Speakers

  • Jo Alilovic
    Director and Employment Lawyer, 3D HR Legal

    Jo Alilovic is the Director and founder of 3D HR Legal, a specialist employment law firm. The firm has a true flexible work practice, with all staff choosing when, how and where they work. They truly believe that this has enabled them to better serve their business owner clients and help them go from people problems to teams that get results.

    Jo has over 18 years of experience in employment law and has twice been a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Awards for Regional and Suburban Law Firms. She is also co-host of The Juggle Podcast, which has over 100 episodes interviewing employers, thought leaders and jugglers sharing their beliefs on how to have a successful career and fulfilling family life

  • Andrew Barnes
    Founder / Architect, Perpetual Guardian (New Zealand) / 4 Day Week Global

    Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).

    The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

    Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses, is the director of Coulthard Barnes, chair of both the Regional Facilities Auckland board and  the publicly listed New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce. PaySauce recently launched a new draw-down service to give employees interest-free access to money they have already earned as soon as they earn it aimed at preventing people having to resort to pay day lenders (which charge up to 700% interest).

  • Kath Blackham
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VERSA

    With a passion for digital and a mind for innovation, Kath Blackham has been at the forefront of tech solutions for over 18 years. Her experience spans market research at TNS and RedSheriff, Product Management at SEEK and REA before starting her own full service digital agency in 2010 called Deepend Melbourne Pty Ltd, which grew to be one of Australia’s largest independent digital experience and design agencies. Kath has championed local initiatives (Code Like a Girl), and has been an Australian voice for digital around the globe (SoDA).

    In 2017, Kath helped spearhead the creation of Australia’s first enterprise-level voice experience (VX) agency VERSA. Most recently, Kath led the merging of Deepend Melbourne and VERSA to create a VX and Digital Design powerhouse.
    With a growing client portfolio, including Village Cinemas, beyondblue, Dairy Australia, Nova, Domino’s, Red Cross and Scenic; VERSA is poised to set the pace for VX innovation and large- scale digital design in Australia and internationally.

    Kath is exceptionally committed to gender equality, flexibility and the future of work, and is a pioneer in the space with VERSA being the first Australian agency to operate a four-day working week model, to great success. She is dedicated to VERSA’s culture, which is unrivalled - it’s about passion, independence and expertise. VERSA works with its exceptional client partners to deliver connected experiences spanning multiple technologies, platforms, and media - creating positive business impact - a true driving force in the market. VERSA is committed to helping people experience a better life.

  • Siobhan Brahe
    Principal Advisor, Flexible Working, NSW Public Service Commission

    Siobhan Brahe is the practice lead for diversity and inclusion at the NSW Public Service Commission (PSC). In this role, her current priority is supporting the sector to achieve the Premier’s policy commitment of all roles across the government sector being flexible on an ‘if not, why not’ basis. Siobhan’s team has developed and is implementing a large program of work in building awareness and engagement, capability, policy and systems advice and a monitoring and governance framework necessary for the sector to meet this policy goal.

    Siobhan has substantial experience in the management and leadership of education teams, having specialised in finance professional development and training for most of her career. Prior to the PSC, she has worked at the Commonwealth Bank, Finsia and the Australian Financial Markets Association, leading, reforming and implementing strategies in the areas of financial markets capability, accreditation standards and policy advocacy, and combined with a knowledge of business planning, strategy development and different learning technologies and pedagogies.

    Siobhan holds a Masters in Education (Educational Psychology), a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Journalism), a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Relations), and  a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

  • Margaret Cox
    Director, I.C.E. Group, Pitman Training & WMC (Ireland)

    MSc. Strategic Sales Management (UCD Smurfit Business), Dip. H.R. (UOL), Dip. Accounting & Finance, (ACCA), Dip. Systems Analysis, (NUIG), JEB Diploma in Education.
    Margaret has over 35 years of business experience, she is a director of I.C.E. Group since 1995 and Margaret also owns and manages Pitman Training Centre’s in Galway, Sligo, and Limerick. In 2018 I.C.E Group acquired Western Management Centre in December 2018, consolidating her position as a Leading Supplier of Training and Organisational Development in the West of Ireland. Margaret holds an MSc. from Smurfit Business School and has professional educational qualifications in Finance, HR, and IT. She has participated as a mentor, business consultant and HR consultant with many organisations over the past 35 years.

