Main program speakers

National Convention & Exhibition 2022

Monday 15 August – Wednesday 17 August


Main program speakers

Wiseman, Liz HIGH RES

Liz Wiseman 

Researcher, Executive Advisor and Author


Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact.

She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking, and in 2019 was recognised as a top leadership thinker in the world.

She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and a variety of other business and leadership journals. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University and is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, where she worked as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.

Wardle, Duncan

Duncan Wardle 

Former Head of Innovation and Creativity, Disney


As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences. 

He now brings his extensive Disney expertise to audiences around the world using a unique approach to Design Thinking, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas. 

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Innovation toolkit helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. 

Duncan is a multiple TED speaker and contributor to Fast Company, Forbes & the Harvard Business Review. He teaches innovation Master Classes at Yale, Harvard, and Edinburgh University. 

Shadé Zahrai

Shadé Zahrai

Principal and Director, Influenceo Global 


Shadé Zahrai is recognized for her superhuman ability to translate neuroscience and psychology research into practical, actionable strategies to accelerate success.  

As Principal and Director of her positive-leadership consultancy, Influenceo Global, she consults, trains and coaches leaders and teams from startups to Fortune-500s, breathing life into organisational culture to enhance change-readiness for transformation, increase engagement, support the development of people-centric strategies and boost commercial performance.  

A former commercial lawyer with a background in psychology and strategy consulting, bolstered by 10+ years across a top tier legal firm and Big-4 bank, Shadé is very in touch with the human side of a business and how to optimize performance. She is also passionate about advocating for women in business and specializes in equipping them with the confidence, capability and clarity to excel through her Neurofemina Institute.  

In 2019 Shadé was recognized as Mentor of the Year for Women in Financial Services and is a two-time Victoria state finalist in the prestigious Telstra Women in Business Awards. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Fast Company and Vice due to her prolific career development content on Forbes and social media, and she has garnered over 2.1 million combined followers.  

She is also a 3-time Australian Latin Dance Champion whose contemporary Latin performance promoting unity and collaboration has been featured on TED. 

Alexandra Badenoch FAHRI

Alexandra Badenoch FAHRI

Transformation, Communications and People  Group Executive


Alexandra Badenoch became Telstra’s Group Executive Transformation & People on 1 October 2018 and in February 2020 took on expanded accountability for the Communications team, becoming Group Executive Transformation, Communications & People. In this role Alex is accountable for Telstra’s transformation roadmap and orchestrating the delivery of its key priorities with a focus on transforming the way employees work. The role also oversees activity designed to strengthen employee engagement and external reputation. Alex re-joined Telstra in August 2016 to take up the role of Group Executive Human Resources. In this role she was responsible for the provision of strategic advice and support to the business in the areas of Organisational Development and Performance, New Ways of Working, Talent, Recruitment, Remuneration and Rewards, HR Systems, Health Safety & Environment and Workplace Relations. Prior to this, she was Director of Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Customer at Asciano, Australia’s largest rail and ports operator, and brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce. Before joining Asciano, Alex worked at Telstra for more than five years as Executive Director Organisational Development & Talent and Executive Director HR for Telstra’s Consumer business, including BigPond and Telstra Country Wide. Known for her change management skills and ability to deliver strong commercial outcomes, Alex has designed and implemented key initiatives to drive successful change across multiple organisations, including Novell Inc and Coles Myer. 

Shelley Cable

Shelley Cable 

GAICD CPA, Director, Generation One at Minderoo Foundation 


Shelley Cable is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, Western Australia, and the CEO of Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One initiative.  

Shelley has dedicated her career to promoting Indigenous leadership and ending economic disparity for her “mob”, striving for the empowerment of Indigenous Australians through financial literacy, and highlighting that self-determination begins with secure employment.  

She has made it her mission, through Generation One, to create employment parity with and for Indigenous Australians in one generation. Generation One is working towards the ambitious goal of getting 300,000 Indigenous Australians into work over the next 20 years, with equitable representation across different jobs, levels, and industries by 2040. 

Dr Ruchi Sinha

Dr Ruchi Sinha

Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, University of South Australia


Dr Ruchi Sinha is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of South Australia Business School. She has a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University, USA. Dr Sinha is an internationally recognised expert in negotiation skills. She is passionate about translating psychological and management science research into actionable insights for leaders, employees and organisations. Her research revolves around understanding voice, conflict and shared leadership in teams and the role of power and emotions in negotiation success. She has published several practitioner articles in the Harvard Business Review and other reputed outlets such as the New York Times and The Conversation. Her recent TED talk on Negotiations has over 2.4 million views. She has been invited to give keynotes and talks at global events. 

