18-19 May 2021
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Resilience Through Resourcefulness

Firmly established as the nation’s singular CHRO leadership event, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in February 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
Chief Human Resources Officer, Twitter (USA)
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Jennifer Christie
Chief Human Resources Officer, Twitter (USA)
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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)
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Christy Pambianchi
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Verizon (USA)
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Christy Pambianchi
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Verizon (USA)
Christine M. Pambianchi is Verizon’s lead HR officer, managing all compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, training and labor relations functions for the nation’s leading provider of fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to joining Verizon in July 2019, Christy was the Executive Vice President of People & Digital at Corning Incorporated. At Corning, she served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Division Vice President of Business Human Resources, and Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to working at Corning Incorporated, Christy worked at PepsiCo, Incorporated for ten years.
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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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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)
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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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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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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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Susan Pettifer
Director, People Performance & Technology, City of Sydney
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Susan Pettifer
Director, People Performance & Technology, City of Sydney
Susan is an experienced senior executive with skills in strategic development, organisational development, and reform. She has been a member of senior leadership teams in agencies in the state public sector and local government sectors and has led complex and varied functions throughout periods of growth and significant change. As part of the Executive team at the City of Sydney, Susan is responsible for leading the people, customer, service development and information technology functions. Prior to the City of Sydney, Susan worked in executive leadership and professional roles in health and community organisations, and has a strong interest in creating fair and connected communities and organisations. During 2020 she has provided the leadership for the WHS, organisational and workforce responses to Covid-19. Susan has post graduate qualifications in science and management. In 2015 she co-authored a book - New Women, New Men, New Economy - on how Creativity, Diversity, Openness and Equity helps organisations thrive in the new economy. Under her leadership the City was awarded the 2019 HR Award for Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion program.
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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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Erika Takahashi
Human Resources Vice President, Australasia, Mastercard
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Erika Takahashi
Human Resources Vice President, Australasia, Mastercard
Erika Takahashi is the Vice President of People and Capabilities at Mastercard Australasia. Erika is responsible for all human resources (HR) functions in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, including driving cultural transformation, organisational design, building leadership and talent capability. She has more than 17 years of experience in leading roles in HR in Latin America and Australasia. Prior to Mastercard, she also worked at Korn/Ferry International, General Electric and Gucci, and she is a member of the Australasia’s Leadership team. From when she joined Mastercard in 2015 until assuming her current role, Erika served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Geo South Division, based in Brazil. In this role, she was a key contributor to the division’s business growth, the evolution of its operating model, and the development of leadership and talent capabilities. Erika also worked at increasing employee engagement and helped build the local company’s employer reputation in a competitive environment. She was responsible for leading Mastercard in Brazil to achieve the first of “Great Place to Work” certification and the “Great Places to Work for Women in Brazil” award in 2018. Prior to joining Mastercard, Erika was a core member of the HR leadership team at Gucci for nearly 3 years, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Earlier, she held HR positions in GE and Korn/Ferry International in Brazil, working extensively across different cultures in Latin America. Erika initiated her career in the American Chamber of Commerce as intern. Erika holds a Masters in Human Resources from FIA/USP, Brazil, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Facamp – Faculdades de Campinas. She also has accreditation in project management from the ESPM. She’s fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
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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
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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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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, Fuji Xerox Australia
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Duncan Thomas
Chief People Officer, Fuji Xerox 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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Steve Reid
Chief People & Culture Officer, oOh! Media
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Steve Reid
Chief People & Culture Officer, oOh! Media
Joining oOh!media as Group Human Resources Director in 2014, Steve played an integral role in oOh!media’s 2014 ASX listing as well as recent acquisitions and integrations. Steve’s focus is on identifying and developing talent to maintain oOh!’s distinctive philosophy of engaging its people and delivering on strategy. With 26 years’ experience in human resources, learning and organisational development in both consulting and internal roles, Steve has a track record of building highly commercial and innovative HR teams to drive culture change. Before joining oOh!media, Steve helped build three start-ups in Australia – Optus Vision, Orange and 3 Mobile. He also led the people and culture streams during the $4.5 billion merger between Vodafone and Hutchison. He was then General Manager Human Resources at Vodafone Hutchison Australia for three years before moving to Bankwest as Head of Human Resources, proving that great people practices applied with a strong purpose, work in any industry.
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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 has broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, South Africa, Thailand and the South Pacific. He has spearheaded culture and people programs that saw KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum! and across Australia. He now heads up evolvefast, helping companies connect to their people by finding purpose and activating culture. Rob is an AHRI Director, and President of the AHRI NSW State Council. He is a Fellow Certified HR Practitioner (FCPHR) and won the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015. Rob is passionate about finding a cure for cancer, riding around the country to personally raise over $120K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past eight years and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.
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Crystal Boysen
Head of People, Canva
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Crystal Boysen
Head of People, Canva
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Rachel McIver
Chief People & Culture Officer, Nando's Australia and New Zealand
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Rachel McIver
Chief People & Culture Officer, Nando's Australia and New Zealand
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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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Helen Fraser
General Manager, Human Capital, Laing O’Rourke Australia
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Helen Fraser
General Manager, Human Capital, 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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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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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
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Pete Hamilton
Vice President & Regional Director, APAC
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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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

  • 08.20 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 08.50 am
    Opening Remarks from Chair
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director, Evolvefast
  • 08.55 am
    Opening Ministerial Address

  • 09.05 am
    Visionary Keynote

    Leading an Authentic and Positive Company to Continued Success

    Jane Datta
    Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA (USA)
    speaker
  • 09.25 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.

