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GREG CHAPPELL, MBE

Greg played 87 Test matches and captained Australia 48 times. He retired from Test cricket in January 1984 as the highest run-getter in Australian Test history (7,110) surpassing the previous record held by Sir Donald Bradman (6,996). This milestone was achieved in his last Test appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he also set a new catching record for fieldsmen (122).

At his retirement, Greg also held the record for Australia for the most runs (380) scored in a single Test match. His total of 4 double centuries in Test cricket was second only, behind Sir Donald Bradman, for Australia, and he is the only Australian batsman since the Second World War to have scored a century before lunch in a Test match. He is the only Test captain ever to have achieved that feat.

He is the only Australian to score a century in each innings of a Test match on two occasions and the first Test captain to make a century in each innings of his first Test as captain (recently emulated by Virat Kohli of India). By scoring 182 in his last Test innings Greg became the only Test cricketer in history to score a century in his first and last Test innings.

Greg was honoured by the Queen in 1979 with an MBE for services to cricket, was named Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year in 1979 and was inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame in December 1986. In December 2000 Greg was named in the Australian Test Team of the Century, in February 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and in January 2003 was named Australia’s Fourth best cricketer ever behind Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne and Keith Miller. Greg was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in May 2003 and was named in the best Australian One-Day team in March 2007.

Since his retirement from cricket, Greg has served as a Board member with the Australian Cricket Board and Queensland Cricket and has served as a member of the Australian Cricketers Association Executive. Greg also served as an Australian cricket selector for five years from 1984-89 and again in 2010-11. He has also worked as a cricket commentator for Channel Nine, Optus Sports vision, World Tel, ESPN, bSKYb and ABC radio.

Greg Coached South Australia from 1998-2003 and was coach of the Indian National Cricket team from 2005-2007. Following his stint with India, Greg was the Director of Cricket at Rajasthan Cricket until June 2008 when Cricket Australia approached him to become head Coach at the Centre of Excellence. In October 2010 Greg was appointed as Cricket Australia’s National Talent Manager which included being the first full time selector.

Greg is also a best-selling author and in his spare time Greg is Patron of the LBW Trust ( lbwtrust.com.au ) and has been Patron of the Leukaemia Foundation of SA from 2000-2003, Trustee of the Leukaemia Foundation of Qld Capital Appeal from 1982-92 and a founding Board Member of the Leukaemia Foundation of NSW from 1995-96. Greg was also a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospital Foundation from 1980-92.

Greg is married with three adult children and has two grandchildren. He confines his active sporting interests to golf when he gets the opportunity. He is currently based in Brisbane.

 

GRIA SHEAD

Daughter of the renowned artist Garry Shead, Gria Shead studied at the National Art School, Sydney, where she was awarded first prize in both disciplines of drawing and printmaking, graduating in 1995.

Shead’s recent paintings deal with the stories of colonists and their lives. She acknowledges the courage and contribution of powerful women who forged the road to nationhood, producing rich works that speak to fundamentaly human concepts of love, longing, displacement and discovery.

Earlier works are concerned with interior spaces, evocatively depicting the character and charm rich within houses from a historic time period.

At the core of Shead’s paintings is a richness and vitality that has ensured her work is highly sought after. She has exhibited at various galleries around Australia and her work is held in major collections including the University of Sydney as well as in private collections in Australia, USA and the United Kingdom.

 

ANDREW GAZE, AM

Basketball superstar Andrew Gaze has been making a name for himself in the world of sports since the mid-80s, and now works as a commentator and public speaker. He is professional, witty, and known for spending just as much time mingling with guests as he does on the podium. Proud of his country as well as his career, his life stories and insights into the world of professional sports and public policies are a fantastic addition to events.

Considered one of Australia’s best known and most successful basketball players, Gaze has played in the Olympics four times, starting in 1984 and then again in 1988, 1992, and 2000. In his last stint in the Olympics, he acted as Team Captain for the Australian Team during the Sydney games, and was honoured as a Flag Bearer. All of these games combined have allowed Gaze to hold the Australian record for most Olympic Games by a basketball player, and earned him an AM in 2002.