Ruchi’s work has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behaviour. She serves on editorial boards of top management and psychology journals. Dr Sinha has attracted competitive industry funding worth over 1 million dollars. She has worked on projects related to organisational climate, engagement, wellbeing and workplace flexibility with a wide range of public and private organisations. She has worked with prominent industry partners, including the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, Australia State Government Agencies, and the Australian Department of Defence Science and Technology. She shares her understanding of psychology and its impact on work in her blog titled [email protected].  

David Concannon CPHR

David Concannon CPHR

Chief Operations Officer, Employer Branding Australia


David is the chief operating officer at Employer Branding Australia, working with a fantastic team to help bring organisations’ talent offers to life through deep research, insights and the power of people-centered storytelling.

A Queensland State Councilor with the Australian HR Institute and a certified HR practitioner, David has always believed that if people have a better experience at work, in organisations that truly value their contribution, that the world will simply be a much better place. Over the years, David has worked across a diverse range of industries and a variety of HR roles and teaches strategic HRM and people management subjects in the MBA and Executive MBA programs at Queensland University of Technology. A true HR geek at heart, when David isn’t at work, he spends his time negotiating with a terrible-twos-toddler and trying to remember why he thought this was a good time to go off coffee.

Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Founder, The Resilience Project


Hugh founded The Resilience Project 10 years ago after discovering resilience in it’s purest form whilst teaching in India and subsequently completing his post graduate studies looking at resilience and wellbeing. 

Since then, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 900 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to run workshops at every club in the competition and since then, he has worked with the Australian Cricket Team, the Australian Netball Team, the Australian Women’s Soccer Team, The Jillaroos and 10 AFL teams. 

Beyond the team environment, Hugh has been lucky enough to work one on one with individuals such as Steve Smith, Dustin Martin and Billy Slater. 

In addition to his work in schools and elite sport, Hugh has presented to over 500 corporate groups as a keynote speaker and developed comprehensive programs for a range of workplaces across different sectors.

Hugh is a bestselling author and co-host of the popular podcast, The Imperfects.

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Mimi Kwa

Journalist and Author


When Mimi Kwa set out to change the world, journalism was her weapon of choice, and it has taken her further than she could ever have dreamed, to become the first Asian heritage female on Channel Nine, anchor news to 40 countries,and interview significant decision makers and notable figures from around the globe.

In her fascinating career spanning two decades, Mimi has interviewed Prime Ministers, bank and corporate CEOs, sports stars, film stars and celebrities. Her experience asa reporter, program host, and news anchor, has given Mimi rare insight into life in front of the camera in pursuit of journalistic truth —a truth that has set her free, both professionally and personally.

Mimi recognises a global shift in consciousness to find both our individual and collective truth and purpose, and she now engages and inspires audiences to understand the new era of transparency and trust, supporting them to make their personal and corporate brands be seen, heard and believed —all accomplished with the art of genuine engagement and conscious communication.

In Mimi’s memoir House of Kwa, published by Harper Collins 2021, she writes about her deeply personal journey of childhood trauma, as well as her Chinese father’s large family of 32 brothers and sisters and her mother’s schizophrenia. For all the thousands of interviews and stories Mimi has told, her own multi generational sweeping family saga is undoubtedly among the most compelling.

Mimi’s journalism background and richly diverse heritage makes her an outstanding Master Facilitator, MC and Keynote speaker.

Sebastian Terry

Sebastian Terry

CEO, 100things


After the loss of a close friend in his early twenties, Sebastian had a moment of reflection which led him to asking himself a question that would go on to change his life

“Am I happy?”

The answer was NO, and so he penneddown a list of 100things that he hoped would bring him closer to a sense of happiness.

Now 10 years on and counting, Seb has ticked off 74 items from his list, has raised almost half a million dollars for charities and has found a sense of purpose that he could never have dreamed of.

His story turned into books, TV shows and documentaries, has most impressively inspired a global community of individuals and organizations who have identified, pursued, and achieved their own goals, too.

Since the moment Sebastian left Australia to begin his journey, support and interest for 100things has been overwhelming. What started as a journey about one man has now developed into a journey about many.

Shortly into his journey, Sebastian observed that 100things was inspiring people in ways he couldn’t believe.

“In the first instance strangers would begin sharing their lists with me and then before I knew it these same people would actually ask for my help. It was when a man named Mark approached me for help that the trajectory of my life changed”.

Mark, a quadriplegic man from Melbourne, Australia, was the victim of a tick bite which infected him with Lymes diseases. As such he soon after lost the ability to move and speak. He had become a quadriplegic. After hearing of the 100things story on TV, Mark approached Sebastian and asked him to help him achieve his dream of completing a half marathon-he just needed someone to push him.

