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Welcome

The dynamics of consumers, economics, and technology are changing on a global scale, upsetting traditional business models whilst producing new opportunities for transformation.

Designing robust, agile human capital systems are becoming an essential priority for decision makers determined to future-proof their organisations.

Combined with today’s competitive pressures, HR Leaders have to formulate a strategy that sets it apart and translates into real business value.

Celebrating its 6th year, the HR Leaders Forum is the most senior gathering of HR professionals in Australia. Gathering the nation’s leading workforce decision makers from both private and public sectors, it is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of people management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies.

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in HR and people management in Australia
  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Discover what it takes to lead your workforce towards ongoing success
  • Explore the future of HR and how best to develop your human capital structures to confront it
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five star environment

Gain Access

// 10+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


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Mark Levy
Global Head of Employee Experience
Airbnb (USA)
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Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth
Human Resources Director
BBC (UK)
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Chaz Giles
Global Head of External Innovation
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (USA)
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Joe Barr
Chief Executive Officer
John Holland
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Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive, Human Resources
Telstra
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Jenny Bryant
Chief Human Resources Officer
Wesfarmers Limited
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Jodie King
Chief People Officer
Air New Zealand
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Rebekah Donaldson
Director of People
ABC
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Glenn Carter
Global Head of Learning & Development
Atlassian
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Brigadier Leigh Wilton
Director General Personnel
Australian Army
speaker
Kate Nuttall
Executive General Manager People
National Australia Bank
speaker
Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer
Super Retail Group
speaker
Simone Shugg
Executive Director – People and Culture
Foxtel
speaker
Rob Phipps
Chief People Officer
KFC SOPAC
speaker
Colleen Devine
Head of Talent
Rio Tinto
speaker
Merryl Dooley
Executive General Manager People, Culture & Communications
Tabcorp
speaker
Susie Gleeson-Byrne
Head of Human Resources, Australia and New Zealand
Uber
speaker
Chris Lokum
Vice President Human Resources, Fuels Asia Pacific & Air BP
BP
speaker
Sally Kincaid
Chief Human Resources Officer, Australia & NZ
QBE
speaker
Ashley Winnett
Executive Director – Human Resources
GM Holden
speaker
Tania Abbotto
Chief Customer & People Officer
Sportsbet
speaker
Liz McPherson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Future Fund
speaker
Susan Karson
Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer
MLC Life Insurance
speaker
Angela Howard
Vice President - People & Performance
Carnival Australia
speaker
Vicki Barron
Talent Director
George Weston Foods
speaker
Ros Tregurtha
Human Resources Director
Fairfax Media
speaker
Stephen Walker
Principal
Workforce Strategies
speaker
Anne Fulton
Chief Executive Officer
Fuel50
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Sessions

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Tuesday 20th February 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 08:55Ministerial Welcome

  • 09:05Opening Keynote

    The People Strategy Behind Australia’s Biggest Employer
    Joe Barr
    Chief Executive Officer
    John Holland
  • 09:40Outlook Session

    Global Perspectives - The Economics of HR

    For organisations to tackle unpredictability, HR leaders must remain responsive to uncertain macroeconomic trends. Slower growth, market shocks, shifting workforce demographics and structural and cyber threats require HR executives to increasingly manage higher turnover rates and periods of weaker performance. In such a congested, interconnected world, what are the most immediate trends HR executives should be responding to? How should human capital reorientate itself to remain relevant? What makes a robust HR policy future-proof?

    Merryl Dooley
    Executive General Manager People, Culture & Communications
    Tabcorp
    Sally Kincaid
    Chief Human Resources Officer, Australia & NZ
    QBE
    Kate Nuttall
    Executive General Manager People
    National Australia Bank
    Liz McPherson
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Future Fund
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

  • 11:35Leadership Session

    Nurturing Inspiration – Adaptive Leadership

    The best organisations distinguish themselves by reflecting on their structures; identifying opportunities to drive productivity, efficiency and market differentiation. What does it mean to manage a “workforce of one” and how can leaders provide further opportunities for customisation and development to their people? What role do smaller, more engaged teams play in an organisation’s future, and how would this change HR leadership conventions? How do leading HR executives promote productive, healthy workforces while not compromising institutional performance outcomes?

    Rebekah Donaldson
    Director of People
    ABC
    Brigadier Leigh Wilton
    Director General Personnel
    Australian Army
    Jane Kelly
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Super Retail Group
  • 12:25Keynote

    Agile Leadership in Action
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Global Keynote

    HR’s Role in Managing Through Disruptive Technology
    Jodie King
    Chief People Officer
    Air New Zealand
  • 14:15Culture Session

    The HR Edge – Making the Workplace an Experience

    Company cultures now drive more than productivity targets. The webs of relationships created by the actions, behaviours and personalities of individuals dictate a company’s ability to adapt. Now heavily scrutinised by prospective talent, an institutional culture reflects the leadership proficiency of executives as much as it reflects its people. What does it mean to make your workplace an “experience,” and how would this change an office’s dynamic? What structures best allow institutional culture to trickle down from the boardroom, and are different cultures appropriate for different offices? What can organisations with established HR systems learn from start-ups designing their systems from scratch?

