8:00amRegistration opens
9:00amWelcome from the Chairperson
9:10amOpening address from the Principal Partner
9:15amBold leadership from the top: Exclusive interview with a powerhouse HR champion

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 

Michael Ward Managing Director, Raytheon Australia 

9:45amAnswering 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 
10:30amMorning refreshments & networking break
11:00amHow 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 

11:30amTED 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, HR Uber Eats – APAC 

11:45amWorkshop: 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 GeysenDirector, The Culture Group 

1:00pmNetworking Lunch
2:15pmLEGAL 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  

Joydeep Hor – Founder & Managing Principal, People+Culture Strategies  

2:45pmA Conversation with Male Champions of Change:  Confronting the Merit Trap in recruitment and promotion

When we use merit as shorthand for a package of admirable qualities that we innately recognise, we devalue ‘merit’. Many studies confirm that we are drawn to those who think, look and act like us. This is a problem for women working in male dominated environments where there are deeply held beliefs and norms about who is suitable for leadership. In this session, three CEOs will discuss their initiatives to combat the Merit Trap in recruitment and promotion.  

Three CEOs of Australia’s Fortune 200 companies will join this timely discussion.  


Annika FreyerCEO, Male Champions of Change  

3:15pmAfternoon refreshments and networking break
3:45pmPANEL: Leading 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 


Jo CairnsChief Human Resources Officer, Automotive Holdings Group (AHG)

Mary LemonisChief People Officer, REA Group

Vanessa Hicks – HR Director, Vodafone

Kelly Parmenter – HR Director, Foxtel

Rachel Banks – Director, People and Culture, AMP

4:00pmNetworking event
8:30amRegistration opens
9:00amOpening remarks from the Chair
9:10amTruth 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 

10:00amPANEL: Working with a new CEO

All HR directors will, at some point, need to adapt to working under a new CEO.  If you’re a senior team member in a company with a new chief executive, your success will depend on your ability to quickly build a relationship. How can you adapt, survive and thrive in a time of such massive changes? 

  • How to demonstrate support and create a great first impression  
  • Embarking on your own personal transformation journey with your new CEO
  • How to maximize your chances of prospering and succeeding with a new leader 
  • Positioning yourself to help the CEO to building a strong and committed executive team 


Diana Nadebaum – Chief People Officer, Opteon

Lisa Burquest – Chief People Officer, The a2 Milk Company

Steve Hill – Group Executive, People and Workplace Environment, First State Super

Katie McGrath – Chief People and Culture Officer, Seven West Media  

10:45amMorning refreshments & networking break
11:15amDriving 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  

12:00pmEngaging 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  

12:30pmHR 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  

1:00pmNetworking lunch
2:15pmCASE 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 

2:45pmPANEL: 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 


Pip RussellVP, Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Operations Pacific
International Operations, Schneider Electric

Lucy Lithgow – GM People & Culture, BPAY Group

Nicole Issaakidis – HR Director, Pacific, CBRE  

3:30pmDirectors forum concludes

Expo passport prize draw: $10,000 Cash voucher giveaway held on the Expo Stage

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4:00pmConference concludes