CONVENTION PROGRAM

The Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania are pleased to be hosting the 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows, Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April 2019 in Hobart, Australia.  

This special event will provide attendees with the chance to connect with Fellows from across Australia (and beyond our shores) whilst gaining a unique and enlightening perspective of Hobart and Tasmania through the work of our active local cohort of inspiring Fellowship recipients.

For a 'snapshot' of the convention program click the following links...

CONVENTION PROGRAM (click below link)

2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows - Program (202.2 KB)

CONVENTION BROCHURE (click below link)

National Convention of Churchill Fellows 2019 Brochure (775.5 KB)

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS CHAIR - MS ALEXANDRIA SLOAN AM

Ms Sloan has been a journalist for 30 years, 27 of them as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, formally retiring from the ABC in January 2017.

During her career at the ABC, Ms Sloan was awarded a DFAT Travelling Scholarship to travel and report from Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.  She is a current member of the ACT Architects Board, former member of both the ACT Placenames Committee (1997-2017) and ACT and NT Selection Panel of Australian-American Fulbright Commission (2007-2010).

In 2012, Ms Sloan was awarded the Clem Cummins Medal which recognises contributions by non-architects and architects to architecture and the public interest.

In 2017, Ms Sloan was named Canberra Citizen of the Year “In recognition of her services to the Community of the ACT …and through her selfless support of a range of community organisations and charitable events.”

Ms Sloan continues to support a range of charities and is a well-known MC and facilitator in Canberra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONVENTION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Convention organising committee presents the following Keynote Speakers, designed to offer an engaging program througout the weekend:

 

THE HON. JEREMY SOAMES - CHAIR of TRUSTEES, UK WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST

The Honourable Jeremy Soames is the Chair of Trustees of the UK WCMT. Jeremy spent the majority of his career in investment management and banking, mostly with the N M Rothschild Group. He has also been Chairman of the National Pension Fund for Nurses, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Burdett Trust. He has acted as Non Executive Chair or Director for a number of companies in the financial sector.
Jeremy is the second son of Mary Soames, and grandson of Sir Winston.

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DR. BRONWYN SMITS - CHAIR, NZ WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST

Dr. Bronwyn Smits was appointed Chair of the NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Trust by the Governor General in 2017. Bronwyn is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and serves on 3 other Boards. She is Deputy Chair of Alandale Retirement Village, Director of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, where she serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and is Advisory Board member of Edison Consulting Group, an electrical engineering company.

Bronwyn’s executive career was spent in animal health and biotechnology. She has honours in veterinary medicine, pathology specialist registration and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness. 

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DAVID TREBECK - NATIONAL CHAIR, WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST 

David Trebeck has been National Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust since June 2017.  He is a 1974 Churchill Fellow, and has been Chair of the ACT Selection Committee.

David has been President of the ACT Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a director of several ASX companies over 20 years, including Pipers Brook Vineyard. Currently, he chairs Australia’s Oyster Coast Ltd and Delos Delta Pty Ltd (a company advising on the application of smart technologies to communities and cities, founded by a recent ACT Churchill Fellow).

A Canberra resident since 1975, David co-formed the economic consultancy ACIL in 1983, and previously worked for the National Farmers Federation. From 2005 to 2008 he was a Commissioner of the National Water Commission. David has an honours degree in agricultural science and a master’s degree in economics.

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ADAM DAVEY - CEO, WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST 

Adam Davey is a highly experienced senior public servant. Over his 20 year career, Adam has managed large teams working on complex policy and associated government initiatives. Adam  has worked at ComSuper, Defence Housing Australia, Medicare (where he was public spokesman), the Australian Taxation Office, Treasury, IP Australia and has extensive small business experience.  Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Adam is highly regarded for his leadership, strategic direction, creative thinking and people management skills.

 

 

 

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WELCOME RECEPTION - Friday evening

The 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows will focus on ‘Bringing Knowledge Home’ with a Welcome Reception at Government House, hosted by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner AC and Mr Richard Warner, also a Churchill fellow (1999).

 

Tasmania's Government House
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TASMANIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

'CHURCHILL'S CHOICE'

- Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS - 3.30pm Saturday afternoon

Churchill’s Choice is the culmination of an idea put forward by Churchill Fellow Gwyn Roberts (1974 Fellow), to direct a concert with TYO as a testament to the act of ‘Bringing Knowledge Home’ – the theme for the 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows.  Gwyn Roberts was a Music Director for TYO when he received his Churchill Fellowship. He has curated the Churchill’s Choice program to highlight the talent of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and feature TYO and Churchill Fellows alike.

