2013 Program Speakers


Mr Matthew Johnstone

Creative Director at the Black Dog Institute, author and illustrator

Matthew Johnstone had 15 years + in the creative side of advertising where he worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He worked for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards.

In 2005 he published I Had a Black Dog an illustrated book on what it is to suffer depression and what can be learnt from it. This book has been a best seller and is now published in 20+ countries.

Matthew also works as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute developing various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health, mood disorders, mindfulness and resilience for schools and the workplace.

He also delivers talks to community groups, schools, corporations, health resorts, sporting groups and the farming community. He has talked extensively all over Australia and the UK.

When he’s not working for the Institute he is an author, illustrator and father of two.

Dr Peter Heslin

Associate Professor, Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW)

Dr Peter Heslin is an Associate Professor of Management at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). He is an Australian who received his PhD in organisational behavior and human resource management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

A former consultant at KPMG Australia with expertise in the dynamics of change, Peter has developed and taught Executive MBA courses on managing people, organisational behavior, leading organisational change, and managing across cultures.

Peter is a scholar/practitioner who has authored or co-authored over a dozen related articles on topics of managerial cognition, motivation, leadership, and career success.

Peter was elected 2011-2012 Program Chair of the international Academy of Management Careers Division. In the 2006 he won the C. Jackson Grayson Endowed Faculty Innovation Award for excellence and creativity in teaching.

Professor John Hearn

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Sydney

John Hearn is Deputy Vice Chancellor International of the University of Sydney and Chief Executive of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). He is Professor of Physiology (Sydney Medical School).

Previously, he was DVC (Research) at the Australian National University (2001-4) and Director, Research School of Biological Sciences (1998-2001).

A reproductive and developmental physiologist, with over 200 refereed research publications and six edited books in human and animal fertility, embryo implantation, stem cell biology, and biotechnology, his current research is on the science and ethics of stem cell biology, and on international developments in research and higher education.

He teaches first year human biology and advanced physiology. He holds the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London; the Osman-Hill medal of the Primate Society of Great Britain; and the Australian Centenary medal “for outstanding service to science and to the Australian Government as a scientific adviser”


Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP

Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly

Dominic grew up in the Hills District and was educated at Redfield College and Oakhill College before graduating from Sydney University with a Commerce/Law degree.

Before entering parliament, Dominic worked as a Solicitor at Henry Davis York Lawyers in the areas of banking restructuring and insolvency law.

At university, Dominic became involved in student politics and served as a member of the Student Representative Council and was elected president of the Sydney University Liberal Club. He was also elected as the President of the NSW Young Liberal Movement and served on the State Executive of the NSW Liberal Party.

In March 2011 Dominic was elected as the State Member for Castle Hill and is currently the Chair of the NSW Legislative Assembly Legal Affairs Committee. He is also Joint-Chair of the Sri Lankan Ministerial Consultative Committee.

Dominic maintains a close relationship with the various community organisations in the Hills District. He is the founder and co-ordinator of the Hills St Vincent De Paul Young Adults Program, Patron to Community Foundation of North Western Sydney, Patron of the Castle Hill RSL Club, member of the Glenhaven Lions Club and serves on The Hills Australia Day Committee.

Dominic is married to Helen and they are the proud parents of Charlotte and Amelia.


Ms Deanna Lane

Managing Director, Braddock Lane and Associates

Deanna Lane is the Managing Director of Braddock Lane and Associates, a specialist business consulting firm with 20 years experience in business development, marketing, communication and professional development training programs.

Prior to specialising in professional services marketing, Deanna worked in advertising as Group Account Director.  She has also consulted to luxury brands such as Chanel, Time Warner and Vogue Magazines.

Her community work includes a Youth Leadership Project for schools, fundraising for Bell Shakespeare, Australian String Quartet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Children’s Hospital – Randwick, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Dr Gerald Fogarty

Director of Radiation Oncology, Mater Hospital & Senior Lecturer, UNSW and Sydney University

Dr Gerald Fogarty is the Director of the Mater Sydney Radiotherapy Centre and attends multidisciplinary clinics for cancers arising from skin, urological and breast tissues.

He has spearheaded the use of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy at St Vincent’s and the Mater. He trained at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Australia’s largest cancer centre. He has over 25 first author publications and is the principal investigator of an International Phase III Trial in radiotherapy in melanoma.

He is a senior lecturer at both University of Sydney and UNSW.

He has an interest in education and is currently the Master of Warrane College, having been the Dean there for 12 years in the 1990s.


Mr Peter Limbers

Partner, Ashurst

Peter has specialised full time in the energy (electricity and gas) sectors for nearly 15 years. He has a reputation as one of the leading Sydney legal specialists acting for energy utilities, retailers, regulators and government on energy projects, transactional and commercial work, as well as energy market (electricity and gas) regulatory work.

Peter is “Commended by peers for his all-round proficiency, and noted for his expertise in the electricity and gas space” (Chambers Global 2010).

He has acted extensively for Government (at a state and national level) on the regulatory reform of the energy sector and the reform and corporatisation of government owned businesses.

He also regularly acts for major corporations operating in the energy sector, assisting them on power generation and renewable energy projects. He works extensively on transmission and distribution network regulation and development projects, as well as on joint ventures, and energy related contracting and commodity trading. Peter regularly presents at energy and infrastructure seminars.


Dr Angus Brook

Lecturer in Philosophy, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Angus Brook is a Lecturer in Philosophy and teaches in the areas of introductory philosophy (within the Catholic Liberal Arts tradition), metaphysics, and natural law. His research interests are: Metaphysics; particularly that of Aristotle and St. Thomas, Ontology, Phenomenology, and the philosophy of education.

Dr Brook completed a Bachelor of Art (with Honours), a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He has a Graduate Diploma of Education from the Australian Catholic University.

Dr Marco Navone

Senior Lecturer (Finance), The University of Technology, Sydney

Marco Navone has been a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the UTS Business School since September 2011. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department of Bocconi University in Milan (Italy). He is also a research fellow of CAREFIN the Center for Applied Research in Finance of Bocconi University and has been a visiting Assistant Professor in the Finance Department of Red McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin.

Marco received his Ph.D. from Bocconi University, his teaching experience ranges from advanced equity portfolio management to financial economics and he has also a broad experience in executive education. Marco’s research on mutual funds and empirical corporate finance has been published in international journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance and Financial Management.

While in Italy Marco has acted as a consultant for a number of financial companies in matters of mutual funds’ performance measurement.


Past Speakers

Past speakers at The Big Picture Program have included:

  • Dr David Kirk MBE Former All Blacks Captain, former CEO of Fairfax Media and Rhodes scholar
  • Professor Steven Schwartz Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University
  • Professor Neil Weste Electrical Engineer and Inventor
  • Mr Alistair Coe MLA Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory
  • Mr Peter Harris “The Creative Coach”
  • Dr Michael Cook Journalist and editor of
  • Dr Gavin Boneham Optometrist
  • Mr Thomas Tudehope Social Media Consultant
  • Dr Sandra Lynch Associate Professor, The University of Notre Dame and Director, Centre for Faith & Ethics in Society
  • Mr Martin Fitzgerald Senior Educational Manager & Philosopher
  • Mr John Perrottet Director, Perrottet Partners
  • Dr James O’Sullivan Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Mr Peter Saccasan Director of Pharmacy Services, RSM Bird Cameron


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