30 APRIL - 1 MAY 2024
ICC SYDNEY
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UNLOCKING WORKFORCE EXCELLENCE

Firmly established as the nation’s singular CHRO leadership event, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in 2024 with a focused agenda on mapping the people strategy as businesses look towards the future of work.

This industry leading event is designed for HR leaders and delivered by HR Leaders. For a two-day, cross-sector conference and networking event, the Forum invites an esteemed delegation of executives and world-class speakers to come together and drive powerful, case-based discussion and insight. Together, we will interrogate the challenges and opportunities underpinning the industry, arming attendees with the tools to lead as a people-first business.

Why Attend

  • The HR Leaders Forum secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority. Our attendees are charged with shaping the conversation, armed with an array of real-time engagement tools we facilitate.

 

  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate. The programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person with industry peers and the minds shaping business.

Gain Access

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Executive Learning Agenda
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350+ HR Executives
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50+ Industry Speakers
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16 Exclusive Keynotes
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2 Powerful Days
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2024 Speakers

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Nick Boyd
Senior Director, Global Hiring Initiatives & Enablement

Nike (US)
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Nick Boyd
Senior Director, Global Hiring Initiatives & Enablement

Nike (US)
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Dr Laura Kirby
Chief Mental Health Officer

Commonwealth Bank
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Dr Laura Kirby
Chief Mental Health Officer

Commonwealth Bank
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Lisa Burquest
Chief People Officer

Virgin Australia
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Lisa Burquest
Chief People Officer

Virgin Australia
Lisa has over 26 years’ senior experience as a people and culture specialist working for significant ASX and private companies including BHP, Origin Energy, Jetstar/Qantas Airlines, The a2 Milk Company and currently, Virgin Australia. Lisa is Virgin Australia’s Chief People Officer, and has helped navigate the airline’s 7,500 strong workforce through the significant impacts of COVID-19 as well as Virgin Australia’s transformation after relaunching under new ownership in November 2020.

Lisa is equipped with strong practical expertise in developing and executing successful people and culture strategies in fast paced environments undergoing significant transformation and growth. With experience across a variety of geographies, particularly Asia, Lisa thrives in a dynamic, complex and fast paced working world.
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Lucinda Gemmell
Chief People & Culture Officer

Seven West Media
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Lucinda Gemmell
Chief People & Culture Officer

Seven West Media
Lucinda has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in commercial and HR roles across Australia and Asia Pacific. Lucinda is the Chief People & Culture Officer at Seven West Media, delivering the business strategy through all people and culture initiatives, industrial relations, safety and remuneration.

Prior to joining Seven West Media, Lucinda was the Chief People & Culture Officer at Airservices Australia, where she delivered a transformation in culture, diversity and operational efficiencies in training and systems. She has also led the People & Culture functions on the Executive teams at Virgin Australia, Endeavour Drinks Group, Woolworths Ltd and Diageo. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holding a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Beyond her corporate role, Lucinda is a Non-Executive Director on the Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and is Chair of the Starlight Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
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Sarah Derry
Former Chief Executive Officer, Pacific

Accor
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Sarah Derry
Former Chief Executive Officer, Pacific

Accor
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Rachel Burton
Human Resource Director, APAC

Meta
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Rachel Burton
Human Resource Director, APAC

Meta
Rachel Burton leads the HR team for Meta in Asia Pacific, driving the people strategy for employees in 13 countries. Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

Prior to her current role, she led the Meta EMEA Tech team HR strategy to double in size to 4,500 people within two years. Over the last twenty years, she has developed expertise in all aspects of people and talent strategy through a combination of industry and consulting experience in world-class businesses, including Google, Diageo and Ernst & Young. Rachel currently lives with her family in Singapore.
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Kristen Sweeney
Chief People Officer

Sydney Airport
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Kristen Sweeney
Chief People Officer

Sydney Airport
An executive leader with over 20 years’ experience in senior Human Resources Roles across a range of industries including Retail, Insurance, Property/Construction and Infrastructure. This diverse experience has included leading HR teams in designing integrated people and culture programs, organisational design, developing workforce and talent management strategies and leading change transformation. Kristen has a passion for driving business outcomes and creating an enviable workplace where employees can unleash their potential, grow their careers and feel like they belong.
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Air Commodore Davin Augustine
Director General Personnel

