2019 Speakers

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Peter Mares” secondary_line=”Master of Ceremonies”]

Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping Australian leaders make better decisions. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions. Previously, he worked for 25 years as a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC. Throughout his career Peter has combined journalism with public policy research and writing. He is the author of three books, No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (2018), Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing the nation (2016) and Borderline, an award-winning analysis of Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers and refugees (2001).

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Nicky Bath” secondary_line=”Executive Director, National LGBTI Health Alliance”]

Nicky Bath is currently the Executive Director of the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

Nicky has worked in the NSW Ministry of Health as the Manager of the Harm Reduction and Viral Hepatitis Branch as well as several senior positions at ACON,  NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation,  State and Territory drug user organisations and the National Health Service (UK).

Nicky is committed to advancing the health and human rights of marginalised communities.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Tim Costello AO” secondary_line=”Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia”]

Rev Tim Costello directs Ethical Voice and is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He then completed over 2 years as WVA’s Chief Advocate.

Currently Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He is also Senior Advisor for the Centre for Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

Other positions he holds are: Chair of the Community Council of Australia, Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership and Patron of the National Youth Commission.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Michael Deschepper” secondary_line=”Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Wintringham”]
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Michael Deschepper is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Wintringham, an independent not-for-profit welfare organisation founded in 1989 on enduring principles of social justice. Wintringham has a mission to provide dignified, affordable, high quality care and accommodation to frail, elderly men and women who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

With 650 dedicated staff and annual turnover of $60 million, Wintringham house and support over 2,000 elderly clients each day across the state of Victoria.

A chartered accountant by training, Michael joined Wintringham as Chief Financial Officer in 2008 having previously accumulated a wealth of experience during 18 years in public practice and industry. Prior to joining Wintringham Michael was Chief Financial Officer of a listed financial services provider and Australian Securities Exchange Participant. Prior to this, he spent several years in London as a senior finance executive for a leading worldwide professional services organisation.

Michael sits on the Boards of the Council to Homeless Persons and the Community Housing Industry Association Victoria, respectively Victoria’s peak body organisations for homelessness and social housing.

Michael is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and in 2019, attended the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management Executive Education course.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Wendy Fergie” secondary_line=”Consultant at Water Mill Capital”]
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Wendy worked as a fund manager for over 20 years, during this time she completed her CFA, founded the CFA Society Melbourne, took on numerous board positions and volunteered for the CFA Institute including being an inaugural member of the CFA Asian Advocacy committee.  Wendy established and headed up the debt team at ME Bank that is now IFM, and then returned to University to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology to incorporate behaviour science in understanding investment management and strategy.  Over the last few years Wendy has worked within the innovation sector in health, aged care and disability working closely with a number of start ups in the areas of government relations, strategy, funding and structuring,. She holds a B.Ec from Monash University, is CFA Charterholder, has completed the Diploma in Financial Planning and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from University of Melbourne.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Adam Ferrier” secondary_line=”Founder of THINKERBELL”]
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Adam Ferrier is the founder of THINKERBELL, an agency that creates ‘measured magic’. Adam is one of the leading consumer psychologists in Australia, a brand strategist and an authority on Behavioural Economics. He’s also the author of “The Advertising Effect” and part of The Australian creatives’ ‘Power 20’; A regular on the Gruen Transfer and featured on The Project, Celebrity Apprentice and ABC Radio.

Through cognitive behavioural psychology and a deep understanding of behavioural economics Adam hands delegates the keys to sky rocketed motivation – whether to buy, perform or change.

Previous experience:

Accolades: The creator of the idea behind the WARC World Innovation prize (2013), AdNews Creative Agency of the Year (2019) and winner of the rare Cannes Gold Lion and Gold Effie double, Adam has won at all the world major advertising shows. Adam also created the successful board game ‘The Analyst’ (translated into four languages). Adam Ferrier doesn’t just think outside the square – he’s blown the square up.

Positions: An unstoppable force in the Australian advertising landscape, Adam was previously a co-owner of Cummins & Partners – Mumbrella Agency of the Year and a founder of Naked Communications. Adam also sits on the boards of social giving company Good Thnx, and social influencing company TRIBE.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Lisa Giacomelli” secondary_line=”Chief Operating Officer YMCA NSW”]

Lisa Giacomelli has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector with extensive experience in managing strategy and operations in community, youth and children’s services and aquatics and recreation. Holding both a Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Laws, Lisa is able to work to provide assurance and test strategy in both commercial and community contexts. Lisa commenced her role as Chief Risk Officer at YMCA NSW in July 2016 before moving into the role of Chief Operating Officer in October 2018.

