Speakers for the Great South Coast program include leaders at a local, state and national level.
Fred completed his Honours in Psychology at the University of South Australia in 2000 and was then offered internship in 2001 at Portland Mental Health Service to complete requirements for professional registration as a psychologist. He has been a member of the Portland Adult Mental Health Team ever since, working with people experiencing severe mental illness in the broader Portland community.
For the past 10 years Fred has worked as the Team Leader at South West Healthcare Mental Health Services, managing a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, psychiatrists and peer support workers.
He now considers himself to be a Portland local and proud and passionate community member, when not working he spends his time chasing waves, ripping around the local skatepark and snowboarding.
Lynda Smith is the Population Health Coordinator with South West Primary Care Partnership; she has unique partnership, capacity building, and project management skills. She currently supports a variety of local government areas, health services and like minded organisations to research, plan, advocate , implement and evaluate community development initiatives.
With over 15 years’ experience in preventative health Lynda supports and mentors organisations to instigate population health initiatives and projects across the Great South Coast using a collective impact approach.. Priorities areas Lynda has focused on during her career include: physical health, oral health, breastfeeding, sexual health and more receintly social and emotional wellbeing.
Lynda has over five years experience as a board member for Kyeema Inc., a local disability service in Portland and also holds a position on the board of South West Sport.
In 2018 Lynda was one of 15 participants who compleated the Vicsport female leadership program.
Married with four children, and recently becoming a grandmother Lynda’s current position supports the shires of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite. Whilst residing in Portland. Lynda is committed to prevention and community development across the Great South Coast.
Lynda is a LGSC 2013 alumni (recipient of a Committee for Portland scholarship).
Amy Silvester has been an active member of the Glenelg Suicide Prevention Network for the past 2 years, taking the lead in many local initiatives with the aim of increasing awareness of Suicide prevention.
She currently balances two other roles; one at South West TAFE as an Education Pathways Officer and as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Neuro Semantics Coach.
Amy also a mentor with the Standing Tall Youth Mentor Program at Heywood District secondary college.
Simon is the Principal at Woolsthorpe Primary School where he has been the Educational Leader
Prior to him taking up the Principal role at Woolsthorpe he worked in the Department of Education and Training for two years as an e-learning coach. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator connected locally and globally through professional networks and the Apple Institute program.
Simon has been involved in and led numerous system leadership projects and professional learning initiatives in our region.
In 2014, in collaboration with Deakin University, Daniel Watson (Principal at Woodford) and Vicki Jellie (Peters Project) he started the Student Leaders Congress project, a localised leadership project designed to challenge and rethink how students learn to be leaders ‘by doing’ and make a difference in our communities.
Simon sits on the South West Maker Fest committee, leading in partnership with South West TAFE the ‘South West Maker Fest 18’, a localised STEAM learning and maker festival for schools, inventors, crafters and tinkerers aimed at challenging thinking around learning design and innovation. He is currently an executive team member of the Great South West Coast Principals Network.
Jeanette commenced at the Institute in March 2016 and has been in the role of Executive Manager, Education since August 2017. Jeanette has extensive experience at the executive and senior management levels in the VET sector. Jeanette‘s portfolio is responsible for providing operational and strategic leadership to the Teaching Divisions across the Institute as well as the Skills and Job Centre.
Jeanette is also responsible for the Applying the New Work Mindset in South West Victoria Project, an innovative workforce development project for the Health and Community Services sector, utilising the latest research on the future of work. The focus of this project is on helping current and future workers build a portfolio of technical, enterprise and career development skills that will enable them to thrive in this increasingly automated and globalised world.
Leigh is currently the Senior Project Manager for Strategic Innovation and Educational Projects a position she has held since April 2018. Prior to this appointment she was a Project Coordinator and initially commenced with the Institute as an Executive Assistant in April 2015.
Leigh is originally from Melbourne and relocated to the South West with her husband and young family. She was previously an Online Services Manager for an Industry Super Fund and has extensive Project Management, Web Development, Marketing and Event Management experience.
Ken Radley is a born and bred resident of East Warrnambool, South West Victoria. Throughout a varied career and working life, the theme of assisting and empowering those less resourced is evident.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Adventure therapy started off his working journey, working in the field for over 13 years.
A long stint at South West TAFE then followed, with highlights including piloting one of the first VCAL programs in a TAFE setting, offering VCE options to early school leavers, disability programs, development of community based and collaborative alternate education models. Consultation with Challenger TAFE in WA and a travel scholarship to consult with Fife Education Department in Scotland assisted with further knowledge of the relevance of South West Victorian models of youth engagement on a larger canvas.
Opportunity to work with local government over recent years allowed Ken to become part of the regions Youth Services network, including some exciting initiatives such as Beyond the Bell. After a short stint as Community programs Coordinator at Warrnambool City Council in 2017-18, Ken has decided to return to teaching.
He is currently a teacher at the Warrnambool Special Developmental School, and quite content.
Brendan Rea (LGSC Alumni) has been managing his progressive, large scale award winning family dairy farming business since 1995. Brendan takes an active interest in his industry and community through various board and committee roles, seeking to make a contribution to both whilst furthering his career. Brendan is currently a Director of Tasherd Pty Ltd, an agricultural services company in Tasmania, and a previous member of the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Supplier Advisory Forum.
Charlie McElhone joined Dairy Australia (DA) as Group Manager – Trade & Industry Strategy in June 2012, the division responsible for facilitating profitable international trade of Australian dairy products and providing information, analysis and market intelligence to the Australian dairy industry. This includes ensuring the industry’s interests are upheld in the vital area of international trade policy reform, as well as providing factual advice on potential impacts of domestic policies in areas such as water, carbon and chemicals regulation.
Charlie came to DA from the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), where he was the General Manager of Policy. Apart from overseeing all policy activities of the NFF, he also took primary carriage of the organisation’s advocacy in the Economics and Trade portfolios and lead NFF’s efforts on carbon mitigation policy in relation to the carbon tax and the Carbon Farming Initiative.
Dr. Greg Walsh
Champions of the Bush is chaired by Dr Greg Walsh, a regional economist who has spent the greater part of his professional life working with the food industry and the environmental and institutional factors that influence the production of food in regional economies, particularly in Australia.
