A team of great debaters…and brave men

We are excited to introduce to you our debaters for The Women of Influence Annual Great Debate 2020, starting with our very brave men.

The topic this year was inspired by our focus on wellbeing, a theme we chose late last year.  Who would have known how appropriate the focus on physical and mental health would become:


This year, we chose to have a male and a female team, and while the men will no doubt have a battle on their hands, they are truly well suited to the task.

We have a journalist, a doctor, and a barrister…all with impressive skills, amazing experience and a very unique sense of humour.


Tom Forbes is a news journalist and breakfast radio presenter with ABC Gold Coast. Tom has been working as a journalist since 1998, after studying at Bond University, his first "paid" work as a journalist was at a commercial television station in Townsville. He is well known amongst colleagues and friends for his sense of humour, intellect and knowledge of all things. He is an avid cyclist and triathlete who often undoes all of his hard work by enjoying too much food and wine and is the very witty and way more sensible “better half” of our friend and supporter Derek Cronin.


Dr Drew Moffrey is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who was born in Pindara Hospital and now practices there. Raised on the Gold Coast, Drew attended TSS, then Griffith University. Dr Drew believes that prevention is better than cure and that women can take better care of themselves if they have access to the right information. He was awarded the respected Crown Street medal for his research into gestational diabetes, has presented research at the Australian Diabetic Association conference and was awarded “Citizen of the Year” from Griffith University Medical School for recognition of his dedication to both medicine and the community. He is a father of a teenage daughter whom he refers to as “the beautiful Scarlett”. He is also an active participant in surf lifesaving and triathlons.


Steven Hogg has been a lawyer since 2008 and was called to the Bar in 2011. He has also performed at numerous comedy public speaking events including the national Golden Gavel competition which he won in 2009, Raw Comedy, in which he was a state finalist, way too many comedy debates for the insolvency, building and construction and legal professions and as host of the annual Queensland Young Lawyers' trivia night. Very occasionally he appears in court to talk legal stuff to the judge for his clients.

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Live streamed event lunchtime Friday 24 July

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