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CXBank$ will return in 2020

In 2020 CXBank$ will discuss the intersection of financial abuse, domestic and family violence, mental health and the impact of intergenerational trauma. We shift from a focus of awareness to accountability. Every person is significant.

We specifically look at the traumatic impact of bushfires, drought, floods and then the monumental impact of Covid19. How can we heal. What does financial safety look like?

Financial wellbeing impacts every sphere of life. CX Bank$ (CX = customer experience) is an online gathering that provides a unique opportunity for consumers, DV survivors, advocates, mental health professionals and the finance sector to come together working to make financial safety a right for everyone.

CXBank$ takes the format of an arts, conference and healing online gathering. We work to encourage a whole of community solution, to help business, government, consumers address the impact on human health within the framework of the social determinants of health. Recovery from DV and Financial Abuse must become a focus for the community.


Our Schedule

Plan Your Day


Panel #1 Discussion

10 AM

How is the banking, insurance and finance sector assisting those impacted from Financial Abuse recover and is it an adequate response to the scale of the issue?

Panel #2 Discussion

12 PM

What discussions and processes need to take place within systems and structures about the ethical application of AI to ensure it aides recovery and we adopt a do no harm approach?

Panel #3 Discussion
Climate Change

2 PM

What is the impact of Climate Change on those affected by Domestic and Family Violence, Financial Abuse and Mental Health?

Panel #4 Discussion Covid19


Where are we now? What needs to be done to support vulnerable communities?

Our Speakers In 2020

Movers & Shakers

Our speakers are all activists and influencers in either the Mental Health, Family and Domestic Abuse or Financial Services Sector. Check out their bios below to learn more, and make sure to save your spot by registering today. It's online and free to attend.


Ingrid Ozols AM

Moderator, Managing Director Mental Health @ Work

Ingrid Ozols, Senior Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne University, 2017 outstanding alumnus for the Australian institute of Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University, is also a 2016 Australian Human Rights Medal finalist, and an active workplace, and community, mental health and suicide prevention advocate, educator and peer supporter of more than 19 years, having been one of the original starters of what is now sadly an industry, and why mental health, suicide prevention and peer support is being talked about far more comfortably. 


Ingrid is the founder and managing director of Mental Health at Work (mh@work®) a consultancy aimed at improving workplace understanding of mental health, suicide prevention, resilience and creating supportive cultures. Through storytelling the lived experience of surviving her own suicide attempts and others, this organisation role-models, hope, possibilities through vulnerability, compassion and the power of social inclusion to everyone’s health and wellbeing. 

She contributes to mental health policy reform in Australia,  being the inaugural chair of beyondblue’s Consumer and Carer Lived Experience Network in 2001 and BDI’S CRESP Consumer and Carer Lived Experience Network for Research. Participating as a member of many national mental health and suicide prevention boards, committees, government advisory, university and research groups, and more recently, providing lived experience advice in digital mental health services.  

Ingrid travels the country and internationally speaking (and chairing) many conferences and workshops. 

Having appeared widely in Australian media and radio Ingrid shares her own journey of mental illness, being a suicide attempt survivor and recovery. 

Christine Morgan

 CEO National Mental Health Comission

Ms Christine Morgan is the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Advisor to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms Morgan was CEO of the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders and Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. In the not for profit sector, Ms Morgan was General Manager at Wesley Mission, over the areas of Corporate Services; and Community & Family Development. Prior to joining Wesley Mission, Ms Morgan was Executive General Manager responsible for managing the strategic direction and business unit effectiveness of the Wholesale, Broadband & Media Business Unit at Telstra.

  Dr. Allan Wade

Leading Authority - Interpersonal Violence

Allan Wade, Ph.D. lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, where he works as a family therapist, researcher, and consultant with a primary interest in addressing violence.  Dr. Wade works with individuals, couples, families, children, adults, communities and organizations where violence is at issue.  A leading authority on interpersonal violence, Dr. Wade provides training and supervision to forensic and human services professionals and conducts original research on institutional responses (e.g., courts, family law, media, criminal codes, child protection) to diverse forms of interpersonal violence.  Dr. Wade has written numerous articles and book chapters and recently co-edited the book, “Response-Based Approaches to Interpersonal Violence” (2016), published by Palgrave MacMillan

Dr. Nicola Sharp

CEO Surviving Economic Abuse

Nicola is an expert in economic abuse as it occurs within the context of coercive control. She has worked in the violence against women and girls (VAWG) sector since 2006 in policy-influencing and research roles.

