Featured Speakers 2018


Dr Emma Campbell, Director, Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA)

Dr Emma Campbell is the Director of Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA). Emma has worked in academia, politics, the NGO sector, and in business and finance with organisations including Médecins sans Frontières; the Australian National University; Cathay Pacific Airways; the Office of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition; and the North Korea Human Rights Database Centre.

Emma has worked in countries including Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Korea, China, India, Swaziland and Turkey. She speaks Chinese and Korean and has an extensive understanding of multiculturalism and identity.

Emma holds qualifications in Law, Chinese and Political Science and has published widely including her book A New Nationalism in South Korea: The End of “One Korea”? in 2016.

Mr Peter Hampton, Commissioner, Fair Work Commission

Peter Hampton is a Commissioner in the Fair Work Commission based in Adelaide, having been appointed in January 2010. In that capacity he is also a Member of the Expert Panel for Annual Wage Reviews which is responsible for setting minimum and award wages in Australia.

Immediately prior to that appointment, Peter was Director of Policy and Strategy for SafeWork SA, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. SafeWork SA is a South Australian Government agency responsible for the administration of Occupational, Health and Safety and Industrial Relations legislation and policy.

Prior to joining SafeWork SA in 2006, he was for 12 years a Deputy President of the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission and in a dual capacity for ten of those years as a Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

In the sixteen years prior to joining the Commission, Peter held various positions in the South Australian business community including as Deputy Director of the SA Employers’ Federation Inc and General Manager, Human Resource Management Services with what is now Business SA.

Peter is a former National President of the Australia Labour and Employment Relations Association and a former President and current Life Member of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia.

Peter is an accredited mediator and is a member of various professional bodies, including Resolution Australia (formerly the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators), Australian Labour Law Association, the Council of Australian Tribunals and the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment.

Peter is married with 3 adult children and one grandchild.

Peter was appointed by the President as Panel Head for the new anti-bullying jurisdiction in November 2013.

Ms Sonya Ryan, The Carly Ryan Foundation

For the past seven years, Sonya Ryan has dedicated herself to the promotion of internet safety through The Carly Ryan Foundation established in memory of her daughter Carly.

Befriended by an internet predator posing as a teenage boy, Carly was groomed by the middle-aged man who convinced her to meet him. Tragically that meeting in February 2007 resulted in her brutal murder. Filled with grief and despair, Sonya Ryan did not turn inwards, instead reaching out to others to ensure that similar tragedies could be avoided.

The Carly Ryan Foundation is a non profit, registered harm prevention charity created to promote internet safety and prevent crime.

The foundation supports families and the community through education, counselling, engagement, harm prevention, promotion and political advocacy.

The Carly Ryan Foundation’s mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families. We have pioneered efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of Internet pornography, sexual predators, cyber bullying, and other Internet threats. We create solutions that promote shared responsibility between the public, technology, and the law. We stand for a community where all people are respected and valued; for a child’s innocence to be protected and for a society free from online sexual exploitation of youth.

Sonya Ryan is SA Australian of The Year 2013 and is a member of the Federal Government’s ‘Online Consultative Working Group on Cyber Safety’ with eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.

Dr Michelle Tuckey, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy University of South Australia

Michelle conducts research to advance the risk management of bullying as a work health and safety hazard. Her current goal is to develop practical evidence-based tools to prevent bullying before it occurs, for widespread use in Australian workplaces.

Michelle serves on the Editorial Boards for two international scholarly journals and as a Board Director of Brodie’s Law Foundation. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed international journal articles, edited books, book chapters, and research reports.

Michelle’s research has been translated into policies and practices to prevent bullying and stress within organisations and by state and national work health and safety regulators.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Founding Member of National Centre Against Bullying

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile adolescent and child psychologists. He currently works with in private practice as well as consulting to Inowell a joint project between PWC, the University of Sydney and the Federal Government.

Dr Carr-Gregg wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen more than 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients. He has worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist.

He is also the author of 12 books and is an Ambassador for Smiling Mind, Big Brothers Big Sister, and sits on the Board of the Family Peace Foundation and the National Centre Against Bullying.

Dr Carr-Gregg is a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Girlfriend Magazine and the Australian Boarding Schools Association publication LightsOut. Michael is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7’s Sunrise, psychologist for Channel 9’s Morning Extra, as well as the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW.

