DAY ONE: Wednesday 14 March 2018



  Registration opens

9:00am   Welcome from the Chair

Belinda Brosnan, Managing Director, HR Junction


9:10am   Opening address

Event Partner


9:15am   Bold leadership from the top: Exclusive interview with two powerhouse HR champions

Forward-thinking CEOs understand the critical importance of HR directors in inspiring people to carry out strategic initiatives. In this session, the CEOs of hotel and resort marketer and operator Mantra Group and global commercial real estate firm CBRE will share their insights with HRD editor Iain Hopkins.

The session will cover:

  • The importance of empowering HR team to carry out people programs
  • The traits that CEOs value in HR leaders
  • The key to authentic, bold HR leadership in the boardroom
  • How HR can impact bottom-line revenue and performance

Bob East, Chief Executive Officer, Mantra Group 

Ray Pittman, President & CEO, Australia & New Zealand, CBRE


  CASE STUDY: Creating a future-ready workforce at XERO

HR leaders are continually driving cultural change throughout their organisations. In this session, XERO’s chief people officer Rachael Powell will share her story on creating a future-ready workforce. Explore:

  • Leading and building a culture of innovation
  • Communicating with and inspiring a large workforce in real time
  • Managing and leading change whilst building resilience - personally, organisationally and through others
  • Delivering high-impact, innovative workforce solutions and experiences that improve workers’ lives 

Rachael Powell, Chief People Officer, XERO


10:30am    Morning refeshments & networking break


  Big data: How MLC Life is using metrics to enhance strategic decision-making 

Innovative, intelligent organisations are using complex analytical and predictive modeling to make insightful business decisions.  In this session, hear how MLC focuses on wellness as an   indicator of productivity and workplace health and how the organisation interpreted the data to form its strategy. Explore:

  • Capturing, analysing and gleaning insight from employee data
  • Developing workforce insights and predictions
  • Balancing data-driven decision making with intuitive decision-making 

 Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance


11:45am   Session details TBC 

Event partner sponsor


12:15am    Answering the call: The business case for stronger diversity and inclusion programs at PwC

Most executive teams now recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion programs to strengthen corporate reputation, employee brand, employee wellbeing and innovation. ThiS session will explore:

  • Key industry metrics and benchmarks on diversity and inclusion
  • Securing leadership buy-in for diversity programs
  • Diagnosing, addressing and eliminating the gender pay gap
  • Addressing bias in recruitment, selection and reward and recognition
  • Embedding the principals of inclusion throughout the whole employee lifecycle

 Julie McKay, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, PwC


1:00pm     Networking Lunch


2:00pm   INTERVIEW: Leading HR through complex and changing times

In this interview, CHRO of Santos, Joanne Fox, will share her insights with HRD editor Iain Hopkins. The session will cover:

  • What human capital requirements will we have in 2020?
  • What should leadership development programs look like today?
  • Managing complexity, facing uncertainty and motivating a workforce through a times of volatility  

Joanne Fox, CHRO, Santos  


2:15pm   LEGAL UPDATE: Accessorial liability for HR professionals - What is your personal liability?

With increasing penalties for non-compliance and a widening net of culpability, HR professionals can be held personally liable for breaches of the Fair Work Act.

  • Overview of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017
  • What constitutes a "serious contravention" under the Bill?
  • What should you do if you are forced into situations at work where your HR advice is ignored?
  • At what point should an HR professional resign?
  • Implications of Fair Work Ombudsman v Blue Impression Pty Ltd & Ors

Joydeep Hor, Managing Principal, People + Culture Strategies


3:00pm   KEYNOTE: The 21st century HRD - What do CEOs and boards expect? 

Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman, Carnival


3:15pm   Afternoon refreshments & networking break

  CASE STUDY: Leading  remote and mobile workforce at UBER

HR directors today need to lead, collaborate and build alliances across different cultures, geographies and time zones, while engaging a workforce that is increasingly dispersed.

  • Keeping employees engaged in a virtual world
  • Dealing with an increasingly ‘nomadic’ workforce
  • Cultivating a team culture in the absence of physical proximity
  • Creating a cohesive culture across time zones, functions and regions
  • How much face-time is really necessary with a remote workforce?

Susie Gleeson Byrne, Head of HR, UBER


    Networking Event



DAY TWO: Thursday 15 March 2018



  Registration opens


Opening remarks from the Chair


Belinda Brosnan, Managing Director, HR Junction


9:00am   PANEL DISCUSSION: The future of HR: How can we capitalise on the progress that HR has made?

As businesses have been transforming and becoming more complex, the HR profession has been changing and up-skilling to help workforces deal with these changes. While great progress has been made in data analytics and change leadership, we need to continue to capitalise on our progress.

  • The future role of people skills in an increasingly automated workforce
  • Is traditional, transactional HR now dead?
  • What will HR’s role be in the core areas of attracting, engaging, retaining and developing employees?

Andrew Blakemore, General Manager and Co-head, Human Resources, Stockland Property Group
Simone Blumberg, Head of People, SunSuper
Kaye Butler, General Manager, Human Resources, Chevron
Trudie Harriman, Head of Human Resources, Qantas
Alison Merner, General Manager, HR ANZ, Big W
Meaghan Davis, Head of Human Resources, Australia, Lendlease

Jaye Matheson, Director - People and Organisation, PwC

10:00am    Truth to power: C-Suite and boardroom dynamics and executive skills for today’s HR leader

Hear from Cathy Doyle, head of HR at rural bank and agribusiness finance leader Rabobank as she weighs in on the practical realities of strategy-making, conflict resolution and alliance-building in the c-suite and the boardroom.

  • Negotiating and influencing skills for HR leaders in the executive team
  • Truth to power
  • Conflict management at the highest level – creating unity while encouraging diversity of thought
  • Guiding the executive team through ethical dilemmas

Cathy Doyle, Group Executive, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Rabobank


  Morning refreshments & networking break


11:30am   Leading organisational capability and workforce strategy in the Government Sector

Kerrie Field, Executive Director, People and Culture, Government and Corporate Services, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation


  HR SPOTLIGHT: What I know for sure about HR: Reflections on the global HR profession

Nada George, VP, HR - Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia & the Philippines, American Express


12:30pm    CASE STUDY: The key to transformational leadership at Simplot
  • Defining your role within a change initiative
  • Understand the complexities involved with the process of change
  • Creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration
  • Gain trust and take action to implement new initiatives

Sue Smith, Executive Director Human Resources and Transformation, Simplot Australia


1:00pm     Networking lunch


2:15pm   WORKSHOP: Problem solving and critical analysis for today’s leaders

Business and HR leaders today need the mental flexibility to understand and apply the principle of equi-finality to organisations adapt to massive disruptions.

  • What methodologies can we use to make decisions in today’s unpredictable economy?
  • Examples of scenarios and decision-making practices
  • Practical exercises involving executive decisions involving the effects of disruptive forces

Kristen Hansen, Director, EnHansen Performance


2:45pm   WORKSHOP: The art of agile HR leadership

In this age of Emergent Leadership, agility is one of the most important skills for business and HR leaders today. Being agile in our thinking, the way we work and the way we engage and manage change matters.

  • Tailoring your approaches to deal with disruptions, but create the right ones
  • Working with technology to deliver human friendly practices and opportunities that enable a culture of innovation
  • Helping employees build and develop emotional agility, resilience and optimism

Rhonda Brighton-Hall, Founder and CEO,







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