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Dan Allen

Dan Allen

Co-Founder, TradeMutt & TIACS Alliance

Dan Allen is a former carpenter by trade spending 11 years in the residential construction industry across NSW and QLD. After a losing a close mate to suicide in 2015, Dan along with his mature age apprentice at the time, Ed Ross, decided that something has to be done at a grass roots level to change the tone of the conversation. The two lads created TradeMutt - a social enterprise workwear brand creating funky, eye-catching garments designed to start conversations about mental health among tradies at a peer to peer level while helping to drive the much needed social and cultural shift in attitude towards mental health. Continuing their work, boys also created their own non-profit mental health support service TIACS (This Is A Conversation Starter). TIACS provides early to mid intervention mental health support to tradies, truckies, rural and blue collar workers and their loved ones right around Australia. With 50% of TradeMutt profits contributed to TIACS and a suite of industry related businesses joining the TIACS Alliance, this innovative approach to mental health is changing the game and starting plenty of positive conversations within our industry and beyond.  

Sessions
Visitors

20,000+

Over 2 Days

Exhibitors

500+

Across 4 Halls

Speakers

400+

Over 20 Summits 

Stages

8

Free to Attend