GLOSS Issue 21 APRIL 2015 - Page 4

APRIL ‘15 TRACEY SPICER “Sometimes, I do regret not going hard enough – I will now go hard and I don’t feel ashamed about that.” Tracey Spicer is one of the most versatile journalists and presenters in the country, with a portfolio spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and online media. During her 25-year career, she has anchored news, current affairs and lifestyle programs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Currently, Tracey works as an anchor for Sky News, weekly columnist for Fairfax Media and The Hoopla, radio broadcaster, and presentation trainer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio This Month’s Gamecchangers School. She is best known for presenting Channel 10’s national weekend and morning news services for 14 years. She has also has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and India. The mother-of-two is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, Life’s Little Treasures, Karitane, Dying with Dignity, and Patron of the NSW Cancer Council and the National Premmie Foundation, as well as the face of the Garvan Institute’s research into pancreatic cancer. Tracey is passionate about women’s rights, social justice, and equal opportunity, and a lobbyist for the voluntary euthanasia movement. The 46-year-old has just set up Women in Media, a mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. RABIA SIDDIQUE “You don’t have to be in a war zone to be held hostage.” Rabia is a criminal and human rights lawyer, a retired British Army officer, a former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, a professional speaker, trainer, MC, facilitator and published author. In 2006 Rabia was awarded a Queen’s commendation for her human rights work in Iraq and in 2009 was the Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK. More recently Rabia was named as one of the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalists and one of the 100 most influential women in Australia by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review. After starting life as a criminal defence lawyer and youngest ever Federal prosecutor in Perth, Rabia moved to the UK in 1998 where she eventually commissioned as a Legal Officer in the British Army in 2001. Rabia went on to become a Crown Advocate in the British Counter Terrorism Division, which saw her prosecuting Al Qaeda terrorists, hate crimes and advising on war crimes prosecutions in The Hague. Rabia has recently written and published her memoir, ‘Equal Justice’, which is a story about strength, resilience, courage, conviction and determination. An Australian/UK feature film is shortly to be made about her life. Rabia is currently Legal Counsel to the Commissioner of the Western Australia Police and is rapidly gaining a reputation as an outstanding motivational and inspirational speaker, facilitator, resilience and leadership coach, and champion of women in leadership.