Featured Speakers 2016


Mr Alastair MacGibbon, Childrens e-Safety Commissioner

Alastair MacGibbon is Australia’s first Children’s eSafety Commissioner.  Alastair heads the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner – responsible for leading online safety education for Australian children and young people, protecting them when they experience serious cyberbullying and managing complaints about offensive or illegal online content.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Alastair spent time in both public and private sector online leadership roles. Alastair was previously General Manager Security at Dimension Data, a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, as well as CEO of CREST Australia, a not-for-profit that certifies ‘white hat’ ethical hackers.

For almost five years, Alastair headed up Trust & Safety at eBay ANZ and later eBay Asia-Pacific. He also worked as a Federal Agent with the Australian Federal Police for 15 years, and was the founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.

Alastair MacGibbon

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius, VEOHRC Review, Response, Partnership and Innovation, Victorian Police

lukecorneliusAssistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius leads the Victoria Police response to the VEOHRC Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, among Victoria Police personnel. Luke also leads Partnerships and Innovation across Victoria Police.

Luke is a member of Victoria Police Command, the Victoria Police Service Delivery and Business Development Governance Committees and is a member of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Council and is the Chief Commissioner’s representative on the Blue Ribbon Foundation Board.

Luke served as a Federal Agent for 14 years with the Australian Federal Police, with roles in Drug Operations, Legal Policy, East Timor and Human Resources, concluding his service as their Director, People Strategies (with the rank of Commander). Luke has also served as the National Secretary of the Australian Federal Police Association and was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Police Federation of Australia.

Luke was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the 2010 Australia Day Honours List for distinguished service to policing in recognition of his contribution to police reform in the Federal Police and the Victoria Police, the promotion of: ethics and integrity in policing, human rights, engagement with vulnerable communities and for his contribution to capacity building in East Timor.

Luke has also been awarded the National Police Service Medal, National Medal, Police Overseas Service Medal, United Nations Medal for service in East Timor and medals for service with the AFP and Victoria Police. He was also awarded a Commissioner’s commendation for outstanding service while serving with the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor.

Luke holds a Masters of Public Administration: Executive (Monash), an Honours Degree in Law: First Class (Flinders), a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU) and is admitted to practice in the ACT Supreme Court.

sophiehenshawDr Sophie Henshaw, Clinical Psychologist, Henshaw Consulting

Dr Sophie is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Perth, WA. She has experienced workplace bullying both personally and professionally.

Starting her career as a public servant in a maximum-security prison that ostensibly had “a zero tolerance to bullying”, she was the target of a serial workplace bully who was never held to account. Over her working life she has been sexually harassed, targeted by two senior psychiatrists and just this year, a Facebook bully threatened to destroy her career.

Professionally, Dr Sophie treats clients suffering from severe depression and traumatic stress as a result of being bullied at work and sometimes writes medico-legal reports for their workers compensation claims. She has also conducted interventions in organisations prone to workplace bullying.

Dr Sophie is the author of “Stressed, Depressed And Dreading Mondays, What Smart Career Professionals Can Do To Claim Their Life Back,” as well as the popular blog on www.bulliesandenergyvampires.com.au. She has made media appearances on Channel 10, 6PR, Huffpost Live, WA Today, Ninemsn Health and is a regular contributor to Women’s Agenda and PsychCentral online magazines. She is currently working on online program to help professional women deal with the petty tyrants in their lives, increase self-esteem and create a life they love.

Jane-BurnsAssociate Professor Jane Burns, Founder and CEO, Young and Well CRC

Associate Professor Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for young people aged 12 to 25.

Jane holds a Principal Research Fellowship at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and an Honorary Fellowship at the Brain & Mind Centre. She has led the youth agenda for beyondblue, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at Inspire Foundation. Jane held a VicHealth fellowship from 2006-2013, an NHMRC fellowship from 1997-2000 and an NHMRC scholarship from 1994-1996. She holds a PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health and Epidemiology) University of Adelaide.

Jane has just been announced a winner in the category of Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

RobNairnMr Rob Nairn BEd, Dip Teach, MAICD, MACEL

Rob is Executive Director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA Ltd) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University. He has extensive experience in metropolitan and regional Senior High Schools in Western Australia particularly in low socio economic areas. Rob is passionate about developing exemplary leadership to provide high quality secondary education to all young people no matter what their geographic, social or personal circumstances.

Rob is Deputy Chair of the Board of Principals Australia Institute (PAI Ltd), Director Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Chair of Edith Cowan University Applied Health Research Centre Advisory Board, Director Asia Education Foundation (AEF) Advisory Board and Executive member International Confederation of Principals (ICP).

Deputy President Ingrid Asbury, Fair Work Commission

Deputy President Ingrid Asbury holds Presidential appointments to the Fair Work Commission and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and is Chairperson of the Northern Territory Police Arbitral Tribunal. The Deputy President currently has responsibility for the Meat, Coal and Mining, Sugar and Electrical Power industries in Queensland. The Deputy President is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Prior to her appointment to the Fair Work Commission, Deputy President Asbury was a Commissioner of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, National Industry Group Manager, Senior Industrial Officer and Industrial Officer of the Australian Industry Group and Metal Trades Industry Association.

RobCornallMr Robert Cornall AO, Chair, Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

Rob Cornall is Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.  He was formerly the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department (2000-2008).

Rob has also been Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid (1995-2000), Executive Director and Secretary of the Law Institute of Victoria (1987-1995) and a partner in a Melbourne law firm (1972-1987).

Since resigning as Secretary, Rob has undertaken a wide range of reviews and other roles for the Australian Government.

JackyDawsonMs Jacky Dawson, Education Services Officer, Independent Schools Queensland

Jacky worked in the Queensland Department of Education for over 35 years, in teaching and advisor roles and most recently in Director positions responsible for health and wellbeing, behavior and cybersafety policies for State schools.

Jacky was Chair of the national Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group and responsible for the first two National Days of Action Against Bullying and Violence and the Bullying.No way! website.

Jacky was also the eSmart Schools Queensland Consultant.

She now works as a private consultant on cybersafety and wellbeing issues to schools and worked with Independent Schools Queensland on their 2015 Cyberbullying Project.

KeithParryMr Keith Parry, Lecturer in Sport Management, Western Sydney University

Keith is a lecturer at Western Sydney University, teaching within the School of Business and The Academy.  His research interests are based around the study of sport, with a focus on sports fandom and the spectator experience. His research has examined issues around identity, masculinity, and the conflicts between country and culture in Australia.

He has made use of innovative methodologies, such as Autoethnography, to provide greater understanding of sports fans. He has collaborated with international colleagues to publish studies on international sports fandom and he has co-edited a book examining the relationship between football codes and community.

He has recently published a series of interactive iBooks on the subject of Sport Entertainment while his expertise has been recognised with invitations to write for websites such as The Conversation and The Allrounder, allowing him to disseminate his knowledge to a wide audience. You can follow Keith on Twitter at @sportinaus.

The Association would like to thank the 2015 keynote speakers.

  • Dr Sara Branch, PhD, MOrgPsych, Research Fellow, Griffith University
  • Commissioner Anna Lee Cribb, Commissioner, Fair Work Commission
  • Ms Michelle Mitchell, Founder, Youth Excel
  • Professor Ron Rapee, Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University, Director, Centre for Emotional Health
  • Mr Bradley Deacon, Lecturer, RMIT University
  • Professor Phillip Slee, Human Development, Flinders University