Natasha Stott Despoja AM and Ken Lay APM

Chair of Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children and Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: What about the rest of the year
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12, speaker 12.30 and concludes 1.30pm

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Natasha Stott Despoja AM is the founding Chairperson of the new Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.

As a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats, Natasha is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament.

She held the positions of Australian Democrats Leader and Deputy Leader and is the longest-serving Democrat Senator in the party’s history.

Natasha has made a contribution to a wide-range of policy debates including as a spokesperson on higher education, science and biotechnology, Attorney-General’s, privacy, women, work and family. During her political career, she also introduced Private Member’s Bills on issues including paid maternity leave, the Republic, genetic privacy and stem cells, data privacy, and captioning.

Natasha is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide and, along with former Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, teaches “The Practice of Australian Politics” each year at the University.

She is a columnist for The Adelaide Advertiser, a casual host on ABC 891 radio and is the Thursday night guest panellist on Channel; 10’s The Project. She does a regular segment on Channel 7’s Sunrise and is a freelance writer and speaker.

Natasha is Deputy Chair of beyondblue, a member of the Board of The Burnet Institute; and is on the board of the South Australian Museum (SAM), the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD).

She is an Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA), The Orangutan Project (TOP); secondbite; and the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma campaign, ENUF, (along with her husband Ian Smith). She is on the Advisory Panel of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF).

In the past few years, Natasha has also been an election observer for the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Nigeria (2011); has visited Burkina Faso for Oxfam (2012); and has been to Laos (2011) and Burma (2013) with The Burnet Institute.

In 2011, Natasha was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women.

Natasha lives in Adelaide with husband Ian and their two children Conrad and Cordelia.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay APM was appointed on 14 November 2011.

Ken started work with Victoria Police in 1974 and has significant experience in a wide range of policing roles, including operational, training and corporate roles, as well as lengthy periods of service in both the rural and metropolitan areas. Prior to his appointment as Chief Commissioner Ken held the roles of Deputy Commissioner (Strategy and Organisational Development), Deputy Commissioner (Road Policing), Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Victoria’s Traffic and Transit issues, and Assistant Commissioner in charge of policing services for the north-west region.

As Chief Commissioner, he sits on numerous boards for other law enforcement agencies and bodies. Ken is the Chair of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) Board, and the Deputy Chair of the Australian Police Professionalisation Standards Council (APPSC). He is on the Board of the Australian Crime Commission, the CrimTrac Agency, and the Australian Institute of Police Management. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and the Australasian College of Road Safety.

As Chief Commissioner, Ken is responsible for the management and operations of an organisation of over 15,000 employees which will grow to well over 17,000 by the end of 2014. Ken is the recipient of the Australian Police Medal and the National Medal.