2017 Speakers


Professor School of Surgery, UWA

Professor Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). Her greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims. 

Professor Wood is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation.

Named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. Professor Wood also won the 2005 Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. That same year,. her contribution to burns care was recognised through Australia’s highest accolade, when she was named Australian of the Year for 2005.  Professor Wood is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

Professor Fiona Wood is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath, and mother to four boys and two girls.

Ms Priya Cooper OAM

Paralympian Gold Medalist

Ms Priya Cooper is a nine-time Australian Paralympic gold medallist in swimming and set five world records. Priya was born with cerebral palsy and spends much of her time in a wheelchair. 

Priya competed in the Australian 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Paralympics swimming team. Twice co-captain of the Australian Paralympic team, including the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Priya carried the Australian flag at the closing ceremonies for the 1992 and 1996 Summer Paralympics.

Priya was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993, was 1995 Paralympian of the Year, in addition to being awarded Young Australian of the Year for Sport in 1999. Priya is a Curtin University graduate, and media commentator who has been inducted into both the Western Australian Hall of Champions, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Mr Sean Langton

Bankwest GM Strategy & Planning

Mr Sean Langton's career started in Software Engineering, at a startup consultancy rolling out what we today call ‘agile’ software engineering methods to end user organisations; from there he moved into developing software for an Investment Bank before migrating to Australia. After a stint in the mining sector, Sean returned to Financial Services with Bankwest where he's led the Software Engineering team for 4 years. 

Sean is passionate about the role Technology can and will play to improve Bankwest's business and customer experiences, and more broadly the role it plays in improving society. Outside of work he sits on a couple of advisory boards to help grow and bring diversity to the tech community in Western Australia, and in his spare time keeps fit by running and exercising his dog.

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