Registration Opens


Welcome and opening remarks from the Chairperson

Christopher Hare  – Director, QHR


Event Partner Welcome



Case Study: Bringing customer and workforce analytics together at Queensland Airports Limited

In this case study, Queensland Airports will explain how they draw on multiple data sources to glean insights about clients and employees to enhance their customer and employee experience.

  • Linking employee data with client and financial data
  • Using data to understand customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX)
  • Tracking people through their employment journey
  • Predictive analytics – using HR, business and financial data to predict the future

Leith Wiblen – General Manager People and Culture, Queensland Airports Limited

Beau Tydd – General Manager Technology and Innovation, Queensland Airports Limited

9:30 am

Panel: Collecting and Analysing HR data

In this panel, Australia’s leading HR data innovators will discuss how they have developed the infrastructure, teams and processes to collect and analyse HR data that informs their leadership decision-making.

  • Choosing the right tools to collect reliable, accurate data
  • Accuracy and data integrity – overcoming issues of honesty and transparency
  • Comparing various data mining tools – which solution is best?
  • Flexible reporting versus customised reports – choosing the right reporting method
  • At what scale can we generate useful meta-reports?
  • Developing the technical and human infrastructure to capitalise on data
  • How to create beautiful, useful, customisable and dynamic HR data sets

Gillian Davie –Chief People Officer,NetComm Wireless

David Burrows – Global Head of Workforce Analytics, QBE Insurance Group

Diana Sonthavong  – Group Manager, Workforce Analytics, BAI Communications

Kanella Salapatas  – HR Data Manager and Reporting Service Owner, ANZ

Elena Sagunova  – Group HR Manager, Appen

Lisa Broadhead – HR Manager, Link Group


Engaging an Organisation in HR Tech

Successfully implementing HR Tech requires support and engagement from accross an organisation. In this session Jason will explore strategies to successfully influence stakeholders in your organization to gain their support and shares the HR Tech implementation strategy used at Cbus Super.

Jason Bartle – Learning & Development Manager, Cbus


Morning Tea


Topic TBC



Panel: Overcoming challenges in deployment, implementation and integration

In this panel, Australia’s leading HR leaders will come together to discuss the lessons they learned during complex, large-scale HR tech implementations.

  • Articulating and communicating with users before the implementation phase
  • Removing information silos and ‘multiple sources of truth’ across the business
  • Integrating different HR systems and platforms into a cohesive single system
  • Practical tips for keeping projects within budgets and timelines
  • How to minimise the cost involved in IT interventions and ‘middleware’
  • Integrating HR software with existing enterprise systems – common mistakes and solutions

Con Lambros – Group General Manager – Human Resources, Vocus

Nikki  Symonds – Head of Corporate & Enterprise IT, Origin Energy

Keryn Mendes – Global HR Mobility Specialist, Enterprise Services, CSIRO

Kate Rowland – Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Sonic Health Plus


David Guazzarotto – Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, Alight Solutions




Panel: Change leadership in HR technology projects

Change management is one of the most challenging and interesting aspects of HR tech system implementation. This thought-provoking panel will bring together HR and IT leaders to discuss the practical aspects of leading cultural change to encourage employees to embrace new technology.

  • Communicating to staff how HR tools and systems will make their lives ‘better’
  • Driving user adoption across a large and diverse workforce
  • Changing employee behaviour when moving to a new global system
  • Helping people to adopt a mindset that embraces fast evolution
  • Overcoming change resistance from HR professionals – the enemy within?

David Dunne – Head of People & Finance Systems, Salmat

Lisa Thompson – Head of Talent, Learning and Development, Commvault

Sarah Oquist – Head of Human Resources, Hivint

Steve Reid – Chief People and Culture Officer, oOh!media

Cedric  Brossette – Head of HR OceaniaNestlé Nespresso


Mike Ellis– Chief Commercial Officer, Synchrony Global


Topic TBC


Afternoon Tea


Panel: The next big thing – emerging HR technology and the future of work

HR technology will continue to revolutionize the workplace over the next 20 years. In this panel, Australia’s leading innovators will discuss the technological innovations that are on the horizon. Are you ready for what’s coming?

  • How can HR use blockchain technology to automate HR processes?
  • The future of cryptography and algorithms in HR technology
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality in tomorrow’s organisation
  • How chat bots and machine learning can enhance the candidate and employee experience
  • What ethical dilemmas relating to bio-metrics and predictive control will the future bring?

Alec Bashinsky – ANZ Talent Advisor, CHRO Asia Pacific Region, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Subhankar Roy Chowdhury – Executive Director & Head of HR- APAC and Japan, Lenovo

Dominic Price – Head of R&D and Work Futurist, Atlassian

Mathew Paine – Director of HR, International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney)

James Hancock – Business Director, Digital, mwah. making work absolutely human


Pitch Fest and Drinks