Kate Browne | Broadcast and digital journalist
Kate is an accomplished digital journalist and the former ‘guilty mum’ presenter on ABC’s consumer affairs series, The Checkout. Kate has held previous roles in the corporate and media world and feels strongly about corporate advertising that targets parents and their kids.
Sharron Caddie | President of United Voice Queensland Branch
Sharron is currently the President of United Voice Queensland Branch and has been with the Union since July 2011. Sharron is part of the United Voice National Early Childhood Education and Care Strategy Group driving the Union campaign for professional wages in a quality ECEC sector.
Sharron has worked in the Union movement for more than 25 years, having worked as a public sector organiser and industrial officer in Queensland, before moving to Melbourne to be a National Industrial Officer with the Finance Sector Union. Sharron was also elected as a Victorian Branch Secretary of the FSU in 2001 and then as National Assistant Secretary in 2004, the first woman to be elected to the National Secretariat of the Union.
Sharron left the Finance Sector Union to return to Queensland in 2006 where she coordinated the Your Rights at Work Campaign for the Queensland Council of Unions.
Emma Cannen| Research and policy specialist
Emma currently works as a campaigner, researcher and policy brain in the union movement. Before that she worked in industry, academia and government in roles as diverse as research, stakeholder management, teaching and translation. Emma has a PhD in feminist international relations and misses discussing politics in the university classroom. She lives in Sydney with her partner and their two young children.
Georgina Dent| Journalist, editor and former lawyer
Georgina Dent is a journalist, editor, former lawyer and advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. She is the contributing editor of Women's Agenda, Australia's leading publication for career-minded women and has a fortnightly column in The Sun Herald & The Age on Sunday.
Georgie has appeared on ABC’s Lateline, The Drum, ABC Weekend Breakfast, Channel 9’s Today Show and Sky News, and has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter who enjoy her commentary on women, money, politics and everything in between.
She was recognised for her advocacy in the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards in Singapore in 2014, where she was a finalist in the journalist of the year category. In 2015 she was a finalist in the inaugural Our Watch Walkley Awards to recognise excellent reporting of domestic violence.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and their three daughters. Her first book is due out in May 2018 with Affirm Press.
Nicola Hazell l Gender equality advocate and public affairs expert
Nicola is Head of Diversity and Impact programs at Australia's leading accelerator & investor for tech startups, BlueChilli. Through this role, she is driving improvements in gender equality, inclusivity and social impact in the startup sector.
With more than a decade of experience in the media, government and not-for-profit sectors, Nicola has strong expertise in developing and delivering cross-sector collaborations, leading national campaigns, and informing public policy and debate.
Megan O'Connell l Education policy consultant
Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the entire education spectrum – early childhood, schooling and vocational and higher education. Her work frequently underpins policy that improves outcomes for young Australians.
Megan is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an education policy consultant. Megan continues to work with schools, early childhood organisations and academics to develop policy that improves access to quality early childhood development, education and training.
Megan has spent more than two decades dedicated to developing policy and programs to support children and young people to thrive through education.
Megan is formerly the Director of the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, where she lead the Institute’s highly influential foray into early childhood development and youth transitions. Megan was the research manager for the 2015 Australian Early Development Census.
Owen Wareham l Strategic campaigns and communications
Owen is the Supporter Engagement Manager at WWF-Australia where his role is to coordinate strategic communications campaigns that deliver conservation outcomes. His past roles have included working as an advisor to the Premier of Queensland, establishing an education campaigning organisation in Pakistan and working as a strategic campaigns advisor at change.org, the world's biggest petition platform.