Our Board

Board of Directors

Our Board at COPE has been constructed to reflect the range of expertise required to implement COPE strategic objectives and is comprised of the following Directors in the organisation’s establishment phase.


Mr Glen Watts

As former Managing Director of Kimberly Clarke, Glen brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and experience with corporate industry, particularly in relation to the mother and baby sector.  Glen is an adaptable leader, driven by innovation and a change agenda. His experience as a Managing Director, country and industry board member with well-developed skills in senior executive mentoring and board responsibilities is a great asset to the establishment and growth of COPE.

Executive Director

Dr Nicole Highet

Founder and Executive Director, Nicole was the former Deputy CEO and National Perinatal Advisor of beyondblue between 2001-2013.  Her role in the perinatal area specifically included oversight of the National Research Program, advocacy and the implementation of Australia’s $85M National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI).  Other areas of specialisation within the perinatal field include consumer research, national community awareness campaigns, clinical guidelines and resource development, digital screening and research and advocacy to inform and guide policy and best practice. Her leadership and strong commitment to perinatal mental health has resulted in the formal establishment of COPE in 2013.

Board Directors

Mr David Stanley

A public health communications practitioner, David is the founder and National Program Director for the Convenience Group and he brings over 25 years of international public health experience to COPE. This ranges across program design, implementation and evaluation against communication objectives.  David has been a team leader/member involved in more than 110 international, bilateral, national and state public health programs. David is published in policy, program and educational texts – all relating to public health information and education programs.

Mr Simon Troeth

Simon Troeth’s experience as a communicator and advocate includes almost 30 years in a range of roles across the public service, politics, journalism, public relations and government relations. He is Associate Partner and Head of the Canberra Office for Newgate Communications, Australia’s leading strategic communications firm.

Simon’s knowledge of the political and policy process and experience in developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies will help COPE talk directly to decision-makers and media about the need to improve perinatal outcomes for families and build awareness about COPE’s critical work with mothers, fathers and healthcare professionals.