Richard Wilkins is one of Australia’s most recognised faces on television. He is the entertainment editor for the Nine Network and the Today Show.
In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Richard was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the community through a range of charities.
Jim Wilson is Seven News Sydney’s Sports Director. He presents sport for Sydney’s Seven News on Fridays and Saturdays as well as Seven’s Afternoon News.
A self-described “sports nut”, Jim has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, starting as a cadet at Brisbane’s Courier Mail.
During his career as a sports journalist, Jim has covered seven Olympic Games, the British Open golf, South African and West Indian cricket tours, World Cup soccer, the NRL State of Origin series and AFL Grand Finals.
Jim has been part of the Seven Sports team since 1992, holding senior correspondent and reporter positions in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Jim is a passionate supporter of charities committed to cancer research, having lost his youngest son, Sam, to brain cancer in 2010 when he was just six years old. He is an ambassador for Cancer Council NSW, the Charlie Teo Foundation and Kookaburra Kids.
“Sam was an incredible boy who deserved better but his attitude towards life and his courage defied his age and he drives me every day – his memory will live on forever,” says Jim.
Byron Webb is the host of smoothfm’s More Music Drive Show in Sydney and Melbourne.
Byron has extensive radio experience – over 20 years including hosting various shows on the Triple M network, The Drive Home on WSFM, a national Better Homes & Gardens show. He’s also been a full-time lecturer at Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Karl Stefanovic is one of Australia’s most popular and admired television presenters.
As the co-host of Channel Nine’s breakfast show Today, with Georgie Gardner, Karl is the first person we turn to in the morning for our daily diet of news and entertainment.
Karl has over 20 years experience in television and has worked as a TV journalist in America, New Zealand and Australia. He has been at the forefront of some major local and international news events – including the Queensland floods, Christchurch earthquake, Japanese tsunami, the Bali bombings, the terror trials in Guantanamo Bay, the funerals of Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles and Marlon Brando, the Oscars and the Golden Globes.
In 1994, Karl graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in journalism and began working for WIN Television in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter.
In 1996, he took up a position with TVNZ as a reporter for One Network News. In 1998, he returned to Australia with a job reporting and reading for Ten News in Brisbane. He then moved to Channel Nine as a reporter and in 2003 he was posted to Los Angeles as a correspondent. During this time Karl also worked for the CNN , America’s first all-news channel, for more than 13 months.
In 2005, he took over hosting duties for Today. Since then Karl has also become a regular reporter for Nine’s long-running current affairs program, Sixty Minutes.
In 2011 Karl won the Australian TV Week’s Gold Logie for most popular personality and the Silver Logie for the most popular presenter. In December 2011 Karl was a crew member on racing supermaxi yacht Investec LOYAL when it won line honours in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Karl has also hosted the London Olympics for Channel 9.
With over 12 years with the Nine network, an Australia number one breakfast show and covering some of the the biggest stories in the world, Karl has built and established himself as one of Australia’s favourite TV presenters. Add to that being a proud father of three children, Karl says life is busy but enjoyable. “Working on early morning television means that I am one of the first people to inform the public about events that have happened overnight. It is a huge responsibility to make sure that we are the first team to present the information accurately and to make sure we are on top of any news story as it develops”.
“We work very hard to bring our viewers not just the latest news but to ensure that there is a variety of entertainment, information and analysis”.
Having made his Australian debut as a 20-year-old, Steve Smith has undergone a dramatic career transformation. Now 28 years old and over 60 Tests and 23 test centuries to his name, Smith admitted that he wasn’t ready for Test cricket when he was thrown in the deep end in 2010.
Having been sent back to domestic cricket to regain his form and confidence, Smith returned to the Test side with a bang in 2013, scoring 92 against India in Mohali to earn a late call up to Australia’s Ashes touring party where he made his debut test century posting an unbeaten 138 in the fifth Test at The Oval. He followed it up with brilliant centuries in Perth and Sydney in Australia’s Ashes sweep, before recording another hundred against South Africa.
The summer of 2014/15 was a season that Steve will never forget. He was named Australia’s vice-captain in December 2014 and Australia’s 45th Test captain, to replace the injured Michael Clarke during the final three Tests of the series against India. His series of 769 runs at average 128.17 saw him break numerous records along the way, win two man of the match awards and was named player of the series. In 2015 he was named Allan Border Medallist as the best player in Australia for the year as well as being named the Test and ODI player of the year & hit the winning runs in Australia’s World Cup victory at the MCG. He was also named ICC International Player of the Year.
In 2015 Steve was named Australia’s Captain and has gone on to break record after record along the way. In 2017/18 he captained Australia to a 4 nil victory over England to reclaim the Ashes and was named Player of the Series with an amazing batting performance that had many comparing him to the great Don Bradman. He was named Allan Border Medallist for the 2nd time as Australia’s best player for the year and the International Test Player of the Year.
Chris Smith has worked in news and current affairs on radio, print, and TV nationally and internationally for more than 35 years. He’s won several awards for reporting and broadcasting excellence. Currently, his show out rates all stations at this time of the day, while he juggles TV appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise. He’s an active host of charity events, and for his other love The South Sydney Rabbitohs. His focus on air is breaking news, but after nearly 20 years hosting his program, he also knows how to interview the stars and entertain.
