Facilitators

We have a fantastic line-up of workshop/action session facilitators this year including students, staff, entrepreneurs, community members and more!

They are from a range of backgrounds and experiences but are all linked by a common passion of Change Making for the greater good and their desire to share it with you. Here they are, in alphabetical order...


Annika Miesen

Almost ready to don a mortar board and graduation gown, Annika is coming to the end of her Health and Physical Education degree at FedUni. During her time at FedUni Annika has been a great supporter of Leadership & Volunteering, delivering a suite of ever popular workshops and events to students. She demonstrates great leadership herself in her roles with the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation as a former participant and camp leader, and in her more recent education project which she is implementing at schools in Kenya.


Anoushka Gungadin

Anoushka is the CEO for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Australia – Victoria, which provides young people with a framework to become empowered young leaders, involved community members and head into the future with confidence. She specialises in assisting business leaders to create success in life and work through their leadership strategy translating into increased performance and valuation of their organisations. With more than 15 years of international experience with African, European & Asian corporations, she brings a high level of cross-cultural, business and people expertise to her work, both locally and internationally. Her motto is: “If you feel there is more to you, then there is definitely more. Be bold and take charge of your journey to an authentic, fulfilling & successful lifestyle.”


Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Laura Melville & Phoebe Rountree

Laura Melville is the Victorian Campaigner at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). Originally from Far East Gippsland, she is passionate about organising young people to take action on climate justice and has been volunteering and working for the AYCC for the last 4 years.

Phoebe is the Victorian State Coordinator of the AYCC. She grew up in the Dandenong Ranges which had a big influence on her love of the natural environment and her decision to pursue environmental studies at university. After she finishes with the AYCC she aims to continue to develop her career in environmental campaigning.


Grampians Women's Health - Marianne Hendron & Kate Soutar

Marianne has been the Executive Officer of the Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership for the past 3 years, where she has been based in Ararat leading a highly professional group of skilled team members, and has been leading & supporting collaborative projects in the Grampians Pyrenees PCP catchment. She has extensive senior management experience in community health and primary care in the region.

Kate, a Health Promotion Worker, is the youngest of a bunch of brothers. She grew up continually proving that girls can do whatever the boys can do and therefore found herself in various male dominated environments, including undertaking a course in welding and working as a forklift driver. She has a Diploma in Community Welfare and has worked in the Family Violence Crisis Program at Berry Street.


Jess Kelly

Jess is in her final year of a Food & Nutritional Sciences degree, and is very excited to have been associated with the FedUni Student Leadership Conference since it began in 2014. She’s passionate about positive change and youth leadership. Jess grew up as a Ballarat local and jumped straight from high school into Uni and all it has to offer, including spending the last two years on Student Senate. Her big goal is to have a positive impact on the global food crisis so that every child has the ability to reach their potential.


Johanna Parker

Johanna is a passionate, Melbourne-based, heart-centred life and confidence coach, international speaker and MC, authenticity-advocate, Federation University alumni and founder of her greatest passion and life work: her business, Heart Sparks. She has a professional background in social work, counselling and project work for systemic change in the Youth sector and is an internationally certified life coach through Beautiful You Coaching Academy, where she now also trains others all over the world to be phenomenal coaches. Jo has empowered thousands of people across not-for-profit, local government, education and community settings to become more connected to themselves, unearth their passions, confidently embrace their uniqueness and implement sustainable change to build incredible, purposeful lives.


Kate Skillbeck

Kate Skillbeck is a Psychologist and Training Consultant working in private practice. Kate has been working with young people and adults for over 25 years and finds the passion and possibility of young people exciting and inspiring. She works with people individually and in groups. One of her core interests is in supporting and encouraging people to examine what makes their lives meaningful and fulfilling. She draws upon the fields of psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness based interventions to share the latest, evidence-based practices to develop insight and skills known to enhance people’s happiness. Kate’s Psychological Practice is based in Ballarat and she facilitates her training groups and organisations to diverse sectors all across Australia.


Leighton Fee

Former University of Ballarat student and veteran of student engagement at FedUni, Leighton takes a proactive approach to ensuring he understands what his audience want when it comes to planning successful events.  Whilst studying at UB, Leighton held the title of President of the UB Student Association, before transitioning into the role of Student Engagement Officer within Student Connect, where he works closely with student clubs and societies, supporting them in delivering a range of events from cafĂ© crawls to beach parties to UniBall.  Leighton ensures his knowledge of the entertainment market is always current by keeping in constant contact with local venues and event management companies, having collaborated with them on a large scale Wolfmother concert and securing talent like Hilltop Hoods to perform on campus.


Lorraine Davies

Founder of Mindset Mastery, Lorraine is a Victorian-based growth mindset consultant. Hosting world renowned motivation expert and researcher Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University at Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat) in 2011; later invited to be an affiliated partner with Professor Carol Dweck’s company in 2012. A former teacher with a passion for students’ learning success, Lorraine is renowned for her down-to-earth, warm speaking style, who delivers rich content and cutting edge insight. Mentor to Tom Black: Head Coach at Loyola Marymount Women’s Volleyball Coach and Assistant Coach to USA Women’s National Volleyball Team


Maryanne Martin

Maryanne is an experienced professional and Director of People Pathways. She has extensive experience in community engagement, leadership and team development and brings strategic, operational and practical skills to her work. Over the past 20 years Maryanne has worked in the fields of community engagement, organisational development, education and training, agricultural extension, bushfire management and secondary school teaching. In addition to her work as a consultant, she lectures in the 'leadership' unit of the MBA at Federation University.


Golden Key Society - Olga Gullock & Mark Thompson

Olga is a second-year psychology student studying at FedUni. She is an active student leader, serving as an executive committee member of both the Psychology Society and the FedUni’s Chapter of the Golden Key International Honours Society.

Mark started his working life in market research, conducting and designing qualitative and quantitative research. This led to work in advertising, culminating in a media strategic planning role. After a brief stint in construction contract management to pay the bills, he is now studying psychology with the hope of becoming a clinical psychologist; not sitting in front of a computer all day.


Shiree Pilkinton

Shiree Pilkinton has been working as a freelance Creative Producer, festival event and project manager for 16 years in Australia, New Zealand and France. She worked in the refugee/migrant sector as a settlement officer, youth worker and trainer for almost a decade and is passionate about using creativity to raise awareness and create change. She loves cooking, sharing food, travel and all things French! She set up the "Edible, Growable, Share-able" facebook page to encourage people to grow, cook and share more of their food. She is a committee member with Food is Free Laneway Ballarat Inc, President of her son's School Council and the "Welcome Officer" for Little Athletics Ballarat - encouraging greater diversity in the club.