James is an ex-AFL player for the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats. James’ story in becoming an AFL footballer is one of persistence, hard work and the dedication to never give up. After 10 years experience in the VFL and trying out at 6 AFL clubs, he was drafted at age 28 by Geelong Football Club in 2009 and is now recognised as the ‘mature age rookie’ success story.
In 2011 he became an AFL premiership player while leading the team for most goals, 2014 saw him became the oldest player to reach 100 games in almost 40 years.
James’ elite sporting experiences coupled with his exercise science and business management education has seen him partner with international and local corporations to facilitate organisational development and wellbeing workshtops with sustainable results and change.
James is passionate about the physical and mental health of current and future generations and is active in the pursuit of universal workplace wellbeing. On top of being a current assistant AFL coach at the Crows, James’ desire to assist workplaces create a culture of employee wellbeing and make such programs business as usual has not waned.
Paul is a Health & Safety Consultant and former GM Health & Safety of the Coles Group and GM Health Safety & Environment at Telstra. Paul is a specialist in the area of Occupational Health Safety & Wellbeing, with a background in both the public and private sector.
In each of these roles Paul has focused on the leadership elements necessary to achieve sustainable OHS improvement along with risk management strategies. His experience with Telstra and Coles Myer allied to his 10 years as a Risk Management consultant with one of Australia’s leading consultancies ideally positions him to advise a diverse group of professions and industries.
For the past 16 years Paul has chaired the judging panel for the NSCA Annual Health Safety & Wellbeing awards, is a judge for the Comcare (Commonwealth) annual awards and is an Associate of Melbourne Business School.
Paul’s passion in guiding children and young people reach their full potential see’s him as a Board member and adviser to The Children’s Promise Trust and the Hope Street Refuge. His passion for seeing people reach their full potential within the workplace and on a personal level is why he continues with his ever-lasting energy.
Sales and Marketing
Rob Porcaro is an advertising and marketing veteran having started his career at Ogilvy and Mather and then subsequently holding down strategy and general management roles for Leo Burnet and KWP! Rob has also worked as a national marketing manager and strategy consultant. Rob is also a regular speaker and presenter on the topic of digital transformation and marketing in a digital world.
Rob is also involved in Hybrid O2, an IP commercialisation and start up investment company. Hybrid O2 is currently developing a series of products based on behavioural change methodology. "Digital health is one if the fastest growing software categories and we are only beginning the journey of endless opportunities to help reduce the cost of health and improve people’s lives", Rob says.
Shane has over 17 years experience in delivering digital projects both in Australia and overseas.
When working in Los Angeles he was charged with the responsibility of establishing Imagination Games’ U.S. division from the ground up. In working with NFL Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Nickelodeon, Shane successfully delivered to market three of the world’s first DVD games. Shane then moved on to Deluxe Digital Studios as Interactive Producer, handling the accounts for some of Hollywood’s largest studios, including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, EA and Summit Entertainment.
Since returning to Australia in 2012 Shane has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies on a diverse range of digital products. He is passionate about building digital solutions that have highly intuitive UX design and gamification. "We have seen how gamification has changed behaviours during recent times. We need to embrace this shift in culture and continue to develop ways to gamify future digital platforms", Shane says.
Claire's background is in organisational development and business management, having studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne.
Claire spent ten years working in a number of business strategy and organisational development roles within blue chip corporates (primarily in banking and mining) before joining her family owned single estate vineyard, Mount Mary in 2012 as Business Manager.
Claire's experience in the leadership and talent sector has played a critical role in aligning the benefits of the Reactivate Wellbeing Challenge to the fundamental components of an organisations people capital strategic agenda.
The development of the Reactivate Wellbeing Challenge and its intricate behavioural change components would not have been possible without the effort and contribution of subject matter experts. We would like to acknowledge the following people for their assistance and advice along the way:
Dr Carol Maher
Carol currently works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity research centre (ARENA) at UniSA. Carol is also leading an NHMRC-funded project examining use of online social networks to increase physical activity and is passionate about population-based approaches to health behaviour change.
Prof. Tim Olds
Tim is a Professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia and has a wealth of experience in researching performance, anthropometry, physical activity and food intake. Tim’s current work looks at how people use their time, especially when undertaking behavioural change programs.
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