Katherine Newton


Katherine is the CEO of R U OK? – an organisation most well-known for R U OK?Day, a national day of action committed to encouraging and equipping everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?”, of anyone who might be struggling with life.  

Since the inaugural R U OK? Day in 2009, R U OK? has become a household name. In 2018, an estimated 80% of Australians are aware of R U OK?, with one in four taking part in some form of R U OK? activity throughout the year. 

To help make real, lasting change in Australia, R U OK? has broadened their reach beyond a national day of action. Campaigns such as R U OK? at Work and R U OK? at School are providing effective platforms to promote regular, meaningful conversations all year round.  

Katherine’s commitment to prevention efforts spans 8 years having trained as a volunteer Lifeline telephone counsellor prior to transitioning to the sector professionally. Katherine’s not-for-profit experience also includes a senior leadership role with White Ribbon, working to prevent men’s violence against women. 

Katherine leads a small, responsive, and dynamic team and continues to be inspired by the those in the community who believe in peer-to-peer support.