Outside of the Olympics, he led the Melbourne Tigers to victory in the 1993 and 1997 Championships, and he made his NBA debut in 1994 with the Washington Bullets. Later in 1999 after being traded to the San Antonio Spurs, Gaze won the Championship along with his team. Since that time, he has won the NBL scoring title 10 times and has been awarded Most Valuable player by the same organization seven times. During his NBL career, Gaze played 612 games, in which he scored a total of 18,908 points, for an average of over 30 points per game.

LEHMO

Believe it or not, Lehmo started off his professional life as a Chartered Accountant. For many years – he says too many – Lehmo lived his life crunching numbers…until he found the world of entertainment. Now, Lehmo spends his time working as a stand-up comic, corporate comedian and MC, as well as entertaining the nation through his regular spot as one of the co-hosts on Network Ten.

Lehmo has just completed a lengthy stint as co-host of the TripleM national drive show with Wil Anderson and before that he was co-host of the highly successful breakfast radio show at SAFM in Adelaide, Milly & Lehmo. During this period Lehmo met and interviewed some of the biggest stars in the world including Dave Grohl, Pink, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Lewis, Bon Jovi, Juliette Lewis and the list goes on.

Lehmo is one of Australia’s most experienced and widely travelled comedians. Aside from regularly headlining the top venues in Australia, Lehmo’s extraordinary knack of making people laugh has seen him jet around the world to excite audiences in New York, London, Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Lehmo even made a special trip to the Middle East to entertain the troops and on his return, treated the Australian public to an exceptionally unique show, Christmas in Baghdad, relaying tales of flying in black hawks over Baghdad, meeting the troops, meeting the locals and staying in palaces once owned by Saddam Hussein. Lehmo has also entertained our troops in East Timor.

He has also performed to sell out shows in the highly acclaimed Adelaide Fringe Festival (2000, 2002 and 2004), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005) and the Edinburgh Fringe festival (1996 and 1997).

Lehmo recently broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour (549) beating the previous record by 50 jokes.

Lehmo has shared the stage with the likes of Kenny Kramer (the original Kramer), Damon Wayons, Rich Hall, Merrick & Rosso, Jimeoin, Greg Fleet, Ross Noble, Adam Hills, Wil Anderson and Dave Hughes.

Lehmo also played himself in a series of ads for XXXX beer which were shot in India and screened in the UK, is a regular guest on Good News Week and has appeared on Rove Live, The Glasshouse, The Fat and Stand Up Australia.

Having worked as a Chartered Accountant both in Australia and in London before taking up comedy full time, Lehmo is perfectly qualified to perform at Corporate Functions or prepare Corporate hoaxes.

GABRIEL GATÉ

Gabriel Gate is known as one of the most likeable and eloquent chefs and speakers on food and cooking in Australia and is in demand as an MC, guest speaker and demonstrator at wine and food festivals, special dinners and corporate functions.

Gabriel Gate trained as a chef and restaurateur in some of the best restaurants in France.

He is Australia’s best-selling male cookery author, his 19 cookbooks having sold well over one million copies. His most significant titles are ‘Good Food Fast’, ‘Good Food for Men’, ‘How to teach Kids to Cook’ and ‘A Guide to Everyday Cooking’.

Having presented cookery shows and recipes on television for the last 25 years, Gabriel is well recognised all over Australia.

His credits include ‘The Good Food Show’ (ABC) and ‘What’s Cooking’ (Ch 9), and he has worked with Bert Newton for the last ten years on ‘Good Morning Australia’ (Ch 10).

Gabriel broadcasts on food and cooking on ABC radio every week and has done so for many years.

He is available for voiceovers, and his delicious French accent is well loved.

Gabriel is ready to advertise and endorse quality products.

 

STEVEN BRADBURY, OAM

For a more than a decade Steven has been working with a professional speechwriter and a comedian to hone his presentation skills. Steven is an experienced and professional keynote motivational speaker, MC conference facilitator and after dinner entertainer.

