Alec Bashinksy

ANZ Talent Advisor, CHIRO Asia Pacific Region

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Alec Bashinksy

ANZ Talent Advisor, CHIRO Asia Pacific Region

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Alec Bashinsky has been with Deloitte Australia for 13 years originally as CHRO – National Partner, People & Performance and now as ANZ Talent Advisor reporting directly to the CEO. He is also The Asia Pacific Talent Leader reporting into the Regional APAC CEO.  In his role Alec is responsible for 55,000 employees in the APAC Region (over 7,000 employees in Australia) with offices in more than 120 cities in over 20 countries and a team of over 200 people.

His mandate is to drive a Performance Culture and build Leadership capability through establishing Leadership development, Talent Identification, Performance Culture, Diversity, Employee Engagement and Shaping the Workforce of the Future as part of innovating the People strategy for Deloitte. His APAC Talent strategies include a strong focus on Mobility throughout the Regional along with driving one ‘Asian Voice.’

He has significantly realigned the Deloitte HR offering including differentiated & segment Talent, globally optimize Talent practices and Predictive and Analytical Data Integration with the Business functions.

He has initiated a number of successful  People strategies for Deloitte such as the Inspiring Women strategy, D. Academy (for Graduates), Cultural Diversity, Design Thinking, Wisdom Workers as well as building Talent pipelines, Succession planning and more recently he has project lead the ‘Re-Inventing of Performance Management’ framework globally for Deloitte. His team have embraced Social media into their internal Talent process as well as external branding & recruitment apps and have also developed Deloitte’s Open Talent Platform under the Workforce of the Future strategy.

In October, 2011 Alec was again awarded the Best HR Director of the Year in the prestigious Australian HR Awards and award he also won in 2006. In March 2006, Alec was also awarded the “Human Resources Leader of the Year” at the National Human Capital Leadership awards.

Alec is a current Board Member for the Diversity Council of Australia, a Board Member of the Deloitte Foundation and is also a business advisor and sits on the Board for HR OnBoard .

Alec’s previous role was as Senior Director Human Resources – Japan & Asia Pacific for PeopleSoft Inc. Originally recruited into the role to manage the smooth acquisition of the JD Edwards Organisation which made PeopleSoft the second largest software solutions provider in the world.

Prior to this, Alec was the Group Manager - Human Resources for Cisco Systems for Australia /New Zealand for 3.5yrs and during his time at Cisco, Alec has also achieved unique back to back Hewitt Best Employer status in 2002 and 2003 along with the ‘outstanding Contribution to HR’ award again at the Australian HR Awards.

Prior to this Alec was the Asia Pacific HR Manager for 3Com and amongst his other achievements saw him tackle unique challenge of being the HR Director for the market entry of Toys R Us into Australia.

Alec is on the HR committee and IT committee of the DCA Board

Lisa Broadhead

HR Manager

Link Group

Lisa Broadhead

HR Manager

Link Group

Lisa is a customer focused, versatile HR professional with experience in leading both operational HR Shared Services teams and strategically aligned business partners. She is a firm believer in using technology to better enable customer experience and support HR functions to improve their quality of service to the business. Lisa’s experience in implementing and using technology across the range of HR functions from on-boarding, to employee experience management and learning has enabled her to have a deep understanding of how we can effectively collect and integrate information to provide the business with true employee insights.

 

Cedric Brossette

Head of HR Oceania

Nestle Nespresso

Cedric Brossette

Head of HR Oceania

Nestle Nespresso

Cedric Brossette has been involved in the Retail industry for the last 20 years as an HRIS and HR professional.

In France where he started his career in HRIS Consulting, he worked with various multinationals implementing payroll, Time Management, and Talent Management ERPs. He has also worked with some of the biggest retailers there, such as the Casino Group to redesign sales incentives for the franchisee network, and implemented the HR centre of expertise for the supermarkets.

He then joined Nestle Nespresso headquarters in 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and launched global initiatives around sales incentives for the customer-facing staff and workforce planning management.