This moment allowed Sebastian an opportunity to for the first time help someone with their own list and immediately he said yes.

“To this day, helping push Mark across the finish line of the half marathon remains one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and I haven’t stopped helping people since”.

“I thought it would take me 100things to find happiness but I realized that after ticking off 72 items, that it was actually Number 26: Help a Stranger, that held the key to me finding true purpose”.

100things continues to inspire people and organizations globally.


Dr Ben Hamer

Chair, AHRI Future of Work Advisory Panel, Lead, Future of Work, PWC


Dr Ben Hamer is a West Australian native and one of Australia’s leading work futurists, having studied at the Institute for the Future. He is the Head of Future of Work at PwC Australia and, in this capacity, spent time seconded to the World Economic Forum heading up critical projects on the future of work, skills, and education. Ben has a Doctorate of Public Administration, which included time spent as a Visiting Scholar at Yale University. He is an Adjunct Fellow with the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University, a Board Member at the Australian HR Institute, and regularly provides expert commentary on the Future of Work across Australian media. 

Dr Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Director of the Centre for the New Workforce, Swinburne University


Dr. Sean Gallagher is Director of the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University and is an internationally recognised expert on the future of work. He supports leaders to help them understand the impact of disruptive change on work and how it is transforming the workforce and workplace. He works with business and government across all sectors through research-informed analysis to help create value through unleashing the potential of their people. He is a chief investigator of the ARC Australian Cobotics Centre, on the Tech Council of Australia’s Digital Workforce Strategy Working Group, and a member of AHRI’s Future of Work Advisory Panel. His research on the future of work has been widely endorsed, including by APEC, Engineers Australia, the Taiwanese Workforce Development Agency, and the Victorian government. Sean holds a PhD in chemistry.

Andrea Clarke

Andrea Clarke

Founder, FutureFit Co 


Andrea encourages people to be ‘future fit’ through writing, speaking & delivering digital learning programs. A former television news reporter and Washington D.C. correspondent, Andrea covered major news events for Al Jazeera English, the Pentagon Channel and Thomson Reuters before working on humanitarian aid programs to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrea then led the communication campaign for the ‘Save Darfur’ advocacy movement to stop the genocide in Sudan. With a commitment for growing careers, Andrea founded FutureFitCo in 2012 and stepped into EdTech in 2015, when she built her first LMS system to deliver content to remote learners. She is the author of the book: ‘Future Fit: How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work’ – a finalist in the Australian Career Book Award 2019, winner of the Australian Business Book of the Year 2019 and finalist in the UK Business Book Awards 2020. Andrea is also a member of the Australian HR Institute’s Future of Work Advisory Panel.

Reanna Browne

Reanna Browne

Founder & Principal futurist, Work Futures 


Reanna is an academically trained and practicing futurist with experience and education in business and workforce futures + strategy, HR and organisational design and development.
Reanna has held roles as both a consulting and ‘in-house’ futurist, working with a global client based across public, private and start-up sectors. In addition to co-founding her own start-up, Reanna has also worked as an executive in a global start-up, and in a range of senior public sector roles across both state and federal settings.
Reanna is also a former AHRI Council member and member of the AHRI Future of Work Advisory Panel.

Peter Williams

Peter Williams 

Chief Edge Officer, Centre for the Edge, Deloitte 


Peter is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in Innovation. Peter started working with internet technologies in 1993 and in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group, Deloitte Australia. Since that time Peter is the CEO of the Eclipse Group, a Deloitte subsidiary, and then founded Deloitte Digital. He is also the Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council and the Chief Edge Officer. He is recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT.

Pete is a long standing director of the Deloitte Foundation. He worked tirelessly on bushfire recovery for two years after the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, with a particular focus on the community of Flowerdale. He has also worked extensively on Community Led Recovery in Victoria following the Black Summer fires of 2020, and was recognised for his efforts by being awarded the 2020 Deloitte Social Impact Award.

