Featured Speakers 2019

Professor Marilyn Campbell, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Marilyn Campbell is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology preparing psychologists and school counsellors in the Masters of Education program. Previous to this Marilyn supervised school counsellors and has worked in infants, primary and secondary schools as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor. Her main clinical and research interests are the prevention and intervention of anxiety disorders in young people and the effects of bullying, especially cyberbullying in schools. She is the author of the Worrybusters series of books for anxious children.

Ms Margaret Thorsborne, Managing Director, Margaret Thorsborne and Associates

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.

Mr Dylan Chown, Research Fellow Centre, Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), School of Education, University of South Australia

Dylan Chown is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), School of Education, UniSA. He is a member of UniSA’s Centre for Research in Education and Social Inclusion (CRESI). Dylan’s research, teaching and engagement focuses broadly on social justice and inclusion and specifically on educational justice via culturally and religiously responsive pedagogies and Muslim learners. Complementing his current role, Dylan draws on twenty years of experience across diverse contexts in the field of education as well as extensive engagement in communities. In his educational practice, he was recognised by ACHPER with a Secondary Teacher Award for inspired program design and delivery in an Islamic school.

Dylan was also co-founder and co-manager of BlackBase – Youth Development and Mentoring Organisation (specialising in the delivery of Indigenous Games) under a prominent board of Brisbane Elders, receiving an award at the prestigious Premier Awards for Reconciliation. Dylan regularly presents at schools, places of worship, community festivals, conferences and prominent events in relation to greater understanding of Islam and Muslims for the promotion of social cohesion and positive shared futures.

Ms Hannah Wandel, Founder and CEO, Country to Canberra

Hannah Wandel is a social entrepreneur, equality advocate, and is the Founder/CEO of national non-profit Country to Canberra, which empowers rural girls to reach their leadership potential. In 2018, Hannah travelled 32,000km to reach over 3,500 girls in 80 bush communities to drive change.

Hannah’s efforts have seen her named the 2019 ACT Young Australian of the Year, one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review/Westpac, and represent Australia at the 2018 United Nations Commission for the Status of Women. Hannah has been a speaker at TEDxYouth and a Director on various boards. She also works as an adviser for the Commonwealth Government.

Ms Deborah Keenan, Director of Complaint Management, Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland

After her early career representing disadvantaged clients in the private and community legal sector, Deborah commenced work as a conciliator at the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland in 2006.  She has subsequently held the roles of Registrar of the former Anti-Discrimination Tribunal Queensland, Dispute Resolution Manager of QCAT, and since 2015 she has been Director, Complaint Services at the Anti-Discrimination Commission where she oversees the state-wide program for the fair, efficient and timely resolution of complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation, often involving significant power imbalances and vulnerable parties.  She has co-authored publications regarding conciliation and sexual harassment.

Dr Gary Persley, Consultant Psychiatrist, Currumbin Clinic; Healthecare

Dr Gary Persley is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at Currumbin Clinic. In his clinical practice he has pursued an interest in psychological medicine and promoting wellbeing .

In addition to training in general medicine and psychiatry he has extensive training in individual and group psychotherapy. He facilitates the Psychodynamic Group Program.

He has experience in the treatment of workplace injuries and also in providing independent medico legal opinions regarding workplace injury.

Currently he is collaborating with Dr Jacqueline Kinley from Halifax Nova Scotia to introduce a group program designed for resilience training.

Dr. Carlo Caponecchia, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Dr Carlo Caponecchia is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has a background in psychology and has taught safety at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over 12 years. His research interests are in Human Factors and safety, with a range of projects across industrial domains spanning psychosocial hazards at work, risk perception and management, and human error.

Carlo is the President of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) and a member of the Standards Australia Technical Panel which is currently dealing with the adoption of ISO 45001.

Invited Keynote Speakers

Mr Wayne Schwass, Mental Health Advocate, Pukaup