Program Committee

Oscar Yildiz JP, Former CEO, Bully Zero Australia Foundation. Program Co-Chair

Oscar Yildiz JP has a wealth of experience in a number of sectors and organisations including Teaching, Government, Marketing, Event Management, Retail and Hospitality. From acting with Jackie Chan, to being Mayor of the City of Moreland twice and current Councillor to the Former CEO and Founder of the Bully Zero Australia Foundation. Oscar is well respected by all forms of Government and business for rolling up his sleeves and getting the job done, he was chosen from 78 Mayors in Victoria by the Minister for Local Government Hon Jeanette Powell to serve on the Local Government Mayors Advisory Panel.

Oscar juggles life as a current Councillor,  Justice of the Peace, husband and father. Oscar continues to write and deliver bullying prevention programs to primary/secondary students, parents, teachers and workplaces nationally.

More recently Oscar developed the radicalisation prevention program which he continues to deliver to Muslim schools, (students, teachers and parents), community organisations and sporting clubs nationally.

Having experienced bullying for 5 years in Murray Bridge SA as a youngster, Oscar knows what it feels like to be bullied and has an incredible ability to empathise with victims and families

Oscar was touched by the suicides of young individuals who were bullied and he developed many relationships with affected families to establish the Bully Zero Australia Foundation. It was in fact the finger nails of a mother who pleaded with Oscar to bring her daughter back that sparked him into action.

With the support of board members, he developed an anti-bullying organisation like no other; Bully Zero is now the fastest growing charity in Australia.

Dr Skye Saunders, Director, ANU Legal Workshop, Australian National University. Program Co-Chair

Dr Skye Saunders is a legal academic from the Australian National University and is an advocate for issues of sexual harassment and bullying in Australia. With a particular interest in gendered harm in rural communities, she is the author of the book, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women. In collaboration with the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Skye has just recently finished making a short film based on Whispers from the Bush called ‘Grace Under Fire’. Skye is also the Acting Director of the Australian National University’s professional legal education programs and has formerly practised as a solicitor in the area of Employment/ Discrimination Law in Canberra. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Australia and internationally.

Dr Margaret Anne Carter, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University

Margaret Anne works as  senior lecturer Education in the areas of guidance, counselling and career development, student diversity and educational leadership. Prior to joining JCU, Margaret Anne worked in private practice as a behaviour change specialist, working with individuals and groups helping them break patterns of dysfunctional behaviours. Margaret Anne’s areas of research include cyber bullying in higher education, mental health and wellbeing, character education, and children’s social behaviour.

Dr Ken Rigby, Adjunct Professor (Research), School of Education, University of South Australia

Dr Ken Rigby is an ex-school teacher, currently Adjunct Professor (Research) in the School of Education at the University of South Australia. He has published widely in both academic and professional journals, especially on peer victimisation. He is the author of ten books on bullying These include ‘New Perspectives on Bullying’ (2002); ‘Children and Bullying: How parents and educators can reduce bullying in schools’(2008) and ‘Bullying Interventions in Schools: Six basic Approaches’ (2010)and ‘The Method of Shared Concern: a positive approach to bullying’ (2011). He has been employed as consultant and adviser to both Australian State and Federal Education Departments. He has been engaged to speak at many conferences around the world and to provide workshops for teachers and counsellors. His work on bullying is described at www.kenrigby.net

Ms Margaret Thorsborne, Managing Director, Margaret Thorsborne and Associates, Thorsborne and Associates, UK

Margaret Thorsborne, is the Managing Director of Margaret Thorsborne and Associates and Thorsborne and Associates in the UK. She is committed to improving the way people relate to each other in their workplaces and other communities by providing processes that allow often deeply negative feelings to be gradually transformed into cooperation. As relationships are restored, job satisfaction, morale and productivity improve.
This commitment to healthy relationships can also be found in her work with schools to improve the way they work with young people in responding to wrongdoing, creating healthier and safer communities.

She consults to public and private sector businesses and organisations for workplace relationships and the management of high-level conflict and inappropriate behaviour.

Margaret, with a strong background in education, counselling and project management, has highly developed skills as a facilitator, trainer, and presenter. She is widely recognised as an international expert on school and workplace bullying, and has played a major role in the introduction of restorative practices into schools and workplaces in Australia and internationally. She is an experienced mediator and has expertise in the management of trauma and critical incidents. Her work is informed by a range of disciplines including biology, psychology and social, organisational and management theory.

She has presented papers and workshops and conducted training across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and the USA. She is a published author in the area of restorative justice in schools and workplaces and the development of leadership integrity and organisational change.

Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Diploma in Education (University of Queensland), and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Queensland University of Technology). She is a Founding Director and current Vice Chair of Restorative Practices International, a world-wide association of restorative practitioners. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and is a member of the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute in Philadelphia, USA.

Ms Peta Miller, Director, Safe Work Australia

Dr Peta Miller is a Director at Safe Work Australia. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and post graduate qualifications in ergonomics and human factors. Her PhD was on the effects of high workload on health, safety and performance.

Dr Miller has over 35 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors in the work health and safety and workers’ compensation arena. She has worked as a senior manager of policy and research teams developing major national initiatives.

Dr Miller led the development of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.

She is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the work health and safety of all Australians and about using evidence to inform the development of robust and implementable national policy and practice.