Elizabeth Proust AO
Elizabeth Proust has held leadership roles in the private and public sectors in Australia for almost 30 years. She has worked in local, State and Federal Government, the oil industry and in banking. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government and was CEO of the City Of Melbourne.
Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestle (Australia), Chairman of Bank of Melbourne, and Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council. Elizabeth has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.
Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, Co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry
In October 2014, 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.
Tanya Russell is a registered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience and is also the manager of the Counselling and Clinical Services team of Access Newcastle and CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning. Tanya completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle and went on to obtain her Honours degree through the University of New England.
Peter will start the year with a visual comment. His work is widely known in the Newcastle area through his 30 year role as the Newcastle Herald’s editorial cartoonist.
Peter was educated in Newcastle and has held a variety of jobs during his career including pizza cook, taxi driver, labourer, commercial artist and support ballet dancer! He has won several awards for painting and cartooning, including 1st prize in the National Rotary Cartoon Awards in 1994 and 2002.