2020 Leaders Conference Speakers


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CEO Conference Program

Day 1 – Speakers & Bio

 

Nicola Grayson

Nicola Grayson
CEO
Consult Australia


Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations to governments in the UK, the European Union, and Australia. Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering. With an Honours Degree in Law from the UK, she specialises in liability and contracting issues on behalf of Consult Australia. Nicola previously worked for Consult Australia from 2004 to 2010 (the development of AS4122-2010 being her last major project). After 5 years back in the UK, she re-joined Consult Australia in 2017.

 

Kim Seeling Smith

Kim Seeling Smith
CEO
Ignite Global


Kim Seeling Smith is the CEO of Ignite Global, The Employee Retention Specialists, whose work has been recognized by Richard Branson’s 100% Human at Work Initiative. She has attended 2 of Branson’s invitation-only gatherings (Necker Island and South Africa) and has 3 client case studies published in their latest "Experiments Book”. 

Kim has personally conducted over ‘5,000’ exit interviews — making her one of the foremost authorities on what your best and brightest need to stay.

Kim is the author of the 2018 Employee Experience Report and Mind Reading for Managers: 5 FOCUSed Conversations for Greater Employee Engagement and Productivity.



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Craig Rispin
Futurist
Future Trends Group

Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert his expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them. Craig has over 20 years’ experience working where the future has been created – with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.

Some of his clients include: BHP Billiton, Canon, Colonial First State, IBM, and hundreds of professional industry associations. An award-winning keynote speaker and CEO mentor, Craig shows his clients how to Know First, Be First and Profit First.



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Jason Todd
Economist and Head of Wealth Management
Macquarie Bank


Jason began his career with JPMorgan New Zealand as their Equity strategist in 1996. He remained with JPMorgan until 2007 spending time in Sydney as the Australian Strategist, London and then New York as US/Global Strategist.

In 2007 he joined Morgan Stanley New York as US/Global Strategist where he remained until 2010 before moving to Asia. Jason most recently was Regional Asian strategist and Head of Hong Kong / China Equities with CIMB and Head of Australian Macroeconomic Research for Macquarie Bank.

Jason recently took up the role of Head of Investment Strategy Wealth Management. Jason is a CFA

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Nic Hayes
Managing Director
Stable

Nic Hayes is the Managing Director of Media Stable, an agency that connects experts and opinions with media across the country. Nic is a 20-year veteran of media, with a broad range of experience covering all aspects of the media cycle. It was his ten years working in media intelligence here and in the UK that laid the foundations for his love of media and all of its machinations.

On returning from the UK in 2009, Nic started his own public relations consultancy and it was in 2012 that Media Stable was launched after he recognised the changing media environment was placing journalists and producers under increased pressure.


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Clare Gardiner - Barnes
Head of Strategy, Planning & Innovation
Infrastructure NSW


Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. In her role Clare is responsible for the 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, development of 5-year Infrastructure plans, provides independent advice to government on strategic infrastructure issues and opportunities. As a board member of the NSW Telco Authority and Roads Australia, Clare is committed to working with industry and across government to support the adoption of new infrastructure technology. Before taking on infrastructure leadership roles Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and was the Chief Executive of the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an advocate for women in leadership and workforce flexibility.



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Jim Green
General Manager - Strategic Procurement
John Holland Group

Jim is a broadly experienced construction professional with extensive international experience.  He started work as an engineer in the water industry in Australia before progressing through project management in the UK water industry before moving to the US and Korea working on subcontracts and procurement management in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. His diverse experience allows him to deliver innovative procurement solutions that fit the environment in which they will be delivered and is focusing on the implementation international best practice to the supply ecosystem.

 

 


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Tresna Tunbridge
Commerical Director Asia - Pacific
Bechtel

Tresna has worked in the infrastructure industry for 20 years and is experienced in structuring projects under a range of different commercial models including PPPs, D&C, EPCM and delivery partner contractual models in a range of markets, including UK, Australia and North America.  Experience includes working on ground-breaking public-sector procurements, such as Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft PPP, Tubelines, Nottingham Tram phase 2, Canada Line and Edmonton LRT and is currently working with the project team on Western Sydney Airport. 


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Mark Simister
Head of Delivery
Sydney Water

Mark Simister is Head of Delivery Management at Sydney Water. Mark is currently leading the delivery of Sydney Water's Partnering for Success (P4S) procurement strategy which will see a new Regional Delivery Consortia appointed to manage design, construction and maintenance and facilities management in each of its three regions (North, South and West) for the next 10 years.

