Patrons & Ambassadors
Jacinta Tynan is a News Presenter with Sky News Australia and worked previously as a Reporter/Presenter with ABC TV. Her first book, ‘Good Man Hunting’, a memoir about looking for love in your thirties, received critical acclaim and spurned a popular weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph about contemporary life and love. Her second book, ‘Some Girls Do. My Life as a Teenager’ is an anthology of female Australian authors writing the true story of their adolescence. All royalties were donated to SISTER2sister. Jacinta was a Big Sister in 2006 and is now the Program’s Patron.
Natalie is an Australian pop and dance recording artist, actress and television personality. Bassingthwaighte was born and raised in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. She rose to fame in 1998 when she began her television acting career on TV series, All Saints. She has since enjoyed a successful acting career, gaining commercial success for her role as Izzy Hoyland on popular Australian soap opera, Neighbours. Bassingthwaige also took part in a number of other Australian television programmes, which include: Stupid, Stupid Man, Underbelly and the Australian film Prey.
Bassingthwaighte is currently signed to Sony Music Australia. From 2004—08 she was the lead singer of the band Rogue Traders. Within her time in the industry, Bassingthwaighe has received a number of award nominations including: APRA Awards, Logie Award as well as Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards.
In 2008, Bassingthwaighte began a career in reality television, when she joined So You Think You Can Dance Australia as the host of the show, until 2010 when the show was axed from television. In mid—2011, she joined The X Factor as a judge and mentor.
Not only has she enjoyed a successful music and acting career, Natalie and her sister Nicky Moore co wrote a book called ‘Sistahood-a journal of self discovery’ in 2008, donating a percentage of their royalties to the SISTER2sister program.
Sarah Wilson is a NYT best-selling author, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. Sarah has also authored the best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 400,000 people quit sugar. Sarah was a Big Sister in 2006.
From U.S. Presidents to Hollywood Royalty to Pop Culture Icons such as George Clooney, and Cameron Diaz— Kathryn has interviewed the biggest names of our time. She has appeared on nearly every major network including: NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC News, FOX News’ O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Extra, VH1 and MTV in the US and The TODAY Show, Morning Show, 9am with David and Kim and A Current Affair within Australia.
As the author of two internationally bestselling books, ‘How To Tell a Man by His Shoes’ and ‘How To Tell a Woman by Her Handbag’. Published in 15 countries and ten languages, Kathryn has toured the world sharing her insights about modern love and life with thousands of women. She has written for some of the nation’s most highly regarded publications.
Bianca Dye is best known for her role as a morning presenter on Nova 96.9 FM. While presenting on Nova, she became the only female radio presenter to win Best Radio Personality in a capital city market two years in a row, in 2005 and 2006, and was nominated again in 2007. Bianca then left Nova to travel overseas and develop her breakfast radio career and pursue her dreams of hosting her own TV show.
Bianca’s transition to television began with her appointment as anchor for Access All Areas on Foxtel’s Arena channel. She interviewed many big names, including Quentin Tarantino, Madonna, Heath Ledger, Daryl Hannah, Ricky Martin and Russell Crowe. In addition to hosting and interviewing, Bianca worked behind the scenes writing and producing for the show.
Bianca has been a regular feature writer for the travel section for OK! magazine. She has also written popular weekly columns in the Daily Telegraph’s SLM and NW. Her first book, ‘Playing Hard to Get’, was co-written with Dr Cindy Pan.
Tracey Spicer is one of the most versatile journalists and presenters in the country, with a portfolio spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and online media. During her 25-year career, she has anchored news, current affairs and lifestyle programs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She is best known for presenting Channel 10’s national weekend and morning news services for 14 years.
Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.
Tracey is passionate about women’s rights, social justice, and equal opportunity.
Melinda Hutchings is a marketing expert and a writer, speaker and mentor who is dedicated to helping young people overcome adversity. Having overcome her own challenging teen issues, Melinda is passionate about empowering young people to trust the voice that speaks from their heart to create a happy and fulfilling future.
