Jeremy (Jez): A trade qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years, he has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry financially, physically and mentally, and would like tradies to be more conscious of how depression, stress, tiredness and frustration can impact their lives and loved ones around them.  

  • Lauren Randle – Partners of Tradies Events Coordinator

    Lauren Randle works as the partners of tradies coordinator for HALT and has an interest in community health. She has lived experience in anxiety and depression and is a partner of a tradie.

  • Catherine Pilgrim – Co-Founder

    Catherine Pilgrim is a Visual Artist and mother of two boys living in Central Victoria.  A co-founder of HALT, Catherine is committed to helping spread the positive message that groups such as LIFELINE and BEYOND BLUE are available when people need them.

  • Caitlin Vayro

    Caitlin has an interest in health and how our jobs impact our mental health. She is currently completing a PhD on the topic of mental health help-seeking in Australian farmers. Caitlin is driven to help people take action when it comes to their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their communities.

  • Amahl Weereratne – Graphic Designer

    Amahl Weereratne has over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry working as a graphic designer. In 2017, he made the decision to move to Castlemaine and continue working remotely for ad agencies. Amahl’s experience will help grow HALT and the work it does with local communities and tradies.

  • Nicole Connors

    Nicole is a personal injury lawyer who represents clients, including tradies, in Bendigo and the wider central Victorian region that have been injured at work. Nicole is passionate about ensuring injured clients get the compensation and support they need, including mental health support.

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