Air Force
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Air Commodore Davin Augustine
Director General Personnel

Air Force
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Pritho Saxena
Director Human Resources, China, Australia, South East Asia

Amazon
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Pritho Saxena
Director Human Resources, China, Australia, South East Asia

Amazon
Pritho currently leads HR for Amazon’s consumer businesses and corporate teams based in Australia, China, Singapore and Philippines. He has helped build and run billion dollar businesses across a number of countries (India, China, Singapore and Australia) and industries (Devices, Digital Content, Publishing & Consumer Retail) He has over 20 years of experience in enabling business strategy execution through people as well as leading diverse teams across geographies. Prior to Amazon, he was at IBM where he led large scale programs focused on workforce research, diversity, rewards, education assistance and case management. He is an alumni of IBM’s prestigious Corporate Service Corps. Pritho is passionate about helping people unblock their potential and simplifying things
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Vanessa Morley
Director Human Resources

Nine Entertainment Co
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Vanessa Morley
Director Human Resources

Nine Entertainment Co
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Matt Kershaw
Global Head of People Development

Domino’s
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Matt Kershaw
Global Head of People Development

Domino’s
At Domino’s, people are at the heart of everything that we do. So, it’s important that we educate, motivate and inspire our people to be the best that they can possibly be. Matt has been challenged to build a world-class leadership development program and deliver cutting-edge training to Domino’s team members and franchisees across Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining Domino’s, Matt spent nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of yLead – a non-profit that delivers leadership development to the education sector in Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Matt was responsible for producing in-house workshops, national and international leadership forums, and overseas immersion programs to over 30,000 people each year. It is Matt’s in-depth knowledge of empowering young people, coupled with his experience running a small, fast-paced business that make him such a unique asset as Domino’s Global Head of People Development.
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Marnie Gibson
Global Director People

T2 and Lipton Teas & Infusions
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Marnie Gibson
Global Director People

T2 and Lipton Teas & Infusions
Marnie is a commercially astute HR/OD leader and currently in the role of Global People Director at T2 and Liption Tea & Infusions. She has worked in HR leadership roles in multi-national retail and FMCG companies, government, financial services, mining and professional services in Australia and across APAC with expertise in Asian markets. Her work in OD inspired her to complete a doctorate researching leading and engaging remote employees in 2018, which has become a very relevant focus post Covid. As a working practitioner, she also lectures in HR at USQ and has written HR programs to drive more practical experience for the HR professionals of the future and volunteers on not-for-profit boards currently holding the role of Chair of the People and Culture Committee for Reclink Australia.
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Deena Amorelli
Chief People Officer

ABC
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Deena Amorelli
Chief People Officer

ABC
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Amie Wallis
Chief of People & Culture

Australian Olympic Committee
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Amie Wallis
Chief of People & Culture

Australian Olympic Committee
Amie Wallis is the Head of People and Culture at the Australian Olympic Committee. Amie has more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Change Management and Transformation across a number of industries including Professional Services, Banking and Finance, Logistics, Technology, and Sport.

Amie has had success in leadership and specialist positions at NAB, IBM, Victoria Racing Club, and KPMG, all with a key focus on partnering with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on strategy, culture and, commercial realisation.
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Vanessa Hicks
Group Executive People Experience

TPG Telecom
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Vanessa Hicks
Group Executive People Experience

TPG Telecom
Vanessa Hicks is TPG Telecom’s Group Executive People Experience following the merger of TPG and Vodafone Hutchison Australia in July 2020. She joined Vodafone Australia in 2006 and was appointed VHA’s Director of Human Resources in 2017. She has served in several senior roles within the company, including General Manager of Business Customer Operations and General Manager Human Resources. Ms Hicks is responsible for all human resources functions including organisational culture, leadership, internal comms, OHS and facilities. Ms Hicks has been an active board member of the Vodafone Foundation since 2010, serving as Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2014 and recommencing as Chair from February 2022. Ms Hicks has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Telco Together Foundation since 2017. Ms Hicks is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
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Esme Ribarovski
People Experience Director