In Australia since 2014, Cedric is now the Nespresso Head of HR & Training for Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)

In a very competitive coffee market, he aims at providing the company with the vision and tools to support the human aspects of the customer experience transformation, linking Nespresso ‘s People and customer strategies. Last year for instance, Virtual Reality was used as a part of the training mix to educate retail staff on one of Nespresso’s most innovative machines launches, Vertuo. Google DayDream technology was used to create a 360 learning environment that brought to life the product story, everything from coffee bean to cup. Using Virtual Reality in the training mix has completely changed the way Nespresso look at learning and development programs. The experience has given its employees the tools to deepen product and brand knowledge and convey emotion in a completely immersive way.

Jason Bartle

Learning and Development Manager

Cbus

Jason Bartle

Learning & Development Manager 

Cbus

Jason Bartle in the Learning and Development Lead for Cbus, a superannuation fund for the construction, building, infrastructure and allied industries. Jason has 17 years of experience working in Learning and Development and has performed roles in the telecommunications, finance, professional services and superannuation industries.

David Burrows

Global Head of Workforce Analytics

QBE Insurance Group

David Burrows

Head of Workforce Analytics

QBE Insurance Group Limited

Dave Burrows is a Workforce Analytics professional based in Sydney with over 20 years’ experience in reporting and analytics including 12 years’ dedicated to delivering People Analytics in both hemispheres. He relocated to Australia in 2012 for a role with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he won two CEO awards for delivering innovative and value adding solutions using people data. He started his HR Analytics journey with Deloitte in London before spending 6 years in Banking with Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland. He is currently Head of Workforce Analytics with QBE.

Gillian Davie

Chief People Officer

NetComm Wireless

Gillian Davie

Chief People Officer

NetComm Wireless

Gillian is a versatile commercial Chief People Officer, having led generalist and specialist HR functions including Remuneration and HR Metrics. She has over 20 years’ experience leading HR teams within the full gamut of business challenges including start up, acquisition, accelerated growth, business transformation, divestment and closure. 

David Dunne

Head of People and Finance Systems

Salmat

David Dunne

Head of People and Finance Systems

Salmat

Following 15+ years of Generalist HR experience, David ‘jumped the fence’ into the HR Technology world in January 2015.  His first assignment involved leading Salmat's Workday ERP implementation, followed by the successful implementation of further Workday functionality at Salmat, in the areas of Talent, Advanced Compensation and Recruitment.  

Mike Ellis

Chief Commercial Officer

Synchrony Global

Mike Ellis

Chief Commercial Officer
Synchrony Global

 Mike leads Synchrony Global’s commercial strategy and the development of the organisation. He is responsible for marketing, sales, product development, and driving business growth. He has over 17 years of cloud-based HCM experience working with ADP and NGA in a number of leadership roles including consulting, support, operations and sales. Most recently Mike led the HCM division of HCL APJ. Clients that Mike has worked with include Woolworths, Bridgestone, IRT Group, Singtel, BHP Billiton, Changi Airport Group, AMP, Ralph Lauren, Steelcase and Medtronics.

 

Sarah Gatehouse

National People and Culture Manager

Fujitsu General

Sarah Gatehouse

National People and Culture Manager

Fujitsu

Following a near 20-year career in Human Resources across several industries, Sarah joined Fujitsu General Australia in 2014 as the National People and Culture Manager.

Well known as ‘Australia’s Favourite Air, Fujitsu General has been a leading supplier of quality air conditioning products for both residential and commercial applications.

Fujitsu General encourages employees to aim for excellence, show respect, act positively, put safety first, value teamwork and take ownership.  Sarah has been instrumental in leading Fujitsu General Australia through a successful change management journey with the dedicated support of the Managing Director, Philip Perham.

Her topic About the Why - Taking Projects from Integration to Optimisation covers the success Fujitsu General has experienced post the implementation of intelliHR as their goal and communication platform, successfully driving employee ownership and most importantly workplace engagement.