He lives in the Warrnambool area, in the West Victorian region of Australia, where he is involved in the dairy, and livestock industries. This involvement has included wide-ranging consulting work in these industries and part-ownership of three large dairy farms in his home region. Click here for a more detailed outline of Greg’s professional achievements and interests. http://www.championsofthebush.org.au/
Sarah is the Manager Regional Economic Policy at Regional Development Victoria. She has extensive experience working across policy development, financial modelling, and project management. Sarah has previously worked at the Department of Treasury and Finance in the Budget and Financial Management Division. She also worked at Melbourne University providing business strategy and project-based advice and later established the Project Management Office. Sarah has a Bachelor of Engineering (Software – with Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University. She has also recently completed a Master of Economics at Amsterdam University, specialising in Behavioural Economics and Game Theory.
Andrea is Sustainability Victoria’s Strategic Coordinator in the Barwon South West. Sustainability has been a long standing passion for Andrea and, as a project manager and stakeholder specialist, and has led and delivered a range of climate change programs in NSW and Victoria.
As Project Manager at the Australian Council of Social Service, Andrea designed and delivered a national energy efficiency program for community service organisations (The Give Grid). She managed stakeholder engagement for Australia’s largest energy efficiency program for low income households (NSW Government’s Home Power Savings Program). In her current role at Sustainability Victoria, Andrea is project managing a program to reduce local government carbon emissions (Local Government Energy Efficiency Program), and she’s also working with businesses and community groups in our region to support smarter use of resources and action on climate change. She has also served as president of a large permaculture community group, and led community workshops to design and install food gardens in the suburbs of Sydney.
Mark Wootton with his wife, Eve own and manage Jigsaw Farms. Located north of Hamilton, Jigsaw Farms is a mixed operation of beef and wool with various combinations of biodiversity and agroforestry plantings which act as a carbon sink. They are building into their farming practices ways to lessen the impact of climate change. Mark is former Chairperson of the Climate Institute and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Authority and currently is the chair of the Victorian State Government Independent Advisory Panel for the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan and Director of the Peter Cullen Trust.
Jason (2015 Alumni) previously worked with the Southern Grampians Shire Council as the Manager of Recreation. He is passionate about climate adaptation and how all of us as individuals can minimise the impact (our foot prints) on this world. Through the use of permaculture principles and embracing advancements and innovations in technology Jason is actively working toward living in a self-sustaining system and maintaining a self sufficient lifestyle.
Graeme is an experienced science communicator and extension leader within Victoria’s Primary Industries sector. He leads a cross-industry team who work with farm and service provider audiences and have delivered over 700 sessions on climate and carbon issues to over 18,000 people in the last 3 years. These sessions are via request, demonstrating an approach that is meeting the needs of the farming community and packaging key climate information and research to meet the needs of rural audiences. Graeme can offer practical observations on approaches for better communicating climate and carbon issues in rural Australia.
He has a 20 year background in science and policy communication, farm planning, catchment management, forestry and agriculture industry development, land use change and socioeconomic impact programs. He managed the Victorian Plantations for Greenhouse carbon share-farming program in 2003-2006 which tested carbon sequestration ownership arrangements with Victorian farmers, learning much in the process.
He is currently DPI’s Climate Extension Specialist leading an innovative program that has created products such as the ClimateDogs, climate and carbon tools/newsletters (The Break, Milking the Weather), groundbreaking market research, capability development programs, webinar series and local “upscaling” sessions which assist farmers in making sense of emerging climate and carbon information and applying this to fit within their local farm systems and decision making.
He is passionate about assisting agriculture leaders and rural communities in making sense of the climate and carbon story, so they can make well informed decisions and get on with growing food and fibre while creating a vibrant future for agricultural communities.
Dr Bernadette Northeast
Bernadette manages Volunteer Connect, a volunteer centre that provides services to volunteers and volunteer involving groups in the Great South Coast region. She has a PhD in desert fish genetics and is the Deputy Chair Victorian Fisheries Authority Board.
Bernadette (GAICD) is involved as a volunteer with a number of organisations in the region. She is an SES volunteer, a Director of South West Healthcare, Chair of Australian Institute of Company Directors Great South Coast Committee and steering committee member of Leadership Great South Coast.
Carly Jordan is the Project Lead of the Great South Coast Economic Migration Project that she initiated as a Leadership Great South Coast Alumni. The Project aims to assist migrants, originally from Africa, to relocate from metropolitan areas to south west Victoria to create a new life for their families. This innovative project is growing the local economy, increasing cultural diversity and creating intercultural communities in the Great South Coast.
Carly’s vast life experiences bring a global perspective to her local region, have affirmed her innate respect for people of all cultures, and shaped a leader who is passionate and driven to assist refugees living in Australia.
With a background in international aid and development, Carly has extensive and diverse work and volunteer experiences. This includes working for a grassroots organisation in a remote village in Cambodia as part of the Australian Government’s aid program, assisting senior writers at the United Nations Volunteers in Germany, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity while living in South Africa as a Rotary Exchange Student and learning four different languages. She has also worked for World Vision Australia in Adelaide and WaterAid Australia in Melbourne.
Since moving to regional Victoria, Carly has worked in local government in tourism and events at Glenelg Shire Council and Northern Grampians Shire Council. Carly moved to the south west in 2015 and lives on an organic dairy farm in Wallacedale.
Carly holds a Masters Degree in International and Community Development, Bachelor of International Studies and a Diploma of Languages.
She is the co-lead for the Australian chapter of Techfugees , an international movement by the technology community to assist refugees to settle in new countries. Techfugees has resulted in several startups for the settlement sector in Australia.
Lynda is an intercultural practice expert appointed by the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Programme and has created an intercultural regional settlement ecosystem plan for refugee settlement. She is the editor of the Intercultural Cities Australasia magazine and co-author of the Australian Intercultural Standards and Index and producer of the ‘How to work interculturally in your local government’ training video.
Sandy is a researcher, speaker and educator in the field of smart and sustainable cities. Sandy has worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors and now works to build the capacity of industry, government and community to develop smart and sustainable cities- large and small.
Sandy holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.
Chair, Great South Coast Regional Partnership
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West
Emily Lee-Ack is the CEO of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West and a long time advocate for women’s policy and women’s health. Emily grew up in the south west and returned to the region after working for EMILY’s List Australia for seven years, three as National Coordinator. Emily is the inaugural Chair of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership and Deputy Convenor of the Women’s Health Association of Victoria. Away from work, she enjoys running and gardening.