Volvo Cars
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Esme Ribarovski
People Experience Director

Volvo Cars
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Kirsty Dodd
Head of Human Resources

Nespresso
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Kirsty Dodd
Head of Human Resources

Nespresso
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Benjamin Morris
Group General Manager, Human Resources, Culture & Capability

Mirvac
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Benjamin Morris
Group General Manager, Human Resources, Culture & Capability

Mirvac
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Vered Keisar
Chief People Officer

ResMed
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Vered Keisar
Chief People Officer

ResMed
Vered Keisar was appointed ResMed Chief People Officer in March 2021, responsible for driving the company’s global culture and People strategy. She previously served as Vice President and General Counsel for ResMed’s Asia and Latin America regions.

Vered has over 25 years of broad industry experience ranging from healthcare and pharmaceuticals to defense and insurance. Before joining ResMed in 2012, she worked in leading law firms in the UK, Australia, Japan, and Israel.

Vered is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, Australia, and Israel. She has an MBA from the Sydney Graduate School of Management, a Diploma of Laws in European Competition Law from King’s College in London, and a Bachelor of Laws from the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel.

From 2016 to 2020, Vered was the elected chairperson of the Australian Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, the world’s largest organization dedicated to in-house counsel.

Since 2012, Vered has been an ambassador and speaker for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Jodi Paton
Chief People Officer

The Hoyts Corporation
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Jodi Paton
Chief People Officer

The Hoyts Corporation
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Natasha Cuthbert
Chief People & Culture Officer

Viva Energy Australia
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Natasha Cuthbert
Chief People & Culture Officer

Viva Energy Australia
Vesna holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Sydney.

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Shruti Ganeriwala
Head of Human Resources

Unilever Australia
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Shruti Ganeriwala
Head of Human Resources

Unilever Australia
Shruti has been with Unilever ANZ for 9 years, taking the reigns as Head of HR for Australia and New Zealand in 2023. While Shruti loves partnering with teams to help drive their business and people agenda, her deep passion lies in redefining work and helping organisations build a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs. This is deep rooted in her purpose to “Create Belonging for myself and others” by living her values of positivity, curiosity & connections. Some of Shruti’s key achievements at Unilever include designing and implementing Disability inclusion agenda, spearheading progressive policy changes like Gender affirmation leave, leave for pregnancy loss & fertility treatments while experimenting with new working models like 4 day work week and embedding Agile as a way of working.

Shruti has 18+ years of HR experience, in both developing and developed markets, across a variety of roles including Learning, Talent Management, Wellbeing, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), HR Business partnering and Organisation Transformation. On a personal front, Shruti gets her energy from spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, doing yoga, and staying connected with friends and family all over the world!

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Rachael Leshinsky
Human Resource Director

Miele Australia
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Rachael Leshinsky
Human Resource Director

Miele Australia
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Emma Miller
Head of Human Resources APAC & Global Director, Talent Management

Boardriders
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Emma Miller
Head of Human Resources APAC & Global Director, Talent Management

Boardriders
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Kiria McNamara
Director, People & Culture

Swisse Wellness
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Kiria McNamara
Director, People & Culture

Swisse Wellness
Kiria is a passionate, commercial P&C leader with experience living and working for global organisations in the UK, Hong Kong, China and Australia. She is a firm believer that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ and how you treat your people during the tough times says more about your culture than anything else. She is a true generalist at heart but has a particular interest in DE&I and Leadership and Talent Development.
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Kathy Baker
Executive Director, People Experience

Transport NSW
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Kathy Baker
Executive Director, People Experience

Transport NSW
Kathy is the Executive Director, People Experience for Transport for NSW and related agencies. In this role she leads the teams accountable for culture and leadership, employee engagement and recognition, inclusion, wellbeing, talent management, talent acquisition, workforce data and insights and workforce planning.

