Past Featured Speakers

Ms Julie Inman Grant, Commissioner, Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, responsible for coordinating and leading the country’s online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for-profit community.

Julie brings with her over 20 years of extensive experience in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

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, Founder & CEO, 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 child abuse images, 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 is a leader in the field of human behaviour with a spotlight on encouraging truth, reading body language and identifying signs of harmful deception.

Elly has equipped thousands of professionals, through workshops and seminars, to build stronger connections and better discern the truth in any given situation. The application of these skills is limitless – the most obvious being roles or situations where there is a higher likelihood of deceptive or dishonest behaviour.

Elly is driven by a passion to help people reduce the risk associated with believing a lie or disbelieving the truth and does this through sharing a wealth of tools, tips and techniques. 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 EIA Group and Paul Ekman International and draws from programs and research that has been pooled together over 40 years on the subject of human emotion, facial expressions and deception and include the science and research carried out by Dr Paul Ekman. Ekman is the author of many books on the subject and specialist consultant for the
FOX TV hit drama series ‘Lie To Me’ and scientific advisor to Pixar movie, ‘Inside Out’.

Elly has featured on TV, radio and in print and recently contributed to a ground breaking SBS documentary called The Truth About Racism, as the expert on reading emotion on the face.

A corporate rebrand in 2018 has expanded Elly’s reach in the world of Truth and Lies. Through TruthAbility, Elly is now collaborating with other experts in the field and is on a mission to expand access to valuable resources, interviews and content for those who are interested in growing their knowledge around these important topics.

Mr Peter Downs, General Manager, Play By the Rules

Peter is currently Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative that promotes safe, fair and inclusive sport.

Previously Peter was manager of the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit for 17 years and Assistant Director of the ASCs Integrity Unit for 2 years.

He is also founding Director of The Inclusion Club – a not-for-profit health promotion charity that shares models of best practice on inclusive sport to a world wide audience and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the hallmarks of inclusive practice in sport and recreation in the US, UK and Finland in 2014.

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 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