Hugh Koch has been the Southern Grampians Shire’s Manager Economic Development and Tourism since 2009. His role is to manage Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit to ensure a co-ordinated approach is taken to identify and attract new industry, facilitate and support growth in the economy, support existing businesses, create and promote visitor experiences and special events and implement an overarching marketing program that promotes the municipality as a place to live, work, invest, learn and visit. More recently his role has expanded to encompass the Digital Economy in which he leads and facilitates the Southern Grampians Shire towards being a Smart Community. In his spare moments he is a Dad to three kids, in his ninth term as School Council President of Hamilton (Gray St) Primary School, junior hockey and basketball coach and a Marriage Celebrant.
Kevin brings comprehensive knowledge and experience gained from developing and implementing numerous business improvement and capability development programs across a diverse range of industries and community sectors.
Specialising in lean thinking, project management, strategy deployment, leadership and management development, along with building effective teams.
Kevin has a Masters (MSc) in Quality and Environmental Management, Graduate Certificate in Competitive Enterprise / Operational Excellence, a Net Promoter Score (NPS) Facilitator and ISO9001 Lead Auditor, BSI Accredited.
As well as providing business coaching and mentoring, Kevin is also the Queensland Regional Director for the Best Practice Network. This network connects organisations to ‘Share and Find Better Ways’ through a number of visits and activities in member organisations.
During his time in Australia, Kevin has worked with organisations such as Bulla Dairy Foods, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), Cabrini Health, MYSALE (Australia and UK), South West TAFE, Dematic, Intelog Business and Healthcare Performance Group, Sunraysia and Boxhill TAFE, Southern Grampians Council, VET Development Centre (VDC), Glenelg Shire Council and Westvic Dairy. Delivered management courses at Diploma and Advanced Diploma at TAFE, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma as an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University. Kevin has also supported small businesses as a Small Business Mentor for the SBMS in Victoria
Megan has been the Victorian Deputy Ombudsman for the past two and a half years. She is responsible for managing complaint handling and investigations in the office. Megan has extensive public sector legal experience, and working in oversight agencies.
Dr Greg Wood
Dr Greg Wood is a former Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI), Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) and a Member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.
He is a visiting Professor in the Business School of Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, United Kingdom and is also currently an honorary Professor of the Oslo School of Management in Norway.
As well as twenty years of academic experience, he spent from 1981-1990 working for a multinational energy and resources company and/or its affiliates. In his career, he has had a distinctive blend of commercial and academic experience.
Dr Wood has been extensively involved with the Warrnambool community having served or currently serving on a number of committees. He has also acted as an adviser to the Warrnambool Tourism Association, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool May Race Carnival; Warrnambool Entertainment Centre, and the Fun for Kids Festival.
As Melbourne’s gangland war gathered momentum during the late 1990s, another battle was being fought within the police force by one brave cop. Young detective sergeant Simon Illingworth had joined the force to serve the public and make a difference. His world was forever shattered when he confronted police corruption head-on. Watching Melbourne’s toughest killers working alongside his own colleagues made him sick to the guts. Simon soon discovered the price for standing up against them was death threats and isolation. http://ethicalstrength.wordpress.com/simon-illingworth/
Waging a war on wasted potential, Corrinne’s mission is to spark people to play their big game. Known for her provocatively inspiring yet empathetic approach, she empowers leaders and teams to embrace Fearless Leadership.
Her speaking, training and coaching is grounded in the competing realities of the workplace and the challenges of being a leader. Known for her energy, courage, positivity, innovative approach, and strong results focus, Corrinne is seen as a provoker of change and growth. She works with leaders and teams from a diverse range of industries, such as finance, government, construction, arts and aged care.
Corrinne is co-author of ‘Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders’ and ‘Cracking the Code for Workshop Performance’. She is author of the forthcoming ‘Zero Waste; Releasing the latent potential in your career, your team and your organisation’.
Corrinne is on the Board of Wintringham; a social justice company delivering aged care to homeless elderly.
CORRINNE FACILITATES OUR OPENING,MID YEAR AND CLOSING RETREATS
Matty Stewart has been employed as the Standing Tall Program Coordinator since 2015. He is widely known in the local area through his weekday job as a commercial radio breakfast program co-host that has a large listenership.
Matty is involved in a number of other local community causes and committees and runs his own business, a local pizza store. His considerable local profile has contributed to a boost in local awareness of the Program as well as a period of growth in terms of mentor recruitment and funds raised in support of the Program.
In 2017, Matty was recognised for his contribution to the local community by being nominated as Australian of the Year in the Local Hero category.
Dedy is the Executive Officer at Warrnambool and District Foodshare, a community service not-for –profit organisation that provides food hampers for families in the community who are in crisis and need. Dedy was the recipient of the 2016 Local Achiever Awards. He is a former teacher, principal and football umpire.
Over 60 local agencies utilise the Foodshare free food hamper service to provide emergency food relief.
Agencies range from St Vincent De Paul and Anglicare to Brophy Family Services, local hospitals and community agencies, Indigenous Co-ops, Emma House Domestic Violence Service and Mental Health Agencies to name a few.
Wherever hunger and need occur in our community Foodshare volunteers can respond with food hamper support. Our entire service is FREE.
Food is rescued from Supermarkets and supplies come regularly from Foodbank Victoria in Melbourne. Foodshare supports local soup kitchens, scout groups and provide fresh bread and fruit for local school programs- over 20.
As a not-for-profit organisation we enjoy tremendous community support but need to raise over $60,000 per year to operate. We also have no permanent home/warehouse and aim to rally community support to ensure we can sustain our vital work into the future.
Please support Warrnambool and District Foodshare with your donation so that we can continue providing emergency relief to those in need in our community https://www.mycause.com.au/charity/5508/WarrnamboolandDistrictFoodShareInc
Vicki established Peter’s Project in Warrnambool in September 2008 after the death of her husband Peter, aged 49 years, from Oesophageal Cancer. The Victorian south west regional community embraced the Peter’s Project ethos and its goal to bring vital radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients in the local region.
Peter’s Project was primarily set up as a lobbyist group to be heard by both Victorian State and Federal governments. After 7 years of hard work, community engagement and fundraising, the South West Regional Cancer Centre, an integrated cancer service providing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a community support centre, opened its doors on the 18th July 2016.
Vicki and the Board of the Peter’s Project Foundation continue to financially support regional cancer services into the future.
Vicki was chosen as the 2017 Australian of the Year – Local Hero in January this year.
Denis is a Gunditjmara person and lives in Portland. He has had a long involvement in Aboriginal land and cultural heritage management.
