Spark Health Team

Laura Thompson - Managing Director

Laura Thompson Spark Health Australia

Laura Thompson is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is an experienced and respected leader in Aboriginal Health and in Health Promotion. With 18 years' experience, a Masters of Public Health and a business and education background, Laura has led numerous successful health promotion initiatives in the Aboriginal Community. Many of which, have been recognised as being the gold standard. 

The "Coach" Program received the 2016 Minister's Award for Early Years Education and another three projects led by Laura, have been finalists at the VicHealth Health Promotion Awards! Including, #HerTribe Aboriginal women's health and empowerment program that received the highly commended award at the 2017 VicHealth Awards for 'improving mental health and wellbeing'. 

Laura is a strong advocate for public health initiatives and healthy environments. She is also the Spark Health team Aboriginal artist designing all the artwork for the Spark Health merchandise.



Sarah Sheridan - Director

Sarah Sheridan Spark Health Australia From a farming Community in North Central Victoria, Sarah is a firm believer in small changes making big differences! For Sarah, health is personal with her own lifestyle change giving her a new lease on life! 55kg and a marathon later, she loves sharing her passion for health and wellbeing with Community in new and exciting ways.

With a double degree in Health Science and International Development, Sarah has experience leading and implementing a wide range of health promotion projects, from playgroups to prisons. 

Sarah is among the inaugural cohort for the DHSS and Leadership Victoria's John Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders Program.



Richard Hurst- Director

Richard Hurst Spark Health Australia

Richard Hurst is a descendent of the Gamilaroi people. After working a number of years in property management, recruitment and sales, Richard completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at the University of Western Sydney.

Upon graduation, he worked in the Federal Public Service in international education and on the Indigenous Skills Centres. Richard then worked on an Indigenous internship program.

He has been the Relationship Manager for Indigenous Accountants Australia for the past two years, where he seeks to increase Indigenous representation across all areas of the accounting profession.