2019 Leaders Conference Speakers


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CEO Conference Program

Day 1 – Speakers & Bio

 

Geordan Murray

Geordan Murray
Senior Economist
HIA & Australian Construction Insights


Geordan Murray joined the HIA Economics team in 2010. He came to the HIA with a broad background in finance and economics, having gained experience in the banking industry and as an investment analyst. He has an honours qualification from Deakin University in Melbourne, where his research included analysis of the dynamics of Australian housing prices.

Within the Economics team Geordan plays a key role in the development, analysis and modelling of housing policy options, manages HIA’s residential building forecasting program, and is the author of a number of the group’s publications. He regularly assists HIA members with their information requests and data requirements, and plays a key role in the delivery of dedicated research projects for clients of Australian Construction Insights (ACI) - the economic consultancy arm of HIA Economics.

 

Simon Banks
Simon Banks
Hawker Britton


Simon Banks is one of Australia’s most highly respected government relations, campaigning and strategic communications professionals. Simon has advised some of Australia’s and the world’s largest companies on significant commercial transactions requiring Commonwealth Government approvals.

Prior to joining Hawker Britton, Simon served as Chief of Staff or Deputy Chief of Staff to three Federal Labor Leaders, including Kevin Rudd, and has been Federal Labor’s director of policy and a senior policy and media adviser to a number of Labor ministers and shadow ministers.

Simon understands the corporate world, having worked in public affairs and strategic policy roles for Telstra and Toll Holdings and as a consultant. His understanding of the government relations strategy needs of business, public policy and politics in Australia is unrivalled in the Canberra lobbying market. 
Simon regularly comments on policy and political developments on the ABC and Sky News.


Matthew Hingerty
Matthew Hingerty
Barton Deakin


Matt Hingerty is one of the most experienced political and industry figures working in government relations consulting in Australia. His career has spanned the highest level of state and federal Liberal/National governments and he has been a senior industry representative for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Barton Deakin, Matt worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff for the first 15 months of the O’Farrell Government and was also Chief of Staff to minister Joe Hockey in the Howard Government, an adviser to Peter Collins as Opposition Leader in NSW and an adviser to NSW Premier John Fahey and several ministers throughout the Greiner-Fahey Governments from 1988 to1995.

In the world of industry representation, Matt has worked as the Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council, with TTF Australia and the NSW Minerals Council.

Jacob Grech
Jacob Grech
HR Director
Arcadis


Jacob is currently HR director for Arcadis Australia Pacific and has been with the company for over 12 years. In this time Jacob has developed a passion for designing and delivering organisational development and engagement programs to support cultural initiatives and business strategy. He is a believer that creating healthy organisations are a key enabler for high performing and engaged teams. Arcadis is accredited as a “flex able” organisation, A Great Place to Work in 2018 and certified as an employer of choice for gender equality.


Kiri Parr

Kiri Parr 
Regional Legal Counsel 
Arup
Consult Australia President


Kiri Parr is a Principal and Regional Legal Counsel with Arup – a global engineering design consultancy who seeks ever better ways to imagine, reimagine and reshape the built environment. Globally, Arup has more than 12,000 staff operating out of 92 offices in 40 countries and with an annual turnover exceeding AUS$1bn. With over 20 years practice, predominantly practicing as a construction lawyer, Kiri heads legal services for Arup’s Australasia region, which encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia. She has been with Arup for over ten years and her role includes advising on governance, risk and compliance issues, contract advice and negotiation, training, managing claims and general legal advice. Kiri is an officer to Arup’s regional board and the region’s ethics champion. In December 2013 Kiri was elected to the board of Consult Australia and was appointed as President in September 2017. Since 2015 Kiri has been named in Doyle’s list of leading Australian In-House Construction Lawyers. Kiri has also been included in the 2014 and 2015 Most Powerful Part-Timers List published by ProfessionalMums.net and Women’s Agenda.


Kirsten Sawyers

Kirsten Sawyers
CEO
RedR


Kirsten Sayers has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia since 2013. A former lawyer and diplomat, Kirsten has held senior diplomatic appointments with the Australian Trade Commission in Paris, Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei. She was Australia’s chief negotiator and delegation leader to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network meeting in 2009 and is a specialist in Asian laws. 

As CEO of the only United Nations (UN) standby partner in the Asia Pacific, Kirsten has forged new government partnerships throughout the world and increased RedR Australia’s reach and impact through formal partnerships with 11 UN agencies. In 2017,  RedR Australia became the steward of the Australian Government’s  flagship civilian deployment program, Australia Assists, an ambitious program deploying personnel to every stage of the disaster cycle. Kirsten speaks six languages and sits on the United Nations Global Advisory Board and Drafting Committee for common humanitarian civil-military coordination standards. 


