Founder – Chairmans (Advisor to the Board of World Kindness USA and World Kindness China)
Michael brings a unique experience to the table as a strategic leader able to motivate and inspire people to not only consider new ideas and concepts, but to embrace them, thereby becoming a catalyst for change. Motivated by the motto at his daughters’ Primary School, “Kindness & Courtesy” Michael started a Kindness campaign in 2009 to address a culture of “bystander behaviour” At his instigation the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations in 2010 wrote to the Minister of Education and had World Kindness Day placed on the State School Calendar and co-hosted the 6th General Assembly in Sydney for the World Kindness Movement. In May 2011 Michael founded World Kindness Australia and was appointed as the Chair. In Sept 2012 at the London 7th General Assembly, Michael became the first elected General Secretary to the prestigious peak global body The World Kindness Movement. Under his stewardship, the organisations have secured support and endorsements from Australia’s Prime Minister, Vice Regal, Australian Commissioner for Human Rights, State and Federal Ministers including the Premiers of NSW and Victoria, Local government bodies representing 1.7 million residents including the City of Sydney and Gold Coast. This achievement was acknowledged in the NSW Parliament and in Her Excellency Professor Dame Marie Bashir Governor NSW 2014 Message. Michael continues to deliver passionate keynote addresses to engage, inspire and influence our leaders and people of influence that a kinder world can be realised in our lifetime.
Craig Spence is a loving father and plays a key role in World Kindness Australia; he is committed to building and strengthening WKA and its presence across the nation. He is currently ANZ BDM for a health provider of AEDs and the Sponsorship Liaison for Australian Country Waterpolo Association. Upon graduating Craig joined the Australian Army serving 6 years and amongst other duties trained the elite SAS commandos on health and fitness. It was during this time he witnessed first hand a culture which struggled to be the best it could be which reminded him of his childhood where he was severely bullied at school. As a result Craig was instinctively drawn to the core values of kindness to address cultures of exclusion and bullying . Despite Craig’s wide range of interests and commitments he manages to find the time within his hectic schedule to invest in making a difference to a community through WKA and engaging the corporate sector to place Kindness on the agenda. See Kindness Performance Indicators and Kindness Clause for the corporate sector to consider when reviewing their organisation.
Director Member Services
Yuliana brings a level of confidence to any project regardless of how ambitious the plan. Yuliana comes to us recognised as an accomplished business woman in her own right having succeeded in the corporate world as an Executive Analyst in Finance and Business for multi-national corporations where she was responsible in overseeing 400 million dollars revenue. Yuliana graduated as a registered CPA who was Commercial Finance Manager for Blue Scope Steel and Australia’s premier nursery, Oasis. Despite a focus on business and the bottom line, Yuliana has always been compelled to help those less fortunate as she actively supports various Not For Profit organisations within Australia and contributes significantly to orphanage homes in Indonesia and Africa. Appointed as our Director of Member Services in 2015 Yuliana assisted us in fulfilling our duties to the peak global body, The World Kindness Movement, as its Secretariat until 2017. Yuliana has now established herself with a strong following of clients as a holistic life coach and draws on her experience in corporate and finance to give clients guidance on their business and personal life.
Leanne commenced her involvement as a Goodwill Ambassador with us when the City of the Gold Coast signed “Declarations of Support” for World Kindness Australia’s endeavours to create a kinder world. As an advocate for the environment and the Arts, her Foundation has supported such things as the SWELL Culture Festival, Australian Marine Conservation and Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Enterprise, Leanne has always been community minded. Leanne is a mother of two sons and is active on the executive of the Southport Yacht Club including past Associate President. With a background in the film and advertising industry she adds value to this campaign for a kinder world. When asked Why? Leanne simply responded, “Giving Up is Not An Option” Leanne was invited by the Chairman to join the board as a simply “Must Have” and as an excellent Ambassador of Goodwill north of the border Leanne uses her extensive network to connect and introduce people of influence to the global campaign for a kinder world.
Cr Glenn Tozer
Goodwill Ambassador Gold Coast City Council
In 2012 Glenn was appointed by the Mayor, Tom Tate to be the City’s Goodwill Ambassador for the World Kindness campaign following a unanimous resolution by the city to sign a Declaration of Support for the endeavors of World Kindness Australia. Five years later after driving the kindness campaign and ensuring the city met the KPIs Glenn drafted the presentation for the bd to have the city receive international endorsement and become the first city in the world to be officially listed as a World Kindness City. WKA presented this bid in Seoul and the international delegates were unanimous in their decision granting this prestigious endorsement for the first time to an Australian city.
In 2014 Glenn represented the Gold Coast at the World Kindness Movement’s 8th General Assembly presenting the cities kindness initiatives to the international community having launched Gold Coast City Council co branded World Kindness Cards and presenting Cool To Be Kind Awards to individuals, schools, business and community groups. Working with community groups and City colleagues to see the Gold Coast realise its full potential to receive listing as a “World Kindness City” making it a premier destination for businesses, students and tourists while remaining the ideal place to raise a family. As a father of three sons, Cr Tozer aims to build on the legacy of pioneering families who have created a strong community spirit in Mudgeeraba and the Hinterland, and to encourage this spirit among the many new families in the area.
