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.
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.
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Global Head of Employee Experience
Mark is a seasoned globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and interests of a company’s employees. He has worked with the likes of Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris France for Thomson/Technicolor.
Mark, who is currently leading the Employee Experience of a recent acquisition, Luxury Retreats, was the pioneer of creating the Employee Experience team at Airbnb, which has created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at broadening the HR function. This group includes traditional HR functions in addition to broader areas focused on culture and workplace. Mark’s current areas of responsibility are Recruiting, Diversity & Belonging, Workplace (Food, Facilities, Safety & Security, and Environments), Learning and Development, as well as Ground Control, a team which is responsible for curating the culture. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where you can belong anywhere, and the employee experience mission is to ensure employees feel they belong here at Airbnb. “It is a privilege, a ton of fun and a lot of work to scale the organization while ensuring we don’t F#@k up the culture.”
Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results, curate the culture and create community connections.
In addition, Mark has been actively involved in helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend college.
Human Resources Director
Valerie joined the BBC as Director, HR in August 2014 and is responsible for HR, Internal Communications and the Academy. Prior to joining the BBC she worked for 5 years as Group HR Director at Amey with responsibility for the HR, Communications and HSEA strategy for 20,000 employees. During this time she led the people integration of 10,000 employees from acquired company Enterprise into Amey.
Before joining Amey, Valerie was Group HR Director for Steria based in Paris and with global responsibility for 20,000 employees. She joined Steria in 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Xansa by Steria and was responsible for the people merger of the two organisations. She had worked at Xansa for 10 years, initially on a part-time basis while bringing up a young family, and then moving to Group HR Director in 2004. In addition to leading the HR function she developed a new HRO service line for the organisation. Her earlier career included working in HR at Selfridges and then at EDS in the Netherlands and subsequently in the UK.
She has a B.Com degree from Birmingham University, a post-graduate diploma in HR and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
former Global Head of People & Places
Renee was most recently at Twitter serving as the Chief Human Resources officer. Prior to joining Twitter in 2016, Renee served as the Global Head of People & Places at Uber Technologies. During her tenure, Renee led Uber’s expansion from 500 employees to 9,500+ employees globally, in just 28 months; a period of unprecedented growth.
Before Uber, Renee spent 4 years at Google as the head of Human Resources for the Ads team and Finance team, where she collaborated with some of Google’s largest divisions responsible for more than $50 billion in annual revenue. Renee started her career at Capital One where she held a variety of roles over the course of 11 years, including the human resources leader for several business units. Renee received her Bachelors of Art from University of Texas at Austin in Psychology. She also sits on the Heinz’s Advisory Council at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Malaysia Airlines (MYS)
Global Head of External Innovation
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (USA)
Through investments, incubation, and operating roles, Chaz has driven innovation across billion dollar brands and startups. He has translated ideas into profitable brands and built lean innovative organizations across multiple industries and geographies.
Chaz is currently the Global Head of External Innovation for Estee Lauder Companies reporting to the CTO. He is also the founding partner of Intrapreneur.co a platform consultancy and investment firm.
Having taken ‘scars’ from all sides of the table, Chaz brings a unique perspective to innovation and growth challenges. Previously, he founded MomTrusted.com a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup. Prior to that, Chaz led early stage venture capital investments as a Director at Citi Ventures in Palo Alto. He joined Citi Ventures after starting his career at Procter & Gamble where he helped create one of P&G’s billion dollar brands and led their emerging market innovation at FutureWorks.
Chaz resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with is wife, daughter, and son. He feeds his competitive appetite with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing.
Chief Executive Officer
Joe has had an outstanding career in the construction industry over the past 30-years, both domestically in Australia and internationally in the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions. He was most recently the CEO of Hansen Yuncken.
He spent several years working in Dubai, where he was responsible for a range of development projects with a portfolio value of approximately US$27bn and annual turnover of around US$4bn.
Joe is passionate about fostering career pathways, and providing opportunities for employees.
Group Executive, Human Resources
In August 2016, Alexandra Badenoch rejoined Telstra to take up the role of Group Executive Human Resources. She oversees the HR function which provides strategic advice and support to the business in the areas of Organisational Development and Performance, Talent, Recruitment, Remuneration and Rewards, HR Systems, and Workplace Relations.
Prior to this, she was Director of Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Customer at Asciano, Australia’s largest rail and ports operator, and brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce.
