Heidi Beck

Chief People Officer

Pacific National

Heidi Beck

Chief People Officer

Pacific National

Heidi is Chief People Officer – Pacific National, having been appointed to the role in September 2017.

Heidi has a deep background in the logistics industry, with over 10 years at McKinsey & Company (working within transport and rail), and Qantas. Heidi is passionate about creating high performing, diverse, and inclusive teams, and brings a wealth of experience in strategy (most recently at Westpac), organisation and transformational change leadership. At Pacific National, Heidi has responsibility for Human Resources, Government Relations and Externa Communications, Internal Communications, Workplace Relations and Health, Safety and Environment.

Eileen Burnett-Kant

Group Executive, Human Resources

Orca Limited

Nadine Castle

Co-Founder & Director

The Culture Group

Nadine Castle

Co-Founder and Director

The Culture Group

Nadine has 25 years experience working in HR & OD and is a strong, creative and passionate human resource professional, who thrives on facilitating and coaching leadership potential growing both individual leaders and executive teams globally.

Nadine is a Director and Co-Founder of The Culture Group, a unique consulting firm who are experts in influencing culture, growing authentic leaders and supporting organisations experiencing change, transformation and growth.  The Culture Group philosophy is to uncover the heart in business.

Prior to starting The Culture Group Nadine was the General Manager, Organisational Capability & Talent at Orica and held a number of Senior Human Resource roles across a range of industries and organisations such as Coles, Jetstar Airways, Coca-Cola Amatil and RMIT University. 

During her career, Nadine has succeeded in creating sustainable enterprise wide talent strategies, improving employee engagement through targeted culture strategies, leading major transformational change and building organisational capability across Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe & Africa.

Nadine is strongly believes in the power of diversity and growing human capital through maximising an individual’s uniqueness and strengths.  

 

Kerryn Dillon

Chief Human Resources & Industrial Relations Officer

TLC Healthcare

Merryl Dooley

Chief People Officer

Tabcorp

Cathy Doyle

Group Executive, Human Resources CHRO

Rabobank

Lucinda Gemmell 

Group Executive, People

Virgin Australia

Lucinda Gemmell

Group Executive, People

Virgin Australia

Lucinda Gemmell joined Virgin Australia in October 2017 as Group Executive People for the Virgin Australia Group. In this role, Lucinda is responsible for the Group’s people and culture strategy, talent, leadership development, organisational effectiveness, group remuneration and benefits and staff travel. Lucinda has more than 20 years of progressive HR and commercial leadership experience in Australia and Asia Pacific. Her experience includes HR leadership (Australia and Asia Pacific), Strategy Management and Business Management.

Prior to this, Lucinda Gemmell was the General Manager People with Endeavour Drinks Group, Woolworths Ltd managing brands including Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Pinnacle Drinks, Cellarmasters, Langtons and Summergate in China. She provided leadership for Talent and Organisational Development, Leadership and Culture, Organisational Effectiveness, Learning and Development and Employment Relations.  

Lucinda previously held the roles of HR Director, Australia and Asia Pacific Supply based in Singapore with Diageo. In her role as HR Director in Australia, she led Diageo's HR function to deliver the Australian business strategy. This role delivered significant growth in the business with a focus on talent, engagement and organisational effectiveness. Prior she held HR leadership, strategy and business management roles in Fairfax.

 Lucinda was a finalist Young Australian of the Year (1998) in the Career Achievement category recognising achievements in executing complex change in organisations. Lucinda was awarded 2014 Australian HR Director of the Year at the Australian HR Awards.

She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

 

 

Philip Gibbs

Head of Workforce Analytics

Commonwealth Bank

Liam Hayes

Chief People Officer

Aurecon

Liam Hayes

Chief People Officer

Aurecon

Liam Hayes is Aurecon’s Global Chief People Officer.  Liam leads a team which focuses on providing solutions that enable Aurecon to attract the best talent and develop their people to meet their clients’ current and future challenges.

He is also a member of the Global CEO’s Future Ready team, which focusses on preparing the organisation for the future; to avail of its opportunities and to minimise its risks.  

He is a board member of Wear for Success and in 2017 he was named ‘Young Executive of the Year’ by the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine.

 

Joydeep Hor

Managing Principal

People + Culture Strategies

Sally Kincaid

Global Head of HR Performance and Delivery

QBE Insurance

Sally Kincaid

Global Head of HR Performance and Delivery

QBE Insurance

Sally Kincaid is the Global Head of HR Performance and Delivery at QBE.

HRM is at a cross roads as we make generational shifts to HR capital, assets and capabilities and in this role, Sally is responsible for the design and delivery of global programs and their ongoing evaluation to create value, change and workforce readiness.  

Previously Sally was the CHRO for the Australia and New Zealand operations where she led the culture change to equip QBE to have a modern and diverse workforce and workplace.    During this time, QBE was recognised as an Employer of Choice at the Australian HR Awards and set new industry benchmarks for Diversity & Inclusion through increasing female representation and addressing pay equity.   

Sonia La Penna

Director

HR Synergy Consulting

Sonia La Pena

Director

HR Synergy Consulting

Sonia La Penna is the Director of HR Synergy Consulting and accomplished Executive with over 18 years’ experience in HR across various industries including: Retail & Distribution, Supply Chain, Hospitality and Financial Services.

 

Sonia works with Boards, CEOs and Executive teams to design and deliver adaptive people strategies for an ever-changing business environment. She has deep experience in transforming business capability and leading major change initiatives for organisations such as; Credit Union Australia, Serco Sodexo Defence Services, Super Retail Group and Brazin Ltd.

 

Cherie McGill 

Executive Director – Human Resources

Mantra Group

Cherie McGill

Executive Director - Human Resources

Mantra Group

Cherie joined Mantra Group in 2004.

