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Speakers for 2018


Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC

Mrs Kerry Sanderson AC was installed as the 32nd Governor and the inaugural female Governor of Western Australia on 20 October 2014 following a distinguished career in government and business.

She was named a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for eminent service to the people of Western Australia; to the promotion of international investment, scientific research and export opportunities; and through roles with maritime, mining, emergency management and not-for-profit organisations.

Mrs Sanderson’s illustrious career has included executive positions at the Western Australian Treasury, Fremantle Ports, and Ports Australia, as well as serving as the Deputy Director General of Transport for Western Australia. She has also served on numerous advisory councils and boards, including the Council of Curtin University, the Ambassadorial Council for the UWA Business School, the advisory board for the Notre Dame Business School, Board of Austrade, the Australian Wheat Board, the Downer EDI Board, the St John of God Board, the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund, and the Board of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College London.

In her downtime, Mrs Sanderson enjoys immersing herself in the natural environment. Her recreational interests include keeping fit, walking and hiking, travel and reading as well as continued learning.


Dr John Dickson (PhD)

John is an accomplished author, historian, speaker, media presenter, and Pastor.


John’s story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, senior pastor, and media presenter. He has published 15 books, two of which have become television documentaries, with a third due for release in March 2018. John teaches a course on the Historical Jesus at the University of Sydney, where he also researches the origins of Christianity in the Roman empire.

During 2017 and 2018, John is also a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. In all that he does, whether in the media or the church, creative or academic, John strives to be a public advocate for the Christian faith in secularising times.

At nine-years-old, John lost his father in an air disaster, so he is mindful of the sorrows and doubts of our world. He values his wife and three children above all other gifts of this life.


Tickets will be available to purchase in mid-2018