The Hon. Lindsay Tanner
Regarded as one of the former Government’s strongest economic thinkers, Lindsay Tanner helped to lead Australia through the Global Financial Crisis. A former lawyer, Lindsay has written extensively on economic and political issues, including six published books. He’s the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at Victoria University and is employed as a special advisor at Lazard.
David spent 25 years as an executive and director at Smorgon Industries before joining the Western Bulldogs AFL club as chairman for 16 years. He was the second-longest serving chairman in AFL history. He also chaired Family Business Australia for six years. David was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2000 for his contributions to health, social welfare and education, and to the Western Bulldogs. David is a brilliant speaker.
Glenn Cooper AM
With Glenn as the Chairman and Marketing Director of Coopers Brewing, the company was named the world’s top family business in 2011. It is also the only remaining family-owned large brewery in Australia. Glenn was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2002 and a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2005. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Australian Made Australian Grown organisation.
Christine Nixon APM
Christine was the first woman ever to become a Police Commissioner in Australian history. Leading the Victorian Police Force, she oversaw 14,000 staff and an annual budget of $1.7b. From March 2009, she chaired the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority before becoming an advisor in 2010. She has been appointed Deputy Chancellor of Monash University from 2014.
Major General Jim Molan AO DSC
Major General Molan led the allied forces into Iraq, with 300,000 people under his command. He also led the evacuation of Australian citizens from Jakarta and Bali during the collapse of the Suharto regime, and organised evacuations from East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit by the US government and the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government, in addition to being awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia and 2009’s Australian Thinker of the Year.
Louise is an expert on communications, leadership and body language, with one of her most popular topics being ‘Dealing with Difficult People.’ She was the highest ever ranked speaker at the CEO Institute and is listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women. Her aim is to give participants a greater awareness of how to express themselves more fully and avoid habitual patterns.
Geraldine Cox AM
After a high flying career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chase Manhattan Bank, Geraldine started the Sunrise Children’s Villages in Cambodia. They currently care for about 400 of the country’s poorest children, providing them with opportunities which would formerly have been impossible. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000.
Rob has trained members of the British SAS, FBI and members of Nelson Madela’s bodyguard team, and has provided security services to aid workers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds post graduate qualifications from the Australian Graduate School of Policing and is a former member of the Australian Defence Force. He’s an expert on providing intelligent alternatives to conflict.
Bill was the Australian Men’s Long Distance Swimming Coach in the late 1990’s, changing the team from an “I” culture to a “we” culture. His team included Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Michael Klim and Kieren Perkins. He was also the performance coach for the Sydney Kings basketball team during their three successive championships (2003 to 2005). He is considered to be one of the country’s most outstanding business presenters in the areas of building successful teams and improving individual performances.
Humanist of the Year in 2011, Leslie Cannold is a high profile ethicist, activist, author and media identity. She is an expert on ethical leadership, and was named as one of the top ten most powerful thinkers in Australia in the 2012 Power Index. She is a regular commentator on shows including The 7PM Project, Lateline, Q&A and the 7.30 Report.
Peter was the Chairman of Nine Entertainment Holdings (2011 to 2013) and Chairman of McDonald’s Australia (2005 50 2010). He has had a long career in fast moving consumer goods, and is regarded as an inspirational leader who gets results.
Best known for his appearances on The Gruen Transfer, Todd Sampson is the CEO of Leo Burnett, Australia’s top creative advertising agency. He was also a co-creator of Earth Hour which won the coveted Titanium at Cannes and Yahoo Chair for Innovation in 2011. The Australian Financial Review ranked him as the most influential advertising executive in Australia.
Sir Bob Geldof KBE
As well as being the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof was the founder of Band Aid and organiser of Live Aid, raising much-needed funds to combat the Ethiopian famine. He has twice been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was granted an honorary knighthood by the Queen.
General George Casey
General Casey was the 36th US Chief of Staff from 2007 to 2011. Prior to taking this role, he was the Commanding General of the Multinational Force in Iraq under George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2004 to 2007. He had 1.1 million people under his command and an annual budget of $200 billion. He is one of the most accomplished soldiers in US history and is an authority on strategic leadership.
Jeff Kennett AC
Jeff Kennett was the Premier of Victoria for seven years (1992 to 1999) and a member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years. After retiring from politics, he became the inaugural chairman of the national depression initiative, Beyondblue, and was the president of the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2011. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005.
After recovering from severe depression, Graeme Cowan became a director of R U OK? Day and creator of the R U OK? At Work program. He’s the author of Back from the Brink and Back from the Brink Too: Helping Your Loved One Overcome Depression. He has conducted studies into depression, resilience and workplace stress management and is the author of the report, The Elephant in the Boardroom.