About Us

Right Mate was founded by a desire to change the narrative when it comes to men’s Mental Health.

Driven by lived experience, our founders Chris & Luke are passionate about not only encouraging the conversation but understanding the actual issue and offering avenues for solutions.

Their aim is to build a community of Men who not only look out for each other but are comfortable in their skin and ultimately have the skills to encourage others to do the same.


Chris Lytas

Co-Founder & Committee Member

Chris has a passion for Men’s Mental Health which stems from lived experience and has a drive to “make people comfortable, talking about the uncomfortable.” The idea behind Right Mate was to take the conversation further than just speaking up but to a point where the actual issue is addressed and behaviours are changed. If there’s one thing that could be changed when it comes to Men’s Mental Health, it’s that we treat Mental Health the same way we treat physical health – the brain is a muscle, so we need to keep working on it to keep it strong and clear.

Luke Outerbridge

Co-Founder & Committee Member

Growing up on a Macadamia and Custard Apple farm near Byron Bay NSW, Luke made a cool-climate change to Geelong and has now lived in the area for 13 years. Luke owns a local creative agency, is a committee member for the Geelong Young Professionals and also has a passion to support local men of Geelong and their mental health.

Peter Murrihy

Committee Member

Peter is Married and has three Daughters. A Former Policeman who also spent a number of years as Home Duties and is currently a Councillor with The City of Greater Geelong. He is passionate about supporting Mental Health in the Community and sees Right Mate as the perfect opportunity to do this. “Let’s see what difference we can make”

Neil Hodgkins

Committee Member

Born and bred in Sheffield, England I moved to Geelong with my wife and two children aged 3 and 6 in 2008. The last 10 years have seen a full range of emotions far away from life long friends and family. Finding new friends with similar interests has proved challenging and keeping ongoing relationships with those friends over time has also proved hard not only for myself but for my wife and children too.

Jamie Hobbs

Committee Member

A proud father of 3 children a boy and 2 girls, Jamie was born in Geelong and has lived in Geelong his entire life and comes from a large family of five boys and 1 girl,

In Jamie’s own words, “Going through my own struggles in my journey has taught me so much about the wave of emotions we go through and how to cope and manage them in the dark times we all face in life at times.”

Jamie has been a Mentor with White Lion (big brother program for disengaged youth) and continues to remain in contact with some of the people he mentored to this very day,

His current profession sees him as a Rail safety Trainer,  where he feels blessed to meet so many people from varying and diverse backgrounds,

Over the years Jamie has noticed that there are a lot of men out there struggling with life in general and without a lot of support, and it’s this which has inspired him to encourage men to reach out and show them that it really is okay for them to ask for help,

With a strong passion when it comes to men’s mental health and well-being, Jamie looks forward to helping the men of Geelong wherever he is needed.