Nicholas Cowdery AM QC
A barrister since 1971, Nicholas was the Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales for over 16 years until 2011 and in that capacity had close professional experience in dealing with the consequences of violence against and abuse of women and children. He has served as an acting Judge of the District Court of NSW. He served two terms as President of the International Association of Prosecutors and was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.
Nicholas now holds a number of honorary university academic positions and teaches courses in criminal justice. He consults for a number of organisations, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth Secretariat and is engaged in criminal justice development projects worldwide.
Nicholas is a member of the National Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the University of Sydney Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association, former member of the NSW Sentencing Council and currently serves on other bodies in law and in other areas. He is an author and commentator on criminal justice and human rights issues.
Nicholas joined the Board in February 2016. He has been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009.
John was appointed to the Board in June 2011 and undertook the role of Treasurer until he took over as Chair in February 2014. He stood down from that role in February 2016 but has continued on the Board.
He has had extensive experience at senior levels in the financial services industry, specialising in operations, human resource management and change management. During his time in the industry, John was heavily involved with two major Bank mergers and spent time on secondment as the Banking Advisor to the Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman (now the Financial Ombudsman Service). After retiring from the finance industry in 2004, John and his partner established a consulting company, of which he continues to be Director and Company Secretary. He holds several tertiary qualifications covering finance, superannuation and management, including a Master of Business (Banking).
John is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
Paul Edginton BA Comm FAICD
A White Ribbon Ambassador and previously the Chair of the South Australian White Ribbon Committee, Paul Edginton is committed to breaking the silence about men’s violence against women.
Paul has been the Chief Executive Officer at SYC Limited since 2004. SYC works with more than 55,000 vulnerable Australians each year many of whom have experienced domestic violence and whose vulnerability is the result of family conflict, violence and breakdown.
SYC works in the areas of Home, Learning, Working and Wellbeing to assist vulnerable Australians take control of their lives.
Ian Carter AM
Ian Carter has served as the CEO of Anglicare WA since 1995. Anglicare WA is the largest provider of DV services in WA concerning victims and perpetrators and children affected by it, as well running a Women’s Refuge and early intervention services.
Ian’s career in community service, particularly in community capacity building and social justice, has been extensive and prolific. He has been involved in both creating and governing a wide range of community organisations at local, national and international levels.
Ian was a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness and the WA Ministerial Roundtable on Affordable Housing. He is a member of the WA State Government’s Partnership Forum, a coalition between leaders in the State Government and not-for-profit organisations. In 2009 he was appointed as the Chairperson of the WA State Government’s Social Housing Taskforce. He is a Founding Board Member and current Chairman of Foyer Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Anglicare Australia and on the Board of White Ribbon Australia.
Ian has held the positions of Deputy President of the ACOSS, President of WACOSS, President of Family Services Australia, Chairman of the State Taskforce on Poverty, Chairman of the Ministerial Housing Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Anti Poverty Week Steering Committee in WA and was a founding Director on the Boards of JOBfutures, Leadership WA and the WA Community Foundation.
He was inducted into the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2009.
Dan Gregory is a author, educator, and social commentator. He is the President and CEO of The Impossible Institute™, an innovation and engagement organisation founded to make what’s not… possible.
Dan’s specialization is human behavior – our motives, drives and belief systems, the things that make us buy, the things that make us buy in and the things that pull our strings.
Dan has helped develop new product lines for Coca-Cola and Unilever, invented new media formats for Murdoch Magazines, created interaction systems for categories as diverse as fast food chains and government departments and launched internal and external engagement campaigns for companies as varied as Aussie Home Loans, the National Rugby League, News Ltd, Vodafone and MTV.
He has worked as a director and lecturer at Australia’s premier creative school, AWARD, taught post-graduate students at Macquarie and Sydney Universities as well as privately coaching and mentoring CEOs and non-executive board members.
Dan is a captivating speaker whose business acumen is matched by a rapier wit and rare human insight gained during a three year sabbatical working on the US and UK stand-up comedy circuits – skills put to great use in front of 1.4 million viewers as a regular on ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer.
His goal is to turn Impossible Thinking™ into an epidemic.
Young Queenslander of the Year in 2009, Chiu-Hing Chan is the Australia China Corporation managing director, Vice Chairman & CEO of the Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business and is also the Chairman of the Brisbane Chinatown Committee.
A solicitor, government consultant and corporate director, Chiu-Hing is an appointee to the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal and to the Queensland Law Society’s International Relations & Law Committee. Mr Chan is a solicitor admitted in the High Court of Australia and the Queensland Supreme Court.
Chiu-Hing is the China Market Consultant for the Federal Government’s Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) and sits on the board of the Australian Camel Industry Association and an Honorary Board member for the Australian Sugar Industry Museum.
Age 29, he became the youngest appointed Honorary Teaching Fellow with the University of Queensland – Confucius Institute.
He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Multicultural Media Roundtable in 2011 and was an appointee by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) as the Australian Representative to the Shanghai World Expo – Youth Summit in 2010.
At age 24, Chiu-Hing was the youngest appointed committee executive to the Australian Institute of Company Director – Gold Coast Branch and the Queensland Olympic Council’s Beijing Olympic Committee.
He has a Master degree in Journalism, Bachelor degrees in Law & International Relations and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practise from Bond University. He is also an Old Boy of the prestigious Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).
Born and educated in London, Carole graduated in 1969 with an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool UK. She migrated to Australia in 1971 and has occupied a number of senior roles in the retail industry including General Manager of Grace Bros Sydney City store and 18 years as CEO of specialty fashion chain Suzanne Grae. In June 2013, Carole started CMR Consulting, which specialises in helping a Company use its unique ‘DNA’ to develop effective business strategies.
Carole is a past Member of the National Council of the Australian Retailer’s Association (ARA) and a past Non-Executive Director of Bantex Australia P/L and Paraquad NSW. She is a currently a Non-Executive Director of Webster Holdings, Nick Scali Furniture and a Board Member of Racing NSW in addition to White Ribbon Australia.
Carole is also a Director and Member of the Zonta Club of Sydney. Zonta International is a global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy with a particular focus on violence prevention.
Under Carole’s stewardship, Suzanne Grae formed a strong and highly successful community partnership with White Ribbon in 2007 which continues today. As an employer of a largely female workforce over many years, Carole has first-hand experience of the impact of domestic violence in the workplace
Nick is manager of the City of Whittlesea’s Major Projects department. He has a wealth of experience in both Local and State Government. He is currently responsible for overseeing the capital New Works Program and is a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA).
Nick is a White Ribbon Ambassador. He was one of 14 men who attended a white ribbon breakfast at Darebin Council back in 2007. Following this breakfast he helped to establish the Darebin White Ribbon Action Team, which continues to this day.
Bernie has been a proud White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.
A social worker since 1992 in Australia and internationally, Bernie is clinically specialised in family therapy, grief and loss and surviving domestic violence; health policy and social development, including gender equality policy and practice; and humanitarian response, including UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security.
From 2011 to 2012, Bernie was Ending Violence Against Women Adviser for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which included advising WHO’s global Sexual and Gender Based Violence prevention program.
Bernie is currently an Assistant Director in the Australian Aid Program, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Bernie also holds a position as Director of EveryMan ACT.