As Executive Director Human Resources, Cherie is responsible for the human resources practices for all brands across the organisation, including payroll, OH&S, learning and development and corporate social responsibility.

Cherie has over 20 plus years’ experience in the human resources sector.

Cherie has held senior human resource management positions with both the Saville Hotel Group and P&O Australian Resorts.

Cherie is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is an advisory board member for the Southern Cross University Tourism and Hospitality School.

Rebecca Nash

Group Executive, People & Culture

Perpetual

Rebecca Nash

Group Executive, People and Culture

Bbus (UTS), GCCM (Change) (AGSM), GAICD

Rebecca joined Perpetual as Group Executive, People and Culture in August 2012. Rebecca is responsible for delivering leading people solutions to support the employment and development of Perpetual’s employees, ensuring Perpetual has the right people and capabilities to deliver its strategy. Her role encompasses the company’s human resources, performance, talent, recruitment, employee development and improvement functions.

Rebecca has extensive experience as a senior executive in the financial services and consulting industries in strategy, HR and general management roles. Before joining Perpetual, she held a number of executive positions at National Australia Bank (NAB) in both functional and operational roles, including human resources, strategy, integration, and direct sales and service. Prior to NAB, Rebecca was a Senior Executive in Accenture’s financial services practice.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a change management qualification from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Rebecca is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Ricky Nowak

Author, Executive Coach

Ricky Nowak & Associates

Ricky Nowak

Author, Executive Coach

Ricky Nowak & Associates

Ricky is a professional Keynoter, EMCEE, and Executive Coach working with executive and leaders in diverse industries. She has presented or facilitated for over 3000 presentations globally, and is a Certified Speaking Professional, Certified Human Resource Professional, author, executive coach with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and regular commentator on national radio.

Vaughan Paul

Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Digital Officer

Optus

Vaughan Paul

Vice President - Human Resources & Chief Digital Officer

Optus

Vaughan Paul is the Vice President, Human Resources (HR) for Optus. Vaughan is responsible for leading the HR function, including the development and delivery of the people strategy. He has held this role since 2009.

 

Vaughan joined Optus in November 2005 as General Manager HR for Optus Business where his responsibilities included leading staff delivering to Corporate, Government and Business customers.

 

In his time with the Singtel Group and Optus, Vaughan has successfully driven change across a range of HR functions including career development, talent and leadership programs and staff engagement in Australia and across the Region.

 

Prior to Optus, Vaughan worked in a range of senior HR roles with Computer Sciences Corporation Australia including HR Director of Global Infrastructure Services, Director of Human Resources - New Business and Head of Human Resources, Business Banking for Westpac.

 

Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

 

Amy Rixon

Chief Brand, People & Culture Officer

ARQ Group

Amy Rixon

Brand, People and Culture Officer

Melbourne IT Group

Amy Rixon is Chief Brand, People, and Culture Officer of Melbourne IT Group. A cultural change evangelist and commercially-focused executive who is passionate about driving business performance through humanistic leadership and engagement, Amy is known for championing direct radical candour from the C-suite down.

Amy’s wealth of HR and cultural change experience spans both small business and large enterprise, both consumer and B2B contexts, and a range of industries including professional services, financial services, and telecommunications. She has held a number of senior Human Resources roles in companies including Optus, Ipsos, and Suncorp.

Melbourne IT Group is a publicly-listed, multi-brand business which has grown rapidly in recent years through acquisition. Representing names such as Netregistry, WebCentral, Outware Mobile, Infoready, and WME Group, Melbourne IT Group aspires to be Australia’s most impactful digital technology partner and offers managed online services to companies ranging from small businesses to large enterprise and government organisations.

 

Contact:

 

Assistant:

Lisa Shannahan

E: lisa.shannahan@melbourneit.com.au

P: 0416 771 173

 

Speaker:

Amy Rixon

E: amy.rixon@melbourneit.com.au

P: 0421 624 216

 

Amanda Sheard

Managing Director

Version Two

Amanda Sheard

Founder and CEO Version Two (collective)

Amanda has over 20 years' experience in senior management across the consulting, change management and marketing environments. Amanda's understanding of business and experience across a range of industries enable her to devise innovative and outcome focused people development solutions that meet the needs of executives and their businesses. She has developed and delivered leadership and coaching programs targeted to CEO's and their management teams across a range of top 200 ASX listed companies. Amanda also has strong experience developing and managing Assessment and Career Transition programs.

 

Sharon Stanford

HR Director & Global Head HRBP, Global Technology

NASDAQ

Erica Traicos

Chief People & Culture Officer

GMHBA

Erica Traicos

Chief People and Culture Officer

GMBHA

Erica is currently the Chief People & Culture Officer for GMHBA, a rapidly growing private health insurance and care company.  Prior to this Erica has held senior and executive roles with Guild Group, BHP Billiton and ANZ Bank.  She has also spent several years outside of the traditional HR sphere in operations, project and chief of staff roles, and in supporting the inaugural CEO in the start up of the well known think tank, the Grattan Institute.  

Steven Worrall

Managing Director

Microsoft Australia

Steven Worrall

Managing Director

Microsoft Australia

As Managing Director, Steven Worrall is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. He ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.

Steven joined Microsoft in March 2014 as Director, Enterprise and Partner Group, responsible for driving business growth and building strong customer and partner relationships in the Australian Commercial and Public Sector markets. In this role, Steven worked with organisations to drive innovation and business improvement through the application of technology in many areas, including productivity solutions, mobility and cloud services.

Previously Steven worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles in the services, software and financing segments of the organisation. Most recently, he led IBM’s software business in Asia Pacific region where he built organisational capability in diverse markets across the region and drove the business towards more cloud delivered services.

Steven holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.

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