David Guazzarotto

Vice President, Australia and New Zealand

Alight Solutions

David Guazzarotto

Vice President, Australia and New Zealand

Alight Solutions

David Guazzarotto is one of Australia's leading authorities on human resources, talent and technology. For over 20 years, he has worked at the intersection of people management and technology as an influencer, thought leader, consultant and change leader. David is an accomplished keynote speaker, podcast host and facilitator on topics such as Digital HR, Worker Experience and the Future of Work.

As VP A/NZ of leading cloud-enabled services firm, Alight Solutions, David provides strategy, advisory and cloud deployment services that reimagine how people and organisations thrive.

James Hancock

Business Director, Digital

MWAH: Making Work Absolutely Human

James Hancock

Business Director

mwah. - Making Work Absolutely Human

James spent his career in the oft misunderstood world of Global Financial Markets – zig zagging through HR, Business Management, Strategy and Digital roles. In hindsight, this proved the perfect melting pot to keenly observe the good, the bad, the unusual and the unexpected when people, psychology and technology collide.

Christopher Hare

Director

QHR

Christopher Hare

Director

QHR

Chris is a co-founder of QHR and is an innovative HR leader. Along with consulting experience within Australia and in the US, Chris has managed major HR functions and has been responsible for expertise and leadership in the areas of remuneration, analytics and strategic workforce planning. He has successfully helped many organisations to determine the plan, align leadership and influence to action.

 

With an invaluable combination of consulting and corporate experience, Chris brings a pragmatic and commercially focused mindset to create optimal solutions for clients. Chris is a recognised expert in Rewards in Australia, with deep expertise in strategy and incentive design. His innovative approach to total rewards moves beyond the typical prevalence and market based methods to design strategies that integrate cutting-edge thinking with specific company dynamics to innately align to the achievement of strategic and operational imperatives.

 

Chris is committed to bringing a commercial lens to the HR function for greater business impact and success. Along with Rewards, his direct experience in managing a range of functions from Sourcing, Payroll, Workforce Planning to the entire HR function itself, have allowed him to demonstrate the exponential value that data-driven approaches provide to organisations. Chris is a passionate speaker and thought leader in bringing an understanding of how combining business strategy together with comprehensive analysis enables organisations to maximise their human capital.

 

Con Lambros

Group General Manager, HR

Vocus

Con Lambros

Group General Manager, HR

Vocus

An Executive HR leader possessing significant experience leading Human Resources teams across multiple industries including Telecommunications, Construction and Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Health and Not-for Profit/Government.  25 years overall leadership experience, including 15 years in senior HR positions implementing best practice people strategies, which deliver an outstanding employee experience and propel business growth.

 

Known as an effective change agent with large-scale project management experience, specialising in merger and acquisition actions.  Equally adept at working with and influencing Boards & Executive Leadership teams and within operational/frontline environments.  Exposure to diverse corporate industries and government departments.

Keryn Mendes

Global HR Mobility Specialist, Enterprise Services

CSIRO

Keryn Mendes

Global HR Mobility Specialist, Enterprise Services

CSIRO

Keryn Mendes is the Global HR Mobility Specialist at CSIRO, redefining its mobility processes and practice, in line with CSIRO’s international growth strategy.

Previous roles have seen her lead Ericsson’s International Mobility program in South East Asia & Oceania region, underpinned by 12 years’ experience in Global Mobility roles across a variety of industries and working with some well-known brands such as Boeing and Rio Tinto.

After obtaining her GMS accreditation with ERC Worldwide in 2009 in the UK, Keryn continued to deliver best practice delivery in International Mobility, which led her to becoming a founding member of the Melbourne Chapter of Forum of Expat Management (FEM).

In 2014 she was awarded FEM’s APAC Best Global Mobility Program in the Technology/Media Sector for Ericsson Australia, and continues to champion for innovate mobility solutions and a positive assignee experience.

