9-10 May 2022
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Resilience Through Resourcefulness

Firmly established as the nation’s singular CHRO leadership event, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in May with dedicated content streams and a renewed agenda to build business resilience.

As our operating environment corrects, the Forum presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s HR leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Together, we will interrogate the forces shaping the profession, from the behavioural precedent being established by remote work practices to people analytics and ethics, all with the intent of charting a new path to progress.

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.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate, and the programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person on the business that matters.

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50+ Industry Speakers
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Executive Learning Agenda
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2 Powerful Days
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16 Keynotes
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300+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2022 Speakers

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Katarina Berg
Chief Human Resources Officer

Spotify (SE)
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Katarina Berg
Chief Human Resources Officer

Spotify (SE)
Katarina Berg has been heading up Spotify's global HR team and she's also head of the company's Global Workplace Services and Strategy Operations teams. She’s been with the company since 2013, leading the talent transformation during the business transition from startup to a mature international company. Before Spotify, Katarina held high-profile HR roles in various multinational companies, such as Preem, Swedbank, Kanal 5 (SBS Broadcasting) and 3 (Hi3G Access). As well as catering to the people needs of a diverse, nimble and ever-changing organization, Katarina is also focused on building teams and reinventing processes to establish an environment where creative and passionate people can be their very best, have fun and develop great careers. Outside work Katarina loves to spend time in the archipelago. When she is not eating her way into new cultures or cooking for friends and family, she dreams of the days back when she travelled the world whitewater rafting.
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Kathryn van der Merwe
Group Executive Talent and Culture

ANZ
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Kathryn van der Merwe
Group Executive Talent and Culture

ANZ
Kathryn van der Merwe joined ANZ as Group Executive Talent and Culture on 1 May 2017. Prior to joining ANZ, Kathryn worked for Bain & Company where her 14 year career has been focused on leading business transformations. This includes strengthening organisational culture and capability, and the development and delivery of change strategies to improve performance and facilitate sustainable growth. Most recently she was Expert Vice President for Bain’s Results Delivery Practice in the Asia Pacific. Kathryn holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of New South Wales.
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Rebekah Donaldson
Executive Manager People Group

Qantas
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Rebekah Donaldson
Executive Manager People Group

Qantas
Rebekah is a seasoned HR Executive with significant experience developing and implementing successful people and culture strategies and large scale change and transformation. Rebekah is currently the Executive Manager, People & Culture for the Qantas Group and enjoys working collaboratively as a trusted advisor to leadership teams in complex and often high profile organisations. She prides herself on her authenticity as a leader, enjoys a challenge and is passionate about diversity and creating inclusive cultures. Throughout her career across Media, Health, Finance and Transport, Rebekah has developed HR generalist capability alongside specialist expertise in inclusion and diversity, employee relations and safety. Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Industrial Relations majors) from UNSW and a Masters of Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Dr Carl Benedikt Frey
Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School

University of Oxford (UK)
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Dr Carl Benedikt Frey
Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School

University of Oxford (UK)
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Katie McGrath
Chief People and Culture Officer

Seven West Media
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Katie McGrath
Chief People and Culture Officer

Seven West Media
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Martin Adlington
Group Chief People Officer

nib Group
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Martin Adlington
Group Chief People Officer

nib Group
Martin joined nib in 2013 and has worked in senior leadership roles across nib’s Retail, Corporate Sales and Corporate Health businesses. He also led the successful integration of GU Health, our corporate health business, into the nib Group following its acquisition in 2017.

In 2020, Martin was promoted to nib’s Group Chief People Officer where he is responsible for driving and leading our people agenda, including our diversity and inclusion strategy & [email protected] hybrid working program. Martin is a proud advocate for Regional and Rural Australia and is an Alumni of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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Temitope Sadiku
Global Head of Digital Employee Experience

The Kraft Heinz Company (USA)
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Temitope Sadiku
Global Head of Digital Employee Experience

The Kraft Heinz Company (USA)
Tope has an eclectic background; majoring in finance, economics, psychology and human-centric design. Tope has partnered with multiple Fortune 500 organisations, integrating her academic knowledge to drive profitability in a more responsible conscientious manner. She has worked with Kraft Heinz for the past four years and has recently relocated from London to Chicago. Currently serving as their Global Head of Employee Digital Experience, Tope’s focus is to increase employee productivity and creativity with the use of Technology. Tope is a thought leader in the area of Future of Work/ Life, actively contributing towards research and experimentation in how people interact, achieve objectives, connect and collaborate between physical and virtual spaces. She also serves as a Future of Work specialist for the World Economic Forum as well as a Board Member for; the Institute of Work and Economy, the Science and Technology Coalition, The Luminarts Foundation and YWCA Women in Tech exploring how societies and economies will achieve the promise of work and life through technology and the arts. She enjoys experimenting and draws inspiration from abstract concepts as well as nature.
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Kay Firth-Butterfield
Head of Artificial Intelligence

