As the landscape of work is reinvented by social, economic and technological forces, CEOs and Boards increasingly expect Human Resources to steer organisational strategy. HR executives are rising to the challenge, assessing the best ways to strengthen their influence and integrate the value of HR across the organisation.

Transformation depends on human potential, and HR leaders are well-placed to translate that potential into competitive advantage.

Gathering an unrivalled audience of senior HR executives from across all sectors, the 5th annual HR Leaders Forum uncovers the latest trends, strategies and innovations impacting HR at the highest level.

Join us to debate tomorrow’s pressing HR issues – and start solving them today.

Why attend?

The HR Leaders Forum is Australia’s only executive-level HR event, a unique opportunity that congregates an esteemed audience of senior HR executives from all sectors of the national economy.

This strategic event is your guide to people and innovation in 2017.

  • Gain invaluable insights from HRs best of the best
  • Understand how to bring HR to the centre of corporate strategy
  • Learn about the people and processes shaping the success of world-class organisations
  • Be inspired by outstanding practice
  • Engage with the latest trends in HR leadership, vision, strategy and analytics
  • Network with your fellow HR executives at dedicated lunches, breaks and networking drinks
  • Discover what the future holds for HR

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment


Deborah Yates
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)
Jeff Diana
Chief People Officer
Atlassian (USA)
Diarmuid Russell
Senior Vice-President & General Manager International
Glassdoor (USA)
Jeff Ryan
Vice President - People
GoPro (USA)
Kelly Stuart-Johnson
Director of Brand Training & Organisational Development
Brooks Brothers (USA)
Launa Inman
Commonwealth Bank, Bellamy's Australia, Super Retail Group
Eriko Talley
Head of Human Resources, APAC
Toby List
Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand
The Walt Disney Company
Chris Regan
Head of People Experience – Australia
Deb Howcroft
Executive General Manager, Organisational Development
Commonwealth Bank
Joanne Taylor
Executive General Manager Human Resources
Geraldine Chin Moody
Group Executive People, Culture & Sustainability
Virgin Australia
Michael Stanley
Human Resources Director
Vodafone Hutchison
Katherine Paroz
Executive Director of Global Talent and Performance
David Arkell
Human Resources Director
GE Australia, New Zealand & PNG
Lisa Burquest
Human Resources Director
Qantas Airlines
Shenaz Khan
Group General Manger, Human Resources
Siobhan Lyndon
Human Resources Director
Stephen Walker
Workforce Strategies
David Klages
Group Human Resources Manager
Mary Lemonis
Vice-President Human Resources Asia Pacific & International
Campbell Soup Company
James Law
Human Resources Director
Jennifer St Ledger
Human Resources Director
Unilever Australia & New Zealand
Susan Pettifer
Director, Workforce & Information Services
City of Sydney
Jodi Paton
General Manager – People, Performance & Culture
Hoyts Group
Belinda Watton
General Manager, Human Resources
Ergon Energy
Paul Landy
Chief of People & Transformation


  • Impactful HR: Human Capital Strategy at the Top
  • Mutual Opportunity, Mutual Value: Generating and Retaining Talent
  • From Inspiration to Activation: Making Learning & Development Meaningful
  • Energised, Imaginative, Adaptable: The Architecture of Workplace Transformation
  • HR Updated: Efficient, Practical & People-Centric Metrics
  • Culture Curators: True Community, Diversity & Inclusion at Work
  • People, Potential & Progress: HR’s Role in Powering the Future



For 18 years SEEK has been an integral part of Australians’ job-search process, and as the country’s leading employment marketplace is uniquely positioned to empower Australians with career, education and volunteer opportunities to create productive and fulfilling working lives.

Being a sponsor of the 5th annual HR Leaders Forum actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of senior decision-makers in Human Resources.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from suitable target market exposure and direct interaction with senior Human Resources executives. Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience at this exciting event.

Delivered by senior HR executives, for senior HR executives, the HR Leaders Forum offers a powerful business agenda within an effective networking environment.

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@connectevents.com.au


PARKROYAL Darling Harbour,
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Click here to view full map


Packages Early Bird Price (ends 9 Dec) Standard Price (from 10 Dec)
HR Professional: 1 Delegate $1995 Inc. GST $2495 Inc. GST
HR Professional: 4 Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $5985 Inc. GST $7485 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST $3995 Inc. GST

* This option is for service providers to HR professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

Need to convince the boss? Download the Approval Form
  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate ticket is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Events endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Events reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Events reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

    Photography and Video

    Connect Events may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Events in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Events in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events.

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email privacy@connectevents.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: www.connectevents.com.au/privacy-policy

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@connectevents.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@connectevents.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of HR Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.