HR Directors Forum Schedule – National HR Summit

HR Directors Forum Schedule


9:00 am
9:10 am

Opening address from the Principal Partner

Sue Turk

Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Cornerstone OnDemand

9:15 am

Engaging employees through authentic and ethical leadership

The world is changing. Workplaces are increasingly dynamic and flexible, and HR leaders are increasingly being called-upon to provide ethical guidance at the executive level. What does leadership look like in today’s world?

  • How is the role of HR leader changing with the changing times?
  • Engaging employees through storytelling and authentic leadership
  • Coaching and guiding managers to provide effective feedback to their teams
  • Encouraging managers to give honest, fair developmental feedback and authentic praise

Chris Lamb

Chief People & Culture Officer, Greencross Limited

9:45 am

Answering the Call: Striving for equality and fairness in the workplace

In this case study session, AustralianSuper shares their progressive leadership on creating a fairer future for women.

  • Supporting  change that will lead to a better financial future for women and Super
  • Strong gender diversity policies and normalising flexible working
  • Fighting for reform in superannuation guarantee contributions from employers
  • Bringing Australia closer to the goal of economic equality

Michele Glover

Group Executive, People and Culture, AustralianSuper

11:00 am

INDUSTRY KEYNOTE: How Citibank transformed its global L&D

Providing relevant, personalised learning experiences that support the strategic priorities of one of the world’s biggest global banks with over 200,000 employees can be challenging. Peter Fox, Global Head of Digital Learning and Talent Technology is leading the transformation of Citi’s global learning function from a fragmented, inaccessible system to a consolidated, user-focused learning experience that delivers demonstrable value and ROI. In this global keynote, Peter will reveal key learnings from the transformation journey and discuss the strategies and processes employed to deliver a data-driven evaluation of employee skills, a robust assessment and selection of technology platforms and examples of how to prove the value of investments.

Peter Fox

Global Head of Digital Learning and Talent Technology, Citi Group

11:30 am

TED TALK: Building inclusivity – Learning from Uber’s Cultural Journey

An inclusive workplace is that working environment that values the individual and group differences within its work force. Hear UBER’s journey toward embracing the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives of the employees, which in turn increases their talent, innovation, creativity and contributions.

Susie Gleeson-Byrne

Head of Human Resources, Uber Australia and New Zealand

11:45 am

Workshop: Becoming an enabler of success

As technology liberates HR directors from routine processes, HR will take the lead in driving high performance cultures. This workshop will equip you with practical leadership skills to prepare for the future workforce.

  • Strategies for building emotional intelligence, learning agility and resilience in your executive team
  • Empowering, coaching, motivating and engaging teams and departments
  • Executive coaching techniques to leverage with the CEO and executive team

Joanna Geysen

Director, The Culture Group

12:30 pm

Overcoming the skills crisis in today’s modern workforce

Session over TBC

Sue Turk

Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Cornerstone OnDemand

2:10 pm

LEGAL UPDATE: New whistleblower protections for employees – what you need to know

A single, strengthened whistleblower protection regime has been passed by Federal Parliament, expanding and clarifying the prohibition against victimisation of whistleblowers.
  • Tips for drafting company whistleblowing policies
  • Step by step guide to dealing with whistleblower complaints
  • Investigating protected disclosures in accordance with the new laws
  • What constitutes unlawful conduct under the new laws?
  • Confidentiality and anonymity requirements relating to whistleblower identity

Kathryn Dent

Director, People+Culture Strategies

2:55 pm

A Conversation with Male Champions of Change

The Male Champions of Change strategy is a globally recognised, innovative strategy for advancing women in leadership and achieving gender equality. In this discussion, members of the MCC coalition will share how they are leading change on gender quality issues, how their work is having an impact on their organisations and communities, including their most recent work on disruptive approaches for preventing and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace.