World Economic Forum (USA)
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Kay Firth-Butterfield
Head of Artificial Intelligence

World Economic Forum (USA)
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Tristram Gray
Chief People and Capability Officer

Kmart Australia
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Tristram Gray
Chief People and Capability Officer

Kmart Australia
Tristram joined the Kmart business in February 2018 as the General Manager Human Resources. Upon the establishment of the Kmart Group in January 2019, Tristram was appointed to Chief People & Capability Officer for the Kmart Group globally and leads the People & Capability function which spans across Kmart and Target (Australia and New Zealand), Kmart Group Asia, Anko International and recently acquired Australian online retailer Catch. Tristram is responsible for the Kmart Group’s People Strategy with key focus areas on Talent, Culture, Leadership, People Systems and Future of Work for over 50,000 team members. Prior to Kmart, Tristram was the Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India where he led an award-winning team based in over ten countries, covering 40 markets and approximately 17,000 employees and was responsible for Ericsson’s People Strategy in the region. Prior to this Tristram held other senior HR roles within Ericsson and several senior HR and Employee Relations roles with some of Australia’s largest national retailers as part of the Coles Group. Tristram commenced his career as an industrial relations specialist in the construction industry. Tristram’s career has spanned more than 25 years, in complex, varied business environments, cultures and industries – ranging from those experiencing rapid growth to those which have required a fundamental business turnaround. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Double Major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He is also an alumnus of the Columbia University in New York and the University of Boston Executive Programs.
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Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer

Ramsay Health Care
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Colleen Harris
Group Chief People Officer

Ramsay Health Care
Mrs Colleen Harris commenced with Ramsay Health Care on 8 January 2018 in the role of Group Chief People Officer.

In this role, Colleen is responsible for the talent strategy for the Group including mapping of where key expertise will be needed in the future, talent development and succession planning for the most senior leaders across our organisation.

Colleen is a successful Human Resources (HR) executive with more than 20 years’ experience across a variety of industries where she was responsible for designing and implementing talent, diversity, performance and reward programs linked to both individual and business performance outcomes. She has served in several senior executive HR positions reporting to the Group CEOs of National Australia Bank, Federation Centres and MyState Limited. She has also held senior HR positions at Crown Ltd and Yellow Pages.

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the AICD and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Colleen has been a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) for over 10 years and is currently a member of the CEW Board and Chair of the Scholarships Committee.

In 2020 Colleen was appointed a Director of Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, Ramsay Health Care’s joint venture with Sime Darby.

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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 6,000 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. Lisa’s more recent experience also included Safety and Sustainability leadership. With experience across a variety of geographies, particularly Asia, Lisa thrives in a dynamic, complex and fast paced working world.

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David Burroughs
Chief Mental Health Officer

Westpac
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David Burroughs
Chief Mental Health Officer

Westpac
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Dharma Chandran
Chief People Officer

ABC
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Dharma Chandran
Chief People Officer

ABC
Dharma was appointed as the Chief People Officer of the ABC in October 2021. Dharma has a broad range of experience in senior human resources, strategy, transformation, legal and corporate communications roles as a consultant, corporate executive and non-executive director across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Dharma’s previous roles include Partner within Boyden Australia’s Leadership Consulting Practice, Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia’s People Advisory Practice, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Far East Area Performance & Reward Practice (based in Hong Kong), Leader of Towers Perrin’s Asia-Pacific Financial Services Practice (based in Singapore) and Leader of Hewitt Associates’ Asia-Pacific M&A Practice (based in Kuala Lumpur).

He has also held permanent and interim senior executive roles in People & Culture and other enabling functions at McKinsey & Co, Westpac, Suncorp, Leighton Holdings, GFG Alliance, A2B Australia and Emaar (based in Dubai).

Dharma has been a member of the Advisory Board or Panel for several NSW Government institutions, including icare NSW and Service NSW. He has served on the Board of Mortgage Choice as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee and is currently a Non-Executive Director of 7-Eleven Australia (a position he has held since 2016), where he was previously Chairman of the People & Culture Committee and member of the Audit & Compliance Committee and is currently Chairman of the Strategy Committee.

