Table Host: Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is the principal in Economic Futures Australia. EFA formed to bring together a number of Australia’s leading economic development professionals to help Governments, research organisation and companies to achieve their economic development and community engagement ambitions.  It operates at the interface between institutions, business and the community. Peter also plays a significant role in the Canberra community as:

  • CEO of Hands Across Canberra, a community foundation making an impact by keeping local generosity local and in raising the capability of charities
  • Immediate past President of Duo Australia, Canberra’s largest provider of respite and other services to people in need;
  • Chair of the Gullen Range and Crookwell 2 and 3 Wind Farm and Patons Lane Resource Recovery Centre Community Consultative Committees;
  • Board member of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature; 
  • Board member of the Canberra Area Theatre Awards; and 
  • Board member of SmartStart for Kids and the Indigenous Marathon Foundation

Table Host: Carrie Leeson

Carrie Leeson, CEO Lifeline Canberra

Carrie began at Lifeline Canberra as a volunteer telephone crisis supporter during her years managing her corporate health business.  In 2011 she joined the Lifeline Canberra Board as a director before stepping into the CEO role in 2014.  She has served as the Chair for the Workplace Health Association of Australia, Advisory Council to Aspen Medical, Executive Director on the board of the Health and Productivity Institute and is currently a board director for the Early Morning Centre assisting those living tough in our community.   She has worked with government, community, schools and businesses to generate sustainable health outcomes. As Table Host, she will share how businesses get involved with Lifeline and the impact it has.



David Rae, DPR Accountants and Advisors

David has been in the financial services industry for over a decade. He motivates and guides his clients to achieve what is important to them and to live the life of their dreams. Aside from running his business he is deeply interested in how professionals can utilise social and digital media. He has spoken at numerous conferences on this topic including at the Adviser Edge Summit, Securitor Annual Conference and Magnitude Think Tank.

David has received a number of awards in the past few years including a Financial Planning Association Best Practice Award and a dealer group Adviser of the Year award. He has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, Sky News Business TV, Financial Standard, Adviser Voice and Wealth Professional. David appeared on a TV series in 2016 that aimed at helping Australians get a better understanding of their financial future. 

DPR supports East Lake Football Club, Soldier On, Global Sisters, and the Canberra Hospital Foundation through sponsorship and pro bono work.

Table Host Juliette ford


Juliette Ford, Director and Deputy CEO at Farrar Gesini Dunn Group 

Juliette has worked in the legal industry for 24 years mainly in the area of Family Law and has been with FGD since 2001. In her practice she specialises in out of court solutions and managing and understanding conflict  - drawing upon her experience as a litigation lawyer, as a Registrar of the Family Court of Australia and the work she has done in the area of Collaborative Law. She is known for being approachable, empathetic, kind and understanding. In her role as Deputy CEO, she focuses upon ensuring the people in her organisation are all passionate about the work that the organisation does and doing that work the best possible way in accordance with FGD’s raison d’etre and Values.

She grew up in Melbourne, has crossed the Nullarbor and loves the West and now calls Canberra home. Juliette is a mad sports fan, keen swimmer and wannabe runner and  cyclist. She is known for her many strengths with particular focus on Negotiated Settlements, Mediation, Collaborative Law and Complex financial structures.

Juliette has long been involved with community based organisations – whether at the St Kilda Community Legal Centre in Melbourne or Sussex st Community Legal Centre in WA as a volunteer or working at the Aboriginal  Legal Service in WA heading up its family law section or at Welfare Rights and Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Centre in Canberra.

She is currently on the Board of the Women’s Legal Centre and the Eastlake Football Club in Canberra.

FGD also supports the Tara Costigan Foundation and Menslink.

Table Host Melissa Healy


Melissa Healy, Director - DFK Everalls and Everalls Wealth Management

Melissa has been in financial services for nearly 30 years. She oversees a variety of clients but specialises in plain English, practical advice for small to medium businesses.  After running her own accounting practice and working as Finance Manager for various businesses she gained a great deal of insight into the day to day issues faced by business owners. She is known to provide practical advice that helps others run outstanding businesses.  She encourages business owners to ask themselves why they are in business and leads them to implement strategies that improve their functions and achieve their business goals.  Melissa is a full licenced financial planner too so after helping clients to increase their wealth she can help them protect it, make it work as hard as they did so that they can retire gracefully in due course.

You can also find Melissa “chasing” cows, building fences and playing in the vege patch on her 600acre cattle farm between Braidwood & Cooma. 

