Expert Seminar Speaker

Jim Ogloff
Foundation Professor and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University

Trained as a lawyer and psychologist, James R. P. Ogloff, J.D., Ph.D., is Foundation Professor and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University. He is also Executive Director of Psychological Services and Research at Forensicare, the statewide forensic mental health service in Victoria, Australia. Professor Ogloff was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia 2015 for significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, as an academic, researcher and practitioner. Professor Ogloff has extensive academic and clinical experience working across youth justice, corrections and forensic mental health. He has published 17 books and more than 280 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has served as Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, as Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior, and he is an Associate Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, and an International Editor of Behavioral Sciences and the Law. Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 American Psychology-Law Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law.

Keynote Speakers

Melissa Muir
Human Resources Director, Seattle Municipal Court

Melissa Muir has been an HR professional in the U.S. courts for 25 years. Informed by threat assessment and management principles, Melissa is passionate about applying positive HR practices to improve the safety and health of our organizations.

Melissa is the Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), a non-profit dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge to prevent targeted violence and interpersonal violence. In addition to an active role expanding online training, she serves on the national sponsorship and strategic planning committees. Melissa has recently created an ATAP Community of Practice for Human Resources.

Melissa has developed and delivered communications training across the federal government, from grammar to crisis communications. She recently introduced a program on preventing workplace harassment through building trust. She has also developed a comprehensive video series focused on preventing workplace violence. Melissa holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a law degree with a focus on employment law and mediation from Seattle University School of Law.

Rory Steyn
Nelson Mandela's former chief of security

With a National Diploma in Police Administration, Rory Steyn has a long and accomplished history in the South African Police.

While in the service of the government he specialised as an investigator, intelligence field-worker and as section head of the police VIP Protection and Bomb Disposal Units in Johannesburg.

Upon being transferred to the Pretoria-based Presidential Protection Unit in 1996, Rory was appointed team leader of President Mandela’s personal protection team, which entailed the protection of the President both nationally and internationally.

He retired from the SA Police Service in July 1999 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and set up his own security consultancy with his partner, Bob Nicholls. NSA Global Security Consultants is South Africa’s largest executive protection employer counting Fortune 500 and blue-chip companies among their clients.

Rory served on the Security Directorate of the ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2003 and again in 2007 in the West Indies. He went on to chair the Security Directorate for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament and the ICC Champions Trophy hosted by South Africa in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

He has worked at the 2010 Vancouver and 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games; and the Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games on behalf of NSA’s clients. Rory also consulted to the successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid.

NSA Global were security consultants to the first eight editions of the highly successful Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament as well as all three editions of the recently established Indian Super League soccer tournament. NSA Vulindlela (our BEE company) are contracted to Cricket South Africa and its exciting Mzansi T20 League.

NSA was proud to be contracted by a number of FIFA’s commercial partners during the successful and incident-free FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2010; and Rory continued this in Brazil in June and July of 2014.

Rory has completed twelve Comrades marathons, holds Green Number 42743 and has run numerous marathons for charity. He ran the Antarctic Marathon in April 2013, fulfilling his ambition to complete a standard marathon on each of the seven continents; and finished Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth in April 2013. Rory founded ‘The African Icons Invitational’ in 2018 – a charity cycle ride raising funds in support of children of police officers slain in the line of duty. The second edition was held in October 2019.

He is married to Gillian, a schoolteacher. They have three sons, Kyle, Iain and Craig.

Dinner Speaker

Tina, Mui & Rog Thomas
The Girl Behind The Face

Rare disease doesn’t come with a manual. As parents we have one responsibility: find the courage to be and remain positive. Because our lives have not been entirely uneventful.

Visible difference is repeatedly met with impulsive compassion, enabling and presumption by the general public, decision-makers and professionals. This can cause irreparable damage.

Cyberbullying is met with the widespread belief that nothing can be done. It has never been easier to be mean but there is no reason to feel helpless. Together, memorable personal accounts, connectors and professionals can facilitate a tipping point.

CBS News, Inside Edition began our interview: “You obviously adopted Mui because she has such a severe skin condition”. We did not. Nor are we “blessed” to have Mui. Nor did Mui fill “a void” in our lives. We share how and why we became a family, Mui shares the challenges and the triumphs, the visible difference and the autism spectrum; together we share what it takes to make a difference in a world increasingly “forgetting all but self”.

Tina is the birth-granddaughter of a Jewish Holocaust survivor and the mother of a daughter with a rare, appearance altering disease

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