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Anoop Chaudhuri
Vice President, Human Resources

Ford Australia
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Anoop Chaudhuri
Vice President, Human Resources

Ford Australia
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Mary Lemonis
Chief People Office

REA Group
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Mary Lemonis
Chief People Office

REA Group
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Sam Sheppard
Chief People Officer

Blackwoods
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Sam Sheppard
Chief People Officer

Blackwoods
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Jane Murray
Chief People Officer

MLC Life Insurance
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Jane Murray
Chief People Officer

MLC Life Insurance
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Sophia Bernard
Chief Human Resources Officer

Audi Australia
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Sophia Bernard
Chief Human Resources Officer

Audi Australia
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Rosalind Tregurtha
Chief People and Sustainability Officer

Domain
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Rosalind Tregurtha
Chief People and Sustainability Officer

Domain
Ros leads Employee Experience and ESG for the Domain Group and has deep experience working in media/tech as human resources professional and employment relations specialist.

Prior to joining Domain Group in May 2018, she was HR Director for Fairfax Media’s Australian Metro Publishing division, supporting publishing operations spanning The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and other titles and digital ventures. Ros also led HR for Fairfax’s Events and Entertainment and was responsible for Organisational Development.

Ros has held several other HR roles at Fairfax, the CSIRO, and spent times volunteering in Samoa for the Public Service Commission as part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program.

She has a commerce degree with honours from the University of Western Sydney.

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Katie Hodgson
Chief People Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
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Katie Hodgson
Chief People Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
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Amie Wallis
Head of People & Culture

Australian Olympic Committee
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Amie Wallis
Head 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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Darren Fewster
Employee Relations and Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Environment

Telstra
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Darren Fewster
Employee Relations and Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Environment

Telstra
Darren Fewster is the Executive Director of Telstra’s Employee Relations & Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment team.  Darren is responsible for Employee Relations, Global Case Management, Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment, HR Technology and Workplace Analytics.

Darren joined Telstra in 2004 as a Senior Lawyer and was promoted to the role of General Counsel in 2006, leading the Telstra employment law team. He moved from Legal to HR in 2007 and commenced in his current role in 2011.

Prior to Telstra, Darren worked as a lawyer and also spent 8 years engaged in strategic intelligence roles, leading teams investigating organised and white collar crime across Australia.

Darren studied at the University of Western Australia and was awarded degrees in Law (with first class Honours) and Psychology (with Honours).

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Kirsten Edwards
HR Lead, Advanced Analytics and Data Science

Rio Tinto
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Kirsten Edwards
HR Lead, Advanced Analytics and Data Science

Rio Tinto
Kirsten Edwards is author of the internationally successful book ‘Predictive HR Analytics: Mastering the HR Metric’ and has worked with many HR professionals and teams to help increase analytic literacy in the function. She is a well-known champion of Diversity and Inclusion in the UK and Australia through her work with Pearn Kandola and Diversity Partners and her current role is the HR Lead for Advanced Analytics and Data Science at Rio Tinto.

Kirsten has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Organisational analysis as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Communication and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Education). She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and was a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Kent Business Schools between 2014 and 2019.

Kirsten’s career spans over 25 years and three continents, having lived and worked in Toronto, London and Brisbane. She has helped many clients globally including Barclays, ING, Prudential, NHS Wales, UK Ministry of Defence, HMRC, QSuper, Kingfisher PLC, Bedfordshire Police, O2, Cofco International and the British Heart Foundation through her work with IBM, Capgemini Consulting, Financial Synergy and Empathix. Kirsten also spent 6 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland with a focus on Culture, Engagement and Diversity.

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Kristen Sweeney
Head of Human Resources

Sydney Airport Corporation
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Kristen Sweeney
Head of Human Resources

Sydney Airport Corporation
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Sarah Derry
Senior Vice President Talent & Culture Pacific

Accor
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Sarah Derry
Senior Vice President Talent & Culture Pacific

Accor
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Rachael Leshinsky
HR Director

Miele ANZ
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Rachael Leshinsky
HR Director

Miele ANZ
Passionate, committed Human Resources professional and senior executive, with extensive experience in HR strategy and management, consumer goods, franchising, retail and FMCG both within Australia and internationally.
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Josh Faulkner
Director, Employee Experience and Talent

NSW Department of Customer Service
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Josh Faulkner
Director, Employee Experience and Talent

NSW Department of Customer Service
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Jo Barr
Head of People and Performance

Cotton On Group
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Jo Barr
Head of People and Performance

Cotton On Group
Jo made the move from London to join the Cotton On Group in a phase of major global growth in 2014. 7 years on and the evolution from operational recruitment into ‘Talent Management’ has been a key shift in enabling the aggressive commercial goals across the group.