He is currently employed as a Project Manager for the Budj Bim Sustainable Development Partnership, which has as one of its main objectives the development of a World Heritage nomination for the Budj Bim lava flow. The Budj Bim lava flow has outstanding Aboriginal cultural heritage values including the world’s most ancient aquaculture sites.
Denis was the Chief Executive Officer with Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Heywood from 2002 until 2010.
From 1995 until 2002 Denis was involved in the development of the Indigenous Protected Areas Program which assisted Aboriginal people throughout Australia to achieve greater control and management of their traditional lands.
Sadhana Smiles is an engaging, entertaining speaker who takes you on a journey and tells you as it is – what you see is what you get. As the only female CEO in her sector she has created a brand that has placed her amongst her peers as a thought leader and industry commentator.
Her renowned wit, inspiring personality and acute ability to capitalise on a commercial opportunity along with her innate sense for quickly identifying issues affecting business performance, have earned Sadhana the respect of some of the most admired leaders of the Real Estate world in Australia.
In 2013 Sadhana was named the Victorian Telstra Business Women of the Year, as well as the Victorian Telstra Private Corporate Sector award.
In 2013 Sadhana published her first book – People Power – did you have them @ hello, a step by step guide to developing and managing performance driven teams.
Sadhana is the founder of Links Fiji, a not for profit, with a focus on conducting pap smears for women in rural areas of Fiji. She is passionate about the issue of gender equality and violence against women.
A single mum of two kids, Sadhana’s drive comes from her desire to leave the world she influences a better place.
Sadhana has earned a reputation as a popular speaker and presenter, regularly asked to present at some of the industry’s most prestigious events, Women’s Conference and many franchise conferences.
Sadhana is a regular contributor to a number of National Real Estate journals and publications, has been published on Women’s agenda, Business Chick’s magazine and has been touted by the media as a leading female voice in the industry – real estate, as well as topics relating specifically to women in business.
Vanessa Gerrans has been the Director at the Warrnambool Art Gallery since 2015. Previously at RMIT Gallery, RMIT University over 10 years she has curated and collaborated on diverse exhibition programs across a broad range of media; including the major retrospective of distinguished Melbourne architect, set and costume designer Peter Corrigan, Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope.
Gareth is Director of Wishart Gallery in Port Fairy and an Alumni of LGSC (2015). He is a passionate advocate for community arts and has 25 years of experience in the field. Highlights of his volunteering work include serving as the President of the F Project and of the South West Film Festival, and representing the local arts community in Malaysia and China with the Kanawinka Global Geopark. He currently continues to serve on the F Project Committee, the Winter Weekends Committee, and is a Director on the Board of the South West Community Foundation.
Jodie Outtram has been employed in the Nursing field for over 27 years, specialising as a Drug and Alcohol Nurse (EN, Dip AOD, GradCert Ass & Cse Mgt , CertIV Train the Trainer)for the past 17 years.
During this time she has worked across the Great South Coast. Currently employed at South West Healthcare as a Drug and Alcohol Nurse.
Specializing in Assessment and Withdrawal as well as supporting and educating staff in Drug and Alcohol.
Jodie is also an active member of the Steering Committee for the Great South Coast Ice Challenge, she is passionate about her work and gets to meet and work with some interesting and amazing people everyday.
Andrew has had over 20 years’ experience in the human services field ranging from Child protection and family support to housing support and homelessness.
Andrew currently works as the Regional Homelessness Network Coordinator for Barwon and the Southern Western regions. The role resources front-line homelessness and family violence services across the region. Alongside the BSWHN role, Andrew has developed and teaches a Cert IV level Youth Homelessness elective delivered each year at Gordon TAFE as part of the Youth Work Certificate.
He currently sits on the board of Wombats Wish and Minerva Community services.
In 2012 as a result of witnessing the effects of family violence across the community, Andrew became a White Ribbon ambassador in order to promote ending violence towards women and to engage men in the community to become involved and be part of the solution.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Social Work form Monash University, A Graduate Diploma in Community Services and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In 2014 Andrew received the Colac Mental Health week award for commitment to the community.
Chris is currently performing duties as Acting Detective Senior Sergeant – Incident & Response Manager for Western Region Division 2. In this role he manages & oversees all crime investigative response across the Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton regions.
During his career Chris has held numerous roles including; Sergeant, Detective and Unit Commander in various investigation units both in Melbourne and in Warrnambool.
Chris is married with four children, having moved to Warrnambool in 2011, for a “sea change”, since arriving from Melbourne as a genuine “City Slicker,” he has found the life in regional Victoria rewarding.
Chris has developed a passion for community policing and promoting the best possible policing service delivery to our community.
Michael has worked for the Victorian Government for 38 years. Beginning as an administrative officer for the Department of Labour and Industry, he studied a Bachelor Degree part-time before becoming a teacher in 1985. He commenced work at Camperdown High School (as it was named then), and worked in a further eleven schools in both the South West and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. During that time, he took on a variety of roles ranging from school production coordinator (15 musicals) to Year Level Coordinator, Leading Teacher, Assistant Principal and finally Principal of Warrnambool College.
He also completed a Graduate Diploma at Melbourne University and Master of Education (Leadership, Policy and Change) at Monash University. At the beginning of 2016, he was appointed Area Executive Director of the Wimmera South West bringing Executive leadership to the South West and Wimmera for the first time.
Graeme returned to the Port of Portland in June 2016 to implement a series of procedural interventions aimed at improving berth throughput. This role has expanded into other projects addressing the future utilisation of the port given potential changes in mix and volume of commodities handled. Previously he was the CFO of the Port of Portland from early 2006 to mid 2008 and during the intervening period Graeme was CFO and Company Secretary of a mining company listed in Singapore but operating several mines in Indonesia and exploring for minerals in Cambodia.
Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He completed a B.Ec at Monash and an MBA at Deakin. After working at Elders Finance and Mayne Nickless in the 90’s, he joined P&O Ports and was Finance Manager at their logistics project at the Freeport Mine in West Papua, then Finance Director at their container terminal JV in Surabaya, Indonesia before spending 12 months on a management development program at P&O’s Fisherman Island Container Terminal in Brisbane.
Jim commenced at the Port of Portland in 2006 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. During his time at Port of Portland trade has grown with record volumes from 2011 each year to 2013. He has negotiated new infrastructure at the Port bringing new business including new facilities for mineral sands, plantation logs and wood chips.
