Speakers

Jane Longhurst

Master of Ceremonies

Jane Longhurst is an award winning actor, broadcaster, voice artist and popular presenter of events big and small. She has worked extensively in theatre, television and radio since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1990. Her television credits include Rosehaven, Death or Liberty, Blue Heelers, GP, Janus, The Flying Doctors, Neighbours and A Country Practice. Jane performed for Melbourne Theatre Company, with various independent theatre companies within Melbourne and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Now based back in her hometown of Hobart, Jane’s recent theatre credits include The Events (Blue Cow Theatre), e baby by Jane Cafarella for Tasmanian Theatre Company and Narrator for Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s intra-Tasmanian school tour and Ten Days on the Island performance season of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s script You and Me and The Space Between. Jane’s other TTC credits include Who’s Afraid of Virgin a Woolf? staged in the Esmond Dorney designed house in lower Sandy Bay, Tree Widows, set on the Soldier’s Memorial Avenue located on Queen’s Domain, Born From Animals and Bombshells. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was awarded a 2015 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Ensemble (Professional Category). Jane performed in the one-woman show Grounded directed by Annette Downs (awarded the 2016 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Performance by a
Female, Professional Category), Terminus and the premiere and return seasons of The State of the Tasmanian Economy by Jonathan Biggins for Blue Cow Theatre.

With the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Jane has presented concerts aimed at toddlers(Mini Maestros), travelled the state presenting concerts to school children in their schools (Mini TSO) through to major outdoor events (Symphony Under the Stars) with audiences in their thousands.

An avid sports lover Jane can be heard regularly discussing local, national and international sport on ABC Local Radio where she also works as a fill in presenter for ABC Local Radio including ABC Rural, ABC Local Grandstand and ABC Classic FM.


Helena Popovic

Winning at Slimming

Dr Helena Popovic is a medical doctor, leading authority on how to improve brain function, bestselling author and international speaker.

She graduated from the University of Sydney and her philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication.

Helena shows people how to boost their brain, turn stress into success and come alive and thrive. Her two books are: In Search of My Father and NeuroSlimming. She believes in slow ageing despite fast living.

Promoting vibrant physical and mental health is not just her profession, it is her passion, her purpose and her personal way of life. She shared her mother’s journey with lung cancer and now her father’s adventure with dementia. She speaks from a personal and professional perspective.

Speaking Sessions:
Boost Your Brain – Monday 23rd October, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Learn practical ways to improve the functioning of your greatest asset: your brain. The emerging field of neuroplasticity has shown the brain can change its own structure and grow new cells in response to what we do, what we think and how we behave. This session will give you useful tips to sharpen your thinking, improve your memory and help you perform at your peak on a daily basis.

Turn Stress Into SuccessTuesday 24th October, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Intermittent stress is not bad; it builds up our resilience and switches on performance-enhancing chemicals. However severe stress has a detrimental effect on our performance, physical, mental and emotional health. Learn how we can use stress to our advantage and gain successful outcomes.


Paul Taylor

The Body-Brain Performance Institute

A former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Neuroscientist and Affiliate Faculty at The University of San Francisco.

He is the Director of The Body-Brain Performance Institute, where he delivers Executive Performance, Resilience and Leadership workshops to large companies such as Medibank, NAB, Johnson & Johnson, Oracle, SAP and Woolworths.

He is also the founder and former owner of The Personal Training Academy and his BioAge software is used by many health clubs, including a global roll-out with Fitness First.

In 2010 Paul created and co-hosted the Channel ONE HD TV series Body and Brain Overhaul, and has appeared regularly on The Biggest Loser TV series as a consultant. In 2010 and 2015, he was voted Australian Fitness Industry presenter of the year.

His latest venture is Ritualize, a wellbeing website and program that is currently being rolled out to a number of Corporations following a successful clinical trial.

In addition to an extensive background in health and fitness, Paul has a proven track record in leadership, management and dealing in high-pressure situations, through his former roles as an Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and a HelicopterSearch-And-Rescue Crew Member with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and has undergone rigorous Combat Survival and Resistance-to-Interrogation Training.

In 2012, he practiced what he preaches about resilience training and became a professional boxer, and he is currently undertaking a PhD in Medical studies with the University of Tasmania.

