SA Conference: THRIVE
Two days of leading, local HR innovation and strategy to help you thrive in 2022
Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 November
National Wine Centre of Australia


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Dale Beasley – Secretary, SA Unions

Day Two: Session title to be announced

As the current head of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA (SA Unions) Dale has a keen interest in understanding and shaping the future of work by building communities of shared knowledge, and shaping policy based on the skills, knowledge and aspirations of South Australians. As a former Director of engineer’s and scientist’s union Professionals Australia, Dale believes in collaboration and evidence-based action to achieve it.

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Emily Haar – Partner, Piper Alderman

Day Two: Managing Mental Health in the workplace

Emily supports organisations by providing timely legal advice through every stage of employment, including hiring, managing the workforce, and resolving disputes. Emily provides advice to employers from various industries in relation to all aspects of employment, industrial relations, work health and safety, and workers compensation law.

Emily hosts Piper Alderman’s podcast, Employment Law for the Time Poor, updating listeners on complicated legal issues in manageable portions. In 2018, 2020, and 2021, Emily was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star for Employment & WHS – Australia.

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Sarah Griffen – Director, Griffen People

Day One: Culture and Hybrid Work

With 20+ years of delivering contemporary People and Culture Solutions as a Senior HR Leader, Sarah now works with individuals and organisations to develop the capability, capacity and culture that drives peak performance through her coaching and consulting work. Sarah holds a Masters in HRM (Organisational Change Management), and has recently completed training in Neuroscience and Positive Intelligence.


Daniel Krips – Special Counsel, Dentons

Day Two: Mediation or Investigation

Danny is a workplace and industrial lawyer who is as interested in managing people and personalities as he is the provisions of Australia’s complex laws.

He has advised public, private and not-for-profit sector clients in relation to all phases of the employment lifecycle.

With a particular interest in investigations, misconduct matters and conflict resolution, Danny takes every opportunity to work with clients to assist them understand and meet the challenges the modern workplace brings.

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Alexandra Laws – Human Performance Specialist, Speaker and Educator, Performance Laws

Day one: Are you Hacking Your Human or is it Hacking You?

Alex ia an accomplished High Performance Coach, Exercise Kinesiologist and strength conditioning professional with over 20 years of experience assisting athletes to achieve World records, World Titles, Wimbledon Championships, French Open Championships, Olympic Medalists, X Games Medalists and National titles.

As a former professional Triathlete she represented Australia 4 times, competed in the Commonwealth Games and won 4 World Championship medals. Being a lifelong athlete and passionate about the human body and its proper function she possess the expertise to identify dysfunctional gaps within athletes training and performance.

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Erin McCarthy – Partner, Piper Alderman

Day Two: Managing Mental Health in the workplace

Erin is a partner with 20 years’ experience in providing advice to employers and employer associations on all aspects of occupational health and safety, employment and industrial relations law as well as delivering essential information seminars and training workshops on key employment issues.

Erin regularly provides strategic advice in relation to performance management, misconduct investigations and unfair dismissal claims, bullying, discrimination and harassment matters and occupational health and safety issues including risk management and policy development.

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Dr Gemma Munro – Thought leader, transformational facilitator and award-winning speaker

Day One: Making Brave Choices in the Midst of Change

Dr Gemma Munro has a PhD in performance psychology and a flair for lighting up leaders.

Winner of the Duncan Prize for speaking and a two-time Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist, Gemma is known as a catalyst for laughter, a-ha moments and wake-up calls.

She has the unique ability to inspire people to make deep, long-lasting changes in mindset and behaviours, and to make these changes feel easy and joyful.

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Daniel Panozzo – Disruptor, Change Leader, Award Winning Journalist

Day One: Affecting Change in a Modern Workplace: Desire 101

Daniel is an unapologetic disruptor who questions all he sees and is recognised for his ability to connect with individuals and audiences alike. His mission is to engage, challenge and inspire others to think beyond conventional thought processes and norms.

