U3A Network Qld State Conference

U3A Network Queensland State Conference


Big things have small beginnings

U3A Network Queensland State Conference


Big things have small beginnings

Conference Speakers

The 2018 Conference will be held at The Sutton Centre, located at Level 1, 157-159 Sutton St. Redcliffe on Thursday 31st May 2018 and Friday 1st June 2018. (See map for location.)

Further Speaker information will be progressively added here as details become available.

William McInnes

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: William McInnes, Actor and Writer

William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television,comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.

William is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man's Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That'd Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea; co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays.

William will next be seen in the ABC's acclaimed series Rake.
Yvette D'Ath

Yvette D'Ath

Yvette is the State Member for Redcliffe, elected in 2014 and previously served as the Federal Member for Petrie between 2007 and 2013. She has long had an affinity with the local area; attending school at Redcliffe State High School, and living locally with her husband, a police officer, as they raise their two children.

Yvette is passionate about ensuring all children have access to quality education, that we have a strong public health system, improving training opportunities, protecting workers rights and supporting jobs in her community.

Yvette serves as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Leader of the House, and as a Member of the Committee of the Legislative Assembly.
Mayor Allan Sutherland

Allan Sutherland

A former Mayor of Redcliffe City, Allan was elected Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council in March 2008, re-elected in April 2012 and March 2016. In that time, he has guided the growth and development of one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas. His stewardship of the region has seen Moreton Bay consistently ranked as one of the top performing regions, and one of the most financially viable and stable councils in Queensland. Allan has spearheaded the delivery of major region-building infrastructure including the new Redcliffe Peninsula Line, and new university precinct currently underway and expected to open in 2020.
Sgt. Sarah Grayson

Sergeant Sarah Grayson

Sgt Sarah Grayson is originally from the UK and has been a front line police officer for over 24 years in a diverse range of fields and locations - from homicide and anti-terrorism work in London to crime prevention, community development and road safety in rural and remote Queensland.

Sarah's wealth of experience, knowledge and skills adds tremendous value to rural Queensland communities. She has a natural ability to form trusted relationships across culture and demographics. Sarah's integrity and easy rapport have enabled her to flourish in her outback Queensland policing role, and she loves every minute of it. Sarah's dedication has been acknowledged through the many projects she has initiated and delivered. In 2017 she won the QRRRWN Woman of the Year and Professional Woman of the Year, being recognised for all the community work she has engaged in. In 2016 she received two prestigious awards: the Qld Road Safety Award for Ongoing Commitment to Road safety, and the Australasian College of Road Safety for Innovation for her project Stay on Track Outback. She was also a finalist in the Queensland Police Service Award for Excellence for her Project WASTID Drug Ice Awareness.

Sarah also has a passion for fitness and is an avid boxer. She sees tremendous benefit in this sport, not just for her own personal fitness, but as a way to connect with others in her community. She ran the Charleville Blue Light Boxing Gym and held weekly classes for all ages and abilities. She believes in the value of getting physically active and sees boxing as having the power to break down barriers and unite people in a way little else can.

Sarah has recently relocated to Redcliffe for a sea change and the challenge of working with new community groups across the area.
Sean Keogh

Professor Seán Keogh, FRCP FRCS FIMC FCEM FACEM MBA

CEO and Medical Lead - Australian Air Medical Pty Ltd
Director - Emergency Dept Caboolture Hospital

Seán is a UK and Australasian trained and accredited Consultant in Emergency and Retrieval Medicine with 24 years of frontline air rescue, Emergency Room and major disaster experience. He holds additional postgraduate Fellowships in both Medicine and Surgery.

Trained as a trauma surgeon in Soweto, South Africa, Seán is also a leading expert in pre-hospital care. He reached international distinction after performing the first successful open heart surgery outside of a hospital setting in the world, on a North London street, while treating a stabbed heart victim during his tenure as Senior Physician on the London Air Ambulance.