    I.C.E. Group is a business solutions provider, working in the areas of recruitment, out sourced HR services and training and development. Margaret is responsible for the strategic sales management and direction of the company.

    From 1997 to 2007 Margaret served as a member of Seanad Eireann. She has participated as a Board Member of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Galway City Enterprise Board, the National Economic and Social Forum, and Galway City Partnership. Margaret was the last Chairperson of the Western Health Board.

    In 2010, Margaret was appointed to the Government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, where she served until 2017. Currently she is a member of the West Regional Skills Forum, and has just recently joined the IBEC Regional Committee for the West of Ireland.

    Over the past number of years, Margaret has spoken at National and International events and conferences, speaking on issues such as International Recruitment, Political Issues and Influencing, and Gender Balance. During her tenure as a Government Senator, Margaret addressed the UN in Geneva, in relation to the Status of Women in Ireland

  • Samara Dobbins
    Chief People Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet

    Samara Dobbins has over 12 years’ experience in leadership roles in Commonwealth and NSW Government.

    Currently Chief People Officer at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and responsible for all the corporate and ministerial functions, Ms Dobbins has worked extensively as a people leader and in senior executive roles including as the Director of People & Culture and then the Director Governance & Cluster at DPC. Ms Dobbins previously worked at the NSW Information and Privacy Commission (where she also acted as CEO and Information Commissioner), the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, the NSW Public Service Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

    Ms Dobbins’ experience extends to managing corporate services including finance, ICT and human resources, audit and governance, the development of a contemporary licensing scheme for liquor and gaming in NSW, leading the implementation of the inaugural NSW Public Service Commission and drafting and delivering the ethical framework and values for the NSW Public Sector.

    As a people leader Ms Dobbins has expertise in managing large and small teams of high-performing staff to deliver outcomes-focused strategic goals, change management and organisational effectiveness.

  • Nina Fountain
    Workplace Strategist, Transformed Teams

    Nina is a business leader and strategist with a profound dissatisfaction with work as we know it. She is shaping the future of work culture, so that leaders and teams are empowered to create workplaces that are positively awesome. Nina specialises in developing flexible workplaces. She created the leading practice framework used throughout Australia by businesses large and small as their guide to genuine flexibility.

  • Kylie Fuller
    Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Telstra

    Kylie has over 20 years of Human Resources experience across a range of sectors; technology, telecommunications, property and construction, public policy and economics.

    She currently leads Diversity and Inclusion globally at Telstra. She is also an organisational development chapter lead.

    Her passion is empowering people to reach their potential and thrive in their careers. She strives to be an influential ally for under-represented groups, creating inclusive, human-centred  cultures, flexible practices and opportunities for growth.

  • Yasmin Grigaliunas
    Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale

    Yasmin Grigaliunas is the CEO and Co-founder of World’s Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS). She is doing her part to activate communities across Australia to declutter, clean out their homes and donate their dormant goods to WBGS events where the items can receive second and third life cycles. Before diving into WBGS as a full-time business Yas was a passionate intrapreneur; building a multi-million dollar sales department from the ground up in her previous role, with award-winning growth year-on-year for over a decade.

    In November 2015, Yas resigned from an industry role she loved, to fulfil a family dream of travelling Australia in a caravan on what she calls a ‘Family Gap Year’. Yas kept her role working full-time and fully flexible with AV Technology, developing the Customer Experience, in ‘Australia’s most flexible role’. She spent 18-months working across the country in weird and wonderful places; in the family caravan, on beautiful beaches, parks, libraries, by various poolsides… even in the back of a tow truck!

    Yas is a seasoned expert in agile and flexible working arrangements, going all the way back to 2006 when she had her first child. She has brought this concept into her own business, where she has employees working remotely and flexibly using agile principles and productivity software. She believes success in an agile environment is built on the foundations of trust, transparency, flexibility and planning.

  • Sean Hall
    Founder, Energx

    Sean Hall, TEDx speaker and Founder of human performance consultancy Energx, works with high-performing companies to build and sustain their competitive advantage. Sean guarantees his clients immediate results by using an agile approach to employee experience design that practically connects productivity, mental wellbeing, creativity and inclusion.