Before joining Asciano, Alex worked at Telstra for more than five years as Executive Director Organisational Development & Talent and Executive Director HR for Telstra’s Consumer business, including BigPond and Telstra Country Wide.
Known for her change management skills and ability to deliver strong commercial outcomes, Alex has designed and implemented key initiatives to drive successful change across multiple organisations, including Novell Inc and Coles Myer.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief People Officer
Air New Zealand
Jodie King joined Air New Zealand in 2012 as an HR General Manager and member of the HR Leadership Team after 16 years of living and working in the UK. Jodie was appointed Chief People Officer in February 2016. Prior to this she had managed Air New Zealand’s Organisational Effectiveness and Talent, HR Corporate and HR Airports and Sales & Commercial teams.
During her time in London Jodie worked at KPMG in leadership and management consultancy roles across a range of industries, including infrastructure, oil and gas, banking and retail with companies like London Underground, BP, Royal Bank of Scotland and Diageo. Her last role at KPMG saw her as Director of Talent Management across 9 European countries. Prior to KPMG she worked for New Zealand Treasury and NZ Dairy Co-operative after graduating from Otago University with an Arts and a Commerce degree.
Director of People
Global Head of Learning & Development
Brigadier Leigh Wilton|
Director General Personnel
Brigadier Wilton graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC) in 1991. Her early appointments included regimental and staff positions as a supply officer, and as a project manager involved in the enhancement of the Standard Defence Supply System.
Brigadier Wilton’s command experience includes a posting as the Officer Commanding Supply Company, 7th Combat Service Support Battalion and, being appointed as the inaugural Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor of the Army School of Ordnance.
Brigadier Wilton has held a range of staff appointments at both Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel. She has held positions as the Senior Officer Manager within the Career Management Agency, Directing Staff at both the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS), and as the Chief of Staff for Headquarters 633 – Afghanistan, and Chief of Staff for Army Headquarters.
Brigadier Wilton is a graduate of ACSC and CDSS. She holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, a Masters of Management, a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems. Brigadier Wilton has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Brigadier Wilton was appointed as the Director General Personnel – Army in 2016.
Executive General Manager People
National Australia Bank
Chief Human Resources Officer
Super Retail Group
Jane Kelly joined Super Retail Group in July 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) from BT Financial Group, where she served as Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director. Previously, she served in a number of senior roles in large, complex organisations, including Head of Reward for St. George Bank and Head of HR Australian Financial Services at Westpac. Jane holds a Masters of Commerce and Employee Relations with honours from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. As CHRO, Jane is responsible for advancing Super Retail Group’s strong focus on team engagement, culture and capability development.
Executive Director – People and Culture
Simone joined Foxtel in 2015 as Executive Director, People & Culture. She is accountable for Foxtel’s employer brand and employee experience, ensuring the business is empowered to achieve our Purpose, Plan and Playbook through our people.
Simone’s P&C division has a broad reach across the business, including business partnering, organisational development and a range of centres of excellence teams. Simone leads a highly commercial people strategy that adds tangible value to Foxtel’s business objectives, including alignment of our people with the strategy, fostering a customer-centric culture of passionate Foxtel advocates, and organisational transformation.
Simone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Politics, and has a strong track record of success in People & Culture across diverse industries including Financial Services and Tourism. She has excelled in Executive leadership roles where she has partnered with Executive teams to drive growth, world class customer experiences, and transformation.
Simone is passionate about HR’s evolution through the new way of working, and is a regular speaker at various industry forums.
Chief People Officer
Rob Phipps has broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, South Africa, Thailand and the South Pacific.
He has spearheaded culture and people programs that have seen KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum! and across Australia.
Phipps is the President of the NSW Council for AHRI and sits on the National Board as a Non Executive Director. He is a FCPHR along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award, 2015.
Phipps is an avid cyclist, having personally raised over $100K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past 6 years and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.
Head of Talent
Executive General Manager People, Culture & Communications
Merryl Dooley is the EGM People, Culture and Communications for Tabcorp Holdings Limited, Australia’s leading wagering, racing media and keno operator and one of the world’s largest publicly listed gambling companies.
Since joining Tabcorp in 1990, Merryl has held many roles ranging from human resources and training and development, to communications, sales and business development. She became Executive General Manager, Human Resources in 2011 following the implementation of Tabcorp’s demerger of its casino businesses and in early 2016, Merryl’s portfolio was extended to include Corporate Communications.