COG is deliberately different, they have a unique approach to most things and the culture at COG is no exception. In her role as Head of Talent Jo spends her days ensuring the group has a robust talent strategy and delivers it in the famously uneventful COG style. A true commercial minded Talent leader, delivering 80% internal fill rates and zero external agency spend whilst navigating the everchanging global retail landscape. With diverse teams operating across 19 countries and 8 brands Jo is focused on building a global army of talent to fuel the business growth…and having fun along the way.

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Amy Rixon
Chief People Officer

Frucor Suntory
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Amy Rixon
Chief People Officer

Frucor Suntory
Amy has held executive HR roles across a range of industries with companies including Arq Group, Optus, Ipsos and Suncorp. She has also led operational teams (such as customer service) and run a number of company-wide transformation projects, technology implementations, and leading brand, communications and sustainability.

Amy is commercially-minded and people-focussed executive and believes everyone plays a part in creating a thriving culture. She is known for championing diversity, sustainability and ‘the gift of feedback’. She is passionate about wellbeing and the role of leadership in nurturing and role modelling mindsets and behaviours that the organisation values.

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Tim Guille
Head of People & Culture

Betfair
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Tim Guille
Head of People & Culture

Betfair
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Vered Keisar
Chief People Officer

ResMed
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Vered Keisar
Chief People Officer

ResMed
Vered Keisar is ResMed's Chief People Officer 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, with more than 45,000 members in 85 countries.

Since 2012, Vered has been an ambassador and speaker for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
People Lead, PC Support & Network

Primary Connect
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Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
People Lead, PC Support & Network

Primary Connect
Mofoluwaso Ilevbare is a highly sought after HR Leader, John Maxwell certified executive coach, award winning speaker, author, and women empowerment advocate. She has been recognized as one of the Global Top 100 HR Leaders, Global 501 Most Inspiring HR Leaders, Top 100 Leading Ladies Africa & Career Power Women Nigeria, and recognized globally for her philanthropy work on gender equality, accelerating women in leadership, and youth empowerment.

Having survived three near death experiences, Mofoluwaso spends her time, either in her day job or night roles engaging leaders, building high performers teams, speaking, coaching, writing books, and mentoring others to FEAR LESS, PRESS FORWARD, and BE UNSTOPPABLE! Mofoluwaso is also a Doctoral Researcher in Human Resources Management, lives in Sydney with her family, and has a health appetite for chocolate cake. Management, lives in Sydney with her family, and has a health appetite for chocolate cake.

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Ryan McGrory
Head of Employee Experience & Internal Communications

Youi Insurance
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Ryan McGrory
Head of Employee Experience & Internal Communications

Youi Insurance
Ryan has created and designed multiple award winning people and engagement programs.

Working with Youi for over 10 years, Ryan has been responsible for employee experience, engagement, wellbeing, recognition, listening strategy, internal branding, events, internal communications and people analytics.

Ryan’s work in engagement, employee health and designing gamified solutions has earned many accolades; earning team 8 HR Awards over the last six years.

He’s helped build models that showcase the effectiveness of wellbeing and mental health interventions – and relies on analytics, technology, design thinking principles, creativity, story-telling and good ol' fashioned hard work to create happier, healthier and engaged people.

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George Bartrum
People Development and Analytics Director

KFC South Pacific
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George Bartrum
People Development and Analytics Director

KFC South Pacific
George is an executive level HR leader experienced in creating and delivering HR strategy. During his career at Lendlease, The BBC, Equifax and now KFC (Yum Group) he has helped develop and enrich the creation of engaging and vibrant places to work with a strong focus on the employee experience. Throughout his career George has trusted data to ensure every decision is insight lead, his current role at KFC has further driven George to leverage data to supercharge KFC’s talent strategy, HR platforms, process improvement and EVP. George has been fortunate to work across multiple countries whilst based both in Australia and the UK where he has been accountable for a broad range of global and local projects. His current role at KFC is to revolutionise the way the local business is able to identify and utilise its people data to enhance the employee life cycle and to enrich and improve the employee experience.
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Christian Campanella
HR, Communications & S&R Director

Pernod Ricard
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Christian Campanella
HR, Communications & S&R Director