Delivering a unique blend of change management and emotional intelligence capability he possesses an ability to make sense of and communicate how to bridge the divide between organisational change methodology into individual practicality and is highly regarded for his influential operating style.

He currently juggles his time between professional public speaker, host and facilitator, the practising Organisational Change Manager for the RAA, the co-Founder and co-Director of his own boutique consulting agency, Aspen Solutions, as well as the co-Creator and co-Host of the multi award-winning radio show/podcast, Just Lawful.

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Todd Roberts – CEO Credit Union SA

Day One: Skills to thrive as a HR leader

Todd has spent over 25 years working in finance and professional services across Australia and the UK, including 11 years as an Executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is passionate about leading a highly effective, performance-driven professional team who are dedicated to achieving outstanding results for both internal and external customers.

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Susan Sadler – National President, AHRI SA State Council | Director, Red Wagon Workplace Solutions

Day Two: Lessons from the Workplace

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.

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Kaye Smith – Principal Partner and Director, EMA Legal

Day Two: Developments in the law of sexual harassment

Kaye’s work extends to employment law in both State and Federal jurisdictions. She enjoys complex employment disputes, dismissals, contract and wages disputes, work health and safety, anti-discrimination law and industrial disputes. Kaye also acts as Panel Manager for local government code of conduct disputes, and enjoys providing strategic and practical advice to chief-executive officers and boards.

Kaye has been individually recognised, since 2011 in the Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession. During that time Kaye has been consistently recognised as a ‘Market Leader’ or ‘Preeminent’ Employment Lawyer (Employer Representation) in South Australia and as ‘Leading’ in Australia since 2018.

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Will Snow – Partner, Finlaysons

Day Two: Dismissals – case law update, trends and strategy

Will Snow gives legal advice about when things go wrong at work. It could be concerning termination of employment, a safety incident or a work injury. He usually acts for companies but also acts for employees. He loves the variety, grey areas and complexity of employment law.

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Prof Andrew Stewart – John Bray Professor of Law

Day Two: Workplace relations under the Albanese Government: What do we know so far?

Andrew is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide, Adjunct Professor with QUT’s Centre for Decent Work & Industry, and a consultant with the law firm Piper Alderman. A pre-eminent expert on employment law and workplace relations, and the author of Stewart’s Guide to Employment Law, he has decades of experience in advising employers, trade unions and governments at all levels on legal and policy issues.

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Nicole Underwood – Managing Director, Underwood Executive

Day One: Skills to thrive as a HR leader

Nicole has led Underwood Executive through 10 years of numerous achievements. Underwood Executive has also been named in LinkedIn’s top 25 most socially engaged recruitment firms in Asia Pacific. With a significant social media following, Nicole is ranked in the top 1% of her market as an industry thought leader. She has a Bachelor of Management from The University of South Australia, is a Fellow of the Recruitment Consulting Services Association (RCSA), a Board Member of the Professional Practice Council, RCSA, as well as an Executive Mentor at the University of South Australia.

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Chris Wood – Councillor, AHRI SA State Council | General Manager – People & Culture, Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging

Day One: Indigenous Employment: From Reconciliation Action Plans, to opportunity, to sustainable employment futures.

Chris brings executive people and culture leadership from a broad range of business. MBA qualified, offering experience gained in breadth of industry and cultures across Australia, Europe and North America. He is now the General Manager of People and Culture at Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging.

Chris will facilitate this session.

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Samantha Young – Managing Director, Human Psychology

Day One: “I see you HR” – self-care challenges for HR Professionals in 2022

Samantha brings a unique combination of senior management and commercial experience, psychological intervention skills and Masters-level formal education in both business and psychology to her clinical, training, coaching and consulting work. She has designed and delivered training for over twenty years and is a sought after facilitator, working with hundreds of employees and managers and dozens of organisations every year.

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