HR leaders have reached the precipice of change. Consequential technological discoveries, structural and cyber threats, talent scarcity, and acclaimed employee experiences have lead them to this point. How HR leaders choose to wield their newfound influence will determine if the function can continue to rise and become a critical market differentiator.

Celebrating its 7th year, the HR Leaders Forum is the most senior gathering of HR professionals in Australia. Gathering the nation’s leading workforce decision makers from both private and public sectors, it is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

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

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

Gain Access

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


Helmut Schuster
Group Human Resources Director
Lyra Schramm
Head of Human Resources
Google (USA)
Lorraine Murphy
Chief People Officer
National Australia Bank
Jordan Pettman
Head of People Data, Analytics and Planning
Nestlé (SUI)
Elise Stribos
Head of Human Resources
EV Company (USA)
Ashley Winnett
Executive Director – Human Resources
GM Holden
Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer
Super Retail Group
Jacqui Curtis
Chief Operating Officer
Australian Taxation Office
Merryl Dooley
Chief People Officer
Cedric Brossette
Head of Human Resources Oceania
Nestle Nespresso
Karen Lonergan
Chief People Officer
David Jones and Country Road Group
Sally Kincaid
Chief Human Resources Officer
QBE Insurance
Heidi Philps
Human Resources Director, Oceania
The Estee Lauder Companies Australia
Anna Livingston
Chief Diversity and People Officer
Tennis Australia
Anish Singh
Vice President Human Resources
Unilever Australia & New Zealand
Rebecca Doyle
Head of People and Culture
National Rugby League
Lucinda Gemmell
Group Executive, People
Virgin Australia
Corry Roberts
Vice President, Human Resources
Thales Australia
Chris Lokum
Vice President Human Resources
Steve Schofield
Group Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Downer Group
Michelle Cooper
Stream Lead, Business Engagement and Change
Anna Sparkes
Chief People Officer
Gilbert + Tobin
Scott Browne
Head of People Services
Rio Tinto


Tuesday 19th February 2019
  • 08:20Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

  • 08:55Opening Ministerial Address

  • 09:05Keynote

  • 09:40Outlook Session

    Hand on the Pulse: Reacting to Global Forces

    Consequential technological discoveries, structural and cyber threats, and shifting workforce demographics have lead HR leaders to the precipice of change. To soar not fall, HR leaders must flex with the forces shaping industry the world over. As the structures around the gig economy become more rigid, how are HR leaders curating a flexible, rather than fractured workforce? How can HR leaders become the arbiters of meaningful change in response to social and cultural movements? What trends threaten to make traditional HR functions obsolete, and where are the opportunities for creation?

  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

  • 11:35Leadership Session

    The Right of Influence: Making Your Seat at the Table Count

    As organisations adjust to heightened technical demands and bid for increasingly exclusive talent, HR has the opportunity to reposition itself as a critical market differentiator. Now, having been brought in from the fray, it is imperative that HR executives fulfil their new mandate as strategic agents and demonstrate the value they impart on the organisation. How much influence can HR leaders expect to wield across an organisation? Which capacities should HR leaders emphasise when proposing strategic value to the C-Suite? How are metrics advancing to measure previous intangibles in HR and communicate value to the organisation?

  • 12:25Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

  • 14:15Culture Session

    Cultures Uncovered: Living Your True Corporate Character

    Growing calls for transparency are transforming modern corporations into glass boxes, their scripted communications interrogated by empowered and connected stakeholders. Never before has an organisation’s culture so visibly borne relation to business outcomes. How are executives responding to gathering momentum behind the consumerisation of HR? What responsibility do HR leaders have to instil roles with meaning, and how best can employees be offered opportunities to create impact? How are HR leaders defining, and measuring, the employee experience? What does it take to build an organisation that people are inherently attracted to?

  • 15:05Keynote

  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Crisis Session

    Survival Assets: HR at the Forefront of Crisis Response

    While crises today are disparate in nature and seldom anticipated, people are always at the core. From security breaches, cyber or otherwise, to stakeholder mismanagement or employee transgressions, HR leaders are a core tenant of any wholistic and coordinated crisis response. How are HR leaders equipping employees with the requisite knowledge to navigate crises? What role do HR leaders play in protecting, or salvaging, one of an organisation’s central survival assets, its reputation? How best can HR leaders prepare for responding to rapid, unprecedented, and extensive change?

  • 16:50Keynote

  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 17:30Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 20th February 2019
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

  • 09:05Keynote

  • 09:40Advanced Analytics Session

    No Immunity: Forcing the Evolution of the HR Function

    The case for advanced analytics is made often, but rarely overstated. While the ability to distil insights from data is a core credibility driver and empowers HR leaders to create employee focused solutions, the immense potential of advanced analytics remains untapped. What are the business impediments to fully pursuing analytics in HR and how can they be overcome? What technologies with data at the core are prime for experimentation in HR? How are HR leaders producing real-time human performance insights?

  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Talent Session

    The State of Competition: Living with the Reality of Talent Scarcity

    The war for talent is a constant state for HR leaders. Given the demand for analytical capabilities is thoroughly entrenched in knowledge-intensive industries, severe skill shortages are forcing HR leaders to creatively source human capital through unique avenues. How precisely are HR leaders defining, identifying, measuring, and therefore managing talent in the digital age? Can organisations arrange internal and outsourced labour to meet current demands while securing a future pipeline of talent? Given exponential digital advances are behind the revaluation of human capital in the workforce, how can HR leaders continuously upskill their workforces?

  • 12:25Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

  • 14:15People Session

    Unleashing Potential: Empowering the People Changing Business

    It is no longer enough for HR leaders to see the world through the eyes of their workforce – they must entrust employees with a more comprehensive vision of their place in the organisation.  By providing employees with visibility over their career tracks and arming them with data assets, employees are better positioned to align their personal aspirations with business outcomes. How are HR leaders moving beyond a binary mindset to align business and people strategy? How best can HR functions provide tangible paths for employee development? In what ways can providing opportunities for initiative and innovation within teams drive engagement and outcomes? How are HR leaders determining how much scope any employee should be given to influence strategy?

  • 15:05Keynote

  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 16:00Close of Forum



Celebrating its 7th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

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

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

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: jackm@cmgroup.com.au

Register Here

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 30 Nov) Standard Price Per Delegate
HR Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
HR Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $1980 + GST
HR Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1760 + GST
HR Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1540 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to human resource professionals, email jackm@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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    Delegate Package:

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

    Payment & Discounts:

    All prices quoted are in AUD. Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted are exclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

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    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

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

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  • FAQ

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

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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