The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the following confirmed Panel speakers:
Scott Ambridge has been with Enable New Zealand for almost nine years. He originally joined the organisation as Operations Manager, having fulfilled similar roles in the private sector. In October 2013, Scott was appointed General Manager of Enable New Zealand and set the organisation on a course that encapsulates the principal purpose of supporting disabled people to live an everyday life in their own community.
Enable New Zealand has over 40 years’ experience in providing services to the health, rehabilitation and disability sector, and Scott is proud to lead the team of some 115 staff. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at MidCentral District Health Board and sits on the Executive of the Federation of Disability Information Centres. Scott is married to Sandra, and together they have two children – George (14 years) and Jane (9 years).
Kristin is the Chief Executive Industry Policy with the Housing Industry Association. She has worked with HIA for over 13 years moving to a national position in 2008.
Originally qualified in planning, she worked for a decade in NSW local and state government. Over 20 years she has expanded her experience to include building and environment matters and has a strong understanding of government policy and administration, working closely with all levels of government agencies associated with planning and building.
Professor Roberta Ryan
Professor Roberta Ryan is the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) and the UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG) at the University of Technology Sydney. Roberta is a leading social researcher and policy, program evaluation and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. With a strong interest in the relationship between people and places she has worked in areas of community services, strategic planning, land use planning, sustainability, organisational change and development and citizen engagement. With particular expertise in the development of innovative methodologies that deliver key strategic outcomes for clients.
Roberta has an established reputation for consultative and expert facilitation of processes that assist governments to arrive at constructive and mutually acceptable policy and program outcomes. Roberta is regularly sought both nationally and internationally to provide high level government policy and governance advice and an expert in building public sector institutional capacity.
The Hon Susan Ryan AO
The Hon Susan Ryan AO- Age Discrimination Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Susan Ryan was appointed as Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner on 30 July 2011 for a five year term. In addition, she was appointed Disability Discrimination Commissioner, 12 July 2014. She concluded both terms 28 July 2016.
As Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner she was highly effective in drawing attention to the extent of discrimination against older people.
She commissioned pioneering research into ageism and disability discrimination and conducted the first national enquiry into workplace discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability. This resulted in the landmark report Willing to Work, which sets out national strategies to improve the economic participation of Australians as they age and people with disability.
Up until her appointment as Commissioner, Susan was the Independent Chair of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Plan; pro chancellor and Council member at UNSW from 1999 to 2011; chaired the Australian Human Rights Group 2008-2011, and was Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia.
She was CEO of ASFA, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia from 1993-1998, and President of AIST, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees from 2000 to 2007. She was a founding member of Australian Council for Superannuation Investors and of the ASX Corporate Governance Council.
From 1975 to 1988, Susan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. She served in senior portfolios in the Hawke Government as Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and Special Minister of State. As Education Minister, Susan saw school retention rates double and universities and TAFEs grow significantly. She pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986.
She was awarded an AO for services to the Australian parliament in 1990.
She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Macquarie University, University of Canberra, University of South Australia and the University of New South Wales.
Roberta Flint is the Director of Aged Care Community Programs, Heath State Network Division NSW & ACT. She has responsibilities for a team focussed on the operational management of the Commonwealth Home Support Program and the Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program for NSW & ACT. Roberta has worked in the Australian Public Service since 1999, starting at the Department of Veterans Affairs before transferring to the Department of Health and Ageing in 2004, the Department of Social Services in 2014 and then back to the Department of Health in 2015. Prior to her work in the government sector Roberta worked in the not for profit sector with a volunteer organisation and has experience working in the health sector as a registered nurse in both the acute and aged care settings. The focus of Roberta’s career has been on the provision of quality care and services for older people and people living with a disability. She has a particular interest in both palliative and dementia care, and with the implementation of the Commonwealth CoS Program has recently learnt a good deal about the specialist services provided to people with life long and acquired disability.
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