Jim is a director of Ports Australia, a member of the Victorian Ministerial Freight Advisory Council, a member of the Victorian Grain Logistics Taskforce and Chairman of the Committee for Portland.
Prior to joining the Port of Portland, Jim was a corporate lawyer for 15 years working at General Counsel level for three ASX top 100 listed companies.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from Monash University.
Mark is an experienced executive and engineer capable of analysing and simplifying complex problems, delivering difficult projects and providing strategic clarity. He has worked at the Port of Portland since January 2010 in a senior port executive role, where he has responsibility for a total asset management system of infrastructure with a replacement value of over $500m and project delivery within a sensitive environment. Prior to working at the Port Mark worked in local government for over ten years where he held various positions in management, engineering design and project management. In these roles Mark had responsibility for delivery of numerous municipal projects with total value in excess of $40m, management of a commercial livestock saleyard and two regional Victorian airports (Portland and Hamilton).
Outside of work Mark and his wife Abby run a horse stud and beef cattle business. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours and a Graduate Certificate of Literature.
As Smelter Manager Peter Chellis provides direction and co-ordination for the safe, efficient and cost effective operation of the Portland Smelter.
Peter is an experienced front line leader with a diverse industrial and mining industry background both in Australia and Overseas; he came to Portland Aluminium with over thirty years of mining and aluminium industry experience with Rio Tinto including a 25 year career at Comalco Aluminium.
Peter joined Portland Aluminium in 2005 as Potlining Area Supervisor. He has also spent time as Area Supervisor of Smelting Services, Human Resources Manager, Potroom Manager, Production Manager and has been in his current role of Smelter Manager since October 2012.
With a keen interest in organisational and individual development, Peter has been instrumental in the development of enterprise bargaining agreements, internal communication and employee recognition programs and developmental training for Portland Aluminium employees.
Peter is an executive on the Portland Aluminium founded Committee for Portland, and is held in high regard among his peers.
In addition Peter is involved in a number of community and industry initiatives, he has a passion for seeing educational opportunities provided to the younger generation and as such has been instrumental in partnering with community groups to develop and deliver programs to children and students aged from birth to 17 in the Glenelg Shire to enhance their learning abilities.
Lif is a catchment planner for the Great South Coast region for Wellways Australia. She looks after the focus and strategic development of clinical and community mental health services across five local government organisations. She has previously worked as a project manager over a 3 year long research project around mental health, metabolic factors and peer support.
Lif’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Health Science with a triple major in exercise science, physical activity and health and health promotion, in addition to this she also holds a Master of Public Health from Deakin University with a thesis in trauma informed practice, interventions and practice approaches in youth residential services.
Craig is an experienced facilitator with a consistent track record of successfully helping leaders and their teams to sharpen the ‘dynamics’ or culture within the team and improve their performance as a result.
In particular, he helps teams to fundamentally improve the way the team interacts in order to build resilience, reduce frustration and stress, and ultimately improve productivity. He has a professional attitude and the ability to be flexible and handle all personality types in a positive manner.
Craig has a keen eye for behaviour, and a passion for facilitation and equipping teams of all backgrounds with the skills and tools they require to intentionally shape the behaviours within the team.
“Craig is one of the best facilitators I have worked with. He is energetic, insightful, not afraid to face the hard issues or ask the difficult questions and has a unique ability to bring a group together to deliver outcomes that for others are hard to achieve.” Campbell Rose, Chief Executive at VicTrack
Kylie was born in Adelaide, South Australia she Graduated from University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies and recently completed a three year Diploma in Local Government.
She was elected to Warrnambool City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, was elected as Mayor of Warrnambool for 2015 – 2016, and again re-elected as Mayor of Warrnambool for 2016-2017. Kylie has various roles within the community including; Chairperson of Great South Coast Board, Deputy Chair – Regional Cities Victoria, Committee member for Business Professional Women South West, Member of the Corangamite Library Corporation Board
Cr Gaston’s background in the communications field and extensive experience in small business has served her well during her first term on Council, she is a strong advocate for furthering educational opportunities across the region.
Cr Gaston is passionate about her city and the role she can play towards its exciting future growth.
Mike de Souza
Mike has held senior management roles with both Virgin and United Customer Management Solutions. Living overseas he was CEO of a French private equity group that successfully disrupted the hospitality, tourism, retail and logistics sectors in Europe.
He has been CEO of the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association since its inception, three years ago, and advises Government and business with regard to the impacts of this latest industrial revolution. Mike has sat on and advised many panels including the PMs Australian Competitiveness Agenda. He is also a member of the Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group initially convened by the now minister for education, the Honourable Simon Birmingham.
Mike has gained a significant insight into the design and construction industry both through consultancy and directorships of entities in Australia and overseas.
Director of Corporate Services, Sustainability Victoria
Car Muller has spent the majority of the last five years leading the reform and improvement of government organisations. Currently the Director of Corporate Services at Sustainability Victoria (SV), was previously the Transformation Program Manager for the Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria (EPA).
A qualified Oceanographic Engineer, Carl spent 10 years at the UK Meteorological Office and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, working in various project and strategic based roles including the establishment of Australia’s Tsunami Warning System, Australia’s response to the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.
In 1977, Jason Clarke achieved the lowest Year 12 score in the history of his school. Today he is one of the most sought after creative minds in the country, consulting on issues of leadership and innovation to some of Australia’s biggest companies and institutions. He’s developed and taught courses in Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving for two of Australia’s most prestigious Business Schools, the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and the Stern Business School of New York. He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing in 2020 but he’s open to suggestions. www.mindsatwork.com.au
Damein Bell is a Gundtijmara man and CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation where, under instruction from the community, he implements Gunditj Mirring’s strategic plan, and advocates for Gunditjmara in native title and cultural heritage. Damein has been a board member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and is currently a board member of Native Title Services Victoria. He has studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sally Obst , Risk & Emergency Management Officer, Wannon Water (2013 Alumni) – Originally making the move from Melbourne to Warrnambool in 1997 to undertake aquatic science studies at Deakin University Sally Obst has studied and worked in the region for the past 15 years. Sally has experience in both the scientific and dairy industries and is currently employed by Wannon Water. Sally has also been a volunteer with the Warrnambool SES for the past 10 years.
Greg is an educator, journalist and marketer with over twenty-five years of compliance, governance and risk management experience. He has run a boutique consultancy and been an AICD facilitator for twenty of those years, and over the journey he has worked with more than 10,000 company directors. His current directorships include St Martins Youth Arts Centre and North Melbourne Language and Learning, where he chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He also chairs the Audit Committee for Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman.
