Regional Forum 2017 - Brisbane

Abigail Forsyth

Founder, KeepCup

When Abigail Forsyth first started developing the KeepCup, she thought it would be “a nice little project” to have on the side while she raised her children. Four years later, the KeepCup has become Australia’s leading reusable barista standard coffee cup, distributed by many of Australia’s biggest names in coffee and launching into markets worldwide. Her humble plans, it seems, have taken off beyond even her most ambitious dreams.

Dr Jason Fox
Motivation strategy & design expert, keynote speaker and bestselling author of The Game Changer

Dr Jason Fox is the bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest. His research has been featured in the likes of Smart Company, BRW and The Financial Review. In 2016 he was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year by Professional Speakers Australia, entering him into the Speaker Hall of Fame. Frequently booked over a year in advance, Jason delivers fresh thinking to instil new curiosity for future relevance, purpose and growth.
Dr Rolf Gomes
Founder, Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia is a rural health program that embodies the most innovative approach to frontline specialist medical service delivery in generations. The program is the brainchild of Brisbane cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, a father of three and the principal of Medihearts. Heart of Australia will deliver fortnightly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to rural and remote communities across Queensland. Their first customised road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels – will travel more than 72,000km in its first year on the road, covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.
James Grugeon
Founder, Good Beer Co

James Grugeon, founder of Good Beer Co, is a man on a mission to sell a lot of good beer to raise money for good causes, and with over 20 years’ experience in corporate and social responsibility, he has the expertise to achieve the dream. As Australia’s first social enterprise beer company, The Good Beer Co exists to sell beer to make money for good causes, donating at least 50 percent of its profits to charity.
Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett
Co-founders, Orange Sky Laundry

Two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for the homeless. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 700 volunteers across the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect the community.
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John Brennan OAM
Chief Executive Officer, Surf Life Saving Queensland
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Nino Di Marco
Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service