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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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2021 Speakers

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Jennifer Christie
Vice President, People and Chief Human Resources Officer

Twitter (USA)
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Jennifer Christie
Vice President, People and Chief Human Resources Officer

Twitter (USA)
Jennifer leads the global People team and works with the executive management team and board of directors to support the strategic direction of the company. Specifically, she oversees recruitment, talent management, diversity and inclusion, HR systems and analytics, organizational and performance management, training and development, as well as total rewards and mobility. She also leads the HR Business Partner teams globally that support the engineering, product, sales and partnerships, and corporate function organizations. Prior to joining Twitter in 2017, Jennifer was the senior vice president and head of HR for the Global Consumer Services Group at American Express. Before joining American Express, Jennifer was a consultant at a leading executive search firm and also spent two years as a Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Prior to that, Jennifer worked as associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in organizational design and change management. She started her career in the federal government working for more than a decade for several federal government agencies to support community safety and security programs and implement offender re-entry initiatives. Jennifer received a master’s degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Follow her on Twitter at @jenchristiehr‎.
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Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People

Telstra
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Alexandra Badenoch
Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People

Telstra
Alexandra Badenoch became Telstra’s Group Executive Transformation & People on 1 October 2018 and in February 2020 took on expanded accountability for the Communications team, becoming Group Executive Transformation, Communications & People. In this role Alex is accountable for Telstra’s transformation roadmap and orchestrating the delivery of its key priorities with a focus on transforming the way employees work. The role also oversees activity designed to strengthen employee engagement and external reputation. Alex re-joined Telstra in August 2016 to take up the role of Group Executive Human Resources. In this role she was responsible for the provision of strategic advice and support to the business in the areas of Organisational Development and Performance, New Ways of Working, Talent, Recruitment, Remuneration and Rewards, HR Systems, Health Safety & Environment and Workplace Relations. Prior to this, she was Director of Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Customer at Asciano, Australia’s largest rail and ports operator, and brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce. Before joining Asciano, Alex worked at Telstra for more than five years as Executive Director Organisational Development & Talent and Executive Director HR for Telstra’s Consumer business, including BigPond and Telstra Country Wide. Known for her change management skills and ability to deliver strong commercial outcomes, Alex has designed and implemented key initiatives to drive successful change across multiple organisations, including Novell Inc and Coles Myer. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Criminology) and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Melbourne.
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Jane Datta
Chief Human Capital Officer,

NASA (USA)
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Jane Datta
Chief Human Capital Officer,

NASA (USA)
“When you have the right people and right environment, you can ask them to do anything and they’ll excel at making it happen.” – Jane Datta

Ms. Jane Datta is NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer and lead people champion. She wholly embraces that “we are people leaders in the people business” which guides her oversight of NASA’s human capital policies, practices, and operations. Ms. Datta is responsible for building the quality and depth of talent necessary for supporting the agency’s mission, improving capabilities for delivering out-of-this-world human resources services, and positively shaping NASA’s culture to maintain high levels of employee engagement and commitment.

From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Datta served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) where she successfully managed a robust portfolio of services and complex change initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics, learning and development, talent acquisition, and policy and accountability. One of her most notable and rewarding professional achievements has been overseeing OCHCO’s transformation from providing decentralized human capital services across ten centers to a centralized, functionally unified, line of business.

Ms. Datta joined NASA in 2007 as the Director of NASA’s Workforce Policy, Planning and Analysis Division in the Office of Human Capital Management. Here she played an important role in coordinating activities to increase efficiency across the agency’s ten centers, such as the agency-level integration of workforce planning with budgeting and strategic planning. Ms. Datta also oversaw agency-level human capital policy, accountability, recruiting, hiring, and student programs.

Ms. Datta is known at NASA and across the Federal government for her work and often shares her human capital perspectives and expertise with leaders and aspiring human capital professionals across industry and Federal agencies. She serves as a member of the Office of Personnel Management’s Chief Human Capital Officers Council.

Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Datta worked in London, UK as an associate director of a classical music agency. After earning her graduate degree, she spent ten years at United Technologies Corporation in various human resources disciplines. In 2001 she moved to the Washington DC area and joined Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate, focusing on building their workforce planning practice, methodologies, and service offerings.

Ms. Datta holds an M.M. (MBA) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Yale University. She enjoys playing and performing classical piano and spending time with her family.
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Kris Webb
Chief People Officer,

Coles Group
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Kris Webb
Chief People Officer,

Coles Group
With a workforce of over 118,000 team members, revenues of more than AUD37 billion and a national footprint, Coles Group is one of Australia’s largest retailers and provides fresh food, groceries, general merchandise, financial and online services and liquor through more than 20 million customer transactions on average, each week across the business network.

Kris has over 30 years of national and international experience across the full suite of human resources functions. She is known for bringing clarity of thinking to debate and generating insights about people, often in complex situations. She has recently overseen deployment of one of the fastest implementations of SAP SuccessFactors, Employee Central and Payroll globally for an organisation this size.

Prior to joining Coles, Kris spent 11 years with GlaxoSmithKline in Australia, Singapore and the UK, most recently as Senior Vice President HR, with responsibilities across the global pharmaceuticals business.

