2017 Symposium Speakers

Hetty Johnston, AM

Founder and Executive Chair, Bravehearts


Hetty Johnston AM, GAICD is Founder & Executive Chair of Bravehearts Foundation Ltd, Australia’s leading child protection advocate. A born lobbyist, Hetty is a woman of passion and determination who has succeeded in highlighting the crime of paedophilia and child sexual assault to media, families, schools and the general community both nationally and internationally.
Hetty established Bravehearts in 1997, an organisation with a vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Hetty’s most recent accolades include:
  • 2016 Inducted into Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame’
  • 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year
  • 2014 Awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Hetty has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to child protection with numerous awards and nominations over her career since 1996. In 2013 Hetty was awarded Ernst & Young Northern Australia’s Social Entrepreneur of the year, Westpac’s 2013 100 Women of Influence’ and YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women’.
She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance (March 2010). In early 2009, Hetty was recognised as one of approximately 70 outstanding leaders worldwide, receiving the prestigious annual Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award. Hetty is the recipient of two Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Awards (2003, 2004).