In 2016, Nicola was made a Winston Churchill Fellow and travelled to the United States and Australia to explore innovative responses to economic abuse. It was her determination to ensure that women in the UK have access to the same responses that led her to establish Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA).

Nicola is also an Emeritus Research Fellow in the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University and a Visiting Senior Fellow in Social Policy at the School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Suffolk.

Jozica Kutin

Academic and Money Love Lab Curator

Jozica Kutin’s research focusses on (preventing) economic abuse in young adult relationships and developing relationship-based financial capabilities. She has a PhD in Economics, Finance and Marketing and a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. She is a researcher in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. With her background in forensic psychology Jozica has worked in diverse research areas such as asthma epidemiology, prisons, drug and alcohol, and youth services.

Thesis: Thesis title: Exploring how economic abuse manifests in young adult relationships.  Available at https://researchbank.rmit.edu.[removed]au/view/rmit:162761

Here are the links to my papers:

Kutin, J., Reid, M., & Russell, R. (2019). Special World Social Marketing Conference edition. What is this thing called money? Economic abuse in young adult relationships. Journal of Social Marketing, 9(1), 111-128. doi: 10.1108/JSOCM-03-2018-0028


Kutin, J., Russell, R., & Reid, M. (2017). Economic abuse between intimate partners in Australia: prevalence, health status, disability and financial stress. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3), 269-274. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12651


Kutin (2019) Exploring how economic abuse manifests in young adult relationships. Available at https://researchbank.rmit.edu.[removed]au/view/rmit:162761

I’m currently working with developing a web based toolkit for young adults with YLab and Today Design (see: Interviewed by Rochelle Senerviratna, Producer at Today Design https://today.design/essays/[removed]young-love-and-money-a-[removed]balancing-act and see

Video from Ylab https://vimeo.com/347488566)

Amani Haydar

Artist, Lawyer, Family Violence Survivor

Amani Haydar is a lawyer, artist, writer and mum based in Western Sydney. Amani Haydar lost her mum,
Salwa Haydar, to domestic violence in March 2015. Amani’s father was convicted for the murder in

Since then Amani has gone on to use her legal background and creative skills to advocate for the
health, safety and wellbeing of women.
A large portion of Amani’s advocacy takes place on a volunteer basis and focuses on building access to
justice and equality for women who face structural barriers. Amani has served as an executive board
member at Bankstown Women’s Health Centre since late 2017 contributing to the governance and
direction of the organisation which provides essential supports to local women, including counselling
and casework for survivors of abuse.
Using storytelling and personal experience, Amani encourages the public to think critically about gender-
based violence and respond compassionately to victims and survivors. In 2018, Amani was selected as a
finalist in the Archibald Prize, for her self-portrait Insert Headline Here which tells the story of three
generations of women in Amani’s family.

Amani’s has delivered talks and workshops to young people,
professionals, frontline workers and community groups about violence against women.

Amani’s writing and illustrations about violence and abuse, with a focus on the experiences of culturally
and linguistically diverse women, have been featured in SBS Voices and ABC News. Amani is also an
artist with Sweatshop Western Sydney and a contributor to the Arab Australian Other anthology
published by Picador in 2019. In August 2019, Amani launched an exhibition at Fairfield City Museum
and Gallery which delves further into themes of intergenerational trauma and the effects of
displacement and violence on women’s lives. Amani was recently awarded Law Society of NSW Just Art
Artist’s Choice Award for a series of artworks about gender-based violence.

Amani Haydar is a lawyer, artist, writer and mum based in Western Sydney. Amani Haydar lost her mum,
Salwa Haydar, to domestic violence in March 2015. Amani’s father was convicted for the murder in
2017. Since then Amani has gone on to use her legal background and creative skills to advocate for the
health, safety and wellbeing of women.
A large portion of Amani’s advocacy takes place on a volunteer basis and focuses on building access to
justice and equality for women who face structural barriers. Amani has served as an executive board
member at Bankstown Women’s Health Centre since late 2017 contributing to the governance and
direction of the organisation which provides essential supports to local women, including counselling
and casework for survivors of abuse.
Using storytelling and personal experience, Amani encourages the public to think critically about gender-
based violence and respond compassionately to victims and survivors. In 2018, Amani was selected as a
finalist in the Archibald Prize, for her self-portrait Insert Headline Here which tells the story of three
generations of women in Amani’s family. Amani’s has delivered talks and workshops to young people,
professionals, frontline workers and community groups about violence against women.
Amani’s writing and illustrations about violence and abuse, with a focus on the experiences of culturally
and linguistically diverse women, have been featured in SBS Voices and ABC News. Amani is also an
artist with Sweatshop Western Sydney and a contributor to the Arab Australian Other anthology
published by Picador in 2019. In August 2019, Amani launched an exhibition at Fairfield City Museum
and Gallery which delves further into themes of intergenerational trauma and the effects of
displacement and violence on women’s lives. Amani was recently awarded Law Society of NSW Just Art
Artist’s Choice Award for a series of artworks about gender-based violence.