Aaron McEwan FAHRI

VP, Research & Advisory, Gartner 


Aaron McEwan is a behavioral scientist, psychologist and futurist and was recently named a Top 100 Global HR Influencer and one of 5 HR Leaders to Follow in 2022. As VP, Research & Advisory for Gartner’s HR Practice, Aaron provides strategic advice to the world’s leading companies on the future of work and talent and helps leaders manage their most critical relationships across the c-suite and board. Alongside his current role, Aaron is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, serves on the national committee for the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group in Coaching Psychology and is an Associate of Macquarie University’s Centre for Workforce Futures. He has lectured at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, University of NSW, University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology and was a member of Innovation Nation, a cross-industry initiative sponsored by the Office of the Prime Minister to elevate Australia’s reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Dr Michelle Phipps FCPHR

Chair, AHRI Diversity & Inclusion advisory panel | Chief People Office, VetPartners Aust/NZ/Singapore


Dr Michelle Phipps is currently Chief People Officer at VetPartners animal hospitals, resorts, and clinics. Michelle was previously GM HR Business Partnering and Talent for QBE Insurance and before that, Group Head of Talent, Learning and Inclusion at Coca-Cola Amatil. She possesses over 20 years in HR across local and global territories in a variety of industries within and outside the ASX.

Michelle has strong background and lived experiences in D&I. She has served as a member of the Australian HR Institute D&I Advisory Committee for 2+ years and is pleased to serve as its Chair from 2022. Michelle was on the Board of the Australian Drinks Association and a founding Committee Member for its Women in Drinks and HRD Forum. She has a PhD in Culture and Identity, a Masters in HR Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She has won several awards for the successful implementation of D&I and cultural strategies within organisations. Further, Michelle serves as Board Chair of Ausdance NSW which enables the development of dance education and art in NSW. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Fiona Krautil CPHR

Principal, Diversity KnowHow


Fiona Krautil is Founder and Principal of her own company Diversity Knowhow.  

Diversity and inclusion is Fiona’s passion, and she works with employers to narrow the gap between their diversity rhetoric and reality by accelerating their D&I agenda. She loves developing D&I strategy and educating, enabling and empowering leaders and staff to shift D & I mindsets, systems and workplace culture, to increase staff engagement, fairness, innovation, performance and growth. 

With more than 20 years senior leadership and D & I experience in government, not for profit, tertiary education and private sector leadership roles Fiona sets up leaders and organisations for D & I success. She is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), an AHRI D&I awards judge and a founding member of the AHRI Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel. 

Fiona is currently D&I Lead at Uniting NSW.ACT. Her previous D & I leadership roles have included Head of Diversity & Inclusion at University of Sydney, Head of Diversity at ANZ, Westpac, Esso Australia, and Victorian Department of Agriculture. Over the past ten years she has also worked with clients from across a wide range of industry sectors, including health, policing, community housing, energy, transport and roads, universities, financial services, mining and retail. In 2014 Fiona launched her book “Diversity Unplugged – how leading CEOs champion workplace inclusion.” 

Andrew Timming FCPHR

Professor of Human Resource Management and Deputy Dean Research & Innovation, School of Management, RMIT University


Andrew R. Timming is Professor of Human Resource Management and Deputy Dean Research & Innovation in the School of Management at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in Economic Sociology from Cambridge University. His most recent book, Applied Statistics: Business and Management Research, was published this year. He researches recruitment and selection, employee voice, and tattoos in the workplace.

Liz Griffin FCPHR

Head of Indigenous Employment, Generation One, Minderoo Foundation


Liz Griffin is a senior organisational development specialist with deep expertise in diversity and inclusion, learning and development and organisational change. Her background has included roles across several industries including airlines, financial services, professional services and education.

Griffin has worked in global, regional and local roles based in Hong Kong and Sydney and was previously the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the Qantas Group and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Griffin is an alumni of the Sydney Asialink Leaders program. In Hong Kong, she was an active member of the Australian and American Chambers of Commerce, playing significant roles in HR and Women of Influence committees.

Mathew Paine CPHR

Chief People Officer, Department of Planning and Environment


Mathew Paine is the Chief People Officer at the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment, President of the Board of Directors at the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation – Australia’s longest-running HIV charity, co-convener of the Australian HR Institute NSW IR/ER committee and AHRI Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Panel member.  

Mathew has over 20 years of senior Human Resource Management experience within the private, government and not for profit sectors. HR industry accolades under Mathew’s leadership include the Australian HR Team of the Year Award, Best Recruitment Campaign Award, Inclusive Workplace Award, Talent Development Award, Education and Training Award, HR Person of the Year and the NSW Training Awards Large Employer of the Year.  

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 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, U.K), a Certified Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI, Australia) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Aubrey Blanche

Aubrey Blanche

Senior Director of Equitable Design, Product & People at Culture Amp

Founder of The Mathpath 


Aubrey Blanche is a math nerd and empath who helps organizations build equitable processes, products, and experiences. Her work combines an empathic and intersectional approach with social scientific methods to create meaningful, sustainable change. From fair talent processes and bias-resistant product design to equitable algorithmic design and communications strategy, she helps organizations think holistically about evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly-diversifying and globalizing world.