    You’ll benefit from Sean’s experience working inside the companies that many of us look up to like Facebook, Unilever and Deloitte to understand how their employee experiences attract the best talent in the market and create innovative customer experiences to deliver superior commercial outcomes.

    Sean's pro bono work includes being a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group tackling the epidemics of anxiety and depression in the creative industry, Head of Wellbeing for disability startup accelerator Remarkable and mentor to youth-driven anti-bullying movement Project Rockit.

  • Marc Havercroft
    Global Chief Customer Officer, SAP SuccessFactors

    A member of the global leadership team for SAP SuccessFactors, Marc is responsible for  the  comprehensive  corporate  and  customer  strategy  at  the  highest  levels  of  the company to maximise customer acquisition, retention, and growth.

    Marc is equally accountable to drive digital transformation and business model innovation, efficient operations  and  sales,  people  and  product  strategies  to  support the  growth  of  the  business.  Responsible for revenue growth, market penetration and share.

    His  expertise  includes  corporate  advisory  and  strategy  for  organisations  going  through major  change  as  well  as  new  entrants  into  EMEA,  North  America,  and  APJ  &  Greater China regions from both green field to M&A structures.  Marc provides clients with not only  high  level  visibility on  current  &  global  trends  ,  but  is  able  to  turn  this  into meaningful workforce  strategies  that  deliver.    He has worked across industries from financial services, Telco, Energy, media, digital social, to public  sector, with  many of his solutions honoured with industry awards.

    Marc  is a  Certified  Fellow  of  the  AHRI,  CIPD  and  a  member  of  the  AHRI  Council  & Technology  Advisory  board,  based  out  of  Sydney,  Australia  &  San  Francisco,  USA,  He operates across the globe for SAP.

  • Emma Heuston
    Founder, The Remote Expert

    Emma Heuston is an author, lawyer and thought leader in the remote working space. Emma authored "The Tracksuit Economy - how to work productively and effectively from home" in 2018 and won the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Thought Leader of the Year award later that year for her work in the remote and flexible work space. Emma's virtual law firm, The Remote Expert specialises in remote work arrangements and assists those who work with a remote team.

  • Kenan Hibberd
    Executive Manager People, Culture & Safety, Unitywater

    Kenan was appointed Executive Manager People, Culture and Safety for Unitywater in July 2012.

    Kenan has more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources and Safety in both the public and private sectors and has held senior management positions in national and international organisations in the industrial services, engineering, logistics and health sectors.         

    In his current role, Kenan is the Executive sponsor of Unitywater’s Diversity program which focuses on non-traditional employment pathways and gender equality. Kenan has lead the development of a multifaceted program aimed at refreshing Unitywater’s workforce, improving diversity outcomes and organisational wellbeing. He is also Unitywater’s White Ribbon Ambassador. 

    Kenan was recently recognised as Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia, People and Capability network to influence diversity programs across the water industry.

  • The Hon. Courtney Houssos, MLC
    Labor Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Parliament of New South Wales

    Courtney Houssos was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 2015 for an 8 year term. Over her first 5 years in Parliament, she has been a vocal advocate for flexible work. This began from her inaugural speech, when she spoke about the need for governments to encourage flexible work practices. In 2015, she advocated for the NSW government to enact an “all roles flex” policy for its employees, a policy adopted by then-Premier Mike Baird in March 2016. She has also advocated for the NSW government to adopt a job-share register for across the public service, which was also announced by the Liberal Government in 2017.

    Before being elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2015, Courtney spent almost ten years working with rural and regional communities across NSW in her role as Country Organiser for NSW Labor. She was the first female elected to the position.

    Courtney was born and raised in Forster on the Mid North Coast of NSW and attended local public schools before graduating from the University of New South Wales. Courtney now lives in Earlwood with her husband, George and their two young children Anna and Arthur.

  • Nick Kennedy
    Managing Partner, deliberatedge

    Nick has over 20 years’ experience, including strategic and operational workforce planning, project and program management, change leadership and global talent management. Having managed strategic workforce planning and organisational design teams for large global organisations and overseen major change and optimisation programs, Nick has a deep understanding of the complex challenges faced by many organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is passionate about connecting strategy, planning and people.