Kris was previously National Human Resources Director for the Australian law firm Clayton Utz; HR Director – Asia Pacific for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Financial Advisory Services; and earlier in her career, spent 10 years with BP Australia in a range of business roles.
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Gerard Penning
Chief Human Resources Officer

ABN AMRO Bank (NL)
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Gerard Penning
Chief Human Resources Officer

ABN AMRO Bank (NL)
Gerard Penning, CHRO, was appointed to the Executive Committee of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. on 1 August 2020. As Chief Human Resources Officer, he is responsible for HR and Transformation. After obtaining his Civil Law degree at Leiden University, Gerard started his career with Deloitte in 1988. In 1990 he joined Shell, where he had diversified positions over the years. From 2013 to 2020 he was appointed as Executive Vice President HR Downstream in London. Besides, Gerard has been appointed as member of the supervisory board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) This international organization is committed to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming.
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Cath Possamai
CEO- Recruiting Group

British Army (UK)
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Cath Possamai
CEO- Recruiting Group

British Army (UK)
Cath is currently CEO of the British Army and Capita’s Recruiting Group, a position she has held since June 2018. This is a 10 year partnership to deliver Regular and Reserve Soldiers and Officers to the British Army, encompassing all activities from marketing and attraction, through physical and medical assessment and selection, up to the point of entry to basic training. It’s delivered by a blended military and civilian team of 1200+. Prior to her current role, Cath has spent most of her career working in large scale recruitment operations across Europe within companies such as GE, Zurich Financial Services, Capita, CSC and Cable & Wireless. Cath is married with two boys aged 12 and 15. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, cricket, hockey, skiing and cooking, and is coach to a mini rugby team.
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Anish Singh
HR Director

Unilever Australia & New Zealand
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Anish Singh
HR Director

Unilever Australia & New Zealand
Anish’s purpose is “play and paint together a Masterpiece”, he reflects this value in both his personal and professional life, hailing from a humble background in a small town in East India. He currently leads the HR team at Unilever Australia & New Zealand which employs 1200+ employees and size of business is over 1 Billion Dollars. Anish has been with Unilever for 14+ years, starting his Unilever career in India and later in Singapore for 5 years before coming to Australia in year 2019. Over the years, Anish has worked in the CPG & Financial Sector in various roles ranging from Global to Regional, Country Lead role, setting up new businesses, Lead Large scale Change Management Programs, Expertise roles in People Development/Employer Branding, Recruitment, Performance Management, Sales HRBP, Industrial Relations etc. Prior to coming to Australia, Anish also worked across the Financial Services sector, performing roles in people development, employer branding, recruitment, performance management, HR business partnering and leading change management.
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Sascha Schneider
Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisation; Member of the Executive Board

Montblanc International (GER)
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Sascha Schneider
Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisation; Member of the Executive Board

Montblanc International (GER)
Since 2009, Sascha Schneider has been Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisation and a member of the Executive Board of the Hamburg luxury label Montblanc, which is part of the international luxury goods group Richemont. He is thus responsible for 3,300 employees worldwide. A graduate in law, Sascha has been working for 20 years in international management positions in Human Resources and IT & Organization in various industries, such as FMCG and banking. Sascha, who sees effective HR work as the enabler of sustainable value creation, is working in particular on tomorrow's work organization, the changing role of HR, the effects and changes of the digital transformation on companies and employees and global talent management.
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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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Peck Kem Low
Chief Human Resources Officer, Singapore Public Service Division

Prime Minister’s Office (SG)
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Peck Kem Low
Chief Human Resources Officer, Singapore Public Service Division

Prime Minister’s Office (SG)
As the Chief HR Officer and Advisor (Workforce Development) for the Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, Peck Kem is responsible for professionalising HR in the public sector of 16 Ministries and more than 50 Statutory Boards. She is also the elected President of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI). Prior to her current appointment at the PSD, she was the Senior Director for HR & OD for a not for profit organisation, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) based in Geneva, where she was responsible for human resource, organisation development, legal, internal audit and corporate administration for its 15 global offices. Peck Kem has the unique combination of experience, from quality engineer to manufacturing manager to VP human resources in the private sector (Tandon, Western Digital, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies & Avago Technologies), from a Divisional Director of National HR Division in the Singapore Ministry of Manpower in the public sector, to Senior Director ODHR in GAIN, to currently Chief HR Officer for Singapore Public Service Division. This combination has widened her perceptions in the private, public and NGO sectors, and enabled her to view leadership from both the Asian and European perspectives. Peck Kem has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. She is also a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and IHRP Master Professional.
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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
Ms McGrath joined Seven West Media as Group Executive, Human Resources in June 2017 from ASX listed Enero Group where she was Global Human Resources Director. Prior to joining Enero Group in 2010, Ms McGrath was National Head of Staffing for Bain & Company and has held senior human resources roles for two decades including roles at Commonwealth Bank, SMS Management & Technology and Singtel Optus. Ms McGrath holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney. She is author of the newly released book- ‘Deadly Earth’, the true story of radioactive waste buried in a Sydney suburb that caused untold destruction and the deaths of both her parents as a child.
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Mary Lemonis
Chief People Officer

REA Group
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Mary Lemonis
Chief People Officer

REA Group
Mary is the Chief People Officer of REA Group and is responsible for the Group’s people strategy across its global network. She leads teams across business partnering, talent acquisition, remuneration, organisation development, internal communications, community partnerships and HR operations. Mary joined REA in March 2018, and with more than 25 years’ experience in HR, she is passionate about realising enterprise value and growth by creating an exceptional employee experience. Prior to REA, Mary worked for Campbell Arnott’s where she was the Vice President – Human Resources for Asia Pacific for eight years, and worked in a number of senior HR roles with Campbell Soup Company both in Australia and the US. Previously, Mary worked with Lion for 6 years in HR roles across Australia and China. Mary holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.
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Nicole Reid
Chief People Officer

Xero
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Nicole Reid
Chief People Officer

Xero
Nicole leads Xero’s people experience function globally. As an established human resources leader, she has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources strategy development and execution, delivering value-adding organisational people solutions and transformational change programs. Nicole has worked across the financial services, technology and telecommunications industries for companies including AMP and Microsoft.
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Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer

Super Retail Group
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Jane Kelly
Chief Human Resources Officer

Super Retail Group
Jane Kelly joined Super Retail Group in July 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) from BT Financial Group, where she served as Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Director. Previously, she served in a number of senior roles in large, complex organisations, including Head of Reward for St. George Bank and Head of HR Australian Financial Services at Westpac. At Super Retail Group, Jane is responsible for the people strategy that underpins Super Retail Group’s organisational strategy, specifically in the areas of team member capability, learning, talent, performance and reward and recognition, organisational design, employee relations, diversity and inclusion. Jane also has responsibility for the corporate affairs function including reputation and internal communications as an enabler of organisational strategy. Jane holds a Masters of Commerce and Employee Relations with honours from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.
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Samara Dobbins
Chief People Officer

Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
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Samara Dobbins
Chief People Officer

Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
Samara Dobbins has over 12 years’ experience in leadership roles in Commonwealth and NSW Government. Currently Chief People Officer at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and responsible for all the corporate and ministerial functions, Ms Dobbins has worked extensively as a people leader and in senior executive roles including as the Director of People & Culture and then the Director Governance & Cluster at DPC. Ms Dobbins previously worked at the NSW Information and Privacy Commission (where she also acted as CEO and Information Commissioner), the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, the NSW Public Service Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman. Ms Dobbins’ experience extends to managing corporate services including finance, ICT and human resources, audit and governance, the development of a contemporary licensing scheme for liquor and gaming in NSW, leading the implementation of the inaugural NSW Public Service Commission and drafting and delivering the ethical framework and values for the NSW Public Sector. As a people leader Ms Dobbins has expertise in managing large and small teams of high-performing staff to deliver outcomes-focused strategic goals, change management and organisational effectiveness.
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Kirby Grattan
Director - Human Resources Shared Services

Optus
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Kirby Grattan
Director - Human Resources Shared Services

Optus
Kirby Grattan is a results orientated business leader with over 25 years’ experience in human resources across Asia Pacific and EMEA regions.

Currently, Kirby leads Shared Services for Optus with a team of over 80 HR Professional supporting an employee base of over 9500 people. The Shared Services team delivers a full suite of people centric services including talent acquisition, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, ER, HR Transformation and Enablement, HR Professional Services and advisory and all HR Tier 1 operations. Prior to this role in Optus, Kirby lead Organisation Capability that delivers people and culture development and digital enabled learning solution to build current and future capability requirements as well as driving Talent Management, Engagement, Leadership Development, Early Career Talent and D&I initiatives across the business.

Kirby’s business experience spans Financial Services, Infrastructure Services, IT & Telco, Energy Management, FMCG and Retail with HR Leadership roles in Schneider-Electric, Cisco Systems, CBA and Westpac, Leightons Contractors (now Ventia), Rothmans and Pepsi-Co. Kirby holds a Masters Of Business and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Outside of work, Kirby is an active Rotarian, an avid traveller and weekend die hard golfer.
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Anita Patrick
Human Resources Director

PepsiCo
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Anita Patrick
Human Resources Director

PepsiCo
Anita oversees the development and implementation of people strategies and programs for PepsiCo’s Australian and New Zealand business units. Anita joined PepsiCo in 2018 and has 22 years of experience in Human Resources that spans across numerous industries including FMCG, rail infrastructure and oil and gas at multinational and ASX top 50 organisations. Her areas of expertise include transformation, organisation design, developing organisational culture and employee experience. Prior to PepsiCo, Anita spent more than 10 years at Caltex Australia in various HR partnering roles across operations, sales and marketing. As the Senior HR Business Partner she was involved in large transformation projects that saw her responsible for the people components of M&A transactions and joint venture deals. Anita is passionate about maximising the potential of people and is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and flexible workplace at PepsiCo. Anita holds a Bachelor of Commerce.
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Darren Fewster
Executive Transformation and People

Telstra
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Darren Fewster
Executive Transformation and People

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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Vernon Griffith
Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery

QBE Insurance
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Vernon Griffith
Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery

QBE Insurance
As the Global Head of HR Service Design and Delivery at QBE, Vern leads a team of 60 responsible for the delivery of full-lifecycle HR Services to 11,800 people in over 27 countries. Before QBE, Vern worked on major people and change programs at some of the world’s best-known global companies, including Shell, BP, British Telecom and Deloitte. In 2017, to support his curiosity and on-going learning, Vern developed www.machinesinsuits.com, a weekly news site on AI, Smart Tech and The Now of Work.
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Bartek Sibilski
Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC

JLL
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Bartek Sibilski
Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC

JLL
Bartek is a Human Capital analytics leader with 20 years of experience in Finance, Operations and HR acquired in various roles across petrochemicals, telecoms, financial and business services sectors. In his current role he partners with HR and Business leaders to translate data into business stories enabling talent decisions that improve employee experience and drive business results. Now, he’s energised by the opportunity of blending people analytics know-how into JLL’s products and services to deliver the resilient and human-centric workplace of the future.
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Susie Gleeson-Byrne
Head of Human Resources

Uber Australia and New Zealand
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Susie Gleeson-Byrne
Head of Human Resources

Uber Australia and New Zealand
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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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Kirsten Watson
Chief People Officer, People & Culture

Transport for NSW
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Kirsten Watson
Chief People Officer, People & Culture

Transport for NSW
Kirsten Watson is Chief People Officer at Transport for NSW, leading the teams which are responsible for delivering outstanding end-to-end experiences for Transport’s employees, shaping the organisation, workforce and workplaces to be future-ready, and setting the standards for how the business supports, develops and treats its people. Under Kirsten, the People and Culture Division has implemented an aspirational culture that empowers the people of Transport, as well as a leadership model which was built from within to inform the behaviours Transport’s people need to embody in order to achieve the Transport 2056 Strategy. Kirsten is a courageous leader, with bold aspirations to make Transport for NSW the best place to work in Australia. She leads by example, and truly embodies Transport’s aspirational culture - operating with the ‘customer at the centre, people at the heart, for the greater good’ in everything she does. Prior to joining Transport, Kirsten led the People & Culture functions for Ausgrid and the Department of Finance, Services & Innovation. Having started her career with multi-national consulting firm Accenture, Kirsten’s experience spans large public and private sector organisations where she has designed and led transformational programs. Kirsten has extensive experience implementing strategies and initiatives which draw on and align to the views of multiple stakeholders to ensure the business is future-proofed for years to come. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Business, a graduate certificate in Change Management, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from University of Sydney and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
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Rosalind Tregurtha
Group Director, Employee Engagement

