Nelly Thomas has fifteen years experience as a quality presenter, key-note speaker, facilitator and MC in corporate, NGO and community settings.
Her testimonials (see below) speak to the quality of her work and to why she's in such great demand.
Her background is varied (see her CV) and given her media and other experience as a commentator - where she is often called upon to discuss news, current affairs, health and cultural issues - she is happy to tackle almost any subject.
Nelly prides herself on tailoring her material to the specific gig and setting and never gives the same presentation twice. All her gigs are throughly researched and professionally delivered.
As such, Nelly is particularly sought-after for events and audiences that require a respectful and intelligent but irreverent tone.
She's presented for Judges, Magistrates, Health Workers, Childcare workers, Local Councils, Policy Makers, Politicians, Academics, general public and even once, at a Hen's Night (never again). She genuinely likes all sorts of people and her clients attest to the fact that she's easy to work with and professional.
Nelly has a particular passion for women's health, children's and adolescent health and social change for healthy communities and is sought after for her light-hearted, informative and non-judgemental presentations on health and well-being (stress, work-life balance, caring for the carer, mental health, exercise and so on).
She is an avid anti-violence campaigner and has extensive experience in sectors working toward ending family violence.
Nelly was invited to give the 2016 Pamela Denoon Lecture at ANU, hear it HERE on Radio National's Big Ideas Program
"100% of our evaluation forms rated your key-note [on Leadership] 5/5." Ellen White, Community Leadership Loddon Murray
“Nelly Thomas is the best MC we've ever had at one of our conferences.” Betty Kitchener, CEO, Mental Health First AID Australia (MHFA)
“Nelly Thomas is the gold standard of comedy... We needed a speaker who was funny enough, and brave enough, to entertain a room full of politicians, judges, magistrates and barristers... Nelly was 10/10 on each count.” Diana Price, Convener - Women Barristers Association
"I'd like to thank you for your unique contribution to the conference program. The comedy debate was absolutely a feature of the conference and provided a fantastic incentive, and reward, for attendees to stay seated until the very end. In addition it provided a great entry point for policy-makers to think about the role of entertainment and popular culture in sustaining - or solving - one of our most pressing health and social problems [violence against women]." Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Agency
"Nelly does it all; keeps discussion focused, listeners engaged, funny, thought provoking and always sticks to time. It is always a pleasure to work with Nelly and she is always our first choice for an MC and guest speaker." Michelle Hunt, Project Manager – Act@Work, Women's Health Grampions
"Hi Nelly, thanks again for Friday night - you were great! The vibe of the room totally changed when you started and lots of attendees came up to comment on how fantastic you were. Thank you!" Liz Smith, Community Health and Wellbeing Officer Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council
“Nelly came to our Annual Delegates Conference last week and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house... She is very funny, charismatic and engaging. I wish we could have her perform again as all the Delegates loved her. Please keep doing what you’re doing!” Kayti Murphy, HACSU (Health and Community Services Union Victoria)
"Hi, Nelly. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve had really great feedback from your comedy night... it’s really going to help us get people out to future health and wellbeing events – you’ve helped us create a buzz! Thanks again for another fantastic event!" Ali Norton, M.Sc., Residential Education Coordinator, Health & Wellbeing, LaTrobe University Melbourne
"Thanks Nelly for MCing the CERSH Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum. Your knowledge of issues around sexual health and health promotion for rural young people and communities really shone through in your intro and set the scene for the day. Your presentation was engaging, thought-provoking and of course funny. Thanks again for your invaluable contribution to the forum". Andrea Boudville | Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer, Centre for Excellence in Rural Health, University of Melbourne
"Nelly is fantastic. We've had lots of feedback from attendees about how professional, entertaining and plain speaking she is. Nelly does it all; keeps discussion focused, listeners engaged, funny, thought provoking and always sticks to time. It is always a pleasure to work with Nelly and she is always our first choice for an MC and guest speaker." Michelle Hunt
Project Manager – Act@Work, Women's Health Grampions