OUR BOARD & PATRON
Bravehearts national Board
Bravehearts’ National Board is made up of individuals with a vast range of skills and experience.
The diverse membership of the Board represents a wide variety of views; however, all Board members share the common goal of sharing their expertise to support the achievement of Bravehearts’ Vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Patron in Chief
Paul de Jersey AC
Mr de Jersey AC, practised law in Queensland and was called to the Queensland Bar in 1971. He took silk in 1981 as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC).
He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985 and was the Commercial Causes Judge between 1986–1989. He was the judge constituting the Mental Health Tribunal between 1994–1996, President of the Queensland Industrial Court between 1996–1997 and was also the chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Queensland during the same period.
He was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998.
National Vice Patron
During his 20+ year career at Ord Minnett Ltd, Karl has managed all aspects of the business including stockbroking, funds management and corporate finance. Karl holds a Commerce Degree and Post Graduate Diploma’s from the Stockbrokers Association, Institute of Company Directors and FINSIA. Karl is a Board Member of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia, as well as the Queensland Theatre Company, the Sydney Catholic Development Fund, Sydney Archdiocesan Investment and Finance Committees, the Brisbane Archdiocesan Investment Committee as well as a Director of RACQ and Director and Governor of Notre Dame University of Australia. Karl lives in Brisbane with his wife Louise and their five children.
Hetty Johnston AM GAICD
Hetty Johnston AM is Founder and Chair of Bravehearts Foundation, Australia’s leading child protection advocate. A born lobbyist, Hetty is a woman of passion and determination who has succeeded in highlighting the crime of paedophilia and child sexual assault to media, families, schools and the general community both nationally and internationally. Hetty established Bravehearts in 1997, an organisation with a Vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020 through Bravehearts The 3 Piers to Prevention, Educate, Empower, Protect.
Hetty’s most recent accolades include:
- 2016 Inducted into Australian Businesswomen’s ‘Hall of Fame’.
- 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year.
- 2015 Inducted into Logan’s Wall of Acclaim.
- 2014 Awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Hetty is author of national awareness campaign, ‘White Balloon Day’, ‘Sexual Assault Disclosure Scheme (SADS)’, ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ child protection CD-Rom and her autobiography, ‘In the Best Interests of the Child’ (2004). Hetty has been a contributing author to various books including, ‘Crime on my Mind’, and ‘Women on Top’.
Hetty has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to child protection with numerous awards and nominations over her career since 1997.
In 2013 Hetty was awarded Ernst & Young Northern Australia’s Social Entrepreneur of the year, Westpac’s 2013 ‘100 Women of Influence’ and YWCA Queensland’s ‘125 Leading Women’.
She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance (March 2010). In early 2009, Hetty was recognised as one of approximately 70 outstanding leaders worldwide, receiving the prestigious annual Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership award. Hetty is the recipient of two Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Awards (2003, 2004).
With over 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, Andrew has advised many of Australia’s leading companies in corporate governance and the formal application of ethical standards. He brings a high skill level of corporate professionalism that will complement Bravehearts’ existing leadership team.
Andrew is well connected in the domestic and Japanese business communities after spending a number of years practising in Tokyo; he currently leads top tier law firm, Clayton Utz’s Japan practice group nationally and is President of the Australia-Japan Society (Queensland) Inc. He is a trusted advisor to Japanese companies for their inbound investment into Australia, and Australian companies undertaking business in Australia and investing overseas including Japan. Andrew also heads the corporate advisory team for Clayton Utz in Brisbane and the Agribusiness group nationally.
Andrew is deeply passionate when it comes to engaging with those within our society that need assistance. This is evident from his long involvement in programs and organisations that provide community care such as his current role of Chairman of the Adam Scott Foundation, which provides life opportunities for Australian youth; and his previous trustee role with the Childrens’ Cancer Institute.
Professor Kesh Baboolal
Professor Keshwar Baboolal is registered with both the Australian Medical Board and General Medical Council UK as a Specialist in Nephrology and General Medicine. He was awarded FRACP and FRCP from the Royal College of Physicians in Australia and the UK.
Professor Baboolal graduated from St Thomas’s Hospital, University of London. He undertook post-graduate training at the Nuffield Department of Medicine in Oxford, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Stanford University. He completed his doctorate degree, Doctor of Medicine (MD) and was subsequently appointed as a Senior Specialist at the University Hospital of Wales UK.
In 2012, he moved with his family to Australia. In the same year Professor Baboolal was awarded an Academic Title of Professor of Medicine from the University of Queensland and has been practicing as a Senior Specialist in Nephrology and General Medicine at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane.
