Executive Director: Tamara Newlands is a sexuality educator, speaker, consultant, Founding member of the 'Connecting to Protect - Global Coalition' and Co-Founder and Executive Director of eChildhood, and is currently studying in the field of social impact. Tamara has a proven track record in developing and delivering sexuality and relationship education for schools, parents, and youth. Tamara’s corporate background is in international HR, Project Management, Business Management, and Culture and Financial Services. Tamara’s expertise extends to human development, rites of passage, sexuality education, strategic planning, and successfully running her own coaching business for the past 9 years.
Board Director: Kristin Bengtsson is a human-centred people and business leader, driven by purpose and passion for the organisations she represents. She has worked in the field of marketing for over 20 years, building brands and stimulating customer and user engagement for a wide variety of organisations and sectors. She facilitates digital marketing courses for the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA). She is a mother of young school-aged boys, whose childhoods she intends to protect as they navigate our digital and connected society.
Board Director: Shireen Bernstein is a Media Psychology researcher who has been studying the effects of Internet Pornography on young people for the past four years. An accomplished, results-oriented researcher and strategist with over 15 years of experience in the academic, corporate and NFP sectors, her qualifications include a Psychology degree, a Masters of Research in Psychology and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology. Shireen has worked on a large range of research projects spanning areas such as the effects of social media on body image, the sexual socialising impact of Internet pornography and the association of violent media with societal violence.
MEET OUR EXPERT ADVISORS
eChildhood Expert Advisors are outstanding leaders in their individual fields of expertise and make themselves accessible to our Executive Director and Board Members in order to increase our current knowledge, collaborative efforts and ensure laser-sharp focus of initiatives. As we push forward to achieve our strategic plan and implement measures that improve children and young people’s safety, health and wellbeing outcomes, mental and physical health outcomes, and decrease vulnerabilities to exploitation through research, education, legislation and digital solutions, we rely on the expert advice of those who have trail-blazed this path before us, or who have exceptional skills relevant to our mission.
Dr Michael Flood is an Associate Professor and an ARC Future Fellow (2015 – 2018), tenured at Queensland University of Technology. His research agenda focuses on gender, sexuality, and interpersonal violence. Dr Flood’s research at present is focused in particular on interpersonal violence and its prevention, particularly with reference to men and masculinities. Dr Flood has published widely on topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities, profeminist men’s advocacy, male heterosexuality, fathering, and pornography. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality.
Dr Brian Babington is Chief Executive Officer of Families Australia, a national, not-for-profit body that advises the Australian Government on ways to assist vulnerable families and children. He is Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing, an NGO and academic coalition that works to support the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, Australia’s first-ever plan to tackle child abuse and neglect. Among other achievements, he established an social venture to advance Indigenous leadership, as a diplomat represented Australia at four UN General Assemblies, and authored a book on managing personal adversity. He serves on the Boards of Plan International Australia and [email protected] (ACT).
Dr Rachel O’Connell, founder & CEO of Trust Elevate and The Trust Bridge, is one of the preeminent authorities on electronic identification and age verification and is the author of a technical standard entitled PAS 1296 Age Checking code of practice, published by the British Standards Institution. Rachel was the fifth person to join the start-up social networking platform, Bebo. In 2000, Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and secured funding from the European Commission to establish and operate the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2006), which was based at the Cyberspace Research Unit. Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies.
Dr. Gail Poyner is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treating adults, adolescents and children who struggle with pornography addiction. Treating an ever-growing number of children and teens who view pornography, she also works with kids who have gone on to act out sexually with other children. Given the increase in the number of kids Dr. Poyner has seen over the years, as well as research into how pornography harms children, she strongly believes that porn use is a public health crisis of an epidemic nature. Dr. Poyner is known for her community outreach and public presentations about how pornography harms families, children and society.
Liz Hunt is a Public Relations consultant with over 20 years experience and has worked with some of the biggest global consumer brands and charitable organisations including McGrath Foundation, Amnesty International and WWF. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the consumer arena and is passionate about making a positive difference in society and the world around her through the creation of awareness campaigns that make people sit up and take notice.