Kathy is an experienced executive and organisational leader who has worked across a range of industries. Kathy joined Transport from the Public Service Commission, where she worked with the sector to establish frameworks for leading practice in the areas of leadership, talent management and diversity. Her work has included the establishment of the NSW Leadership Academy, the development of a sector wide approach to flexibility, improved employment practices for people with disabilities and led the delivery program for the Premier’s Priority for Diversity in the Public Sector. Prior to joining the public sector, Kathy worked in the construction industry, supply chain and logistics, and professional services.

Kathy has recently been recognised for her work in Transport across several industry forums. In 2023, her teams won AHRI Best Use of Technology Award, Scope Disability Employer of the Year, Australian HR Awards Best Reward and Recognition Strategy, as well as placing on the AAGE 2023 Top Intern Programs List.
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Mary Hogg
Senior Director of Human Resources

Hilton
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Mary Hogg
Senior Director of Human Resources

Hilton
Mary Hogg is Regional Human Resources Director for Australasia at Hilton. Based in Sydney, she supports a diverse portfolio of 28 hotels with 12 hotels in the pipeline across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

As part of Hilton’s Asia Pacific HR Leadership Team, Mary drives people and culture plans to realise Hilton’s ambitious growth plans to double the region’s footprint within the next five years, with a focus on launching new brands and entering new markets.

Mary joined Hilton in November 2021 as the next step in her 20-year career in Human Resources. Initially based in the UK, Mary grew her career through a variety of sectors including the Police, Hospitality, Local Government and Education. In 2011, Mary relocated to Australia and after exploring the country, settled in Sydney and soon became the Australia/New Zealand HR Leader for the world’s second largest tourist attraction operator, Merlin Entertainments. In 2018, Mary became the Regional HR Director for Asia Pacific with responsibility for people leadership across nine countries, including China, Japan and Australia.

Born in the UK, Mary holds a BA Hons in Human Resource Management from the University of Lincoln and is a Chartered Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She is married with two children, is an active runner and explorer of new cultures and will usually have multiple books on the go at any time.
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Netta Efron
Head of People

Koala
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Netta Efron
Head of People

Koala
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Michelle Young
General Manager, People & Culture

Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
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Michelle Young
General Manager, People & Culture

Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
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Kirby Grattan
Chief People Officer

Western Sydney Airport
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Kirby Grattan
Chief People Officer

Western Sydney Airport
Kirby brings over 25 years’ experience as a senior human resources executive across multiple industries in the Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. She is responsible for strengthening our purpose-driven and inclusive culture and ensuring our people are supported and empowered to deliver Sydney’s new airport.

Before joining Western Sydney Airport, Kirby led the delivery of best-in-class people and culture solutions as Optus’ Senior Director – HR Shared Services and Organisation Capability, where she managed a team of over 120 HR professionals supporting an employee base of more than 9,500 people.

She has also held senior HR executive roles at infrastructure service provider Ventia, Schneider Electric, Commonwealth Bank and Cisco Systems.

Kirby is passionate about creating compelling employee experiences that allow our people to reach their full potential, build lasting careers and align with our purpose of driving generational socioeconomic uplift across Western Sydney.
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Lynda Ugarte
Head of Human Resources, Australiasia & Japan

IHG
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Lynda Ugarte
Head of Human Resources, Australiasia & Japan

IHG
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Chantelle Williams
Human Resources Partnering & Talent Development Manager

Michael Hill
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Chantelle Williams
Human Resources Partnering & Talent Development Manager

Michael Hill
Chantelle is a dynamic professional with a rich and diverse background spanning over 15 years across multiple industries. With extensive experience in education, enterprise sales, telecommunications, healthcare, and retail, she brings a unique perspective to the table. Throughout her career, Chantelle has honed her skills in sales, learning and development, organisational design, leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and HR operations.

