Lisa Apthorpe

Director of People and Culture

McDonald’s Australia Limited

Lisa Apthorpe

Director of People and Culture

McDonald's Australia Ltd

Lisa Apthorpe is the Director of People and Culture for McDonald’s Australia Ltd. In her current role Lisa is responsible for HR, Talent, Learning and Development and holds the position of CEO for the Registered Training Organisation. She is also Head of Strategic Franchising for McDonald’s.

She has a Masters in Business Coaching, a Graduate Certificate in Management and an Advanced Diploma in Management.

Nicolette Barnard

Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand

Siemens

Nicolette Barnard

Head of Human Resources, Australia & New Zealand

Siemens

Nicolette is the Head of Human Resources for Siemens in the Pacific Region and also the Human Resources Regional Speaker for Siemens ASEAN-Pacific.

Nicolette began her career in HR in 1994, however joined Siemens in July 2001 in South Africa where she held various Human Resources functions with her last function being the Head of HR for Africa.  She then relocated to join Siemens Australia in June 2011. 

During her tenure at Siemens she has implemented multiple best practice projects, both local and international, in various disciplines within the Human Resources value chain. 

Sarah Bendy

Human Resources Director

Sodexo

Anneli Blundell

Professional People Whisperer

Anneli.Blundell.com

Anneli Blundell

Professional People Whisperer

Anneli.Blundell.com

As an author, speaker and communication expert, Anneli helps her clients improve their communication, influence and engagement. She coaches senior leaders to increase their visibility, confidence and personal power for greater professional impact.

Anneli is the author of several books on shifting human behaviour with her latest book, Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders, providing a reference guide for developing leadership.

A regular media commentator, she has been featured as an expert across multi media publications including Foxtel’s Sky News, The Australian Business Review, The Courier Mail, HuffPost, and Modern Business Magazine, to name a few.

Erin Cramlet

Senior Director, Human Resources

Stryker

Erin Cramlet

Senior Director of Human Resources 

SSP and APAC Medical

Erin Cramlet has more than 18 years of experience as a human resources professional. During that time, she has worked with teams across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Erin is currently the senior director of human resources for Stryker South Pacific and Stryker Medical APAC.

Erin started her career in human resources at Stryker Medical in the U.S. in 2000. Over her career she has held roles in both marketing and human resources.  Her responsibilities have included product management, organisational development, training, recruitment and business partnership.

Erin is a leader who loves building teams that ‘knock your socks off!’ She believes that the largest differentiator in business is the talent of the team and that exceptional people drive exceptional results.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Business Marketing and Administration from Hillsdale College in Michigan. She also holds a PHR (Professional HR) Certification and studied leadership at Harvard Business School.

Gillian Davie

Chief People Officer

NetComm Wireless

Gillian Davie

Chief People Officer

NetComm Wireless

Gillian is a versatile commercial Chief People Officer, having led generalist and specialist HR functions including Remuneration and HR Metrics. She has over 20 years’ experience leading HR teams within the full gamut of business challenges including start up, acquisition, accelerated growth, business transformation, divestment and closure. 

Sarah Derry

Vice President, Talent & Culture Australia

AccorHotels

Sarah Derry

Vice President Talent & Culture Australia

AccorHotels

Sarah Derry joined AccorHotels in April 2017 as Vice President Talent & Culture Australia. Sarah is degree qualified and has completed post graduate studies in Human Resource Management, Training and Coaching. Currently completing her Masters in Human Resources and Organisational Development

Sarah has worked extensively in the hospitality and tourism industry and has significant work experience in the fields of education, marketing and recruitment prior to this role, Sarah was Director of HR consulting firm People Reaching Potential (PRP) and was previously Regional Director of Human Resources for an international company responsible for the businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region. Currently Vice President of Talent & Culture AccorHotels Australia.

Sarah is also an ACC member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute).

Sarah specializes in the areas of culture transformation, strategic business planning, leadership development, employee engagement and organizational behaviour. Sarah is also an Associate Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Charles Sturt University.

Sarah has been married for 23 plus years, has a young family and lives in Sydney, Australia. Sarah is a passionate, committed and driven individual, who enjoys developing others.

Specialties: Human Resources, Coaching, Learning & Development and Transformational Leadership.

Darren Fewster

Executive Director, Transformation and People

Telstra

Darren Fewster

Executive Director, Transformation and People

Telstra

 

Darren Fewster is the Executive Director of Telstra’s Employee Relations & Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment team.  Darren is responsible for Employee Relations, Global Case Management, Health, Safety, Wellbeing & Environment, HR Technology and Workplace Analytics.