Sharon Parker

Sharon Parker

PhD (Sheffield), John Curtin Distinguished Professor

Director, Centre for Transformative Work Design

Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University


ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon K. Parker is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is the recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award and, in November of 2019, Sharon was named among the world’s most influential scientists and social scientists in the Web of Science Group’s 2019 list of 2019 Highly Cited Researchers, and the only female in Australia appearing on this list in the field of Economics and Business. She has published more than 150 internationally refereed articles, including publications in top tier journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Annual Review of Psychology, on topics including work design, proactive behaviour, and job performance. She is a past Associate Editor for Academy of Management Annals and has previously served on numerous editorial boards. Sharon has attracted competitive research funding worth over $40,000,000, and has worked with a wide range of public and private organizations.

Sharon’s main roles at Curtin university include her leadership of the Centre for Transformative Work Design and the Mature Workers in Organisations Stream of the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing. She is also a member of the Future of Work Management committee.

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

Trend forecaster and bestselling author 


Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of eight books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Emile Perrine

Chief Learning Architect, KPMG 


Emile is the Chief Learning Architect of the global KPMG Transformation Experience, an embedded digital and experiential development ecosystem enabling teams to show up in transformation moments that matter. 

Within KPMG’s Management Consulting service, Emile has an impassioned focus surrounding supporting clients with transformative learning, capability uplift and behavioural change. 

He also has deep curiosity behind how business leaders can be supported to best enable human intelligence behind frontier technologies such as the metaverse, and how this could be considered when empowering workforces for the future of work. 

Emile partners with leading global and local businesses across Professional Services, Big Retail, Mining, Energy, Government, Agriculture, Banking, Tertiary Education and Not-for-profits to meaningfully drive them forward. 

Kathleen McCudden CAHRI

Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer, SEEK 


Kathleen is responsible for People, Culture and Corporate Communications across SEEK. The focus of her role is to create an environment for the people at SEEK to achieve the company’s growth agenda and build and evolve the company culture for the global business. Kathleen joined SEEK in 2016, bringing a wealth of experience within the technology, professional services, and employment industries. Before joining SEEK Kathleen worked for IBM as ANZ HR Director and various roles across Asia Pacific, and prior to that at PwC Consulting in HR Leadership roles. 

Caroline North

Manager – Market Research, SEEK 


Caroline has spent time in both the UK and Australia working in research and communication with a focus on translating research into actionable insight. During the last 11 years at SEEK, Caroline has worked to support both internal and external Customers in understanding Candidate needs – including the inception as well as continued development of the Laws Of Attraction research study, which looks to understand what candidates prioritise when considering who or where to work for. In addition, Caroline has developed a number of initiatives to understand the broader trends within the D&I landscape.  Caroline lives and works in regional Victoria with her family on 4 acres of beautiful bushland on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung people. 

Stan Gallo

Partner, Forensic Services, BDO Australia  


Stan Gallo is a Forensic Partner of BDO Australia.  An experienced senior leader, Stan is a highly regarded risk and technology specialist who combines proactive risk management, investigative and technology skills to assist organisations in aligning Governance, Risk and Compliance programs with their strategic objectives. Stan provides risk management advice and assistance in both proactive and reactive capacities. He has worked with numerous public and private sector organisations looking to address workplace issues and introduce enhanced performance and cultural reform. 

Monica Watt

CHRO of ELMO Software across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom


Monica Watt has more than 20 years of experience leading business operations, compliance and human resources in public, private, not-for-profit, academic and government sectors. Monica is committed to bringing people, practice and technology together.

Natalie Slessor

Environmental Psychologist | Head of Customer Futures, Lendlease 


As one of Australia’s few social psychologists specialising in the built environment, Natalie works with customers to answer key questions about how Lendlease responds to the future of living, leisure and work. 

The Lendlease property development and investment business in Australia is continually evolving its vision for how our customers will work, live, shop and connect in the assets we create and operate. 

Natalie draws upon our wealth of customer data, experiences and insights with a particular emphasis on exploring new concepts, offerings and unique positioning to ready Lendlease for our next era of leadership in place-making in all our markets.  

Lendlease are continually advancing efforts to best respond to how major market trends, such as the next generation of workforce and changes in technology, that will shape our products and projects in the future. 

Anita Patrick 

HR Director PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand


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.

Corinne Canter 

Head of Consulting, Human Synergistics Australia 


As the head of Consulting at Human Synergistics Australia, Corinne Canter understands the importance of achieving genuine and meaningful change within an organisation! With an impressive 25 years’ experience in leadership roles covering a cross-mix of industries including Telecommunications, Finance and Construction, Corinne has worked closely with leaders and their teams to improve organisational effectiveness, business performance and thought leadership. 