Mark Miller

Workplace Technology Strategist

Cisco

Sarah Oquist

Head of Human Resources

Hivint

Sarah Oquist

Head of Human Resources

Hivint

Sarah strongly believes in an employee centric approach in delivering HR solutions and using technology to deliver a positive employee experience.   With over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, Sarah applies her beliefs with a candidate care approach in recruitment to an employee centric approach for the employment life-cycle. The business results are happy employees with a healthy workplace culture.

Sarah started her career in advertising where she worked on Australian’s first recruitment software and employment job site sparking her interest in Human Resources and Technology. She had a stint in a start-up technology consultancy delivering technical solutions and client side looking at online business solutions in a large global oil company. 

Sarah developed her true passion of Human Resources in small and large organisations in both stand-alone roles and within larger local and international teams. Sarah has worked in numerous start-ups over the years and favours emerging industries like search marketing and cyber. The succession of HR positions in start-ups led to projects on mergers and acquisitions as those start-ups were sold to international businesses across the US, UK and Malaysia.

Sarah’s current role is Head of HR for Hivint which is a 3-year-old start up Cyber Security company. This is Australia’s fastest growing cyber consultancy and for Sarah’s role it provides an opportunity to establish employee centric best practice and the use of technology in preparation for further scaling up.

Mathew Paine

Director of HR

International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney)

Mathew Paine

Director of HR

International Convention Center (ICC Sydney)

Mathew Paine is currently the Director of Human Resources at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). Mathew is a HR practitioner with over 17 years of senior Human Resource Management experience within the private and not for profit sectors in both Australia and the U.K.

 

As ICC Sydney's Chief Human Resource Officer, Mathew has created a world-class and award winning HR department, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Under Mathew's leadership, ICC Sydney won the Australian HR Team of the Year 2017 and the Best Recruitment Campaign 2017 in the highly competitive and coveted annual Australian HR Awards.

 

Mathew holds a Master of Strategic Human Resource Management degree from East London University and a Master’s Degree in Labour Law & Relations from Sydney University Law School. Mathew is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, U.K), a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI, Australia) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dominic Price

Head of R&D and Work Futurist

Atlassian

Dominic Price

Head of R&D and Work Futurist

Atlassian

Born to Joy in the harsh Manchester Winter of 77, Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC.

Dom has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres, and is our in house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective, with one eye on the future. Dom helped pioneer our Team Playbook and has personally run hundreds of sessions with our teams globally.

He has previously been the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte providing assurance and consulting services.

Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business, as the Head of R&D and Work Futurist.

A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 14 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.

Steve Reid

Chief People and Culture Officer

oOh!media

Steven Reid

Chief People & Culture Officer

oOh!media

Steve has a HR career spanning 25 years across consulting and internal roles in Learning and OD as well as generalist and specialist HR.  He has a track record of building highly commercial and innovative HR teams, driving culture change and implementing leading edge HR practices. 

He is best described as a ‘builder’ and ‘change-agent’, having helped build significant start-up businesses and transform culture across a variety of industries including mining, media, telecommunications and financial services. He led the people and culture streams of the $4.5 Billion merger between Vodafone and Hutchison and has worked with notable brands and cultures such as BHP, Orange, 3 Mobile, Vodafone, Bankwest and now oOh! Media.

Steve joined oOh! Media in 2014 and helped the business transition from private equity ownership to an ASX 200 listed company.  Over those four years, oOh! has experienced significant growth, both organically and through acquisition.  Importantly though, oOh! has maintained its innovative, family feel culture that makes it so special but has ‘grown-up’ to be well on the journey towards a digitally led, new media, technology business.

As Chief People & Culture Officer, Steve’s strategic people and culture agenda has been focused on building leadership capability, identifying and developing future talent needs, creating an exceptional employee experience and ensuring the oOh! culture is enabled to deliver on the future business strategy.  

 

Alicia Roach

Director

QHR

Alicia Roach

Director
QHR

Alicia is a co-founder of QHR and recognised thought leader through her application of Strategic Workforce Planning and Analytics both for clients and in previous corporate roles.  Alicia has successfully created CoE’s and built HR capability in many organisations who have looked to increase the financial and commercial focus of human capital.