Pernod Ricard
Christian Campanella has had over 20 year’s human resources experience across multiple industries based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK along with exposure and responsibilities across many other countries in Europe, Asia and North America. With over 12 year’s experience at an Executive level, he is currently the HR, Communications and Sustainability Director of Pernod Ricard Winemakers with responsibility across multiple countries. Christian is also a member of the global HR Strategic Committee responsible for setting the global Pernod Ricard HR strategy. In 2018, Christian was awarded the Davidson Australian HRD of the Year and has been recognised on the Australian HRD Hot List in both 2018 and 2019 and the HRD Global 100 list in 2020 & 2021.
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John Chan
Group Talent Manager

Infinite Potential
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John Chan
Group Talent Manager

Infinite Potential
Dr. John Chan is the managing director of Infinite Potential. An Industrial/Organisational psychologist with 20+ years of global experience designing people strategies to transform work into a place that empowers individuals to realise their potential. John’s career has taken him from Silicon Valley start-ups to NYSE and ASX-100 companies. John publishes in academic and media publications and regularly speaks at national and international conferences.

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Rob Phipps
Managing Director

Evolve Fast
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Rob Phipps
Managing Director

Evolve Fast
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Tim Cincotta
Enterprise Transformation Consultant

CoachHub
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Tim Cincotta
Enterprise Transformation Consultant

CoachHub
Tim Cincotta is an Enterprise Transformation Consultant at CoachHub and he was also one of the first people on the ground in Asia Pacific. He brought with him 10 years of working experience in the HR Tech space, working from recruitment and onboarding platforms to the full HR suite; with a strong focus on performance and learning. Drawing from his incredibly impressive industry experience including many great conversations he had with various HR professionals in his past career, Tim has been a regular speaker at HR Conferences around Australia and an engaging presenter at various webinars on HR related topics and discussions.
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Workato
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Elyssia Clark
Head of Customer Insights & Strategy

Seek
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Elyssia Clark
Head of Customer Insights & Strategy

Seek
Elyssia Clark is the Head of Customer Insights & Strategy at SEEK and is an experienced, strategic Customer Experience professional - using data analytics and insights to design and deliver better experiences for candidates and hirers. She has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams in the financial services and technology sectors across a range of disciplines, including strategy, product, customer service, marketing and data analytics. Elyssia has worked both locally and internationally with notable research agencies including the Wallis Consulting Group, Kantar and DBM Consultants, before building and leading the Insights & Analytics team at Mercer. As a Principal, Elyssia held senior leadership roles in Marketing and Customer Experience, before joining SEEK to lead the Customer Insights & Strategy team. Elyssia is an elected Director of the Research Society Board, a Co-Chair of the CX Collective, a Customer Insights Symposium Advisory board member, judge of the annual Insights Award category and regular presenter. Elyssia holds a Masters in Strategic Marketing (with Distinction), a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Social Statistics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Media).
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KellyOCG
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Andrew Myers
Managing Director

WorkJam
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Andrew Myers
Managing Director

WorkJam
Andrew understands global strategy, digital trends and best practice retail, adapted to impact local markets and driven through outstanding engagement with key influencers to drive change through the business whether strategic or tactical. Andrew works with businesses to develop strategies and execute to drive their employee digital engagement. WorkJam’s award-winning Employee Engagement Platform is a web and mobile App that can stand alone or integrate with existing workforce management systems to align the needs of the business with the needs of hourly employees through effective messaging and communication, schedule maintenance, shift management, training, evaluation, recognition and rewards. WorkJam bridges the gap between existing systems and frontline hourly workers to support better communication, more efficient labor cost management, enhanced employee self-service, and increased employee motivation and overall customer service.
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Ilona Charles
CEO and Co-founder

shilo.
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Ilona Charles
CEO and Co-founder

shilo.
Ilona Charles is the co-founder and CEO of ShiloPeople (shilo.), the leading Australian provider of exceptional on-demand HR talent. She is an experienced executive with an extensive career in human resources, transformation and change across multiple industry segments. She has worked in global and complex organisations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large-scale, multi-national corporations. Industries include digital and technology, financial services, health, telecommunications and government. Ilona has held executive roles with CSIRO, Aconex, Telstra, Medibank and NAB. She commenced her career as an Occupational Therapist and has a Master of Business Administration. In addition to her role at shilo. Ilona also continues to lead her own consultancy, pivotnow, providing strategic people advice to Founders/CEOs and Boards of organisations going through transition or scaling up. Ilona is a Director & Board member of Goulburn Valley Health (GVH), Chair of the GVH Remuneration & Workforce Committee, Non-Executive Director of intelliHR, Director and Board member of LaunchVic and a Member of the People & Culture Committee, Burnet Institute. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
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Emma Harvie
Manager Client Services

Achievers
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Emma Harvie
Manager Client Services

