2019 Leaders Conference Speakers


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CEO Conference Program

Day 1 – 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). 


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.

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.

Michael Koungras

Michael Koungras
Chair of CMAA Technical Committee/ Austral Masonry

Michael obtained a Bachelor of Civil engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney. He joined Austral Masonry primarily as a Sales Engineer since December 2014. Previous to this, he worked at Adbri Masonry as a Graduate Management Trainee between 2011 and 2014. 

Michael’s experience has led him to oversee major retaining wall and paving projects. He prides himself on using different combinations of materials and products available to achieve an outcome. His philosophy has always been, “there is more than one solution to a problem. When you identify and analyse all possible solutions, you can then make an informed decision based on the client’s requirements and expectations”.

Mark Henaway

Mark Henaway
Associate Infrastructure
Aurecon

Mark Henaway is a descendant of Birri Gubba Juru in North Queensland, and an Associate Infrastructure at Aurecon in Sydney. Mark was the first Indigenous Australian to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a project manager and designer of Smart Motorway and Intelligent Transport System projects. He is an active participant in the annual Indigenous Australian Engineering School, and was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the CSIRO Indigenous Australian Girls STEM Academy. 


Phillip Truong
Phillip Truong
Traffic and Transport Engineers
Jacobs


Phillip’s background is in civil engineering and has been part of the Jacobs NSW transport planning team for over ten years. In 2017 Phillip co-founded Jacobs PRISM in NSW, which is the Jacobs LGBTI+ employee network group. Jacobs PRISM is now a global initiative with active chapters across Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, North America, South America and the United Kingdom.

Coleen Mackinnon

Coleen MacKinnon
Principal
Inclustivity Quotient (InQ)

Coleen MacKinnon is the Founder of Inclusivity Quotient (InQ), a consultancy dedicated to creating more diverse, inclusive and high-performing companies and communities. Coleen’s work leverages the passion and pragmatism of cross-sector leaders to sustainably accelerate progressive social change.

Coleen serves as Advisor to the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change and is co-creator of #Engaging Men - an empathic approach to authentically involve male leaders in the design of more inclusive workplaces. She is a Board member with Women for Election Australia and a founding member of the Community Coalition to restore Democracy in Warringah.


Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Jacobs

Patrick Hill is Senior Vice President of Jacobs’ Asia Pacific & Middle East Buildings & Infrastructure business leading 6,000 employees to deliver transport, advanced building facilities, power, water and environmental projects.

His career at Jacobs spans twenty-one years across a number of senior leadership positions, multiple sectors (water, power, telecommunications and infrastructure) and operations (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Europe and South America).


He combines general management skills in operational, strategic, commercial and people leadership with strong technical and project management capabilities. Patrick is passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse workforce and industry more broadly to help drive superior engineering solutions that shape our cities and communities.


Caroline McGuire

Caroline McGuire
HR Specialist and Coach
Clariti Consulting

Caroline McGuire is a senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience across a range of industries. She has a passion for developing leaders, supporting teams and enabling organisations within the engineering and technology sectors. Caroline is the founder of Clariti Consulting, Queensland State President of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and a non-executive director on the board of AHRI Ltd.


Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur
Power Engineer
Beca

Jasleen Kaur is a Power Engineer at Beca which is one of the largest employee-owned engineering and management consultancies in the Asia Pacific region. She has three years of design experience on large-scale electricity transmission and distribution network projects in Australia and New Zealand. More recently, she transitioned into the renewables and rail sectors.

Jasleen is a Consult Australia FutureNet committee member for NSW and has hosted and organised events to provide a platform for young consultants to collaborate and share ideas for a brighter and smarter future.

 


Jan Irvine

Jan Irvine
Director State Operations, Manager SA & NT
Consult Australia

Jan joined Consult Australia in December 2009, with a background in finance, IT, recruitment, event management and advocacy, bringing with her the knowledge and experience gained by working in both non profit and corporate organisations in a number of executive and management positions.

As Director of State Operations Jan focuses on empowering the team of State Managers to work together, share ideas and knowledge to deliver a cohesive, informed approach to Consult Australia’s advocacy work and member engagement. 


Craig Laslett

Craig Laslett
Chief Executive Office Engineering & Services Australia
Lendlease

For the past 3 years Craig has led a workforce of circa 5,500 people. In this role he was responsible for the diversified Engineering and Services businesses, which together design, construct, operate and maintain significant public and private infrastructure assets.

Craig brings significant experience in engineering and services, having spent more than 30 years at Leighton Contractors including Managing Director.

He is passionate about greater diversity in the construction industry and reducing the barriers to employment of Indigenous and disadvantaged youth. His current roles in industry and community leadership include:

  • President - Australian Constructors Association
  • Co-Chair - CareerTrackers
  • Past Chair - College of Leadership and Management, Engineers Australia
  • Board Member - Roads Australia
  • Advisory Board Member - UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT

 


Danny Chung

Danny Chung
National Segment Head – Built Environment, Business Banking
Macquarie Bank

Danny is the National Head of the Built Environment Segment for Macquarie Business Banking. With 20 years’ experience in the banking, he is driven by continual opportunities to learn more about the industries he serves, and the opportunity to build a banking partnership with his clients.

Since 2016, Danny has led the team focusing on the Built Environment, delivering specialist solutions tailored for the industry such as working capital, funding for internal succession or acquisition finance, as well as transactional banking.  In addition, we provide market insights and guidance to clients in order to achieve their growth aspirations.  


Bill Simpson-Young

Bill Simpson-Young
CEO
Gradient Institute

Bill has spent more than 20 years building teams of researchers and software engineers to develop novel technologies and get these into use.  He has led R&D for global technology companies (Canon, Unisys) and government-funded research institutions (NICTA, CSIRO’s Data61).