He is married with 2 sons and is a special Patron of the Hawthorn Football Club.

Ms Lesley Podesta, CEO, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Lesley joined the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in 2016 as Chief Executive Officer.

Lesley came into the not for profit sector after undertaking a number of senior roles in the Australian government – she was the head of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health for nearly five years and among many other innovations, introduced the Nurse Family Partnership to Australia with Professor David Olds.

Most recently, Lesley worked with The Fred Hollows Foundation as their head of Global Partnerships and Advocacy where she developed a global partnership with the International Diabetes Federation to reduce blindness from diabetes and won the Google challenge award with a low cost camera to screen for blindness.

She is also a visiting Fellow at the School of Population Health at Melbourne University, working on the 1,000 Days project – an examination of the first three years of indigenous children’s lives.

Ms Elly Johnson, Truth Leader, TruthAbility

Elly Johnson is a leader in the field of communication with a focus on aspects of behaviour to encourage truth and uncover lies.

With early experience in sales and communication roles, her interest in reading behaviour, eliciting information and detecting deception began when she was working as a Police Officer at the age of 22.

Since 2001, Elly has equipped thousands of professionals in high level government agencies and the corporate sector to better discern the truth in any given situation.

She developed a model called the Truth Dilemma® to help identify the key elements involved in encouraging more truthful interactions whilst having the brave conversations required to reveal or uncover the information that matters.

Elly is an approved trainer with Paul Ekman International who are the providers of training on the science and research that has been pooled together over 40 years on the subject of human emotion, facial expressions and deception. This research has been carried out by Dr Paul Ekman, author of many books on the subject and specialist consultant for the FOX TVs hit drama series ‘Lie To Me’ and scientific advisor to Pixar movie, ‘Inside Out’.

Elly has presented at Parliament House in Canberra, customised training courses for intelligence agencies, trained high level executives in Tokyo, Singapore and London, and coached people to a new awareness of truth and lies. She has featured on TV, radio and in print and recently contributed to a ground breaking SBS documentary called The Truth About Racism.

Other Confirmed

    • Ms Jenny Priest, Co-chair, Play by the Rules & Director, Sport & Recreation Services, ACT Government
    • Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Member of National Centre Against Bullying
    • Associate Professor Michael Flood, ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Law, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology


    • Hon Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, Australian Government

Thank you to our 2017 Featured Speakers

Ms Julie Inman Grant, Children’s eSafety Commissioner

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter, and most recently Adobe.

Julie’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach.

At Twitter, Julie headed up Public Policy for Australia and South East Asia, managing a range of public policy issues, including online safety and countering violent extremism. Julie also built Twitter’s ‘Rules and Tools’ for safety, and conceptualised and piloted #PositionofStrength, which now serves as Twitter’s global female safety and empowerment program.

Most recently, Julie served as Director of Government Relations Asia Pacific at Adobe, where she worked with governments across the region on issues such as innovation and digital transformation, creativity and STEM skills development and cybersecurity.


Cheryl Vardon, Principal Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission


Cheryl Vardon was appointed Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission in September 2015. She has a distinguished career in education, community and children’s services. Cheryl has held many board and university council positions and statutory roles on tribunals and commissions including the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Commonwealth Safety and Rehabilitation Compensation Commission.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian College of Education.

She is a previous Director General of Education for Western Australia and a former Chief Executive of the Australian Capital Territory Department of Education and Community Services. She was a Vice Principal of the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

In 2004 while Commissioner for Public Administration in the ACT, Cheryl led a review “the Territory as Parent” and “The Territories’ Children” (the ‘Vardon Report’) of child protection services which established an ACT Children’s Commissioner.

Dr Naomi Priest, Fellow, Centre for Social Research and Methods, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

Naomi PriestDr Naomi Priest received her PhD in population health at the University of Melbourne, conducting a qualitative participatory study exploring Aboriginal perspectives of urban child health and wellbeing. She then completed a NHMRC post-doctoral fellowship also at the University of Melbourne with training in social epidemiology. She was leader of the VicHealth funded Anti-Racism and Diversity program at the University of Melbourne from 2012-2015, and also a Senior Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation from 2014-15.  In 2014-15 she was a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr Naomi Priest’s broad research interest is to integrate social and epidemiologic methods to examine and address inequalities in health and development across populations and place. This includes social epidemiology and qualitative research to understand differences in health and development experienced by children and youth from Indigenous backgrounds and from ethnic minorities, and explanations for observed differences across intersecting identities and experiences such as gender, socioeconomic position, and disability. Much of this work focuses on patterns, mechanisms and prospective influence of adverse early life exposures and stressors, including discrimination, stigma and bias.

