MC and Speakers

Conference MC

  • Tim Stackpool

    Conference MC

    Tim Stackpool is a highly sought after Master of Ceremonies for both corporate and public events. He is an Australian-born TV and radio professional, with a CV that boasts reporting for CBS radio in New York, CBC in Canada, Real Radio in the UK and RTE in Ireland. He was once the Chief Australian correspondent for the Canadian Economic Press and remains a longtime contributor to radio and TV programs as well as to various specialty publications. Tim is heard weekly on the Macquarie Media Network as 'Tim the Techno Bloke' discussing consumer technology. Tim has also produced local radio for the ABC, along with presenting the news on-shift. With such a varied background in the media, he is a capable facilitator of discussions on a wide range of subjects, being a proven and experienced public speaker.

    Tim's compelling presence and sophisticated delivery ensures no message or introduction is missed by the audience, while never upstaging the main attraction. His credits include various corporate awards ceremonies, as well public events such as the Footsteps Eco Festival, The Sustainable Energy Forum, The Sustainable Transport Forum, Earthbeat World Music Festival, Jazz In The Park, Bluesfest, Sail Sydney and the popular Glebe Street Fair visited by more than 100,000 people.

    Tim is a voting member of The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) and is an Honorary member of the Australia Cinematographers Society (ACS), bestowed in recognition of his support of Australian crews working in film and TV. As such, he has moderated industry Q&A sessions following Australian Film Institute screenings.

    Tim also facilitated numerous public consultation meetings regarding the controversial White Bay Passenger Terminal development in Sydney.

    In large arenas, he is a proven stadium announcer, having provided services to various sporting federations and leagues both in Australia and abroad.

    Tim is based in Sydney and has been engaged to undertake duties across Australia as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Holland, UK, Canada, Las Vegas and Honolulu for various clients and conferences.

    Separately, Tim works as a voice-over artist providing dialogue for commercials, corporate videos, IVR systems, and e-learning modules. He also teaches voice and on-camera presentation.


  • Jenny Brockie

    Jenny Brockie is well known for hosting SBS TV’s weekly program INSIGHT where she facilitates lively and thought provoking discussions on a wide range of topics. Jenny’s career spans television, radio and print. She has received a swag of awards for her work including the Gold Walkley, two AFI Awards, a Logie, and a Human Rights Award. Jenny has also won eight United Nations Association Media Peace Awards for her work on INSIGHT.

  • Dr Justin Bourke

    PhD, BSc/BE, MIEAust, MIEEE

    Justin completed a consecutive science (1999) and biomedical engineering (2002) degree program at Monash University. In 2003, Justin joined the Monash Physiology Department to design hardware and software systems for neural electrophysiology, through which he developed a keen interest in training students in various computer programming languages.

    With assistance from an NH&MRC Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship, Justin completed a PhD in neural tissue engineering in 2014, and was the first PhD student to graduate with a Biomedical Engineering specialisation from the medical faculty at Monash. His PhD involved design of biomaterial scaffolds for functional neural cell culture applications, using electrophysiology to explore cell function.

    Justin’s current role at St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne University is within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and involves design of functional synthetic biosystems for research into neural and neuromuscular disorders. Justin has developed methods for interfacing neural cultures with bionic limbs as a precursor to integrating prosthetics limbs with both the motor and sensory nervous systems. He has also developed a 3D neuronal networking model which produces network function akin to native brain tissue, which is being developed toward personalised drug selection for patients with neurological disorders including epilepsy.

    Justin has been on the Communications Committee for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science since early 2016, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the same ARC Centre. As part of the organising committee for the 2016 early career mentoring forum for the centre, Justin facilitated discussions on the SAGE Pilot and gender equity in research, and has since joined the Executive Steering Committee of the Women in STEMM, Australia organisation.

  • Megan Gilmour

    Missing School

    Megan Gilmour is a social innovation entrepreneur, whose career includes roles in government, the private sector and community organisations. Megan has worked on complex social and economic development operations in over 24 countries, including in health and education. She is Chair and co-founder of MissingSchool, an advocacy group for keeping seriously sick kids connected to their schools. She co-authored an Australian-first report on that subject which received a Prime Minister’s statement of support in 2015. As a 2016 Churchill Fellow, Megan is studying overseas models for connecting seriously sick kids to their education. Her work is passionately driven by her experience as a mother to a young son who survived a life-threating illness.

  • Professor Lorimer Moseley

    University of South Australia

    I am a clinical and research physiotherapist. After working clinically for six years, I undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute. I completed my PhD in 2002 and had research posts at the University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Oxford University, UK. I was appointed University of South Australia's Inaugural Chair in Physiotherapy, and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, in 2011. I am supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship.

    I am the Chair of PainAdelaide Stakeholders' Consortium, which runs a few outreach activities such as the Ride for Pain and PainAdelaide Scientific meeting. I established Pain Revolution, a bicycle-bound rural outreach tour from Melbourne to Adelaide, held in April 2017. I lead the Body in Mind Research Group, based here at the University of South Australia and at Neuroscience Research Australia, in Sydney. The Body in Mind research group investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. Pain is a huge problem - it affects 20% of the population and costs western societies about as much as diabetes and cancer combined. My research group does experiments in humans - both healthy volunteers and people in pain, and clinical intervention studies and clinical trials of treatments for defined chronic pain conditions. Our research is supported by NHMRC Project Grants and many of the group have scholarship or fellowship support. We have eight nationalities and several disciplines represented. For those of you keen on 'metrics', my main metrics are: Total number of papers - about 260; H-index - 59; competitive grant funding - about $20 million.

    I have given over 60 keynote talks at big international meetings, and I have spoken at the national meetings of relevant organisations (e.g. Pain Society, Physiotherapy, Medical or Psychological Association) in 32 countries. David Butler and I wrote Explain Pain, which is now in six languages, and the Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer. Explain Pain Supercharged (a clinician's manual) is due out 2017. With others we wrote The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook. I also wrote a small book called Painful Yarns - Metaphors and stories to help understand the biology of pain.

  • Professor John Polesel

    Melbourne Graduate School of Education,
    The University of Melbourne

    Professor John Polesel is Associate Dean International and Director of the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His research interests include issues of inequality, the relationship between schools and vocational training, models of education and training and youth transitions in Australia and internationally. He has played a leading role in winning and conducting over sixty major educational research grants and consultancies, focussing on young people and education.

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  • 2017 H.E.L.P Conference4 - 5 September 2017