Kelly Slater is an American professional surfer, known for his competitive prowess and style. He has been crowned World Surf League Champion a record 11 times. Kelly was inspired to become an Ambassador for the Charlie Teo Foundation after spending time with 16 year old Kiera, a young surfer from San Diego who is battling an inoperable brain tumour. He was instrumental in raising funds for her protocol and offered a huge thanks to Charlie Teo and his friends at the Charlie Teo Foundation for the assistance and help offered to Kiera and her family.
Leo Sayer is a British born singer-songwriter musician and entertainer whose singing career has spanned four decades. He is now an Australian citizen and resident. Sayer launched his career in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and became a top singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s.
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Girlfriend Magazine model search graduate Amy Pejkovic, is a world champion high jumper making it in to the number one position on the world IAAF high jump ranks.
Since being discovered at the age of 13 at the prestigious girlfriend model search, Amy has graced the cover of Glossy magazine and RUSSH magazine.
Amy has additionally appeared on the catwalks for Myer and Georgio Armani. With her striking features and athletic figure Amy has gone on to shoot campaigns for Lorna Jane, Running Bare, Country Road, Baku and Sportsgirl.
She has walked for the runway for a long list of designers at the Australia, Fashion Week’s including Alice McCall, We are Handsome and Bec and Bridge. In 2012 Amy was diagnosed with the shock of a brain tumour. After recovering from her battle she has gone on to become a proud advocate for brain cancer.
Amy remains one of Australia’s top athletes and modes in the industry.
Peter Overton is chief newsreader for Sydney’s 6pm edition of NINE NEWS. He has over 10 years’ experience with NINE NEWS as a reporter and regular presenter, including 60 Minutes.
His early career break was with Sydney radio station 2UE while at university later moving to Australia’s first satellite television channel, Sky Channel where he spent four years reporting and presenting.
In 2012 he won a TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Outstanding news coverage for the Queensland floods – an award shared across TODAY, ACA and News. In 2014 Peter accepted a Logie Award for the Nine News team for Most Outstanding news coverage of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
Peter serves on the Defence Reserves Support National Council, is a Co-Patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Patron of the Monstar Foundation (Motor Neurone Disease), Patron of the Olivia Lambert Foundation (Neuroblastoma), Co-Patron of the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation, Ambassador for the George Gregan Foundation, Ambassador for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ambassador for the Sony Foundation (Teenage Cancer), National Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia, Ambassador for the Australian National Literacy Foundation and Ambassador for the Charlie Teo Foundation (Brain Cancer).
Mark Mathews is one of the worlds best Big wave surfers, he has made a living achieving the unfathomable: crossing the intersection of danger and excitement. He knows all too well the crippling grasp of fear.
While in Tasmania, fifteen feet in front of a cliff in cold, shark infested waters, Mark hit a reef and instantly blacked out. Terror engulfed every inch of his being. Neck braced and hospital-ridden, he didn’t know if he could ever surf again. At that moment, Mark made a decision never to allow fear to overpower him again.
Obsessed with the relationship between personal growth, high performance and fulfilment, Matthews is on a mission: offer game-changing ways to adapt to stress and increase wonder in the lives of others.
As a highly sought after international speaker, Mathews’ surfer chill vibe and magnetic charisma, has
From Google, Sony, Intel, to MasterCard, he instantly captures audiences with his epic tales and spectacular ocean- themed adventure simulations.
Maryanne Larkin is a passionate supporter of Charlie Teo and his brave approach to surgery and brain cancer research.
Maryanne is the wife of the late Gavin Larkin OAM founder of RUOK? An organisation committed to promoting connection to prevent suicide.
In 2010 Gavin and their son Gus were both diagnosed with cancer in the space of one month. The family went on to undergo months of treatments and surgery whilst Gavin continued his work on RUOK.
In 2011 Gavin lost his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Two years later Maryanne lost their son Gus to brain cancer.
Along with Josie (17yrs) and Van (12yrs) Maryanne continues to support brain cancer research as she would love to envisage a world where no child ever has to go through what her son Gus endured.
The family story can be viewed on the ABC’s Australian Story- Beyond RUOK.
Marcia Hine’s career spans four decades. Marcia has released 22 albums, selling 2.6 million copies and has garnered countless chart-topping singles and multi-platinum records.
Arriving in Sydney age just 16 to star in the Australian production of ‘Hair’, Marcia was also the first black woman to star in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.
Australian Idol’s favourite judge for the show’s seven consecutive years. Marcia was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for her services to the Australian Entertainment Industry as a performer, judge and mentor and to the community through a range of charitable organisations.
The face of Foxtel Smooth, Marcia is a proud Ambassador for the Charlie Teo Foundation.
Host of weekly chat show On The Mike, Actor/Presenter Mike Goldman is best known for hosting reality TV shows like Friday Night Live, Up Late, Big Brother and many documentary series like Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet and voice of Bear Grylls documentary series on Discovery. Court-side announcer for the Sydney Kings, Commonwealth Games presenter and mad adventurist. If its climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or driving from London to Mongolia in a rubbish car for charity Mike is willing to go where others fear to tread.