Achievers
Emma is a Manager Client Services at Achievers. Offering world's best practice, Achiever’s programs are designed to engage, align, and motivate employees and business partners to achieve better business results. Emma develops long-term partnerships with enterprise clients and provides support to ensure each client realizes the full potential and benefit of their Employee Success programs. Offering one-on-one guidance, Emma helps clients define program goals and achieve them through program adoption, engagement, recognition, leader performance and values.
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Dr Patrick Aouad
Co-Founder & CEO

[cu]health
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Dr Patrick Aouad
Co-Founder & CEO

[cu]health
Dr Aouad is an experienced company director with a wealth of practical knowledge in operations of general medical practices having co-founded Loxley Health in 2017. Patrick currently sits on a number of advisory boards providing his expertise in neurology and digital health. Patrick has published research in a number of leading medical journals and since co-founding [cu]health has conducted a large review on the economic impact of workplace wellbeing. He holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (neuroscience) from the University of Sydney, a Doctor of Medicine (M.D) and a Master of Philosophy, Medicine (neurology/stroke) from the Australian National University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a research supervisor at the University of Sydney.

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  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
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    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolve Fast
  • 9:30 am
    Minister Address
  • 9:40 am
    Global Keynote

    Agile HR – Speeding Up The Shift To Digitization and Automation 

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    Temitope Sadiku
    Global Head of Digital Employee Experience

    The Kraft Heinz Company (USA)
  • 10:00 am
    Strategy Session

    New Models of Work: Mastering a Changing Environment

    The pandemic continues to encircle society, endangering the resiliency of businesses and the health of citizens. Human Resources plays an indispensable role in weathering this ongoing crisis, as new models of work emerge in support of employee wellbeing and advancing business outcomes. In the opening Session of the Forum, we will take time to explore the new models and methodologies HR leaders are adopting as the work environment expands beyond the traditional confines of the office. There is no doubt our expectations around work are changing – attendees will be challenged to consider how strategy and technology are aligning to reimagine the future of work and support business growth.

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    Rosalind Tregurtha
    Chief People and Sustainability Officer

    Domain
    speaker
    Christian Campanella
    HR, Communications & S&R Director

    Pernod Ricard
    speaker
    Senior Representative


    KellyOCG
  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote
    speaker
    Rebekah Donaldson
    Executive Manager People Group

    Qantas
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 11:50 am
    Leadership Session

    Transparent Leadership: The Evolving Role of HR

    The pandemic has tested the mantle of modern leaders in every sector of the national economy. In fatiguing conditions, leaders have placed emphasis on transparent communications to align authentically with their people. By continuing to build on this new level of collaboration, drawing on uniquely human capabilities as well as digital assets, leaders can position their businesses to thrive. In this Session, we will draw together perspectives from across the C-Suite, providing attendees with first-hand insight on the evolving responsibilities and expectations of HR leaders, as well as the strategies and approaches that are being adopted to succeed in the current environment.

    speaker
    Tristram Gray
    Chief People and Capability Officer

    Kmart Australia
    speaker
    Martin Adlington
    Group Chief People Officer

    nib Group
    speaker
    Ilona Charles
    CEO and Co-founder

    shilo.
    speaker
    Rachael Leshinsky
    HR Director

    Miele ANZ
  • 12:30 pm
    Platinum Keynote

    Digital Coaching for Organisational Success

    Business leaders are significantly more satisfied with how they have adjusted to new working norms than their employees are, and points to the need for clearer organisational insight into how employees have re-evaluated what they need from their workplace. NTT Ltd., a global technology and business solutions provider, has released the 2021 edition of the Global Workplace Report. Conducting 1,146 (430 in Asia Pacific) interviews across 23 countries, NTT found near-universal agreement that remote working has introduced difficulties, with 82% of respondents saying that it has challenged organisational performance and 81% saying that it has been challenging for employees. 63% of CHROs (58% of organisations in Asia Pacific), meanwhile, say that employee wellbeing has deteriorated over the course of the pandemic. Broad awareness of the issue is not always translating into a realistic assessment of organisational capability. This awareness gap mirrors a serious lack of employee confidence, with just 38% saying that their employer fully values their health and wellbeing, and only 23% saying they are very happy working for their employer. Further to this, we are now faced in Australia with the ‘Great Resignation’ where according to research by Microsoft, 40% of the global workforce are considering leaving their employers over the next year. For the new post-pandemic, it is really a call to shift our thinking from being about actions to being about outcomes. This session will bring you thought-provoking insights on how digital coaching can trigger organisational success.