Greg is the former head of the ACCC Compliance Education Unit and served on the board of the Australasian Compliance Institute. His practice has a strong focus on marketing compliance, and his clients include a number of major national and international retailers.
Greg’s first love is theatre and his most important and useful course of studies was at the Nimrod Drama Studio. His personal motto is: “If it’s not about performance, please tell me what it’s about.”
Dr Daniel Terrill
Dr Daniel Terrill is an economic geographer who specialises in regional economic development in an Australian context. He has 15 years of micro economic consulting experience across many industries, including agribusiness, environment and natural resource management and urban and regional planning, with much of it in regional Victoria and regional Australia. As a partner in Deloitte Access Economics, he now leads teams of economists in these areas. He is a leading practitioner of regional economic modelling, including use of geographical information systems (GIS) as an analytical modelling tool.
Much of his recent work has focused on developing policies, strategies and project to improve Australian regions. He holds a Ph.D in agricultural and environmental economics from the University of Melbourne, and also holds urban and environmental planning qualifications. He comes from a farming background in north eastern Victoria, where he maintains an interest in a livestock farm.
Virginia Lovett took up the role of Melbourne Theatre Company Executive Director in January 2013. Prior to this she was General Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she delivered a funding increase of $5 million and in 2011 achieved record attendance levels. A highly experienced and well-respected arts manager, she successfully designed a range of strategic and audience development initiatives through her roles at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Festival.
In addition, Virginia has extensive marketing and communications experience gained in a range of different organisations including Zoos Victoria, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Theatre Company. She worked as a media advisor for state ministers in Victoria and New South Wales.
In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. Until recently, Virginia was the Chair of Force Majeure. Currently, she is Chair of Arena Theatre Company and a member of the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia.
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
Lynne Cazaly is the author of “Visual Mojo: How to capture thinking, convey information and collaborate using visuals” and “Create Change: How to apply innovation in an era of uncertainty”.
Lynne has trained many individuals to further develop and enhance their skills in public speaking and presenting. She has professionally assessed and coached in public speaking since 1997. She has delivered the nationally accredited module ‘Public Speaking’ through Victorian TAFEs and Universities.
Her specific experience includes:
- Radio training and 25 years on hair experience
- Voice over training and recording advertisements, videos and web site narrations
- Participating in public speaking and debating competitions
Regular professional experience as a conference speaker, presenter, lecturer, entertainer, hoaxer and MC. Lynne has presented to groups of between 15 and 2500 delegates. Her ‘crowd’ experience is invaluable. As an MC she has had the pleasure (and pain) of seeing many speakers do well, and not so well. She is able to share this knowledge with participants too.
For more information go to http://www.lynnecazaly.com.au/
Helga is a connector. She is passionate about empowerment, engagement and connecting talk to action. She revels in supporting individuals, organisations and communities to make the world a better place.
Helga specialises in strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. Building on her extensive leadership roles in government, not-for-profit and membership organisations, Helga is a dynamic facilitator, a supportive and challenging coach, an effective trainer and an engaging speaker.
Helga is a Board member of the Royal Women’s Hospital and Social Housing Victoria and a former Director of YWCA Victoria and the Community Services and Health Industry Training Advisory Board. She wants to see more diversity and gender equality on boards and therefore developed a group coaching program to encourage women to get on, and stay on, Boards.
Initially trained and practising as a lawyer, her previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, Assistant Secretary of the Australian Services Union and Facilitator at Sustainability Victoria.
Her memberships include Australian Institute of Company Directors, International Coaching Federation, Fundraising Institute of Australia and the International Association of Public Participation.
She loves twitter and LinkedIn so feel free to engage with her there.
John was appointed a Victorian Magistrate on 15 December 2009. From 2010 to mid-2013, he was the supervising magistrate of the Assessment and Referral Court (ARC) List, a pilot “mental health” court program operating under the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence. The ARC List pilot was originally funded from 2009 to 30 June 2013, and is now recurrently funded because of positive evaluations of its success in reducing recidivism. The List commenced hearing cases on 21 April 2010.
Between 2014 and now, John has been sitting on rotation between Warrnambool and Geelong. In South-West Victoria, John sits in Warrnambool (3 days per week), Portland and Hamilton (both 1 day per week), and mainly hears and decides criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, John served as the President of the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria (MHRB) from September 2000 to December 2009. The MHRB was replaced by the Mental Health Tribunal in 2010. John holds qualifications in law, arts and education. Previously, he lectured at a TAFE College (1979-1989) and ran a part-time general legal practice (1980-1997). He also held a series of appointments to a variety of Victorian and Commonwealth tribunals from 1985 to 2000. In June 2006, John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to observe and evaluate mental health tribunals, courts and systems in the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada. He completed his study tour in 2007.
Dr Nathalie Davis
Nathalie has worked in a broad spectrum of roles related to health and medical research, public health and health promotion. She is passionate about health equity, gender equity and accessibility for women.
After a PhD in Biomedical Research and working in a pharmaceutical company in Switzerland, she moved to Australia shifting her career to public health, health promotion and primary prevention programs. Nathalie has worked in a University department but has also experience in community development work. She is now the Great South Coast Team Leader at Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West (WHW BSW) based in Warrnambool. Previous to this role, Nathalie was the project coordinator for the workplace-based Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence: It’s Everyone’s Business program for WHW BSW.
Outside her role, Nathalie enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike or hiking in the Grampians. Travelling is a big part of her interest, especially discovering Australia and the rest of the world, but also coming back to Europe visiting her parents.
Sarah returned to Warrnambool after time spent living in Perth for 2 ½ years, to study a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin University in Warrnambool, majoring in Health Promotion, Nutrition and Physical Activity and Health. Throughout her degree she worked in nutrition and retail sales at Go Vita Health Shop, and spent some time working with the youth services team at Warrnambool City Council assisting with Youth Council centred projects. A strong health focussed customer service background has driven her passion for health and wellbeing, providing her with motivation to become involved in an organisation positively contributing to improving the lives of her local community. Addressing health inequalities experienced by women due to gendered drivers, and their contribution to the promotion of violence against women is an important and fundamental aspect of her role at Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.
Outside of her work Sarah leads a very active lifestyle by the coast with her husband and friends, spending lots of time outdoors, entertaining and taking advantage of the built and natural environments on offer within the region.
