Speakers & MCs

Gregory Smith PhD candidateDr Gregory Smith – Inspirational Speaker

Key Messages: Motivate, Overcome Barriers including Drugs & Alcohol, Homelessness, Upbringing & Mental Health, Inspirational Change, Honesty and Self Awareness, Education and Life Opportunity

All the odds were stacked against him from the start. Experiencing abuse and neglect and surrendered to an orphanage in the 60s, this shaky beginning led to a life of drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and ultimately severe disengagement from society, deciding to live as a hermit for approximately ten years in a Northern NSW rainforest. How Dr Gregory exited the forest to eventually gain his PhD, become a university lecturer in the Arts & Social Science sector and an ambassador for Australia’s ‘forgotten children’ is an awe-inspiring story.

Featured on ABC radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler, Sunrise Today and now touring his new book released by Penguin, Out of the Forest, Dr Gregory’s life story is a captivating and inspiring story of triumph. On September 3, Dr Gregory’s story featured on the ABC’s Australian Story.

Dr Gregory Smith is the perfect keynote speaker where the goal is to amaze and motivate listeners. Through the telling of his story, he conveys a message that anyone can overcome and beat the odds, no matter what. While his life story is fascinating, Dr Gregory’s pragmatic wisdom and humour is both soothing and useful. His prior speaking engagements have included addressing audiences from the recruitment, mental health and community support industries.

Enquire now about booking Dr Gregory for your next conference or event.

Jajames-freemantlemes Freemantle – Motivational Speaker

Key Messages: Empowerment, Personal Brand, Leadership Excellence, Team-shaping, Resilience & Mindful Practice, Media Interactions and Presentations that Make a Difference. All designed to disrupt the status quo!

Finding potency in communication has been at the core of James’s career. He’s travelled the world working as a prawn fisherman, windsurf instructor, opal miner, actor and jackaroo, became accredited in behavioural analysis and spent several years as a producer, director and presenter for one of Australia’s most prolific independent TV content companies – featuring on Postcards, Coxy’s Big Break, Bread and Talk to the Animals. His talent and adventurous spirit took him to Moscow as a television anchor for international News channel RT (Russia Today).

Founder of REDgum Communications, James has built a formidable reputation working with individuals and teams as disparate as the AIS AFL Academy, Foodbank Victoria and ‘big four’ banks; Community Organisations; throughout Australia and across 4 continents.

James is a presenter and coach in personal brand, behavioural change, team building and leadership. James tailors presentations that focus on goal achievement through systematic delivery on personal brand ‘promises’ in professional and personal lives.

 Enquire now about booking James Freemantle for your next conference or event.


tracy-barrell2croppedTracy Barrell – Inspirational Speaker
OAM & 2 x Gold Medal Paralympian

Key Messages: Can do!, don’t Dis on my Ability, Overcoming Barriers, Self Belief, Equality, Thinking Outside the Square, Aboriginal Cultural Awareness

Tracy Barrell is an inspiring, perception-shifting and oft-times hilarious, keynote speaker. She entertains her audiences by providing a frank and extraordinary account of her life journey
“One arm, One skateboard, One me”.  

Tracy is very experienced as a corporate keynote speaker, achieving government guest speaking, addressing all ages and ability school students and sporting groups as well as presenting awards at high-end mainstream functions. Her most recent adventures have been in comedy and she made her debut on stage in Sydney 2015, it went down a treat!

Tracy is also an Ambassador for Don’t Dis My Ability, NT community groups and Aboriginal cultural awareness in Australia.

Touching on her heartfelt challenges and inspiring triumphs, Tracy will take your participants on a discovery about disability awareness, overcoming social stigmas, achieving a can-do attitude, and her greatest challenge of all: motherhood. Hear the unique story of an amazing woman – from beginnings where ‘no you can’t’ seemed the given, to a life of ‘yes I can!’  As a toddler in her parents garage, Tracy discovered she could get around better on a skateboard – and she has ever since.

“I was born without legs or an arm, I live a very fulfilled life. I see myself as a person living with a difference, it’s people’s perceptions or facilities that put the Dis in My Abilities. I’m a dual Paralympian Gold medallist, Order of Australia Medal holder and a mother of two wonderful boys!” -Tracy Barrell

Tracy loves to share her life story about her trials and tribulations to audiences. She strives to educate students, businesses and community groups about people living with a difference, and to close the gap between the two.

Tracy draws from her personal use of disabled facilities to educate people about the practical side of using  these facilities and she strives to instigate change within the wider community.

Enquire now about booking Tracy Barrell for your next conference or event.