Resilience. 2021. Speakers.

Steven Bradbury


Speed Skater Steven Bradbury collected the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics. Australia’s first Winter Olympic Gold medal! 

Steven tells an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and life-threatening injuries and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success.

Last Man Standing: Tuesday 12 October  @ 9:00am


Charlotte Thaarup-Owen

Director  of The Mindfulness Clinic. Dip Mediation (London University), DipArtThy (London University) MBSR, MBEAT, CBMT. 

Charlotte Thaarup is one of the pioneers of Mindfulness within Australia, having trained hundreds of psychologists in Mindfulness, many business leaders, as well as individuals from all walks of life.  Her ‘Mindfulness@Work’ program and her ‘Mindful Leadership program’ are some of the first corporate mindfulness programs within Australia.

 Over ten years ago she offered professional development for psychologists in mindfulness as retreats in Bali and there have been many retreats since!

 Charlotte has over 20 years of experience in facilitating change and personal and interpersonal development as well as leadership training and 360 feedback. For the past ten years, she has been facilitating Mindfulness as retreats, workshops, and coaching. She is also contributing to Newcastle University’s new Executive MBA with Mindful Leadership.  She contributes to academic writing on Mindfulness and is often described as the ‘real deal’. 


Stephen Lynch


Stephen Lynch is a solicitor specialising in the passenger transport sector.  He has consulted to a wide range of transport organisations including Transport for NSW, BusNSW, the NSW Taxi Council and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 

Stephen was responsible for developing many of the documents used by TfNSW as part of the bus operator accreditation scheme and has assisted bus operators and community transport operators with BOAS and other compliance-related projects.


Barbara Wise

Transport for NSW

Barbara is the Executive Director, Transport Partnerships in the new Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division of Transport for NSW. A key part of her role is to help shape the strategic direction for public transport services in regional and outer metropolitan NSW, to unlock the integrated, multi-modal potential identified in Future Transport 2056.

Prior to moving to the Regional and Outer Metropolitan Division Barbara was the inaugural NSW Point to Point Transport Commissioner – the regulator for taxis, hire cars, and rideshare services established by the NSW Government’s point to point transport reforms, which she played a key part in developing and implementing. In 2019 Barbara received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for her outstanding public service to transport reforms in New South Wales.

She has previously worked as a regulator, in policy and planning and in service delivery in transport in NSW and has twenty years of experience across Federal and State Government, specialising in transport and education policy.


Lyn Phillipson

A/Prof School of Health and Humanity University of Wollongong

A/Prof Lyn Phillipson is an award-winning public health academic who engages in research and action to promote aged and dementia friendly communities. In 2018, she was appointed as a World Health Organisation – International Federation on Ageing – Age Friendly Mentor. 

Her collaborative research activities support local action across the 8 domains of the WHO framework including: improving the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and community support and health services. 


Prof. John Nelson

Chair in Public Transport, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney.

Prof John Nelson holds the Chair in Public Transport, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), University of Sydney, a renowned international centre for the latest thinking on the crucially linked areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management.

From 2007-2019 he was the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR). Before moving to Aberdeen, he was Professor of Public Transport Systems in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility. He is active in the ITS community and served as Scientific Director for the 11th ITS European Congress (June 2016).

Currently, he is a member of the ITS Australia MaaS National Reference Committee and the newly established ASCE Technical Committee on MOD and MaaS. John is Series Editor for Routledge’s Transport and Mobility and Transport and Society book series and an Editorial Board member of several leading journals. He is a co-author of Understanding Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Past, Present and Future (Elsevier, May 2020) and co-editor of Urban Form and Accessibility (Elsevier, December 2020) and The Routledge Handbook of Public Transport (Routledge, May 2021).

Rebecca Richardson

Director of Home Aged Care Reform in the Department of Health.

Rebecca’s key focus is designing the new in-home care program, which would bring together the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and the Home Care Packages Program, in the context of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report.

Previous roles within the Department that Rebecca has held include: Director of Home Support (CHSP) Policy and Director of Health (General Practice) Training.

 Prior to working in the Department of Health, Rebecca worked at the government-funded company General Practice Education & Training – as General Manager of Program Improvement & Workforce, Chief Information Officer, and General Practice Workforce & Training Advisor. In Rebecca’s early career she worked for a small LPG transport company while undertaking tertiary studies.

 Rebecca has a Degree in Information Technology (Information Systems) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors Course).


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