Margo Lydon

CEO Superfriend

Margo has been working in mental health and suicide prevention for more than 19 years. She has extensive experience in leadership, business growth and strategic partnership management. Margo’s energy and dedication to her role is underpinned by her strong belief that SuperFriend provides unprecedented opportunities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the millions of Australians who belong to ‘profit to member’ superannuation funds.  

Margo holds a Master of Science, Positive Organization Development and Change from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. Margo also holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Marketing) from University of Queensland.

Margo represents SuperFriend on a number of nationally recognised strategic alliances including; the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration, Leading Well Queensland Collaboration, Positive Psychology Institute of Australia Advisory Panel, Shared Value Project and Roses in the Ocean’s Sector Advisory. 

Margo is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Beta Gamma Sigma. Margo was a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Victoria) in the “For Purpose and Social Enterprise” category.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Ambassador For ASIC's moneysmart.gov.au

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is on a mission to get Aussies savvy, solvent then financially secure.

You may have caught her talking jargon-free, ‘smart’ money on Channels 7, 9, 10, the ABC or Sky Business… indeed she’s been interviewed by David Koch, Samantha Armytage, Ross Greenwood, Lisa Wilkinson, Michael Rowland, Carrie Bickmore and Sarah Harris, to name a few!

Or perhaps you’ve read her ‘Nicole Helps’ or ‘Money Mentor’ columns in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times or WA Today, where she’s been an award-winning consumer writer – appearing alongside Noel Whittaker – for the past 15 years.

Maybe you’ve even attended an event featuring Nicole – she’s given keynotes as far afield as the United Kingdom and United States, including at the mass-audience ‘World Money Shows’.

Here in Australia, she’s delivered speeches to associations, charities and corporates alike. And the Australian Government routinely asks Nicole to MC events for MPs and Senators at Canberra’s Parliament House, where she’s introduced such heavyweights as the governor of the Reserve Bank and the chairman of ASIC.

Meanwhile, in the almost-decade she was an editor with the Australian Financial Review, Nicole was MC or facilitator for dozens of its events around the country.

You might have heard Nicole called “Australia’s first lady of personal finance”, named as one of Canstar’s 23 finance experts you should follow on Twitter or listed among finder.com.au’s ‘Wonder Women of Wealth’. Maybe you’ve seen her in the Who’s Who of Australian Women for the past 15 years.

Or possibly you’ve watched Nicole’s videos. She is a presenter and ambassador for ASIC’s financial literacy initiatives at moneysmart.gov.au, with Scott Pape and Paul Clitheroe. She also produces her own ‘Flash Briefings’ to keep followers informed and has donated a 5-week S.M.A.R.T. Money Makeover to the world.


Or perhaps she’s visited your child’s school. Nicole’s dearest love is travelling the country delivering the Smart Money Start financial literacy presentation she was prompted to develop five years ago, to graduating students. She has a special presentation just for young women.

Or maybe you’ve heard the episode of the ABC podcast The Pineapple Project, presented by comedian Claire Hooper, that features Nicole’s personal experience of paying off her mortgage by age 36.

She’s now written the book – literally – on how to do it, which features the real-life stories of more than a hundred other debt-free and focused Aussies: How to get mortgage-free like me. Because she wants everyone to be able to do the same.

Nicole has met and mixed with many of Australia’s movers, shakers and money policy makers. And she knows how to cut through it all… to speak in dollars and sense.    

Sangeeta Venkatesan

Executive Chairman FairVine Super


Prior to joining FairVine, she was the CEO of APP Securities, an investment banking and stock broking company based in Sydney, and the only female CEO of a stock broking company in Australia till date. 

Sangeeta has held other senior positions including the Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Foreign Exchange Division at CBA. She also represented the bank at various Australia-China financial collaboration dialogues including “Australia-Week-in-China” in April 2016 led by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, and co-authored a book titled “The Renminbi – from the Peoples’ Money to a Global Currency” focusing on the evolving Chinese economy and financial liberalisation, and opportunities for both Australian and Chinese companies that trade or invest across the Australia-China corridor. 

She played a significant role in integrating the erstwhile Lehman Brothers’ business into Nomura and represented the firm at The International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Committee and Association for Financial Markets in Europe’s (AFME) Credit Board. 

