HEIA(Q) 2022 state conference:

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Keynote Speakers

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Andrew May
Andrew is considered one of Australia’s leading speakers on human performance, resilience and leadership. He thrives on helping others reach their full potential and his career highlights include:

  • Coaching multiple national and Olympic athletes in a range of sports including tennis, swimming, hockey, basketball and AFL. He worked as the Physical Performance Manager for the NSW and Australian cricket teams
  • Selling Executive Health Solutions to the ACCOR hotel group and The Performance Clinic to KPMG, where he worked as a partner for 3 years
  • Best-selling author of MatchFit, with over 75,000 copies sold
  • He has a regular segment on ABC News Breakfast and a popular podcast for small business owners called Business Fit
  • CEO and founder of digital wellbeing consultancy StriveStronger.com

Andrew is a trusted coach and confidante to a number of Asia Pacific’s leading CEO’s and executives, elite athletes and performing artists and he is the Mental Skills Coach for the Parramatta Eels National Rugby League Club.

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Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM
Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM has been a public-health nutritionist for over 50 years. In 1998 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contributions to public health through nutrition. In 2019 she was awarded the Public Health Association of Australia’s highest award—the Sidney Sax Public Health Medal—for her notable contributions in the field. Rosemary has authored many scientific papers, 33 books and over 3500 articles for the popular press. Her independent stance has made her a popular media commentator. Rosemary is an invited member of Doctors for the Environment Australia’s Scientific Committee. She urges us to think more about our food and how our food choices impinge on climate change. Rosemary has a keen interest in The Lancet Series and has been heavily involved in responding to public criticism.

Concurrent Speakers

John Alexander, Hogs Breath Café
John Alexander is the Procurement Manager and Corporate Executive Chef Hogs Breath Café Management. John’s professional goal is to bring the food and beverage offering of Hogs Breath Café forward with the focus on the steaks and healthy options. John grew up on a farm in Nankin, which is just outside Rockhampton in Central Queensland. He is a farm boy that has never ridden a horse but was always found in a farm Ute or on a motor bike. John was the Executive Chef of the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition for the last 8 years and was also a guest speaker on the MLA/MSA Red Meat Awards meeting the producers and processors out in Reginal QLD and Northern NSW. But he considers his most important achievement of all is being a dad… it must be said as being a hospitality parent is tough and just like a great kitchen or bar it’s all about the teamwork.

Emma Bond, Cotton Australia
Emma is a fashion educator of illustration, design, construction & sustainability. Mentored by industry leaders including Clare Press, her industry skills and experience have been developed locally and abroad, from studying at London College of Fashion to visits to manufacturers across Europe and Asia. Locally, Emma holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Fine Art, and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training. Emma has been selected as an Australian Future Cotton Leader, National Finalist in the 2021 Melbourne Cup Emerging Designer Fashions on the Field, & in 2015 she won the Wool 4 School Teacher Prize. Emma’s luxury Australian made label Madi & Pip offers fabulously functional fashion; that is inclusive to a range of abilities without compromising aesthetic, people or planet. Alongside her label, Emma provides educational services to schools, private clients & industry bodies, including Cotton Australia.

David Bond, Howard Smith Wharves
David Bond is the Safety, Sustainability & Facilities Manager at Howard Smith Wharves Brisbane. Howard Smith Wharves has invested heavily in the recovery of recyclables at its site and separates 18 waste streams– including Closed Loop Organics rapid food waste composters, cardboard balers, Metal & tin bailers, soft plastic recycling and coffee cups; their goal is to be part of a zero-waste future. With experience in kitchen management as well as transport, logistics and supply chains, David can shed light on how the entire process of paddock-to-plate-to-paddock works at Howard Smith Wharves. 

Susan Brandt, Brighton Secondary School and HEIA SA
Susan is a full-time home economics teacher at Brighton Secondary School in South Australia. She teaches Home Economics to all year levels and especially loves teaching textiles. Susan is also an adjunct lecturer in the Education Faculty at Tabor College. Her specialty subjects are Clothing and Textiles, Child Studies and Consumer and Ethical Futures. Susan grew up on a farm where sustainability was the way of life. She is passionate about passing this on to the new generation through skill development, creativity, and brain training, all skills that her parents taught her. She loves her career as a home economics teacher and the opportunities that brings to empower the young minds of the 21st century. Susan is HEIA national Secretary and Chairperson for HEIA(SA). Susan completed her Master of Teaching in 2016.