Lisa’s key areas of responsibility are: Child Protection and Safeguarding, Risk and Assurance and Governance and Policy. Key experiences in Lisa’s time at YMCA NSW include developing the organisation’s responses to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, supporting a dynamic aquatics safety agenda, driving a business continuity planning process and identifying and developing a benchmark dataset on operational risk across the organisation.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Adam Goodes” secondary_line=”GO Foundation | Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (IDC) | AFL Legend”]

There are not many bigger names in Australian sport than Adam Goodes. Dual AFL Brownlow Medalist and premiership player for the Sydney Swans, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative in the International Rules Series, Adam Goodes holds an elite place in Australian Football League’s history.   But his career transcends the football field. In 2014, Adam was named the Australian of the Year. This distinguished award recognised Adam’s community work and advocacy in the fight against racism, empowering the next generation of Indigenous Australians.   Born in South Australia, Adam moved to Victoria as a young boy and developed a passion for AFL. His natural ability saw him ascend through the football ranks early, being drafted by the Sydney Swans from North Ballarat U18s. Adam soon became one of the game’s leading players and had a much-celebrated career spanning over 17 seasons.   He announced his retirement from AFL in September 2015, leaving the field as the Swans’ games record holder on 372, and one of the most decorated players of all time. Some of the many accolades Adam received during his career include: the prestigious Rising Star medal in his debut year (1999); leading his team as co-captain (2009- 2012); celebrating premierships (2005 & 2012); and being awarded the AFL’s highest honour of Brownlow Medalist twice (2003 & 2006).   Adam is known equally for his involvement and leadership within the Indigenous community. In 2009, Adam set up The Goodes-O’Loughlin Foundation (GO Foundation) with teammate Michael O’Loughlin. GO Foundation’s vision is to create a brighter future for Indigenous children through education. In 2014, he joined the board of Supply Nation, a government-funded body aimed at growing the Indigenous business sector through the promotion of supplier diversity in Australia.

Adam’s work within the corporate world extends to advising large organisations such as David Jones and Lend Lease, on their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). He is also currently an ambassador for many prominent brands including Toyota, David Jones, Qantas and Woolworths. With the supermarket giant, he is a board member for Support Through Australia Natural Disasters (STAND), a disaster relief program founded by Woolworths and The Salvation Army.

Since retiring from AFL, Adam has been able to invest more time in the GO Foundation and his new business Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (IDC), which helps establish sustainable practices for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Playing Honours

AFL Premiership 2005 & 2012

Brownlow Medalist 2003 & 2006

All Australian team member 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011

Bob Skilton Medal (Sydney Best and Fairest) 2003, 2006, 2011

Sydney Swans Co-Captain 2009-2012

International Rules Captain 2001 & 2010

AFL Rising Star 1999

Indigenous Team of the Century 2005

Instagram: @adamroy37

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Chris Gray” secondary_line=”Co-founder, iCareHealth”]

Chris Gray is an Australian business mentor, company director and investor. Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, private equity and investment in Australia and the UK.

Chris co-founded iCareHealth, the leading clinical care and medication management software for aged care providers in Australia and the UK. iCareHealth Australia was successfully exited to Telstra Health in 2014. The operations of iCare Health UK were acquired by the Access Group in 2018.

Prior to iCareHealth, Chris was part of the 2001 management buyout of D&B Australia and New Zealand. D&B was successfully exited to Carnegie Wylie in 2007.

Chris now focuses on mentoring, and investing with, entrepreneurs who are using technology to change the way a service is delivered, a market is viewed or offering something completely new.

Chris also works in the for purpose sector, directing funds and offering support to organisations that have a purpose, rather than a profit, focus.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Nicola Hazell” secondary_line=”Champion of Women in Leadership | Gender Equality & Social Innovation | International Speaker”]

Nicola Hazell is one of Australia’s leading voices on women in leadership, gender equality and social innovation.

With a career spanning media, politics, public affairs, and tech, she is a driving force for women in leadership; working with companies and organisations around the world to build investment in inclusion and diversity across the startup, corporate and public sectors.