Sangeeta is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Angela Kim

WAI Ambassador Education, For Australia

 Angela is an Analytics Lead of Zurich Insurance with more than 15 years’ experience in banking and insurance industry.

In 2018, Angela and her team won the Data Science & AI National Industry Awards for “Best Industry Application of AI for AI & Data driven Underwriting Engine” through a collaborative ANZ Wealth & UTS project. Angela works with STEM class in high school, Women in Business in NSWU and Women in technology at Macquarie bank to promote diversity and inclusion in technology and fairness in algorithm.   

Angela is a Women in AI Ambassador for Australia, the non-profit organization based in France and sits in the global AI in Ethics Council. Angela is a founder of est.ai and the first project is building a product to detect bullying, drug usage, suicidal and mental health wellbeing in the social media and the group chat for parental guidance.

Sue Murray

CEO Zero Suicide Institute Of Australasia

Sue Murray is a health promotion advocate dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all people.

Throughout her career she has focused on health for the community having led several organisations focused on education, cancer control, chronic disease and suicide prevention. She has expertise in organisational development, education, communications and income generation.

Formerly with Suicide Prevention Australia, Sue now leads the Zero Suicide Institute of Australasia which advocates for local implementation of two programs. The first is Zero Suicide Healthcare, which supports the healthcare system understand and more effectively manage those who are vulnerable to suicidal behaviour. The second is Crisis Now which offers alternative pathways to hospital emergency departments when requiring crisis care.

Sue is a Director of Good2Give, member of Chief Executive Women and the Centre for Social Impact Sydney Advisory Council. She is formerly a director of Research Australia and Chair of Macquarie Community College.

Belinda Neil

Fearless Board Director & Former Police Inspector

Belinda is an inspirational speaker, author, and former New South Wales Police Inspector.

Her 18 year career as a police officer included undercover operations, major crime and homicide investigation, and as a police hostage negotiator trained to counter terrorist level.

She was medically retired in 2005 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her best selling memoir ‘Under Siege’, outlines her policing experiences and the ‘lived experience’ with PTSD.

Belinda is a passionate advocate of PTSD and continues to raise awareness about PTSD and research methods of early intervention and management tools for PTSD.

Kathie Melocco

WOW - World Of Work Chaplaincy

Kathie Melocco is a multi award winning PR and Marketing practitioner, responsible for some of our most successful social justice campaigns. In 2018 she shifted gear, retrained and founded WOW – World of Work Chaplaincy.  WOW’s first precinct chaplaincy service is located in Barangaroo which upon completion will be home to a workforce of some 23,000 people daily and is already establishing itself as an important financial precinct. Kathie was a Judge for the 2019 Mental Health Matters Awards and is the winner of the 2018 Mental Health Association of Australia and New Zealand, Healthy Workplace Award.

Kathie’s focus interest area is on Moral Injury. Originally identified in the armed services and confused with PTSD at the time, Moral Injury is often called a soul injury. It causes our sense of self to be disrupted and sometimes even broken with trauma. Currently international research is being undertaken into this important area by psychiatrists, psychologists, chaplains and more with the aim of identifying a holistic management solution to the problem. The jury is still out.

Early evidence however suggests it is a leadership issue. Simply put, if we fail in our duty of care to protect people when ethically and morally we have a responsibility to do so we cause injury. And it can be enduring.

Kathie regularly chaplains to victims of workplace bullying, sexual harassment, domestic and family abuse, gender equity and more. She says, we have to start putting the focus on safety and leadership. On understanding what it is to be human. This means protecting our children, our families, our workplaces in a much more holistic manner. It’s about the concept of being a ‘neighbour’ of caring for each other. It also means all of us being involved in the emerging AI ethics discussion from a community safety perspective.

As for Kathie, she says, everyone needs someone to talk with and as a first responder, that’s my job. Caring for people, wherever they may be in their life. Kathie is a board member of Sydney Women's Counselling Centre.

Kathie is also known affectionately on LinkedIN as the LinkedIN Chaplain and chaplains regularly to members in crisis on safety at work, sexual harassment and domestic abuse.