Annika Freyer

CEO, Male Champions of Change

In conversation with:

James Fazzino

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of La Trobe University, Chairman of Manufacturing Australia, Covenor, Male Champions of Change National 2015 Australia

3:45 pm

PANEL: Communicating and driving cultural change in the C-suite

Successful HR directors are highly valued change managers and business shapers.  This panel will discuss strategies for effectively executing change at the executive level.
  • Becoming a trusted advisor at the senior leadership level
  • Proven ways to effectively communicate change to the workforce
  • Providing clear direction and communication
  • How to ensure that middle managers feel ownership of the change programs


Jon Williams

Partner, Fifth Frame


Jo Cairns

Executive General Manager - People, AP Eagers

Vanessa Hicks

HR Director, Vodafone

Mary Lemonis

Chief People Officer, REA Group

Katie McGrath

Chief People and Culture Officer, Seven West Media

Kelly Parmenter

HR Director, Foxtel

9:10 am

HR spotlight:  Telling stories through data

HR leaders increasingly need to think ‘big picture’ and analyse HR data to drive decision making. In the future, how will HR teams use data to tell stories?

  • Making connections across data and information to inform successful decision making
  • Using data and analytics to influence stakeholders at all levels
  • How to shape data into a narrative to help reveal findings, trends or underlying patterns
  • Using linked visualisations to explain how and why HR data changes over time
  • How can we use data to think differently about the employee experience?

Darren Fewster

Executive Director, HR Shared Services, Telstra

10:00 am

Driving cultural change from the c-suite down

Many boards are concerned about changing the "real culture" of their companies. HR can play a key role in driving these cultural change conversations at the highest level.

  • Delivering the strategic, structural and program-level change agenda for business
  • Leading and executing talent management strategies that support cultural change
  • Providing leadership, support and direction for change initiatives
  • Empowering team members to drive change within the business
  • Ensuring that the culture continues to permeate through the organisation

Tanya Southey

Chief People & Culture officer, Vicinity Centres

11:15 am

Driving a continuous learning culture to support your organisation’s business goals

  • Aligning your L&D initiatives with your organisation’s business goals
  • Understand what drives continuous learning culture at Accor
  • Strategies implemented in Accor to assist employees for future leadership roles

Sarah Derry

Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific, ACCOR

12:00 pm

KEYNOTE: Bold leadership from the top: Perspectives on People Strategy

Forward-thinking CEOs understand the critical importance of HR directors in inspiring people to carry out strategic initiatives. 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

Carolyn Creswell

Founder and CEO, Carmans Fine Foods

12:30 pm

CASE STUDY: Leading agile career development strategies

Many organisations are moving to agile and dynamic team structures. How can we maintain a flat organisational structure while still meeting our team’s need for advancement opportunities?

  • Developing talent in agile organisations that are no longer hierarchical
  • Moving talent around the organisation to suit changing business priorities
  • Encouraging managers to rethink and reshape their teams while managing day-to-day operations
  • Taking an agile mindset to support and guide new projects

Raechel Gavin

Group Executive, People and Culture, Quantium

2:15 pm

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

Hear from Cathy Doyle 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 CHRO, Rabobank

2:45 pm

PANEL: Leading for the future – equipping our workforces with the skills for the future

The future is human. When AI and other HR tech platforms have been effectively implemented across the economy, HR leaders will need to work cross-functionally to provide the people side of strategy.
  • How will we build our credibility as respected, valued and trusted HR leaders?
  • What will future organisations need from their executive teams?
  • How can we build our organisations’ agility to meet unknown new challenges?


Adam Hall

Talent and Reward Leader Australasia, Willis Towers Watson


Bernadette Chehine

General Manager, People & Culture, Cricket NSW

Anjanette Murfet

Global Director People & Corporate Affairs, Accolade Wines

Lucy Lithgow

GM People & Culture, BPAY Group

Pip Russell

VP, Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Operations Pacific, Schneider Electric

3:45 pm


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