Upcoming Speakers

  • Commissioner Andrew Colvin

    Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 31 May 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer, having joined the AFP in 1990.  He spent the majority of his early investigational career within the AFP’s Sydney Office where he progressed through the ranks of the organisation investigating a range of serious and organised crime offences, particularly narcotic importations, money laundering, politically motivated crime and terrorist financing.

    Between 2002 and 2005 Andrew coordinated the national and international aspects of the AFP’s response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing. This was followed by leadership opportunities as AFP Chief of Staff, National Manager of High Tech Crime Operations and a number of Deputy Commissioner roles.

    In 2003 Andrew was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the Bali bombings and Australia’s counter terrorism frameworks and in 2008 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and awarded the Australian Police Medal.

    Andrew holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, attained in 2010, and was appointed the AFP’s 7th Commissioner in October 2014.

    He is a passionate advocate for the role of policing in society and in government and is a Male Champion of Change – striving to achieve significant and sustainable increases in the representation of women in leadership positions.

  • Professor Richard G Wilkinson

    Scientist, Author, Advocate and 2017 ASMR Medallist

    'Charting a path to health equity in Australia'

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017

    Arrive 5.00pm, Address and presentation of the ASMR medal 5.30pm, Address concludes 6.30pm, canapes and drinks served, event concludes 7.00pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    As part of the Australian Society Medical Research Week speaking tour, Professor Richard G Wilkinson will Address the National Press Club as the 2017 ASMR Medallist.


    Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.

    He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology.

    He is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of Nottingham, Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, Visiting Professor at the University of York and co-founder of the EqualityTrust.

    His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems.

    Prof. Wilkinson is the author, with Kate Pickett, of “The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better”.  This best seller is now available in 24 languages and won the 2011 UK Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award. A documentary film inspired by it, The Divide, was released in April 2016.

    Following on from The Spirit Level, Richard became a co-founder of the Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust).

    He has given many hundreds of conference addresses and media interviews round the world, including at WHO, the EU, OECD and the World Bank

    How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson  (see below video)

  • The Hon James R. Clapper

    Former US Director of Intelligence

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 7 June 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    The Honorable James R. Clapper served as the fourth US Director of Intelligence from August 9, 2010 to January 20, 2017.  In this position, Mr. Clapper led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barak Obama.

    Mr. Clapper retired in 1995 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces.  His career began in 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  His intelligence-related positions over his 32 years in uniform included Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, US Air Force during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Director of Intelligence for three combatant commands: US Forces, Korea; Pacific Command, and Strategic Air Command.  He served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict, and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47’s over Laos and Cambodia.

    Directly following his retirement, Mr. Clapper worked in industry for six years as an executive in three successive companies with the Intelligence Community as his business focus. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy, and as a member of a variety of government panels, boards, commissions, and advisory groups.  He was a senior member of the Downing Assessment Task Force which investigated the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, was vice chairman of a commission chaired by former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia on the subject of homeland security, and served on the NSA Advisory Board.

    Mr. Clapper returned to the government two days after 9/11 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).  He served in this capacity for almost five years, transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as it is today.

    Prior to becoming the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Clapper served for over the three years in two Administrations as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he served as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters for the Department.  In this capacity, he was also dual-hatted as the Director of Defense Intelligence for the DNI.

    Mr. Clapper earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, and an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence form the then Joint Military Intelligence College.

    His awards include three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award, three Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, the Presidentially-conferred National Security Medal, and many other U.S. civilian and military, as well as foreign government awards and decorations.

  • Professor Peter Høj

    Chair of the Group of Eight, Vice Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 28 June 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    Professor Peter Høj commenced as Vice Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland on 8 October 2012.  Prior to this appointment Professor Høj was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia from 1 June 2007.   Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2004-2007) and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute (1997-2004).

    He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia.

    Professor Høj is the chair of the Board of Group of Eight (Go8) Universities in 2017, a member of the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board, a member of the STEM Males Champions of Change and in 2014 was appointed as a senior consultant to Hanban in the Oceania Region.

    He served as Co-Deputy Chair of the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group 2012-2016, a member of the edX University Advisory Board 2014-2017, the CSIRO Board 2011-2014 and was Deputy Chair of Universities Australia Board 2011-2013. He served as a private member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) from 1999-2004, and as an ex-officio member from 2006-2007.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Foreign Member (Natural Sciences Class) of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

  • Chris Jordan AO

    Commissioner of Taxation, Australian Taxation Office

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    Chris Jordan was appointed as the Commissioner of Taxation on 1 January 2013.

    Chris has broad experience in tax policy and law development and implementation, having held influential roles in the private sector and as a government advisor to both Labor and Coalition governments.

    He was the Chair of the Board of Taxation from June 2011 to December 2012 and a member of the Board since its inception in 2000.  He also served as Chair of the Business Tax Working Group from 2011-2012 and as Chair of the New Tax System Advisory Board (1999-2001) which advised the government on the implementation of the GST. He was a member of the Policy Transition Group that consulted with the mining industry about the resource rent tax (2011-12).

    Chris had over 30 years of experience in the professional services sector and was Chairman of Partners for KPMG New South Wales from 2001 to 2012 giving him a broad perspective and insight into leadership, business and regulatory issues.

    Until taking up his role as Commissioner of Taxation, Chris was the Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, a Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company and the Sydney Childrens’ Hospital Foundation as well as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the NSW Art Gallery.

    Chris has a Master of Laws (Sydney University) and Bachelors of Commerce and Law (University of NSW).

    He is a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Tax Institute and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

  • Tara Moss

    Author, Journalist, TV Documentary Presenter, Human Rights Advocate and Anti-Cyberbullying Campaigner

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 9 August 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, speaker, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is currently host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss on the ABC, examining the phenomenon of online abuse.

    Since 1999 she has written 11 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English paranormal series. Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman, was published in 2014 and became a number one national non-fiction bestseller, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design at the Australia Book Design Awards in 2015 with HarperCollins Publishers. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy. Her latest book is Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls. Her next fiction novel is due for release in 2018.

    Moss is an outspoken advocate for human rights and the rights of women and children. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and as of 2013 is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, and has visited Australian hospitals, maternity wards, refuges and schools as well as Syrian refugee camps in her UNICEF role. Moss has spoken at numerous schools on cyberbullying, online ethics and child safety, and produced and hosted 2017’s documentary Cyberhate, investigating the issue of online abuse. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.


    This is a Women in Media National Press Club Address

To propose a speaker please contact npc@npc.org.au with a brief bio and photo of the speaker, speech title and brief outline of the speech, along with a proposed date. Your speaker proposal will be presented to the board at the next board meeting for their decision. Please allow up to 8 weeks for notification.