Lisa McAdams

CEO Safe Space Workplace

Lisa McAdams is the proud founder and director of Safe Space Workplace a Domestic & Family Violence Workplace Training company specialising in the implementation of Domestic Violence support training into workplaces.  Whose first client was EY and has worked with some of the biggest companies and Government Departments. 
As Domestic Family Violence Survivor, with a corporate background Lisa has the knowledge and understanding of what businesses need. 
Lisa is passionate about educating workplaces, so employees impacted by DFV are the offered right support because she understands the impact of financial abuse and knows continued employment is key for financial stability along with psychological and emotional well-being.
As a professional speaker she utilises her lived experience to connect and relate to the audience Lisa’s passion for changing the conversation around DFV and engaging with workplaces is at the core of all she does.    
Lisa is the author of the new book Domestic Violence Changing Culture Saving Lives. A workplace guide for developing a culture of understanding and empathy.
Launched by the NSW Government and EY in 2018. This book will help workplaces to better understand the complexities of domestic family violence the impact on their business and the role the workplace plays. It will help employers better understand the signs and symptoms of domestic family violence, to gain empathy and understanding, and to develop the confidence to communicate effectively. 
Lisa shares her knowledge, strategies, and advice intertwined with her personal story to deepen the understanding of this complex issue. This book will give you the confidence to discuss and deal with domestic violence in the workplace in a knowledgeable way.

Tracy McCleod Howe

CEO - Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)

Tracy is a legally trained advocate championing the rights of children and childhood survivors of child abuse and childhood domestic violence. She is an established senior executive leader with a background across social services, social justice policy, gender equality, domestic violence and her passion,  working towards the elimination of violence against children. She has a long background in government and non-government settings, with a demonstrated capacity to strategise, create strong stakeholder relationships and lead change, manage complex and sensitive projects, national campaigns about social issues, working effectively across government, civil society and business.

Currently Tracy is CEO of both CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Service) and CDVA (Childhood Domestic Violence Australia) which she co-founded with a colleague Lula Dembele. CAPS is the first child abuse prevention organisation in Australia (est 1973) and is a non-religious organisation working in communities with children and adults providing trauma support, programs and training about all forms of childhood maltreatment including childhood domestic violence. CAPS formally auspiced CDVA from June 2019, a campaign to raise awareness about the insidious impact of CDV (childhood domestic violence).  

Tracy’s skillset includes managing multiple complex and competing streams of work with collaborative cross jurisdiction approaches to achieve positive social outcomes. She has an astute problem solving capacity and ability to capitalise on better outcomes using partnerships, often in project requiring listening to and working with the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our communities.

Currently Tracy has appointments on the NSW Government’s Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity, Treasury’s Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group and the Minister’s Domestic and Family Violence Council. She was also a Commissioner at the NSW Law Reform Commission, CEO of NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), CEO of Domestic Violence NSW and co-created the Social Innovation Council with the Minister for Finance in 2016. Tracy holds post graduate business qualifications from Cambridge University.

She has also been a delegate on 4 occasions at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York.

Cathy Oddie

Family Violence Advocate, Financial Wellbeing For Women

Cathy worked for Centrelink for seven years, before moving on to work in the Superannuation sector. After her role as Business Development and Policy Coordinator at HESTA ended in January this year, Cathy embraced the opportunity to become Monash Health’s first ever Family Violence Lived Experience Consultant within their Mental Health Family Violence Project Team.

Since 2007, Cathy has been a volunteer Survivor Advocate with Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.  This role led Cathy to make a submission and give evidence at the 2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Her testimony resulted in two of the final 227 Recommendations, one of which led to the Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act which was tabled to Victorian Parliament in 2018.

Cathy is on the working group and is co-evaluating the DHHS Pilot Project “Family Violence Survivor Employment Pathways Program” and was on the expert reference group for WIRE’s “Teachable Moments” Research Project. In 2017, she was elected

to the Committee of Management for Project Respect.

Cathy was instrumental in working with HESTA to have the Federal Government open up a review into the eligibility criteria for early release of superannuation and to have family violence included as one of these criteria. During her time at HESTA, she was successful in receiving a grant from Victorian Women’s Trust to improve the economic outcomes for women from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds through bringing together the organisations HESTA, ICAN, Fitted for Work and WAM to deliver a targeted financial literacy for women program using a narrative story-telling approach.

Cathy has recently been accepted into Monash University’s Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention.

Janine Jackson

National Director, Frontier Services

Jannine Jackson is a fundraising innovator and a community-capacity builder. Her career spans 16 years in the NFP health, community services and support sectors.

She has held senior leadership positions at the McGrath Foundation, Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW, the Australian Red Cross, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Mission Australia.

As national director of Frontier Services, Jannine is charged with growing and extending the support services the organisation provides to remote and regional Australian farmers, families, and communities.

The decline of regional and remote towns, extreme weather events of drought, fire and flood, and a growing sense of social isolation, have highlighted the desperate need for support services in the bush. Through her leadership of Frontier Services, Jannine is uniquely placed to share her insights about the social fabric of remote communities, the challenges of social isolation, and the vital need for support services and human connections.

