Speaker Bio's

Master Life Coach, Professional Speaker and Presenter 


Roxie has travelled a number of different career paths, all leading to a Master Life Coach and professional speaker and presenter in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and beyond.   Roxie combines her coaching and speaking career with PR and marketing through her boutique agency, Plan.it Roxie and a highly successful radio career on Bay 93.9. Roxie knows life has its ups, downs, highs, lows, loves and losses. It’s a life that has seen Roxie pick herself up, dust herself off and start again. A few times. A life of resilience, positivity and, not just acceptance but embracement of change always knowing it will lead her to the best of all possible places. As our MC, be ready to be inspired and motivated by Roxie, along with sharing a laugh or two.

Olympic gold medalist, Naturopath/Nutritionist, PhD Candidate


Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first-ever Olympic medal for Taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Lauren was one of only three Australian women to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 games, along with Cathy Freeman and Susie O’Neill. Her amazing performance was achieved against the odds and with an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance and teamwork. Since the Sydney Olympics, Lauren has become a highly-sought-after speaker, naturopath and nutritionist. She has a passion for writing and penned her best-selling autobiography Fighting Spirit and cookbook 'From a Loving Home'. Lauren is currently completing her PhD at RMIT University exploring the link between lifestyle, mindset and high performance and is the mother of two beautiful children.

Positive Change Coach, Speaker and Registered Nurse


Jane is passionate about personal empowerment and change.  Why?  Because she fought tooth and nail for her own happiness.  Jane knows what it’s like to feel powerless, to have lost her spark, to feel out of control and want to do better. She has felt the frustration of not knowing how to change what she really wants, needs or who she is. After 10 years of studying and applying techniques from The Siramarti Personal Growth Process, Jane facilitates the integration of techniques in her Soul Clarity Positive Change Coaching Programs.  Her mission is to help others live an empowered life that is authentic and filled with comfort, balance and meaning.

Naturopath and GAPS Practitioner 


Rebecca is a qualified Naturopath, with over 15 years of clinical experience. Bec’s approach to her patients is very caring, friendly, sincere and professional. Her experience working in pharmacies for 10 years and her tutoring with the School of Medicine at Deakin sees her treatment and management as a good balance of medical diagnostics and testing, coupled with traditional naturopathic treatment. Rebecca specialises in womens’ and childrens’ health. As a mum of 2 young boys herself, she loves helping young ones and families and is very mindful of her recommendations, keeping her suggestions and treatments realistic and doable! Rebecca is also a GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner and studied with the Mind Foundation of Australia focusing on immunology, neurology, gut and paediatric integrative medicine. 

Thought Leader, Speaker, Leader and Positive Change Creator

Jo Surkitt

Jo's passion is to help people ‘Create Positive Change’ in the workplace and at home. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in health and wellbeing, emotional intelligence and positive psychology and wellness tourism, Jo creates courses, workshops and retreats with the focus to enhance a person’s vitality, happiness and overall wellbeing. She is passionate about sharing her wisdom and experience gained as a practitioner, educator, speaker and mum.  Her journey into wellness began when she was working in the travel & tourism industry and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, Bilharzia, Bells Palsy and Fibromyalgia, all around the same time and no western medicine or techniques were improving her illnesses. Through heriIntuitive intelligence, alternative medicine, lifestyle and food changes She was able to eliminate and reduce the majority of her symptoms and lives a life of happiness, fun, exploration and adventure.

Feng Shui Consultant 


Cal is a qualified Feng Shui consultant with a genuine passion for helping her clients improve the quality of their lives, by creating a harmonious ambience in their own homes. With a life-long love of gardens and beautiful interiors, Cal combines her experience and expertise in these areas with the practical application of Feng Shui principles to ensure her clients homes are a calm sanctuary, where they can escape the hectic pace of everyday life. 


Cal also has extensive experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Management, having worked alongside her husband in their Geelong family business, Brax for the past 15years.

PhD student with the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University


Madeline is a PhD student within the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Human Nutrition as well as a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours). Madeline’s research focuses on the gut microbiota in people living with eating disorders. She is also passionate about empowering women to foster a healthy relationship with food through the practice of Intuitive Eating. In her spare time Madeline loves cooking, reading, and walking her beautiful dog, Lucy.