Merryl’s passion is building a strategic and commercial People, Culture and Communications function to create an engaged workforce and a high-performing culture, aligned with Tabcorp’s business strategy. Her previous experience at Tabcorp as a regional sales manager responsible for more than $250 million in revenue ensures Merryl is uniquely positioned to drive a customer-focused, business-led people agenda.
Merryl has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration, and a 2016 alumni of the London Business School’s prestigious Senior Executive Program.
Head of Human Resources, Australia and New Zealand
Vice President Human Resources, Fuels Asia Pacific & Air BP
Chris Lokum was appointed Vice President HR, Fuels Asia Pacific on 1 January, 2015. Her responsibilities now include being a member of the HR Segment Leadership Team where she will represent Air BP and Asia Pacific and continuing her role as HR Director for BP Australia & New Zealand
In 2008 Chris was appointed HR Director for BP in Australia and New Zealand. In this role she manages a team of 85 people, servicing some 10,000 employees.
Chris has held a number of senior HR positions both in the UK and New Zealand and has undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in HR, Economics, Management and Psychology. She has also completed executive education programmes at Michigan and Cornell Universities in the USA and is a member of Melbourne’s International HR Director Forum. Chris is also is a board member of NAWO, joining the organisation in 2012.
As HR Director for Australia and New Zealand Chris is responsible for promoting a merit-based, diverse and inclusive work environment that respects and leverages difference; this includes agile working, gender diversity, creating an age-friendly work place and indigenous inclusion. Another focus area is strengthening the talent pipeline through integrated people solutions and focused development opportunities.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Australia & NZ
Sally Kincaid is the Chief HR Officer for QBE’s Australian and NZ Operations. In this role, Sally is:
QBE Australia has won the Best HR Strategy Award in 2013 and Best HR Team in 2014, as well as Employer of Choice in the greater than 1,000 employees category and Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Program for 2015 at the Australian HR Awards.
Sally is also Chair of the QBE Foundation which aims to help people overcome disadvantage, strengthen their abilities and lead productive and successful lives in the communities in which QBE operates through a mixture of large charity partnerships and matching employees fund raising efforts.
Executive General Manager People and Safety
Belinda is an Executive with a track record of transforming cultures to deliver high performance, commercial, customer outcomes in complex public, private and not for profit organisations. As a dynamic and engaging leader her expertise includes safety leadership, stakeholder engagement, strategy, leadership and talent development, industrial relations, diversity and remuneration management. Belinda holds tertiary qualifications in business, law and finance and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director – Human Resources
Winner of the LinkedIn Conscious Business Leadership Award 2016 – Management Maestro category – Ashley Winnett is not your typical HR Director.
Ashley has had three equally rewarding careers – stacking shelves in numerous departments at Coles but never made it to a register, realising he didn’t enjoy law but became a partner anyway because that’s what you’re supposed to do when your parents decide you should study law whilst you are overseas enjoying your schoolies break and finally rebuilding an iconic Australian business whilst simultaneously dismantling it so as to ensure that his peers, friends and team mates have all the support necessary to help them forge careers both within and beyond Holden.
Having joined Holden in 2005, initially as part of the legal team it wasn’t long before he was enticed to get his hands dirty. In 2007 Ashley joined the HR team as HR Manager Assembly Operations based in Adelaide. In 2009 at the height of the Global Financial Crisis Ashley was appointed to the role of Director – Manufacturing & Labour Relations where he negotiated the One Shift Two Crew Half pay arrangement which sustained the operations at a time when export production was cancelled overnight.
In 2012 Ashley returned to Melbourne to the position of Executive Director Human Resources. In 2013 Ashley led a small team who successfully negotiated the landmark variation to the Holden Enterprise Agreement before having to inform the same workforce that their efforts had been unsuccessful. In 2014 Ashley was appointed to the Holden Board. Ashley is now Executive Director – People, Performance and Culture where he has been an active and vocal positive disruptor across the business and believes that supporting flexibility increases inclusion, supports diversity and improves overall engagement and teamwork whilst empowers people to be their best.
Prior to joining Holden Ashley was a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in their Workplace Relations Practice. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts (Hons).
