Layne is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history being the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003). She then went on to win a seventh world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. In 2013 Layne was recognised and awarded the third Greatest Australian Female Athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert.
In the 2015 Australia Day honours list, she was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organizations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.
Layne sits on the board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, is an ISA Vice President, Director of her own charity, the Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim for The Stars and longtime ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. Her exploits are astounding, her attitude unwavering and her achievements inspirational.
Ben is Founder and Executive Creative Director at the Republic of Everyone, an award-winning and world-leading community, sustainability, and all round do-good company.
He combines creativity with change making to achieve the company’s mission to “make doing good, good for business.”
Ben is on a mission to create 100 ideas that change the world. Among them so far are the multi award winning 202020 Vision; Australia’s biggest community day, the Garage Sale Trail; and Grow it Local, a fun way to get people to compost and grow their own food.
At 33 years of age Ben was diagnosed with cancer and survived choosing to turn his back on the world of advertising and marketing and instead turn his attention to doing good in the world. His book, ‘Lessons from My Left Testicle’, is about beating cancer and learning to live. His is a spokesperson for the Cancer Council and ambassador for their latest event, The March Charge.
Bec is the co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with marginalised young people aged 16-25 years to provide them with a healthy self, job and home.
STREAT runs a portfolio of seven food service businesses, including cafes, an artisan bakery, a catering company, and a coffee roastery.
Since they pushed their first small food cart into Federation Square in 2010 they have worked with more than 900 young people who have helped serve over two million customers, whilst gaining over 60,000 hours of support and training. And while they have provided these young people with help in finding housing, developing new vocational skills and improving their mental health and wellbeing, the most important thing they have provided them with is a sense of belonging.
Prior to starting STREAT, Bec spent a decade at the CSIRO working in science communication. She is also passionate about the arts and has spent 20 years collaborating with artists, photographers, illustrators, writers, makers and designers.