JUDGES

we are excited to announce five inspiring and diverse professionals to join this year's judging panel


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judges BIO'S and quotes

Liz Ellis

Ambassador of Blue Datto Foundation ltd.

Liz Ellis has supported Blue Datto from the onset. As the founding patron she attended Blue Datto’s first media launch and continues to inspire students by attending various programs to talk with young people about her experiences. Blue Datto values Liz’s ongoing support and are thrilled to invite her as a judge for Impact the Screen – Impact a life.

Liz Ellis is one of the most respected names in netball, with a remarkable 18 year elite career including 2 Commonwealth Gold Medals, 3 World Championships, 4 National League titles, 4 Most Valuable Player awards and an Australian record of 122 Test matches.

In 2009 Liz became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for “services to netball and the encouragement of women in sport, and to the community through support for a range of charitable organizations”.

Liz is also an experienced broadcaster and media personality, hosting and commentating netball and other sports, and appearing on radio and television as a sports expert and personality.

See more at www.lizellis.com.au


Peter FitzSimons

The former Wallaby has become one of the nation’s most successful media and publishing figures and corporate presenter.

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and has written over 25 best-selling books. He is the biographer not only of World Cup winning Wallaby captains, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, but also former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, boxer Les Darcy, aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, war heroine Nancy Wake and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade and in October 2017 released his current best-seller Burke and Wills.

The most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, he is married to journalist Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

In 1984 he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones, then lived in France and Italy playing rugby for the next five years whilst learning both languages as well as Spanish. Upon his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies, under Bob Dwyer, going on to play seven Tests.In 1989 he joined The Sydney Morning Herald full-time, and has been one of their most popular columnists since. Andrew Denton has called him “Australia’s finest sports journalist.”

Peter boasts an impressive list of interview credits including ex-president George Bush, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jodie Foster, Nicki Lauda, Joe Montana and Carl Lewis as well as all the major Australian sporting figures from Shane Gould to Lionel Rose to Herb Elliot. He has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam through to Julia Gillard.


Natalie Clancy

Producer Nine Entertainment Co.

“Impact the Screen – Impact a Life is a wonderful opportunity for young people to be creative and initiate discussion about important and relevant issues that affect them and their peers. I’m delighted to be part of such a worthwhile initiative and can’t wait to watch the short films.”


Graham Spencer

Chair of Blue Datto Advisory Board

“Road Safety is a community issue, it impacts and touches the lives of everyone. Impact the Screen – Impact a Life, connects the whole community. The entrant’s films are conversation starters that question behaviour and choices, which may just save a life! I’m looking forward to seeing what they create.”

Graham Spencer is a Road Safety advocate, and educator.  Passionate about empowering young people to be safer road users Graham is the founder of a successful Road Safety Education Program which is currently delivered to 25,000 young people, annually in Victoria, Australia.

Utilizing their experience in designing Road Safety programs, Graham developed the Keeping Safe Program for Blue Datto with Dr. Kerry Montero and provided peer mentor training for their first university student intake. As the first and current Chair of Blue Datto’s advisory board Spencer continues to contribute and support Road Safety initiatives. It is his passionate belief that no person should die in the roads and no family should suffer the pain.

Prior to this Graham Spencer was the Principal of Technical and Secondary Colleges in Victoria, for 20 years and in 2001 was awarded the Centenary Medal "For Services to the Community as an Educator and Principal". Graham has presented with Dr Kerry Montero, from RMIT University Melbourne, at road safety education and health promotion conference papers in Australia and internationally (Japan, China, Taiwan, Scandinavia and South America). He is also the author of numerous Social Science text books for Australian secondary students. Spencer was also a member of the Board of the Victorian Qualifications and Registration Authority (VRQA - 2013 -2016).


Erin Vassallo

 CEO & Co-Founder, Blue Datto Foundation

LLM (Commercial Law), LLB, BA (Political Science), NMAS

 “More needs to be done at a community level to educate our young people and save lives, and we hope this competition will help young people talk about the issues and what can be done in a constructive, creative way.”