Corinne is a published author and co-author on leadership, culture and innovation. She was appointed Program Director and co-research lead in 2012 investigating the “Science of Aha” with the University of Technology Neuroscience Research Unit investigating how to teach leaders to increase their capacity for new and innovative thinking leading to more Aha! moments. 

Corinne’s great strength in business is her ability to balance strong relationships with creative problem solving of pain points. She is unafraid to challenge the norm in supporting her clients find new and different ways of doing things and enabling senior leaders to stretch out of their comfort zones. 

Corinne is insatiably curious and purposefully passionate about helping to open people’s eyes to new possibilities for themselves, their families, their teams, organisations and communities. 

Barbara Sheehy  

National Indigenous Manager, People and Culture, Australia Post 


Barbara Sheehy AAICD [she/her] is a proud Birri Gubba woman based in Brisbane and National Indigenous Manager at Australia Post. Her executive career spans national and international public and private enterprises, government, and community not-for-profit and non-profit sectors. Barb is passionate about youth and social justice issues calling for true systemic changes that empower future generational leaders, strong in culture, identity, knowledge, and connection.  She recently completed Australian Institute Company Directions (AICD) studies to further her aspirations and advocation for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices within boardrooms across Corporate Australia. 

Michael Brennan   

Chair, Productivity Commission 


Michael Brennan is Chair of the Productivity Commission. 

Previously Michael was Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group, in the Federal Treasury with responsibility for budget policy, retirement incomes, Commonwealth-State relations, social policy and infrastructure financing. 

Before that he was Deputy Secretary, Economic in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Michael has worked as an Associate Director in the economics and policy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a senior adviser to Treasurers and Ministers for Finance at the State and Federal level. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the ANU. 

Michael is currently working on the Productivity Review inquiry, Closing the Gap Review and National School Reform Agreement studies. 

In addition to his role of Chair, Michael also worked on the Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory study. 

Cath Brokenborough  

Executive Lead, First Nations Engagement, Lendlease


Cath is a proud Wiradjuri First Nations woman, born on Dharug Country in Western Sydney and now living and working on Quandamooka Country, Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Queensland.  

She is the Executive Lead for First Nations engagement at Lendlease where she has led the development of three Reconciliation Action Plans, including their current Elevate RAP.  

Cath is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently: 

  • Chair of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre;  
  • a Board member and Chair of the People and Culture Committee at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission;  
  • a Board member at the Queensland North West Hospital and Health Service;  
  • Chair of the Dhawura Ngilan Business and Investor Initiative;  
  • Chair of NSW Treasury First Nations Advisory Council. 

Rachael Townsley

Marketing Director, Indeed


Rachael Townsley is Marketing Director at Indeed. She is responsible for driving business growth with an integrated marketing approach, focusing on building the brand for Enterprise, SMB and job seeker experiences. Prior to Indeed, Rachael was Head of APAC Marketing at Quantcast, Head of Marketing and Communications for Pandora (music) and Trade Marketing lead for Australia’s leading media company, Southern Cross Austereo.

Maia Gould 

Strategic services lead, School of Cybernetics, Australian National University 


Maia is the strategic services lead at the brand new School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University, looking at technology adoption from a human and earth lens. Maia loves working at the intersection between disciplines. After studying arts and science at university 20 years ago, she trained and worked as a science writer and has since held a variety of strategy, research, communications and business development roles. She holds a Master of Bioethics focused on emerging science and technology and has worked with some of Australia’s largest professional service firms and managed social research on issues such as mental health and corporate social responsibility. Maia is passionate about helping ideas and people find their place in a noisy, complex world, and manages a diverse team at the School of Cybernetics. 

Fiona Michel FCPHR 

Non-Executive Director, AHRI | Chief Executive Officer, Braemar Hospital 


Fiona Michel has public and private sector experience within the technology, banking, insurance, health, property, primary industry and utility sectors as an executive, director and consultant in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Asia. 

Fiona has transitioned from nearly two decades as a Chief People Officer to the role of Chief Executive at one of New Zealand’s leading private surgical hospitals.  She was a finalist in the Women of Influence awards in 2021 for her work on New Zealand’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Programme.  During Fiona’s HR career she led significant health and safety and legislative workplace compliance in high risk and highly regulated private, public and listed organisations, and has won awards in both New Zealand and Australia for achievement in HR, leadership, culture transformation and industrial relationships. 

Fiona is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, has a Masters of Business Administration, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Fellow of AHRI and CIPD. 

Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR 

Founder and CEO, mwah | AHRI Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Panel 


It’s not an exaggeration to say Rhonda has long been obsessed by culture, or more specifically understanding, measuring, mapping, leveraging and codifying the complex system that is organisational culture.  

A former AHRI HR Leader of the Year and National Businesswoman of the Year, Rhonda Brighton-Hall is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in people and culture, and her lifelong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and Belonging, and what it takes to create work as a place (virtual or otherwise) where every person can thrive. From that she co-designed the mwah. Culture Dashboard, the first measure of the complex systems in the culture space.  

Her fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.  

Her career has spanned four large multinationals − BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica, and CBA, living and working in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. She now works with entrepreneurs, businesses and leaders focused on improving the way we work, having founded “mwah. – Making Work Absolutely Human” in 2017. 

James Hancock 

Co-Founder, mwah 


James Hancock is a next generation People & Culture Leader with strong expertise in organisational design and development, customer/employee centred design, and ways of working (e.g., agile and scrum) gained from diverse HR, Strategy, Digital and Business Management roles. He has worked across Australia and the USA – the latter giving him recognition as a 2021 ‘HR Consultant of the Year’ awards in the Delaware Valley Human Resources Management (SHRM) – an accolade he was honoured to to win. 

His recent achievements include: 

  • Co-designing the mwah. Culture Dashboard platform product 
  • Leading global virtual reality projects in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging with 
  • clients like Google, ViacomCBS (Paramount), Mayo Clinic, and the University of Illinois 
  • Leading organisational development and culture review work with progressive financial 
  • services clients including MA Financial Group and Bank of Queensland 

James is passionate about making work absolutely human from a broad range of perspectives – people, industries, roles, and levels – to move forward on the most complex challenges we face at work.

Susan Sadler CPHR 

Director of Red Wagon Workplace Solutions | South Australian State President, AHRI 


Susan Sadler is the South Australian State President of AHRI and Director of Red Wagon Workplace Solutions, a successful IR Consultancy. 

Passionate about supporting the activities of the HR community in South Australia, Susan holds a vision of continued professional development growth of every member. A sense of community enhancement is a strong focus for Susan, with learning and networking events providing key opportunities to get to know and share experiences with fellow HR practitioners. 

A seasoned member of AHRI, including a long term committee member of the IR/ER AHRI Network, Susan’s growth to President is reflective of her ability as a commercially focused HR professional, known for her straight talking but practical approach to both strategic and operational HR practice. 

Susan’s extensive understanding of employment law and business best practice, in addition to her background in psychology and a master’s degree in human resource management, enable her to continually deliver outstanding results. With a strong focus on practical, honest advice, Susan has an innate ability to find people orientated opportunities, solutions and innovative best practice to share with her network, AHRI community and clients. 

Marcus Zeltzer  

Co-Founder, Yellow Canary   


Marcus is a senior executive and one of Australia’s preeminent experts on automation technology for use in payroll compliance. Following his passion for solving real-world business problems using technology, Marcus co-founded Yellow Canary to address under-serviced and widespread workforce compliance issues in Australian workplaces. Prior to Yellow Canary, Marcus co-founded an employment relations law firm built on automation technology and ran a company that delivered critical skills training to organisations going through transformational change. 

Robert King FCPHR

State HR Manager – NSW/QLD, Target Australia 


Robert joined Target Australia in 2015 from Westpac Banking Corporation and currently leads the People & Capability team – NSW/QLD. 

With a career spanning senior Human Resources roles, Robert is an accomplished HR professional with strong leadership and change management experience gained internationally in the UK, Asia and Australia. 

Robert has over 20 years HR experience and has successfully led strategies and teams through major change, business transformation and acquisition. 

Robert holds a Master of Human Resource Management degree and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow Certified Practitioner with AHRI. 

Ben Swift 

Educational Experiences Lead, Associate Director (Research), and Senior Lecturer, Australian National University 


Ben Swift is the Educational Experiences team lead at the School of Cybernetics. His team is responsible for the School’s microlearning experiences. 

Ben is an internationally-recognised interdisciplinary scholar and electronic/computer music artist. He’s an expert in computational art and music, AI/machine learning, data vis/data science and user experience (UX) design. 

Ben is the founder and director of the code/creativity/culture (c/c/c) studio, an interdisciplinary research and teaching collective which specialises in making things which explore the way that code (software), creativity (especially the arts) and culture (life) intersect in the modern world. 

Jarrad Parker

Executive Counsel, Nine Entertainment Co


Jarrad is an Executive Counsel at Nine Entertainment Co, working across TV, print and radio in the areas of media and employment law.