Current Work:
Recognised as one of Australia’s Top Business Thinkers, Nicola is a sought -after international speaker and advisor, holding roles on the OECD’s Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Transformation; Australian advocacy  organisation The Parenthood; The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship; CEBIT Women in Tech Committee; and the Not in My Workplace Summit committee. She’s worked with a wide range of companies – from global tech giants like Twitter, Google and Microsoft, to emerging tech startups – to design and accelerate innovative solutions to boosting the inclusion and empowerment of women.

Nicola is a passionate believer in a collective effort to achieve gender equality, and is a mentor, judge and activator for a range of programs including Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, Walkley Awards and SheEO Australia. She is regularly approached by national media for commentary on gender equality, women in business, social policy, startups and innovation, and is a highly sought after MC, interviewer and panel moderator, with a passion for drawing out the unique stories and experiences those she interviews, so their stories can inspire others and change the world.

Previous Experience:
Speaker: Nicola has presented on leadership and inclusion to global audiences, at multiple OECD Forums on Inclusive Growth and Digital Transformation in Paris, the APEC Women Business Leaders’ Summit in Seoul, International Women’s Forum Australian Symposium, Tech Inclusion, Myriad, Pause Fest and Vogue Codes.

SheStarts: A champion for women in tech and entrepreneurship, Nicola was the founding director and designer of the SheStarts accelerator for female-led startups. Under her leadership, SheStarts was named Australasian Accelerator of the Year and attracted significant international backing, including Google for Startups as their flagship diversity partnership, connecting female entrepreneurs from all over Australia to an international network of mentors and advisors to help turn their ideas into globally scalable, high-impact tech companies.

Nicola executive produced the award-winning SheStarts documentary series, which reached more than half a million views in its first season and secured a world-first distribution partnership with LinkedIn for season two; showing women that you don’t have to be a bloke in a hoodie and sneakers t o be a tech entrepreneur.

Media and Social Affairs: Nicola holds significant pedigree in media and social affairs, and has worked with

leading political journalist Laurie Oakes, as senior advisor to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, and as a senior leader with national NGOs Mission Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Andrew Hollo” secondary_line=”Director and Principal Consultant, Workwell Consulting”]

Andrew Hollo is Director of Workwell Consulting. Andrew is one of Australia’s leading experts in realising the potential of organisations and groups to develop ‘big ideas’ and gain collective results, especially in demanding, complex sectors and where work across organisational and sector boundaries is required. He has high level of skill in getting diverse views to the highest value, and clear conceptual agreement in the shortest possible time.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Adam Jahnke” secondary_line=”Co-founder and CEO, Umps Health”]

Adam Jahnke became a carer after his grandpa was hospitalised due to a fall in his home. Unable to reduce his full-time work, Adam turned to technology, but found tech-based solutions did not meet his family’s needs. This drove him to build his own solution and to found Umps Health, with the goal of empowering family members to provide better care using artificial intelligence.

Adam’s background is in the commercialisation of technology to improve public health. One of his earliest roles was at Cochlear China, where he developed partnerships with enterprise and government stakeholders to make cochlear implantation accessible to disadvantaged and remote communities. Prior to founding Umps Health, he worked at Ericsson, where he led the development of digital transformation projects to improve the liveability and accessibility of cities in Australia and South East Asia.

Adam believes that a deep understanding of the challenges facing older Australians and carers is essential for the design of effective solutions. In 2017, he received the inaugural Gourlay-Trinity Social Impact Award and was awarded the Cameron Fellowship for his analysis of the systemic issues driving the challenges facing informal carers in Australia. Adam is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Melbourne Accelerator Program, and has spoken extensively both in Australia and abroad on the role of artificial intelligence in supporting the delivery of aged care in the home.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne where he also currently teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, and is a guest lecturer in social entrepreneurship.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Dr Stephen Judd” secondary_line=”Chief Executive, HammondCare”]

Dr Stephen Judd has over 25 years experience in healthcare and information technology. Since he became Chief Executive in 1995, HammondCare has grown from serving fewer than 250 clients with annual revenue of $8m to caring for over 16,000 people, with FY18 revenue of $276m.  He has authored books on dementia care, aged care design and the role of charities. Stephen’s special interests include the role of charities in the provision of social and health services, dementia design and the organisational drivers for change in the delivery of health services.  Stephen has served on various Government and industry committees and is currently a member of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Advisory Council.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Dr George Margelis” secondary_line=”Independent Chair
Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council”]

Dr George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80 before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney.

