John Rogerson was the Chief Executive of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) since 2008 and has over 20 years’ experience in the alcohol and other drugs field. John joined the ADF in 1994 as General Manager of Operations and has had a number of positions in the ADF including Director of Good Sports. He is a member of a number of key advisory groups, including the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, International Drug Policy Consortium and the Liquor Control Advisory Council (Victoria). He is a Board member of ReGen and Board Chairman at Hello Sunday Morning.

I’m lying in my bed on a Wednesday morning, my body seems to be paralysed by the day’s work ahead. My eyes wander the ancient white plaster ceiling looking for detail in the marks and cracks it has accumulated over the years.

This morning I am having a conversation between my mind and the conspicuous black stains that populate left hand corner of that ceiling. The subject: purpose. I can’t help but think of two questions – if i was living my ideal life, what would i want to do today? What percentage of me wants to go to work?

It has been almost two years since I started at FRESH, almost a year since Hello Sunday Morning began and what seems to be happening is I feel I’m getting a deeper and deeper understanding as to what my purpose is but.. the details and tangibility of it seems to be putting more distance between it. It’s an uroboris.


Dr Nicole Lee is Founder and CEO at leading alcohol and other drug specialist consultancy, 360Edge, and Adjunct Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.

She is a psychologist with 32 years clinical, research and teaching experience in the alcohol and other drug and mental health sectors. Nicole is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and other Drugs (ANACAD); Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee and Board Member at Hello Sunday Morning; and Board Member at the Australian drug checking service, The Loop Australia. She is also Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), serving on state and national committees for 20 years, twice as National President.


Nicole has published more than 120 journal articles, guidelines, chapters and books and is a regular contributor to The Conversation and other media.


Ishtar Vij is a public policy and government affairs practitioner who has held senior roles in public policy, government relations and law in private firms and global ICT player. She advises on strategy and advocates across a broad range of policy areas including media, communications, privacy, security, copyright and technology policy. She has a practical understanding of brand and reputation in competitive markets. Ishtar is currently Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google in Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the board of Next Wave Festival and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

My saturday night at an 80’s party. Local bowls club. Loose people. I try and match their energy to the point that they forget I’m not drinking.

When they offer me a tequilla, I know I’m doing good.

Dhanesh is a Risk and Governance Professional with 30+ years of experience in Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance across multiple countries. She has worked across major international Banks throughout her career managing risks, designing efficient and cost-effective processes, addressing regulatory issues, and providing overall assurance and governance. Dhanesh is passionate about the not for profit sector and supports several organisations to identify, manage and monitor ongoing and emerging risks to support their ultimate objectives. 

With over 25 years IT industry experience, Michael is responsible for driving client business growth by developing new go-to-market strategies, delivered through targeted market research, data analytics, performance evaluation, advanced customer modelling and their application to digital transformation. Michael provides strategic advice at board and senior management level to organisations including Vodafone, The Smith Family, Coliban Water and Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria. Michael is an MBA Analytics Lecturer at the Business School, University of Technology (UTS), Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Business (International Marketing) and a Diploma of Export Management, from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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