    speaker
    Tim Cincotta
    Enterprise Transformation Consultant

    CoachHub
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
    speaker
    Dr Patrick Aouad
    Co-Founder & CEO

    [cu]health
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00 pm

    People Analytics Stream

    Sponsor Keynote

    Talent Stream

    Sponsor Keynote

    speaker
    Elyssia Clark
    Head of Customer Insights & Strategy

    Seek
  • 2:25 pm

    People Analytics Stream

    Improving Visibility over an Empowered Workforce

    The boundaries between personal and professional environments are rescinding. In hybrid work environments, businesses must balance their reliance on employees to act with greater autonomy with layers of analytical oversight. This stream provides a technical perspective on the data and analytics HR leaders are leveraging to augment and empower their people. Attendees will be better equipped to leverage analytics to analyse employee data, distil actionable insights, and make more informed people management decisions.

    speaker
    Darren Fewster
    Employee Relations and Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Environment

    Telstra
    speaker
    George Bartrum
    People Development and Analytics Director

    KFC South Pacific
    speaker
    Kirsten Edwards
    HR Lead, Advanced Analytics and Data Science

    Rio Tinto

    Talent Stream

    A New Approach to Talent Acquisition and Retention

    The pandemic has stifled efforts to secure high-value candidates from a global talent pool. In this intensely competitive environment, candidates expect a digitised workplace that reflects the personalisation, speed, and interconnectedness they experience outside of work, with ongoing opportunities for personal development. This Stream shifts the dial on talent to consider how HR leaders can identify, nurture, and retain the precise skills that are essential for business resilience. Attendees will be armed with fresh perspectives for revitalising their approach to talent acquisition and retention.

    speaker
    Josh Faulkner
    Director, Employee Experience and Talent

    NSW Department of Customer Service
    speaker
    Senior Representative


    KellyOCG
  • 3:05 pm

    People Analytics Stream

    Keynote

    speaker
    John Chan
    Group Talent Manager

    Infinite Potential

    Talent Stream

    Keynote

    Harnessing Disruption — Evolving Your Workforce for Adaptability 

    speaker
    Mary Lemonis
    Chief People Office

    REA Group
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    Industry Keynote

    Strategies to Rebuild Trust and Resilience in a Post Pandemic World 

    speaker
    Kathryn van der Merwe
    Group Executive Talent and Culture

    ANZ
  • 4:10 pm
    People Session

    Advancing Employee Wellbeing Practices

    The pandemic uprooted deeply entrenched social behaviours and patterns of work. In the midst of this change, business vulnerabilities were exposed, as were our own personal vulnerabilities, as individuals and as colleagues. Now, as we emerge through the pandemic, leaders have an opportunity to ensure that the positive strides taken towards adopting a wider, more authentic perspective on employee wellbeing come to full fruition. This Session charts the path businesses can take to translate a wholistic vision of employee experience and wellbeing into sustainable, reliable, and authentic practices as our operating environment corrects.

    speaker
    Katie Hodgson
    Chief People Officer

    Treasury Wine Estates
    speaker
    Amie Wallis
    Head of People & Culture

    Australian Olympic Committee
    speaker
    Andrew Myers
    Managing Director

    WorkJam
  • 4:50 pm
    Mastermind Keynote
    speaker
    Dr Carl Benedikt Frey
    Director, Future of Work, Oxford Martin School

    University of Oxford (UK)
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolve Fast
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:20 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:00 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 9:15 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolve Fast
  • 9:35 am
    Global Keynote

    Putting AI to Work 

    speaker
    Kay Firth-Butterfield
    Head of Artificial Intelligence

    World Economic Forum (USA)
  • 10:00 am
    Culture Session

    Creating a Unified and Authentic Workforce

    For too long, the business case for diversity and inclusion has been eclipsed by competing priorities in the corporate agenda. As businesses face renewed pressure to secure advantage, leaders are looking to capture the value that a robust diversity and inclusion programme provides. From embedding transparent communication structures through to empowering individuals at every stage of the corporate hierarchy to lead in diversity and inclusion, we will explore the practical steps businesses can take to create an enviable workplace environment. Attendees will be armed with strategies for identifying and eliminating structural barriers to a unified and authentic workforce.

    speaker
    Sam Sheppard
    Chief People Officer

    Blackwoods
    speaker
    Katie McGrath
    Chief People and Culture Officer

    Seven West Media
    speaker
    Emma Harvie
    Manager Client Services

    Achievers
  • 10:40 am
    Mastermind Keynote

    Lessons From The Pandemic On The Future Of HR 

    speaker
    Anoop Chaudhuri
    Vice President, Human Resources

    Ford Australia
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Diamond Keynote
  • 11:50 am
    Transformation Session