Domain
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Rosalind Tregurtha
Group Director, Employee Engagement

Domain
Ros leads Employee Experience 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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Kent Cabrera
Head of HR Optimisation

Aesop
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Kent Cabrera
Head of HR Optimisation

Aesop
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Rebecca Nash
Group Director People

AMP
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Rebecca Nash
Group Director People

AMP
Rebecca is a commercially astute, strategic leader with a proven ability to implement large scale transformation to deliver key business outcomes. With more than 25 years of local and global multi-sector experience, Rebecca is a values-oriented leader who brings a deep understanding of fundamental business drivers and is passionate about building teams to enable organisations to transform. Her enterprise impact ensures she consistently delivers strong results across profitable growth, people and customer. Currently the Group Director, People at AMP, Rebecca's role encompasses human capital strategy, employee experience, talent and succession, leadership, performance, remuneration, recruitment, diversity & inclusion, culture and employee development in addition to business model transformation. Rebecca completed Women on Boards, Succeeding as Corporate Director, at Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA, 2018 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), 2016.  She completed Leading Change & Organisational Renewal, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford CA, 2014 and holds a post graduate Change Management Qualification, AGSM, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1997. Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Business, University of Technology, Sydney, 1993.
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Duncan Thomas
Chief People Officer

Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia
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Duncan Thomas
Chief People Officer

Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia
Duncan became Chief People Officer of Fuji Xerox Australia in February 2019, after eight years based in New York, USA. He has more than 20 years of business and human capital experience, including an extensive track record of leading teams that deliver business results in times of significant transformation. In his prior role as Senior Vice President Human Resources at Pearson Education, Duncan championed the strategic and operational leadership of Talent (Learning & Development, Talent Management & Acquisition, Diversity & Organisation Change) across the company. Previously, Duncan held senior HR roles at American Express, Telstra & AMP in Australia and the USA. Duncan has a deep understanding of building human capital strategies across key international markets including Australia, North America, China, UK, South Africa, India and Latin America. He is known for his leadership coaching and strong influencing approach, having worked as a trusted advisor at senior executives and Board level. Duncan has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and an MBA degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Rita Newman
GM Recruitment, Resourcing & Mobility

ANZ Bank
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Rita Newman
GM Recruitment, Resourcing & Mobility

ANZ Bank
Leading ANZ’s strategy to attract talent to ANZ whilst creating engaging experiences for people who join and move within ANZ and beyond. An Organisational Psychologist, who has worked with Top 20 ASX companies across the Asia Pacific in a variety of senior roles including: - HR Business Partnering - Organisational Development - Strategy and Change Consulting - Business Operations Corporate and Consulting expertise with industry experience predominantly in Financial Services, but also spans Consumer Retail, FMCG, and Utilities.
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Liam Ovenden
Regional Director, People & Performance

Colliers International
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Liam Ovenden
Regional Director, People & Performance

Colliers International
Liam joined Colliers International in 2014, and is responsible for leading the performance of 8,700 professionals across Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Philippines. Liam works with the CEO as part of the Asia Pacific Executive team to: • grow revenue through the acquisition of new businesses, teams and experts, and organic growth strategies that drive talent acquisition & increasing revenue per FTE; • create high performing cultures through implementing consistent people strategies across the APAC region; • provide strategy and direction to country Managing Directors and HRDs across the region, in line with the global Enterprise Plan; • ensure market-leading, high performing Talent Acquisition teams across the region. Liam holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Banking & Finance, from Queensland University of Technology, and has worked in financial markets and executive recruitment prior to joining the property industry.
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Rob Phipps
Managing Director

Evolvefast
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Rob Phipps
Managing Director

Evolvefast
Rob Phipps had broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. He has spearheaded culture and people programmes that saw his Organisation become a leader in this area, being widely recognised across Australia and more broadly. He has now founded and leads Evolvefast, a boutique management consulting firm helping companies connect their people to their business by dealing with problems worth solving. The firm has worked with Start Ups, Not for Profit (Large and Medium Sized), University and Government sectors on a range of projects including Board advisory, Large scale transformations, Culture assessment and programmes, Broad HR advisory, Recruitment (CEO and C-suite), and service delivery. Phipps co-authored a White Paper (in partnership with Human Synergistics and AHRI) on Culture along with country wide (East Coast) presentations: https://catchingwaves.com.au/ Phipps has experience as a Non-Executive Director and acting as an advisory to Boards in addition to his significant Consulting and Executive experience. He is a Fellow Certified Practitioner HR (FCPHR) along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015.
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Crystal Boysen
Head of People

Canva
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Crystal Boysen
Head of People

Canva
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Helen Fraser
General Manager, People

Laing O’Rourke Australia
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Helen Fraser
General Manager, People

Laing O’Rourke Australia
Helen joined Laing O’Rourke in May 2018 as General Manager of Human Capital. Helen has an extensive background in senior human resources roles stretching over more than 25 years across a number of industries. This includes 15 years in various roles at AECOM including Director of Human Resources, with responsibility for the function across Australia and New Zealand. Throughout her career Helen has driven the development and delivery of leadership programmes, talent management and organisation design initiatives, employee engagement strategies and developed and implemented market leading gender diversity strategies. Helen has a particular interest in encouraging women to join and stay within the construction and engineering industry and creating innovative changes in the way the industry works, to lead to a diverse and sustainable industry. Whilst with Laing O’Rourke, Helen has led a significant organisation restructure, has introduced a Gender Diversity Action Plan, has been focusing on productivity through using our HR technology to its potential and leads our Hub Executive Development Program. Helen is a key leader in increasing capacity and wellness of the people in Laing O’Rourke through implementation of the energy principles in collaboration with the Energy Project. Helen graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management), Graduate Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations) and Master of Business (Human Resource Management). She lives in Sydney with her partner Alex, who is a teacher, and two teenage daughters.
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Dr Catherine Lopes
Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

ME Bank
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Dr Catherine Lopes
Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