Olympic Champion, Champion Speaker and genuine onstage entertainer is a unique skill set and OMG can Steven blow his own trumpet! Continuing to blow it, he also does stand-up comedy, (seriously, is there anyone else on the planet better known for standing up?) for conferences; keynotes; school awards nights; corporate dinners; Christmas parties; company safety or training days; sports nights; golf days and charity events. Steven is professional, down to earth, and loves to work with clients before an event to tailor to specific needs.

Transitioning from being an expert speed skater to an expert speaker has been an interesting ride over the last 10 years.

Steven has presented at over 800 conferences and events in 15 countries and still loves it. He loves the adrenalin before going onstage and loves that his strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help people.

His career highlights include four time Olympian; Southern Hemisphere’s first Winter Olympic Gold Medalist – Gold men’s 1000m – Salt Lake City and Australia’s first Winter Olympic Medalist – Bronze 5000m Relay – Lillehammer.

Steven is professional and easy to work with. He’ll fly economy class and drive his own rental car to save money for clients. After his presentation Steven will stay for dinner, photos, mix and mingle, for a long as it takes. He isn’t called the last man standing for nothing!

As well as being entertained and inspired you will leave with the knowledge that much of the prize is in the journey and success takes passion, persistence and teamwork.

‘Doing a Bradbury’ is officially in the Macquarie Dictionary. Steven’s success strategy can help teach your team how to put themselves in position to be the next to ‘do a Bradbury’

DR. ALLEN J. AYLETT, OBE

In a nation where sport is such a dominant aspect of the way of life, Allen Aylett has one of the country’s longest and most illustrious sporting careers – and a host of experiences and ‘behind the scene’ tales. His involvement with Australian Rules Football at the elite level spans 50 years – throughout which time much has changed thanks largely to Allen and his vision for the future of the game.

Elevated from the ‘colts’ to the senior side of the VFL’s North Melbourne whilst still a schoolboy at 17, an uncommon achievement in the 1950s, saw the start of what was to become a much heralded and successful playing career.

Allen’s skill was evident and earned him the protection of his teammates, North’s streetwise ‘Shinboners’ – arguably the toughest group of players collected at one time. His deceptive pace, great ball control and greater than average strength quickly established him as a North champion and, most say, one of the game’s greatest rovers.

Whilst also playing Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria, Allen kicked 313 goals in 220 games for his beloved Kangaroos (including the famous “Blue in the Race”). Allen was awarded Championship Player “The Syd Barker Medal” in 58,59 and 60 and captained the club between 61 and 64 and, represented Victoria 18 times in state-of-origin football, Allen was also the first Victorian to win the coveted Tassie Medal – Best Player in the Triennial State Championships.

After a second serious injury to his arm, Allen’s playing career was cut short to protect his professional life as a Dental Surgeon. Although this may have been premature, it merely started the next chapter of football involvement as a writer with the Sporting Globe and panelist on HSV7’s famous Football Inquest with the likes of Ron Casey and Mike Williamson.

Then, only a year after finishing his playing career, Allen continued his quest of bringing the VFL Premiership Cup to Arden Street for the first time and joined the Board of the North Melbourne FC and was elected President in 1971 – the youngest to hold such a position in football history. Allen gathered about him a team that was, over the next five years, to re-define football administration and drive, not only North Melbourne, but the entire league to a level of professionalism and business focus never seen before.

Under Allen North were the pioneers – introducing initiatives such as paid sponsorships, corporate entertainment and other marketing bonanzas such as the Grand Final Breakfast that still exist 30 years later – setting the standard for all other clubs to follow. This and smart recruiting and football management, saw “poor old North” in 1975 win their first ever Premiership after 46 fruitless years in the competition and become the powerhouse of the VFL – dominating on and off field throughout the 1970s.

In 1977, Allen, 42 years of age, was then elected by his peers at rival clubs to head the Victorian Football League. In his eight years as VFL President, Allen led a team that transformed the game and lay the foundations for what we now know as the Australian Football League.