Her passion lies in transforming and leading teams to achieve their fullest potential and influencing business outcomes. Chantelle thrives on solving complex business problems and implementing strategic solutions that drive growth and success. She is committed to creating people processes and talent pipelines that align with business goals and priorities, ensuring that organisations have the right people in place to thrive in a competitive landscape.
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Ronan Carolan
Vice President Human Resources

Thales
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Ronan Carolan
Vice President Human Resources

Thales
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Kiane O'Farrell
Group Head of HR and Learning & Development

Accent Group
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Kiane O'Farrell
Group Head of HR and Learning & Development

Accent Group
Since 1988, Accent Group, born as a small wholesale distributor in New Zealand, has blossomed into a market leader. With over 900 stores, 35 online platforms, and renowned brands like Platypus Shoes, Skechers, and Vans, is a forever growing retailer. Yet, its real distinction lies in its dedication to innovative retail practices, excellence, and rapid expansion. Kiane is a passionate and commercially minded leader, leveraging her experience in HR and Learning & Development with a keen focus on the retail sector. She thrives in dynamic, entrepreneurial settings with fast-paced operations, a commitment to action, and a strong focus on valuing people. As a generalist at her roots, Kiane now has a particular interest in talent development, strategic planning, data-driven decision-making, project implementation, and cultivating high-performance teams.
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Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

Allied Pinnacle
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Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

Allied Pinnacle
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Meredith Rowan
Vice President, Australia and New Zealand Applications & License Applications Asia Pacific

Oracle
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Meredith Rowan
Vice President, Australia and New Zealand Applications & License Applications Asia Pacific

Oracle
Meredith Rowan is Oracle’s Vice President of Applications for ANZ. Meredith is an accomplished leader, with over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions and supporting business transformation through the various enterprise roles she has held. Meredith is passionate about sharing best practices and frequently speaks with customers and partners about Oracle HR’s journey and the power of SaaS technology and its use to propel the growth of their own organizations.
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Penny Lovett
Executive General Manager, People and Culture

Invocare
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Penny Lovett
Executive General Manager, People and Culture

Invocare
Penny is the Executive General Manager - People and Culture at InvoCare, She leads people strategy, culture and capability development, remuneration and reward, employee relations, internal communication, and talent and succession planning for the largest provider of funeral, cemetery, and cremation services in Australia and New Zealand. Penny has over 10 years of experience in senior HR and enterprise leadership roles in the health care, insurance, and not-for-profit sectors, where she has delivered major corporate growth and turnaround programmes, M&A integration and synergy capture, and organisation design for large, multi-site, and international companies.

With an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and GAICD qualifications, Penny brings a strategic, holistic, and business-oriented approach to people and culture management. She is passionate about developing and aligning the workforce with the external brand promise, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, and designing remuneration and reward frameworks that support the business strategy and market expectations. With a strong track record of driving workplace health and safety outcomes, overseeing a contemporary model and strategy for people and culture delivery, partnering with senior executives and boards, and building talent and succession pipelines.
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Shenaz Waples
Group Executive, People and Culture

Colonial First State
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Shenaz Waples
Group Executive, People and Culture

Colonial First State
Shenaz has over 25 years of experience in Banking & Financial Services in a variety of leadership roles, both leading large business teams and for the past 15 years leading HR teams.

Shenaz is Group Executive, People and Culture at CFS. She oversees all aspects of human resource management. This includes accountability for culture, leadership capability, learning & development, talent acquisition, business partnering and performance management & reward.

Prior to CFS, Shenaz was Chief People Officer at MLC Australia and held a number of senior roles at the Westpac Group. Her former role as Group General Manager, Enterprise HR Strategy & Services, had responsibility for driving the HR Strategy across the Westpac Group, including the Group's strategy on the Future of Work.

Shenaz has also held a variety of roles at ING Australia, leading Customer Service, HR and other specialist functions.

Shenaz’s formal qualifications include an eMBA (UNSW) with Distinction, completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course, Global General Manager Program at Insead (Fontainebleau) and the Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations program at Harvard.
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Raechel Gavin
Chief People & Culture Officer

Sonder
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Raechel Gavin
Chief People & Culture Officer

Sonder
Raechel is a seasoned People and Culture professional with over 20 years of experience across a diverse range of organisations and industries including, Data Science Services and Product, Media, Professional Services and Government. With an extensive and varied background, Raechel possesses a deep understanding of the intricacies and challenges faced by different organisations.