Dr Skye Saunders, Acting Director and Senior Lecturer - ANU Legal Workshop, Australian National University

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.

Cr. Oscar Yildiz JP , CEO, Bully Zero Australia Foundation

Oscar juggles life as a Moreland City Councillor, Justice of the Peace, CEO, husband and father of 2 young girls. Oscar has twice served as Mayor, won the Australian Small Business Championship Award for training and taught at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions in Australia and overseas. He was 1 of 9 Mayors selected to serve on the local government ministers advisory panel and in 2014 he was awarded the LaTrobe University distinguished Alumni award. Oscar has a diploma in management, diploma in retail management, certificate IV in workplace training and various other qualifications including a Degree and Diploma of Education.

He was touched by the suicides of young individuals due to bullying, particularly with the passing of Allem Halkic and Sheniz Erkan. Oscar developed and forged relationships with various families and with their support and that of a dedicated board, he developed an anti-bullying organisation that continues to touch thousands.

Oscar works tirelessly to ensure the Bully Zero Australia Foundations vision, mission and strategic plan are delivered. He’s energetic, unselfish, committed and the driving force behind the Foundation. Oscar is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Peta Miller, Director, Industry Policy, 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.

Matthew Sanders, Director and Professor of Clinical Psychology, Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland

Professor Sanders joined UQ in 1979 and has been a member of the School since 1996. He is the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and is recognised as the global leader in the field of evidence-based parenting intervention. Professor Sanders Triple P system is currently in use across 26 countries, has more than 70,000 practitioners trained in its delivery, and millions of families have benefited from the program.

He has published over 400 scientific papers, books and book chapters. His work has been widely recognised by his peers as reflected in many prestigious awards, including; Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (2016), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2016), one of UQ’s Top 5 Innovators (2013), the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology (2007) and Queenslander of the Year (2007).


Damian and Rae Panlock, Brodie’s Law Foundation

Damian and Rae Panlock established Brodie’s Law Foundation in memory of their 19 year old daughter, Brodie, who tragically took her own life in September 2006 after being relentlessly bullied at work. Victoria’s anti-bullying legislation, known as Brodie’s Law, commenced in June 2011 and made serious bullying a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail. The Department of Justice and Brodie’s Law Foundation launched the ‘Take a Stand Against Bullying’ campaign in August 2012. This was followed by an on-road campaign with the support of Holden motors.

Brodie’s Law has changed perception in Victoria and other states about the serious nature of bullying and the damaging consequences it may have. Brodie’s Law aims to raise awareness of the issue of workplace bullying and help prevent it through awareness programs, public speaking, lobbying to streamline the law in other states and working together with workplaces, unions, government and education sectors. This is all to ensure organisations are taking appropriate actions to reduce the risk of bullying and create a positive culture.

Lisa Flynn, Principal and Department Manager of Abuse Law, Shine Lawyers

Lisa Flynn is the National Practice Leader of Shine Lawyers’ Abuse Law Practice. With over 16 years’ experience, Lisa represents and stands as a voice for survivors of historical abuse, helping them to access justice and acknowledgement for the wrongdoing they have suffered.

Lisa leads a team of senior practitioners with over 90 collective years of experience in abuse law. With a strong understanding of the fragile state that many abuse survivors are in, her team recognises the importance of ensuring that all litigation is run in an empathetic and respectful manner.

Lisa has led some of the firm’s most significant actions brought on behalf of abuse survivors, including the representation of individuals in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Her work has also extended to fighting on behalf of hundreds of survivors of church and institutional abuse. Actions have included those brought against Brisbane Grammar School, St Paul’s School, Brisbane Boys College, The Church of England Grammar School, The Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church in Tasmania.
Throughout recent years, Lisa and her team have invested significant time and resource toward lobbying for the abolishment of Time Limitation Laws involving child sexual abuse, focusing heavily on New South Wales and Queensland.

With an invested interest in social justice matters and the wellbeing of children, Lisa is an active member of pro-bono legal service provider QPILCH; she is also a member of the Executive Committee for Toormina Community Preschool, and has been involved with the Women’s Legal Services Fundraising Committee in Brisbane.