Monthly Luncheons & Guest Speakers


June 2018 | Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility | Barefoot College

Harbourview Function Centre
Tuesday, 12th June 2018
11:30am to 1:30pm

Monthly Luncheon | JUNE (Book now!)

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Thérèse Rein is an Australian entrepreneur who founded and grew Ingeus, a human services company, from a single person in an attic office in Brisbane in 1989 to 6000 colleagues serving half a million people at any one time in twelve countries around the world.

Thérèse studied psychology at the Australian National University, doing her honours thesis on learned helplessness as a model of depression.

She then practiced as a rehabilitation counsellor, focusing on assisting injured workers whose injuries meant they could return neither to their pre-injury occupation nor their pre-injury employer. Her goal was to help them identify what job they could do despite their injury, and then get and keep that job.

From 1992, Ingeus generalised the person-centred, strengths-based approach to working with people who were long term unemployed for many reasons other than acquired disabilities.

Thérèse has been recognised as EY Champion Entrepreneur of the year, and Queensland Telstra businesswoman of the year. In 2010 Therese was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal, and has had three honorary PhDs conferred. She was the Queensland representative of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors and sat on the Board of the National Employment Services Association. She has spoken at the Chief Executive Women annual dinner, OECD forums on employment, particularly of people with disabilities, at congresses the World Association of Public Employment Services and other peak global bodies.

Thérèse is Patron of Barefoot College International, on the Board of the National Apology Foundation and has been patron of not-for-profits in the fields of indigenous literacy, disability, housing, food rescue and arts organisations.


With thanks to our event sponsors




Hall & Wilcox is a leading Australian independent business law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane. They and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests including listed companies, private entities, public sector organizations and business owners.

The firm employs more than 550 people, including 70 partners, who have depth and breadth of expertise across most commercial areas of law. The firm delivers a ‘smarter law’ approach. This means being smarter across the entire business – by being progressive, by a commitment to excellence and by a focus on building great relationships. For clients, this translates to better quality, better value, improved efficiency and greater ease of doing business.



GWG Partners (GWG) was founded in 2012 and have already registered over 20,000 candidates or the Hunter Region. We ranked 17th on the BRW 2016 Fast Companies list having grown at over 50% per annum since establishment. In 2014 GWG also became an accredited government supplier and region’s largest employers.

As a boutique firm focused on high-performance and quality we only employ experienced and professional recruiters. All senior appointments, the GWG team demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the recruitment process and are versed in the complexities of the private, government and non-profit sectors.

We understand that it’s great people that make a business successful. Through extensive search, proactive networking and digital platforms, we meet the talent we know will be highly successful employees. Our mission is simple – make it our business to meet and partner with talented professionals all year round, both those actively looking for opportunities and those that aren’t. So, when our clients need to hire great people, we know exactly where to find them. Having placed over 500 people into more than 120 organisations we have a strong track record in delivery capability and confidently bring a wealth of experience to any client.


Jirsch Sutherland is a specialist insolvency and business recovery practice offering expert insolvency and turnaround management services across Australia. Since 1984, we have built our business on empathy and integrity – qualities that have led to us being recognised as one of Australia’s leading national insolvency players.

And in an industry where compassion is rare, we continue to stand out by standing up for our values. We will always provide the best advice for our clients – even if that advice isn’t in our own best interests.

Since Partner Lloyd Kerropened the Newcastle office in 1993 to provide local businesses and individuals with tailored insolvency services, it has grown in both numbers and presence. Today, Lloyd and fellow Partners Bradd Morelliand Stewart Freeguide a tight-knit, hands-on team, which is known for its extensive experience and expertise, strong local knowledge and relationships, and dedication to achieving the best outcomes while minimising the financial and emotional stresses often associated with insolvency.

Our team is renowned for taking the time to understand local businesses and communities, particularly their challenges, issues and aims. We do this by nurturing strong relationships with professional and financial services firms, being active members of the Hunter Chamber of Commerce and keen participants in charities and fund-raising events including Surfest, Wheeling and Able and the Aspect Hunter School.


Supporting Barefoot College

We are proud to support Barefoot College with this event, an organisation which Thérèse Rein is a Patron of.

Barefoot educates more than 7,000 children each year by making academic subjects relevant to rural lifestyles.

We emphasize a hands-on, learning-by-doing approach and focus on poor, isolated communities in order to tackle social norms regarding gender and access to education.

In honour of this event, we will be making a donation to Barefoot College.

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