A former Senior Consultant and Executive Director of Governance for CareFlight Queensland, Seán also acts as a State-wide Medical Coordinator for all Queensland aeromedical assets at the Queensland Emergency Coordination Centre in Brisbane. Further experience includes leading international teams following conflict and natural disaster in regions as diverse and demanding as Montserrat, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Burma, Haiti and Afghanistan. He is an acknowledged international authority on frontline emergency medical relief provision in disaster zones and austere environments.
Brian Randall

Brian Randall

Born in Brisbane. Undertook studies in economics and economic history at the University of Queensland and at the University of Chicago. Has worked in various places in the university, public and private sectors. A job as research officer (economics) at the NSW Parliamentary Library led him into the world of libraries. He has worked at the State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library of Queensland history but is now looking forward (happily) to an imminent retirement.
Liesl Fitzpatrick

Liesl Fitzpatrick

Liesl Fitzpatrick is Senior Manager, Education Licensing at Copyright Agency. She has worked in the creative licensing field for 13 years with various rights holders and broadcasters, including most recently as Senior Manager, Licensing ANZ at Sony Music Entertainment Australia. In her current role at Copyright Agency Liesl manages the licensing needs of a client base of more than 1,000 private education providers whilst promoting awareness of copyright compliance in the broader education sector.
 

Dean Welsh

Dean Welsh has been Group Leader of the Redcliffe State Emergency Service for the last two years. This role incorporates the management and Leadership of the Teams involved in Storm Damage Response, Land Search and Rescue, Flood Boat Operations and General Rescue. Dean ensures the teams are trained, fit and ready for deployment, these abilities come from nearly a decade with Emergency services and a majority of that time in a leadership role within Redcliffe SES. The Queensland SES is the lead agency in Storm Damage across the region and work closely with the Queensland Police for all Search and Rescue Operations.
 

Tracey Coles

Tracey commenced with the Office of Fair Trading in January 1989 and with Registration Services Unit in May 2004. Registration Services Unit is responsible for the registration and maintenance of incorporated associations, charities and cooperatives. She is responsible for the registration and maintenance of incorporated associations and charities. Her team consists of three areas, the first team is responsible for applications for incorporated associations, change of name and change of rules, the second team is responsible for the processing and assessing of annual returns, changes and processing of application to wind up an association and the third team is responsible for charity applications.
 

Scott Collins

Scott first started with the Public Trustee of Queensland at the Rockhampton office, then moved to Gladstone, Southport and finally the Redcliffe Office. He was recently appointed to the position of Regional Manager at Redcliffe, managing a team of approximately 40 staff. He has experience in all areas of the Public Trustee's core business, which includes Deceased Estates, Financial and Trust Management and Document making which includes the drafting of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney for the people of Queensland.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: William McInnes, Actor and Writer

William McInnes

William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television,comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.

William is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man's Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That'd Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea; co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays.

William will next be seen in the ABC's acclaimed series Rake.


Yvette D'Ath

Yvette D'Ath

Yvette is the State Member for Redcliffe, elected in 2014 and previously served as the Federal Member for Petrie between 2007 and 2013. She has long had an affinity with the local area; attending school at Redcliffe State High School, and living locally with her husband, a police officer, as they raise their two children.

Yvette is passionate about ensuring all children have access to quality education, that we have a strong public health system, improving training opportunities, protecting workers rights and supporting jobs in her community.

Yvette serves as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Leader of the House, and as a Member of the Committee of the Legislative Assembly.


Allan Sutherland

Mayor Allan Sutherland

A former Mayor of Redcliffe City, Allan was elected Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council in March 2008, re-elected in April 2012 and March 2016. In that time, he has guided the growth and development of one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas. His stewardship of the region has seen Moreton Bay consistently ranked as one of the top performing regions, and one of the most financially viable and stable councils in Queensland. Allan has spearheaded the delivery of major region-building infrastructure including the new Redcliffe Peninsula Line, and new university precinct currently underway and expected to open in 2020.


Sergeant Sarah Grayson

Sgt. Sarah Grayson

Sgt Sarah Grayson is originally from the UK and has been a front line police officer for over 24 years in a diverse range of fields and locations - from homicide and anti-terrorism work in London to crime prevention, community development and road safety in rural and remote Queensland.

Sarah's wealth of experience, knowledge and skills adds tremendous value to rural Queensland communities. She has a natural ability to form trusted relationships across culture and demographics. Sarah's integrity and easy rapport have enabled her to flourish in her outback Queensland policing role, and she loves every minute of it. Sarah's dedication has been acknowledged through the many projects she has initiated and delivered. In 2017 she won the QRRRWN Woman of the Year and Professional Woman of the Year, being recognised for all the community work she has engaged in. In 2016 she received two prestigious awards: the Qld Road Safety Award for Ongoing Commitment to Road safety, and the Australasian College of Road Safety for Innovation for her project Stay on Track Outback. She was also a finalist in the Queensland Police Service Award for Excellence for her Project WASTID Drug Ice Awareness.

