Ridley Bell is the founder/owner of Mountain Blue farms in NSW. Ridley is considered a world leading blueberry expert and has been actively involved in the development of the Australian industry since its humble beginnings in 1975.
His work has involved the development of Northern Highbush varieties in Victoria, including many of the varieties that are grown all over the world today.
More than forty years after he pioneered the development in Australia, Ridley remains committed to the development of the blueberry industry, allocating Mountain Blue Farms’ resources to the research and development of breeding and technology.
Ridley was named NSW Farmer of the Year in 2010.


Professor Peter Silburn AM is a neurologist and world expert in the treatment and research of Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Silburn was honoured for his ‘significant service to medicine” as a neurologist, particularly in the treat-ment of neurodegenerative diseases’ with appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.
Professor Silburn graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988. He commenced training in Neurology at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and completed training in Oxford at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1995.
He was subsequently the Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. From Oxford, Professor Silburn went to the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm as a Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular Medicine.
Professor Silburn returned to Brisbane in July, 1996 where he commenced in private practice and began his university affiliations. He became a full Professor in Neurobiology at The University of Queensland in 2006.
He maintains academic affiliations with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.


Clyde Campbell is an industry leader with over 30 years experience and a vision to provide the latest world-leading technology and turnkey automation and robotics solutions to clients looking for a competitive edge.
In 1987 Clyde founded Machinery Automation & Robotics and grew the business to over 70 staff with offices both nationally and internationally.
The business was awarded the Australian Telstra Business of the year in 2008 with an annual turnover of $20 Million.
In 2015 the business was acquired by Scott Technology, a publically listed company on the NZ Stock exchange. The company now trades as Scott Automation & Robotics and is recognised globally as leaders in Automation and Robotic solutions across a variety of industries.
In 2017 the Australian region generated $48 Million in revenue for the group’s annual revenue.
Clyde continues to drive the vision and direction for the company, including identifying and developing emerging markets, and the technologies that will benefit them.


Sarah Brown is a remote area nurse, who reshaped ‘on country’ dialysis services for Aboriginal people in central Australia, and was awarded the top honour at the 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
A non-Indigenous nurse who was born in England and grew up in Queensland, Ms Brown helped establish the Alice Springs-based Western Desert Dialysis, known as Purple House.
Purple House provides renal dialysis six days a week, social support and allied health services, but it’s also a place that patients can call their own – and make bush medicine, cook damper and kangaroo tails on a camp fire, and organise hunting trips.
Of her award, Sarah said “recognition like this is great for us and for what we are trying to achieve – we’re community-controlled, and we raise money ourselves and we’re always looking for the right sort of nurses who want to come and work for us and have some fun, things like this are not only lovely personally but really fabulous for the whole organisation and our story – which is really about Aboriginal people working really hard against the odds to make life better for their family members and their communities.”
The Aboriginal community-controlled venture has 24 dialysis machines at 11 places, from Wanarn and Warburton in Western Australia to Yirrkala in Arnhem Land. It also has a mobile dialysis unit, the Purple Truck, which rolls out to visit other remote communities.


Kelly Foran who lives in Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands, created Friendly Faces Helping Hands in 2011.
This was as the result of a personal traumatic experience in accessing health services from a remote area of North West New South Wales.
Kelly established Friendly Faces, Helping Hands to help patients from rural and remote areas navigate the complex health systems.
Although this not – for – profit service linking rural communities to major hospitals, health facilities and resources was launched in Narrabri, it has grown to become a nationally recognised service.
In 2016 Kelly was a finalist in the regional category for NSW Woman of the Year.


Rhett Butler is Foundation Chairman of SkyJuice.
Rhett is also Chair of the Research Advisory Committee at National Centre of Excellence for Desalination (NCEDA).
Twenty years ago, Rhett Butler saw many children in developing regions drinking polluted water. As a result, he developed a unique solution that led to the formation of Skyjuice, an organisation that uses Australian technology to provide world-class safe, potable water to remote, low-income communities for as little as 20 cents per person, per annum.
Rhett credits much of his work to an Australian education, having earned three Master’s degrees – Science, Engineering and Business Administration – in Australia.
Today, he is an Associate Professor of Engineering and part-time lecturer at the University of Sydney. SkyJuice has supplied about 2500 installations to 53 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Central and South America.