These eight years saw a lot of action:

  • Playing host to royalty, government dignitaries, icons and celebrities from around the world
  • Heated battles with the Victorian Cain Government and tussles with the Melbourne Cricket Club
  • The birth of a truly national competition with South Melbourne’s move to Sydney
  • The introduction of Friday Night footy, Sunday games, live Grand Final telecasts and more
  • The foundation building of a sport’s marketing empire and self governed league – the AFL

Allen was given many honors during those years, most notably that of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for service to sport. And more awards since – inducted as an inaugural member of the AFL’s Hall of Fame, member of the Kangaroo’s Team of the Century, Australian Centenary Medal, Australian Sports Medal recipient and more recently Allen was inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Allen is a practicing Dental Surgeon, Chairman of the Carbine Club International Congress and member of the World President’s Organisation.

After 15 years of sitting on the interchange bench, Allen moved back into the spotlight in 2001 to once again, as Chairman, lead his beloved Kangaroos into a new and challenging era of football.

Allen retired from this position in February 2007.

PETER CUPPLES

My musical career was probably pre-ordained. Long before I was born, there was a musical history in my family. On my father’s side, his father played the fiddle, my grandmother played the piano, my uncle played the accordion, and dad played the mandolin. They had their own band and played colonial and Irish folk music at local dances.

My mother was a self-taught musician with an instinctive ear for a tune. We inherited an old piano, and Mum would play songs intuitively after hearing them on the radio. Growing up in the bush, my early musical experiences were our Saturday night parties. As we had the music, we had the parties, and after extracting some refreshment from an old wooden barrel, my father would insist on singing his favourite Al Jolson tune, Mammy. At other times he would bring out a saw, or a pair of spoons and start playing them while Mum would provide accompaniment on the piano.

Peter first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band, Stylus. Stylus released four albums, which included such hits as, ‘Summer Breeze’, ‘World of Make Believe’, ‘So Much Love’ and ‘Work Out Fine’ to name a few. Stylus became the first ‘all white band’ to be signed by the U.S. company, Tamala Motown and had moderate success internationally under the Motown label.

Stylus split in 1980 and Peter went solo achieving a top twenty hit with his first release, ‘Fear of Thunder’. ‘Blame it on the Weather’ was also a success not only for Peter, but also for John Farnham, as part of his re-emergence.

Peter became a regular on the Midday show after doing a song called ‘Happy Ending’ to close the opening of the entertainment centre in Sydney, a channel nine spectacular.

Peter became a regular with all variety shows, ‘Hey Hey it’s Saturday’, ‘Tonight Live with Steve Visard’, ‘I.M.T’, ‘G.M.A.’ (to this day) and performed fifteen years straight on Channel Nine’s annual Christmas Eve spectacular, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at the Myer Music Bowl.

Peter works with many charities, recently writing songs for the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ and the ‘Sacred Heart Foundation’. Peter also wrote the song ‘Best of the Best’ for the racing hall of fame, and the Kangaroo’s Team of the Century Tribute. Peter has played at many main events, but for him, none were bigger than when he opened for Frank Sinatra at Sanctuary Cove.

Peter has written and recorded many albums over the years and also has put Stylus back together from time to time over the years for live shows. In 2003, Stylus recorded a live album called, ‘Still Alive’ and then in 2005, Peter released ‘Bac2basix’ a real roots album filled with wonderful storytelling inspired by early Australian pioneers and growing up in country Victoria: containing such songs as ‘Pioneers’, ‘Family’ and the ‘Poor Man’s Al Jolson’.

In 2006 Peter put together a show with friend and college, Jon English called, ‘Uncorked’, a wonderful show of nostalgia and good humour which has been delighting audiences throughout Australia since.

In late 2007 Peter released ‘About Time’, an album of jazz standards, but with some very fine original arrangements included as well. These arrangements, just another example of his incredible versatility. ‘About Time’ was an instant success both here and overseas and saw Peter flying over to Japan in November of 2007 to perform at the Okazaki Jazz Festival.

AUSTINN (AUSSIE) JONES

Austinn “Aussie” Jones is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in the Australian Football League (AFL).

The 176 cm Jones played for the Collingwood reserves in the mid-1990s, but they were afraid to recruit him due to him weighing just 64 kilograms. “Aussie”, as he is more commonly known, refused to give up on his dream to play AFL football, and was recruited to St Kilda in the 1994 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 1995 still weighing in at the high 60s.