ME Bank
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Michael Kim
Head of Human Resources APAC

Spotify
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Michael Kim
Head of Human Resources APAC

Spotify
Michael is a highly accomplished global Human Resources leader with over 18 years of experience in strategizing and implementing global talent initiatives that drive business results and improves both employee and company performance. Michael currently serves as Spotify’s Head of HR for JAPAC (Japan, India, South East Asia, South Korea, and Australia/New Zealand), where he is responsible for driving the overall people strategy of the region. His innovative design of Spotify’s revamped parental leave program has received global recognition for taking the #leadonleave for companies supporting families, establishing work-life balance, and driving inclusivity within the workplace. Michael has worked across a broad spectrum of industries including Technology, Investment Banking & Markets, Media, and Advertising. Prior to joining Spotify, Michael was a Vice President of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs, where he was responsible for leading strategic people initiatives across the Technology & Engineering division globally.
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Tegan Davies
General Manager

The Oranges Toolkit
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Tegan Davies
General Manager

The Oranges Toolkit
Tegan Davies is the passionate General Manager of The Oranges Toolkit, a social enterprise that builds mental and emotional agility through seriously refreshing workplace wellbeing programs. Tegan is an experienced designer and facilitator of wellbeing, leadership and coaching programs. Prior to joining The Oranges Toolkit, Tegan spent a decade in several roles at childhood cancer charity and birthplace of The Oranges Toolkit, Camp Quality. This included leading the Learning, Development and Culture function for Camp Quality nationally. Tegan is driven by the power of positive psychology and scientific research and has seen the ‘ORANGES’ program positively impact hundreds of individuals, teams and organisations. Tegan is a Board member of Action for Happiness Australia and a qualified business coach and yoga instructor. She holds various Human Resources and business qualifications, a Diploma in Positive Psychology and is an accredited Strengths Profile practitioner. Her top strengths include gratitude, teamwork and kindness.
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Misiek Piskorski
Professor of Strategy and Innovation & Dean

IMD Southeast Asia & Oceania
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Misiek Piskorski
Professor of Strategy and Innovation & Dean

IMD Southeast Asia & Oceania
Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by the name Misiek, is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation and the Dean of IMD Southeast Asia and Oceania. Professor Piskorski is an expert on digital strategy, platform strategy, and the process of digital business transformation. He works with companies in various industries across the globe supporting them through digital transformation. He specializes in transformations that span the entire organization, starting with strategic advisory services to the CEO, strategic transformation projects and business development with the top management team, executive education with middle managers, and online education with the rest of the organization. At IMD, Professor Piskorski is the Director of the Digital Strategy program, and a co-director of Leading Digital Transformation and Digital Execution programs. He is also the Director of the Digital Excellence Diploma. He also leads the global UBS Senior Leadership Program, Siam Commercial Bank digital transformation program, Daimler Digital Business Transformation Program, and Skanska Top Executive Program. Professor Piskorski's research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, and Social Forces. He also authored a book called: A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media, published by Princeton University Press in 2014. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Organizational Design. He has served on editorial boards of several academic journals including American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science and Organization Science. Professor Piskorski received his B.A and M.A. (Cantab) from the University of Cambridge, where he read Economics and Politics at Christ's College. Subsequently, he received his A.M. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. After completing his Ph.D. he became a faculty member in the Organizational Behavior area at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In 2004, he returned to Harvard, before coming to IMD in 2014.
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Pete Hamilton
Vice President & Regional Director, APAC

KellyOCG
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Pete Hamilton
Vice President & Regional Director, APAC

KellyOCG
Pete Hamilton is vice president and regional director, APAC region, of KellyOCG, a leading global advisor of talent supply chain strategies and the outsourcing and consulting practice of Kelly Services. Kelly is a global provider of workforce solutions, always thinking about what’s next in the story of work, connecting talented people to companies in need of their skills and designing talent strategies that help businesses embrace the value of all workers and workstyles. With over 20 years of experience as a practitioner in the field, Pete is equipped with practical, applicable, and real-world knowledge that enables him to advise clients on how to align their talent strategy with their business strategy. He sets the strategy and leads a talented team to execute KellyOCG’s growth plans in APAC and has delivered exceptional financial results. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the World Employment Confederation, representing the employment industry at the global level. He also serves on the board of directors of Kelly’s key joint venture in Asia Pacific, PERSOLKELLY, one of the largest workforce solutions providers in the region, spanning 50 offices across 13 markets. Pete is a respected thought leader for the human capital industry. He is passionate about the future of work and understands that the way talent wants to work, and the way organizations are engaging talent has fundamentally changed. As an industry expert, he has led many thought leadership sessions and presented at key industry events. He has a bachelor’s degree, a post graduate certificate in Human Resources Management, Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP), Certified Strategic Workforce Planner (HCI) and an Executive MBA. Specialties include Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Contingent Workforce Solutions (MSP) and Talent Advisory.
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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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Cian Zoller
HR Director

ServiceNow
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Cian Zoller
HR Director

ServiceNow
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Josh Vernon
Chief Executive Officer

Earnd
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Josh Vernon
Chief Executive Officer

Earnd
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Kathleen McCudden
Group Human Resources Director

SEEK Limited
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Kathleen McCudden
Group Human Resources Director

SEEK Limited
As Group HR Director, Kathleen is responsible for Human Resources and Corporate Communications across the SEEK Group globally. Working with HR and Communications teams in each geography, the focus of her role is to enable and support the people at SEEK to achieve the company's growth agenda, whilst continuing to evolve the unique company culture. In alignment with the SEEK company purpose, which is ‘to help people live fulfilling and productive working lives, and to help companies succeed’, Kathleen and her team strive towards creating an environment where the people at SEEK have a phenomenal experience at work. Kathleen joined SEEK in May 2016, bringing a wealth of experience across the technology, professional services and employment industries. Before joining SEEK, Kathleen worked in various Human Resource and Business Operations roles across the Asia Pacific region within large global organisations and smaller start-ups.
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Carmel Batticciotto
Head of Client Partnering APAC