  • Brad Krauskopf
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Hub Australia

    Brad Krauskopf is the founder and CEO of Hub Australia, Australia’s largest privately held coworking operator. Hub operates only in prime locations targeting the premium end of the market with high quality fit outs and a hospitality-inspired offering that helps its members grow their businesses by attracting and retaining talent. With more than 20 years’ industry experience in Australia and internationally, Brad is recognised as the pioneering driver of coworking in Australia.

  • Charlotte Lockhart
    Chief Executive Officer, 4 Day Week Global (New Zealand)

    As CEO for the 4 Day Week Global campaign she works promoting internationally the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace. Through this, she is on the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University and the advisory boards of the US campaign and the Ireland campaign for the 4 Day Week.

    Charlotte has an extensive background in business, having worked in the financial and legal services sectors earlier in her career. She is on the advisory board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, the not-for-profit membership organisation that promotes intra-Commonwealth trade, investment and the role of the private sector across the 52 member nations. Additionally, she is on the advisory board for the Kupe Scholarship Programme at the University of Auckland.

    In her earlier work with Perpetual Guardian, New Zealand’s largest and most dominant trustee services company and the originator of the four-day work week, Charlotte was a prominent consumer advocate, speaking for the financial and estate planning interests of New Zealanders and driving the company’s growth through innovative marketing and business development strategies.

    An accomplished presenter, Charlotte is a frequent conference speaker on leadership, philanthropy and investment issues. She holds a variety of roles in the philanthropy sector, including managing the family foundation, The September Giving Trust, and the Classics 4 Charities Foundation. She participated in the 7th Peking to Paris Rally 2019 raising funds for the Sir Graeme Dingle Foundation and Sir Ray Avery Foundation in support of Youth Development. Charlotte also has interests in the arts sector and the wine industry.

  • Kate McRae Sermanni
    Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Lion

    In my current role as Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Lion, I am focused on partnering our Exec team and stakeholders across our business to unlock innovation for growth through a diverse mix in teams, embedding an inclusive mindset, skillset and practices in our culture, and actively engaging our diverse customers and community.  This includes leading change through strategy, policy, culture, leadership capability, talent acquisition, talent management and strategic communications.

    Lion is one of Australasia’s largest food and beverage companies, employing around 7000 people across 34 sites across Australia, New Zealand, the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and UK. You may recognise some of our well-known brands in the dairy, juice, soy, beer, cider, wine, spirits and non-alcohol beverages categories, including Little Creatures and James Squire Beers, Farmers Union, Big M flavoured milks and Remedy Kombucha. Lion's core purpose is to champion sociability and help people to live.

    I have over 20 years’ experience in HR including Organisation Development, Strategy, Leadership Development, Change Leader, and Business Partnering across FMCG, Finance and Hospitality sectors.

    My approach brings together data and people analytics, human centred design, applied positive psychology, facilitation, coaching and change leadership to deliver business strategy.

    I have a Masters in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University and recently attended Harvard University where I studied Adaptive Leadership with Dr Ronald Hefitz and experienced firsthand the powerful learning that comes from diverse perspectives.

  • Diana Nadebaum
    Chief People Officer, Opteon

    Diana is a commercial and strategic HR leader with international experience across a range of global roles and industries, including property, technology, banking & finance, retail and automotive.

    Diana completed a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne, where she majored in Human Resource Management and Psychology. She holds more than a decade of generalist HR, change, transformation, leadership and talent management experience.

    Previously, Diana held Head of HR positions within Telstra Consumer and Telstra Business, and was also General Manager Talent & Acquisition for the national telecommunications leader. Other roles have included Group Talent Manager for Salmat and Senior HR positions for Lloyds Banking Group in the UK.

    Diana joined Opteon in 2018, in the newly created Chief People Officer role. Opteon is an international provider of independent property valuation, advisory and specialist property services in the Australian, New Zealand and US markets and are currently embarking on a major international expansion journey.

    At Opteon Diana leads the people, culture, change and communication strategy in support of the Opteon strategic growth goals, the transformation of the operating model and achievement of Vision2023.