Churchill’s Choice offers a diverse selection of music for the audience to enjoy. Entitled “Symphony of Three Centuries” Gwyn has brought together movements by Haydn, Beethoven, and Shostakovich and includes Dvorak’s haunting melody from his New World Symphony which was subtitled “Going Home”. The concert will also include Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane to showcase guest soloist, Meriel Owen (2013 Fellow), on harp. Audience members are sure to be delighted with the musical accompaniment to the event’s guest speaker, Peter Cundall (1974 Fellow).

In addition to the quality music program, the afternoon will see MC Ryk Godard (2005 Fellow) engage in conversation with Guest Speaker Peter Cundall, harpist Meriel Owen and Guest Conductor Gwyn Roberts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to not only pleasure your ears with music, but also hear stories from the Churchill Fellows as they share insights into their experiences and learnings. 

The TYO (Tasmanian Youth Orchestra) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose state-wide program offers young Tasmanian musicians both instrumental and vocal ensemble experience, and the opportunity learn from some of Australia’s best musicians.

Additional ticket prices start at $17 for concession, $27 for adults and $70 for a family. Tickets available from www.tyo.org.au/concerts or at the door on the day.

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 CONVENTION DINNER - Saturday evening

Welcome to the Hobart Function & Conference Centre - Hobart’s premium events and conference venue - a magnificent venue enjoying a waterfront location like no other, situated as it is on Elizabeth Street Pier, spanning 100m out over the sparkling water of the Derwent, the centerpiece of Hobart’s bustling waterfront community.

 

 

SPECIAL CONVENTION DINNER KEYNOTE PRESENTER

- STEVE BIDDULPH OAM (1980)

Steve Biddulph became Australia's best known psychologist and an influential voice in education and parenting worldwide, with books much loved in over 3 million homes and 32 languages around the globe. 

But it was for his live talks that he is most remembered, stunningly honest, moving, practical, and very funny. Now retired, he continues to write and teach, and campaigns on everything from climate catastrophe to education reform.

He lives in Tasmania and is a grandfather, husband and dad.

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GUEST SPEAKER - NATASHA NIEUWHOF (2011)

Natasha Nieuwhof is a director and part-owner of the family business Goaty Hill Wines, established in 1995 in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania. While managing the sales and marketing arm of Goaty Hill, Natasha is an active member of the wine and tourism communities holding positions on the Wine Tasmanian marketing committee and a member of the Taste Advisory Group.

Natasha is also a director of Red Goat Events, a not for profit event management company that has established community events such as the Launceston Night Market. Natasha's contribution to the wine community has been recognised with a service to the Industry Award in 2010 and in 2011 Natasha was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study collaborative marketing in the wine industry and its impact on Wine Tourism in the USA and Canada.  

We'll learn more about Natasha and sample some of the Goaty Hill Wines produce at the Convention Dinner!

GUEST SPEAKER - DR NIALL DORAN (2017)

A zoologist and film-maker, Dr Niall Doran has extensive experience in threatened species research and conservation management. Niall founded the Bookend Education Program with international best-selling author Bryce Courtenay in 2008, and co-directed the multi-award winning documentary Sixteen Legs (2016).

Niall was the 2012 Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year, the 2012 inaugural awardee of the Breath of Fresh (BOFA) Film Festival Award for Innovation in Filmmaking, a 2016 Screen Producers Australia ‘Ones to Watch’ Awardee and a 2017 Churchill Fellow.  

 

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SUNDAY MORNING TOURS 

Opportunities to visit Fellows in situ – woodworking, walking in bushland, medical artifacts, a variety of experiences from which to choose. 

More details on Registration page.

 
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Dr Phillip Thompson and Mr Basil Smith
Dr Phillip Thompson and Mr Basil Smith

PASSING ON OF THE CIGAR - Sunday Lunch

Delegates to re-group at the convention venue - Hotel Grand Chancellor - following Sunday morning's tours, for this Special Event - Passing on the Cigar.  Join Tasmania's Churchill Fellows in celebrating this occasion, and cap off a successful and inspiring 2019 National Convention.

The Tasmanian Cigar (124.5 KB)

 

JILL BANNON CORPORATE EVENT MANAGEMENT (Tas)

Assisting the Organising Committee with Website Maintenance, Strategic Planning and Event Coordination of 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows - visit www.jbcemtas.com.au