He was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR. He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare and has some amusing stories he can share about that time.

In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a start-up incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles. In 2014 he was appointed to the IT in Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. He is a board member of Multicultural Care, an aged care provider in Sydney and also acts as their medical adviser.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Victor Harcourt” secondary_line=”Principal | Russell Kennedy Lawyers”]

Victor Harcourt is recognised as a leading legal practitioner in the aged care sector around Australia. He has 30 years’ experience in litigation and leads the Russell Kennedy team which has been providing expert advice and representation to aged care providers in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. His experience extends to acting for Government and community service providers in Royal Commissions, Public Inquiries and Coronial Inquests. He brings a rounded perspective to his expertise, having also worked for regulatory bodies and State Government Departments and agencies.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Professor Julienne Meyer CBE” secondary_line=”Professor of Nursing, Care for Older People | Executive Director, My Home Life
University of London”]

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE is a registered nurse and qualified teacher, who leads Research and Development in Care for Older People at City, University of London. In 2006, she founded My Home Life (www.myhomelife.org.uk), a collaborative initiative to promote quality of life in care homes for older people. My Home Life began as a small project to synthesise the literature on what older people want from and what works in care homes.  Since then, it has developed into a social movement for quality improvement in care homes that has spread across national and international borders.

Julienne has a worldwide reputation for expertise in action research, qualitative methods and aged care.  She is Vice Chair of the Global Ageing Network and currently holds Adjunct Professorships with the University of South Australia, Adelaide and Griffith University, Brisbane.

Her style of working is evidence-based, relationship-centred, appreciative, and action oriented. She has worked in a variety of different settings (health, social care, and housing; general and mental health; primary, secondary and tertiary care) and across a number of traditional boundaries (public and private; policy and practice; research and education).

She is passionate about addressing inequalities not only for those who receive health and social care, but also, for those who provide it. In 2015, the Queen awarded her a CBE in recognition for her contribution to older people and nursing. More recently, the University of London named her as one of their 150 leading women (1868-2018). Retiring this year, she hopes to continue to make a difference to the lives of frail older people by setting up a charity to support the impact and spread of My Home Life across the globe.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Mary Patetsos” secondary_line=”Chairperson, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA)”]

Mary Patetsos is a professional Board Director, serving on both National and South Australian Boards with a rare blend of academic qualifications and expertise. Her skills and experience combined with an extensive national network enable her to add significant value to organisations at many levels. In particular, her commitment to achieve positive change drives her ambition. She contends that a strong belief in the worthiness of learning and work have become her key motivator.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Karina Peace” secondary_line=”Group ACFI Manager, JAPARA”]

Karina Peace is a thought leader in the aged care industry with a strong strategic focus on developing opportunities to improve the delivery of care and service.  Karina is a Registered Nurse with qualifications including Masters of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Health Management, and Graduate Certificate in Business. Participating in Government committees and leading peak body groups, Karina often contributes to reform and innovation in the Aged Care Industry.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Ian Silk” secondary_line=”Chief Executive of AustralianSuper”]

Ian Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper – the largest and fastest growing superannuation fund in Australia. AustralianSuper is a profit-for-members industry fund.

AustralianSuper has more than 2.3 million members, over 285,000 contributing businesses, and more than AUD$150 billion in members’ assets. AustralianSuper is a multi-industry fund with membership spanning most industries.

Ian is the President of Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, a Director of Industry Super Australia, and Basketball Australia.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law.

[invicta_heading alignment=”left” size=”small” primary_line=”Professor Hal Swerissen” secondary_line=”Fellow, Health Program GRATTAN Institute”]

Dr Hal Swerissen is Fellow at the Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University. He holds post graduate qualifications in clinical, educational and organizational psychology and business administration. Professor Swerissen is a leader in health policy, management and program development. He has published more than 150 books, articles, reports and conference papers on health and community services, policy and program development and evaluation. He was previously Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) and Professor of Public Health at La Trobe University.  He has also worked in senior roles in government as a senior advisor to the Commonwealth and Victorian Government on health and community services.  Professor Swerissen is a Director of the Murray Primary Health Network and a Director the Bendigo Kangan Institute. He is a past Director of Alfred Health and Dental Health Services Victoria. He has also been Secretary of the Quality Improvement Council, President of the Board of the Moreland Community Health Service and he is past President of the Victorian Healthcare Association Community Health Division. He has served on numerous reviews and consultative bodies for government.

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