Driven by a passion for optimising human potential, Raechel consistently delivers innovative and pragmatic People and Culture strategies that drive organisational success. Raechel's ability to adapt and thrive in any business environment, combined with her exceptional interpersonal skills, has earned her a reputation as a trusted People and Culture executive.
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Phil Rice
Director, Safety & Wellbeing

TFE Hotels
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Phil Rice
Director, Safety & Wellbeing

TFE Hotels
Phil Rice is a qualified risk management and corporate governance professional who leads TFE Hotels’ global Safety & Wellbeing Team, supporting TFE’s 70 hotels across Australasia and Europe. With 20 years’ hotel industry experience and fourteen years supporting international hotel brands in the workplace health and safety space, Phil has great depth of experience in proactive management of hospitality workers’ safety and wellbeing, critical incident and emergency response, food safety, injury management and leadership coaching. Passionate about challenging the status quo, Phil loves to share his experience and perspectives of safety and wellbeing from the hotel industry perspective.
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Paula Dieli
Vice President of Operations, Employer of Record

Remote
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Paula Dieli
Vice President of Operations, Employer of Record

Remote
Paula is the vice president of onboarding and mobility at Remote, where she helps create welcoming and seamless experiences for businesses and their team members around the world. Paula is a leader in the software industry with operations leadership experience ranging from Silicon Valley to Europe. She is passionate about helping companies run at maximum efficiency.
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Damon Zemanek
Regional Director ANZ

Whatfix
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Damon Zemanek
Regional Director ANZ

Whatfix
With over 20 years of experience in sales, services, and change management, Damon is a passionate and results-oriented leader in the field of digital transformation. As the Regional Director of Australia & New Zealand at Whatfix, he helps enterprises leverage the power of digital adoption solutions to streamline their workflows, enhance their user experience, and increase their productivity. Damon has a proven track record of developing and executing strategic plans, building and managing high-performing teams and cultivating long-lasting relationships with customers and partners across the Asia Pacific region.

Previously, Damon has held senior roles at Zendesk, Conga, BlackBerry, Citrix, and Apple, delivering innovative and scalable solutions aligned with the customers' needs and goals. He is driven by the mission of empowering businesses to modernise the way technology engages with people and optimize their IT investments, and bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to the team.
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Tom Larter
Chief Executive Officer

WithYouWithMe
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Tom Larter
Chief Executive Officer

WithYouWithMe
Tom Larter is a seasoned business leader with a passion for driving technological innovation and social impact across global markets. A former Captain in the Australian Army, Tom had a distinguished 13-year military career, including serving in Afghanistan. In 2017, he transitioned to the private sector and became one of the early leaders at WithYouWithMe, one of the Asia Pacific’s fastest growing tech companies.​

Currently WithYouWithMe’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tom works closely with government, business and industry to solve workforce challenges and make a positive social impact through creating career pathways for diverse communities, including veterans, military families, neurodivergent individuals and Indigenous groups. ​

As CEO, Tom is responsible for overseeing WithYouWithMe’s day-to-day operations and driving its growth strategy. He works closely with leadership, employees and investors to embed innovation and deliver value to WithYouWithMe’s global customer base and 100,000 platform users.​

​ In addition to his role at WithYouWithMe, Tom is an active member of several industry organisations, including the Tech Council of Australia, TechUK and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).​
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S. Ryan Meyer
Managing Director, Asia Pacific

General Assembly
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S. Ryan Meyer
Managing Director, Asia Pacific

General Assembly
Ryan oversees the Asia Pacific operations of General Assembly, a global education startup that helps people move into the modern economy with a suite of intensive programs focused on coding, digital marketing, and UX design. He is also responsible for leading strategic enterprise growth in the region.

Prior to General Assembly, he founded AlumniFunder, a crowdfunding platform for student and alumni entrepreneurs within research university communities. As well, he co-founded Minds-in-Motion, a cognitive development company for children that impacts 85,000 students across the United States daily. Earlier in his career, Ryan spent nearly a decade as director of sales at Dai Nippon Printing, a Global Fortune 500 company.