LHH
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Carmel Batticciotto
Head of Client Partnering APAC

LHH
Carmel has over 15 years’ experience partnering with organisations to provide workforce transformation/change, leadership development, organisational development and career and talent management solutions. Her expertise incorporates the design, development and implementation of tailored corporate strategies and services.
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Lauren Stephenson
Vice President, Global Marketing

Shootsta
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Lauren Stephenson
Vice President, Global Marketing

Shootsta
Lauren is an experienced collaborative leader and strategic B2B Marketing & Communications professional. She has worked in start-up tech environments in Europe and the APAC region. She brings years of international experience and a passion for leading successful marketing teams that drive business growth.
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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 realises 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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James Harper
Managing Director

Harper Stone
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James Harper
Managing Director

Harper Stone
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Ilona Charles
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Shilo People
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Ilona Charles
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Shilo People
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 Baxter
Chief Executive Officer

YOUtax
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Emma Baxter
Chief Executive Officer

YOUtax
Emma is an accounting nerd on a mission to provide tax and financial wellbeing services to every Australian who needs them. As the CEO of YOUtax Emma and her team partner with corporates to support their employees with free content, free consultations and discounted tax lodgement and advisory services using their innovative digital platform. YOUtax have also become the first Australian Accounting firm to specialise in supporting corporates and their employees through the management of corporate wage underpayments.
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Sharna Peters
Co-Founder and Chief People Partner

Shilo People
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Sharna Peters
Co-Founder and Chief People Partner

Shilo People
Sharna is the Co-Founder and Chief People Partner of shilo. and is responsible for supporting and developing shilo’s exceptional team of HR consultants. She is an established HR professional who has gained significant insights into the future of work and many of the people factors organisations need to consider when transforming and growing their business. She has over 20 years’ experience in both specialist and generalist HR roles and in implementing large scale change and transformational initiatives both within HR and the Business. Sharna’s experience also spans across numerous industries such as telecommunications, banking, finance, Non for Profit, Education and immigration and has worked across all areas of the business from sales and service to corporate areas such as legal, communications, marketing, IT and engineering.
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Zach Hotchkiss
Country Manager ANZ

Unmind
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Zach Hotchkiss
Country Manager ANZ

Unmind
As Country Manager of Unmind, Zach Hotchkiss is responsible for the commercial growth and client success throughout APAC. Having over 20 year’s experience in the tech and startup space, Zach was able to join two of his passions together; digital innovation and mental health. American by birth and Australian by choice, Zach currently resides in Sydney’s northern beaches with his wife and two kids.
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  • 8:30 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:00 am
    Opening Remarks from Chair
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolvefast
  • 9:05 am
    Visionary Keynote

    Harnessing Human Creativity

    speaker
    Jane Datta
    Chief Human Capital Officer,

    NASA (USA)
  • 9:25 am
    Outlook Session

    The world economy is under incredible strain. Businesses are dislocated, labor markets have been disrupted, and uncertainty is prevalent. But HR leaders are responding dynamically to remediate short-term shocks and uncover lasting sources of business value. This Session acts as a contextual platform for the Forum; we will precisely map the legislative landscape – breaking down the changing macroeconomic and socio-political environment that we inhabit – to reveal pertinent regulatory implications for HR leaders.

    speaker
    Katie McGrath
    Chief People and Culture Officer

    Seven West Media
    speaker
    Amie Wallis
    Head of People & Culture

    Australian Olympic Committee
    speaker
    Kirsten Watson
    Chief People Officer, People & Culture

    Transport for NSW
    speaker
    Lauren Stephenson
    Vice President, Global Marketing

    Shootsta
  • 10:15 am
    Platinum Keynote

    How HR Leaders can create a culture to help everyone thrive in the post COVID Era

    HR has never been tested as much as we have in the past 12+ Months. We have a responsibility, not only to keep people safe and productive, but to engage, inform and create an enduring culture. As we look to a post-COVID world, the workplace is being fundamentally reimagined. Business leaders are looking to drive and measure value and HR leaders play a crucial role in contributing business value through people. We will share insights into how HR professionals are leading the future of work and the symbiotic relationship between people and technology to achieve this.

    speaker
    Cian Zoller
    HR Director

    ServiceNow
  • 10:30 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:10 am
    Leadership Session

    For years, HR has worked to position itself as a harbinger of change. Now, facing unprecedented pressure to deliver strategic value to the organisation, we’ll build a model of effective HR leadership in today’s remote workplace, discuss the construction and execution of an HR-inspired vision for your business, and identify ways in which HR departments can maximise their value by redefining their identity as leaders. We’ll frame this conversation through the Board’s lens and draw on perspectives from across the C-Suite to better understand how HR leaders can shape the strategic agenda.

    speaker
    Jane Kelly
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Super Retail Group
    speaker
    Michael Kim
    Head of Human Resources APAC

    Spotify
    speaker
    Zach Hotchkiss
    Country Manager ANZ

    Unmind
    speaker
    Tim Guille
    Head of People & Culture

    Betfair
  • 12:00 pm
    Global Keynote

    Engaging talent in a crisis

    speaker
    Sascha Schneider
    Executive Vice President Human Resources & Organisation; Member of the Executive Board

    Montblanc International (GER)
  • 12:20 pm
    Mr Refresh

    Exercise with LeasePlan

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    Senior Representative


    LeasePlan
  • 12:25 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:25 pm

    Talent Case Study

    speaker
    Ilona Charles
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

    Shilo People

    People Analytics Case Study

    speaker
    James Harper
    Managing Director

    Harper Stone
  • 1:45 pm

    Talent Session

    We live in a knowledge economy – companies are investing heavily to nurture and then extract the creative potential of their employees. We know that this creative power is what defines us in the context of artificial intelligence and automation, and that the value we assign to these elusive skills will grow exponentially in the face of advancing technological capabilities. This Session shifts the dial on talent to consider how HR leaders can identify, nurture, and retain the precise skills that are proving consequential for business success.