Anita is actively involved in a number of community organisations and holds the position of Committee for Portland, Executive Officer. Anita was elected to Glenelg Shire Council in 2012.
Anita is involved in community development, sporting clubs (running, hockey and triathlon) and holds a Diploma in Education, Physical Education and Health; Certificate IV in Governance and Certificate IV in Workplace Training.
Anita holds the following Board Directors positions; Great Ocean Road Marketing and Tourism, Regional Development Australia Barwon South West Region, Active Health Portland (GP Super Clinic), South West Sports, Portland District Health and YMCA EStore.
Anita is also a member of the Leadership Great South Coast Committee.
Steve Garner is the General Manager of Keppel Prince Engineering Portland, a major employer in theGlenelg Shire with over 400 employees. Steve has worked in the engineering industry for over 37 years taking on the General Manger role at Keppel Group in 1990. Since his appointment Steve has expanded the company’s operations to include sustainable energies (wind and solar). Keppel Prince Engineering is now considered a leader in the wind energy industry having completed numerous major projects. Steve has taken a proactive leadership role in promoting the wind energy industry and actively pursuing opportunities for Keppel Prince to lead in this field. Steve actively lobbies government to ensure growth of the industry to the benefit of the in the Great South Coast and Victoria.
Kara has a background in accounting, finance, and customer relationship management. Kara joined Port of Portland in 2011, initially as the Company Accountant and more recently in the role as Commercial Accountant. Kara was appointed to her current role, Business Development Manager, in May 2016. Prior to working at the port, Kara held various roles within government and commercial organisations. These positions included Executive Recruitment Consultant for the Hudson Highland Group, Business Analyst at Airservices Australia and European Tour Manager for The Travel Corporation.
Kara is CPA qualified and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Professional Accounting.
Alison is the Resource Manager at South West Fibre, a Bluegum wood chip mill and export company, based at Myamyn. Alison is relatively new to the region moving here three years ago from South Australia with her husband Ashley (Farm Manager) and four children. She is currently associated with Hamilton Olympic Swim Club committee and Glenelg Hockey Association. Alison is passionate about utilising the above organisations, employment and rural connections to help create greater ties and support networks between regional towns and groups within the Great South Coast.
2015 LGSC Alumni
Dr Stephen Ryan
Dr Stephen Ryan-Harvey BA BPPM (Hons) MBA DBA FGMAA
Stephen is Economic Development Coordinator for the Geelong region at Regional Development Victoria. He spent a number of years as an industry and economic policy adviser within the Victorian Government’s industry department. He has worked in the public and corporate sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Stephen is passionate about education and life-long learning and has a Doctorate of Business, a Master of Business Administration , and a Bachelor of Arts (politics and Policy Studies) from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management (hons) from the University of Melbourne. His research interests include the use of social media by Indigenous-owned Australian businesses and networked models of governance in environmental management.
He is a fellow of the Graduate Management Association of Australia and a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Sally Sudweeks is an experienced and passionate presenter and storyteller. With an extensive background in innovative education projects, addressing special needs and linking schools with their community, Sally has a practical look at communities, their values and individual resources and needs.
Sally has worked with Ardoch Youth Foundation establishing strong partnerships within education between Corporates and business, frontline Service providers and diverse communities.
She has been a presenter/trainer Frameworks for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty for the last 10 years and has developed on this knowledge to establish practical and authentic strategies to support families experiencing hardship (specifically, relevant to present Australia).
She has a creative ‘out of the box’ and engaging approach to learning and connecting communities, implementing hands-on strategies that build relationships of mutual respect and shared communication.
Her flexibility is reflected in her wide range of community participation, geographically and culturally. www.beewiseinc.com
Karens’s company, o2 Media is founded on the non-negotiable principles of service and integrity. They are in a growth phase right now and are always interested in hearing from like-minded people.
Karen is also the Executive Officer at Great South Coast Group Inc. from January 2011 and Owner at o2 Media Port Fairy since March 2007.
As qualified Journalist Karen worked in Public Relations and Marketing for the past 10 years. Karen is passionate about working with small business and loves the buzz that comes from ‘meatier’, large-scale projects.
Karen has previoulsy worked in volunteer recruitment at Brophy Family and Youth Services 2001 – 2005. Volunteer recruitment with the Community Adolescent Support Team, victim support worker with the Victims of Crime Team and Journalist and Sub-editor at Warrnambool Standard newspaper 1994 – 1999. Karen is currently a LGSC Committee Member.
Roma Britnell MP – Member For South West Coast, was elected into Parliament following a by-election in October 2015. She worked for 30 years a registered Nurse working for 15 years in community health nursing and health promotion and before that she worked in acute nursing on hospital wards such as coronary care and intensive care.
Roma is also a farmer. Together with her husband Glenn they have bought into farming in the last 15 years and built a large dairy business milking 1000 cows.
She is the mother of 4 children ranging from 12 to 27 and recently became a grandmother.
Roma has been a leader in the Agricultural industry chairing many National, State and local boards and committees. She is passionate about her region and the people who volunteer so much of their time to make our home of South West Coast a great place to live.
Meet our 2015 Graduation Guest Speaker…
Robyn Moore is a multi-skilled Communicator who has been changing peoples’ perception through the power of the word for over 40 years.
Robyn was the National Communicator of the year, is an Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, Dragons Abreast Australia, the Australian Childhood Foundation and has been National Patron of Make-A-Wish Australia for 22 years.
More info at http://www.robynmoore.com.au/
Rob is currently engaged as a Principal Advisor with the Security Emergency Management Division with DEDJTR Victoria. Robert studied fine drawing at Glasgow University of Art, after which he joined the Scots Guards, British Army. He offers 30 years’ experience in security risk and emergency management with his expertise laying in the British and Australian Armed Forces in operational leadership roles. He taught leadership at the world renowned ‘Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’, both instructing HRH Prince Harry and HRH Prince William. His role with the DEDJTR is to provide advice to government and operators of Declared Essential Services organisations and support them to ensure development and implementation of plans, procedures and strategies. This is undertaken against a backdrop of rapidly changing national and international security and resilience challenges, perceptions and priorities for security risk management, business continuity management, emergency management, significant incident management and recovery.
With a Bachelor of Business and Master of Business Administration degrees and Certified Practising Accountant, Robert offers a diverse range of skills including strategic business development, financial analysis, governance and leadership.
Robert was raised and educated in the Warrnambool area, before pursuing graduate studies in Melbourne and a career throughout parts of Australia and internationally in London. Robert has combined this national and international experience in financial management and information technology systems, with a sound regional perspective in senior management, finance and human resource management.
