Speaker Date Topic
Preston Miskelly Oct 26, 2021
Working in the Hospitality Industry
Working in the Hospitality Industry

Preston is a hospitality professional with 20 years of hotel management experience. He is currently the General Manager of the newly-opened Holiday Inn hotel in Werribee.

In the past he has specialised in running several areas of the business including Rooms Division and Food & Beverage. He also has a strong understanding of hotel financial and revenue management fundamentals.

Martin Murley Nov 09, 2021
Fostering Children
Fostering Children

Martin speaks about the work of OzChild, a child welfare agency that supports children and young people in out-of-home care (kinship and foster care), and those children at risk of entering out-of-home care in the first place. What are the factors that place children at risk, how do we best support them, support families on the brink of fracturing, and what should be doing differently than was done in the past. Martin will speak about how we provide brighter tomorrows for children who have experienced vulnerabilities, and how can best support the volunteer carers who can make all the difference. Word of mouth about OzChild’s work is the greatest gift of all.

An educator at heart, with over 30 years experience in the education and not-for-profit sectors, Martin is committed to building productive partnerships that have kindness and generosity at their core, by pairing philanthropic intent with social purpose that tackles disadvantage.

Father of three and husband of one, Martin has worked in the NFP sector since 2012 in youth homelessness prevention and most recently supporting vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home situations with child welfare agency OzChild.

Prior to his jump into the NFP space, Martin spent 25 years working in the education sector, teaching, marketing, career counselling, project managing, tendering, business developing and managing high-performing teams. He spent four years broadcasting in community radio in Ballarat and volunteers regularly as an MC/stage manager at the Caloundra Music Festival. He’s even had fruit thrown at him while performing at the Myer Music Bowl! Living overseas in the 80’s, Martin delivered mail in the Australian High Commission, wrapped garden tools for the famous at Harrods, provided relaxation massage in Rhode Island and taught outdoor education in the forests of upstate New York.

Sal Perna AM Dec 07, 2021
From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards
From Murder to Mail; Mobiles to Mounting Yards

The career of Sal Perna AM spans four decades of fighting crime and corruption.

He started his working life as a Commissioned Officer of the Victoria Police, achieving the rank of Detective Inspector, and the position of Officer In Charge, Crime Courses Unit. His 20-year police career included everything from undercover duties to the extradition of the ‘Nuclear Warrior’ from Los Angeles. He was commended on four occasions, awarded the National Medal in 1990, the Police Service Medal in 2014 and twice served in the Homicide Squad.

His corporate background includes senior executive roles heading two of Australia’s largest corporate security and investigation groups, firstly at Australia Post and then at Telstra, making him responsible for the national operations of teams whose role was to provide strategic and tactical corporate security/risk management and protecting the brand, business, staff and infrastructure of the country’s largest postal and telecommunication companies.

In 2007, Sal established Calibre International Pty Ltd which provided corporate consultancy service in areas such as leadership training, coaching, mentoring, staff selection, business planning, issue and incident analysis and specialising in security risk, anti-corruption, development of professional standards and the conduct of major and complex investigation/reviews.

He was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner on March 1st, 2010. Reporting to Parliament, he provided independent oversight of integrity of the state’s multi-billion-dollar racing industry and had his initial appointment extended a total of four times, completing his tenure in March 2021.

In 2019 Sal was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

His presentation will cover the major parts of his career (Policing/Homicide investigation) + Australia Post + Telstra + Racing Integrity Commissioner and, as such, is entitled “From Murder to Mail: Mobiles to Mounting Yards”.