Anne Riches is an award-winning international speaker and educator on change leadership and workplace mental health. Anne develops leaders to be self-aware, model self-care and empathy, and build sustainable, productive, mentally healthy workplace cultures.
For over 30 years, Anne has worked globally with organisations as diverse as airlines, agribusiness, finance, defence, aerospace systems, multi-beverage, the professions, government departments and property development.
Some would say Anne has an impressive career and list of achievements. What many people find encouraging is that this was accomplished with a lifetime of lived experience and family history of mental health issues.
It is this real life experience together with her depth of expertise and wisdom that make her programs so compelling.
And on top of all that, she is a passionate scuba diver and adventurer!
Anne educates and inspires leaders to be:
- Mentally healthy themselves.
- Skilled to hold conversations with colleagues who are struggling and know how to support them.
- Empowered to put in place strategies to build a sustainable and productive mentally healthy workplace culture.
Leaders who work with Anne Riches are equipped to:
- Partner with their teams to have safe, effective conversations about mental health.
- Understand the strategies required to build a destigmatised and mentally healthy workplace culture.
- Develop strategies for leadership consistency in their approach to mental health and wellbeing.
The Black Dog Institute has recognised Anne at two special annual award events for her volunteering for the Black Dog Institute. She presents, trains others, and writes programs on mental health in the workplace. Anne has built a reputation for creating leadership capacity for destigmatizing mental health in the workplace and courageously shares her own lived experiences with depression and anxiety.
Can Too awarded her ‘Legend’ status for the funds she has raised for cancer research by racing in ocean swims. Anne is also a proud RUOK Ambassador.
Anne’s audiences describe her as engaging, humorous, honest, thoughtful, courageous, dynamic yet down to earth, and able to share practical, instantly implementable tools and the latest research with her clients.
Anne holds two degrees with honours in law, and two postgraduate qualifications, one in change management. She has been awarded Fellowships from Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management, Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian institute of Training and Development.
Anne has a number of mental health qualifications including Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Disaster Mental Health Counsellor, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.
For a list of more qualifications see Anne LinkedIn profile
What we offer
Upskill your leaders and teams
Leaders are key influencers in the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Yet leaders are often reticent to have mental health conversations in case they ‘get it wrong’, ‘make it worse’, or simply do not know what to do or say.
Anne’s presentations address these concerns and instill leaders with the confidence, skills and competence to protect, enhance and support employee mental health.