DAY ONE: Tuesday 26 March 2018

8:00am Registration opens
9:00am Introduction from the Chairperson

Anneli Blundell – Professional People Whisperer,

9:10am Welcome from the Event Partner
9:15am HR SPOTLIGHT: Be the leader of your life

Turia Pitt

10:15am HR SPOTLIGHT: This is the future of HR

Technological advances and demographic shifts are changing the way that people work and HR operates.

  • What will the future workforce look like?
  • How is AI changing the way we work?
  • How HR itself must change
  • Should HR be afraid of technology?

Nicolette Barnard – Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand, Siemens

10:30am Morning refreshments & networking break
1:00pm Networking Lunch
2:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Diversity and inclusion in a post #metoo world

The world has changed over the last two years and HR is changing with it. We are now seeing unprecedented levels of workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion and sexual identification.

  • How has the #metoo movement changed the way we think about gender and accountability?
  • Widening the diversity lens beyond gender issues
  • Diversity strategies to incorporate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups
  • What makes a successful GLBTIQA+ and pride initiative?
  • Disability inclusion programs and Disability Action Plans (DAP)
  • Bias-free recruitment processes
  • Creating an inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable being who they are


Sophie Halse – Group Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, AGL Energy

Chris Lamb – Global Head of Organisational Development, Lendlease

Kristy Macfarlane – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, National Australia Bank


Mariam Veiszadeh – 2016 Daily Life Woman of the Year and 2015 Westpac Woman of Influence

3:00pm Fresh perspectives on employee experience in a changing landscape

Leading companies recognise the importance employee experience (EX).

How can we reimagine the role of HR to create a culture of regular and open communication, especially during times of change in leadership management.

  • What role does HR play in management of change and supporting the employee experience?
  • Embracing new leadership and management expectations
  • Overcoming change resistance across a large and diverse workforce
  • Creating a seamless employee experience that is defined by engagement, culture and performance management
  • Delivering personalised and meaningful experiences for employees
  • Driving engagement, retention and productivity in your workforce throughout the change journey

Gayle Phillpotts – GM, People & Performance, Sydney Airport

3:15pm Afternoon refreshments & networking break
3:45pm PANEL: Securing support for HR programs from all levels

A successful HR program starts with buy-in from the leadership team and succeeds with support from all levels throughout the organisation. But in many organisations, the HR team is still working on securing credibility and high-level support.

  • Gaining credibility from managers as a true business partner and not a ‘policy policeman’
  • Being taken seriously during decision-making discussions
  • Why are we sometimes still seen as police officers or firefighters?
  • Navigating situations where you have a seat at the table but not the credibility to influence
  • Bringing line managers on the journey towards people management excellence


Alicia Purtell – People & Culture Director, Lion

Kate Tones – Group People Experience Manager, Merivale

Robert Tanti – Director People and Capability, Hydro Tasmania

Sally Park – Head of People, Krispy Kreme Australia

4:30pm Networking Event 

DAY TWO: Wednesday 27 March 2018

8:30am Registration opens
9:00am Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Anneli Blundell – Professional People Whisperer,

9:15am KEYNOTE: The New World of Work 2019

Ross Sparkman – Head of Strategic Workforce Planning, Facebook

10:00am CASE STUDY: Managing a changing workforce

The workplace is changing and HR is changing with it. As the contingent workforce of contractors, mobile workers and freelancers grows, HR teams need to change their approach to employee engagement.

  • Strategies to engage remote workers, gig workers and contractors
  • Managing HR programs across a multi-site workforce
  • Driving cultural initiatives and social norms with off-site workers

Gillian Davie – Chief People Officer, NetComm Wireless

10:30am KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: View from the Top: Building a strong People Strategy Foundation

At Bunnings, they believe team members are the heart and soul of their business.

With the guiding principles of integrity, respect, teamwork, achievement and innovation, hear how these principles are the keys to corporate culture and to achieving success.

In this interview, hear from the Managing Director of Bunnings Group Limited on their people strategy and why it matters to overall business strategy.

Michael Schneider – Managing Director, Bunnings Group Limited

10:45am Morning refreshments & networking break
11:15am CASE STUDY: Inside Unilever’s performance & employee experience strategy

Performance management needs to help employees adopt new behaviours in the face of change, while delivering a positive employee experience (EX).

  • Digital tools and technologies that transform performance management
  • Focusing on individual engagement and growth
  • How performance management can help employees adapt their skills to stay relevant
  • Customised coaching experiences
  • Continuous performance management

Anish Singh – Head of HR- Australia & New Zealand, Unilever

11:45am PANEL: Insights from Australia’s top HR directors

  • Aligning goals and outcomes between business strategy, centres of excellence and HR business partners
  • Being a commercial, pragmatic and a personable leader
  • Inspiring leaders to do the right thing


Alana Howe – Head of HR, Nova Entertainment

Rebecca Gravestock – People and Performance Director AU & Asia, XERO

Erin Cramlet – Senior Director, Human Resources, Stryker

Ceri Ittensohn – Chief People & Culture Officer, TAL Ltd

12:30pm Reward and recognition at McDonald’s Australia Limited

Leading employers today understand the importance of a customized, individual rewards program that reflects the needs and preferences of their diverse workforces.

  • Taking a personalised approach to employee rewards
  • Recognising, inspiring, connecting and empowering employees
  • Reinforcing and celebrating positive behaviour and activities
  • Creating a recognition culture in your company

Lisa Apthorpe – Director of People and Culture, McDonald’s Australia Limited

1:00pm Networking lunch
2:00pm CASE STUDY: Next level learning and development at AccorHotels Australia

As workplaces and jobs continue to change, HR departments need to take a different approach to learning, moving away from traditional L&D towards ongoing, experiential capability building.

  • Reimagining the concept of workplace learning and lifelong education
  • Workplace learning that helps employees keep up with the pace of change
  • Micro-learning in action
  • Creating future-focused and innovative learning experiences
  • Continuous self-directed learning and development
  • Using technology to recommend, find and deliver learning

Sarah Derry – Vice President Talent & Culture Australia, AccorHotels

Kay Goodman – Director, Academie Australia, AccorHotels

2:30pm PANEL: HR technology and the future of work

HR technology is advancing at a rapid pace. The way we work is becoming increasingly augmented by technology, which frees up our capacity for higher-order cognitive tasks such as leadership coaching. Or does it?

  • Artificial intelligence, chat bots and machine learning in HR
  • Using HR technology for continuous learning, real-time feedback and performance management
  • Overcoming the challenges of HR technology implementation
  • Emerging HR technologies – what does the future hold?


Lauren Trethowan – Head of HR, Technology, People and Culture, Australia Post

Susan Pettifer – Director, Workforce & Information Services, City of Sydney

Nikki Symonds – Group Manager Corporate & Enterprise IT, Origin

Darren Fewster – Executive Director, Transformation and People, Telstra

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