IMPROVISE – ADAPT - OVERCOME. These three words, a mantra Paul de Gelder learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper, resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his life on the edge, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of Australia’s defence forces. But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009 when Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Navy Clearance Diver was flung into jeopardy. Read more about Paul de Gelder’s extraordinary story below.
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IMPROVISE – ADAPT - OVERCOME. These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his life on the edge, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of Australia’s defence forces. But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009 when Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Navy Clearance Diver was flung into jeopardy. Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level. In the five years since the shark attack, Paul's life has changed in every aspect. Leaving full time Navy Service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further 3.5 years, Paul travels the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids. From the United Nations in New York and the US Navy in San Diego, to Anzac Day military celebrations in front of thousands, and keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia and New Zealand, Paul has spoken at venues all around the world. He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show. Just recently, he starred as a guest trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia, and he will soon be co-hosting a program for Discovery Channel’s 2014 Shark Week…Great White Matrix. An amazing man, an amazing story. Paul will simply inspire you.
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Belinda Neil
Belinda Neil, Author|Keynote Speaker
Belinda Neil had more extraordinary experiences before she was thirty-five than most people have in a lifetime - working as an undercover operative, saving lives as a hostage negotiator, heading up an elite counter- terrorist team during the Sydney Olympics, and catching some of the worst criminals in NSW... the list goes on. As a result of her career and understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Belinda will take you on a journey sharing her work experiences in some of the most dangerous and high risk areas in policing and talks about the effect of this work, how she succumbed to PTSD and severe depression along with the personal toll on her ability to function. In her presentation Belinda will explain how to recognise and cope with such events and how to minimise their impact while outlining her road to recovery. Belinda’s presentations are pitched to both corporate and government sectors on the importance of communication and conflict resolution, how to deal with difficult people and effective negotiation within the workplace. A powerful and emotive presenter, Belinda gives first-hand insights into a topic which is becoming ever more topical in today’s high- pressure corporate and sporting environments…guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats. CLICK HERE to view an inspiring interview with Belinda Neil on ABC 7.30.
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John Ahern
John Ahern, Author|Keynote Speaker
John Ahern is an author, speaker, business consultant and previously one of the six-person global leadership team for travel giant, Flight Centre Limited. John speaks about work/life balance and ‘the power of time out’ as a key tool for creativity, innovation and productivity to thrive. He illustrates his points with hilarious personal anecdotes from both his corporate career and as a traveler through over 80 countries; having been been shot at, poisoned, tear-gassed, locked in an African jail and been a passenger on two train derailments. Quoting from his book On The Road…With Kids; the hilarious, poignant and inspiring story of his family’s one-year journey through 30 countries in an old campervan, John talks of the quest to create a life less ordinary – at work and play. He uses examples of how Flight Centre, Microsoft, Facebook and others intertwine ‘time out’ into their business success formulas, sparking ideas on deploying daily breaks, retreats and even longer sabbaticals, to produce happier employees, supercharged performances and extraordinary company growth. John has been featured in an array of media including the Australian Financial Review’s Great Leap series, BRW, Channel 9, Sky Business News and the ABC’s Conversation Hour with Richard Fidler. An accomplished speaker, with the gravitas of a corporate leader and the soul of a backpacker, John is sure to entertain and inspire.
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TRAVELS FROM: Queensland
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Grant Hyde
Grant Hyde, a Bookmakers son, started work as a clerk for his father until he was graded with the NRL‟s Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney Roosters) in 1989 as a defensive second-row/hooker. His professional Rugby League career ended in 1992 with the death of his father and a serious career beckoned. Over the following years Grant worked as a Taxi Driver, Hotel Manager, Gym Instructor, Building Project Manager & Real Estate Agent. Throughout these years he maintained his strong affection for Rugby League as a Captain/Coach to various „A‟ grade teams in the South-Sydney Competition where he came into contact with many Polynesian team mates. It was in 1999 that he discovered his fascination for the Pacific Islands when he project managed the renovation of a Hotel in Tonga. Bred from a long line of Australian story tellers, it was his interest in human history and his love of the Polynesian people that brought him to complete his first Novel “Lords of the Pacific” in 2008. Today Grant is a highly sought after Personal Trainer specialising in weight loss through strength training, sports specific coaching and running/boxing. He is coach to the Maroubra Lions Rugby League „A‟ grade team and a novelist. He has completed four novels to date with his second, „Islands of Gold‟ to be released in December 2010.
TRAVELS FROM: New South Wales
Grant Hyde, Author|Keynote Speaker
Geena Leigh 
At just fifteen years old, Geena Leigh had no choice but to leave home. Without an education or any real options, she found herself being lured into the sex industry by the promise of big money and the validation of strangers. She turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of day-to-day life as a call-girl and overcome the emotional scars of her past. But even in her darkest hours, Geena refused to accept her circumstances and never stopped striving for freedom and a better life. Eventually she found the strength to turn things around and set herself on a path to a brighter future. Now, Geena has three university degrees, the career of her dreams and is in a loving relationship. Her autobiography Call Me Sasha was published in January 2014 and debuted as the #1 bestselling non-fiction book in Australia. Geena’s authenticity, raw honesty and resilience will simply inspire audiences.
