Posted by David Button (Conference Registrar)
District Conference Platinum Sponsor – Latrobe Health Services
Latrobe Health Services is an Australian-owned not-for-profit community-focused private health insurer with more than 81,000 members across Australia.
Founded in 1950, Latrobe Health was established by power industry workers to provide for the health care needs of residents in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, and at the time focused on providing medical services such as hospitals and ambulances. Much has changed since 1950, with Latrobe Health now providing hospital and extras coverage for members Australia-wide. However, the spirit of Latrobe Health Services founders remains. Latrobe Health Services is still a regionally focused and based private health insurer that exists to benefit and support its members and the communities in which they live.
Latrobe Health Services is a proud supporter of regional communities, most recently donating $25k for the Traralgon storm emergency and $25k for the 2020 bushfires to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. In support of its community throughout the COVID pandemic, Latrobe Health Services donated a whopping $1M to bolster much needed family violence, youth and mental health supports throughout Gippsland and regional Victoria.
In 1991 Latrobe Health Services established Maryvale Private Hospital, Gippsland’s only private acute medical and surgical hospital. Since its inception, Maryvale has cared for more than 44,000 patients in the Gippsland region. Today, it’s a key health hub contributing to education and clinical programs such as diabetic care, cancer services, palliative care, breast care and men’s health.
We have some excellent speakers: 
Professor Fiona Wood is a British born plastic and reconstructive surgeon currently working in Perth.  She is the director of the Burns Service of WA, director of the Burn Injury Research Unit at UWA, co-founder of the company Clinical Cell Culture (now Avita Medical) and the McComb Research Foundation (along with Professor Marie Stoner) now the Fiona Wood Foundation.
Fiona is world renowned for her patented invention of spray on skin cells for burns victims, a treatment which is continually developing and focused on reducing the time to healing and reduced scarring. She leads a busy life as a highly experienced burns specialist and mother of six.
Perhaps one of Fiona’s most notable achievements was her leadership and management when in October 2002, she led the team at Royal Perth Hospital to treat the largest proportion of survivors from the 2002 Bali bombings.
Professor Wood was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and named Australian of the Year in 2005. Also in 2005, Fiona was awarded the Clunnies Ross award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering with co-worker medical scientist Marie Stone.
Ian is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.
Ian has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.
His honours include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.
A member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham since 1978, Ian has served as Rotary International President, Treasurer, Director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.
He and his wife, Juliet, a past District Governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.
A Chartered Engineer, Vic holds formal qualifications in Electronics (Bachelors), in Mechatronics Engineering (Masters in Robotics) and Environmental Monitoring (Masters in Physics).
He was awarded the Bolloré Award in 2011, and IEEE Award in 2013 for his work in Ocean Engineering. More recently, Vic was selected to receive the UN Young Innovator Award. Vic is also “One of Six Rotary People of Action” to showcase his work at the United Nations in 2018.
A board member of the Australian Autonomous Unmanned System Association (AAUS) and Head of International Relations for an 8,000+ Engineer Network (ISEN), Vic also chairs the Institute of Engineering and Technology Victoria for the Young Professional Section (IET-YPS).
As a supporter of Rotary values and Past President of Melbourne City Rotaract Club (MCRC), Vic has been providing an innovative approach to clean water. He is a leader and community educator who delivers projects to reduce water pollution on a global scale making a long-term difference for humanity. His career focus is to build collaboration between organisations to advance Engineering and preserve the environment with the ultimate goal of saving our oceans.
Charles is the Director of Partnerships with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).  He establishes and manages relationships with strategic, global and grass roots partners, inclusive of governments, multi-lateral, non-government, education and civil society organisations.  Through partnerships, he is activating IEP’s Positive Peace framework globally.
In his previous role with Victoria Police, he led strategic and operations change, shifting policing to better adopt community engagement.  His policing career including many years of operation service in general duties, investigations, then senior change management roles.
He is an experienced director with not for profits and experienced in hands on peace building at project and strategic levels.  He is vice President of the Rotary Club of Sydney, a Master in Leadership, Organisation and Change, and has studied Peace and conflict Resolution as a rotary Peace Fellow at the Chulalongkorm Rotary Peace Centre.  He is an alumnus of Leadership Victoria and Australian Institute for Company Directors.
Charles is well respected among peace builders for his pioneering work in resilience, and equally respected within policing for his community centre approach to police management.  He was awarded the Australian Police Medal, a Division of the Order of Australia, for his service to the community of Victoria, Australia.
ERIN COLDHAMSpeaker for Star of the South Project
Erin Coldham is Chief Development Officer at the Star of the South project, which seeks to harness Bass Strait winds to power more than a million homes with clean energy, while creating thousands of jobs.
Erin is proud to be part of the team progressing this critical infrastructure project for Australia, bringing her extensive experience working with all levels of government on major, multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects.
In her role at Star of the South, Erin is currently responsible for all development activities required to bring the project to construction and operation, working with industry, regulators, policy-makers and local communities to bring offshore wind to regional Gippsland and the State of Victoria.
Included in A Word About Wind’s Top 100 Women’s Power List 2021, Erin is a champion for female talent in the energy industry and is driven by the positive opportunities offshore wind represents for Australia.