Meet our speakers for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum.

2021 Forum Speaker List


Scott McDougall (Commissioner, Queensland Human Rights Commission) (he/him)

Scott McDougall commenced as Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (now Queensland Human Rights Commission) on 8 October 2018.  Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane. 

Since admission to legal practice in 1993 he has advocated on behalf of communities and conducted litigation particularly in the areas of discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries.

Mr McDougall has overseen the design and implementation of numerous legal and social work service programs and was the President of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services from 2009 to 2013.  He has undertaken several projects facilitating engagement between governments and communities including working with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to prepare the Palm Island Future Directions Report (2006) and overseeing the G20 Independent Legal Observers Project (2014).  

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

Multicultural Youth Panel



Carmel Guerra OAM (CEO, Centre for Multicultural Youth) (she/her)

Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Multicultural Youth, the first and largest organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people. 

Carmel is widely recognized for her knowledge and advocacy on multicultural youth issues. She has served on numerous boards and committees and is Chairperson of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia, the national peak body representing multicultural youth issues. Carmel is also a member of the Youth Parole Board of Victoria, Migration Council of Australia and the SBS Community Advisory Committee. 

Carmel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016 for services to multicultural youth in Victoria and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony in 2015.             

Lilian Shamoon (STARTTS) (she/her)

Lilian Shamoon (Lilly) is the Youth Project officer at STARTTS. She has been working with STARTTS for almost 4 years. Lilly has a Diploma in Community Services and is now undertaking further university studies to expand her knowledge on delivering and implementing successful interventions with young people from refugee background and exploring the foundation for working with young people in general. 

Lilly Facilitates STARTTS youth programs in schools, manages the youth Centre on Friday’s after school hours. She also plans and coordinates youth residential programs during school holidays and her aim is to deliver educational programs in a safe space to empower young people to take charge of their lives. Lilly is incredibly passionate about advocating for the rights of underprivileged youth.



Maia Tua Davidson (National Manager of Clubs, Welcoming Australia) (she/her)

Maia Tua-Davidson is the National Manager of Welcoming Clubs for Welcoming Australia.

Welcoming Clubs is a coordinated and supported approach that enables each and every community sports club to advance their inclusive practice and future proof memberships by embracing diversity.  

The initiative is informed from the experiences of those excluded from community sport spaces and focusses on knowledge sharing and celebrating success. Maia is a HPE teacher by trade and current Rugby League and Rugby Union coach in Brisbane. She is also a committee member for Taiwhanake Youth Academy and the Pasifika Empowerment Group Australia. 

   Faye Shee-Durnion (she/her)

Faye is a university student, environmental activist and public speaker.

Motivated by her drive to make the world a better place, she’s amassed extensive volunteer experience through various initiatives including her work with children at Edmund Rice Camps, role as emcee for the Buddha’s Light Association of Victoria for their annual ‘Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival’, sorting food donations at Vinnies and recently, speaking at the Undress Sustainable Fashion Conference in Melbourne.

With such varied interests, Faye maintains at the core of all her social justice pursuits, the desire to spread awareness for climate change and the subsequent politics that determine the sort of future that young people will have. When she’s not volunteering, studying or advocating for change, Faye spends her time indulging in art and music.

Indigenous Youth Panel


Kerry Tavrou (Head of Diversity and Inclusion - Tennis Australia) (he/him)

Kerry has over 10 years of experience in creating welcoming, safe and inclusive sporting environments for people from diverse communities.

Kerry is the Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Tennis Australia who are working to increase inclusive capacity through a range of initiatives targeting people with disability, multicultural communities, First Nations people and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

Tennis Australia is committed to creating opportunities for First Nations people to play our game such as the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival while acknowledging and celebrating the world’s longest living culture through our major events like the Australian Open. 


Courtney Hagen (Engagement Lead - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Football Australia) (she/her)

Courtney is a proud Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman from the Southern Sunshine Coast region in Queensland. Courtney has been involved in many community engagement roles in sport as is currently the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Lead at Football Australia with previous work at Queer Sporting Alliance and Cricket Australia. Her work and advocacy for marginalised groups in community sport also earned her a nomination as Out Role Model of the Year at the 2021 Australian Pride in Sport Awards and Changemaker of the year for the ‘Out for Australia’ 30 under 30 awards in 2020.

Courtney was also recently the inaugural participant in Siren Sport's Emerging Sports Writer Program and produced an extensive, high-level body of work covering diverse sports and voices for publication on Siren. Courtney is also on the board of Women’s Coaching Association, Intertwine and Queer Sporting Alliance. 


Mark deWeerd (previously General Manager Indigenous Strategy - NRL) (he/him)

Mark is a Gamilaroi man from Walgett, north west NSW.  Until recently he was the General Manager, Indigenous Strategy at the National Rugby League. In 2011, Mark joined the NRL as he saw the impact that sport had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the potential of Rugby League to make a real difference in overcoming disadvantage. 

In the 10 years Mark spent at the NRL he oversaw the advancement of Rugby League’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on and off the field. This included the development of community programs such as the international award-winning School to Work program, pathway programs for women, strengthening governance arrangements for players through an Indigenous Players Advisory Group and the expansion of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council. He was also responsible for transforming the annual All Stars fixture into more than a game of Rugby League, but a celebration of culture and First Nations success.

Prior to joining the NRL, Mark spent 18 years in the public service where he worked in the fields of Indigenous Education and Employment at a local, state and national level. During this time he was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in implementing the Council of Australian Governments' Whole of Government Indigenous Trial in the Murdi Paaki region.

Taliqua Clancy (Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Player)

Bio to follow shortly


  Tanya Hosch (Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the Australian Football League) (she/her)

Tanya Hosch is the Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the Australian Football League and 2021 South Australian – Australian of the year
Ms. Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and is an accomplished public speaker. 
Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2rd woman in their Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition.

At the AFL Tanya’s portfolios include – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Gender Equality, Sexuality and Gender Diversity, racism and sexism.  Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, the AFL’s Gender Action Plan and the Gender Diversity Policy.
Tanya is a Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the National Australia Bank and is a Board Director of Circus Oz, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and was a member of the Referendum Council that led the process and final recommendation that resulted in The Statement from the Heart in May 2017.  A career highlight was contributing as a Consultant on the ABC drama, Total Control.

In October 2020, Tanya was announced as the South Australian of the Year for 2021.