"I love inspiring & educating proactive business owners and investors to manage their business and personal finances better so that they can achieve their goals." - Melissa Healy

DFK Everalls has been an active member of the community since its inception over 40 years ago. DFK Everalls takes pride in supporting a range of charities and community programs including:

 Health Research with Breast Cancer Australia and actively fundraising for “Movember" - Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health.

Support for Community Services such as Ronald McDonald House and Canberra Times Fun Run - Heart Foundation. 

 Local Canberra partnerships with annual group participation in 'Meals from the Heart', sponsorship for The Canberra Comedy Festival and the ACT Chief Ministers Export Awards

Table Host Andrew Sykes

Andrew Sykes, Partner at RSM Australia

Andrew gets a kick out of working with business owners and organisations to improve their bottom line and allow them to do what they do, better than ever before.

On top of over 20 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and business adviser, Andrew has owned and been involved in running two businesses for over 10 years, which has given him a firsthand understanding of the issues and opportunities his clients face. Andrew has helped run a gym as well as had an interest in a large commercial cleaning company.

Andrew manages a team of advisers who regularly consult on high level financial and strategic initiatives across local and Commonwealth government departments and agencies, as well as small to large businesses. With experience across a range of sectors, Andrew prides himself on providing concise, clear and tailored advice for a range of complex issues, including: - Business planning and enterprise resource planning - Corporate structures and corporate governance - Cloud strategy implementation - Digital Strategy - Business and asset valuations - Financial system review - Cash flow management and financing. As well as assisting with technical matters Andrew is able to analyse the financial performance of clients. 

RSM supports a number of local charities through its organisation and through the individual contributions of its staff, including Menslink, Lifeline, and many others.

Table Host Sheryle Moon

Sheryle Moon- Chief Evangelist at Spinify

Sheryle has spent twenty of her thirty year career in “C” suite (Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operations Officer) level positions. Her career evidences experience as a practitioner, executive, and coach (individual and organisation) in a diverse range of sectors including ICT, Human Services, Retail, Defense and Government. She has held leadership roles in ASX listed, Fortune 500, start-up and the Not–For-Profit companies. Her hands-on experience in fast-paced environments have endowed her with a deep and nuanced knowledge of how to run projects and teams across multi-geographic environments. 

Sheryle is a Non-Executive Director with the Santa Fe Gallery Association and the Freilich Foundation at the Australian National University. 

She is recognized as an inspirational executive who can move organisations and the people within it from one operational state to an enhanced position. She undertook such transformations at Accenture, CSC, Manpower and her Association roles where she was asked by the Boards to execute a change agenda. She enjoys working with organisations and individuals who are seeking cultural shifts.

Specialties: Organisational change, managing complex organisations across geographic and functionally disparate areas. Government lobbying, profile raising for individuals and organisations.

Table Host Todd Wright

Todd Wright - Director at Threesides Marketing

Todd is a Marketing and Digital specialist with a passion for creative thinking and innovative marketing and PR. What does that all mean? He uses marketing for good and not evil, is never short of a good idea and creates marketing goodness where ever he goes.

As the co-founder and director of Threesides Marketing in Canberra, he works with a team that not only delivers marketing consultancy services, but fill in the missing link with implementation and marketing evaluation. 

His strengths lie in online business, digital marketing strategy, social media and marketing development, using new technology in business and partnership marketing. Equally he is at home with Public Relations, media management and training. At last count he has presented over 260 workshops to over 4000 participants.

He has valuable industry experience with sectors including Professional services, Destination Marketing, Legal, Food & Wine, Government, Education, Youth Brand marketing and Retail.

Specialties: Marketing, Public Relations, Media Management, Research, Relationship management, Social marketing, event management, business development, Training, Facilitation, online marketing, Social Media, Tourism Industry.

Todd is a mentor Menslink. Threesides provides sponsorship and pro bono work for a number of local  community organisations. 

Table Host Susan Helyar

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Susan Helyar - Director at ACT Council of Social Service

Susan Helyar is committed to building a more just and inclusive community, where everyone lives with dignity. Her career has focused on making a difference - as a social worker, in policy roles in ACT and Commonwealth governments, as the leader of services development advocacy work for UnitingCare Australia. 

Susan's direct practice included working in community health, mental health and disability employment. Her social policy work included service development and policy reform across the lifespan, with a focus on mental health, childcare, gambling, women's and children's health and social inclusion. She has supported development of the social work profession as a field educator.



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