This year’s Fairley Lecture, titled There for the taking; Regional Victoria’s Bright Future, was delivered by Mr Radek Sali, La Trobe alumnus and Executive Chairman and Founder of Light Warrior Group. In front of one of the largest audiences to attend the annual lecture, Radek unveiled his entrepreneurial blueprint for Regional Victoria’s evolution over the next 50 years.
Clean air, open space, land of opportunity and safe. Sounds like a dream. It is Regional Victoria’s calling, with the right strategic management it will be reality.
Melbourne and Sydney are growing into huge megalopolis’, with all sorts of social issues being caused such as increased chronic disease, a mental health crisis and a community feeling disenchantment.
Regional Victoria could well prove to be our big city antidote, of course Regional Victoria has its challenges that must be addressed for this to be the case.
Radek Sali has been an integral part of the Swisse story since he joined the company in 2005 and having assumed the role of CEO eight years ago, Radek has ensured Swisse is now one of Australia’s most recognisable and fastest growing companies.
Swisse is a leading Australian wellness brand that prides itself on delivering premium quality natural health and wellbeing products. Radek’s father, a Professor of Surgery,who was born in Shepparton and his mother, a Medical Scientist, instilled in him a passion for health and wellness. This passion coupled with Radek’s enviable business intelligence developed through his eleven years at Village Roadshow and time at Swisse have made him a strong force in the complementary medicines industry.
In 2012 Swisse was named the ‘Most Successful Business of the Year’ in the prestigious 2012 BRW Private Business Awards. Radek was also recognised as the GQ Businessman of the Year and the CEO Magazine’s Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year. Swisse was also recognised as a great place to work in the top 25 BRW list two years running. In 2016 Radek was named as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
In addition to his role as Swisse CEO, Radek is Executive Chairman of Light Warrior Group, a positive, principle driven investment group. Radek also founded the Lightfolk Foundation and through this, Lightfolk ltd was established – a not-for-profit school of wisdom. Radek/Swisse has donated over $10M to the Lightfolk and Celebrate Life Foundations and was also instrumental in founding the Swisse Colour Run.
Radek is Chairman of Noisy Beast advertising agency, Made hospitality group and Advisory Board Member for not-for-profit, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM). Radek is also on the board of Biostime, a Hong Kong publicly listed company.
2016 Lecture – Carillo Gantner
On Wednesday July 13 2016 Victorian cultural leader and philanthropist, Carrillo Gantner AO FAHA delivered the 2016 Fairley LaTrobe Lecture.
Carrillo Gantner is Chairman of The Sidney Myer Fund, a major Australian foundation and a corresponding member of The Hague Club, the association of Directors of major European foundations.
Carrillo has a BA Melbourne University, a Master of Fine Arts (Drama) Stanford, and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration, Harvard. Carrillo was the first Drama Officer, Australia Council for the Arts 1970-1973; General Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company 1973-1975; Founding Director, Malthouse Theatre 1976-1984 and Artistic Director 1988-1993; Counsellor (Cultural), Australian Embassy Beijing 1985-1987; Chairman, Performing Arts Board, Australia Council 1990-1993; Chairman, Asialink (Melbourne University) 1992-2006; Chairman, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 1994-2000; President, Victorian Arts Centre Trust 2000-2009; and President, Melbourne Festival 2009-2014.
He was formerly Director and Chairman of Myer Family Investments, formerly Director of a JV property company in Vietnam and currently Director of two funds of HK fund manager Ward Ferry.
Carrillo was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for services to the performing arts and cultural exchange with Asia. In 2006 U.N.S.W. awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for services to the arts. In recognition of his cultural and philanthropic service, he was named 2007 Victorian of the Year.
The annual Fairley La Trobe Lectures
Each year the Foundation partners with La Trobe University to present a lecture from a prominent Australian.
The 2015 Fairley Lecture was delivered by the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Federal Member for Goldstein and Minister for Trade and Investment, to great critical acclaim. Drawing on his experience growing up in the Goulburn Valley and addressing the capacity audience, Minister Robb called on the Goulburn Valley community to grasp the opportunities opening up in the Asia Pacific region and become again the epicentre of quality food production in Victoria.
It was inspiring to hear the passion and vision of our Minister, who has recently completed significant trade deals on behalf of the government, regarding the role Victoria can play in serving the emerging agriculture and horticulture markets within our near neighbourhood. While the Minister acknowledged the challenges the Valley currently experiences with some of the most extreme statistics with regard to social outcomes, he highlighted the important role economic development and innovation has to play if the community itself is to change this.
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2014 – Rip Roaring Regional Australia: The Best Way Forward
Presented by The Hon Tim Fischer AC
Former leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.
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2013 – Regional Victoria in a Time of Changing Technology
Presented by Adrienne E. Clarke AC
Chancellor of Latrobe University, former chairman of CSIRO and Lieutenant Governor of Victoria.
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2012 – The Rejuvenation of Depressed Rural Economies
Presented by Allan Myers QC
As a well-known barrister and philanthropist, Allan Myers QC presented views on the role and impact of tertiary institutions in regional cities.
2011 – Beyond the Digital Divide: the ABC in Regional Australia
Presented by Mark Scott AO
Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) addressing ABC’s future and its work in regional Australia.
Listen to the lecture via the ABC website.
2010 – A Fount of Ideas: Regional Australia’s Turn
Rupert Myer AM
Rupert Myer engaged the community in conversation about the contribution, role and legacy of regional Australia in development of public policy, philanthropic and cultural traditions.
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The Fairley Philanthropic Summits
The Fairley Foundation has hosted two philanthropic summits, where representatives of all major philanthropic foundations, community and government stakeholders discussed socio-economic circumstances and impact philanthropy in Greater Shepparton.
The 2011 and 2014 forums attracted significant interest and contributed to a more collaborative approach; challenging outcomes and developing initiatives. The focus remained on children and young people – research funded by the Fairley Foundation resulting in the Greater Shepparton’s Children Report 2014.