 

Darren joined Telstra in 2004 as a Senior Lawyer and was promoted to the role of General Counsel in 2006, leading the Telstra employment law team. He moved from Legal to HR in 2007 and commenced in his current role in 2011.  

 

Prior to Telstra, Darren worked as a lawyer and also spent 8 years engaged in strategic intelligence roles, leading teams investigating organised and white collar crime across Australia.

 

Darren studied at the University of Western Australia and was awarded degrees in Law (with first class Honours) and Psychology (with Honours).

Kay Goodman

Director, Academie Australia

AccorHotels

Kay Goodman

Director, Academie Australia

AccorHotels

Kay joined AccorHotels in May this year as the Director AccorHotels Academie & Talent Development.  Brining with her extensive experience across a broad spectrum of industries in affecting change working with senior executives, department leaders, management teams and individuals.

 

Her core competencies include leadership development organisational change cultural transformation and strategy setting.

 

As a trusted advisor and experienced result driven professional she is one of those leaders in her field who has expertise in leadership development and coaching with a strong belief in collaboration to gain great commercial success productivity and engagement throughout the workforce.

 

Drawing over 20 years working at different levels with well-known brands on an international scale, qualified in a number of disciplines, she is someone who has worked with organisations and their people to engage and cultivate productive people strategies and to align these to the greater organisational goals.

 

In her spare time, Kay fly’s as a solo parent to her two beautiful young girls, and enjoys getting out amongst the sea, sand and when time permits she fits in tap dancing as a hobby.

 

 

Susie Gleeson-Byrne

Head of Human Resources – Australia and New Zealand and North Asia (Japan, Korea, HK and Taiwan)

UBER

Rebecca Gravestock

People and Performance Director AU & Asia

Xero

Rebecca Gravestock

Director of People and Performance - AU and Asia

Xero

Rebecca is the Director of People and Performance for Australia and Asia at Xero, a global cloud-based platform that connects small businesses to advisors, products and each other.


Great people and teams are not just important at Xero, they are a key strategic priority. With a firm focus on enabling people to do the best work of their lives, Rebecca leads a team that develops Xero’s leaders, and grows and supports highly effective teams that collaborate at pace and scale.

With a background in management consulting, Rebecca has developed a deep interest and passion for everything people and culture related. She strives to push the dial on the people experience that we provide both employees and customers.

Sophie Halse

Group Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

AGL Energy

Sophie Halse

Group Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

AGL Energy

Sophie joined AGL in 2016 to shape the Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Reporting to CEO Office, Sophie’s been instrumental in leading the design, development and implementation of programs and initiatives that bring to life AGL’s value of ‘Inclusive of all’. Prior to joining AGL, Sophie was a Senior Manager at Westpac Group, overseeing Indigenous Engagement within Sustainability and leading diversity and inclusion for the Institutional Bank.

Joydeep Hor

Managing Principal
People + Culture Strategies

Joydeep Hor

Managing Principle

People + Culture Strategies

Joydeep Hor is the Founder of PCS and is the only Australian lawyer to be a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program. He has authored 10 books on labour and employment law and strategy and is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, and presents at global conferences. He is the trusted adviser to numerous ASX Top 500 companies where he provides unique strategic advice on people management.

Alana Howe

Head of HR

NOVA Entertainment

Alana Howe

Head of HR

NOVA Entertainment

Alana Howe joined NOVA Entertainment as Head of Human Resources, responsible for the overarching people and culture strategy for the organisation in April 2015. During this time she has lead the development and implementation of a range of initiatives, policy reviews and HR automation ensuring a strong link between Company and HR strategy is embedded.

With over 15 years’ experience in the human resources field, Alana has spent much of her career in the media and entertainment industry. Prior to joining NOVA Entertainment, Alana held several senior HR positions with Fairfax Media, including General Manager, HR, HR Manager Corporate Services, during her seven years with the company. Her last role with Fairfax Media was Senior HR/Change Business Partner where she fulfilled the lead HR and change management role for the company’s business transformation program.

Alana has also held HR Consultant roles at EMI Music and MacKillop Family Services. She holds a Bachelor of Business as well as a Master’s degree in HR.

 

Ceri Ittensohn

Chief People & Culture Officer

TAL Ltd

Ceri Itterson

Chief People and Culture Officer

TAL Ltd

Ceri Ittensohn joined TAL in October 2016 as Chief People & Culture Officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources both in Australia and Asia. 

