Ian Allsop

Partnerships Director

International SOS

Ian Allsop

Partnerships Director

International SOS

Ian is the Partnerships Director for International SOS, responsible for the development and enhancement of International SOS’ industry partnerships. Ian has a background of technology implementation and service management experience delivering outcomes in channel markets. His main focus is on building and nurturing partnerships in an effort to provide a holistic service across travel, risk, health & wellness, and technology. 

International SOS enables business to operate wherever they may need to travel by supporting the most critical asset any organisation has, its people. 

Stacey Ashley

Managing Director

Ashley Consulting

Stacey Ashley

Managing Director

Ashley Consulting

Stacey is an Amazon best-selling author, Stevie Award winning coach, four time nominee for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards - including 2019, and in 2018 was named as one of only 342 LinkedIn Top Voices globally.

Using the experiences of her 20-year corporate career: successfully leading large teams; operations; and strategic programs, Stacey added coaching qualifications and international credentials, and applies it all to helping leaders become world class.

She is the creator of The Coaching Leader™ and First Lead Yourself™ programs, and author of amazon best seller ‘The New Leader’.

Stacey is a speaker and corporate storyteller who will raise your awareness, equip you with practical new skills & inspire you to take action.   For more information, please see https://ashleycoaching.com.au/

Raelene Barry

Deputy General Manager – Executive Manager – Human Resources

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Raelene Barry

Deputy General Manager - Executive Manager - Human Resources 

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Raelene’s career in the service and hospitality industry spans over 30 years.  Starting in operational roles, leading and managing service departments in a hotel/casino environment shaped the path for the future.  The past 17 years have been in senior HR roles with a focus on Industrial Relations and all aspects of people management.  The past 15 years at GCCEC have been exciting and challenging as the Executive Manager – HR and also the Deputy General Manager since 2007.

Raelene attained her MBA in 2011, completing a thesis on employee engagement. She also has a diploma in management and has been honoured with 2 awards recognising her leadership and management skills and experience. 

With a passion for people and service, Raelene’s philosophy in work and life is, “people before paper”

Mike Bollinger

Global VP of Thought Leadership and Advisory Services

Cornerstone

Mike Bollinger

Global VP of Thought Leadership and Advisory Services

Cornerstone

A human resources thought-leader and evangelist with more 25 years’ experience, Mike regularly presents the very latest trends impacting HR professional at global industry conferences such as Evanta, Argyle, HCI, ICMI and many more. Mike leads a team that deliver complex business process improvement recommendations, deep domain expertise, while aligning HR initiatives to unique and strategic insights, resulting in business success and measurable results

Francine Boyes

Global Organisational Development Director

Blackmores

Francine Boyes

Global Organisational Development Director

Blackmores

 

Francine Boyes is an organisational development professional with a track record and reputation as a passionate and authentic leader. Francine has an in-depth knowledge of organisational development strategies that help companies stay ahead of societal change and respond to industry and market changes. Francine is a change leader, driving large scale transformation, and translating strategy to performance through unlocking leadership potential.

Francine has a proven track record as a transformer of talent. A passionate believer of leading with Purpose, Francine has had great success with helping shape leadership behaviours and attitudes that crack the code to growth and performance. As a driver of inclusion and wellbeing programmes, Francine believes in the power of the employee living their best life, to create a better future for organisations.

Natalie Britt

Head of People

Broadcast Australia (BAI Communications)

Natalie Britt

Head of People

Broadcast Australia (BAI Communications)

A dynamic Senior HR professional, Natalie possess 10+ years’ experience steering national organisations within the commercial, government and NFP sectors, leading and delivering HR performance excellence across diverse and challenging Defence, Aviation, Media & telecommunications, Logistics & Government Industries. Natalie’s key strengths are Industrial Relations, performance management, leading large-scale transformational & Transition projects and strategic HR initiatives that focus on leadership capability & engagement.

