William Liley

Co-Founder and Director

Dr William Liley (MBBS) is Managing Director and Co-founder of Violence Prevention Australia. He currently works in rural and remote primary care and works to further trauma informed practice and evidence foundation of Primary Care. He has keen interests in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, family medicine, violence and infant injury prevention. He has a background in physical therapy and education and holds an Adjunct Professor of Research at James Cook University. William is a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.


Samara Mc'Neil


Dr Samara McNeil (MBBS) is an Aboriginal woman born on Yugambeh land, she has lived most of her life in Dharawal county, the home of her family for many generations. Samara is completing her Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth after which she will finalise her GP training with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Dr McNeil has an ardent desire to improve access to quality obstetric care for women in regional and remote Australia and to increase the rates of birthing on country. As Chair of Violence Prevention Australia (VPA) she has the opportunity to be a part of an impassioned organisation to make conversations about violence prevention easier by sharing effective primary prevention programs with everyone. Promoting its programmes, including The Period of PURPLE Crying align with Dr McNeil’s career trajectory as a GP Obstetrician. Samara has enjoyed introducing this program in the hospitals she has worked in along her journey as well as speaking at conferences such as the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

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Anne Stephens

Co-Founder and Director

Dr Anne Stephens, (PhD, MBA) is a sociologist specialising in violence prevention and gender responsive evaluation. Anne has worked for the Queensland and Victorian governments, UN Women and Australian and International NGOs as an evaluation consultant. As an academic, Anne’s social and theoretical work has been used in community and government for family violence prevention; adult and infant head trauma prevention; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vocational training for workforce development, and substance use harm reduction and treatment. She is an Adjunct Senior Researcher at James Cook University’s Cairns Institute, Endeavour Research Fellow Alumni, and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, New York, in 2016.

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Business Advisory Group member

Chris Walsh

Professor Chris Walsh is the Academic Director of Victoria University (VU) Online in Melbourne Australia and a Professor of Education who specialises in literacy education, digital technologies and social justice Additionally, he is a Co-Director at BABSEACLE since 2010 and specialises in research, monitoring and evaluation (RME). In this role he works to help establish, strengthen and support university-based and community-based Clinical Legal Education (CLE) programs. BABSEACLE’s CLE programs work to improve access to justice across Southeast Asia by educating the social justice, pro bono champions of tomorrow as they serve the legal needs of marginalised communities. 

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Bonney Corbin


Bonney Corbin is an urban and regional planner with postgraduate qualifications in public policy and conflict resolution. She has worked at the intersections of women’s rights, gender-based violence and the determinants of health for the past 15 years in Australia, the South Pacific and South, Southeast and West Asia. Bonney is also Chair of the Australian Women’s Health Network, the Head of Policy at Marie Stopes Australia and a board member at Genetic Alliance Australia.

Jacquie O'Brien

Business Advisory Group member

Jacquie is a dedicated advocate for gender equity. Her experience spans government, corporate and the not for profit sector working for organisations such as global PR firm Hill and Knowlton in the UK, Zoos Victoria, Marie Stopes Australia and most recently as Principal Communications Adviser at the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. She is a skilled communications and political advocacy specialist working on issues as varied as threatened species protection to abortion law reform. Jacquie is a member of the Equality Rights Alliance Steering Committee, former Board member of the International Association of Business Communicators, a Founding Member of Not in My Workplace, an organisation dedicated to stopping workplace sexual harassment and a member of Violence Prevention Australia’s Business Advisory Group. Jacquie has a Masters of International Development and Environmental Analysis from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in PR from RMIT, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Australia and has just completed her Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence from QUT

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Samantha Freeman

Business Advisory Group member

Born in Auckland New Zealand, Samantha Freeman has worked in the Australian primary health care sector for over 20 years as an executive manager, instructional designer and developer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Further Education and Training and a Master of Education Technology majoring in Online and Distributed Learning. Samantha has run her own Education Development business since 2005 and has worked with various colleges, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and Government Departments since that time in all areas of innovation and education development.
Samantha believes that education is one of the most powerful tools to influence change and positive outcomes.  In her spare time Sam is mother to four children and is a professional actor.

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