National Forum 2020




The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
Federal Member for Hume

Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in New South Wales.
Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election and became Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security in December 2017.
Angus was promoted to Cabinet as the Minister for Energy in August 2018, and reappointed as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction in May 2019.
He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.




Cherie Anne Dillon

Ms Cherie Anne Dillon, daughter of the Senior Elder of the Kombumerri Ngarang-Wal Saltwater Elder Dr Graham Hamilton Dillon will give a bilingual Welcome to Country Speech, in English and one of the 8 spoken languages of her tribe, the Mibany Language.  A dialect which was spoken between the Saltwater people of the Gold Coast and North Stradbroke Island, usually when they gathered for feast, corroborees, Dreaming and birthing events at Tallebudgera Creek, at the foothills of the sacred mountain Jellurgal.

Cherie is Secretary of MOONDAREWA INC. and is a former Director/Secretary of Gold Coast Aboriginal & Islander Housing Co-operative Society Ltd., which was a forerunner of Kalwun Development Corporation which now runs many indigenous welfare, community and other employment programs here at the Gold Coast.  She is a newly endorsed Elder of the Kombumerri people the First Nation Traditional Owners of this area.

Tony Wood

Tony has been Director of the Energy Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.
In January 2018, Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability. In October 2019, Tony was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Brad Archer

Brad Archer has extensive experience working on climate change, renewable energy and energy market policy issues. He joined the Climate Change Authority in November 2018. Previously, he was head of the International Climate Change and Energy Innovation Division in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, where his responsibilities included advising on clean energy innovation, Australia’s greenhouse gas inventory, and international climate change policy. Brad has been working on climate change policies for the Australian Government since early 2011. Prior to this he worked on a range of issues in the Treasury, which he joined in 1991. Brad holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from UWA and a Master of Information Management from UNSW.

Dr Jennifer Bowers BSc(Hons), PhD, FAICD

Director, Mental Health Australia

Dr Jennifer Bowers is the recently retired inaugural CEO/MD of Rural & Remote Mental Health Ltd a not-for-profit organisation where, for 13 years, she spearheaded the design and delivery of culturally-tailored, evidence-based mental health awareness, suicide prevention programs for those living and working in rural and remote areas.

She has a First Class Honours degree in Science and PhD in Social Psychiatry from the Australian National University.  She also held senior executive positions in health and mental health in both Commonwealth and State governments and is now a Director of Mental Health Australia.


Mr Darren Black
Chief Executive Officer, OzHelp

Darren is a former Army Officer and UN Peacekeeper who, since leaving the Military, has transitioned to community sector leadership. Darren has led both national and state-based community organisations for more than a decade, including the CEO of Outward Bound Australia and the NSW PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club). Darren has a MBA from Melbourne Business School, is a graduate of the Harvard Strategic Perspectives in NFP Management Program and recently completed a study tour at the Stanford Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society sponsored by Perpetual Trustees.

Darren has a strong commitment and passion for mental health and suicide prevention. He is currently leading OzHelp’s national growth and aims to see workplace mental health receive similar priority and focus as physical health and safety.