Female Mentor, Industry leader, Author and Acclaimed Surfer


Kim encourages and supports women to see their true potential by building their self-esteem and confidence, inner strength, and being happy with their achievements. Kim is a successful business woman who has a strong background in women's leadership, management, yoga, personal training, scuba diving and has developed and facilitated a Women's Sport Program for Surfing Victoria that encouraged women to engage in outdoor activities such as Surfing and SUP all over Victoria. Kim has been a state surfing champion and has completed at national surfing titles representing Victoria.

Bachelor in Food & Nutrition (Exercise & Science) & Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)


Jessica is a PhD candidate within the Food and Mood Centre in the School of Medicine at Deakin University, Australia. She holds both a Bachelor in Food and Nutrition (Exercise Science) and a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), and her research interests include mental health, nutrition, physical strength and gut health in older populations. Jessica has a background in exercise science and nutrition, and is passionate about assisting people with the physical contributors to their mental health. Her PhD focuses on the longitudinal determinants of muscle mass and the microbiome, and hopes that results from this research will contribute to improving the quality of life in older populations.

Accredited Dietician, Nutritionist and PhD Candidate 


Meghan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and PhD Candidate with the Food & Mood Centre. She is an advocate for a whole-food and evidence-based approach to nutrition and is passionate about bridging the gap between the mind and body. She has a specialist interest in food for mood, brain and gut health, and as part of her PhD, is currently exploring the role of dairy consumption in mood and cognition. Meghan is passionate about all things health and wellness, with her ideal day centred around Pilates, a soy latte and a lazy-afternoon spent cooking in the kitchen.

Director, CPA, Chief Financial Operator and supporter of women in business.


Amanda has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin and is a qualified CPA.  She joined The Canny Group in 1980 as a bookkeeper and became a Director in 2011. Amanda has a keen interest in helping women in business.  Whether in their role as director, owner or bookkeeper Amanda will be able to help women grow and manage their businesses. At the beginning of 2019 Amanda was asked to be on the Board of Encompass as the Chief Financial Operator. When she’s away from the office, Mandy loves spending time in the garden at home.  Mandy is often socialising with family and friends and playing Ninny to her young grandchildren.

Financial Adviser


Samantha joined The Canny Group team in April 2019, having been in the finance industry for 18 years and advising for the last 13. Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Financial Planning as well as a Diploma of Financial Services.  Sam is also a qualified primary school teacher and taught around Australia as well as overseas for six years before changing careers. Sam loves meeting clients, listening to their stories and helping achieve their goals. Sam admits that she loves the human element of her job more than anything. Outside of the office you will find Sam raising three, healthy daughters. Sam also enjoys exercising regularly, reading a book or just relaxing by listening to some music.

Principal Doctor and Lecturer


Dr. Caroline Taylor-Walker is a UK trained Doctor who has been working in Torquay for over 8 years. She is a senior lecturer at Deakin University and the Owner and Principal Doctor of Ministry of Skin, a dedicated Doctor led luxury zen like skin clinic in Torquay specialising in Skin Cancer, Aesthetics and Wellness.  Dr. Taylor-Walker is dedicated to blending medicine and functional wellness that respects the balance required of the gut, hormones, toxins exposure, stress and nutrition on the skins health along with traditional medical approaches and scientific aesthetic possibilities, in the most non-toxic, sustainable way possible. 

Consultant & Presenter, Diploma in Sound Healing, Reiki Master & PhD in Education (Learning Design) 


Gail’s focus on Sound Literacy and Meditation is used as a mechanism for releasing tension while creating space for relaxation and inner peace. We all have the ability to release stress in our lives, but many of us lack the tools and knowledge to make a difference. Gail uses singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, chimes and other sound instruments to surround her clients with targeted sounds. She uses the concept of literacies to build an appreciation of the importance of such sounds. Gail also uses Reiki as a tool for focused thought and mindfulness; she has arrived at these natural therapies through her own health experiences. Gail is a retired teacher, academic and action researcher and she enjoys working with individuals, groups and the corporate sector to research their own practice while building balance and harmony.