SESSION 1 is a showcase of selected educators, thinkers, doers and achievers.
A graduate of the Universities of Tasmania, Sheffield and Melbourne, David has been instrumental in developing health policy initiatives. His major fields of research concern the locality drivers of innovation and leadership in the public, private and community sectors. He has published extensively in public policy and management focusing on local governance and its links to innovation and wellbeing.
Dirk Baltzly is Professor of Philosophy at University of Tasmania and Adjunct Professor (Research) at Monash University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Ohio State University and a second PhD in Classics from Monash University. One focus of his research on the late Roman Empire has been the question of paideia or ‘higher education’.
John Daley is the inaugural Chief Executive of Grattan Institute, which provides independent, rigorous and practical solutions to Australia’s most pressing public policy issues. John’s work at Grattan Institute has focused on economic and budgetary reform with a particular interest in government prioritisation. He has 25 years’ experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate roles.
Elizabeth Daly is a semi-retired senior educator with over 50 years of experience in the education sector as a teacher, principal and senior superintendent. She has acted as Commissioner for Children, worked and volunteered in the community sector with the Smith Family and Colony47 and is currently Chair of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and Youth Futures Inc.
Saul Eslake has almost thirty years’ experience as an economist working in the Australian financial markets, including 14 years as Chief Economist at ANZ and, more recently, 3 years as Chief Economist (Australia and New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also worked for the Grattan Institute and runs his own consulting business.
A musician and media artist who works with young people in remote or regional communities and in tough urban environments, Leon has used art and technology to incentivise attendance and improve literacy. He is currently lecturing at Murdoch University in using tablet technology to deliver the new national arts curriculum in music and new media.
A passionate early childhood educator for 22 years, David has worked in various government and independent schools, including a period of time as Director of the Early Learning Centre at Canberra Grammar School. He is currently convenor of the Tasmanian Reggio Emilia Network and is a recipient of a National Excellence in Teaching Award for innovation in Early Childhood.
Ian has been teaching for over 20 years. His current role at TasTAFE is teaching students from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds and has seen him be a vocal advocate for an intensive English language centre for youth from Culturally Linguistic and Diverse Backgrounds (CALD). He currently coordinates the Young Migrant Adult English Program (Y-MEP) at TasTAFE.
Helen’s passion is the value that authentic engagement with social justice and global perspectives can bring to improving learning outcomes, for both employability and citizenship. Her role has involved developing and delivering a uniquely Tasmanian diversity education program that aims to make schools safer and more inclusive environments. Helen’s diverse background includes experience and qualifications in education, social science and accounting.
A regular contributor to public discourse on Tasmanian identity and history, Greg has spent most of his life encouraging the recognition and understanding of Tasmania’s Aboriginal culture and heritage. He has served on a number of boards and is currently Research Associate at the Australian National University’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, investigating the role of deficit discourse in educational outcomes.
Nick came to the Beacon Foundation after a successful career working with young people in a range of high performance and community coaching and management positions. The Beacon Foundation assists youth from around the state by partnering with secondary schools to engage business and industry to play a stronger role in assisting schools with their education.
James spent five years at the HITLab teaching courses in virtual reality, augmented reality, entrepreneurship and video game design and went on to establish Bitlink – a technology consultancy and software development house. James also serves as a director of Startup Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation and networking group for Tasmanian entrepreneurs.
Michael’s main interests as a philosophy academic were reasoning in natural language and the philosophy of science, but most of his university career was spent in academic management. Today his interest is in improving opportunities and educational outcomes for young Tasmanians, strengthening support for education in all communities and breaking the acceptance that Tasmania will always lag behind the other states.
As CEO of the Youth Network of Tasmania – the peak body for the youth sector and young people in Tasmania, Joanna provides input into and responds to policy direction, advocates for the youth sector and lobbies for the needs and initiatives of young people. She has specific interests in the areas of education, homelessness, employment and youth justice.
Miriam has worked in the community sector, for the University of Tasmania, and for both local and state governments in public and environmental health, health promotion and primary health. Her roles have enabled her to work within local communities and at a population level to help improve and strengthen the determinants of health and wellbeing.
Alison is Deputy Director of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and leads its Public Health and Primary Care research theme. Her broad research interest spans the molecular and social determinants of health and as Director of the Tasmanian Cancer Registry and the Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit leads the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study.
SESSION 2 features the students, the young creative thinkers, the people who are next in line to pick up the challenge.
In his current role at the University of Tasmania, and through his practice, Simon Ancher Studio, Simon has developed his own furniture range as well as undertaking commission work including public art and seating. His current focus has seen a shift to more collaborative work and finding ways to upscale production and deal with the manufacturing end of making furniture.