  • Maja Paleka
    Director and Co-Founder, Juggle Strategies

    Maja Paleka is the co-founder and director of Juggle Strategies - an Australian consultancy that specialises in the capability and leadership development, as well as implementation of flexible working practices. She has over 15 years experience in leadership roles across a variety of areas - engineering, operations and sales gained working in Canada, UK and now Australia across the APAC region.  
    For the past three years Maja has been advising executive teams on how they can take advantage of business and people benefits of flexible and agile working, and helping them devise a strategy that is tailored to their organisation.  From there she has coached teams on the right infrastructure needed to support the change, as well as delivered and facilitated training programs for their front line leaders and staff.

  • Simone Shugg
    Chief People Officer, NearMap

    Simone was appointed CPO in 2019 to spearhead a people and culture agenda that enables Nearmap to become a global leader in aerial imagery and location intelligence through its greatest asset – its people.

    Simone brings over 20 years of people leadership across multiple industries and scale of businesses. She has a track record of converting business vision into people and culture initiatives that directly improve profitability, performance and customer and employee engagement in fast-paced high growth organizations. Simone was most recently Executive Director of People and Culture at Foxtel, one of Australia's most innovative and dynamic media companies.  Prior to that she spent 8 years as Vice President of People and Culture with Carnival Australia where she was responsible for shoreside operations and the P&O Australia fleet, and was a key member of the Executive team that transformed the cruise industry in Australia. Prior to this, Simone held senior roles with Halifax Bank of Scotland Australia, across a number of its brands including St Andrews Australia and BankWest.

    Simone holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Australia.

  • Anish Singh
    Head of HR Australia & 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 and size of business is over 1 Billion Dollars. Anish has been with Unilever for 13+ years, starting his Unilever career in India and later in Singapore for 5 years before coming to Australia in year 2018. Over the years, Anish has worked in the CPG & Financial Sector in various roles ranging from Global to Regional, Country Lead role, setting up new businesses, Lead Large scale Change Management Programs, Expertise roles in People Development/Employer Branding, Recruitment, Performance Management, Sales HRBP, Industrial Relations etc.

    Prior to coming to Australia, 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.

  • Gillian Stapleton
    Chief Executive Officer, Direct Selling Australia

    Gillian Stapleton was appointed CEO of Direct Selling Australia in July 2016. Gill is the first female appointed to this position in the Association’s 52-year history. Gill started her career as a teacher in the UK but joined a home-based direct selling business, so that she could be a full-time mum to her two children. Achieving great success running her own business, Gill was offered a corporate role in Australia in 2000.  Since then, she has been the CEO of global multinational organisations, and a national Charity. Gill has previously served as a member of the DSA Board and runs marathons in her spare time.

  • Lauren Trethowan
    Head of Organisational Development & Learning, MYOB

    Lauren is Head of Organisational Development at MYOB and a registered Psychologist with over 17 years’ experience in HR and transformation advisory roles. Her current role at MYOB involves leading the development of a new approach to the Future of Work and designing exceptional employee experiences that differentiate MYOB in the market. Prior to this she was Head of Enterprise Culture and Head of HR, for the Technology team, at Australia Post and has over 8 years’ experience in Management Consulting at PwC.

  • Hayley Windsor
    Director, Windsor Junction

    Hayley Windsor is an Agile leader who applies a strong analytical mind, strategic thinking and a collaborative approach to lead and influence programs to improve business performance, boost growth and build inspiring communities.
    When not playing a lead role in Business Transformation and Optimisation programs, Hayley dedicates much of her time to learning and adopting ways to be more productive, present, decisive and agile – both in her corporate pursuits and in everyday life.

    After 8 years in professional services and project management roles, she left the permanent employee ranks 4 years ago and now works exclusively with clients who foster the trust and integrity required for a flexible and agile work environment.
    As an independent consultant, she's played a lead role in workforce, IT, risk and cultural transformation programs for prominent organisations across non-profit, health, financial services and telecommunications businesses. More recently, Hayley extended her business and started her own consulting boutique "Windsor Junction" where she cultivates flexible work for her employees. Beyond executing Business As Usual, Hayley and Windsor Junction strive to modernise the way business transformation adoption is planned, delivered and measured to make transformation stick.