Allyson Carlile

Head of People & Culture

MetLife Australia

Allyson Carlile

Head of People & Culture

MetLife Australia

Allyson is the Head of People & Culture for MetLife in Australia, and is responsible for developing and executing HR strategies that are aligned to the business’ overall objectives. Allyson has over 20 years of HR experience in the financial services industry. Prior to MetLife Allyson worked with NAB Asset Management, Westpac, BT Financial Group and Barclays Global Investors. In addition to her broad HR generalist background, Allyson has extensive experience in Organisational Design, Talent Management and Leadership Development. Allyson has a Bachelor of Business, Management Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney.

Alex Diab

Director People & Property

NSW Business Chamber

Alex Diab

Director People & Property

NSW Business Chamber

 

Listed on HRD's 2018 and 2017 HR Director Hot List, and HRD 2017 and 2015 Australian HR Director of the Year finalist, Alex Diab is Director - People and Property at the NSW Business Chamber, the peak business organisation in NSW, Australian Business Lawyers and Australian Business Solutions Group –2018 and 2015 HRD Employer of Choice Gold Winner - large employer category 

Joining the organisation in 2008, Alex is responsible for Strategic Planning, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Organisational Design, Organisational Development, Leadership Development, Learning & Development, WH&S, Employment Relations, Performance Management and Remuneration & Benefits.

Alex has extensive HR generalist experience across all the facets of Human Resources including Learning and Development and Payroll. Alex's experience ranges from professional services to not for profit, infrastructure, hospitality, travel and telecommunications organisations.

Alex's most significant contributions have been through periods of significant change and growth within post-privatised public enterprises, Joint Ventures and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Christophe Doche

Executive Director

Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

Christophe Doche

 Executive Director

Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

A/Prof Christophe DOCHE holds a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science. He is currently Executive Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub. His portfolio includes research in the field of cryptography and information security, education with the design of undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs and engagement via the development of collaborations with industry and government. He is also leading the executive education and continuous professional development programs offered by the Cyber Security Hub. As such, he has managed the design and delivery of short courses for more than 300 Optus staff at every level of the organisation.

Mike Ellis

EVP Cloud Solutions APJ

Synchrony Global

Mike Ellis

EVP Cloud Solutions APJ

Synchrony Global

Mike has over 18 years of HCM experience working in a number of leadership roles including consulting, support, operations and sales. Mike has been recognised as a Cloud Innovator by SAP, and helped numerous organisations deliver transformational HR and Payroll solutions, including: Woolworths, Bridgestone, IRT Group, Singtel, BHP Billiton and AMP.

Daniel Fraser

Head of HR, Australia & NZ Midway Division

Merlin Entertainments plc

Daniel Fraser

Head of HR, Australia & NZ Midway Division

Merlin Entertainments plc

Since the completion of his Bachelor of Business Degree in 2009, Daniel has strived to understand and learn the full remit of the HR Generalist space. This has included roles within Learning & Development, Recruitment, and HR Generalist teams across Australia.

A key highlight was his time as Regional HR Advisor with WorleyParsons, a leading global Engineering consultancy firm, where he spent several years managing the Graduate Program for the Australia East region.

More recently, Daniel has spent several years with Merlin Entertainments, a global entertainment and tourism attraction company, in a number of roles such as HR Advisor for QLD/NZ attractions, HR Manager for Falls Creek Ski Resort and Head of HR – ANZ. In this last role, he led an HR team managing 11 tourism attractions across Australia and New Zealand.

During his career, Daniel has seen the significant changes occurring from the development of HR technology. He understands its significant benefits but also strives to ensure the ‘People’ element of HR is maintained when it comes to being an effective business partner.

 

Vesna Garnett

People Director

Bupa Australia

Vesna Garnett

People Director

Bupa Australia

Vesna joined Bupa in September 2016 as a People Director and has over 20 years experience in highly complex global, matrix organisations spanning multiple industries including Health & Care, Technology, FMCG, Media & Television and Retail.  She has led large HR teams across Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific geographies and been part of global teams delivering successful business outcomes.

With deep expertise in strategic HR business partnering with senior executives and time spent leading various centres of excellence, her breadth of experience extends across all disciplines of Human Resources. She adds most value in driving people strategies that are purposefully linked to the business strategy with the ability to deliver successful business outcomes that enhance the customer and people experience.