Danielle Dixon, The Institute of Culinary Excellence
Danielle started her apprenticeship age 29 after a top 12 placing in series 3 of MasterChef Australia. She was the first contestant from the show to become a qualified chef after completing her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in 2012 under Alison Taafe. Gaining experience in some of Australia’s top restaurants including Quay, Rockpool and Aria she settled into Bucci Brisbane and spent four years in the Bucci kitchen taking on the head chef role before leaving in 2017. She started teaching at The Institute of Culinary Excellence (ICE) shortly after, training 1st and 2nd year apprentice chefs and quickly showed her aptitude and natural talents for training. In 2018 she was offered the position of Executive Chef and Head of Studies. Danielle looks after the day to day operation of the cafe, canteen and catering operations as well more importantly looking after the students, development of curriculum and maintaining relationships with employers and industry partners of ICE. Danielle regularly puts new culinary trends to the test through a series of pop up restaurants, with the latest, Midnight Dining Club, treating Brisbane’s night owls to not just your average late night snacks and more recently representing ICE at the Qld Chef of the Year Competition

Nadine Foley, Culture Weave
Nadine is a Noongar woman from Western Australia, who has lived in Brisbane for 10 years with her three children. She works towards achieving high-quality education and successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Nadine has been privileged to meet and make solid connections with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the country. Her teaching and work experience has been diverse and enriching, from research at the Mater Research Institute to working in the Catholic education system. Nadine has been part of the broader Brisbane Aboriginal community for eight years, where she has participated and interacted with many organisations and groups.

Phoebe Hanau, Moreton Bay College
Phoebe Hanau is a Fashion and Design teacher at Moreton Bay College in Brisbane. She is passionate about all things fashion. Phoebe believes that creativity is a powerful tool and, when that creativity is released, the opportunities for greatness are limitless. It is Phoebe’s passion and excitement for her subject areas that has seen the popularity of the Senior Fashion course continue to grow at her school each year. Phoebe graduated from CQU in 2019 and has been teaching at Moreton Bay College since that time. Despite only three years of teaching under her (fashionable) belt, Phoebe has been involved in QCAA roles, has organised a virtual Fashion Show for her students with a total expense of $34.20, facilitated workshops on how to use Photoshop to create fashion Illustrations, and is a member of the HEIA(Q) Committee of Management.

Ehud Joseph, The University of Canberra in partnership with TAFE Queensland
Ehud originally studied fine art, specialising in printmaking, but pivoted to fashion design in his early twenties, launching an eponymous brand in New Zealand and showing at New Zealand fashion week. After a move to London at the turn of the century, Ehud completed an MA in menswear design at the prestigious fashion school at Central Saint Martin’s. In the following years, Ehud worked for a broad range of European labels, designing everything from the ASICS Tennis kits for Wimbledon, to demi-couture womenswear. At the start of the decade, Ehud re-launched his brand, showing at Paris Fashion Week. Since 2014 Ehud has been lecturing in the antipodes, currently lecturing at the University of Canberra, based at TAFE Queensland, where he specialises in delivering design practice, tailoring and fashion theory units. Alongside his lecturing, Ehud is also carrying out a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) fashion department, where his research is exploring the way queered costume making methodologies can facilitate individual identity formation while enhancing community resilience.

Ngaire Mayo, Woodcrest State College
Ngaire Mayo is a passionate Home Economics and Design teacher, currently Head of Department of Applied Technology at Woodcrest State College. She is a member of the HEIA(Q) committee and conference committee and represents HEIA(Q) on the national council.  In her down time she enjoys food, travel and all things creative, leading family and friends to occasionally question her sanity when she decides to learn yet another new cuisine or craft. Ngaire’s love of teaching and learning motivates her to seek innovative ways to improve student outcomes through curriculum and by coaching educators to further develop their own expertise – inspiring students to succeed.

Lyn McErlean, All Hallows School
Lyn McErlean is a failed Chef turned full time passionate Home Economics teacher, currently Head of Department at All Hallows School. Lyn loves being a Home Economist, who regularly tests food samples and classroom recipes on her unsuspecting family and friends. Lyn tries very hard to pretend she has a life outside of Home Economics and tries to play golf to prove this, she can be found at any open bar and is always keen for a chat. Lyn feels like she is a fixture at the conference being a regular attendee then committee member, MC and presenter, she is passionate about shared practice and has set up Facebook communities to ensure that you never feel alone in teaching Home Economics.

Sarah McManus, Griffith University
Sarah McManus is a qualified Home Economics teacher, PhD candidate and Senior Research Assistant in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Her research focus is advocating for Home Economics as an academic discipline through adolescent food literacy education. In 2021 she graduated with excellence from the Master of Education and Professional Studies Research program where her research focussed on Home Economics teacher perspectives of the Design and Technologies curriculum and school based experiences in teaching food literacy.

Luciano Mesiti, Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
Luciano is the CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), whose aim is to promote food and fibre education in schools nationally, through the support of industry research and development corporations. Prior to his appointment he was a high school teacher, teaching agriculture, and design and technology. As well he was president of the NSW Agriculture Teachers Association and a lighthouse teacher in the NSW Dept of Education. Luciano has extensive experience in curriculum development in agriculture and technology and is very passionate about helping teachers to integrate food and fibre into their programs.

