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Join the NPA Leadership HUB Community and special guests for the December NPA Signature Keynote and final NPA event for 2019.

Best described as a cross between a TEDx and a Pecha Kucha, six extraordinary leaders will share the moments that moved them to find their purpose using six images, recounting six stories and in just six powerful minutes – followed by an interactive audience conversation.

Stay after the inspiring stories for drinks and delicious finger food to chat and mingle with Sydney’s social sector leaders.

Our very special leaders and their stories…

From compassion in end of life choices; to inspirational businesses led by kindness and purpose; to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; to sheltering those fleeing domestic violence.

These leaders and the moments they share will move you.

Keynote details

Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Time: 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm (speaker forum plus catered networking event)
Location: Karstens, Level 1, 111 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Bookings: Humanitix

This event is proudly co-sponsored by Beaumont People and Blackbaud. 

More about our incredible speakers:

Annabelle Daniel

As CEO of Women’s Community Shelters, Annabelle Daniel has worked with local communities around NSW to establish and open five shelters in as many years at Hornsby, Forster, Castle Hill, Penrith and Bayside.  She has collaborated with a range of organisations, individuals and stakeholders, from the community and all levels of government to achieve change in the field of homelessness for women and children.

Annabelle is continuing this work to establish further shelters throughout NSW and is already working with a further four communities towards new shelters.

Annabelle has been a leader in the social sector for 20 years, working in private enterprise, the Australian Government and the community sector.  Prior to joining WCS as Chief Executive Officer, she was a Senior Leader in the Department of Human Services, overseeing the Child Support programme.

A key role in Annabelle’s career was as Manager of Elsie, Australia’s longest-established women’s shelter, providing services and support to women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic violence.

Annabelle trained as a lawyer with specific expertise in discrimination and family law.  She has extensive experience in administrative decision making for the Australian Government, including conducting complex investigations for the Commonwealth Ombudsman.  Annabelle has also significant board positions in charitable and not-for-profit organisations in diverse fields including community development, fundraising and the arts.

Belinda Teh

Belinda Teh grew up in Perth and studied Law and Commerce at the University of Western Australia. In 2016, Eight days after her last exam, her mother Mareia was suddenly diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, and Belinda became her full time carer at age 23.

Suffering unbearably with a tumour that had grown so big it fractured her spine in two places, Mareia twice asked her doctors for medical assistance to die peacefully. Both requests were denied, and two months later, Belinda sat and watched while her mother died in acute distress and agony in a specialist palliative care facility.

Between May and August this year, supported by Go Gentle Australia, Belinda walked from Melbourne to Perth in memory of her mother’s courage and to raise awareness for the need for a legal Voluntary Assisted Dying option in Western Australia. Belinda’s message that “you are not alone” and “it’s okay to ask for help” has reached hundreds of thousands of people around Australia and the world via traditional, online and social media coverage.

Belinda continues to campaign for better end of life choices for all Australians and is closely following the passage of the WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill through the WA Parliament.

Craig Hughes-Cashmore

Craig is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. His journey along the road to recovery, including his experience of the criminal justice system, compelled him to co-found SAMSN in 2010.

Craig was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse delivered in October 2018. Craig is a member of the NSW Sexual Assault Expert Group and the Expert Advisory Group for the Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect, a Board Member of knowmore legal, and a member of the Professional Standards Advisory Panel – Diocese of Parramatta.

Craig is a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, and will be travelling to New Zealand, USA, UK and Ireland to investigate best practice methods and support models to assist male survivors of child sexual abuse in 2020.

Nikki Beaumont

Nikki is the CEO and founder of Beaumont People and possesses 30 years recruitment industry experience.

Nikki’s credentials are a mix of unparalleled industry achievements, a highly-tuned business acumen and market insight, combined with a level of personal care and human compassion.

Nikki founded Beaumont in 2001, and from the first day of operating, Nikki has run the business with an entrepreneurial spirit, an innovative, forward-thinking marketing approach and a personal touch, that makes Beaumont a genuine industry stand-out.

Key to Nikki’s success has been the unfaltering investment she makes in her people. From guiding the careers of her team through personal mentoring & development, to providing industry-leading training programs, Nikki has crafted a work environment that is conducive to success – where her people are nurtured and motivated to achieve their personal best not only for the business, but as importantly, for themselves.

Nikki’s leadership qualities are also key to her success: with genuine humility and compassion, hard-working pragmatism and a deep commitment to creating the best possible opportunities for candidates, clients, her staff and the industry, she has made an indelible impact on the Sydney recruitment market.

Nikki’s industry achievements include the successful management of the Olympic Recruitment Centre, for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. One of the most complex recruitment projects in Sydney’s history, Nikki and her team successfully sourced, engaged and deployed thousands of hires across a multitude of skills and job types in her contribution to the ‘best Olympic Games of all time’.

Nikki’s disciplined nature and drive shines through in her personal endeavours as well. From trekking to Everest Base Camp, to seeing in the new millennium driving a team of Huskies from Finland to the Russian border in sub-30c temperatures, Nikki’s personal motivation is an inspiration to all around her.

Nikki is immensely passionate about the NFP sector. In June 2012, Nikki slept out for the 4th time as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise much needed funds and awareness for Sydney’s homeless. She is a CEO and industry leader with a very big heart.

Anna Sheppard

Founder and CEO of Bambuddha Group, a leadership development network for sustainable businesses, Anna has added value to hundreds of companies by showing them how to ‘work kinder’. She has raised millions in funds for charities via mutual partnerships, created for social and environmental impact.

Anna is also the founder of several other major initiatives including The Corporate Kindness Project, which is an Australian based research study focusing on the business benefits of working kind.

The Gamechangers Gathering is an annual Leadership Conference founded by Bambuddha Group which brings together thought leaders, socially conscious business and impact experts dedicated to creating change. The network holds sustainable leadership keynote events every two months, built to encourage members to collaborate, educate, evaluate and celebrate sustainable development.

Mikey Leung

Mikey gets more sh*t done in 5 years than other people do in 10 lifetimes. He attributes that to being born in the year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, but his team at Digital Storytellers think he owes it to coffee. With over 15 years study in the practice of digital wizardry, Mikey has worked as a web designer, radio journalist and travel writer, before finally finding his spiritual home in the moving image.

When he’s not behind the camera, he’s out advocating for impact storytelling and helping clients achieve their storytelling goals. He also does a killer rendition of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ on guitar and vocals.

Over the course of figuring out what to do with his life, Mikey published two books, including the Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He also founded the Positive Light project a crowdsourced and crowdfunded photography project and coffee table photo book that is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh. Today, he’s also a proud husband and dedicated dad of two adorable boys.


Jane Ferrier

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