Conference Speakers

Brant Garvey

Born without his knee and lower right limb, Brant has never known anything other than the body he was born with but he has never let it get in the way of achieving his goals.
He is a medal-winning backstroker, a former international professional wheelchair basketballer, multiple first place finisher at paratriathlon world championships and the first above the knee amputee to compete in an Ironman Triathlon - outstanding achievements even for an able-bodied athlete.
Brant's unique life experiences, indomitable positivity and a 'noXcuses' mindset have led him to outstanding achievements time and time again. It is these qualities that have shaped a man who has overcome any obstacle put in his path and pushed him towards a life as an elite athlete and motivational speaker.
Brant's passion for the pursuit of excellence in life and sport is equalled only by his desire to educate and inspire others to do great things in their lives. He is dedicated to helping others to develop the tools they need to face their fears, overcome obstacles and to chase big dreams.




Karl O'Callaghan

Karl O'Callaghan is the former Police Commissioner for Western Australia, a position which he held for more than 13 years from 2004 to 2017. He is the longest serving post-war West Australian Police Commissioner and was formerly a career police officer having served for more than 43 years.
He has been awarded the Australian Police Medal and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, awarded for outstanding community service.
He is also the first serving police officer in Western Australia ever to be awarded a PhD and in 1997 was made a Churchill Fellow.
His significant work on police culture not only resulted in the 'modernisation' of the WA Police and the 'softening' of old hierarchical structures but also resulted in a greater gender balance in the most influential management levels in the Force. His leadership also saw an increase in the representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Police Officers. During his time as Police Commissioner he was arguably the most well-known and most listened to public sector figure gaining respect for his practical and common sense approach.
He is credited with being one of the only Police Commissioners in Australia to regularly work on the street with front line officers.


 

Marie-Anne Keeffe

Marie-Anne Keeffe is a leading executive in Western Australia's media industry, having worked for the last 25 years at Channel 7, Perth. A unique blend of seasoned media professional and manager she has been at the helm of some of the best organisations and programs in the country, gaining extensive and intimate knowledge across TV, radio, print and company directorship.
A passionate charity worker with significant not-for-profit experience, Marie-Anne was able to combine her love of television, philanthropy and children when appointed the General Manager of Channel Seven Perth's Telethon - the highest TV fundraiser in the world. Raising more than $80m for the sick children of Western Australia and engaging in partnerships with global giants like Manchester United, has given her extraordinary insights and understanding of how corporates and charities can unite to transform people's live for the better, forever. A community change agent, Marie-Anne believes part of her purpose is to use her voice to help businesses - large and small - make positive, long-lasting social impacts.
Before Telethon, Marie-Anne spent more than two decades with Channel 7's long-standing current affairs program Today Tonight, where she rose to executive producer. A graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, her first job was producing shock jock Howard Sattler's top rating morning program on Radio 6PR.
A professional storyteller, Marie-Anne returned to university whilst working for Channel 7 in order to strengthen her executive skills and opportunities. Holding an honours law degree from Murdoch University, Marie-Anne is also a director or boutique consultancy Gobsmaked Media, which provides media training, strategic communications, crisis management and branding and reputation advice to government, private and non-profits at the top end of town.