Janelle O’Chin, Culture Weave
Raised in a small country town called Murgon, my mother’s family come from the aboriginal community of Cherbourg, and fathers’ family coming from St George. Janelle is a proud young emerging Mandandanji woman. Participating in many cultural activities growing up learning about her culture Janelle has deep knowledge and cultural connections about her communities. She has a strong passion for cultural weaving and sharing her knowledge with the wider community.

David Pugh, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
As one of the architects of Brisbane’s fine dining scene, David Pugh’s name and reputation is synonymous with a number of Brisbane’s leading restaurants. Recipient of numerous hats associated with his own Restaurant Two, and a string of culinary awards, Pugh is a former Queensland Ambassador Chef and now an official State Government appointed #eatqld champion. Considered a leader in contemporary cuisine in Australia, David Pugh’s career has been devoted to setting culinary standards in line with his local, sustainable approach to food. The mission of Pugh and his team of experienced and talented chefs at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is to create menus driven by ethical and regional values that delight the senses and deliver guests a uniquely authentic taste of local cuisine.

Rosie Sciacca, Moreton Bay College and HEIA(Q)
Rosie Sciacca is President of HEIA(Q), a Lead Teacher and is currently the Head of Department of Technologies and STEM Coordinator at Moreton Bay College. Over the past 15 years, she has worked across diverse education settings in the Technologies learning area, predominantly in the food, textiles and design contexts. It is through these varied experiences that she has cultivated her understanding of not only design as a discipline, but also effective pedagogy for engaging students in the design process. Rosie’s passion for supporting colleagues’ practice and enhancing students’ learning drives her various professional learning contributions to publications, workshops and webinars across Australia.

Evie Skinner, Padua College
Possessing a background in architecture and 15 years’ experience prior to education, Evie has a keen interested in design thinking and it’s application in Senior Design. Evie uses an action orientated methodology to guide students through exploring problems and developing solutions. As a designer and a passionate enthusiasts of both design and education she brings a real-world perspective to her classroom teaching.

Dr Heather Smyth, The University of Queensland
Dr Heather Smyth is a flavour chemist and sensory scientist from the University of Queensland who has been working with premium food and beverage products for more than fifteen years. With a background in wine flavour chemistry, her expertise is in understanding consumer enjoyment of foods and beverages in terms of both sensory properties and composition. Dr Smyth has a special interest in describing and articulating food quality, understanding regional flavours of locally grown produce, and modelling food flavour and textural properties using instrumental measurements. Dr Smyth also specialises in researching how human physiology, such as saliva and chewing behaviour, can impact sensory perception and therefore food choice.

Delia Stecher, Moreton Bay College
Delia is a passionate educator and advocate of the Home Economics suite of subjects, whom at any given opportunity will engage in a robust discussion about the merits of advocating for the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Her time spent on the HEIA(Q) committee of management was extremely fulfilling and encourages others to take part in this incredible organisation. Now that she is a Deputy Head of Secondary – Teaching and Learning, she enjoys assisting others and promoting the values of Home Economics suite education.

Jane Taylor, Habits for Wellbeing
Jane Taylor is an experienced coach, speaker, facilitator, and educator who is committed to supporting people to “(Un)learn, so they can reconnect with their inner wisdom and BE whole-heartedly YOU—One habit at a time”, so that they can connect with life authentically and live in peace and harmony. Jane began her career as a professional athlete competing on the world tennis stage before finding her passion—learning (or unlearning may be more accurate) and building relationships. This passion evolved into a career in education as well as facilitating national coaching programs for Tennis Australia and co-ordinating national initiatives for education, before starting Habits for Wellbeing. She has worked with over 31500 people in leadership, coaching, education, mindfulness meditation, mental health promotion and prevention and organisational wellbeing and has a Masters in Educational Studies, Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, Diploma in Life Coaching, Advanced Certificate of Nutrition and Health Coaching as well as a Diploma in Life Coaching and Small Business.

Deanne Wooden, Qld Association School Tuckshops (QAST)
Deanne Wooden is the Senior Project Officer at the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST). Deanne is an experienced dietitian-nutritionist with 22 years working in government, non-government, education and clinical sectors. Deanne believes every individual has the right to health and wellbeing and has a particular passion for prevention of ill health through better food systems. Deanne works at QAST because providing children with healthy and sustainable food environments must be a priority. She loves cooking tasty food, and volunteers in her children’s school tuckshops when she can.

Olympia Yarger, Goterra
Olympia Yarger is the founder of Goterra, where she leads the vision of redefining waste management with biotechnology and eco-friendly infrastructure design. Olympia is passionate about building products that allow businesses to meet a growing consumer demand for sustainable service provision and agile infrastructure capability. Goterra was founded to solve a protein shortage problem and has since become a cutting edge infrastructure technology company, leading the industry in creating waste management ecosystems, using insects.

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