With 15 years corporate experience with companies including Rydges Hotels, Fairfax Ltd and Sensis, Juice Media Limited, (Juice 107.3FM) Glenn is well-equipped to deliver for the division and city, working on key infrastructure projects, enabling community groups to be more effective, and protecting World Heritage listed natural areas. All of these roles gave him an important insight into the opportunities and challenges of running a small business.
Dr. Catherine Crock AM
Goodwill Ambassador Health Care (Melbourne)
Dr. Catherine Crock is a medical pioneer, producer of music and theatrics, humanitarian, mother and advocate for change. In 2017 Catherine convened “The Gathering Of Kindness” the worlds largest Kkndness health care event over 4 days with 400 hundred health care professionals. A Physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Catherine has successfully implemented a raft of positive changes to healthcare in the areas of organisational culture, services and patient/family support. She is the Chair and Founder of The Hush Foundation, a registered charity organisation working to transform healthcare by improving partnerships, culture and the environment to support health and wellbeing. Hush, in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest musical talent, has commissioned 15 albums of music specifically for application within healthcare. Working in collaboration with renowned playwright Alan Hopgood, theatrical plays “Hear Me” and “Do You Know Me” have also been created. These productions have been performed in hospitals and Aged Care settings across Australia more than 100 times, to raise awareness of patient centered care, communication and patient safety issues and to encourage a shift in the culture of healthcare. An influencer in the areas of medical innovation and the Arts, Catherine is also an acclaimed key note speaker based in Melbourne, Australia.
Goodwill Ambassador (Country NSW)
FounderThe Enemy Within – Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Wellbeing Education
Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports person. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. As a boxer Joe was a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and also won the WBC Asia Continental Title.Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness. Joe is also an author having contributed to the book Transformation; Turning Tragedy Into Triumph & his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within – which will be out January 2018. Joe was recently named as a finalist for the courage award in the 2017 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards and was the recipient of the 2016 Wagga Wagga Australia Day Citizen of The Year Award for his work in the community in Mental Health Education & Suicide Prevention.
Goodwill Ambassador (Wollongong)
Goodwill Ambassador Central Coast
Dr Karen Phillip is a Counselling Psychotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Parenting and Relationship Expert on television, radio and print media both here and overseas. She is an International Author and Key Note Speaker. Using effective Counselling modalities, combined with proven Hypnotherapy techniques, results are fast and long term. Karen joined World Kindness Australia identifying with the shared cored values of positive relationships and the important role kindness plays. Dr Phillip guidance assists many to gain clarity and direction, stop many addictive behaviours quickly, reduce stress and anxiety levels that lead to depression which affects so many. Karen brings an amazing energy to the team and is a very active Goodwill Ambassador walking the talk inspiring many to place kindness on the agenda and always “Seek the Kinder Option.”
Goodwill Ambassador Brisbane
Author, Director and Founder of The Big Ideas Group
Murray is the director and founder of the Big Ideas Group (B.I.G) which joined World Kindness Australia in 2017 as a Corporate Member. Big Ideas Group is a creative communications company, that specialises in property sales and marketing. It was founded and has been directed by Murray for over ten years.
Murray is also a father and author of a book, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORLD RUNS OUT OF MONEY The book provides a clever tool designed to generate more kindness in the world. The only way to receive a copy of the book is by making a kind pledge to do something for someone else. Murray has is well respected within his trusted circles of business and media friends. It is here he sees his involvement encouraging the business community to engage in the global campaign for a kinder world. Murray is a quiet achiever and we are very grateful to have Murray supporting the campaign and being a member of World Kindness Australia.
Goodwill Ambassador ACT
Courageous, Kind and Inspiring are the words that come to mind when you meet this amazing mother of six from Canberra. Kate approached us with an idea and within a short period of time was embarking into uncharted waters of the Not For Profit sector. Inspired by her own journey through the world of gaming and poker machine addiction, Kate came through a nine year battle as a shining light to guide others to safe shores. Not only has she kept her family together during these difficult times she was the lifeline to her husband suffering depression. In 2016 Kate was a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (NFP) and was part of the Australian delegation to travel to the USA with the our Chairman to present a letter of acknowledgement from the City of Gold Coast to the City of Anaheim which are both incorporating kindness initiatives within their communities. Kate launched HOPE Project and became our ACT Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 and is already making a difference introducing and connecting people to place kindness on their agenda and is certainly an agent for positive change.
Goodwill Ambassador Media
Dimi comes to us as a professional experienced TV presenter with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Originally from South Australia, a single mother of 3 girls, Dimi joined WKA in 2012 and has been supporting us in our endeavours, whilst running her own media company 3bg Consulting and raising her family. With an impressive list of clients including peak sporting associations and national sporting teams from a variet of codes from fottball to basketball, Dimi maintains a low profile while raising theirs. An advocate for seeing justice in the Family Courts where too often we see the burden of compliance at cross purposes with what is best for the children, Dimi is relentless as a voice for reason to ensure the kinder option outweighs the overwhelming cost of red tape. As a skilled consultant Dimi has reinvented Corporate Social Responsibility, where her background media and communication brings the perfect blend for making the case to the corporate sector to ensure kindness is on their agenda.