Kathleen Kenny

Founder & Director

Since 2010 I have devoted my life to researching and developing tribesta. I am passionate about connecting people at any time but particularly in a crisis. At the tap of button, whether it’s just to let your loved ones know your location and that you’re OK or you’re involved in a random incident – you might be in the wrong place at the wrong time when a major catastrophe takes place and displaces you.  First Responders need to know who you are and who to call.  Whatever the situation, in an emergency everyone wants peace of mind via a single source of truth.

Astoundingly, with the worlds population over 7.3 billion, there’s now more mobile phones than humans but when disaster strikes surprisingly no one knows who to call or how to obtain critical information fast – we are still so ‘un-connected.’

How did it start?

A series of incidents – I witnessed a horrific motor vehicle accident, my mother in-law suffers from dementia and was beginning to wander; and the endless horror stories from my mate, the rescue helicopter pilot, in far North Queensland.

In each of these scenarios I kept coming back to the same dilemma:

  • What if that was me in that accident?
  • How would responders know my daughter was waiting at the school gate to be collected?
  • How would paramedics know I was allergic to penicillin?
  • Who would attend to my pets confined at home?
  • How long would it take police to locate my husband? (he was interstate)
  • In the case of my wandering mother-in-law who went missing for several days – how could we ensure if she ‘escaped’ again that she had some form of non-removable ID with our contact details with her at all times?
  • Both Australians and overseas travellers venture around our wonderful country and sometimes are involved in horror accidents. What if there was a system for responders to quickly get more information about their patient/s and ensure it was easy to contact their loved ones no matter where they might live?

It made no sense to me – everyone seems to have a mobile phone yet when a crisis occurs and you need to be with the most important people in your life, you often can’t be contacted!

tribesta is a free solution available to everyone in the community. I’m a mum, a wife, sister and a daughter with a sensational group of friends, and I want to know ‘my tribe’ is OK.

tribesta was born from my own need for peace of mind.  Now you can share it with your tribe too.

Professor John Mattick

BSc (Sydney) PhD (Monash) AO FAA FRCPA

Board Advisor

John joined Tribesta because he can see the enormous value of the concept to individuals and their community in being able to appropriately share contact information, especially in emergencies.  He also sees considerable potential for this to grow into a personally-controlled and accessible repository of important data, including medical information.

John Mattick is the Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and was previously Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

His awards and honours include Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, the inaugural Gutenberg Professorship of the University of Strasbourg, Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, Foreign Membership of the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Australian Government’s Centenary Medal, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medal, and the Chen Award from the Human Genome Organisation for Distinguished Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research.

He has served as a member of the Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council (1997-2003), Chair of the Queensland Studies Authority (2003-2007), a member of the Council of the Human Genome Organisation from 2012-present, and the chair or a member of the the advisory boards of a number of national and international medical research organisations and scientific agencies. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2001 for service to scientific research in the fields of molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology.

Peter Sheppeard

Non-Executive Director

Peter heads up a niche stock broking and consulting service Triple C. He is an accredited securities advisor and also sits on the Boards of Lexia Analytics, CV Check, Virtual Gaming Worlds and Vu Group.

Peter joined tribesta after seeing the benefits the app brings to the public and to our emergency services both here in Australia and across the globe.

He is excited to help the tribesta team grow the world’s first ethical database and believes the concept is destined to become a global standard.

Peter has invested in the future of connecting tribes and recognises the positive effect this company can have throughout the global community across a wide range of sectors.

Tim Priest

Director Public Affairs

Tim is a decorated former NSW Police Detective, Senior Government advisor and author. His street cred helps inform our App strategies at tribesta.

He once served in Sydney’s most violent crime regions and saw more than most before retiring from the Police Force in 2002. Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard appointed Tim Chairman of the Federal Governments Crime Advisory Group for Western Sydney in 2007. It was Tim’s job to tackle entrenched crime and social problems plaguing the area.

Tim is the author of four books on policing and crime and is an Opinion writer for both the Australian and Daily Telegraph newspapers. Tim is interviewed frequently by major media networks on law and order, social and crime problems across the nation.

The law and order veteran has a particular interest in community safety and what he calls ‘Quality of life’ for Sydney’s citizens – who have become deeply concerned about safety in public places particularly at night.

Tim believes the three greatest Policing initiatives in his lifetime are:

  • Zero Tolerance to crime in various States throughout the US particularly New York
  • Random Breath Testing – saving tens of thousands of lives
  • tribesta – “The tribesta concept is a revolutionary and meaningful way to enhance personal and public safety and provide first responders/emergency personnel with more information about their patient. A snapshot of critical data in the ‘Golden Hour,’ (first hour following traumatic injury) leads to more successful health and life outcomes”