Schedule 2019


DAY ONE: Wednesday 19 June 2019


Registration opens


Welcome & opening remarks from the chairperson

Adrian Robinson, Managing Director, Brainbox


Welcome from the event partner

Christina Waddy, Regional Sales Manager, Cornerstone OnDemand 


HR SPOTLIGHT: This is the future of HR

Technological advances and demographic shifts are changing the way that people work and HR operates.

  • What will the future workforce look like?
  • How is AI changing the way we work?
  • How HR itself must change
  • Should HR be afraid of technology?

Louise Hope, Director of People and Performance, Australian Film Television and Radio School


CASE STUDY: How to embed an inclusive recruitment process

The challenge to attract and maintain a highly skilled and diverse workforce is integral to the performance of Australian companies. This session will address:

  • Improving your branding and positioning as an employer of choice
  • How to promote inclusion at every stage of the recruitment process
  • Reducing unconscious bias during recruitment
  • Creating a collaborative strategy

Rebecca Supierz, AU/NZ HR Director, SEEK Limited


Morning refreshment and networking break


LEGAL UPDATE: Whistleblowing and workplace culture

The ease with which employees can publically air complaints and grievances against their employer via electronic media gives rise to a significant risk of long-lasting reputational damage and the erosion of productive workplace cultures.
Given this risk, and the recent legislative reforms that fundamentally change whistleblower protections, how can organisations proactively manage whistleblowing to improve workplace culture?
This session will include both:

  • an outline of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth); and
  • a broad discussion of practical tips for HR managers about how to comply with the whistleblower protections in a way that enhances an organisation's employment brand.

Craig Boyle, Partner, MinterEllison


Diversity and inclusion in a post #metoo world

The world has changed over the last two years and HR is changing with it. We are now seeing unprecedented levels of workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion and sexual identification.

  • How has the #metoo movement changed the way we think about gender and accountability?
  • Widening the diversity lens beyond gender issues
  • Diversity strategies to incorporate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups
  • What makes a successful GLBTIQA+ and pride initiative?
  • Creating an inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable and teams are built around diversity of thought

Angie Young,  Chief Information Officer, General Manager, People & Culture Synergy 


Networking lunch


CASE STUDY: Leading a changing workforce

The workplace is changing and HR is changing with it. As the contingent workforce of contractors, mobile workers and freelancers grows, HR teams need to change their approach to employee engagement.

  • Strategies to engage remote workers, gig workers and contractors
  • Managing HR programs across a multi-site workforce
  • Driving cultural initiatives and social norms with off-site workers 

Catherine Walker, General Manager, Organisational Capability, Bethanie


Nothing new under the sun – HR's role in transforming the employee experience

Far from being a new concept, the notion of human-centred leadership is based on the long-held HR wisdom of putting people first. In this session Rebekah Silver discusses the role of technology in creating and enhancing a truly human-centred experience.

  • Why HR leaders need to be astute, aware and assured with HR technology
  • How technology co-creates an employee experience with HR leaders
  • The risks of delegating the HR technology conversation
  • Preventing the employee experience being hijacked by interest groups or left by the wayside

Rebekah Silver, Client Executive, Cornerstone OnDemand


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


Inside Deloitte’s performance & employee experience strategy

Performance management needs to help employees adopt new behaviours in the face of change, while delivering a positive employee experience (EX).

  • Digital tools and technologies that transform performance management
  • Focusing on individual engagement and growth
  • How performance management can help employees adapt their skills to stay relevant
  • Customised coaching experiences
  • Continuous performance management

Kristy Delaney, Principal, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting

Ruth O’Neill, People and Performance Manager, Deloitte 


PANEL: Securing support for HR programs from all levels

A successful HR program starts with buy-in from the leadership team and succeeds with support from all levels throughout the organisation. But in many organisations, the HR team is still working on securing credibility and high-level support. 