Before joining TAL Ceri worked in General Insurance and the Global Hospitality sector, and led HR, Quality, Customer and Communications teams, bringing a commercial approach to their business contributions. She has a particular passion for working with purpose-led businesses that inspire their people to make a positive difference for customers, communities and investors.

Chris Lamb

Global Head of Organisational Development

Lendlease

Chris Lamb

Head of Organisational Development

Lendlease

Chris has been with Lendlease for more than ten years and leads Diversity and Inclusion for the Group. Since 2010 Chris has served as a Non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia, Australia’s independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Chris is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) National President's Forum, a member of AHRI’s Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel and a Certified Fellow of AHRI (FCPHR). In 2015 Chris received AHRI’s Diversity Champion Award.
Prior to Lendlease, Chris spent seven years working for American Express in Executive HR roles in Sydney and London after starting his career at Westpac, initially in Retail Banking and then in senior Human Resources and Corporate roles.
In 2018 Chris is completing further postgraduate education in Aboriginal Studies.

Kristy Macfarlane

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

National Australia Bank

Kristy MacFarlane

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

National Australia Bank

Kristy is a Senior Leader in HR, and a subject matter expert in Diversity & Inclusion.

She has over 17 years of professional and financial services experience in Australia and the UK. Kristy is currently Head of Diversity & Inclusion at NAB; with a focus on building an inclusive culture amongst NAB’s people, with NAB’s customers and in the community. Having been with NAB for 8 years, Kristy is leveraging her talent, capability, culture and leadership experience to ensure inclusion is at the heart of NAB’s culture.


With a double degree in Commerce and Organisational Behaviour, a background in Chartered Accounting and a recent experience at Harvard discussing women in power, Kristy’s tenacity with numbers and passion for equality, is translating in NAB’s ability to build a high performance inclusive culture.

Kate McCormack

Executive Director People, Learning & Culture

Mercy Health

Kate McCormack

Executive Director People, Learning and Culture

Mercy Health

Kate has over 20 years’ experience in HR across retail, logistics and health. She holds a Graduate Diploma and Masters of Business in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from RMIT University/Grenoble Ecole de Management France, and has also undertaken Executive study at the London and Harvard Business Schools.

Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the Group Human Resources strategy at Mercy Health and provides strategic advice to the Group Chief Executive Officer and wider Executive Group.  She is passionate for Diversity and Equity in the workplace, and has been instrumental in developing and overseeing Mercy Health’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for Gender Equality strategy, a citation the organisation has been awarded since 2008.   Kate is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has been the recipient of many business awards.

Sally Park

Head of People

Krispy Kreme Australia

Sally Park

Head of People

Krispy Kreme Australia

Sally Park joined Krispy Kreme in March 2014 and is the Head of People for Australia and New Zealand. Sally has HR experience from many industries including real estate, professional services, telecommunications and rail.

In her role at Krispy Kreme Sally is responsible for setting the HR strategy, providing leadership to managers and using technology to build best practice HR solutions to engage and support a workforce of over 1200 people.

Sally is passionate about connecting people to a purpose to deliver exceptional business results.

Susan Pettifer

Director, Workforce & Information Services

City of Sydney

Turia Pitt

Athlete, Humanitarian, Motivational speaker

Turia Pitt

Athlete, Humanitarian, Motivational speaker

Without a doubt, Turia Pitt is one of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people.

Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, Australians have taken Turia into their hearts and are deeply inspired by her.

In 2011, age 24, Turia was an ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer when she was caught in a freak firestorm while competing in a 100km ultramarathon in Western Australia. She was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full thickness burns to 64 per cent of her body.

Surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements. Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.

In 2016 alone, Turia has competed in her first IRONMAN competition, and is releasing a new book and an online motivational program as well as walk the Kokoda trail to raise money for Interplast, a not for profit organisation that she is closely aligned to. Turia has raised close to $1 million since she began working with the organisation several years ago.

This engaging and refreshingly candid young woman will astonish you, inspire you and leave you in stitches. Her enthralling message of overcoming adversity and the need to never EVER give up will motivate you … out of your chair, and into life. The standing ovation Turia was given at her TED talk is a testament to her skills as an orator. Turia’s motto ‘never ever give up’ resonates with people from all walks of life – anyone, anywhere, who refuses to be limited by circumstance. She is a true and profound inspiration to all those she meets.

Gayle Phillpotts

GM, People and Performance

Sydney Airport

Gayle Philpotts

General Manager People and Performance

Sydney Airport

Gayle has been the General Manager People and Performance at Sydney Airport since May 2015, partnering with the CEO and Executive team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology, an MBA with a thesis on Customer Service and Doctorate (DBA) with a thesis on Change Management.