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  • 8:30 am
    Registration
  • 8:50 am
    Welcome To Country
  • 8:55 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
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    Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
    Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

    Allied Pinnacle
  • 9:00 am
    Minister Address
  • 9:10 am
    Opening Keynote

    Lessons from the front line – Retaining, nurturing and leading talent 

    speaker
    Air Commodore Davin Augustine
    Director General Personnel

    Air Force
  • 9:30 am
    Keynote
  • 10:05 am
    Employee Experience Session

    Moulding a Culture to Enhance Engagement

    • Securing employee buy-in: cultivating a positive workplace experience.
    • More than cupcakes: rectifying cultural friction points with true empathy.
    • Cultivating consistent engagement: addressing quiet-quitting, flexibility and burnout.
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    Kristen Sweeney
    Chief People Officer

    Sydney Airport
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    Michelle Young
    General Manager, People & Culture

    Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
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    Deena Amorelli
    Chief People Officer

    ABC
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    Benjamin Morris
    Group General Manager, Human Resources, Culture & Capability

    Mirvac
  • 10:50 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:35 am

    Future of Work Breakout 1: Applications

    PARTNER KEYNOTE

    Unlocking HR’s Potential with Digital Adoption Platform 

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    Damon Zemanek
    Regional Director ANZ

    Whatfix

    Future of Work Breakout 2: Approaches

    PARTNER KEYNOTE

  • 12:00 pm

    Future of Work Breakout 1 - Applications

    KEYNOTE + Q&A

    Moving Alongside the Momentum of AI

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    Rachel Burton
    Human Resource Director, APAC

    Meta

    Future of Work Breakout 2 - Approach

    KEYNOTE + Q&A

    Leading the Future of Work

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    Marnie Gibson
    Global Director People

    T2 and Lipton Teas & Infusions
  • 12:30 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:30 pm

    Employee Journey Breakout 1: Talent

    PARTNER KEYNOTE

    Employee Journey Breakout 2: Capability

    PARTNER KEYNOTE

  • 1:50 pm

    Employee Journey Breakout 1: Talent Session

    Navigating the Hyper-Competitive Talent Landscape

    • Mapping the shifts in evolving talent demands.
    • Leading responses to ongoing attrition.
    • Developing compelling EVPs to attract top talent.
    speaker
    Mary Hogg
    Senior Director of Human Resources

    Hilton
    speaker
    Kirsty Dodd
    Head of Human Resources

    Nespresso
    speaker
    Shruti Ganeriwala
    Head of Human Resources

    Unilever Australia

    Employee Journey Breakout 2: Capability Session

    Unlocking the Potential of your Workforce

    • Prioritising internal development as a strategic business asset.
    • Refining capability and collaboration opportunities with a purpose-led approach.
    • Implementing talent management practices to identify and nurture high-potential future leaders.
    speaker
    Emma Miller
    Head of Human Resources APAC & Global Director, Talent Management

    Boardriders
    speaker
    Chantelle Williams
    Human Resources Partnering & Talent Development Manager

    Michael Hill
    speaker
    Kiane O'Farrell
    Group Head of HR and Learning & Development

    Accent Group
  • 2:45 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:15 pm
    Keynote
    speaker
    Nick Boyd
    Senior Director, Global Hiring Initiatives & Enablement

    Nike (US)
  • 3:35 pm
    Platinum Fireside Chat

    The Power of Prevention: How TFE Hotels Is Building a Culture of Proactive Safety and Wellbeing 

    speaker
    Raechel Gavin
    Chief People & Culture Officer

    Sonder
    speaker
    Phil Rice
    Director, Safety & Wellbeing

    TFE Hotels
  • 3:55 pm
    Respond Session

    Approaching Change with Confidence: Organisational Design and Transformation

    • Strategically protecting the power of change.
    • De-siloing communications: supporting the development of middle management
    • Responding to the challenges of transformation: driving operational excellence and business value.
    speaker
    Amie Wallis
    Chief of People & Culture

    Australian Olympic Committee
    speaker
    Kathy Baker
    Executive Director, People Experience

    Transport NSW
    speaker
    Vered Keisar
    Chief People Officer

    ResMed
  • 4:40 pm
    Closing Keynote Interview

    The View from the Boardroom – From CHRO to CEO

    speaker
    Sarah Derry
    Former Chief Executive Officer, Pacific

    Accor
  • 5:00 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
    Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

