Supporting parents, supporting public schools

Conference Presenters 2017

Keynote Presentation

Presenter: Priya Cooper O.A.M. 1999 Young Australian of the Year for Sport, World champion Paralympic swimmer, motivational speaker.

Priya Cooper overcame Cerebral Palsy to become one of Australia’s leading Paralympians.

From her first appearance at the 1991 National Wheelchair Games, at which she won a staggering nine gold medals, she went on to win three gold and two silver medals, and break two world records at the Barcelona Paralympics in 1992, her first international competition.  Priya won the most medals of any Australian athlete at those games and on arriving back in Australia was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to sport.

Priya then won five gold medals and set four world records at the World Swimming Championships in Malta in 1994, and eight gold medals at the Atlanta pre-Paralympic Swimming Trials, setting one world record.

At the 10th Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, she led the charge for Australia with five gold medals, one silver and one bronze, the highest number of medals of any Australian athlete, and also set three world records and five Paralympic records.

Her last successes were at Sydney 2000 Paralympics, where despite recovering from major shoulder surgery, Priya won a gold medal and three bronze medals. She has since retired from competitive swimming and is now involved in raising awareness for people with disabilities to be involved in sport and is on various government and corporate boards and committees.

Priya was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 2015.

Information Presentations

Presenter: Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has almost 40 years’ experience in working with children and young people in the education sector across Western Australia and Tasmania in teaching, administration and executive roles. In all of his education roles, Colin has had a focus on improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

Colin was appointed Commissioner in November 2016 and has a statutory responsibility to monitor, protect and advocate for the wellbeing of the more than 590,000 children and young people under the age of 18 in Western Australia.

Western Australian students share their perspectives on learning engagement

While education as a whole is a well-researched topic, children and young people’s views on school and learning and their experiences of education are largely absent from research on engagement.

Western Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has recently completed a major consultation with more than 1,800 Western Australian students from Years 3 to 12 in 98 schools on the factors that influence their engagement in education, school, and learning.

The key insights from this landmark consultation will be presented to assist all educators and families in understanding how children perceive their learning.


Presenter: Isaak Dury, TidyHQ Founder and CEO

TidyHQ is the preferred platform for community minded organisations in over 30 countries. Founder and CEO, Isaak Dury started building the product out of the frustrations of volunteering on multiple committees. The Perth-born product was designed to get all of the committee on to one page, while simultaneously reducing administration time, building good governance through increased transparency and providing a ready-made succession plan for the next generation of the committee. 

The platform is used by all manner of community groups from sporting clubs, playgroups, industry bodies, RSL and Rotary clubs, arts and crafts groups and a wide range of other organisations that have to handle committee type operations including P&C Associations. Handling everything from Contacts, Events, Finances, Memberships, Communication, Document Storage, Tasks, and more the group is particularly proud of its Meetings functionality which Minute takers the world over get a little too excited about. Isaak's talk will illustrate the power of TidyHQ and how you can use it to better manage your P&C.

Welcome to Country

Presenter: Barry McGuire

Barry is a Balladong, Wadjuk, Noongar who is highly regarded as a public speaker, facilitator, and negotiator. Barry has worked as a consultant and cultural advisor on a range of strategic projects across the Corporate, Mining and Oil & Gas sectors as well as Local, State & Federal Government structures.

In addition to his role as Managing Director of Redspear Safety, he continues to play an active role in community development across Perth. This allows him to exercise his passion for the promotion and sharing of cultural understanding across all industries.