    Leading the Charge on Change

    Businesses are continually evolving in pursuit of a flexible and magnetic workforce that delivers on strategic objectives. HR plays a central role in this mission, integrating systems and strategies that unleash the potential of employees. In this Session, we’ll see what steps leading businesses are taking to consolidate the rapid change inspired by the pandemic into a sustainable business position. Combining technological and strategic perspectives, attendees will be better equipped to initiate or accelerate transformative efforts at their own businesses.

    speaker
    Kristen Sweeney
    Head of Human Resources

    Sydney Airport Corporation
    speaker
    Sarah Derry
    Senior Vice President Talent & Culture Pacific

    Accor
  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote

    Creating a Resilient Corporate Culture

    speaker
    Colleen Harris
    Group Chief People Officer

    Ramsay Health Care
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00 pm

    Influence Stream

    Sponsor Keynote

    Purpose Stream

    Sponsor Keynote

  • 2:25 pm

    Influence Stream

    New Intentions: Taking the Lead on Change Management

    Businesses have been presented with a rare opportunity to redefine patterns of work. But to achieve ambitions for a flexible, empowered workforce, HR leaders must first demonstrate their own willingness to change by adopting a broader, whole-of-enterprise impact mindset. In this Stream, we will consider how HR leaders are maximising their influence across the businesses to inspire and guide meaningful transformation. Attendees will be armed with first-hand insights on engaging internal stakeholders and securing executive buy-in, improving their position to lead change management projects in their own businesses.

    speaker
    Sophia Bernard
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Audi Australia

    Purpose Stream

    Countering Isolation: Aligning and Inspiring Your Workforce

    It has never been more important to mobilise employees behind a shared sense of purpose and ambition for success. As we continue to adjust to new work environments, leaders must make a determined effort to align individual efforts with more meaningful customer outcomes and business impacts. This Stream explores the tools and methodologies HR leaders are adopting to authentically connect, communicate with, support, and inspire teams across the business. Attendees will be better equipped to identify and dispel barriers to a connected and inspired workforce.

    speaker
    Jo Barr
    Head of People and Performance

    Cotton On Group
    speaker
    Tim Guille
    Head of People & Culture

    Betfair
    speaker
    Ryan McGrory
    Head of Employee Experience & Internal Communications

    Youi Insurance
    speaker
    Vered Keisar
    Chief People Officer

    ResMed
  • 3:05 pm

    Influence Stream

    Keynote

    Putting your People at the Heart of your Transformation

    speaker
    Lisa Burquest
    Chief People Officer

    Virgin Australia

    Purpose Stream

    Keynote

    Creating Synergy Between Performance and Purpose

    speaker
    Dharma Chandran
    Chief People Officer

    ABC
    speaker
    Amy Rixon
    Chief People Officer

    Frucor Suntory
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    Platinum Keynote
    speaker
    Senior Representative


    Workato
  • 4:10 pm
    Global Keynote Interview

    Evolving and Aligning Workplace Culture and Corporate Purpose

    speaker
    Katarina Berg
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Spotify (SE)
  • 4:35 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolve Fast
  • 4:40 pm
    Close of Forum
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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 10th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. The Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business.

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.

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

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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To book, please email [email protected] or call +612 8217 4000 to speak with reservations.

Delegates are required to quote ‘CONNECTMED22’ to receive a 10% discount on our Best Flexible Rate. This discount is valid for attendees of the HR Leaders Forum held on 9th & 10th May 2022.

Discounted rates are available 1 day pre and post event for all the above.
Rates are valid until 14 days to arrival date. Rooms are subject to availability and rates will be quoted at the time of booking.

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  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card valid at the start of your stay, unless otherwise specified.
  • Check-in is available from 14:00 on the day of arrival.
  • Check-out required by 11:00 on the day of departure.

Cancellation

  • No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00, up until 30 days prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged.
  • Prior to this time, cancellations made in writing will be accepted via email sent to [email protected]
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Pre-Paid rates may be available subject to availability. Separate terms and conditions will apply to this type of booking. All times stated are local Sydney time. This offer is for direct non-commissionable bookings only.

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 18/02/2022)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
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(from 19/02/2022)
$1,395 + GST
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COVID ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health and the ICC Sydney. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our priority.

Please do not attend a venue for any Connect Media event if you:

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Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations.
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services.
  • All delegates are required to sign-in at controlled venue entrances. The Connect Media team will request proof of venue sign-in, as well as proof of vaccination, before allowing delegates to proceed into the event setting.
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