TRAVELS FROM: New South Wales
Geena Leigh, Author|Keynote Speaker
Karen Brooks
Dr Karen Brooks is an author, newspaper columnist, social commentator and academic. She has a Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies and has taught and published internationally on all things popular culture, specialising in youth culture. An award-winning lecturer, for years, she has conducted professional development sessions for teachers across Australia and keynoted at many education conferences. Nowadays, she has slowed down somewhat and finds greatest contentment in writing fiction, conducting workshops and giving motivational talks. Karen has also worked as a professional actress, a children’s playwright, an Army Officer in the Royal Australian Army Survey Corp, a checkout-chick, an assessment clerk with the NRMA, a waitress, a dress-boutique manager, a theatre director, been a wife (twice), and a mother (twice over too!). The author of ten books, her latest is the historical fiction epic, The Brewer’s Tale, about a medieval female brewer in England. She has also written historical fantasy novels with, Tallow: Book One in The Curse of the Bond Riders receiving an Honorary Mention in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2010. She has also been listed in Who’s Who in Australia and Who’s Who in the World for many years. Still producing topical weekly columns for QLD’s Courier Mail, between helping her partner with his newly established craft brewery, Captain Bligh’s Ale and Cider in Hobart, she’s currently writing another historical novel, The Locksmith’s Daughter. Karen is a very experienced public speaker and a passionate advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, cancer, education and latterly - craft brewers.
Paul Jordan
Paul Jordan served in the elite SAS for over a decade. He later joined private security with companies including Exxon Mobile, and has provided security training and operational support to thousands of journalists including BBC and ABC, and supported CNN in Iraq during the 2003 invasion. Paul assisted in clean up operations in Banda Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami, has acted as Security Adviser to the Australian High Commission in Islamabad and managed evacuations from Honiara during civil unrest. He deployed to the 2010 Haiti earthquake to conduct security for media NGOs such as the Clinton Trust.A UN peacekeeper and experienced trauma medic, Paul was instrumental in treating Rwandans during the Kibeho massacre in 1995, and ran the Vanimo hospital in Papua New Guinea post the devastating tidal wave in 1997. His imprisonment in a putrid Indian jail for 24 days in 2008 tested his mental fortitude and his reflection on that episode laid the groundwork for his 2012 book The Easy Day Was Yesterday.
Paul Jordan, Author|Keynote Speaker
Mark Tanner
Mark Tanner is the Founder and Managing Director of Shanghai based China Skinny, one of China’s best known and fastest growing marketing and research agencies. He brings a personal perspective from marketing roles in China, North America, Europe, Australasia and Africa since the late ‘90s. Mark’s company China Skinny has established itself as a leader in understanding the latest trends, insights and best practices for the ever-changing Chinese marketplace. China Skinny publishes the most-read English weekly newsletter about marketing to Chinese consumers, with 10,000 Western business readers. Mark regularly provides views and commentary about China’s market place in such media as Bloomberg and Reuters. China Skinny’s client base spans Asia, Australasia, North and South America, the UK and Europe, across a wide variety of industries including FMCG companies such as Colgate, Government agencies such as the Finnish Fund For Innovation, Tourism such as Malaysia and a wide range of clients from fashion to food, education to property, technology to investments. He is a regular keynote speaker at events from Shanghai to Sydney and Hong Kong to Helsinki. On a personal front, Mark has a love for travel and adventure, which has seen him lead the world’s first paddle down the Nile River, hunt for ancient Viking treasure in Iceland and cycle across Canada mid-winter.
Mark Tanner, Author|Keynote Speaker
Mandy Johnson
Mandy Johnson is a best-selling business author and the former UK director of global travel giant, Flight Centre Limited where, in a bid to save her career, she threw away the old HR textbooks, experimented with new techniques, and created an unconventional people system that produced astonishing profit results.She contributes regular articles to business media such as Smart Company and has been interviewed and/or featured in Sky Business News, The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Boss Magazine, ABC Radio’s Conversation Hour and Jon Faine Morning Programme, Qantas In-Flight Radio with Alan Kohler and German Eins Magazine for her unconventional business strategies. Her first book Family, Village Tribe (Random House) rated in Kobo’s top five in the Business-Entrepreneurship category in 2014 and is studied in many MBA courses around Australia. Her second book Winning the War for Talent (Wiley Business) was released in April 2014 and has garnered widespread interest on TV, radio and in the business press. As a presenter, Mandy’s Winning the War for Talent seminar was Bond University’s highest-rated executive education program of its year. Now run as part of the University of Queensland Business School’s executive education programme, it is the only course to achieve a perfect 100% evaluation rating. Mandy changes the way the audience sees their business and shows how innovative people practices transform organisations and achieve extraordinary results. An accomplished public speaker, her audiences come away inspired by her presentations which are based not on theory, but on proven results.
TRAVELS FROM: Queensland
Sue Williams
Sue Williams is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written for all of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines along with those in the UK. She appears regularly on TV and radio, has had her own TV segment on SBS TV’s popular Hotline program. A bestselling author, she has written a number of books, on a wide range of topics. Her books include Love Is In The Air, about a group of dancers who defy all the odds to achieve excellence; Women of the Outback, telling the astonishing life stories of 14 remarkable women, from high-achievers to everyday heroes all living in the outback while battling drought, flood, harrowing isolation and often horrific accidents to survive and thrive. And Then The Darkness: The Disappearance of Peter Falconio and the Trials of Joanne Lees, was shortlisted for the prestigious international Gold Dagger (the world’s top crime-writing award), and for the highest Australian award for crime writing, the Ned Kelly Award. The Father Chris Riley Story went into reprint an astonishing five times in the first three months of publication. Sue has also co-authored a motivational women’s health guide, Powering Up, and contributed to a collection of short fiction stories, Love, Obsession, Secrets & Lies. Sue is now listed in the ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’, a celebration of influential women in Australia.
Sue Williams, Author|Keynote Speaker
TRAVELS FROM: New South Wales
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