Dr John Skerritt

Dr John Skerritt

Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health

Dr John Skerritt, is Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health. He was formerly the National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration, until his role was expanded. He also has responsibility for the Department’s Office of Drug Control, responsible for developing the new medicinal cannabis regulatory scheme. Dr Skerritt is a former Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, as well as regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. In 2012 he was the world-wide winner of the Rotary International “Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award”. He is an Adjunct Professor of the universities of Queensland and Canberra, has a PhD from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. He has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Vic). He is a University Medallist and PhD graduate in Pharmacology.

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Rachel Robertson

Rachel Robertson

Expedition Leader

Rachel Robertson successfully led a year long expedition to Antarctica.  She was the youngest and just the second female expedition leader to Davis Station.  Rachel will inspire, challenge and entertain with her story and brilliant photography.

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Leading on the Edge

Dorothy Hoddinott (AO)

Dorothy Hoddinott (AO)

Presiding Pro-Chancellor at the University of Sydney

Dorothy Hoddinott AO is a former principal of Holroyd High School in Sydney and Presiding Pro-Chancellor at the University of Sydney. She has long been a strong advocate for the human rights of children and young people, particularly young refugees and asylum seekers. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2014 for her work protecting the human rights of refugees and disadvantaged students. She was a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney 2010-2017 and has been a Pro-Chancellor of the University since 2015.

 “I have devoted my career to giving people ideas above their station. I don’t believe your station is fixed.”

Dorothy has been very successful in raising funds to provide modest scholarships for many students to help them complete school and support their further education. “I see that as an ongoing role really, while I can. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money; it just has to be strategic money.”