Since 2011, Ben has hosted 2GB’s Sydney Livein 3pm-6pm slot.
His talents have been recognised with Australian Commercial Radio Awards (2014-2016) as best metropolitan talk presenter.
Ben started with Sydney’s Radio 2UE and Sky News Australia. His has worked with the Nine Network, in A Current Affair and the Today Show. He has also worked as 2UE political correspondent in the Parliament House Press.
Ben won a Walkley Award – Australia’s top award in journalism – for his coverage of the Thredbo landslide tragedy and a Raward – the top accolade in the Australian radio industry – for excellence in journalism. He became the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Raward double and was honoured on Australia Day with a Young Citizen of the Year award.
Ever since Alex Cullen’s father Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2016, Alex has been dedicated to helping find a cure for brain cancer. The respected journalist has been a presenter and reporter with the 7 Network since 2006 joining their flagship public affairs program Sunday Night in April 2010. Alex has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars, and covered some of the world’s biggest news, current affairs and sporting events travelling to all corners of the globe from Vanuatu to Alaska, Vietnam to Cuba.
Alex enjoys sitting down with some of the world’s biggest stars and ‘just having a yarn’ as he calls it. Alex has been lucky enough to interview music royalty such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Nicks, Jon Bon Jovi, Andrea Bocelli, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell and Australia’s own Jimmy Barnes. He’s also chatted with some of the stars of the screen including the legendary Shirley Maclaine, Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, Mark Wahlberg, Jackie Chan and former supermodel Jerry Hall.
Alex has spent his career jumping between news and sport reporting and in between stories with Sunday Night, Alex fills in on weekday editions of Sunrise presenting sport and weather. Alex is also a regular blogger for the Sunday Night website and has had articles published in some of Australia’s most popular publications.
Alex was born and bred near Coonamble, NSW, and when he isn’t on the road he’s on the beach with his wife Bonnie in Sydney, at their farm in the NSW Central West, trying to keep fit and always on the lookout for the next big story.
Alex’s father lost his battle with brain cancer in February 2018 and Alex is humbled and honoured to be an ambassador for the Charlie Teo Foundation.
David Campbell’s work spans television, print, radio, theatre, including cabaret and concert performances as well as being a multi-platinum recording artist.
With Sonia Kruger, David hosts the national Today Extra show on Nine Network, and the annual beloved Carols By Candlelight. On radio, David presents his own national weekend afternoon show on Smooth FM. David is also a regular featured columnist in Stellar, News Corp’s popular Sunday magazine.
Recently David played the title role in the World Premiere production of Dream Lover the Bobby Darin Musical in Sydney later reprising the role in Melbourne. David has achieved similar success on the international stage, most notably in New York with his award winning cabaret show.
David is one of Australia’s biggest selling recording artists, with his albums The Swing Sessions (2006), The Swing Sessions 2 (2007), Good Lovin’ (2008) and On Broadway (2010) all chart successes, achieving platinum sales awards.
David serves as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With Luckiest Productions (which he co-runs with his wife Lisa Campbell) David now produces national concert tours and live theatre productions.
Chris Bath is a freelance journalist, TV & radio host, with 30 years’ experience as a reporter and newsreader. She has fronted news bulletins since she was 22; working at Radio 2UE, Prime TV Albury, NBN TV Newcastle and the Seven Network. Chris has interviewed pop stars and Prime Ministers, hosted national television coverage of tragedies and triumphs and danced to AC/DC under a mirror ball on Dancing with The Stars. At present Chris is a freelance gun for hire – helping with hosting duties for ABC TV & The Project on Network Ten, and playing with buttons at ABC Radio Sydney hosting the Evenings radio show, and acting as an MC and facilitator at big events now and then too.
Valentina has more than 18 years’ experience as a corporate, commercial and tax lawyer, and is admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in Australia.
Valentina is a Consultant with Sparke Helmore in their Corporate and Intellectual Property team and is Chair of their National Sports and Entertainment Law Practice. She is also the Principal of legal practice Black Book Legal.
Valentina was previously General Counsel (Australia and New Zealand) for professional body Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (including roles leading the Professional Conduct and Discipline arm and as National Manager). Prior to this, Valentina worked for law firms Minter Ellison, Corrs and Phillips Fox.
Valentina is also the Chairman of a publicly listed company Contango Global Growth Ltd, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports Foundation (CAMS Foundation) and the Australasian Football Institute. She is also the Managing Director of Black Book Management Pty Ltd and sits on the boards of the GWS Giants Foundation and SP7 Management Pty Ltd. She is an Executive Patron of The Taronga Zoo and sits on The Australian Ballet ‘Ambassador Board’, chairs their Ambassadorship Committee and is a Ambassador of The Australian Ballet. Valentina is also a member of the Black and White Committee (for Vision Australia). Valentina also acts as advisor/consultant for various corporates on commercial/business matters.
Valentina holds a Bachelor Law/Arts and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, where she also completed the Leadership Program (Mt Eliza/Melbourne Business School).