Keynote Speakers

Details of the keynote speakers for the up-coming conference

 

Professor Caroline McMillen, MA, DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab) Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle

Professor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice- Chancellor and President in October 2011. Professor McMillen is committed to building collaborative partnerships between universities, government, industry and communities that directly contribute to the economic, environmental, social and cultural health of Australia.

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Conjoint Professor Trevor Waring, University of Newcastle 

Conjoint Professor Trevor Waring is a Clinical psychologist with 40 years of experience working the field of mental health. He is currently the Chair of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and a member of the Hunter-New England District Health Board.

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Assoc Prof Ruth Powell
Director, National Church Life Survey Research, Australian Catholic University 

Ruth Powell is the Director of NCLS Research and has overseen major projects including the National Church Life Survey, which form the basis of one of the largest, most comprehensive databases on church life in the world. The 2011 NCLS included more than a quarter of a million church attendees from 3000 local churches in 23 Christian denominations, from Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, other Protestant and Pentecostal faith traditions

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Pastor Ray Minniecon is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South-East Queensland. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with connections to the people of Ambrym Island. At Murdoch University, WA, Ray earned a BA in Theology and helped establish the Aboriginal Education Unit where he worked as its co-ordinator. Ray has worked for World Vision Australia’s Indigenous programs for twelve years and was its National Director for six of those years.

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Ms Gail White
Academic Registrar, University of Newcastle

Gail White is the Academic Registrar at the University of Newcastle. She holds a BA, DipEd, MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Gail has 24 years experience in university administration. Her career has covered a range of management responsibilities across diverse areas in higher education including student and staff, equity, student recruitment, international, student systems, corporate governance, policy and student and academic services.

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Dr Bernie Curran
Foundation Executive Officer, UoN Foundation, University of Newcastle

Dr Bernie Curran was appointed Executive Director of the University of Newcastle Foundation in 2002, a position which he currently holds. One of his special interests in this sphere was the development of greater inter-connection between the University and the communities of the Hunter in matters concerning education. To this end he worked with Muswellbrook, Singleton and Cessnock as well as with Coal & Allied and Xstrata Coal on the development of University Scholarship Support Programs. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.

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MoTiv (Technology and Spirituality) is an organization that is mainly working for students at the Delft University of Technology and two vocational schools in Technology Education in Delft. The Delft Student Chaplaincy, a cooperation of two Protestant Churches and the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, reinvented itself in 2002 as MoTiv.

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