Bec Johnson

Director

Bec combines astute analysis, impactful strategy and hands-on operational experience with her personable style to drive transformational change.
With a track record of turning vision into reality in the not-for-profit sector, she supports clients and stakeholders to think big, co-create solutions and take action. Having worked across health and international development, Bec brings broad expertise in strategy and leadership, start-ups, stakeholder engagement, program design and evaluation, philanthropy, advocacy and community-building.

Influential work

  • Established a first-of-its-kind health centre for people with type 1 diabetes, developing a model of care that combines practical, psychosocial and peer support alongside clinical care in the community to change the health trajectories of people with a complex autoimmune condition
  • Built online communities that humanise healthcare and empower health consumers, including a community for people with chronic disease recognised as one of the top online communities in the world
  • Led work to support Pacific Islanders adapt to climate change to protect their health, including coordinating a multi-stakeholder project to research, develop and roll out adaptation activities to prevent climate-sensitive disease outbreaks in island communities in the Pacific
  • Advised a major cancer organisation in relation to advocacy and policy issues related to cancer prevention, accelerating the organisation’s public health achievements in relation to alcohol regulation, obesity policy and occupational cancer risk
  • Spearheaded campaigns to ensure access to sports, education and workplace opportunities for people with diabetes.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Bec was the Chief Executive at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre, a non-profit health centre she co-founded after her own diagnosis with type 1 to build people’s capacity and confidence to self-manage the condition. She began her career working in policy and advocacy for the Cancer Council of Western Australia, and later worked with the Australian Red Cross in Fiji to reduce risks to human health related to climate change.

Bec holds a Master of Public Health with Merit from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Western Australia, a Diploma of Business (Governance) from the Institute of Community Directors Australia, and attended executive education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business on scholarship.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management, and a Fellow of the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Bec won two Business News 40 under 40 awards in 2020 for her work supporting the type 1 diabetes community.

In her spare time...

Bec enjoys sharing time with her family, listening to history podcasts and hitting the beach with her dogs. She loves travel, mountain biking and training for her next swim to Rottnest Island.