Alicia Purtell

Chief People & Culture Director

Lion

Alicia Purtell

People & Culture Director

Lion

Alicia Purtell was appointed People & Culture Director of Lion in August 2017. Alicia joined the business in 2005, performing various roles including Talent Director, Strategy & Insights Director and People and Culture Director Beer, Spirits and Wine Australia. Prior to joining Lion, Alicia worked at Citibank, Westpac and Zurich.

Alicia has a passion for Coaching and Positive Psychology, bringing this passion to life as a Senior Associate with the Positivity Institute working with not for profits and the education sector.

Alicia holds a BA from Sydney University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Business from MGSM and Masters of Applied Science from Sydney University.

Michael Schneider

Managing Director

Bunnings Group Limited

Michael Schneider

Managing Director

Bunnings Group Limited

Michael Schneider was appointed Managing Director Bunnings Australia and New Zealand in March 2016.

Prior to this Michael led Store Operations teams across Australia and New Zealand after joining Bunnings in 2005. Before joining Bunnings, Michael held a range of senior operational, commercial and human resources roles across regional and national markets, both in retail and financial services businesses.

Michael is committed to developing diverse teams that challenge the status quo and embrace innovation to drive high performance which is critical in today’s competitive retail environment. As a leader, he is known for his collaborative, genuine and honest style and for having a real passion and energy for the Bunnings business.

This has fostered Bunnings’ supportive culture which empowers team members to take responsibility and have ownership in how the business delivers its customers’ a unique and compelling proposition.

Michael believes that team members’ ability to connect with customers and the local community is key to the business’ success and that this requires an ongoing investment in building the best team as well as creating a culture that builds trust, inspires action, develops people and drives performance.

He is a strong advocate for emerging talent and believes in giving young leaders every opportunity to realise their full potential and develop their careers across a range of disciplines within the business.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of NSW and has complete the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, and the Advanced Strategic Management Program at IMD.

Anish Singh

Head of HR – Australia and New Zealand

Unilever

Anish Singh

Head of HR - Australia and New Zealand 

Unilever

Believing that “No peak is too high”, Anish reflects this value in both his personal and professional life, hailing from a humble background in a small town in East India.

He currently leads the HR team at Unilever Australia & New Zealand which employs 1200+ employees. Anish has been with Unilever for 11+ years, starting his Unilever career in India. He has performed a variety of roles including HR Director for Marketing and the Unilever International business, HR Director – Learning & Organisational Development and other HR business partnering roles across India and Singapore. Anish’s experience spans across local, regional and global roles.

Prior to Unilever, Anish also worked across the Financial Services sector, performing roles in people development, employer branding, recruitment, performance management, HR business partnering and leading change management.

Ross Sparkman

Head of Strategic Workforce Planning

Facebook USA

Ross Sparkman

Head of Strategic Workplace Planning

Facebook USA

Ross is the author of the recently published book "Strategic Workforce Planning: optimized talent strategies for future growth: and is expert and thought leader in the fields of Human Capital Strategy & Talent Analytics.  With over 15 years experience in Talent Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning,  he uses his background in statistics, business strategy, HR and HR technology to consult with C-Suite officers and senior leaders on strategic methodologies and frameworks for HR and corporate strategy alignment. The end goal is to provide these senior leaders with improved data and insights to make better 'people' related decisions that ultimately improve organizational performance.

He is currently the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning at Facebook where his key mandate is to create workforce forecasts and to develop optimized talent strategies for Facebook's future growth.  Prior to Facebook, Ross functioned as the Head of Strategic Workforce Planning & Analytics at GE Aviation, the Strategic Workforce Planning Leader at Devon Energy and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in Human Capital Strategy and Workforce Planning & Analytics.

Ross is a global in-demand speaker who regularly presents on the topics of Human Capital strategy and Workforce Optimization.  He was recently awarded Best Practice winner by the Best Practices Institute  (BPI) and has received numerous accolades for or his innovative and results driven approach to Strategic Workforce Planning.


Ross Holds an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, an MA in HR from The University of Oklahoma and a MSc in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, photography and learning new things.

Dean Summlar

HR Business Lead, Pacific Zone, International Operations
Schneider Electric

Nikki Symonds

Executive Director, Transformation and People

Telstra

Nikki Symonds

Group Manager Corporate & Enterprise IT

Origin

A technologist passionate about creating intuitive and effective experiences for all, Nikki has spent 18 years working with HR technology with various customers in many different industries.  Nikki has been on both sides of the table – as a consultant and product manager, but now as a customer and user of HR technology.  Nikki’s focus is on creating as much value as possible from the HR technology in place, while making strategic choices that will enhance that technology to create an effective, efficient and intuitive employee experience that lives up to the expectations of the digital workforce.