Frontier Services has been standing with people in the bush since 1912. An agency of the Uniting Church, the organisation was founded by John Flynn, the iconic Australian who graces our $20 note. Frontier Services funds a team of bush chaplains who are on-the-ground visiting remote properties and communities to lend an ear, offer a helping hand, and forge a caring connection. In many parts of Australia, Frontier Services are the only support service to visit. Frontier Services also administers the Outback Links program connecting city and corporate volunteers to people in the bush who need a practical hand up.

Vicky Moriarty

GP Leadership Development

Vicky Moriarty is a leadership development specialist with over 15 years of human resource management and industrial relations experience.

She uses her experience of working in organisations of all sizes from startups to multinationals in Australia, UK, France and Switzerland to inform discussions about leadership, change and people management.  

Since coming to Australia, she has worked in management or consulting roles for healthcare and community services. Vicky designed and implemented the first national leadership program for general practice in Australia, now in its third year, and loves her work.

An Irish-Australian, Vicky grew up between two cultures and two countries, one with an 800 year history of brutality towards the other. In the midst of the 1980s recession in Ireland, her family moved abruptly to the UK. Bullying and discrimination against Irish people was the norm then.  Thankfully, times have changed, but what she experienced and witnessed fed Vicky’s innate sense of social justice and a desire to create positive social change.

A tumultuous end to Vicky’s high school years, when her family moved 6 or 7 times in close succession, resulted in a peak period of stress at the age of 16. Despite two years of turmoil, and dropping out of her dream pursuit of becoming an artist, she landed interesting work and challenging roles with a string of supportive bosses throughout her twenties.

As part of her university studies, Vicky spent six months living in Paris, and upon returning to London in 2004, took on a role as an employment advisor in South East London. Vicky witnessed the impact of severe socioeconomic disadvantage and began to understand how reality unfolds for different populations with limited access to healthcare, education and employment resources.

Whilst working in this role, Vicky met her husband, a Perth boy, working his way around Europe. They moved to Australia together in 2006, but at the age of 29, two weeks after applying for permanent residency in Australia, Vicky was diagnosed with cancer. She is grateful for the excellent care and support she received from the teams of medical professions, her husband, family and friends whilst undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Perth.  Despite the grief of a miscarriage two years later, and the belief that they were unable to have children, Vicky and her husband were staggered to discover they were expecting a baby in 2016, and they now have a rambunctious three year old son.

Vicky’s experiences and education have given her the knowledge that significant systemic change is required in so many aspects of life, and that moving forward requires facing our past. She found her time as a Board Director of a women’s refuge for victims of family and domestic violence deeply confronting, as she grew to understand more about that two years of turmoil in the context of psychological and financial abuse.

Currently studying a postgraduate in social impact at the University of Western Australia, Vicky actively supports social change initiatives in Australia and globally and believes that the first step to be had is always in having the conversation.

Marion Mays

Founder -Thalia Stanely Group

Marion is the Founder of Thalia Stanley Group- named in honour her mother Thalia and her father Stanley.

TSG is a boutique professional mentoring firm that advocates financial literacy and proactive wealth accumulation for men and women.

Marion’s breadth of experience spans 20 plus years in the financial services sector, having gained a working knowledge in Lending practices, debt and asset recovery of real property, senior management roles and specializing in direct property investment.

Amongst her many professional and charitable positions, she describes her most important role as a mother to her 11-year-old son Somerset.

In March 2019 Marion received the prestigious Financial Executive Women’s National award for the positive progression of women in Australia.

Marion is a contributing author to the book “Property know how- investing in Australia” published in the U.K. last year.

And a regular contributor to the media on the subject of property investing, financial literacy, building wealth and the financial abuse.

Marion has been featured in the Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, Domain Property,, The Australian newspaper, Money Magazine and in recent months in CEO Magazine Aust and the ABC.

Marion is an official advocate for White Ribbon, in this role she speaks to Men nationally to champion change for the prevention of violence against women and children. She is a champion for shining a spotlight on “homelessness” in her official role as Ambassador for St Vincent de Pauls CEO sleep out, she has slept out for the last 3 years raising money for Melburbian’s experiencing homelessness.

It’s Marions dream that Financial Literacy is available to all men, women and children.

Denele Crozier AM

CEO Women's Health NSW

Denele Crozier is currently the CEO of Women’s Health NSW – the peak body for 21 community Women’s Health Centres located across NSW.   She has a 37 year history of working in community non-government services, participating in many government, non-government and community groups and has specialised in understanding, advocating and promoting women’s health needs from a social view of health and an understanding of the effects of gender on health and health outcomes.

