Keynote Speakers

Richard McInnes

Formerly Queensland Cricket, Cricket Australia, AIS, Bangladesh Cricket Board. Curently SportsMed Global

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Richard brings to the table a range of experience earned from a varied career.  A career coach with a sports science degree who has run national HP programs for the past 6 years.  He concurrently held men’s and women’s World Cups, reclaimed the Ashes twice and never lost them; part of seven world cup campaigns, winning three; concurrently coached a National team and ran an entry-level program; cut his teeth as a development officer; lived and worked in Bangladesh…twice.  He loves to talk all things sport, coaching, exercise and learning and truly believes there are very few new ideas under the sun.  Most importantly above all he is a father of two and husband to one very understanding wife.  

Hear Richard speak on "You can’t go through life with a catcher’s mit on both hands".  Register here for the Brisbane HPE Conference.

Paul Robertson

Acting Principal, Brememer State High School


Paul is currently Acting Principal at Bremer SHS but is substantively Principal at Whites Hill State College (P-12). Paul began his teaching career as a HPE teacher at Burnside, Nambour, Cairns and Corinda SHS.  He has lectured Coaching Level 1 & 2  at TAFE.  He coached the Queensland Schoolboy’s hockey team for 10 years and the Australian team and is a life member of Qld Schoolboys hockey.  He coached Junior and Senior level club hockey.  He has also acted as a Regional  School Sport Officer and ran the Metropolitan Finals when it first devolved from Queensland School Sport. 

Hear Paul speak on "Advocating for HPE".  Register here for the Brisbane HPE Conference.

Eimear Enright

Lecturer, University of Queensland


Eimear is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. Prior to commencing this role, Eimear held a lecturing position at the University of Limerick (2009-2013), and appointments at New Mexico State University and Dublin City University. Eimear’s teaching and research interests focus on student voice, pedagogy, technology and physical culture.

Hear Eimear speak on "Hacking HPE: Mobilising Student Expertise and Creativity".  Register here for the Brisbane HPE Conference.

Doune Macdonald

Professor, University of Queensland

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Doune Macdonald is a professor in the School of Human Movement Studies following being Head of School 2004-2013. From 2011 – 2013 she also held the position of Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. She has over 150 publications in books and journals and currently has two national research projects looking at the “health work” of teachers in Australian schools and international trends in the outsourcing of HPE.

Hear Doune speak on "2015: Be Keen, Be Seen".  Register here for the Brisbane HPE Conference.

David Gillespie

Bestselling Author of Free Schools, Sweet Poison and more

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When father of six, David Gillespie, came to making decision about where and how his children would be educated he decided to do some research.  Does paying more actually guarantee a better education? Would amenities, size of classes or extra computers necessarily mean your children get better results? School choice is a huge consideration for many parents in a country where we do have options, and more and more the trend is toward independent education. After investigating his choices David chose public education for his children. His book is called Free Schools, how to get a good education without spending a fortune. David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. He is also the father of six young children (including one set of twins).

Hear Richard speak on "What Makes an Effective School?".  Register here for the Brisbane HPE Conference.

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