 

A Chartered Accountant with an MBA who started her career in Finance, Alicia has spent the large part of her career working with organisations to create solutions that integrate HR with Finance and Strategy. From development of analytical assets to enable strategic decision making to projects around deep insights for actionable intelligence, Alicia has developed a proven ability to create real solutions that deliver tangible value not just for HR, but for the entire business. Her expertise combines complex data analyses and sophisticated financial modelling with compelling visualisation and narratives to drive strategic outcomes and compel action for business leaders.

 

Alicia is passionate about building the understanding of, and the intrinsic need for the value that data can give in enabling organisations to understand and maximize their human capital, and in turn their business delivery. Her innovative approach, unique expertise and enthusiasm for the application of analytics in the workforce context, have established Alicia’s position as not only a subject matter expert with many speaking engagements, but in the unique position of actually having designed and implemented many cutting edge and comprehensive solutions in the Strategic Workforce Planning space.

Kate Rowland

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Sonic Health Plus

Kate Rowland

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Sonic Health Plus

Kate is the Lead Human Resources Business Partner for Sonic HealthPlus, with 10 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional and over 16 years’ experience supporting senior management predominately in the engineering, healthcare, commercial property and auction industries.  She is responsible for providing a broad range of support services including operational and strategic HR and consulting services to managers and employees across geographically diverse areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.  The primary focus of the role is on employee/industrial relations advisory services consistent with HR best practice, partnering and supporting the business leaders through coaching, guidance and advice.

Her professional drive comes from delivering measurable and commercial business outcomes, partnering with business to source innovative solutions.  In 2015 Kate took on the role of Project Manager leading the successful implementation of a cloud solution which the employees named “SHPConnected” the HRIS for Sonic HealthPlus. 

She continues to work with the business as a key advisor providing ongoing support and leading the future development for “SHPConnected” aligning all people platforms together to create a one stop solution for employees.

Elena Sagunova

Group HR Manager

Appen

Elena Sagunova

Group HR Manager

Appen

Elena has 14 years’ experience in HR Management working in rapidly growing national ASX listed and global companies including IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, retail and engineering services. Elena is especially strong supporting business transformation and change management delivering effective human capital solutions across all areas of HR Management discipline.

Gillian Sandison

HR Transformation

Telstra

Kanella Salapatas

HR Data Manager and Reporting Service Owner

ANZ

Kanella Salapatas

HR Data Manager and Reporting Service Owner

ANZ

With a background in Software development, database design and over 15 years’ experience in MIS, Data Management, Governance, Reporting and analytics in the financial sector.

Not a traditional HR specialist, I moved into HR after a friend, who had taken over a HR reporting function, asked me during a basketball game to come and help as she had just taken over a team no experience or capability in reporting & analytics. With a source system transformation as the catalyst I looked to redesign the HR service and data function which now consists of a centralised and comprehensive data model, BI systems that provide all Line Managers with access to People reporting/Insight, a data governance structure with ownership and a data integrity framework for management of information.

 

Adam Scheidler

Workday Solution Architect/Delivery Manager

Appirio

Adam Scheidler

Workday Solution Architect/Delivery Manager

Appirio

A "Trusted Advisor" at Appirio and experienced Workday Solutions Architect, Adam has led several global implementations and has helped customers get the most out of their Workday deployments. His focus and passion for Workday and a broad range of experience in the HR space has helped him guide customers effectively.

 

Diana Sonthavong

Group Manager, Workforce Analytics

BAI Communications

Angus Stevens

Start VR

Angus Stevens

Start VR

After a decade directing television, TVCs, documentaries and brand marketing comms, Angus made the shift into digital; launching Southern Cross Austereo’s digital video strategy, before building Nova Entertainment to be one of Australia’s most popular entertainment sites. 

Angus has directed & produced across a diverse range of genres and platforms, including working with artists such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, U2, Lilly Allen, Coldplay and Taylor Swift.

