Gill Hicks is considered one of the most thought-provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers – known globally as a survivor of the London Terrorist Bombings of 7 July 2005, where she suffered severe and permanent injuries, losing both legs from just below the knee. Originally from Adelaide, Gill moved to London in 1991 and built an impressive career with roles including being Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy and Head Curator at the Design Council.
In 2012 Gill returned to Australia and established her not-for-profit M.A.D. for Peace network. Drawing upon her previous roles within the Arts, Gill’s compelling projects and initiatives are aimed at deterring anyone from following the path of violent extremism and building sustainable models for peace.
Her honours and impressive achievements include: being selected to carry the 2008 Olympic Torch in Canberra; being recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List (2008-09) for her services to charity; and becoming both the Australian of the Year in the UK and Australian Woman of the Year in the UK in 2009. Gill has received two Honorary Doctorates, one in Philosophy from the London Metropolitan University, and one from Kingston University in recognition of her dedication to rehabilitative health, as well as been recognised as the South Australian, Australian of the Year 2015.
In 2013, Gill welcomed her daughter Amelie into the world. She describes it as is her finest achievement and greatest acknowledgement of the brilliance and resilience of the human body.