Speaker Bios

Lessons Learnt from the Robert Doyle Sexual Harassment Case

Gay Alcorn

Melbourne Editor, The Guardian

Gay Alcorn is Melbourne editor, Guardian Australia. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and is a three-times Walkley award winner. She is a former editor of the Sunday Age and columnist for the Age.

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Former City of Melbourne Councillor

Stephen Mayne is a journalist, former City of Melbourne councillor, shareholder activist and the founder of Crikey, an independent news and media service. Aside from his career in journalism, Stephen also worked as a press secretary in former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett’s media unit. In 1997 he appeared on Four Corners as a whistleblower against Kennett. In 1999 he quit the mainstream media to stand against Kennett, but after being ruled ineligible published the anti-Kennett website jeffed.com, the forerunner to Crikey.


Stephen is also a regular election candidate having contested 48 public company board elections and multiple political elections.


He served 4 years on Manningham City Council in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and a further 4 years as a councillor at City of Melbourne with Robert Doyle until 2016, where he chaired the Finance and Governance committee.

He is a vigilant observer and critic of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and travels the world to confront and challenge Mr Murdoch at shareholder meetings. As Australia’s best known shareholder activist, he’s asked question at more than 400 public company AGMs.


Stephen is currently working as a campaigner for The Alliance for Gambling Reform and interviews public company chairs for Alan Kohler’s website, The Constant Investor, along with contributing to Crikey and serving on the board of the Australian Shareholders’ Association, all whilst maintaining a hyper-active presence on Twitter through @maynereport.

Nicola Keating

Lead Campaigner, Respect is the Rule

Nicola Keating is the lead campaigner for Respect is the Rule, a campaign fighting sexual harassment and assault in the hospitality industry. She has been campaigning for the past year, working closely with the hospitality union Hospo Voice and hospitality workers to implement a zero tolerance policy to venues across Melbourne. In the past year Nicola has spoken before Moreland City Council, with politician and trade unionist, Ged Kearney, and with media outlets such as the ABC, on the personal and professional impact of sexual violence in the workplace.

Paul Burke

Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

In practice for more than 15 years, Paul is an experienced and effective personal injury lawyer who has acted for both injured plaintiffs and defendant insurers.


Paul has a determination to achieve the best result for his clients as quickly as possible. He is a clear and concise communicator and from his broad experience on both sides of the fence is able to develop the best strategy for the earliest resolution of each case.


Paul acts in all areas of personal injury matters and has helped many clients over the years pursue their claims in and out of court and looks forward to helping you with your claim. He has been involved in several Court of Appeal matters that have impacted the law in relation to granting of Serious Injury Certificates in Victoria.

Coral Ross

President, Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)

Coral is the National President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and was previously the ALGWA Victorian President. A professional journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, Coral has been a local government councillor at the City of Boroondara, in Metropolitan Melbourne since 2002. She has been elected five times and in November 2014 Coral was elected Mayor of the City of Boroondara for the third time. She was previously Mayor in 2012-13 and 2007-2008. She is on the interim Board of the Australian Gender Equality Council. Coral was on the Board of the Australian Local Government Association, the peak body for local government in Australia 2015-17. From 2011 to 2017 she was on the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria – Victoria’s peak body for local government, and President from November 2016 to March 2017.


In 2014 she was named as one of 100 Women of Influence by Westpac/Fairfax.


Before moving to Australia, Coral was a political Journalist in the UK. She became the Australian correspondent for one of the British National newspapers when she moved to Melbourne in 1986.


She has a degree in Politics and is both a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.