Her current committee work includes organisations (and departments) that operate to address social justice through a range of strategies including: direct service provision, enhancement of community capacity, government policy and program development, influencing budget priorities and legislative change to improve public policy and practice.

Ms Crozier is currently on a variety of Boards and Councils including the Australian Women’s Health Network, Women’s Legal Service NSW, NSW FGM Education Program Advisory Committee, Domestic Violence NSW and NSW Women’s Alliance Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has also been appointed to the Ministry of Health NGO Advisory Committee

January 2017 Denele Crozier was recognized in the Australian honours list awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to community, particularly women’s health, social welfare & legal assistance services.

Jane Matts


Jane Matts is a survivor of family abuse and is on a mission. She wants to ensure women and children are safe in their own homes.

Jane is currently study for a law degree with the determination of a survivor warrior. She says. “If you can’t beat them, change them. I want to ensure we rethink unsafe systems’.

Separately, Jane’s DV volunteer advocacy service through “Lift” is focused on helping women and children survive the often ‘maze like’ post abuse chaos and trauma and to continue to raise issues to be resolved strategically and tactically.

Jane has assisted hundreds of women and children Australia wide to manage family law matters and the impact of domestic abuse. She acts as directory advisor, guiding the traumatised through the systems to enable at least their voice is heard.

Jane’s political activism includes lobbying Federal and State politicians over a number of years to recognise serious gaps in policy and operational deficiencies as it relates to violence centred events. Jane uses her personal experience to explain complex system issues in a succinct way. She hopes to be involved in more positive people focused solutions to family abuse, especially at a government policy level.

To feed herself and her family, Jane is also a business consultant currently working on accessibility to the NDIS for those with a psycho-social disability.

The common theme throughout the target audience she helps is trauma and the failure of systems to support people effectively.

Jane previously spent 15 years in the Banking System working for the Big Four on various transformational projects.

Rachael Natoli

CEO Lokahi Foundation

Rachael Natoli is an accomplished primary school teacher, who drove successful change and performance within the education sector, co-authoring a recommendation paper on the importance of learning through play and its continuation past the first year of school, which particularly aids the learning of Summer-born boys.


Rachael moved to Australia from the UK eleven years ago, and is a mum to 6 year old twin boys. In 2015, Rachael fled an abusive relationship which involved physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. Four years later, Rachael can now call herself a survivor and is dedicating her life to advocating domestic abuse prevention and support through the charity she founded, the Lokahi Foundation to help support and empower other women and families to escape these abusive relationships and reclaim their lives.


Rachael says there is life beyond domestic abuse but it takes time, support and most of all the determination to move forward, reclaim your life and truly break free from the abuse. She shares her experience and offers hope for victims and survivors.


Rachael has attained a postgraduate certificate in Early Professional Development and BA (Hons) in Primary Education from Leeds Beckett University. She is also the recipient of three Duke of Edinburgh Awards, including the gold standard. Rachael loves sport and is passionate about her team, the Sydney Roosters, which she supports religiously.

Dixie Link-Gordon

Founding CEO member 

of the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Womens Corporation

Dixie is a proud and resourceful Gurang Gurang Woman from South East Queensland having moved to the inner city of Redfern in 1980. Dixie has earned the respect of the local and broader indigenous community through her work as a domestic violence educator and advocate across New South Wales.

Dixie is a strong advocate for Indigenous women and families and is the and Founding CEO Member of the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Womens Corporation. A recognised leader in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, Dixie has received awards and accolades for work to deliver culturally appropriate services and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. 


Awards and accolades

·       Awarded Adjunct Senior Lecturer UNSW 2018

·       Nominated for NSW Justice Medal, NSW Law Foundation 2017

·       Gowland Domestic Violence Award, 2016

·       Bright Spark Award, 2015

·       Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council Community Worker Award, 2012

·       UTS Alumni Human Rights Recipient for My commitment to Aboriginal Communities Awareness & Prevention in Family Violence 2010

·       Manager and Co-creator of “Healthy Family Circle” Program Federal Government award winning program for good Practice for Families 2009.

·       Edna Ryan Award 2008

·       Domestic Convenor of the community driven “Blackout Violence Campaign” NSW State Award winner for Community VAW 2004

Rebecca Lee

Senior Policy Advisor Beyond Blue

Bec is a Senior Adviser at Beyond Blue, working across the organisation to embed strategic policy in our work. Originally qualifying as a pharmacist, Bec has a Masters of Public Health and is passionate about ensuring all Australians receive the information, support and care they need to thrive and live a full life.