She is skilled across all disciplines in Human Resources and has a passion for technology, business transformation, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, org design and change management to name a few.

Vesna holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Sydney.

Stacy Gershberg

Director People & Culture

Choice

Stacy Gershberg

Director People & Culture

Choice

Stacy recently joined CHOICE in May as Director of People and Culture. She is passionate about the integration of culture, technology, strategy and psychology to support organisational growth. Stacy has previously lead the people and culture function across multiple industries including membership, retail, community and professional services as well as providing consulting services to a large client base. Most of these roles had a large "start-up" component, establishing a new p & c function, requiring a high level of influencing, coaching and strategic planning.

Vernon Griffith

Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery

QBE Insurance Group Limited

Vernon Griffith

Global Head of HR Service Design & Delivery

QBE Insurance Group Limited

 

Vern proudly steals techniques from Marketing and Manufacturing to deliver a tangible difference in HR. As the Global Head of HR Service Design and Delivery at QBE, a leading global insurer, Vern leads a team of 60 responsible for the delivery of HR Services, People Data Analytics and HR Business Analysis to 12,000 people in over 30 countries. Prior to QBE, Vern worked in large-scale HR transformation programs at some of the world’s best-known global companies, including Shell, BP, British Telecom and Deloitte. As a curious watchman of the rise of Artificial Intelligence in HR and the workplace, Vern is the founder and curator of the news website www.machinesinsuits.com.

Chris Hare

Co-Founder and Director

QHR

Chris Hare

Co-Founder and Director

QHR

Chris Hare is the Co-Founder and a Director of QHR. With expertise in remuneration, analytics and strategic workforce planning, Chris has successfully assisted a wide range of clients to determine the strategy, align leadership and influence action. Chris also has consulting experience with Mercer and PwC within Australia and the US, managing major corporate HR functions.

Chris is committed to bringing a commercial lens to the HR function for greater business impact and success. A passionate speaker and thought leader, Chris has a passion for conveying how the combination of business acumen, with the leverage from analysis, enables organisations to make smarter workforce decisions.

Louise Hope

Director of People and Performance

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Louise Hope

Director of People and Performance

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Louise Hope is an HR leader with an extensive OD background. She has a broad range of experience in commercial, not for profit and government sectors both state and federal.

Louise is the Director of People & Performance at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School where she is responsible for setting and delivering the workforce plan and the work culture plan to drive engagement, performance and professional development.

Prior to AFTRS, Louise was the Head of Organisation Development and Learning at Sydney Opera House where she was responsible for setting the people, learning and OD strategy for the organisation. In that time, Louise re-built the L&OD function to be cost effective, whilst ensuring coverage and support across a number of diverse business areas.

Louise is passionate about the role of creativity and storytelling amidst technological disruption and developing leaders at all levels who can nurture a positive performance culture that supports personal and career growth.

Katharina Kuehn

Chief Strategy Officer

Winning Group

Katharina Kuehn

Chief Strategy Officer

Winning Group

Katharina Kuehn is Winning Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, one of APAC’s leading neuroscientists, published author and expert in tapping into the non-conscious nature of human decision-making. She’s Australia’s exclusive practitioner of the Limbic® model, which has been labelled “one of the most recognised and scientifically best established behaviour & emotions models for marketing practice worldwide”. She's worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including American Express, Qantas, Nestle and BP and was recently named number #5 in Internet Retailing's Top 50 People in E-Commerce for 2019. Over the last three years Katharina led a transformation of Winning Group’s workplace culture using a proprietary engagement and performance framework that tested the intrinsic drivers and detractors of workplace performance and engagement.