    Katie McGrath
    Chief People and Culture Officer, Seven West Media
  • 10.10 am
    Platinum Keynote

  • 10.25 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 10.55 am
    National Keynote

  • 11.20 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.

    Jane Kelly
    Chief Human Resources Officer, Super Retail Group
  • 12.00 pm
    Global Keynote

  • 12.25 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 01.25 pm
    Stream Case Studies
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    Talent Case Study

    People Analytics Case Study

  • 01.45 pm
    Stream Discussions
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    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.

    Susie Gleeson-Byrne
    Head of Human Resources, Uber Australia and New Zealand
    Mary Lemonis
    Chief People Officer, REA Group
    Helen Fraser
    General Manager, Human Capital, Laing O’Rourke Australia

    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?

    Bartek Sibilski
    Head of HR Reporting and Analytics, APAC, JLL
    Kent Cabrera
    Head of HR Optimisation, Aesop
    Susan Pettifer
    Director, People Performance & Technology, City of Sydney
    Pete Hamilton
    Vice President & Regional Director, APAC
  • 02.25 pm
    Stream Keynotes
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    Talent Keynote

    Rita Newman
    GM Recruitment, Resourcing & Mobility, ANZ Bank

    People Analytics Keynote

    Dr Catherine Lopes
    Head of Data Strategy & Analytics, ME Bank
  • 02.50 pm
    Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
  • 03.15 pm
    Partner Keynote
  • 03.45 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.

    Rosalind Tregurtha
    Group Director, Employee Engagement, Domain
    Duncan Thomas
    Chief People Officer, Fuji Xerox Australia
    Nicole Reid
    Chief People Officer, Xero
    Erika Takahashi
    Human Resources Vice President, Australasia, Mastercard
  • 04.25 pm
    Global Keynote

  • 04.45 pm
    Closing Keynote

    Identifying and Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

    Gerard Penning
    Chief Human Resources Officer, ABN AMRO Bank (NL)
    speaker
  • 05.10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director, Evolvefast
  • 05.15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 05.30 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 06.30 pm
    Close of Day One

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

  • 08.40 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 09.00 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director, Evolvefast
  • 09.05 am
    Opening Keynote

    HR Leadership through the Looking Glass - A Global Perspective

    Christy Pambianchi
    Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Verizon (USA)
    speaker
  • 09.30 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.

    Vernon Griffith
    Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery, QBE Insurance
    Rebecca Nash
    Group Director People, AMP
  • 10.10 am
    Diamond Keynote

  • 10.35 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11.05 am
    International Keynote

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

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

    Kirby Grattan
    Director - Human Resources Shared Services, Optus
    Darren Fewster
    Executive Transformation and People, Telstra
    Liam Ovenden
    Regional Director, People & Performance, Colliers International
    Misiek Piskorski
    Professor of Strategy and Innovation & Dean, IMD Southeast Asia & Oceania
  • 12.15 pm
    National Keynote

    Refocusing for 2021

    Amie Wallis
    Head of People & Culture, Australian Olympic Committee
    speaker
  • 12.45 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 01.40 pm
    Stream Case Studies
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    Culture Case Study

    Communication Case Study

  • 02.00 pm
    Stream Discussions
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    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.

    Steve Reid
    Chief People & Culture Officer, oOh! Media
    Crystal Boysen
    Head of People, Canva
    Rachel McIver
    Chief People & Culture Officer, Nando's Australia and New Zealand
    Anita Patrick
    Human Resources Director, PepsiCo

    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.

    Sarah Derry
    Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific, ACCOR
  • 02.40 pm
    Stream Keynotes
    • Stream 1
    • Stream 2

    Culture Keynote

    Communication Keynote

    Fuelling Productivity through Meaningful Engagement 

    Samara Dobbins
    Chief People Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
  • 03.10 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 03.40 pm
    Platinum Keynote

  • 03.55 pm
    National Keynote

    Thriving in the Recovery: Engaging Employees with Redefined Purpose

    Kris Webb
    Chief People Officer, Coles Group
    speaker
  • 04.25 pm
    Global Keynote

    Future-Proofing the Workforce

    Cath Possamai
    CEO- Recruiting Group, British Army (UK)
    speaker
  • 04.55 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
    Rob Phipps
    Managing Director, Evolvefast
  • 05.00 pm
    Close of Event
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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

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.

For more information please click here

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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