He works with a large number of internal and external stakeholders and provides practical legal advice across the full range of employee relations, industrial relations and workplace health and safety. He also provides advice in areas including defamation, contempt of court and statutory restrictions on publication, and manages a range of litigation.

Before joining Nine, Jarrad worked for over a decade at top tier global and national law firms in both employment and media law.

Sonia McDonald 

Leadership coach, author and advisor 


Sonia McDonald is an Australian leadership coach and advisor, thought leader, global keynote speaker and award-winning author.  She’s also CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ, Outstanding Leadership Awards and McDonald Inc. and through this she empowers and builds great leaders and leadership across the globe. 

Named as one of the Top 250 Influential Women in the world as well as Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs by Richtopia and is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and culture, organisational development, kindness and courage as well as workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership.  

She has more than 30 years’ experience in human resource management, leadership and organisational development and has held leadership positions around the world.  

Sonia has written several books on leadership: Leadership Attitude, Just Rock It! and First Comes Courage, and she writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She has been published in BBC Capital, The Australian, HRD Magazine, Business Insider and Richtopia 

Heidi Chambers 

Director –Employee experience and Digital Transformation | Product owner of WorkforceX, Deloitte  


Having led major digital transformation and employee experience projects globally, Heidi has used her background in psychology, human-centred design and product management to implement digital solutions which seamlessly bring together humans and technology to modernise the experience we have at work today.  

Now leading the development and delivery of some of the latest Digital Transformation and Employee Engagement approaches and platforms including WorkforceX, Heidi helps Deloitte and their clients more rapidly move people to new ways of working during constant digital transformation. Using modern communications, mobile application solutions and leading methodologies around employee experience, Heidi is designing inspiring, engaging places for people at work. 

Kirsten Watson

Partner – HR Transformation | Human Capital, Deloitte 


As the CHRO in large operational organisations, Kirsten Watson has shaped and led enterprise level transformations, which typically require a step change in HR operations to ensure the people function can drive the outcomes necessary to support the organisation’s strategy. As the Chief People Officer for Transport for NSW, Kirsten led the design and implementation of a customer-centric operating model change, the creation and widespread adoption of a new organisational culture and leadership model, and the people response during the first two years of COVID.  

Penny Lovett FCPHR

Executive General Manager HR, InvoCare


Penny Lovett is the Executive General Manager People and Culture for Invocare and was previously Chief Human Resources Officer for The Salvation Army. Her role encompasses leadership of the ecosystems of organisations and leadership of People and Culture and Transformation. 

Penny has held board roles for over 10 years and has more than 20 years’ experience in executive roles having performed HR Director roles in ASX, not for profit, health, insurance and aged care sectors. 

Liana Reinhardt FCPHR 

Chief People and Strategy Officer, Credit Union SA 


Liana is currently the Chief People and Strategy Officer with Credit Union SA and has experience across the Not-for-Profit, retail and FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) industries. Liana’s experience includes as an Executive with Workskil Australia in the National People Manager role, as the Director, People and Development with Ralph Lauren and with Kellogg’s across a number of roles including within the APAC supply chain. Liana started her career as a Trainee Optical Dispenser with OPSM, part of Luxottica, where she spent 15 years in a variety of roles and can still share a thing or two about optical physics or tighten the screws in your glasses. 

Liana holds a Graduate Certificate Professional Education and Training, Diploma of Management, Diploma Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and is an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Liana is also a Fellow Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a Vice President of the AHRI State Council in SA. 

Zerafina Zara 

Creative Technologist, VR Learning Designer & Account Executive 


Zerafina has worked in Virtual Reality since 2019. As lead learning designer she worked on a conversational VR learning experience for the Victorian TAFE sector and was hooked. In 2021 she worked in Business Development with Swinburne University and Imagine Room in Volumetric Capture (recording three dimensional moving objects) Recently she has worked with Snobal VR platform, solving design problems for meeting and learning in VR for some of the big 4 consulting firms. In June this year she was a guest lecturer at University of Technology’s subject ‘Predict; Future Trends in Learning Design.’

Gina Bass 

Director – Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing, Transport for NSW


Gina is an inclusion, diversity and wellbeing specialist and has held roles at vastly different organisations including Luxottica, Lendlease, Deloitte and Transport for NSW.

She is deeply committed to finding ways to remove barriers and create opportunities to support everyone to reach their full potential, both inside and outside the organisations where she works.

Both personally and professionally, Gina has driven significant change for parental leave equality since 2017, and this was recognised globally through the 2020 Catalyst Award for gender equality.

Her current role at Transport is to advise and set the direction for inclusion and diversity, the Reconciliation Action Plan, and wellbeing for the 30,000 strong workforce.