Sarah also has a passion for fitness and is an avid boxer. She sees tremendous benefit in this sport, not just for her own personal fitness, but as a way to connect with others in her community. She ran the Charleville Blue Light Boxing Gym and held weekly classes for all ages and abilities. She believes in the value of getting physically active and sees boxing as having the power to break down barriers and unite people in a way little else can.

Sarah has recently relocated to Redcliffe for a sea change and the challenge of working with new community groups across the area.


Professor Seán Keogh, FRCP FRCS FIMC FCEM FACEM MBA

Sean Keogh

CEO and Medical Lead - Australian Air Medical Pty Ltd
Director - Emergency Dept Caboolture Hospital

Seán is a UK and Australasian trained and accredited Consultant in Emergency and Retrieval Medicine with 24 years of frontline air rescue, Emergency Room and major disaster experience. He holds additional postgraduate Fellowships in both Medicine and Surgery.

Trained as a trauma surgeon in Soweto, South Africa, Seán is also a leading expert in pre-hospital care. He reached international distinction after performing the first successful open heart surgery outside of a hospital setting in the world, on a North London street, while treating a stabbed heart victim during his tenure as Senior Physician on the London Air Ambulance.

A former Senior Consultant and Executive Director of Governance for CareFlight Queensland, Seán also acts as a State-wide Medical Coordinator for all Queensland aeromedical assets at the Queensland Emergency Coordination Centre in Brisbane. Further experience includes leading international teams following conflict and natural disaster in regions as diverse and demanding as Montserrat, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Burma, Haiti and Afghanistan. He is an acknowledged international authority on frontline emergency medical relief provision in disaster zones and austere environments.


Brian Randall

Brian Randall

Born in Brisbane. Undertook studies in economics and economic history at the University of Queensland and at the University of Chicago. Has worked in various places in the university, public and private sectors. A job as research officer (economics) at the NSW Parliamentary Library led him into the world of libraries. He has worked at the State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library of Queensland history but is now looking forward (happily) to an imminent retirement.


Liesl Fitzpatrick

Liesl Fitzpatrick

Liesl Fitzpatrick is Senior Manager, Education Licensing at Copyright Agency. She has worked in the creative licensing field for 13 years with various rights holders and broadcasters, including most recently as Senior Manager, Licensing ANZ at Sony Music Entertainment Australia. In her current role at Copyright Agency Liesl manages the licensing needs of a client base of more than 1,000 private education providers whilst promoting awareness of copyright compliance in the broader education sector.


Dean Welsh

Dean Welsh has been Group Leader of the Redcliffe State Emergency Service for the last two years. This role incorporates the management and Leadership of the Teams involved in Storm Damage Response, Land Search and Rescue, Flood Boat Operations and General Rescue. Dean ensures the teams are trained, fit and ready for deployment, these abilities come from nearly a decade with Emergency services and a majority of that time in a leadership role within Redcliffe SES. The Queensland SES is the lead agency in Storm Damage across the region and work closely with the Queensland Police for all Search and Rescue Operations.


Tracey Coles

Tracey commenced with the Office of Fair Trading in January 1989 and with Registration Services Unit in May 2004. Registration Services Unit is responsible for the registration and maintenance of incorporated associations, charities and cooperatives. She is responsible for the registration and maintenance of incorporated associations and charities. Her team consists of three areas, the first team is responsible for applications for incorporated associations, change of name and change of rules, the second team is responsible for the processing and assessing of annual returns, changes and processing of application to wind up an association and the third team is responsible for charity applications.


Scott Collins

Scott first started with the Public Trustee of Queensland at the Rockhampton office, then moved to Gladstone, Southport and finally the Redcliffe Office. He was recently appointed to the position of Regional Manager at Redcliffe, managing a team of approximately 40 staff. He has experience in all areas of the Public Trustee's core business, which includes Deceased Estates, Financial and Trust Management and Document making which includes the drafting of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney for the people of Queensland.