  • Gaining credibility from managers as a true business partner and not a ‘policy policeman’
  • Being taken seriously during decision-making discussions
  • Why are we sometimes still seen as police officers or firefighters?
  • Navigating situations where you have a seat at the table but not the credibility to influence
  • Bringing line managers on the journey towards people management excellence 


Jo Woodfield, Managing Director, The Higher Mix 


Angela Edwards, HR Director Asia Pacific, CHC Helicopters

Priscilla Sanders, VP Human Resources (South East Asia Pacific, South Asia, Middle East, Africa), Arjo

Crystal Murphy, Executive General Manager - People, ABN Group 

Maxine Mincham, General Manager Human Resources, Sonic HealthPlus


Day one concludes

DAY TWO: Thursday 20 June 2019


Opening remarks from the chairperson

Adrian Robinson, Managing Director, Brainbox


Leading a remote, mobile workforce

HR directors today need to lead, collaborate and build alliances across different cultures, geographies and time zones, while engaging a workforce that is increasingly dispersed.

  • Keeping employees engaged in a virtual world
  • Dealing with an increasingly ‘nomadic’ workforce
  • Cultivating a team culture in the absence of physical proximity
  • Creating a cohesive culture across time zones, functions and regions
  • How much face-time is really necessary with a virtual workforce?

Maria Moraitis, General Manager People, Performance and Culture, Fleetcare


The key to authentic HR leadership in the executive team

Today's best HR directors are authentic leaders who earn the trust and confidence of their executive peers to guide them through strategic and ethical challenges.

  • Discovering your unique leadership style and building your leadership legacy
  • Leading with inclusiveness, empowerment and candour
  • Structuring and leading high-level discussions about concepts, ideas, strategy and execution

Barry Bloch, Head of Organisational Transformation, Monash Health 


Morning refreshment break


PANEL: The future of work: Insights from top HR leaders 

  • Aligning goals and outcomes between business strategy, centres of excellence and HR business partners
  • Being a commercial, pragmatic and a personable leader
  • Future of Work: The exponential advance of technology
  • The rise of the gig-economy and its impact on HR leadership
  • What does the future of work look like, and what are the implications for individuals, organisations public institutions?


Anna Pitman, Director, ACP Consulting Group


Sally Bradbrook, Manager Human Resources, Horizon Power 

Lori Tyrrell, Associate Director - People & Culture, Itch

Matthew Thomas, General Manager - Human Resources, Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Andrew Dixon, Head of Talent Acquisition Transformation, Commonwealth Bank

Tanya Eales, General Manager People & Culture WA | Human Resources, WesTrac Pty Ltd


Networking lunch


Transformation leadership at Healius

Hear how Healius is building a world-class organisation through its focus on people strategy.

  • The role of 'capability analysis' in significant organisational change
  • How to retain key staff during volatile times of change
  • How to get buy-in from leaders to make changes actually happen
  • Tackling difficult conversations with staff
  • How to keep managers engaged while their roles and teams are impacted by organisational change

Yvette Cachia, Group Executive, People and Legal, Healius Limited


Leading organisational capability and workforce strategy

Hear how to build a world-class organisation through its focus on people strategy.

  • Creating a diverse and inclusive values-based culture
  • Building internal capability for leadership, resilience and responsiveness to change
  • Expanding staff engagement and two-way communication

Melanie Kelsall, People Manager, Virgin Australia Regional Airlains


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


CASE STUDY: Examining Holden's approach to ensure engagement in employee transition

  • How to integrate a positive culture change through leadership
  • The cost benefits involved with increased employee engagement in the workplace
  • Best practice in promoting employee engagement as a transition strategy
  • A case study of Holden's cost-effective approach to re- training transitioning employees

Jamie Getgood, Director, Getgood Consulting


WORKSHOP: Fresh perspectives on employee engagement 

Employee engagement is important to business success, and even more so during times of organisational change. In this workshop, learn how HR can continue to drive employee engagement and create a positive culture.

  • What role does HR play in management of change and supporting employee engagement? 
  • Embracing new leadership and management expectations
  • The role of communication – what you say and what is heard
  • Driving engagement, retention and productivity in your workforce throughout the change journey

Kim Seeling Smith, Founder & CEO, Ignite Global 


Conference concludes


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