Chief Customer & People Officer
Tania Abbotto is the Chief People and Customer Officer at Sportsbet. Tania has been instrumental in driving the design, articulation and alignment of Sportsbettors to the Sportsbet purpose, strategy and values. Tania is passionate about creating a place to work that is fun, ambitious, agile and creative, that has the development of its people and the experience of its customers at its core.
Tania joined Sportsbet four years ago as HR Director and has since transformed the HR team to be one of Australia’s best. The Sportsbet team were National finalists for Team of the Year in the Human Capital HR Awards in 2014. Tania was also a finalist for the 2016 Australian HR Director of the year and is extremely proud that Sportsbet was an Employer of Choice finalist in 2016. In recent months, Sportsbet was named the winner of the LinkedIn ANZ Employer Brand strategy of the year and rated in the top 10 coolest companies for Diversity by Job Advisor. In 2017, Tania has taken accountability for Customer Experience at Sportsbet including leadership of large customer facing teams across Melbourne and Darwin. Tania is passionate about continuing to reinvent the customer and employee experience to maximise both.
Prior to joining Sportsbet, Tania held senior roles with both corporate and industrial relations focus within the retail, telecommunications, technology and legal sectors supporting client groups of up to 7000 team members. She feels she has found her home at Sportsbet, a business that truly believes in people and creating an environment where they can do their best work for the customer.
Human Resources Director
Chief Human Resources Officer
Liz McPherson is currently the Chief Culture Officer for the Future Fund, Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund which has over 120 billion dollars (AUD) under management. Liz’s portfolio includes HR, Internal Communications, Culture, Change Management and Strategic Projects. Liz joined the Future Fund in 2010 following three years with a major bank where she was a senior member of the HR leadership team involved in the merger of two organisations with a total of 17,000 employees, this required converting to a centralised model including the consolidation of all payrolls, performance management processes, terms and conditions, recruitment, learning and development and introducing an organisation wide talent management and succession plan. Prior to this Liz was with a market leading insurer for 5 years as an executive manager in organisational and talent development.
Liz has had a 20 year career covering both HR generalist roles and HR specialist roles in areas such as employee relations; organisational development; talent management; and leadership development, and has worked nationally in Australia and internationally in South Africa, Asia and New Zealand. Liz has a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, Post Graduate qualifications in change management, innovation and employee relations and undergraduate qualifications in sociology and psychology. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
Head of People Experience – AU
Chris is the Head of People Experience for Xero Australia, and is passionate about building awesome workplace cultures, full of engaged employees.
With a down to earth approach and an interest in innovative practices, she isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. Chris is a member of the Xero Australian Senior Leadership team and considers herself fortunate to have been a part of the Xero success story over the past 4 years. Chris credits a strong commitment to recruiting for cultural fit as a key contributor to this success.
With a career spanning almost 20 years within human resources and recruitment, Chris’s current focus is on building a coaching culture at Xero and empowering employees to do the best work of their lives.
Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer
MLC Life Insurance
Susan Karson was appointed Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer in March 2016. In this role she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, programs and initiatives for People, Marketing and Brand, Communications and Corporate Affairs to underpinthe MLC Life Insurance strategy.
Prior to this role Susan worked at NAB for 11 years, in a number of senior roles, General Manager People Business Bank (2015-2016), General Manager People NAB Wealth (2013-2015), General Manager People Wholesale Banking (2009-2013) and Head of People Global Products (2006-2009). Susan joined NAB in 2005, as People & Culture Business Partner forGlobal Markets.
Prior to joining NAB, Susan spent five years at CBA and held various roles in human resources including Human Resources Manager in Financial & Risk Management, Executive Manager, Human Resources in Wealth Management and also in Institutional & Business Bank.
Susan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate in Personnel Management from the Sydney Institute of Technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics /Political Science from the University of New South Wales.
Vice President - People & Performance
Angela joined the Executive team as Vice President of People and Performance in January of 2016 and is responsible for the suite of Human Resources functions for Carnival Australia.
Starting with Warner Village Theme Parks, Angela’s professional HR career has spanned over 20 years with some of the most well-known employer brands across Leisure, Tourism, Hospitality, Telecommunications, Retail and Wholesale industries.
Motivated by driving dynamic and engaged teams in ever-changing landscapes, Angela has held executive leadership positions in companies such as Metcash, General Pants Group and Virgin Mobile Australia.
George Weston Foods
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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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.
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