Until recently, he was Director of Engineering and Design at Data61 where he led development of new technologies in areas including AI, geospatial systems, data privacy and computational law.  In December, he became the CEO of the new Gradient Institute, a not-for-profit R&D organisation developing technologies for “ethical AI”.

Bill designed and taught a Masters course in IT Innovation at University of Sydney for seven years to 2016 covering topics such as technology life cycles, disruptive innovation, open innovation and organisational cultures for technological innovation.

 


Brett Casson

Brett Casson
Digital Leader, Architecture Engineering & Construction
Autodesk

Digital Infrastructure Leader at Autodesk, assisting to deliver major infrastructure projects as well as working to develop industry standards for infrastructure and building projects, working with government to bring forward the use of BIM on public projects, working with product development, and a globally recognised speaker. I am first and foremost a technologist who works to bridge design, construction and operations in the most efficient and technologically advanced way.

Asha Cugati

Asha Cugati
Vice President Account Management
Mastercard

After 11 years in institutional banking at Citigroup, in mid-2018, Asha joined Mastercard to build and execute the strategy for the future of Mastercard’s relationships and engagement with business clients and Government agencies across Australia and New Zealand. 

Central to her remit is the opportunity to work with local, State and Federal Government departments and agencies across the Tasman on driving Mastercard’s Smart Cities agenda. With the trend towards urbanisation set to continue, Mastercard helps cities by embedding digital payments in a city’s DNA, helping cities unlock the power of data and digital engagement and by embedding secure, frictionless payment options into everyday activities, like taking public transport.

Asha is an experienced business leader who has worked in the banking, payments, cash management, treasury and trade solutions area for over 14 years. For the last+8 years’, Asha has focussed on leading senior sales teams to deepen client relationships and deliver integrated local, regional and global transaction banking solutions which demonstrably help clients to meet their treasury goals and broader business objectives. 


Lilia Christofi

Lilia Christofi
Senior Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers


Lilia is an engineer, consultant and business woman who is passionate about the power of AI to educate and ultimately enrich our everyday lives. Lilia’s career spans across 7 different countries, as the CIO of an ecommerce platform delivering B2B web driven systems, while managing a large portfolio of online webshops for the likes of Harry Potter Studios. Lilia’s management experience continues as the Head of Risk at a large UK healthcare provider, chairing the Health & safety Risk Committee, and ensuring compliance with the NHSLA. 

Lilia moved to Australia 4 years ago and has been working at PwC in the Technology Strategy Group. Lilia has led large government transformation projects, worth $25 million in a world first system implementation and reviewed technology strategies for multiple tier 1 financial institutions and insurers. Her current project is her most exciting to date, developing AI solutions for social good, while driving innovation and building AI capabilities within the community. 


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 Sayers
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. 


Jenny Donovan
Jenny Donovan
Principal
Inclusive Design

I am a practising urban designer. I am the principal of Melbourne based practice Inclusive Design, a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria, an International advisor for UN Habitat and a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University. My practice seeks to create places within which people can thrive. I am committed to finding design solutions that are socially and ecologically responsible and economically sustainable. I am the author of three books and numerous academic papers.

Jonathan Cartledge
Jonathan Cartledge 
Head of Public Affairs & Membership
Green Building Council of Australia 

Jonathan leads Public Affairs and Membership for the GBCA encompassing government relations, communications and research to support more liveable, productive, and sustainable buildings, cities and communities.

Jonathan brings over 15 years experience in executive management, government relations, strategy and project management roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK.


He is Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Cities Task Group, has a Master of International Studies with Honours from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Mark Diesendorf Dr Mark Diesendorf

Honorary Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Languages 
UNSW Sydney


Mark Diesendorf, BSc (Hons) PhD, is Education Program Leader of the CRC for Low Carbon Living and Honorary Associate Professor in Environmental Humanities at UNSW. Previously, at various times, he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO, Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Director of Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd. His principal research is on energy planning and, in particular, integrating renewable energy on a large scale into electricity grids. His most recent book is Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change.

 

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.


Kamal Sarma
Kamal Sarma
Director
Rezilium


As the world accelerates we need to amplify the right mindset and skills. Kamal Sarma specialises in helping teams solve current challenges then shift them into a new level of performance.

Kamal has developed deep insight into organisations and people cultivated by his own unique background. Living in a monastery he trained as monk for 6 years before excelling in senior corporate positions. Now as the founder and director of Rezilium – a strategic leadership firm Kamal delivers customised strategies and presentations for a range of industries.

Kamal has held executive roles in organisations such as McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly, St George Bank and AMP Capital Investors. He is an experienced speaker, trainer and the author of 3 books: The international bestseller Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity – How to develop the focus of a warrior and the peace of a monk. THE LEADERSHIP LEAP- (Un)Learning how to lead, as featured on Google talks. His most recent book is WinWin Conversations: The Art and Science of Human Connection.

Kamal has co-founded two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors and is currently is a Chairman of Amicus Digital and the RUOK Thinktank. He is also co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience and was recognised for his peace work between the Chinese and Tibetans in 2008.


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.


Georgie Harman
Georgie Harman
CEO
Beyond Blue


Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors.

Georgie was appointed as the CEO of
beyondblue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions.


Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on mental health reform. 

From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of the largest ever mental health Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Georgie has also led national reforms to lift Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates and worked in the HIV/AIDS sector in Australia and the UK.


 

 

 

 


 
Platinum Sponsor
Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA)

Gold Sponsors
Autodesk
Management for Design

Other Sponsor
ACO