In mid-2016 with the explosion of VR and 360° video, he was approached to be Managing Director at Start VR, Australia’s leading dedicated VR studio.

He oversees a business that specialises in devising creative, commercially-driven Virtual Reality experiences; delivering strong connections between brands and consumers; generating engagement, growth, revenue and new learning outcomes.

The Start VR clients include Qantas, Telstra, Google, Pernod Ricard, Westpac & St George Banks, Fremantle Media, SBS, UTS, and The Woolmark Company.

 

Nikki Symonds

Head of Corporate & Enterprise IT

Origin Energy

Nikki Symonds

Head of Corporate & Enterprise IT

Origin Energy

A technologist passionate about creating intuitive and effective experiences for all, Nikki has spent 18 years working with HR technology with various customers in many different industries.  Nikki has been on both sides of the table – as a consultant and product manager, but now as a customer and user of HR technology.  Nikki’s focus is on creating as much value as possible from the HR technology in place, while making strategic choices that will enhance that technology to create an effective, efficient and intuitive employee experience that lives up to the expectations of the digital workforce.

Matt Tebbe

EGM Equifax A/NZ Workforce Solutions

Equifax

Lisa Thompson

Head of Talent, Learning and Development

Commvault

Lisa Thompson

Head of Talent, Learning and Development

Commvault Systems

Lisa Thompson has more than 15 years Asia Pacific HR leadership experience in multinational companies across multiple industries including IT, Travel and Media. She has successfully established strategic HR functions in start-up environments and has led many complex organisational change initiatives. She is passionate about developing strong culture, values and talent in organisations.

Beau Tydd

General Manager Technology and Innovation

Queensland Airports Limited

Beau Tydd

General Manager Technology and Innovation 

Queensland Airports Limited

Beau Tydd joined Queensland Airports Limited in January 2016, with over 20 years’ of Technology experience within various senior management/executive positions.  Beau initially joined QAL as the General Manager People and Technology.  This role provided a unique insight on how technology and HR functions and teams could be combined to drive innovative in people, systems and processes.

 

More recently Beau has changed roles to the General Manager Technology and Innovation.  In this role Beau is responsible for creating and implementing innovative strategies and frameworks across the organization as well as to drive the digital transformation program. 

Stephen Walker

Vice President – Australia and New Zealand

Peoplewave

Stephen Walker

Vice President - Australia and New Zealand

Peoplewave

Stephen Walker, VP Australia & New Zealand for Peoplewave, is a successful senior executive and entrepreneur who has been operating in the IT industry for the last 25 years. With a background that saw him as one of the featured entrepreneurs in “Creating Entrepreneurs” by Denise Fleming and published by Allen and Unwin, Steve has become a leading innovative sales strategist. Having an Honours Degree in Finance, Steve is a Director on multiple boards and acts as an adviser to IT start-ups.

He has been an occasional guest speaker at Western Sydney University, Graduate School of Marketing, in areas such as International Business Development and Entrepreneurship. Steve was also a consulting editor on Tony J. Hughes best-selling book “The Joshua Principle: Leadership Secrets of Selling”.

Leth Wiblen

General Manager People and Culture

Queensland Airports Limited

Leith Wiblen

General Manager, People and Culture

Queensland Airports Limited

A results oriented leader whose Human Resources career spans more than 20 years successfully leading the strategic people responsibility of companies with up to 9000 employees.

 

With Executive Human Resources roles held within Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific, Leith contributes a combination of real world business and specialist expertise towards organisational dynamics, strategy, operational execution and human capital development to enhance a company’s capacity to develop and perform in ever-changing environments. 

 

Leith has successfully held Executive Human Resources positions within Starwood Hotels & Resorts (now Marriott International) Pacific Region and Asia Pacific Division as well as The Star Entertainment Group.

 

Leith is currently delighted to have joined Queensland Airports Ltd as their General Manager of People and Culture.

 

Leith’s vocation is to assist leaders to achieve their strategy. 

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