Speaker Profiles

Our 2019/20 Rotary International President’s representative Jennifer Scott 

Jennifer lives in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, surrounded by world heritage listed national parks. She is passionate about peace building and ecological sustainability. 
Jennifer has practiced as a lawyer since 1981, specialising in environmental and planning law. After her undergraduate degrees in Arts/Law Jennifer completed a Masters Degree in Local Government and Environment Law and a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution. She began mediating in 1991. She is an arbitrator and nationally accredited mediator. 
Since 2005, after retiring from legal practice, Jennifer has focused on providing facilitation and dispute resolution services to private and government organisations, and to the courts and tribunals. She also provides training and coaching for organisations including Resolution Institute, Sydney Graduate School of Management, UTS, Chambers of Commerce, small to medium businesses and voluntary organisations. 
Jennifer is also involved in several not for profit organisations and charities. She is the chair of Varuna, the National Writers’ House, and is on the board of Sustainable Cambodia.
Jennifer served as District Governor in 2007-08. She is a founding member of ‘Women in Rotary’, which is dedicated to achieving equity for women around the world. 
Jennifer has been the Australian training coordinator and an international trainer for Rotary leaders. In 2013 she was awarded the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. In 2014-2016 Jennifer was the Rotary International Assembly Seminar trainer. She has been a member of the Rotary International Election Review committee and, chair of Rotary International Leadership Development and Training Committee and vice chair of the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Committee

Keynote speaker – Michael Sawyer

Michael Sawyer, OAM, MBBS, PhD, Dip Child Psych., FRANZCP, FRCPC is 
Emeritus Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. 
Prior to retiring in 2019 he was Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the 
University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women's and 
Children's Hospital in South Australia. 
During his academic career he also held appointments as Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
Michael is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. In 
2008, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the field of 
child and adolescent mental health as a researcher and educator.

Keynote Speaker - John Millington

 John Millington was born to migrant parents in 1947 and raised in Brunswick. Following his graduation, he worked for the Department Of Agriculture before he started breeding game birds at Eltham and Gumbuya Park in Gippsland. 
His friendship with the owner of Luv-A-Duck finally led him and his family to Nhill 37 years ago, when John was appointed General Manager of Luv-a-Duck. When he joined the company in 1983 it was producing about 5000 ducks weekly. When he retired in 2013, 30 years later, that had increased to 100,000 ducks per week. 
John and his wife Marg have successfully relocated over 200 of the Karen Burmese refugees to Nhill. These Karen now have freedom, safety and meaningful lives at last.
They have also successfully lobbied the Victorian Government to introduce a “Safe Script” scheme to monitor Schedule 8 prescription drugs in ‘real time’, which allows doctors to make appropriate decisions when prescribing addictive pain killers. They are now turning their efforts to a nationwide scheme.
In 2012 John was awarded an OAM for his contribution to Aviculture and his service to his community. In 2017 he was awarded the Hindmarsh Shire Citizen of the Year.  
John has been an active Rotarian for 35 years, serving two terms as President and all other positions except Secretary. He also served as Group 2 Assistant Governor.
Both John and Marg attribute their success and resilience to the example given to them by their parents, the love and support of their family, but most importantly the gift of their faith by which they live.

Keynote Speaker - James Charles

Associate Professor James Charles is a very proud Kaurna man for the Adelaide Plains, South Australia.
Current position: Coordinator of Master of Public Health, at the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University and previous academic with the School of Medicine, Deakin University (2017-2019).
Dr Charles has previously worked at the University of Newcastle, and Charles Sturt University.
A/Prof Charles was the first Aboriginal person to receive a Master of Podiatry, and the first Aboriginal Podiatrist to receive a PhD (Aboriginal foot health). Dr Charles has volunteered his time at many Aboriginal community controlled organisations, boards and committees around Australia.
James has provided clinical podiatry services to Aboriginal communities all over Australia, in urban, rural and remote places. Dr Charles was President of Indigenous Allied Health Australia 2009 – 2010, and Chairperson of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Network 2008.
Dr Charles was very proud to be chosen as a representative on the national “Close the Gap” committee in 2008-2009. Dr Charles was very honoured to receive the National NAIDOC Scholar of the year award in 2017 for his teaching, research and work in the Aboriginal community.
Dr Charles has also received the prestigious Alumni Accolade Award from the University of South Australia in 2018. Dr Charles has recently received an outstanding Alumni Achiever Award from the University of Newcastle 2019. A/Prof Charles has received a 2019 UNESCO achievement award for scientific education. A/Prof Charles has published many research papers on Aboriginal health in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.