Holly Ransom

Holly RansomNamed as one of the "100 Most Influential Australian Women" by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2012, Holly Ransom's dedication to driving innovative change within the corporate and non-profit arenas is second to none. As a leader in youth engagement and innovation, with a passion for building sustainable and thriving communities, this 23-year-old entrepreneur and NGO Leader is a voice for change.

The winner of both the 2012 Western Australian of the Year Youth Award and 2012 Young Volunteer of the Year, Holly has worked with more than 20 nonprofit organisations across the world, including establishing a microfinancing project in the Kenyan slums which was made a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Awards in 2011. Holly serves as a NonExecutive Director on a number of boards, including Giving West and Global Voices, and is currently President of Rotary of Crawley, making her the world's youngest Rotary President.

Holly runs two businesses: a consulting and public speaking business and a leadership development company. Working with small businesses, major corporations and industry bodies, Holly advises on intergenerational communication and leadership, innovation and change management; and also works as a Business Analyst at Rio Tinto.

Holly is studying her final year of a Bachelors degrees in Economics and Law and is a regular Op Ed contributor to major Australian newspapers and publications. An acclaimed public speaker, Holly was invited by the Governor General to be one of the keynote speakers at her International Women's Day 100 has also had the privilege of representing Australia at summits across America, Japan, Switzerland, Malaysia and Singapore; the highlights of which include drafting and presenting both a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama and a series of economic policy recommendations to the World Trade Organisation.

This January she was one of 30 Australian leaders selected to attend the Australian American Leadership Dialogue in Silicon Valley and this June was one of 20 entrepreneurs selected to represent the country at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit.

Rob Pennicott

Bruny Island resident Robert Pennicott is recognised under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, for cofounding the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund and establishing the Pennicott Foundation to make Tasmania, and the world, a better place.

In 2007, Robert cofounded the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund to protect Tasmania’s coastline and its native wildlife, injecting $100,000 of his own money into the venture. These funds enabled a feral species to be eradicated from Tasman Island, giving native birds the chance to thrive.

Driven to help others, last year Robert founded the Pennicott Foundation to raise money for local and international causes. His first mission was sailing around Australia in a 17-foot yellow dinghy to raise funds and awareness for polio.

Surviving on just five hours sleep a night, Robert raised $288,000 to help wipe out the disease worldwide. A Bruny Island-based boat tour operator, Robert donates one-quarter of his profits to numerous local projects and charities. Whether he’s on land or at sea, Robert is committed to giving future generations of Tasmanians a better place to live.

Jonathon Welch AM

Jonathon Welch AM is a multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, songwriter and recording artist with a career spanning over thirty years. Making his debut with Dame Joan Sutherland at the Sydney Opera House in the ‘Merry Widow’ 1988 Jonathon has over sixty stage roles to his credit and has performed extensively in Opera, musicals, G&S and in concert alongside many of the world’s greatest singers, directors and conductors including kd Lang, Baz Lurhmann, and Richard Bonynge to name a few.

Jonathon has been recognised for his outstanding thirty year commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities with the Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honourary Doctorate and an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and an Honourary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

In 2009 Jonathon created and launched ‘Social Inclusion Week’ making Australia the only country in the world to celebrate Social Inclusion nationally, and in September 2012 launched his vision for the future of arts, cultural and wellbeing programs and training for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage with the ‘School of Hard Knocks Institute’. Jonathon has also just returned from Uganda filming his new documentary ‘Choir Man in Africa’, working with the African’s Children Choir and will release the long awaited follow up documentary ‘Beyond Hard Knocks’ on the original Choir of Hard Knocks members in June 2013.

Jean Kitson

Jean Kittson is a multi-talented performer and writer and is one of Australia's best known and most popular comedians, in theatre and movies, in print and on television and radio. She earned national fame through ABC TV's ‘The Big Gig’ as a comic chameleon, later teaming up with Maryanne Fahey to become the first female comedians to have their own show on Australian television, ‘Kittson Fahey’, which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival.

Jean has amused audiences in print with columns in Health Smart magazine, New Weekly magazine, the Sunday Telegraph magazine, and The (Sydney) Magazine. In 1998 she published ‘Tongue Lashing’, which became a Penguin best-seller. Jean is an Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia, Macular Degeneration Foundation, Junction Works, and Remifemin.