Dr Jonathan Parkyn is a teaching academic and post-doctoral researcher at Southern Cross University, Lismore.
In addition to teaching biology, ecology and wildlife conservation, he mostly works on narrow-range endemics that are assumed to have declined in distribution and abundance.
Specialising in estimating population parameters, his meth-ods take detection probability into account and allow for the inclusion of sampling, habitat and animal covariates.
Jonathan has experience in survey design, field data collection, and use of computer programs and modelling to investigate various groups including molluscs, amphibians and mammals.
Jonathan also monitors specialised road crossing structures to determine their effectiveness for habitat restoration, as efficient transport networks to connect people can impose significant impacts on biodiversity including habitat loss and wildlife-vehicle collision with injury and loss of life.
As a member of The Rotary Club of Lismore, Jonathan is assisting with fundraising for a single-jab vaccine that could halt the chlamydia epi-demic wiping out Australia’s koalas.


Corrina Grace is the Founder and Executive Director of SERES, a role which has allowed her to facilitate transfor-mative programs for more than 1,500 young people – engaging and empowering them to take action and accelerate the transition towards sustainability in this region.
Corrina’s goal is to turn SERES into a name synonymous with sustainable, thriving, resilient communities around the world.
A mechanical engineer, Corrina’s skills and experience range from consulting engineering to expertise in the financial and private sectors, offshore work with Engineers Without Borders, project and construction management and transformative leadership and facilitation.
Corrina holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
She was one of 50 selected youth participants at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Peter Drysdale AM was born in Australia, but he was brought to Fiji as a child, to be raised in Suva, and educated in Suva and Britain.
Peter’s National Distinctions include Order of Australia (AM) 2015, Officer of the Order of Fiji 2017and Member of Order of Fiji (MOF).
Peter has received Rotary’s highest award, a Service Above Self Award, is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient (4 times) and has been Project Manager of Fiji Rotahomes (Koroipita) since 1985.
For 29 years Peter operated this project entirely in his free time as a volunteer.
Over the last 33 years over 1000 homes have been built in the west division and over 4000 poor people housed.
As Chairman of Model Towns Charitable Trust, Peter has seen all processes completed to transfer all assets and land leases from Rotary to MTCT. This has the potential to develop replica towns wherever they are needed in Fiji.
Peter is a Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Lautoka.


Jo-Anne Wigg (Jo) began work as a Lab Technician in the food industry, in a little regional dairy town of Victoria, Leitchville with a population of 200.
Jo left in 1981 to become a Tour Guide for Australian Pacific Tours, all over Australia leading camping groups of up to 45 people, before returning to the food industry.
Jo followed a path of leadership, progressing her training in the realms of Laboratory Management, Food Dairy processing, Manufacture, and packaging of Global food and consumer goods. Companies include Pepsico, Devon dale, Nestle, Simplot and French Consumer Healthcare, Sanofi.
More recently Jo has worked as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Construction Supervisor, and Supervisor of High Risk work in NSW and QLD and as a Quality systems auditor.
Since 2013 a balance of Australian work and self- funded Charity work in Uganda consumes her time. When not in Uganda Jo re-sides in Casino.
CEO of A-UNRI, her Charity for safe water and Sustainability in Community she has been responsible for several projects in Uganda providing water, food and support to local communities on the border of the Congo and near Jinja, on the Famous Lake Victoria.
In 2016 Jo became Tourism Ambassador to Uganda receiving the Ugandan Flag from the Tourism and Antiquities Minister Godfrey Suubi.

Dr Andrea Giorno and Samra Naz, PHD Scholars working with Professor Peter Silburn AM
This PhD scholarship at the University of Queensland was initiated in 2010 by the Rotary clubs of Maclean, Yamba and Iluka-Woombah.
It is now supported by Rotary District 9640.
The scholarship was inspired by Professor Peter Silburn’s research in deep-brain-stimulation especially in response to Parkinson’s disease.
Dr Andrea Giorni and Samra Naz are the first two recipients of the Rotary scholarship.