Bernie Hobbs is a popular judge on ABC TV's The New Inventors, and a firm favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC radio around the country.
Bernie has that rare combination of a sharp intellect, quick wit and warmth. With a background in medical research, environmental writing and science teaching, Bernie can tackle tough or technical subjects and bring the driest topics alive for lay or expert audiences.
She has won awards for the kids' TV show the experiMENTALS, and for her infamous greenhouse website Planet Slayer - where you find out what age you should have died at so you don't use more than your share of the planet!
She has a first class honours degree in biochemistry and microbiology, a very nerdy habit of bird watching, and more than a passing interest in cycling, kayaking and ridding her backyard of asthma weed.
Julie Honore - Managing Director, SafeSearch/EnviroSearchGlobal
Julie is the founder and Managing Director of SafeSearch and EnviroSearchGlobal, specialist search and recruitment businesses. Her consulting career spans over 20 years in Australia, NZ and the UK. Previous roles included Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and leading their Global HR Consulting Practice in Australia.
Julie holds various qualifications including a Master of Leadership and Management (with distinction). She is a Fellow and past Victorian Council member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, FAHRI (2010), Fellow (Hon) of the Safety Institute of Australia, FSIA, and in 2010 Julie was invited by the Hon Minister Tim Holding to participate on the WorkSafe Victoria OHS Advisory Committee.
Julie present and past posts include 1MW Advisory Board Member and ambassador, member of SIA Victorian Executive and Safety in Action Organising Committee (2007-2009), AHRI Victorian Council Member and OHS Special Interest Group Committee member. She has received extensive coverage on both television and in the press for her insights on safety leadership and how to attract and retain talent.
Kim McKay - Managing Director, Momentum2
Kim McKay is a social & sustainability marketing & communications consultant working in Australia and internationally on social change and awareness campaigns.
For over 25 years she has created programs aimed at changing community behaviour, particularly in the area of environmental campaigns. She is the co-founder of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 for distinguished service to the environment and the community. Kim is managing director of Momentum2 pty ltd and sits on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations. She is the co-author of five books in the True Green series (ABC Books).
Assoc. Professor Rosemary Lyster - Director, Australian Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Law
Rosemary Lyster is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL). In the area of Environmental Law, Rosemary specialises in Climate Law, Water Law and GMOs and Environmental Law. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press in the area of Energy and Climate Law. They are Rosemary Lyster and Adrian Bradbrook Energy Law and the Environment (Cambridge University Press: 2006) and Adrian J. Bradbrook, Rosemary Lyster, Richard L. Ottinger and Wang Xi (eds) The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press: 2005). Rosemary is also the principal author of Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Graeme Wiffen, Linda Pearson, Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales (2nd edition) (Federation Press: 2009).
Rosemary is the Energy and Water Special Editor of the Environmental Planning and Law Journal which is the leading environmental law journal in Australia. She is a member of the IUCN Ã¢ The World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Law, comprising environmental lawyers from around the world. She is a member of the Commission's Special Working Groups on Water and Wetlands, Energy and Climate Change, and Forests and was Chair of the Water and Wetlands Group from 2005-2009.
Rosemary has an extensive list of publications including books, chapters in books and articles in leading international and domestic law journals. She is a regular presenter at international and domestic conferences.
Sam Mostyn - AFL Commissioner & leading climate and sustainability adviser
Sam Mostyn is a company director and sustainability adviser and speaker. Trained as a lawyer, she spent a number of years working as an adviser to Federal Government ministers and the former Prime Minister Paul Keating. She worked on the senior executive teams at Optus and Insurance Australia Group, and led teams creating sustainability strategies and programs, incorporating responsible principles into core business practices.
Sam is the President of the Australian Museum Trust, and serves on a number of climate change advisory bodies, including the Federal Coasts and Climate Change Council, and the NSW Climate Change Council.
Wendy McCarthy AO - Company Director & Business Public Sector Mentor
Wendy McCarthy is an experienced manager and company director. She currently chairs headspace - Australia National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. In 2010 she joined the board of Goodstart Childcare Limited and was Global Vice Chair of Plan International until she retired in 2009. She has held many significant leadership roles in leading national bodies including eight years as deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Passionate about the power of education, for four decades Wendy has been a teacher, educator and change agent, completing a decade as Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Her consulting business McCarthy Mentoring specialises in providing mentors to major corporations, the public sector and not for profit organisations. She is the author of seven books.
In 1989 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership and in 2005 she was nominated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia Top 100 Public Intellectuals. In 2011 she was featured in the IWD publication The Power of One which profiled 100 women who have shaped Australia..