    Allied Pinnacle
  • 5:05 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
    speaker
    S. Ryan Meyer
    Managing Director, Asia Pacific

    General Assembly
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:15 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:20 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
    Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

    Allied Pinnacle
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Keynote

    Roadmap to Resilience- Managing Mental Health Support

    speaker
    Dr Laura Kirby
    Chief Mental Health Officer

    Commonwealth Bank
  • 9:45 am
    Strategy Session

    Aligning Corporate and People Strategy 

    • Measuring impact: shifting the dial on KPIs and results. 
    • Leveraging people analytics as a story-telling mechanism. 
    • Re-imagining the development of HR strategies. 
    speaker
    Jodi Paton
    Chief People Officer

    The Hoyts Corporation
    speaker
    Lynda Ugarte
    Head of Human Resources, Australiasia & Japan

    IHG
    speaker
    Netta Efron
    Head of People

    Koala
    speaker
    Lucinda Gemmell
    Chief People & Culture Officer

    Seven West Media
  • 10:25 am
    Diamond Session

    Best Practices for HR Today: What Really Matters for Your Success?  

    Where should you invest your energy and resources in times of change and economic uncertainty? Hear from Oracle and two HR leaders about what matters most to them as they work to meet employee expectations and move their organisations forward in the face of economic uncertainty, talent scarcity, burnout, and constant change. This session will deliver unfiltered insights into the biggest challenges and opportunities for HR—real talk with real solutions. Leave inspired, focused, and eager to get to work.

    speaker
    Meredith Rowan
    Vice President, Australia and New Zealand Applications & License Applications Asia Pacific

    Oracle
    speaker
    Penny Lovett
    Executive General Manager, People and Culture

    Invocare
    speaker
    Shenaz Waples
    Group Executive, People and Culture

    Colonial First State
  • 10:55 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:25 am
    Platinum Keynote

    Overcoming The Talent Shortage: Unlocking the Benefits of Remote Work and Distributed Teams 

    speaker
    Paula Dieli
    Vice President of Operations, Employer of Record

    Remote
  • 11:45 am
    Inclusive Practice Session

    Elevating Diverse Voices 

    • Creating inclusive spaces: re-writing workplace paradigms and environments. 
    • Establishing sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion governance. 
    • The leadership imperative: actioning commitments and strategies. 
    speaker
    Kiria McNamara
    Director, People & Culture

    Swisse Wellness
    speaker
    Esme Ribarovski
    People Experience Director

    Volvo Cars
    speaker
    Kirby Grattan
    Chief People Officer

    Western Sydney Airport
    speaker
    Vanessa Hicks
    Group Executive People Experience

    TPG Telecom
  • 12:25 pm
    National Keynote

    Virgin Flair – Putting our People at the Centre of Everything We do 

    speaker
    Lisa Burquest
    Chief People Officer

    Virgin Australia
  • 12:45 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
    speaker
    Tom Larter
    Chief Executive Officer

    WithYouWithMe
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:50 pm
    Innovator Keynote

    Creating a High-Performance Culture with Learning & Empowerment 

    speaker
    Pritho Saxena
    Director Human Resources, China, Australia, South East Asia

    Amazon
  • 2:15 pm
    Leadership Session

    The Agile CHRO: Moving Beyond Traditional Dimensions of Leadership 

    • Unlocking performance and productivity through bold HR leadership. 
    • Expanding executive focus on the people strategy. 
    • Reframing the ‘three-legged’ HR framework: Embracing agility as a core competency. 
    speaker
    Vanessa Morley
    Director Human Resources

    Nine Entertainment Co
    speaker
    Natasha Cuthbert
    Chief People & Culture Officer

    Viva Energy Australia
    speaker
    Rachael Leshinsky
    Human Resource Director

    Miele Australia
    speaker
    Ronan Carolan
    Vice President Human Resources

    Thales
  • 2:55 pm
    Closing National Keynote

    Pizza Perspectives: Slicing up L&D to Drive Engagement & Performance 

    speaker
    Matt Kershaw
    Global Head of People Development

    Domino’s
  • 3:20 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
    Chief People Officer - Australia & New Zealand

    Allied Pinnacle
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Forum
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Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

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