    speaker
    Susie Gleeson-Byrne
    Head of Human Resources

    Uber Australia and New Zealand
    speaker
    Mary Lemonis
    Chief People Officer

    REA Group
    speaker
    Helen Fraser
    General Manager, People

    Laing O’Rourke Australia
    speaker
    Sharna Peters
    Co-Founder and Chief People Partner

    Shilo People

    People Analytics Session

    In an operating environment defined by distance, data threatens to erode the boundary between professional and personal life down a once protected flank. The engrained philosophy that not everything that counts can be measured, and not everything that can be measured counts is compromised in a climate where only what is measured can be seen. Leaders must balance their reliance on employees to act with greater autonomy with layers of analytical oversight and data assurances. This technical Stream delves into this escalating tension; we will illuminate the crucial questions being solved behind the scenes while asking one of our own: how can HR leaders integrate deep People Analytics without losing sight of people?

    speaker
    Bartek Sibilski
    Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC

    JLL
    speaker
    Kent Cabrera
    Head of HR Optimisation

    Aesop
    speaker
    Pete Hamilton
    Vice President & Regional Director, APAC

    KellyOCG
  • 2:25 pm

    Talent Keynote

    Reimagining the Traditional Talent Function

    speaker
    Rita Newman
    GM Recruitment, Resourcing & Mobility

    ANZ Bank

    People Analytics Keynote

    Risks and rewards of HR Analytics

    speaker
    Dr Catherine Lopes
    Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

    ME Bank
  • 2:50 pm
    Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
  • 3:15 pm
    Platinum Keynote

    Future-proofing your Workforce: The Career Wellbeing Check

    speaker
    Carmel Batticciotto
    Head of Client Partnering APAC

    LHH
  • 3:45 pm
    Employee Wellbeing Session

    Businesses are adopting a more wholistic perspective on value, and employee wellbeing is at the heart of this recalibration. This Session is an honest opportunity to confront the failings of reflexive institutional responses and entrenched attitudes towards mental health. Together we will explore how leaders can reconcile competing responsibilities to the individual and the organisation as an entity; demonstrate the importance of moving beyond processes to demonstrate leadership through modelled behaviour; and establish the need to create support networks at the heights of corporate leadership.

    speaker
    Rosalind Tregurtha
    Group Director, Employee Engagement

    Domain
    speaker
    Duncan Thomas
    Chief People Officer

    Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia
    speaker
    Nicole Reid
    Chief People Officer

    Xero
    speaker
    Emma Harvie
    Manager Client Services,

    Achievers
  • 4:25 pm
    National Keynote

    Engaged & Enhanced: HR in a New Era of Company Transformation

    speaker
    Alexandra Badenoch
    Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People

    Telstra
  • 4:45 pm
    Closing Keynote

    Identifying and Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

    speaker
    Gerard Penning
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    ABN AMRO Bank (NL)
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolvefast
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
    speaker
    Senior Representative


    WorkDay
  • 5:30 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:30 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 8:40 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:00 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolvefast
  • 9:05 am
    Global Keynote

    COVID-19: What Did We Do, What Have We Learned, and What has Changed Forever? 

    speaker
    Jennifer Christie
    Vice President, People and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Twitter (USA)
  • 9:30 am
    Transformation Session

    Technology is liberating Human Resources from the transactional shackles that have thus far hindered the strategic potential of the profession. The transformative integration of cloud capabilities unfolding across all sectors of the national economy is altering the fabric of relationships embedded in the core of the Human Resources function. Automation and machine learning are elevating Human Resources into a second-line function, a transition that is empowering professionals to assume strategic business partnerships roles. This Session draws on case-based experience to interrogate this strategic transformation.

    speaker
    Vernon Griffith
    Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery

    QBE Insurance
    speaker
    Rebecca Nash
    Group Director People

    AMP
  • 10:10 am
    Diamond Keynote

    Rethinking resourcefulness: The power of positive emotions during change

    In a highly volatile world, how do we ensure employees are effectively using their inner resources to sustain the myriad of challenges and opportunities they face? Science suggests that change and uncertainty can provoke a fear state in the human brain which negatively affects performance. When organisations create systems to effectively manage negative emotions and amplify positive ones, employee engagement and performance levels can be increased. With key insights from scientific fields like neuroscience, positive psychology and emotional intelligence, this keynote explores some of the practical tools that HR teams can implement to power human brains and productivity.

    speaker
    Tegan Davies
    General Manager

    The Oranges Toolkit
  • 10:30 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:05 am
    International Keynote

    The Lessons I’ve Learned: Bringing Corporate Perspectives to Public Roles

    speaker
    Peck Kem Low
    Chief Human Resources Officer, Singapore Public Service Division

    Prime Minister’s Office (SG)
  • 11:35 am
    Strategy Session

    From momentous strides in analytics and machine learning, to the bold transformation of fundamental principles and structures, there is relentless pressure on businesses to innovate and remain ahead of the curve. While prophesising over the distant future is a fruitless undertaking, there are tangible steps that businesses can take now to enhance their responsiveness and adaptability. This Session explores the systems, structures and methodologies that allow truly resilient HR functions to seize opportunity whenever it arrives and in whatever form it takes.

    speaker
    Kirby Grattan
    Director - Human Resources Shared Services

    Optus
    speaker
    Darren Fewster
    Executive Transformation and People

    Telstra
    speaker
    Liam Ovenden
    Regional Director, People & Performance

    Colliers International
    speaker
    Misiek Piskorski
    Professor of Strategy and Innovation & Dean

