BEN’s health, fitness and well-being Ambassador Guy Leech is an incredibly generous role model and mentor to our young program participants making positive changes to their lives.
Australia’s Ironman Legend and Northern Beaches hero, Guy Leech is an inspiration to our Community. For many years, he has been contributed to the betterment of our younger generation through his generosity, ambassadorship to countless Australian well-fare organisations and his personal commitment to bringing health to our communities.
Principal of the “Guy Leech World of Fitness”- a company that is taking the fight against the biggest health issue in the world – obesity and heart disease via a range of fitness and health products, he is spreading the word via kids, community and corporate events and has a vast media platform.
As one of Australia’s foremost advocates for a healthier nation, Guy is passionate about the challenges of childhood obesity, heart disease and raising awareness for community-focused fitness.
BEN’s ambassador Aaron ‘Losty’ Robinson is another awe inspiring mentor and motivational influence generously giving his time to our young program participants and partnership schools. He brings tears to our eyes and inspiration to the hearts of students, staff, volunteers and everyone who listen to him motivating our students toward aspiring to change their lives for the better.
MC Losty aka Aaron Robinson was the first electronic dance music (EDM) host and rave scene Master of Ceremonies (MC) in Sydney. A pioneer who saw a gap that needed to be filled in the market and created a lane for MCs in NSW.
Holding the longest Sydney residency for a MC at Sublime with a whopping 8 years served at the Home Night Club institution, it’s safe to say Losty has staying power on the microphone.
Moving seamlessly though genres Losty has opened for Kid Cudi, The Prodigy, Ice Cube, Infected Mushroom, Wu Tang Clan, Yelawolf, House Of Pain, DJ Craze, DJ Cash Money, Armin Van Buren, Armand Van Helden and Machine Gun Kelly (to name a few). He’s Won freestyle battles on Nova 96.9 and hosted massive stages at Festivals such as Stereosonic, Future Music Festival, Neon Run and all the Powerhouse Productions events for the last 10 + years.
BEN are honored to have the incredible Joy Yates as our ambassador.
Born in New Zealand of Maori / European origin, Joy Yates has been an internationally acclaimed singer and inspiration to many successful artists all her life. As a Jazz singer and performance teacher, her career spans five decades and several continents, garnering broad international credentials in concert, television, recording and jazz vocal performance education. Joy has shared time, stage and studio with great artists such as Neil Sedaka, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Cat Stevens, Cliff Richard, Chaka Khan, Randy Crawford, Gladys Knight, Ronnie Scott, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Monty Python, The Goodies, Orsen Wells, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Clark Terry and many more.
Since her return to Australia, Joy has been channeling this life experience back into nurturing young performers in the Sing for Joy School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Artistic Direction of the Newport Jazz Festival at Pittwater, Global Vocal Focal Workshops, The Kiwi Waka Festival, and the celebrated jazz/gospel vocal ensemble, JUBILATION. Alongside this work she passionately supports charitable causes such as BEN in the inspiration and motivation of striving to do well in life against adversity and bringing hope, comfort and joy to young people’s lives.
A gifted artist, in great demand as a creative and vocal consultant, she is passionate about her first love, singing, while being an incredible role model and inspiration to many.
BEN are proud to have Barry Southgate as a Patron and Ambassador supporting young people across Northern Sydney to be motivated toward changing their lives. He is an inspirational young man with many motivational stories to share with students.
Barry’s multifaceted career spans music, screen, fitness and fashion.
He has opened for vocal giants like Brian McKnight, Eric Benet, Craig Davidand K-Ci & JoJo, toured the globe with world-renowned artist Darlene Zschech and five-time Grammy winner Israel Houghton, penned songs for an array of artists – and sung for the Pope. Also on screen, Barry landed a role on FOX’s Power Rangers: Ninja Storm and featured in numerous TV commercials, before taking his first leap to feature films in the critically acclaimed The Sapphires as well as being one of the final 12 on Channel 7’s The X-Factor 2013.
An advocate for health and fitness, Barry is an ambassador for BEN, 180 Nutrition, Cancer Council and TONI & GUY Australia’s brand ambassador.
Cr Michael Regan
Mayor Michael Regan is passionate about assisting young people to create a better future. Michael is a true visionary and mentor, working hard for the greater good of the northern beaches community. BEN are incredibly honoured to have Michael’s ongoing support over the years and his new role as Ambassador is an extension of all the inspirational role modelling and work he has done with BEN to date.
Michael is involved with youth in the community in many ways – from inspiring talks about leadership to school groups; hosting mock Council meetings for young people in Council Chambers; to fostering and growing sport and recreation and associated facilities for the local youth. He closely involved with a number of local community groups and sporting clubs and enjoys working with members of the community to achieve realistic, long-term results for Warringah.
As the first popularly elected Mayor of Warringah he is a genuine independent, and a strong supporter of Local Government Reform having worked closely with our local Liberal members of Parliament as well as Labor Ministers at a State and Federal level to deliver real results.
Prior to being elected to Council, Michael had spent 18 years working in Local Government, planning and delivering multimillion dollar budgets in the City of Sydney area. He also worked in the private sector and understands the challenges businesses face and the impact that local government decisions can have on their operations.