Founder and CEO
Peter is a registered osteopath. During the course of a 20-year career, Peter has held the roles of State and federal President of the Australian Osteopathic Association, worked with the world champion Wallabies from 1999-2001, and has built and managed one of Australia’s largest osteopath clinics. Peter has a large amount of consulting experiencing in leading allied health practice in Australia, and his passion and vision continue to help lift the standards of best practice in his profession.
His contagious passion for children’s health drove him to his most recent undertaking, UpStanding Kids, a not-for-profit organisation with the goal of getting standing desks into Australian schools and ending the epidemic of sitting.
Fiona is a lawyer working in public health at the Alfred hospital. With over 15 years' experience in intellectual property law, Fiona is responsible for protecting and progressing innovations in health care at the hospital. Fiona also holds an Honours degree in Psychology and in her spare time is a passionate and dedicated yoga student and yoga teacher. These roles reflect Fiona's interest in and passion for improving health both in body and mind. Fiona brings board experience to her role at UpStanding Kids; she is a board member of two start-up medical companies, one aimed at improving outcomes for open heart surgery patients and one aimed at developing a treatment for peanut allergies. Having two young children, Fiona is inspired by the vision of UpStanding Kids to keep our children moving and enhance their health and wellbeing.
Media and Communications Officer
Jake is a recent graduate from Swinburne University of Technology, where he attained a bachelor's in journalism with a minor in philosophy. A keen reader and writer, Jake's main goal is to use his skills and qualification to do some good in the world, which led him to finding UpStanding Kids.
With a passion for hiking and kayaking, and other forms of physical activity, Jake knows the importance of good health and fitness, so is very excited to help ensure this generation of Australian kids are able to enjoy the benefits of it.
Bonita has a long history of working in the Not For Profit sector in foster care, life skills development for young people, disability, mental health, national and international organisational development and more recently as Executive Officer for a foundation developed by Catholic nuns to carry on their work into the future.
Bonita has also worked in administration with The Osteopaths and a Bendigo Bank Board as well as numerous volunteer roles in her community. Bonita has 3 young daughters and believes passionately in their ability to remain connected to their bodies through tactile play and movement. Bonita considers UpStanding Kids a fabulous opportunity to raise awareness and resources for the health of our children.
Elise is currently the Alumni Co-ordinator at Ivanhoe Grammar School, and her connection to the school spans 20 years having attended the Plenty campus as a student and serving the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association as a Councillor since 2002. Elise has worked within the Independent Education sector teaching Humanities and English at Trinity Grammar School, Kew and Carey Baptist Grammar School and has high hopes for the youth of today. Elise is most passionate about social justice and has been involved with a number of charitable causes on a local and international level for the last 10 years. Although usually on the frontline initiating and coordinating fundraising events, Elise continues to spend her spare time raising awareness and funds for OrphFund as well as encouraging others to see the importance of building social capital through social media, community engagement and philanthropy. Elise is thrilled to be part of the Upstanding movement!