Sam came to Tasmania five years ago from South Africa. She is currently studying computing with a focus on the field of user experience, while also working as Practice Manager at a physiotherapy clinic.
Talitha is passionate about uncovering youth aspirations and potential. Graduating from the University of Tasmania with a combined Bachelor of Business and Arts, Talitha’s current roles as Beacon’s Southern Business Engagement Manager and Acting Tasmanian Director of Oaktree has seen her facilitate interactive leadership and work readiness sessions for hundreds of young Australians.
After graduating from the University of Tasmania with a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws with a science major in pure mathematics, Michael became a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property and privacy law. Michael is on the board of the Hobart Community Legal Service and has a long history with by-youth, for-youth programs.
A year 10 student at Ogilvie High School, Juliah is passionate about education. Juliah participates in a program called Big Picture, which facilitates workplace internships where she studies a topic using research and hands-on activities. Her plan is to work in the area of science and medicine in a field that impacts on the lives of other people.
Being extremely passionate about equality, inclusion and advocacy within the community, Alyssa studied disability at TasTAFE. On graduation she was offered the role of Community Sports Link Coordinator for Special Olympics Tasmania, delivering fun, inclusive and friendly sporting programs for individuals who live with a disability. Alyssa also works for disability service organisations as a support worker.
Lauren is studying a Masters by Research in Philosophy at University of Tasmania and working as a research assistant with the University of Tasmania Tasmanian Institute for Learning and Teaching. In addition, she works as a tutor at University of Tasmania for the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme and has also been working as a mentor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.
An Elizabeth College student, Dakoda also volunteers for local youth groups such as the Glenorchy Youth Task Force and is an ambassador for Youth Homelessness Matters Day. Dakoda hopes to become a freelance writer/journalist and believes that to make the world a better place, everyone needs to pitch in rather then turn a blind eye to what’s in front of them.
A Tasmanian-born dancer, choreographer and producer, Joshua is regularly engaged as a choreographer for professional, youth and community-based works. He formed youth dance company DRILL and regularly works for Tasdance, delivering their Education Performance Projects and DanceNET program in schools. Joshua has been awarded both the Bokprint Arts and Cultural Development Award and The Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award.
In a given week Adam might be helping young entrepreneurs kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential or teaching students to embrace innovation for problem solving. Adam is the 2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for his education endeavours as well as his work generating positive momentum in Queenstown.
Tegan has worked on many local and national youth-led projects to address key issues including mental health, drug and alcohol use. Tegan currently works at the Youth Network of Tasmania as the Policy and Project Officer of the Tasmanian Youth Forum, the peak consultative body for young Tasmanians that addresses a wide range of topics including education, employment and youth homelessness.
Nunami is a palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal)/warlpiri student at the University of Tasmania. Since 2012 Nunami has been the Indigenous Cadet at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, designing and producing Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural and historical educational resources and public programming. She is passionate about the education of the wider community on Tasmanian Aboriginal history, heritage and culture.
Briar is in year 12 and is passionate about youth representation and advocating for equality and human rights. She has been involved in the Youth Network of Tasmania and Model United Nations programs and has also been involved in the Youth Parliament program for the last 3 years. Briar hopes to eventually work as a human rights lawyer or neuroscientist.
A University of Tasmania graduate with First Class Honours in Engineering, Lauren is currently working as part of a CSIRO eHealth project. A keen science communicator and senior member of the University of Tasmania STEM Education and Outreach Team, Lauren has been a part of Young Tassie Scientists, as well as a number of University and Inspiring Australia school outreach programs.
Samantha graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Public Relations. Nominated for an internship with a regional newspaper company in Australia, Sam secured a full-time position with the Huon Newspaper Company. Samantha is also Chairperson for the Huon Valley’s Beacon Foundation’s Business Partnership Group, working with local businesses and schools.
SESSION 3 represents the voice of the public, as chosen by the people of Tasmania.
Tony Richardson is an experienced facilitator, consultant, author and public speaker. He works in communities and organisations that are trying to improve their whole system. He operates out of a belief that where leaders are committed to this, are prepared to involve everybody and don’t need to control and know everything, the capacity of people to increase good sense, humanity, value and output is ‘damned near infinite’.
A team of ‘Rovers’ helped turn conversation into action by providing information that drew on their area of experience. Led by Matt Fishburn, Managing Director Clemenger/OMD Tasmania and Marcus Murphy, Creative Director Clemenger Tasmania, the Rovers’ skills encompass a range of disciplines including:
This background was prepared by accomplished Tasmanian journalist and experienced communications consultant Mike Lester. He has done so with input and guidance by University of Tasmania academic leaders and researchers, along with the Hothouse partners and sponsors.