    IMD Southeast Asia & Oceania
  • 12:15 pm
    National Keynote

    Refocusing for 2021

    speaker
    Amie Wallis
    Head of People & Culture

    Australian Olympic Committee
  • 12:45 pm
    Lunch Remarks

    Financial Wellbeing

    speaker
    Emma Baxter
    Chief Executive Officer

    YOUtax
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:40 pm

    Culture Case Study

    speaker
    Senior Representative


    ELMO

    Communication Case Study

  • 2:00 pm

    Culture Session

    We are mining the complexities of the world around us in greater detail than ever before. This ongoing interrogation has yielded great advances and insight; we have moved far beyond bean bags to more precisely map the relationship between culture, collective purpose and performance. This Session is dedicated to tracing the brushstrokes that complete a wholistic picture of the work environment. From consolidating trust in flexible work arrangements to aligning employee values with business priorities and outcomes, we will uncover the tangible steps leaders can take to both inspire and empower their people.

    speaker
    Crystal Boysen
    Head of People

    Canva
    speaker
    Anita Patrick
    Human Resources Director

    PepsiCo
    speaker
    Kathleen McCudden
    Group Human Resources Director

    SEEK Limited

    Communication Session

    Questions around algorithmic ethics, employee wellbeing and privacy are not optional conversations for HR professionals – they are consequential issues arising from within the function. HR professionals must be open to consultation around the often-shrouded ethical implications of automation and machine learning. They must be qualified to communicate critical questions around enterprise architecture to the Board, ensuring they are aware not only of current capabilities and the accompanying risks, but of the trajectory of those capabilities. This Stream illuminates the questions HR Leaders should be asking of themselves, their employees, and their leaders to raise the ethical posture of their organisation.

    speaker
    Sarah Derry
    Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific

    ACCOR
  • 2:40 pm

    Culture Keynote

    Creating a Culture to Nurture Employee Engagement

    speaker
    Anish Singh
    HR Director

    Unilever Australia & New Zealand

    Communication Keynote

    Fuelling Productivity through Meaningful Engagement 

    speaker
    Samara Dobbins
    Chief People Officer

    Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
  • 3:10 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:40 pm
    Platinum Keynote

    Why leading Australian companies are prioritising financial wellbeing in 2021

    speaker
    Josh Vernon
    Chief Executive Officer

    Earnd
  • 3:55 pm
    National Keynote

    Thriving in the Recovery: Engaging Employees with Redefined Purpose

    speaker
    Kris Webb
    Chief People Officer,

    Coles Group
  • 4:25 pm
    Global Keynote

    Future-Proofing the Workforce

    speaker
    Cath Possamai
    CEO- Recruiting Group

    British Army (UK)
  • 4:55 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    speaker
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director

    Evolvefast
  • 5:00 pm
    Close of Event
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The Oranges Toolkit builds mental and emotional agility through seriously refreshing workplace wellbeing and resilience training programs that equip employees to positively adapt to complexity, change and adversity.

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ServiceNow is making the world of work, work better for people. Our cloud-based platform and solutions deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise.  For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com.

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Earnd, a responsible on-demand pay provider, closes the gap between earning money and getting paid to reduce the need for expensive credit and alleviate the #1 employee concern – financial stress.

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With global infrastructure and local expertise, LHH is the world’s leading integrated Talent Development and Transition company. We change the world – one individual and one customer at a time, identifying opportunities and delivering them.

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The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded almost 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

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Shootsta is a global tech-enabled video company educating and empowering enterprises with the tools, technology and training to create high-quality cost-effective and professionally-edited videos, animated explainers, podcasts and pre-produced webinars in as little as 24 hours. Our goal is to put quality video at the heart of all communication, for every business.

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Achievers’ employee voice and recognition solutions bring your organisation’s values and strategy to life by activating employee participation and accelerating a culture of performance. Achievers leverages the science behind behaviour change, so your people and your organisation can experience sustainable, data-driven business results.

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PeopleScout bring fresh thinking, new perspectives and endless possibilities to solving your recruitment challenges – from compelling candidate experiences to embracing diversity, streamlined candidate generation to using analytics to get better results.

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Unmind is built on the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy mind. Unmind is a workplace mental health platform. We empower employees to measure, understand, and improve their mental wellbeing, while giving organisations actionable insights to inform their wellbeing strategies. Since launching in 2016, we’ve worked with some of the world’s leading organisations to build mentally healthier workplaces, including Woolworths Group, BSG, Generali, John Lewis & Partners and Samsung, Our vision is to create a world where mental health is universally understood, nurtured, and celebrated.

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Shilo provides businesses with on-demand HR Talent when they need it most.

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ELMO (ASX:ELO) is Australia and New Zealand’s only integrated cloud HR, payroll and rostering / time & attendance solution. ELMO is ISO 27001:2013 certified and our UTS partnership affirms our solutions are at the forefront of predictive analytics. We provide innovative technology to more than 1500 organisations across APAC, helping them to manage, engage, and inspire their people from one platform, with a single dashboard, and reporting suite.

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KellyOCG® is a leading global advisor of talent supply chain strategies and workforce solutions, anticipating what’s next in the future of work and applying market insights, data analytics, and supply chain management principles to design customised solutions where businesses and talent thrive.

 

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 9th 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.

This event was sold out in 2020

 

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Venue/Accommodation Details

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Accommodation Offer at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

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

Delegates are required to quote ‘CONNECTMED21’ to receive a discounted rate of $190 room only per room per night nett. This discount is valid for travel between 26th April 2021 and 2nd June 2021 and is valid until 7 days to arrival date of the event. Rooms are subject to availability and rates will be quoted at the time of booking.

 

General Information

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card upon booking and 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 1 day 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]
  • Cancellation fees will be charged to your credit card (or to any other proof of guarantee provided).

Payment & Check-In

  • Desired method of payment is required during check-in, accommodation rate will be settled upon check-in. If your booking was guaranteed by a credit card, the card must be sighted by Reception during check-in.
  • At the time of check in, a pre-authorisation of your credit card will be taken to extend you a line of credit so you can use the hotel facilities at your leisure.
  • All credit card transactions incur a 1.3% surcharge in addition to the amount payable.

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 19/03/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 20/03/2021)
$1,395 + GST
$4,185 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to HR professionals, please email [email protected] to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence.

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 number one priority.

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 within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • 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

For any other questions, please contact [email protected]

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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