He is a “hands-on” operator with a record of developing and implementing business plans to achieve results in both large corporations and small to medium sized organisations spanning business activities as diverse as petroleum, department store retailing, the dairy industry, manufacturing, transport and logistics, sport and recreation, community services sector, on farm services and the herd improvement industry.
Robert is a past recipient of the CPA Victorian Management Accountant of Year Award, a former Lecturer – Deakin University (Finance and Economics), a Director of GenR8 Marketing and director of South West Credit. Robert also attended Cambridge Business School in 2010 to undertake a master class in Professional Services Firms.
Prof Snow Barlow
Professor Snow Barlow is a plant physiologist and agricultural scientist, whose research encompasses plant water use efficiency, viticulture and impacts of climate change and mitigation on agriculture, water management and global food security. He is Foundation Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne.
Snow convenes the Primary Industries Research Adaptation Network of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).
Currently he chairs the Expert Advisory Panel of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Filling the Research Gap and Action on the Ground RDE Programs in Climate Change and the Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI).He is a member of the Australian Landcare Council and the board of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
Professor Barlow is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and in 2009 was awarded the ‘Australian Medal of Agricultural Science’.
Together with his partner Winsome McCaughey, he operates vineyards, grazing and farm forestry enterprises in the Strathbogie Ranges in North Eastern Victoria and markets fine wine under the Baddaginnie Run label.
Bruce Anson is CEO of the Warrnambool City Council. With an extensive career in local government spanning 40 years Bruce has held senior management roles for the past 33 years.
Bruce is Chairman, Barwon South West Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee and a member of Regional Management Forum Barwon South West.
Bruce also holds a Director position on the Great South Coast Group, an alliance of government, industry and community, working collectively for the benefit of our region
Bruce is a member of Deakin University Leadership Group, Fellow of Local Government Professionals, South West Sustainability Partnership, Local Government Chief Officers Group, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Deakin University Medical School – Greater Green Triangle Clinical School Community Advisory Board and the Regional Policy Advisory Committee.
Sharon is CFA’s Community Education Coordinator in the South West region since 2009, commencing in this role 3 weeks prior to the Black Saturday fires. She leads an extensive team of facilitators and presenters of both bushfire and residential fire safety education programs and community engagement.
A volunteer firefighter for 28 years, Sharon commenced her CFA career at the Western District Training Ground in Penshurst, as a casual PAD (Practical Area Drill) Operator in 1994. For 10 years from 1998, she coordinated training at the ground for firefighters and commercial emergency response teams, as well as casually presenting fire safety to community groups.
During a broad range of emergencies, Sharon leads the section within Incident Control Centres responsible for informing and warning communities, and includes building strong relationships with key stakeholders such as the media, government authorities and councils, local businesses, and diverse populations . Recently she was accredited as a Public Information Officer Level 3 through AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council).
Sharon is also a partner of a sheep farming business with her husband Anthony, at Caramut, since 1987, and is a member of the LGSC Alumni 2013.
Australian Red Cross water and sanitation specialist, aid worker, Australian Red Cross Ambassador
Bob Handby has worked in conflict and disaster zones all over the world. His first mission with Red Cross was to Uganda in 1984, helping provide clean water and sanitation to those displaced in the country’s civil war. Since then he has worked, among other places, in Iraq after the Gulf War assisting Kurdish communities, as well in Serbia during the Kosovo conflict. Trekking on foot to remote regions and hitching tractor rides up mountains, Bob has helped thousands of people to rebuild and recover after floods, cyclones and tsunamis. With expertise in water, sanitation, shelter, health and hygiene issues, he also trains other aid workers headed to disaster and emergency zones. During his time with the Red Cross Bob has also had 27 year career in LocaI Government as an Environmental Health Officer. Bob supports the everyday work of Red Cross, particularly their international work providing clean water and sanitation to vulnerable communities.
Natalee is the Deputy Editor The Weekly Times, Editor The Weekly Times FARM magazine. Natalee leads a team of 30 journalists plus many other associated team members in the country’s biggest rural newspaper and media organisation, and edit a magazine dedicated to progressive, niche food production. She is five time Rural Press Club of Victoria award winner, News Limited’s Production Journalist of the Year in 2011, Australian Society of Travel Writers story of the year in 2009. Natalee is a Marathon runner (Berlin, New York and Melbourne x3) mother of two boys, trying to learn to play the guitar www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
Justine is a co-founder and Director of Brand & People Thankyou Group. Thankyou Group is a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding projects in developing nations. Renowned for its world- first campaigns, energetic staff culture and innovative marketing strategies and implementation. During the five years of the organisation’s journey, Justine has played a lead role in the vision and rebranding of the company from Thankyou Water to Thankyou, the development of two new product ranges and the implementation of a successful marketing campaign that resulted in major retail deals with Coles and Woolworths.
Chief Operations Officer, Oaktree
Minto has been with Oaktree since 2011, leading the People and Culture strategy before stepping into the role of COO in 2013. He is currently studying Psychology at Monash University Minto is interested in the psychology of young leaders – the challenges they navigate as they work to achieve positive outcomes for social change. www.oaktree.org
Jason Mifsud has been leading cultural transformation across numerous sectors for over 20 years, delivering significant organisational change and development in Aboriginal and Multicultural Affairs.
On his mother side, he is a member of the Kirrae and Peek Whurrong peoples’ of the Gunditjmara nation in southwest Victoria and his father migrated from Malta, providing him with a rich sense of cultural pride, authority and integrity.
Jason has a unique and broad skill set in business, community and sport, holding senior management and executive roles as well coaching experience at AFL level with the St Kilda and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs.
He has extensive experience in community, government and corporate relations and over 10 years’ experience in leading, designing and delivering cultural auditing, strategy and training through his own private business.
Jason has held representative roles on the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce and the Victorian Government – Ministerial Advisory Council for Indigenous Affairs and Economic development.
He currently sits on the Board for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and the national reference group Recognise, supporting constitutional recognition and change. He has also previously sat on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
In 2010 Jason was recognized as one of Australia’s top ten emerging leaders, winning the sport category, is an alumni of the of Harvard Business School – Strategic Management & Business program, addressed the United Nations on Indigenous Affairs.
He is currently the Head of Diversity at the Australian Football League with responsibly to drive the strategic direction for the Indigenous and Multicultural portfolios.