Bec has worked across population health, including roles in heart health and justice, before joining Beyond Blue. Through public health leadership, Bec hopes to continue to drive better health equity for all through policy, advocacy and a focus on the social determinants of health. 

Rebecca Glenn

Sightlines Associate, Economic Wellbeing Domestic Violence Service Management

As part of the Sightlines team at Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM),
Rebecca works on the Insight Exchange initiative with a focus on economic abuse and
the impact of domestic and family violence on economic wellbeing.

Insight Exchange centres on the expertise of people with lived experiences of violence and gives voice to
these experiences. It is designed to inform and strengthen social, service and systemic
responses to domestic and family violence.

Before joining DVSM, Rebecca worked at the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) where she developed the employee financial wellbeing program. She was also a member CBA’s Domestic and Family Violence Working Group. In that capacity, she worked with a
range of experts to develop the Women’s Financial Wellbeing Guide and partnered with Domestic Violence NSW to produce the Addressing Financial Abuse Guide. She also
led development of the bank’s first Financial Inclusion Action Plan. Before joining CBA,
was founding CEO of not-for-profit organisation, Financial Literacy Australia.

Mel Wojtas

Social Entrepreneur

Mel is a determined Social Entrepreneur, an engaging Speaker, Lived Expertise Consultant and Media Advocate, based in Sydney, Australia.  Equipped with invaluable knowledge on topics such as domestic and family abuse/violence, mental health, losing a parent to suicide and how she thrives after trauma.

Utilizing decades of lived expertise, complemented by industry education and training, to create memorable talks that inspire calls to action. Mel represents Domestic Violence NSW in both Voices for Change (Women) NSW and LGBTIQ Voices for Change NSW.  Advocating for changes at all levels from primary prevention, societal attitudes, current systems, services gaps and government policy. 

Pivoting away from a decade of office support roles in the corporate world, Mel has remained purpose-driven in utilizing her own adverse events to create impactful and positive change for others. In 2016, Mel envisioned Hive Village Project, a start-up that will provide permanent housing with integrated support services for human and animal survivors of Domestic & Family Abuse, in regional Australia.

To aid in her mission, Mel has been studying Community Services at TAFE NSW and a Bachelor of Social Science and received a full scholarship into the Women's Business School, a female founders Business incubator program; Ignite 2019.

To keep up to date with professional and sector development, Mel is a member of Australian Community Workers Association, Women's Network Australia, Future Women, Domestic Violence NSW and Women's Safety NSW.

Mel is currently a finalist in two categories for the AusMumpreneur Awards 2019 and was recently nominated for a Women's Agenda Leadership Award 2019 and an LGBTI Honour Award 2019.

Nicole Lee

Victim Survivors Advisory Council

Nicole Lee is a family violence survivor and passionate advocator. After suffering a decade of abuse at the hands of her former husband, Nicole now uses her lived-experience of family violence to speak out for those who don’t yet have a voice. Nicole, who also uses a wheelchair, focuses on family violence perpetrated against those who have a disability, or who depend on carers or family members for support.

In July 2016, Nicole was appointed to the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council. Following the recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government established the council to advise and consult on the extensive family violence reform agenda in the state. Chaired by former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, and comprising of 12 members who all have a lived experience of family violence, Nicole has contributed to the work of the council in many significant ways.

Further to her work on the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, Nicole uses her public profile to advocate and speak out for those who have, or are, experiencing family violence. Recent appearances on You Can’t Ask That (ABC), and radio and print media, shows Nicole’s drive and commitment to changing the lives of women and children throughout Victoria. Nicole Lee has played a major role in shaping how Victoria responds, and works to prevent, family violence. The level and type of engagement is unseen in other jurisdictions both in Australia and overseas. 

Helen Steel

CEO Shared Value Project

Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shared Value Project. She has more than 18 years business development experience including stakeholder engagement and communications, networking, high-impact functions, and cultural exchange for organisations in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan.

As the Chief Executive Officer, Helen is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Shared Value Project. She engages with the organisation’s key stakeholders and members to lead, foster, promote, and influence the development of shared value in Australia.

Helen has been instrumental in the establishment of the organisation from its conception, and has played a critical role in driving adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies in Australia.

Helen brings 20 years of experience and leadership across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors to this role. With an extraordinary scope of work in international business development, stakeholder engagement, membership campaigns, strategic collaboration, events management and cultural and knowledge exchange programs, Helen is known for her ability to harness opportunities and build networks of influence to shape positive change.

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