She has written three books about eating disorders, including ‘Why Can’t I Look the Way I Want? Overcoming Eating Issues’, which have helped thousands of people understand the dynamics of eating disorders from early warning signs through to the recovery process. Her fourth book ‘It Will Get Better; Finding Your Way Through Teen Issues’ aims to help teenagers find their way through the maze of emotions and challenges facing them today as well as providing a deeper level of awareness for parents and carers.
Having devoted several years to interviewing teens and young adults who have suffered through hardship, Melinda is attuned with the struggles young people face and believes that by increasing their knowledge and awareness, they will better be able to develop strategies to face and overcome challenging issues and recognise their enormous potential.
Kerri Pottharst is without question, one of Australia’s most popular female sporting personalities. Renowned for being the best Indoor and Beach Volleyball player Australia has ever produced, Kerri Pottharst’s knows what it takes “to be the best.” In fact, her motto is “How can I make it better?” Kerri has drawn on her mental toughness to overcome fear, doubt, pain and the ongoing pressure of great expectations the most of which she places on herself. Her incredible sporting career included 3 Olympic Games, a Gold and Bronze Olympic medal, inclusion into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, being nominated Team of the Decade and 25 podium finishes over 8 years on the World Beach Volleyball Tour.
She is an inspiration to her peers in sport and to others in their business, school and personal lives. Kerri’s vision is to continue to inspire and motivate through her warm and personal Keynote Presentations, Workshops and her fun, team-building Corporate Days on the beach.
Her book – ‘The Business of Being an Athlete, How to Build a Winning Career in Sport’. To date, she has sold almost 5000 copies around the world. She is now delivering workshops, based on the book, to athletes around the country.
Her media career has included TV sports commentating in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 for channels 7 and 9 as well as regular appearances on shows like Sunrise, Wide World of Sports, Mornings, etc and numerous radio programs.
Azure Antoinette & Emily Rex (Spare Pages)
Newcastle’s Emily Rex had hardly landed in LA beginning her US adventures when she announced a collaboration with Azure Antoinette as Spare Pages. Azure Antoinette – a performance poet with an avid love of poignant lyrics and rich vocals and Emily Rex – an Australian nightingale that grew from Polynesian heritage with a rampant passion for R&B, jazz, and soul music genres. Together, they have harnessed a new space for their sound; if you have a love for haunting lyrics, honest vocal talent – then Spare Pages is devoutly for you.
Called the “Maya Angelou of the Millenials,” Antoinette was included in Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” issue and recently emceed for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way: Emotion Revolution” college tour.
Meanwhile, Rex was a finalist in the Australian version of “The Voice” with coach will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas) and says, “My dream is to move people through my music and put a smile on people’s faces.”
As Spare Pages, Azure and Emily submitted their debut album “First, Listen” for Grammy nomination contention last year.
Visit to their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-zdGhm9g7Lb_oNkGjakSQ
Jayne Azzopardi is a newsreader on Weekend Today and a Reporter/Presenter for Nine News Sydney. Jayne joined Nine News in 2009 as a political journalist in Canberra. In her time there she covered two elections, three leadership changes, and travelled overseas to report on Prime Minister’s visits to Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand and the United States.
In 2011 she joined the Sydney newsroom, reporting on everything from bushfires, to court stories and several royal tours. Jayne has filled in as US correspondent in Nine’s LA bureau, as well as presenting daytime bulletins.
Jayne studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney before moving to Wagga Wagga in 2001 to start her career as a journalist at WIN News. She later worked for the network in Canberra and Wollongong before moving to London in 2004. There she worked for organisations including ITN, BBC, CNBC and Al Jazeera, before coming home to Nine.
Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia.
Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac“. The French literary magazine Lire has included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. Her best-known work is the 2003 novel The Bride Stripped Bare, an explicit exploration of female sexuality. Gemmell pens a weekly column for The Australian newspaper. She also writes novels for children – the Kensington Reptilarium series for 9 to 13 year olds, and the Coco Banjo series for slightly younger readers. Four books by Gemmell, Shiver, Cleave, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book of Rapture, made the longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.