Tom Larter

Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand

WithYouWithMe

Tom Larter

Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand

WithYouWithMe

Tom Larter has served in the Australian Regular Army from 2004 - 2017 as an Infantry Officer and Leader. Tom is now the CEO ANZ at WithYouWithMe helping military veterans’ transition from defence into the civilian sector. Tom is passionate about ensuring veterans find fulfilling employment at the right company to improve their future and that of Australia 

Bridget Loudon

CEO & Co-Founder

Expert360

Bridget Loudon

CEO & Co-Founder

Expert360

Bridget is a passionate leader on a mission to create simple technology products that change our working lives for the better.  Bridget has worked for Bain & Co in Sydney before the founding of Expert360 in 2013, at age 25, with a mission to create the technology platform that would allow companies to power agile, project-based workforces. Today, Expert360 is APAC’s leading marketplace and management platform powering the freelance economy. Bridget is passionate about the future of work, in particular using the power of technology to increase work participation and more broadly tackle inequality through more and more accessible work opportunities. She has won numerous accolades such as Forbes 30 Under 30, Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia, FutureMakers list of Australia’s top 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs under 25, Shoestring’s Top 50 Australian female entrepreneurs under 40, and most recently, spoke at TEDx Sydney on the Future of Work.

Alicia Lykos

CEO & Founder

Red Wolf Group

Alicia Lykos

CEO & Founder

Red Wolf Group

Alicia Lykos is the CEO and Founder of Red Wolf Group, a Talent Optimisation Consultancy in Sydney. Prior to starting her own business, she was the HR Director for multiple software and IT companies and has worked directly with CEO's and within Senior Executive teams. Alicia is passionate about Employee Experience and leveraging technology to improve the talent landscape. She now helps CEO's to design teams to deliver on their strategy, hire top talent and inspire leaders at all levels. Alicia delivers powerful training and workshops across the country on behavioural profiling, decoding workplace behaviours and building high performing cultures using science and technology. 

Teresa Matheson

APAC Managing Director, Egencia

Expedia group

Teresa Matheson

Managing Director

Egencia, Expedia group

Teresa is the APAC Managing Director of Egencia with specific focus on account management.   Her goal is to help clients maximise the efficiency of their travel programme.

 Before joining Expedia, Teresa worked across the corporate travel industry at American Express GBT where she spent over 10 years of her professional career in different positions like Director, Commercial Accounts and Director Sales Canada.

 

Joanne McPhee

Group Manager, People Consulting and Projects

The Star Entertainment Group

Robert Petrovic

Senior Product Manager – Growth Markets Identity Services

Australia Post

Robert Petrovic

Senior Product Manager – Growth Markets Identity Services

Australia Post

 

Robert Petrovic is Senior Product Manager –Growth Markets Identity Services at Australia Post. He leads a team responsible for developing identity products and services to help create seamless identity experiences for customers. Rob is passionate about combining customer centricity and digital transformation to change the way we look at standard identity practices.

Before joining Australia Post, Rob had a number of leadership roles, gaining extensive experience in technology change, including managing the rollout of a state-wide digital health system.   

Outside of work, Rob enjoys a healthy lifestyle with his wife and two children, which includes yoga, cycling and swimming as well as, of course, being a great dad.

Susan Pettifer

Director – People, Performance & Technology

City of Sydney

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 coming 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 safe communities and organisations. 

Susan has post graduate qualifications in science and management. In 2015 co-authored a book - New Women, New Men, New Economy - on how Creativity, Diversity, Openness and Equity helps organisations thrive in the new economy.

Alicia Roach

Co-Founder and Director

QHR

Alicia Roach

Co-Founder and Director

QHR

Alicia Roach is the Co-Founder and Director of QHR. Starting her career in finance, Alicia is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA and has spent a large part of her career working with organisations to create solutions that integrate HR with finance and strategy.

From the development of analytical assets to enabling strategic decision making to projects around deep insights for actionable intelligence, Alicia creates real solutions that deliver tangible value for the entire business. Combing her expertise of complex data analyses and sophisticated financial modelling with compelling visualisation and narratives, Alicia drives strategic outcomes and compels action for business leaders.

Erik Schmit

EVP & Managing Director APAC

First Advantage

Erik Schmit

Executive Vice President, Managing Director APAC

First Advantage

Erik is an enterprise software veteran with more than 17 years of leadership experience in HCM (human capital management) solutions in Asia and Europe, most recently as Vice President & General Manager at Lumesse, a leading human capital technology.  Erik has a proven track record of achieving consistent growth and deep experience working across Asia Pacific at range of enterprise software companies.

