2023 — 4 speeches
Gill Hicks AM
Gill Hicks AM is a survivor of the 2005 London terrorist bombings, losing both legs from just below the knee in the attack. Following the attack, Gill left her career within architecture, design and the arts to devote her life to deterring people from following a path of violent extremism and destructive ideologies that seek to divide our global societies.
In 2006, Gill was appointed Ambassador for Peace Direct (Best New Charity 2005) and in 2007 she became an Advocate for Leonard Cheshire Disability and founded M.A.D for Peace, a not-for-profit organisation that communicates the importance of our individual responsibility in creating a world in which extreme conflict is ended.
Gill continues to be recognised and highly awarded for her work within the arts, the community sector, and in healthcare. She was been honoured with an MBE for her services to charity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, and an AM for her ongoing devotion to making a positive difference through her own adversity. Gill has been both Australian of the Year in the UK and Australian Woman of the Year in the UK.