Speaking Session:
Monday 23rd October, 10:00am – 10:30am


Stephen Dowling

Delivering Safe Services

Stephen has worked with some of the worlds’ biggest and most hazardous companies in corporate, regional, rural, remote and international settings, and has developed systems of work that enable all to deliver safe services and safe production.

Over recent years, as a Community Ambassador for the RU OK? and also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Stephen has increased his focus on psychological injury and mental health as well as physical safety. He has helped a number of organisations in regional, rural and remote workplace settings to develop practical, sustainable, mental health and wellness strategies.

Stephen believes that a lack of knowledge and stigmatising attitudes about psychological injury may prevent some people from seeking help early, and limit the ability of co-workers and managers to provide mental health first aid to their workmates until appropriate professional treatment can be sought.

Speaking Sessions:
Strategies to overcome the stigma of Mental illness at work
– Monday 23rd October, 1:35pm – 2:05pm &  Tuesday 24th October, 10:00am – 10:30am
Stephen’s presentation will draw on lessons learnt by the RU OK? Foundation and Mental Health First Aid Australia, and also address practical organisational issues to translate health and wellness strategies to action, including:

  • Evaluating mental health first aid and wellness strategies to reduce the risk of mental health problems in high risk workplaces
  • Moving from a stand-up-and-cope culture to a Mental Health First Aid program that delivers care
  • Enabling workers, co-workers and managers to gain and use evidence-based skills to recognise warning signs
  • Utilising Mental Health First Aid to mitigate adverse impacts of mental health problems in the workplace
  • Achieving successful return to work following depression, anxiety, substance use, and related mental health problems.
  • Sustaining cost-effective mental health first aid programs and digital platforms to deliver benefit to many 24×7 and demonstrate ROI.

Jimmy Thomson

The Jonah Group

Jimmy has 30 years international experience within blue chip organisations such as Rio Tinto, St.George Bank, and Lloyds Banking Group. Jimmy has consulted, facilitated and coached across the UK, and also USA, China, Mongolia, Singapore, and France as well as Australia.

Jimmy emigrated from his native Scotland in 2003, discovering his desire to make a difference in Safety and Mental Wellbeing through his global role in Rio Tinto. Since joining The Jonah Group in 2014, he has successfully managed & delivered Safety Culture transformational programs within industries such as Energy, Mining, Construction and Manufacturing.

His style is fun, engaging and interactive. It’s rare to find someone willing to bring a sense of humour into serious subjects like Safety or Mental Wellbeing but, then again, the Jonah Group (and Jimmy) are different to most and the breakthroughs they make are extraordinary.

Speaking Sessions:
‘What the….? Exploring the impact of ‘Limbic Risk’ to Safety’
– Monday 23rd October, 3:45pm – 4:15pm  & Tuesday 24th October, 9:00am – 9:30am
Jimmy’s presentation will cover:

  • Why the brain disengages
  • The 5 key elements of Limbic Risk
  • What are your crocodiles?
  • What you can do for yourself and your workforce
  • Making a 2⁰ shift to transform your safety results

Joanne Curran

Joanne Curran has extensive experience working with businesses facilitating solutions to everyday issues. Joanne brings practical experience gathered from 20 years in management roles, including 7 years senior management in accounting, banking and finance. In this time, she has dealt with many of the issues faced by people leaders and the challenges of running a business.

Hallmarks of Joanne’s approach are open and frank discussions to reveal the true needs of the business. By offering an objective and informed view, she partners with clients to develop customised and practical tools suitable for their workplace. Whether it is creating a performance management framework, enabling teams to communicate effectively or helping managers understand financial reports, she is committed to assisting people achieve their goals.

Using a co-creative model, Joanne focuses on effective and efficient solutions through collaborative consultation, sound scoping and consistent, engaging delivery. She brings energy and humour to her interactions.

Speaking Session:
Speak up and be heard! Practical communication tips
– Tuesday 24th October, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
If you ever wonder how best to say something or if you should say something, then this session is for you. We will consider aspects of face to face communication; from voice modulation to the content of the message. Invest some time to reflect on your communication style and whether it is working for you. Leave with an inventory of your personal communication characteristics and a handy checklist for next time you have something you want people to hear.