Erik earned his Masters in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has also received recognition for his contributions in Europe and Asia and in 2010 was awarded the “Leadership of Excellence Award” from the Hong Kong Capital Magazine.

Jayne Sadeghi

Group L&D Manager

Goodman Group

Jayne Sadeghi

Group L&D Manager

Goodman Group

Jayne has over 15 years’ experience working across talent and learning roles within global organisations. She has lived and worked in the UK, Spain, Australia and Asia which gives her a great insight into working across cultures and supporting the development of all employees in the Goodman Group globally.

She is passionate about enabling individuals to know themselves, understand their unique strengths and believes anything is possible. Jayne considers herself to be extremely curious, always learning and endlessly optimistic.

Joel Smith

Head of Sales

ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

Joel Smith 

Head of Sales

ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

Joel Smith has nearly 20 years of leadership experience across a variety of tech businesses in the UK, NZ, and Australia – and he’s passionate about building highly engaged, motivated and successful teams of people. Joel has seen that engaged people can do amazing things and derives professional and personal satisfaction through mentoring his people to achieve outstanding results. Joel is the Head of Sales for ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll, based in Sydney. 

Maria Voukenas 

Head, Human Resources

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Maria Voukenas

Head, Human Resources

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Maria Voukenas joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in October 2009 as HR Manager where she transformed the department into a true HR strategic business partner. She is now the Head, Human Resources where she is responsible for all Human Resources, learning & development, immigration, payroll, recruitment, industrial relations, performance management and remuneration functions for the Institute.

Previously, Maria was at Weight Watchers Australasia and Woollahra Municipal Council in various HR roles. She commenced her HR career at Ticketek and was an instrumental player in the recruitment of all the box office staff at the Sydney Olympics 2000. 

She gained her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Industrial Relations from UNSW, has her Certificate IV in Training and Assessing and is an accredited practitioner of both the Myer Briggs Type Indicator and the Strengthscope tools.  She is also a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and the Australian Institute for Training and Development.

DJ Feline

Keynote Entertainment

DJ Feline

FELINE is one of the top female DJ's in Australia, a versatile and most in demand performer, without a doubt FELINE is a definite go-to DJ for private, corporate parties and beautiful brand events.

FELINE has fast become one of Australia’s most sought-after DJ’s for the country’s largest corporate events and activations, working regularly with global luxury brands including Sephora, Mercedez-Benz, Paspaley Pearls, Samsung, Calvin Klein, Perrier- Jouet, Disaronno and more locally with our own L’Oreal, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Myer, David Jones, Instagram, Optus and Mecca and representing many of Australia’s best PR & event companies.

FELINE is a well-known entertainer in the nightclub circuit too. Taking to the stage at prestigious venues such as Sydney’s Ivy, Sydney Harbour NYE, The Star Event Centre and Horden Pavilion, holding residencies at Sydney most popular bars & nightclubs; Zephyr, Hacienda, Cruise Bar & World Bar, also at Melbourne’s biggest club nights The Emerson, and twice made a special guest appearance at Cocoon Beach Club in Bali.

 

She has been a favourite DJ through the summer season on board many of the luxury Super Yachts entertaining its high-profile clients around Sydney Harbour.

A regular DJ at the famous ATC Royal Randwick, FELINE provides the pumping tunes to that most sought-after party on each major race day, performing in the glamorous Moet Chandon Members area at The Stables.

FELINE is well versed playing to any crowd, delivering on any brief. Whether it’s mixing downtempo funk and soul at Sydney’s hottest venues, classic house & nu disco at sunset sessions in Bali, background beats at brand events or dropping the big dance and disco crowd favourites, she’ll always entertain and inspire the audience.

Her passion for surprising party-goer’s with a unique blend of remixed classic house and R&B tracks, while building any dance floor and crowd into the rocking party everyone hopes for, has seen her become a favourite across the Australian corporate events scene.

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