The BoH

Speakers Bureau.

Raising awareness of the injustices faced by vulnerable young people

Community Connectors.

A growing list of professional experts

Our ‘Community Connectors’ are passionate BoH team members, committed to informing the public about the injustices faced by vulnerable members of our community.

BoH ‘Community Connectors’ are experts in their field and tasked with assisting BoH raise awareness of the issues faced by young women in the latter stages of Out-of-Home care and those leaving care, and including issues faced by single mothers.

If you would like to arrange a ‘Community Connector’ to speak to your organisation, at a conference or event please enquire here:

Our Speakers:

Robert Stary

Humanitarian & Criminal Law specialist

Topic of expertise:

  • Criminal Justice System

Felicity Gerry

International QC (UK & Australia)
Member Women Barristers Assoc.

Topics of expertise:

  • Trafficking of women and girls
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Drug mules – women blackmailed/trapped into trafficking

John Walsh

Founder and Executive Director

Topics of expertise:

  • The vision of BoH and its establishment incentives
  • Why concentrate on the young women exiting care?
  • The current damning statistics

Rod Wise

Former Deputy Commissioner (VIC)

Topic of expertise:

  • Corrections

Michele Ruyters

RMIT Associate Professor 
Director of the BoH Innocence Initiative

Topic of expertise:

  • The workings of the BoH Innocence Initiative Michele presents together with BoH/RMIT interns involved in the innocence process

Kevin Sheedy

Former AFL Coach

Topics of expertise:

  • AFL and indigenous politics
  • Disadvantaged indigenous young people

Kayt McGeary

Care experienced woman
Founder of the BoH — ACE Women’s Resource Hub

Topics of expertise:

  • Young women in OoHC plus mature women having lived through the – so-called – care system
  • Lived experience stories of a forgotten group

Jenny Davidson

CEO, Council of Single Mothers and their Children

Topics of expertise:

  • Growing issues faced by single mothers
  • The diversity of single mothers

Arthur Bolkas

Public Speaker — Heads up the BoH Schools Program

Topic of expertise:

  • Vulnerable youth, youth justice and prison issues

Julie Buxton

Former Senior advisor — Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

Topics of expertise:

  • Aboriginal incarceration
  • Minimum age of criminal responsibility
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Stacey Aslangul

CEO, St Kilda Gatehouse

Topics of expertise:

  • Vulnerable young women affected by child sexual exploitation
  • The challenges faced by adult women who rely on street-based sex work to survive

The House
of Truth.

As an adjunct to the BoH Speakers Bureau, in conjunction with The House of Truth we bring together for a select audience the opportunity to hear the truth, the lived experience – straight from the horses’ mouth, about lived dark times and how they were overcome.

The House of Truth places the person in the hot seat under lights allowing their truth to be presented and questioned by a topic knowledgeable MC and the audience.

House of Truth Inaugural forum February 2021

Want to find out more, nominate a speaker or arrange an event?

The House of truth is coordinated by the BoH Events Manager – John Elliot

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