Meet our 2022. MC.

Terry Chenery

Master of Ceremonies

Terry is an Anaiwan man who has a 30 year career in both the Government and Non-Government sectors and is the owner and Managing Director of Altitude Strategies.

He has a distinguished career in law, governance, lecturing, investigations and business.  Having been a police officer, youth worker, probations and parole officer, Senior Investigator for the NSW Ombudsman, Advisor to Ministers and Premiers as well as the Head of Legal, Land And Culture, Terry now run his own business improving Corporate Governance and internal Quality Systems.

With qualifications in law, leadership and management, and Quality Auditing, Terry’s business specialises in the Not-For-Profit sector, improving efficiencies to ensure communities and individuals are able to access the services they need.

A father of two daughters and one fur baby, a failed footballer, a believer in being nice and looking for the good in people, please welcome the semi-professional, part-time amateur MC, Terry Chenery.


Aunty Joyce

Welcome to Country/Smoking Ceremony

I am Dharawal Wodi Wodi with strong ties to the Darug people.

With strong cultural ties in the Illawarra area from Laperouse to Geroa in the south.

Having moved to Coomaditchi in the 1970s, some of my work had included:

1982 – Instrumental setting up first Ams From tent at Coomaditchi.

1983 – 24 years in Aboriginal Health.

1989 – Graduated in Aboriginal Health Aboriginal Studies, Cumberland College.

1995 – Graduated Enrolled Nurse.

2007 – Coordinated marches on the coast to take taboo off the subject of abuse in Aboriginal communities.

2007 – Reconciliation human rights award for the development of Narinya grief and trauma healing workshops UTS  University Department of Diversity.

2008 – Australian of the Year Awards NSW Local Hero’s.

 An ongoing strong advocate for all people and referring to appropriate services.


Neil Reilly

Mayor, Kiama Municipal Council

Neil has represented the Kiama community as a local councillor since 2008. During this time, he served as a board member of the Kiama Board of Tourism, IRIS and the Kiama Community College. In addition, Neil’s board experience also includes non-executive directorship of ITSOWEL – an Illawarra based, non-profit community organisation, committed to supporting persons of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
As part of his background work for more effective local government, Neil has post-graduate qualifications in International Relations, and he undertook LGNSW’s Executive Certificate for Elected Members. Neil also studied with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course for Local Government and is now a member of AICD.

Historically Neil’s working life has been in the field of advertising and marketing, with a three-year stint with the Australian Defence Force as a gunner with 8/12 Medium Regiment in the early seventies.

Neil was elected as mayor, by his fellow councillors in 2022.

Neil is married to Wendy and they have three adult children.

Resilience. 2022. 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 16 March  @ 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’. 


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).

Anthony Wing

Point to Point Transport Commissioner

Anthony Wing is the Point to Point Transport Commissioner – the regulator for taxis and hire vehicles (including rideshare) in NSW.

As Commissioner, Anthony is responsible for administering and enforcing point to point transport laws to improve safety and contribute to the creation of a more adaptive, innovative and competitive market for the whole industry. His focus is on promoting a culture of accountability for safety across the industry.

The Commissioner is supported by the Point to Point Transport Commission, which ensures industry is complying with their safety obligations and wider requirements of the Act and Regulation through safety auditing, advisory visits, education campaigns, on-road compliance and investigations.


Keith Whelan

The Grants Guy

Specialising in grants, tenders and funding consultancy, Keith Whelan provides high level assistance to local, State and Federal Government, not for profit organisations and private enterprises, in planning for and accessing extra income streams.

Keith develops Grants Project Management Plans, Grants Calendars and Funding Strategies, enabling organisations to approach grants and tenders in a proactive manner. His plans and strategies provide a structured and strategic approach to obtaining extra funding for the progression and completion of projects.

Keith has worked in the grants and philanthropy sector in Ireland and Australia, across both the public and private sector. He presently works with a number of companies across Australia in developing their respective corporate social responsibility strategies, social enterprise and social procurement strategies.

He has consulted with and taught at a number of Universities in Australia such as ANU Canberra, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, UTS, University of Newcastle, Macquarie University and Massey University in New Zealand. He presently facilitates courses for research staff at these universities in how to attract funding through grants, crowd funding, PAF’s, trusts and bequests.

He has also worked with the likes of NSW Health, Caltex Australia and ADCO advising on their respective tendering processes for commercial contracts.

Charlie Robinson

Corporate Companion

Charlie Robinson has been Company Secretary/Governance Advisor to a range of charities in the disability, aged care, health, education, and research sectors for over 20 years. He has assisted organisations with funding reviews and governance reviews. He has delivered training courses and programs on the application of corporate governance in an organisation; highlighting the practical aspects of getting corporate governance right.


He has been in Business Manager/Chief Administration Officer roles which included being a Company Secretary as part of that role and had responsibility for financial, legal, risk, commercialisation and administrative matters.

In addition, he developed systems to capture information to enable these organisations to understand their activities and also how to demonstrate benefit to company members, government, stakeholders, and other interested parties.

Karen Stace

National Disability Service

Karen is the Senior Manager for State and Territory Operations with National Disability Services (NDS).

Commencing in the NDIS trial site in NSW, she has been active in supporting the disability sector understand the implications of, and adapt to, the evolving operating environment bought about by the NDIS for the past 8 years.
Karen has a Master’s of Business Leadership and over 20 years in senior management roles in the community sector and was the CEO of a disability service prior to joining NDS in 2013.

Julia Atkinson

Policy Director, Support at Home Program, Commonwealth Department of Health

Julia Atkinson is the Policy Director for the Support at Home Program at the Commonwealth Department of Health. Julia joined the department in 2020. She has been working in public policy for about ten years, most recently in economic policy at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Jenni Petersen, David Tooze, Tathia Shield Wells

Point to Point Commission – Workshop

Jenni Petersen is the Director Compliance at the Point to Point Transport Commission. With qualifications in law, behavioural science and alternative dispute resolution, Jenni’s career spans 30 years of leading multidisciplinary investigative and legal teams, successful stakeholder engagement and change management. Jenni now oversees the Audit, On-street Inspections and Investigations Teams that make up the Commission’s Compliance branch.


David Tooze is the Director Operations at the Point to Point Transport Commission. David has over 25 years’ experience administering government regulatory schemes and industry led accreditation schemes. He has commissioned many successful I.T builds and developed on-line interactions focusing on the customer needs and outcomes. Following a two year stint in the private sector where he was involved with reforms to the travel industry and led the national travel accreditation scheme, he re-joined the NSW Government in 2016. David has held many senior roles throughout his career in both the government and private sectors.


Tathia Shield Wells is the acting Principal Manager, of the Engagement & Education branch at the Point to Point Transport Commission. Tathia has over 25 years’ experience leading education and engagement teams and projects in both the government and not for profit sectors. Before working with Transport for NSW, Tathia primarily focused on educational leadership and leading stakeholder engagement and communications for government funded projects across Australia.  Tathia values her work at the Commission, particularly working with industry stakeholders and delivering communications and education material that enables better compliance and safer passenger services. 

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