PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Hayley has 20 years' experience in the community, health, justice and corporate sectors principally in the areas of sexual, domestic and family violence policy, practice and law reform.

Throughout this time, Hayley has worked with diverse population groups and organisations in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings, including in frontline specialist women and children’s services; violence prevention; accredited men’s behaviour change; family law practice; family disputes resolution; policy; law reform; advocacy; sector development; training and organisational management.

Hayley holds tertiary qualifications in business (economics and finance), law (first class honours and university medallist), dispute resolution, financial planning and political economics.

Hayley is deeply passionate about the work of specialist sexual, domestic and family violence services and the importance of having diverse voices represented in addressing the issues of gender inequality and gender-based violence. Her particular area of expertise is in the development of integrated, multi-sectorial strategies to address sexual, domestic and family violence, child safety, and family, civil and criminal injustice, and she brings a focus on evidence-to-action and genuine participatory research to her work in policy, practice and law reform.

Hayley is a member of the National Plan Advisory Group for the next National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children.

Brad is the Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia.

In 2011, Brad founded the “Welcoming Australia” movement, now a national organisation with staff in four states, a range of initiatives across Australia and a national network of local government associations implementing the Welcoming Cities framework for building communities where everyone is welcome to belong, contribute and thrive. Brad is the Chair of the Welcoming Australia Advisory Panel and a Board director.

Brad founded and convened the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia, created the annual Adelaide White Ribbon March, is on the Board of Reconciliation SA and the Advisory Board Food for Education (Kenya) and was named in South Australia’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018.

He has also worked as the Interim CEO of Australians for Mental Health and as advisor to Tim Costello and the Campaign for Australian Aid, leading the “Elite Influencers” strategy.

Brad was the founder and Lead Pastor of a progressive and inclusive Christian community in Adelaide called Activate Church and was on the national steering committee of Christians for Marriage Equality.

In addition to these advocacy roles, Brad has worked as a Ministerial Adviser at both the State and Federal levels and coordinates Australian support for a school for stateless children and a kinship foster program for Khmer children in Cambodia. Brad writes regularly for The Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/profile/brad-chilcott

Beck is the CEO for DVConnect, Qld’s State-wide domestic violence 24/7 crisis response service, sexual assault helpline and specialist counselling partner for 1800RESPECT. Beck is deeply passionate about ensuring the safety, choices and diverse life experiences of people impacted by violence is acknowledged and respected.

As an inclusive queer feminist, Beck has dedicated her professional career to social justice; championing equality and self-determination through her work in adult, child and youth mental health (rural and remote), specialised domestic & family violence support and advocacy, women’s health, child protection, LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, family counselling and mediation services.

Beck has particular expertise in the design and delivery of complex clinical services in a virtual
environment, with the implementation of the National Telephone Dispute Resolution Service and Qld’s Victims Counselling Support Service (Relationships Australia), the National Support Centre for Ageing and Disability Services (The Benevolent Society), Cancer Council Helpline (Qld), Parent Coaching (Reach Out.com) and now DVConnect, all part of her diverse senior management experience.

Beck is also the Vice President of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation, on the National Sector Advisory Committee for 1800RESPECT, Stopping Gender Violence Advisory Board for QUT Centre for Justice and a member of the CALD Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Roundtable Advisory Group for the Qld State Government.

Matthew is the Manager, Education and Strategic Development at Rainbow Health Victoria within The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University and is a leading voice in Australia on LGBTIQ domestic and family violence.

At the helm of the ‘LGBTIQ Family Violence Capacity Building Project’, Matthew leads a team delivering an interconnected suite of LGBTIQ intimate partner and family violence and inclusive practice initiatives for the mainstream domestic violence service sector in Victoria. Since 2014 Matthew has also driven LGBTIQ domestic violence public educational projects and media campaigns through producing & directing the innovative educational theatre piece “My Other Closet the Cabaret”.

Matthew also gave one of the plenary presentations at STOP DV 2019 entitled “Shining a Light on the Dark Side of the Rainbow” that was talked about by many delegates for much of the conference afterwards.

I am a Wiradjuri woman, Dabee descent, born on Gamillaroi Country, Coonabarabran, living on Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW for many years. I worked in Department of Housing NSW for 7 years, when in 2004 changed focus to child protection working in Casework, Specialist and Permanency positions. I joined Ngunya Jarjum as Programs Manager in 2019.

I was also a presenter at the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Summit and STOP DV 2020.

Working within families leading with cultural practices, offers families a chance to bind together. Our families have ability to change, with sustainable outcomes that is inclusive of all family and kin.

Geraldine Bilston is a victim-survivor of family violence. In 2015 she escaped an abusive relationship. She had spent half a decade loving and living with a man who she should have felt safe, secure and happy with, but she left bruised and broken.

She would spend a further 2 years dealing with police, courts and ‘the system’.

Geraldine is determined to help make a difference to the way we approach family violence in Australia. She is currently studying for her Graduate Certificate in Family Violence, and was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Victim Survivor’s Advisory Council in May 2020. She is committed to helping create better outcomes for victim survivors, including in areas like victim support, technology-based abuse, and sexual violence.

A familiar face to many after sharing her experience of family violence on ABC's ‘You Can’t Ask That’ in 2019, ‘Q&A’ in March 2020, and ‘The Drum’ in December 2020, and she has also published her own writing through the website ‘Mamamia’.

Geraldine has been both a client and an advocate at Safe Steps, Victoria’s 24/7 family violence support service and is an active advocate for the prevention of family violence through the media, at corporate, community and fundraising events.

Elisabeth is the CEO of Relationships Australia (NSW), an organisation providing an extensive suite of family safety services, including Women, Choice and Change; Men’s Behaviour Change Programs; Justice Engage, and Safer Pathways. Current DV Innovation programs focus on delivering programs in language and prevention of elder abuse.

Elisabeth is a clinical and counselling psychologist with extensive experience in relationship and family safety services. She has further postgraduate qualifications in couple and family therapy, management and professional ethics.

In addition to not-for-profit leadership, clinical governance and roles related to professional ethics, she also coaches executives within the not for profit and public sectors. She has taught at ACU, UNSW and Newcastle universities in areas of clinical practice, management and ethics, and routinely presents and publishes work in these areas. For many years she was a clinical consultant to child protection services and JIRT teams, women’s health, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol services in the public and private sectors. Elisabeth is also a senior consultant at The Ethics Centre, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and sits on a number of Boards.

Jackie McMillan is a Project Officer in the Evidence to Action team at Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), where she works to translate research evidence into policy and practice. She has qualifications in social philosophy and women’s studies, with a focus on sexual consent.

Jackie has 20 years’ experience in the health and human services sectors, with extensive experience working with sex workers. At ANROWS, Jackie has overseen projects related to domestic violence, health and mental health, translating this evidence into organisational submissions to a broad range of inquiries.

Freya Higgins is a human rights activist, speaker, and facilitator. She is currently leading the Building Access project on behalf of People with Disability Australia. She has worked directly in numerous forms of disability advocacy over the past ten year and is a proud disabled woman.

Andrew King is currently the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. Andrew is a leading group work specialist in community services, counselling and health. A respected author of multiple text books and training programs, he has devoted a large part of his career to group work and working with men, fathering and domestic violence. As a research practitioner Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach. He has published a range of articles on group work leadership in the Australian context and facilitates national and international training workshops. He is the author of several recent books - Engaging men’s responses to family violence (2017) and Continual Change Groupwork (2018) and Generative Fathering (2019).