We are excited to welcome the following speakers and presenters to this years SAFCA Conference.

This years speakers will focus on aspects of the conference theme, 'advocacy, empowerment, change'. 

Speakers and presenters will be added to this page on an ongoing basis prior to the conference. 

Day one - MC

Jane Doyle OAM

Jane Doyle OAM is one of Australia’s most experienced media presenters. A highly respected journalist with more than 40 years’ experience across print, radio and television, Jane spent more than 33 years as presenter of Seven News Adelaide.  She’s also renowned as an MC, facilitator and interviewer. Jane has served many community organisations as Patron or Ambassador, was a member of the Judging Board for the Walkley Awards and in 2021 completed nine years as Chair of Carclew, SA’s peak youth arts organisation. In 2022 Jane joined the Board of State Opera of South Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Welcome to Country

Ashum Yarlupina Owen

Ngangki Warra
Ngangki Warra is a Kaurna female-led collective that aims to elevate and amplify the voices of women and magnify the existence of the Kaurna Matriarchy.


Arman Abrahimzadeh

Co-Founder of Zahra Foundation Australia
Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM is a domestic violence prevention advocate and an experienced Board Director, having served on a number of not-for-profit Boards in SA including Zahra Foundation Australia, of which he is also a Co-Founder. As a graduate of Uni SA’s Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture & Design, Arman has been working in the design and construction sector for over 15 years and nowadays he is a Project Manager for the South Australian Housing Authority. As an advocate for the prevention of family and domestic violence, Arman speaks on the topic of healthy relationships and early warning signs in abusive relationships at schools, workplaces, prisons and conferences. Since 2018 Arman has served the City of Adelaide Council as a Councillor. In addition to his work with the Housing Authority and the City of Adelaide, Arman is currently the Presiding Member of the City of Unley Council’s Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee. In his spare time Arman enjoys exploring Adelaide with his wife Genevieve and their two young boys Raphael and Theodore

National Update

Fiona Guthrie

CEO, Financial Counselling Australia
Fiona has been the CEO of Financial Counselling Australia, the peak body for financial counsellors since 2009. She has held directorships on Energex Retail Pty Ltd, the Insurance Ombudsman Service and the Financial Ombudsman Service, and is a former chair of ASIC's Consumer Advisory Panel. She is currently a member of the ACCC's Consumer Consultative Committee and a member of the boards of Way Forward Debt Solutions, CHOICE and the Queensland Competition Authority. Fiona was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for her work in social welfare and financial counselling


Cynthia Gebert

Ombudsman, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Cynthia Gebert commenced in the role of Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in May 2022. Prior to joining the TIO, Cynthia held the position of Victoria’s Energy and Water Ombudsman for ten years. Cynthia is the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA) and is a 2011 alumni of Leadership Victoria’s highly respected Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women. Currently, Cynthia is a Director of the Thriving Communities Partnership, Thriving Communities Foundation, and Eltham College Limited.

Day two - MC

Kelly Gulliver

Manager Financial Wellbeing and Capability, CatholicCareNT
Kelly Gulliver is the manager Financial Wellbeing and Capability at CatholicCareNT and the NT representative on the FCA Representative Council. Kelly has presented at the national FCA conference and recently hosted the 2023 FCAQ conference. This will be her 3rd year as SAFCA MC. She enjoys combining her extensive skills and experience of the Financial Counselling sector by connecting people through humour, entertainment and a joint passion for Financial Wellbeing.

Day two - Speaker

Nicola Coalter

Psychologist, Pragmatic Practice
Nicola was born in Belfast, migrating to Australia as a child because of the Troubles. Gambling has always been a part of her life, betting 50c each way on the horses with her grandad on a Saturday, playing blackjack with her dad, getting the lotto with her mum, and going to bingo with her granny. After a career in alcohol and gambling, she became disillusioned with harmful yet regulated products. She saw how the landscape changed when pokies were unleashed into communities nationwide in the early 90's. She studied behavioural science and wrote her honours thesis on how we learned to gamble within families. Nicola has since worked in various roles within the community sector across the Territory, raising awareness and building capacity to recognise and respond to gambling harm. She is skilled in communicating theories, research, and evidence into everyday language, working to understand problems, synthesise evidence and create solutions for policy and practice in diverse environments. Nicola is process-driven while advocating for evidence-informed policy underpinned by social justice and human rights. She holds post-graduate qualifications in alcohol, other drugs, mental health, and governance. She has just completed her master’s in public health where she researched the role marketing plays in the gambling behaviours beliefs and behaviours of young male sports bettors in Darwin. 

Breakout Presenter

Rebecca Weatherill

Founder and Wellbeing Strategist, Workplace Wellbeing SA
Rebecca Weatherill is the Founder and Wellbeing Strategist of Workplace Wellbeing SA.
She works with organisations to optimise staff performance and wellbeing in even the most challenging of situations using practical, science-based solutions tailored to the needs, culture and personalities of each team.
She is an accredited mental health first aider, a Strengths Profile Practitioner and has a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Rebecca leverages her expertise in a wide range of sectors, such as finance and accounting, recruitment, not-for-profit, fitness, and the building industry. She employs a comprehensive four-step methodology to create focused and sustainable strategies that effectively enhance both employee wellbeing and overall business performance.

Breakout Presenter

Olivia Lukowska

Tackling Tobacco Project, Cancer Council SA
Olivia Lukowska works at Cancer Council SA as the Tackling Tobacco Project Officer. Her work aims to reduce high smoking rates among disadvantaged groups by helping organisations embed smoking-cessation support as part of their usual care. As part of her work, she delivers training on how to support others to cut-down or quit smoking.

Breakout Facilitator

Peter Gartlan

National Coordinator, Financial Counselling Australia

Peter is employed by Financial Counselling Australia in a national coordination role in disaster recovery. He has held this role since the 2019/20 black summer fires. Peter is the Independent Chair of Consumer Advisory Panel at Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). He is also a sessional member with AFCA determining insurance disputes.

Prior to this, Peter worked as a consultant for three years on a range of projects, including Knowmore Legal Service on the National Redress Scheme lump sum compensation payment for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and the Dondale class action for young people abused in youth detention centres.

Peter will be facilitating the Scams Panel at this years conference, comprised of the following speakers: 

  • Jayde Richmond is Executive Director at the National Anti Scams Centre (NASC)
  • Rhonda Luo is Policy Director, Australian Banking Association (ABA)
  • Suanne Russell is Lead Ombudsman responsible for Scams complaints (AFCA)
  • Tom Cobbin is partner and consumer lawyer at Berrill Watson lawyers


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