 

Robert Tanti

Director People and Capability

Hydro Tasmania

Robert Tanti

Director People and Capability 

Hydro Tasmania

The Director People and Capability and Health & Safety is responsible for leading and managing human resources and safety professionals as well as configuring Hydro Tasmania’s talent management agenda to deliver its tactical and strategic priorities. The role has responsibility for up to thirty human resources, payroll, organisational development and safety staff.

He holds qualifications in Teaching, Industrial Relations and a Master’s Degree in Organisational Systems. He is a career HR and business transformation professional having worked across a range of industries and including international assignments. He has had considerable experience in rural and regional Australia, specifically during his time with Elders.

He is passionate about sourcing great people, diversity, inclusion and creating the kind of working environment where people can perform at their best. His joy is his family, food and most recent time spent teaching himself to learn the guitar. Though on that last point he would say it’s not a joy his family share.

Kate Tones

Group People Experience Manager

Merivale

Kate Tones

Group People Experience Manager

Merivale

Kate Tones is Merivale's Group People Experience Manager and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Group's human resources and people programs and initiatives.

 

Kate holds a Bachelor of Business with distinction, majoring in Human Resource Management from Queensland University of Technology. Kate's professional career started in the hospitality industry as the Principle HR Advisor for Oaks Hotels & Resorts (now Minor Hotels). Oaks is one of Australia's largest apartment accommodation providers, with a portfolio of 40+ accommodation properties, for both short or longer stays and at the time over 700 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Dubai. Following a move to Melbourne, Kate spent 5 years with Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis in Australia and the operator of the Australian Open Grand Slam, as the Manager Human Resources. With more than 500 employees across the country and growing to 5,000 + paid staff and volunteers during summer each year, Kate managed a team of HR professionals to support the not-for-profit sport and deliver national and international events including the Australian Open, Australian Open Series, Fed Cup and Davis Cup.

 

Kate has been with Merivale since January 2015 and currently leads a strong team of 21 professionals to provide advice and support across the entire Merivale portfolio, with focus areas of Talent, People Operations & Training, People Systems, Payroll and Health & Safety. Alongside the Chief Information Officer, Kate is the co-sponsor of MyMerivale, the Group's biggest technology investment to date and the transformation platform for Merivale's people and workforce management program. Aside from systems transformation and tools that enable people to do their best work, some of the topics that Kate is passionate about are mental health and wellness, reward and recognition and strengths-base development.

Mariam Veiszadeh

Diversity Ambassador

2016 Daily Life Woman of the Year

2015 Westpac Woman of Influence

Mariam Veiszadeh

Diversity Ambassador

2016 Daily Life Woman of the Year, Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, contributing author and a social commentator.

Mariam has been a fearless advocate for the past decade, championing the rights of minority groups in an endeavour to normalise ‘difference’ or rather, normality. As a ‘Twitter personality’ her views are frequently sought by the media around race, religion and cultural diversity related issues and her opinion pieces are widely published across various publications.

Mariam has many accolades to her name which include the following:

  • Elle Magazine Malaysia Change Maker 2015 – selected as one of 12 women helping “change the world” alongside the likes of Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie
  • Role Model of the Year & Woman of the Year Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2015
  • Westpac’s Woman of Influence Award 2015
  • Fairfax Daily Life’s Woman of the Year 2016
  • Community Champion Finalist, Western Sydney University Alumni Awards 2017

In 2017, Mariam addressed an audience of approximately 4000+ in her TEDx Sydney talk to shed light on the issue of societal privilege and how it creates an unequal playing field for diverse minority groups. She successfully mounted the case for why cultural diversity targets are required to help create more of a meritocracy and stamp out racism and discrimination in the corporate sector.

Lexie Wilkins

Director

Lexie Wilkins Consulting

Lexie Wilkins

Director 

Lexie Wilkins Consulting

Lexie Wilkins is a people and performance consultant and a workplace culture expert. The benefits of optimising the employee experience in order to achieve a culture of growth is her passion and her work draws on a depth of knowledge gained as a senior leader and consultant within a diverse range of government and non-government industries. Lexie has sat on a number of government and non-government engagement and marketing committees and is a speaker and contributor to select media publications. 

E: lexie@lexiewilkinsconsulting.com

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Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lexiewilkinsconsulting 

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