In 1996 and 1997, Jones established himself as one of the league’s better wingers/half-back flankers, with his pace and hard-running a big advantage for the Saints.

Jones played in St Kilda’s 1996 pre-season final winning side – the club’s first pre-season win.

Jones played in 22 of 22 matches in the 1997 home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL finals, winning the club’s second minor premiership. In 1997 he had a stellar year, Jones winning All-Australian selection.

In fact, Jones put the Saints in a very strong position, kicking a Goal of the Year contender with a magnificent long run and goal. At that stage the Saints had a comfortable lead and the Jones goal looked like the team would run away with the game. It was not to be, however, with the Saints forfeiting a half-time lead to lose the match.

Jones played in St Kilda’s 2004 pre-season final winning side – St Kilda’s second pre-season final win.

Jones career suffered from inconsistency in the following years, however in 2004, the first year St Kilda made the finals since 1998, Jones again won All-Australian selection and was back to his best. However Jones, even then, doubted whether he would be able to cope with the mental pressures of AFL football, and was even considering retirement.

In 2005 he suffered a major setback when he was dropped to the Victorian Football League midway through the year. Although he regained his form, Jones admitted that he was at his lowest ebb as a player at this stage. He fought his way back into the seniors and performed admirably during the Saints’ late-season charge into the top four.

Despite hinting at his retirement previously, it was a huge shock when Jones called it quits from the game with one year to run on his contract, and having just turned 29. He cited the mental pressures, more than the physical toll, as the reason for his retirement. In 2006 he was the contracted as the playing coach at country football club, the Narre Warren Magpies. His venture as coach was a successful one; in his first year as coach the team won the Casey Cardinia Football League grand final. Jones coached Narre Warren again in 2007.

Narre Warren, under the guidance of Aussie Jones in his last game as playing coach, won back to back premierships on 22 September 2007. He coached Gippsland Power in the 2008 TAC Cup season. In July 2012, Jones was appointed as head coach of the newly formed standalone VFL team Bendigo Gold, with his coaching stint to commence in Gold’s inaugural year as a standalone VFL side in 2013.

SAMANTHA DOWLING, BENDIGO BANK

Sam Dowling is a passionate HR professional and has worked with the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for nearly 4 years and currently in the role of Head of Organisational Capability.

With over 25 years experience in corporate markets across various industries working in HR, IT & change initiatives, Sam has worked in all areas of HR, Project Management, Workforce Analytics and management functions at strategic, advisory and operational levels.

Sam’s career highlights have been keeping her HR consultancy business running for 13 years in between having 4 children and securing a role in 2011, being appointed to Head of P&P Services in 2012 and then being selected for the bank’s inaugural Women in Leadership program in 2014.

Sam lives for her family & friends, challenging work, yoga, running and painting.

SHARYN MCKITTERICK, BENDIGO BANK

Sharyn McKitterick has worked for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for the past 12 years and prior to this time, spent 7 ½ years at home with her family.

During this time Sharyn has worked in Corporate Secretariat with the Bank’s Chairman and Directors and liaising with the directors and members for the Bank’s various boards and committees.

Sharyn was appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to the Managing Director in July 2009. This role has expanded her skill and knowledge base across the organisation and provided the opportunity to undertake the Secretariat function for the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Sharyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga and listening to live music.

 

PETER ZIGGY, FOUNDER 3P

Peter Ziggy is a holistic wealth creator, author and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of 3P Corporation, with the home office located in Melbourne.

Peter is one of a handful of financial advisors licensed to advise on all aspects of wealth creation … from property to shares and self managed super funds.

He has a passion for the human side of money and is driven by his organisation’s motto of Passion – People – Prosper.

Peter’s drive to simplify the process of wealth creation is manifested in his book, Money DOES Grow on Trees!

Wealth creation is a real privilege – you’re delving into all aspects of a person’s life – from wealth, health and relationships. I really enjoy hearing how people are doing life … their challenges, their celebrations and their disappointments – and to be part of their journey is the ultimate reward.