Throughout his clinical career, Professor Kesh Baboolal has maintained a number of interests including an active medical research program. In 2003, Professor Kesh Baboolal completed an LLM from Cardiff University, Law School. Since then he has helped develop clinical, ethical and regulatory guidelines for many aspects of transplantation on behalf of the UK Government, UK Department of Health, UK Royal Colleges and the British Transplant Society.
In 2006, he completed an eMBA program at INSEAD Paris, Professor Baboolal has undertaken a number of medical leadership roles in the UK and Australia. Using this knowledge together with his clinical experience, Professor Baboolal has taken forward a number of initiatives that have improved clinical services for patients and their families.
Gemma began her career in business services in 2001. She has served a broad client base across a variety of structures. During her career, she has gained experience working in primary production, medical practice and a range of service entities including retail and construction.
Gemma was drawn to Bravehearts by her desire to support the organisation’s mission.
Margaret began her professional life as a chartered accountant working for (what is now) PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She has more than 25 years’ experience, specialising in strategy, profit improvement/financial performance and change management and has worked in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and London.
Margaret has worked for various types of organisations from large global businesses and national organisations to professional practices and SMEs. For the last five years, she has been the director of her own management consulting firm. A pioneer in net profitability reporting for professional services practices, Margaret regularly speaks at industry forums and has been a technical writer and presenter for the College of Law.
Carol Ronken worked as a researcher and Associate Lecturer at Griffith University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before joining Bravehearts in early 2003. With a BA(Psych) and Masters Applied Sociology(Social Research), Carol is the Research Manager for Bravehearts and is passionate about ensuring the organisation’s active involvement in research, policy and legislative development that aims to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of child sexual assault in the community. In 2011 she received an award from the Queensland Police Service Child Protection and Investigation Unit for her contribution to child protection. Carol has also co-authored The Bravehearts Toolbox for Practitioners working with Child Sexual Assault (Australian Academic Press, 2011). Carol is currently studying for her doctorate through the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology.
Elected in 2012, Rob is the Member for Southport and the Shadow Minister for Housing & Public Works. He is Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Utilities, Science & Innovation. In the last term of Government he looked after Child Safety and the Carmody Commission reforms before taking on the role as Assistant Minister for Planning & Development.
He lives on the Gold Coast not far from where he grew up in Southport. He has four sons.
Rob has worked in government, retail, broadcasting, media, wholesaling, entertainment, sport and development.
Elected to Gold Coast City Council in 2004, he chaired the Finance & Internal Services Committee overseeing the city’s finances, human resources, capital works, infrastructure planning & development.
Rob has a passion for community service, he has been involved with Bravehearts for almost a decade. He was the founding Chairman of the Gold Coast Community Fund and a foundation Director of the Gold Coast NRL Titans. He has also served on many other community boards and maintains a keen interest in Community Radio.
Between his commitments to Southport and his portfolio responsibilities he spends any spare time with his family, surfing, learning Mandarin and enjoying the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle.
Scott has spent the last 12 years working in Senior Management roles across Radio, TV, Digital and Publishing, over this period he has lead local and national sales and marketing teams to record highs.
He has marketed for and worked with some of Australia’s leading brands, focusing on profitable and accountable marketing/revenue strategies.
Scott is now the owner of leading Mexican restaurants across the Gold Coast, his passion for the media industry sill has him consulting to QSR’s and SME’s to maximise their marketing and acquisition programs.
Sharon is communication and community engagement practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience. She works with multi-disciplinary teams across Australia, as part of designing and constructing major infrastructure projects and undertaking environmental investigations to obtain project approvals and for contaminated land sites.
For the past three years she has been a Queensland Councillor with the Public Relations Association of Australia and is an active member of the International Association of Public Participation.
In the past, Sharon has held leadership roles within the early childhood education and care sector. This included as a teacher and Director of community early childhood services, an education advisor and Communication Coordinator with the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland and, resource officer with the State Department of Families.
Georgina is a Luritja woman from the western desert area of the Northern Territory and is currently the Queensland Director of PwCs Indigenous Consulting (PIC). Georgina has worked in leadership roles in the private (resources, management consulting), public (local, State and Australian government) and not for profit sectors. She has a strong record of involvement in strategically planning and developing business improvements, and also in implementing the strategic direction and thinking of organisations.
Georgina’s areas of expertise include:
- Managing and leading companies, including experience in charitable trust companies and not for profit organisations;
- Management consulting roles across local, state and Australian government departments including the Human Services and Resources sectors.
- Georgina is passionate about delivering innovative community-based solutions that protect, restore and build positive lives particular in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.