 

Day 2 – Speakers & Bio

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson
Director
Keystone Management Services


Steve Simpson has been invited to speak at conferences around the world for his insights into how to achieve dramatic performance improvement from transformed workplace cultures.

Steve’s insights are not based on theory. In addition to his conference presentations, he has worked in-house with organisations on different continents over extended periods of time.

Steve is the author of two books including ‘UGRs: Cracking the Corporate Culture Code’. He is the co-author to a further three books, the latest being ‘A Culture Turned’. He has a master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and was invited to undertake an Australian city lecture tour to co-present with Harvard University Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter.


Rachel Audige
Rachel Audige
Director
Brand Expansion & Inventive Thinking

Rachel Audigé is a sought after innovation facilitator and speaker and a certified Systematic Inventive Thinking (S.I.T.) coach with years of experience in driving innovation internationally.

Her sweet spot is giving smart people a robust and efficient way of attaining more simple & viable results on demand - using what they have.

Rachel has published two white papers and is the author of the upcoming book ‘Shadowboarding’ on how to make sense of the innovation methods and know when a tool is sharp and blunt and for what purpose.

She mentors on CSIRO’s OnPrime program and lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation Course at UTS.


Neryl East
Dr Neryl East
Neryl East Communication


Dr Neryl East is a communication and credibility expert who shows leaders and teams how to stand out, accelerate success and avoid costly reputation mistakes.

Neryl has been a professional communicator for more than three decades, including a career in television and radio and a stint as an Olympic announcer. She has also spent many years managing high-profile issues in the public and private sectors, and training executives and entrepreneurs on written and spoken communication.


Neryl has a PhD in Journalism, is a Certified Speaking Professional and is an Amazon best-selling author on media and reputation.


Sally Foley-Lewis
Sally Foley-Lewis
People & Productivity


Named as one of the 25 LinkedIn Top Voices for Australia for 2018, Sally positively impact results, leadership and team performance. Obsessed with productivity and self-leadership, she’s presented to, coached, mentored and worked with 10,000+ managers and leaders from medium sized to global organisations in Germany, UAE, Asia and Australia. She brings a unique blend of experience, extensive qualifications plus having lived in Germany, the UAE and outback Australia. 


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.


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.


James Robertson
James Robertson
Policy Advisor
Consult Australia


James Robertson is Consult Australia’s policy advisor.  James joined the team in July 2018, bringing with him policy experience across a number of sectors.  Prior to his current role, James was the policy manager at Consult Australia’s sister association in the United Kingdom (the Association for Consultancy and Engineering).  He also has a background in the Australian Public Service and in change management consulting, having previously worked in transport, infrastructure, security and health policy areas.

At Consult Australia, James leads the organisation’s policy and advocacy activities in areas relating to ‘people’ in our sector (including skills, human resources, migration and workforce diversity).  He also supports the organisation’s focus on improving infrastructure investment and governance arrangements across Australia.


Ross Jones
Ross Jones
Vice President Strategic Growth Asia Pacific & Middle East – Buildings & Infrastructure
Jacobs

As Vice President and Executive Director Strategic Growth, Ross is responsible for developing and implementing business strategies to take full advantage of the growth opportunities across Jacobs’ APACME region – a region that is home to some 10,000 Jacobs Buildings & Infrastructure staff.  Ross also oversees the strategic targeting, securing and integration of our merger and acquisition opportunities.

Ross’ career spans over 25 years, 19 of those with Jacobs (and its predecessor organisations).  Ross’ technical background is as an Environmental Planner/Scientist with extensive experience in environmental impact assessment of major infrastructure and energy projects. Ross has continued his involvement in the technical aspects and governance of major projects and is currently working on the Westconnex New M5-East D&C, Parramatta Light Rail Environmental Impact Statement and the Sydney Metro West project development.

Ross has held a number of general management, operational leadership, client management and project management roles. He is the Jacobs Executive Sponsor, responsible for the implementation of inclusion and diversity initiatives in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) portfolio and has been one of the key drivers globally in Jacobs’ mental health initiatives.



 


Mark Bruzzone
Mark Bruzzone
Managing Director Australia & New Zealand
Stantec


Mark is an Executive Director of Stantec’s entities throughout South Asia Pacific. In this role Mark has the pleasure of leading over 1100 people across the Mining, Oil & Gas, Transportation and Water sectors. He has extensive experience as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director of Professional Services and Facilities Management organisations and actively undertakes leadership and governance roles in complex infrastructure projects.

Mark has a proven track record of sustainably growing businesses as both executive and non-executive director. He places a focus on the development of strategy, people, organisational culture, internal systems and processes to achieve internal alignment to a market and client driven strategy to produce positive measurable results.

Mark has bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of New South Wales and hold a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


 

 

 

 


 
Platinum Sponsor
Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA)

Gold Sponsors
Autodesk
Management for Design

Other Sponsor
ACO