We are excited to have the following speakers at this year’s TEDxWhitsundayAnglicanSchoolMackay event. Each of our speakers have achieved great success by thinking Outside the Square.  Detailed biographies of our speakers can be found below. Further information and videos of their presentations will be available on this website after the event. We hope that you are excited as we are with our 2016 line-up!


Sarah Bartholomeusz

Sarah Bartholomeusz is the founder of You Legal: a new category of law firm providing top tier corporate and commercial legal services to growing companies. Sarah is the CEO and senior lawyer of You Legal, and is an entrepreneur and author.  After creating You Legal, Sarah went on to write her first book “How to Avoid a Fall from Grace: Legal Lessons for Directors” which was ranked as the #1 best seller on Amazon after its release in 2015. In 2015 Sarah also won the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the start-up category for South Australia.

Sarah is the Chair of the Seniors Information Service, a Director of Carrington Cottages Management Inc and she serves on the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board in South Australia.

Jade McAuley

Jade has over a decade of marketing experience, with a crazy amount of formal and ongoing education; plus an absolute lack of tact that will get your marketing moving with a good, hard smack.

Jade’s ambition is to be a positive force of change for local businesses and our region. She strongly believes that everyone has something special to share and there’s nothing wrong with being the odd one out, or occasionally breaking the rules.

Marketing should be a major priority, without being a major expense. When you dare to be different, you can achieve what you never expected.

Mark Labrooy and Darren Robertson

Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy are the faces of a grassroots approach to cooking – delicious food based on an ethos of community, sustainability and growing-it-local. Professional chefs, mad surfers, keen gardeners and foragers, Darren and Mark live by this philosophy in everything they do – when cooking in their café, Three Blue Ducks, and in their garden, which is home to a rambling vegetable patch and four very happy chickens.

Kay Nyenuh

Kay Nyenuh is the Founder/Owner and Personal Trainer of Muscle Garden Health & Fitness Centre. Born in Liberia – West Africa, Kay migrated to Mackay in 2009 and later became an Australian Citizen. Arriving in Australia with little to call his own, in almost seven short years Kay has revolutio
nized the health and fitness industry in our region and opened the well established and highly reputable Muscle Garden Health & Fitness Centre. He is a loving husband to a beautiful wife and a very proud father to a young son. A highly regarded health & fitness professional in Mackay, Kay’s key to success is simple – lead by example.

Nicolette Horak

Nicolette Horak is a mother of two and is a Chartered Accountant. She worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 8 years before moving to Mackay and has recently completed her Masters in Tax Law at UNSW. In October 2015, she left her family in Mackay for three months to complete her circumnavigation of the world, which began with her parents and sister when she was 10 years old. Nicolette joined the Clipper round the World Race and sailed from South Africa across the Southern Ocean to Sydney. She then participated in the Sydney to Hobart before sailing to Airlie Beach in January of this year. In her talk, Nicolette tries to answer the question, which she was asked so many times and had difficulty in answering; “Why would you want to do that?”
Nicolette challenges you to identify your dreams and aspirations. To discover what actually makes you tick, by discussing the meaning of self-fulfillment and about striving to become the best version of yourself that you can. She invites you to consider your dreams by sharing her story of how she achieved one of hers.

Dr Catherine Ball

Exclusively represented by Saxton Dr Ball started her academic life by taking a GAP year to Zambia, working with orphans and vulnerable children through a grassroots charity that empowered the whole community. This experience was not only challenging and life affirming, but also underlined for her the importance of her decision to study Environmental Protection, and finish her academic training at PhD Level. Dr Ball strongly advocates that environmental and human health are inextricably linked, and she is a strong proponent of science education across all genders and ages. Dr Ball has a BSc(honours) in Environmental Protection, and a PhD in statistics and ecology (both from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK). An advocate for diversity, in particular around socio-economic background, and gender (both of which mirror her own life experiences), Dr Ball is a champion of those who wish to try and make a change, to shake things up, and to innovate – no matter who you are. A career infused with formal academic training, extensive travel, voluntary work, fundraising, and working all hours possible through her teens, twenties and now, Dr Ball is a passionate believer of putting your heart and soul into the things you believe in. Dr Ball is using her recent awards success to assist the culture of innovation, what she refers to as a ‘culture of conversation’, and that change is something to embrace and run with. Empowerment of the individual brings stronger teams, imbibing workplace culture with an innovative spirit brings confidence as well as better business performance. One of Dr Ball’s heroes is George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans); also from the same home town of Nuneaton in the centre of England, and her favourite George Eliot quote is: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

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