Mark's Australian, UK and wider international management roles have encompassed a range of regulated and non-regulated industries, including public infrastructure assets, information technology and telecommunications.

Mark has previously led successful program operations such as London Victorian Water Mains for Thames Water, Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Program for Vero Insurance.


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Partner
Allens

Leighton is a leading projects lawyer who practises in the areas of construction, infrastructure and dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on roads, rail and PPPs.

Leighton acts for financiers, government and private owners, concessionaries and contractors. Leighton's practice also covers dispute resolution from security of payment to expert determination, arbitration and litigation.


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Jed Horner
Strategic Advocacy
Standards Australia

Dr Jed Horner is the Strategic Advocacy Manager for Standards Australia. He works to enhance Australia’s participation in digital standards, including through global fora. He is currently leading the development of Standards Australia’s AI Roadmap. He has been engaged in large scale strategy development for the NSW Government, including on digital transformation


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Research Director
Software & Computational Systems, Data61 | CSIRO

Dr. Zhu leads the Software and Computational Systems Research Program at Data61, CSIRO. The research program has 200+ people innovating in the following research areas: big data analytics infrastructure, computational and simulation sciences platforms (including verticals such as satellite/aerial images, visual analytics and AR/VR), data modelling and integration.

He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and chairs Australia's blockchain standards committee. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure. His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective

Gerry Doyle

Gerry Doyle
Chief Executive Officer
Tonkin Consulting

Gerry Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer for Tonkin Consulting, a South Australian firm with 60 years’ experience providing engineering solutions for local government, state government and private clients.  Under Gerry’s leadership, Tonkin Consulting has expanded its geographic reach from four offices to six around Australia. Gerry is a Civil Engineer with broad and practical experience in the design and project management of water supply and wastewater projects in South Australia. A number of these involved the planning, consultation and development of negotiated solutions to successfully meet key stakeholder and business needs in complex and challenging environments.


 

Day 2 – Speakers & Bio

Kisanne Dulin

Kisanne Dulin
COO
Consult Australia


Kisanne joined Consult Australia in February 2014, bringing with her almost 20 years’ experience in commercial services, marketing, business development and client service within professional services - including work with several member firms.

Kisanne is  focused on providing members with services that add value to their membership and increase their level of engagement with Consult Australia. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and for overseeing membership retention and recruitment and the delivery of all member and commercial services offerings (including business tools, national events, publications, professional development and sponsorship).


Professor Andrew Harris  Andrew Harris,
Director,
Laing O'Rourke

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at TheUniversity of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s futureengineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers(IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).

Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed cleantech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre forRobotic Vision

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Sarah Hunter
Chief Economist
BIS, Oxford Economics

Sarah Hunter is BIS Oxford Economics’ Chief Economist. She leads the team that is responsible for our Australia subscription services, which provide clients with detailed analysis of Australia’s economy. She directs the research agenda, and regularly presents the economic outlook to clients across the region. Sarah also takes a leading role in our macro consulting practice, support clients across Asia Pacific

 

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Sarah completed a PhD in economics at the University of Oxford. She also holds a Masters’ degree from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.

 


Kim Seeling Smith

Kim Seeling Smith
CEO
Ignite Global


Kim Seeling Smith is the CEO of Ignite Global, The Employee Retention Specialists, whose work has been recognized by Richard Branson’s 100% Human at Work Initiative. She has attended 2 of Branson’s invitation-only gatherings (Necker Island and South Africa) and has 3 client case studies published in their latest "Experiments Book”. 

Kim has personally conducted over ‘5,000’ exit interviews — making her one of the foremost authorities on what your best and brightest need to stay.

Kim is the author of the 2018 Employee Experience Report and Mind Reading for Managers: 5 FOCUSed Conversations for Greater Employee Engagement and Productivity.


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Chief Executive Officer - APAC
Talent International

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Mark has held C-level roles across start-ups, turnarounds and multinational corporations. Throughout his career he has held executive and non-executive director positions on listed and unlisted company boards. Mark’s current role is managing Talent’s $600m+ APAC business, driving both Talent’s global expansion and its cultural and digital transformations. He is also the co-founder and board member of Talent's charity Talent RISE, which addresses youth unemployment through the mentoring and placement of young people into technology-related roles. In 2018, Mark was named Australian CEO of the Year (CEO Magazine), Professional Services Executive of the Year (CEO Magazine) and Recruitment Leader of the Year – Australia (SEEK SARA Awards).



 

 

 

 


 
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