    Jodie King
    Chief People Officer
    Air New Zealand
    Ashley Winnett
    Executive Director – Human Resources
    GM Holden
  • 15:05Innovation Keynote

    The Beauty of Talk: The Untold Edge Disruptive Strategies can provide HR
    Chaz Giles
    Global Head of External Innovation
    The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (USA)
  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Technology & Data Session

    Beyond the Numbers – Converting Data into Performance

    Intelligent implementation of technology equips HR executives with powerful insights into their workplaces. Leading human capital metrics assess value contribution, while AI functions and cloud computing streamline people management. Rather than connecting them however, questions remain whether the advent of ‘digital HR’ only separates an HR executive further from their people. What does the successful implementation of data analytics and cloud-based HR platforms look like, and how can this transform a company? Can predictive data analytics drive the entire HR function, and how must the human function change to continue providing value? How do executives avoid overlooking the ‘human element’ in their workplace?

    Simone Shugg
    Executive Director – People and Culture
    Foxtel
    Vicki Barron
    Talent Director
    George Weston Foods
  • 16:50Visionary Keynote

    Architecture of Workplace Transformation
    Mark Levy
    Global Head of Employee Experience
    Airbnb (USA)
  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 17:30Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 21st February 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 09:05Opening Keynote

    Becoming Champions of Change - the View from the Boardroom
    Alexandra Badenoch
    Group Executive, Human Resources
    Telstra
  • 09:40Influence Session

    Taking the Reins – Placing Power in People

    Competition for talent, clients and customers is growing and successful management of human capital has become a critical market differentiator. However, HR executives first need a seat at the table. How can HR executives better integrate the value they generate across an entire organisation? What makes an HR executive, their skills and their strategies indispensable at a C-suite level? Is the global commercial environment ready for HR focussed business models? What limits an HR executive’s ability to drive business transformation?

    Susan Karson
    Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer
    MLC Life Insurance
    Tania Abbotto
    Chief Customer & People Officer
    Sportsbet
    Ros Tregurtha
    Human Resources Director
    Fairfax Media
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

    Anne Fulton
    Chief Executive Officer
    Fuel50
  • 11:35Talent & Engagement Session

    Casting Wider Nets – The War for Talent
    Angela Howard
    Vice President - People & Performance
    Carnival Australia
    Chris Lokum
    Vice President Human Resources, Fuels Asia Pacific & Air BP
    BP
    Colleen Devine
    Head of Talent
    Rio Tinto
  • 12:25Keynote

    Jenny Bryant
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Wesfarmers Limited
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Trailblazer Keynote

    Lessons Learned from Scaling Learning & Development at Pace
    Glenn Carter
    Global Head of Learning & Development
    Atlassian
  • 14:15Future Session

    Knowing the Unknown – HR Beyond the Horizon

    Many Millennials will soon be working in jobs that don’t exist yet. Concurrently, just as many are training for jobs that will soon cease to exist. HR experts will play a crucial role in minimising structural upheaval caused by both globalisation and technology. Conversational AI will replace vast administrative aspects of the HR function, while robotics and increasingly powerful computing software threaten job security. How must the HR function change to support workplaces of intelligent robotics, AI, and human labour? Is physical office space still important? How can HR executives make best use of its human capital, and how can they create new, influential roles for humans in the future?

    Rob Phipps
    Chief People Officer
    KFC SOPAC
    Susie Gleeson-Byrne
    Head of Human Resources, Australia and New Zealand
    Uber
  • 15:05Mastermind Keynote

    Becoming the Catalyst for Change
    Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth
    Human Resources Director
    BBC (UK)
  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Stephen Walker
    Principal
    Workforce Strategies
  • 16:00Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

www.fuel50.com

Fuel50 is award-winning career pathing software that delivers engagement and retention impact to employees in companies (many of the Fortune 500) all around the world.

Driven by Fuel50, employees are given the keys to their careers by mapping their personalized career path and connecting with mentors, coaches and colleagues, while leaders are also enabled to deliver better quality coaching conversations.

Companies using Fuel50 see measurable results, with attrition being reduced by up to 50% in over 60 companies and engagement uplifts are in the realm of 3-30% within every company deploying Fuel50.

Celebrating its 6th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision making audience, before, during and after the event.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through

Contact:

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

Venue

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Accommodation
To make a booking, contact reservations directly on +61 (2) 9238 8870 or groups.sydney@swissotel.com

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 8 December) Standard Price Per Delegate (from 9 December)
HR Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
HR Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $2020 + GST
HR Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1840 + GST
HR Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1660 + GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3630 + GST $3630 + 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.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Connect Events is part of Connect Media Group Pty Ltd

    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 pass 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. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted are exclusive 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 Media Group 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 Media Group 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 Media Group 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.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group 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 Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    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 team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.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 – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.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@cmgroup.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.