Schedule 2018

DAY ONE: Wednesday 24 October 2018


Registration opens


Opening Remarks from the Chair

Nadia Taylor, Director, Livingstones


Welcome from the Event Partner

James Della-Porta, Regional Sales Director, ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll


KEYNOTE: Creating a future-ready workforce for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

From 4-15 April 2018, the Gold Coast welcomed 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories and visitors from all over the world-, to compete and enjoy the biggest event Australia hosted in more than a decade. At its peak, the workforce consisted of over 1,600 paid staff, up to 15,000 volunteers and over 40,000 contractors. In this keynote, Helen Moore will share her story on creating a future-ready workforce and how HR impacted the successful execution of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Helen Moore, General Manager - Finance and Business Services, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games


Agile Transformations are a People and Culture Business

Agile values and principles have revolutionised the way software is delivered. Discover how the same agile methods and tools can be adapted to transform and help organisations respond to the changing needs of customers, lift employee engagement and build a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

  • What is agile and how to achieve organisational agility.
  • How HR can lead agile transformations.
  • How agile mindsets, processes and tools can be used as a change agent in organisations.

 Eduardo Nofuentes, Founder, Enterprise Agile Coach, Agile Eleven


Morning refreshment and networking break


LEGAL UPDATE: How to manage difficult employee exits

Redundancies are one of the easier types of termination. Terminations for misconduct and persistent poor performance are slightly more challenging. But what happens when you want to terminate someone's employment for being a poor cultural fit or interpersonal behaviours?

  • What makes a good employee "good"?
  • Are your values and principles relevant from a legal perspective?
  • How to help line managers deal legally with cases of "bad cultural fit"
  • When can you terminate an employee for interpersonal reasons?

Paul Hardman, Partner, K&L Gates


Leadership through complex and changing times

The world of work is changing rapidly. HR professionals have to be in position to lead their organisations through these complex times.

  • What human capital requirements will we have in 2020 and beyond?
  • What should leadership development programs look like today to prepare for tomorrow?
  • Building capability of leaders in a VUCA [volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous] world

Selena Turner, Executive Director - Leadership and Organisational Development, Queensland Treasury Corporation


Networking lunch


Answering the call: Creating the future of diversity and inclusion

Most executive teams now recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion to strengthen corporate reputation, employee brand, employee wellbeing and innovation. Some are integrating inclusion in their approach to the digital revolution. This session will explore:

  • Macroeconomic trends that are shaping the future of work
  • Diversity beyond demographics
  • Securing leadership buy-in for diversity programs
  • Addressing bias in recruitment, selection and reward and recognition
  • Embedding the principals of inclusion throughout the whole employee lifecycle

Leith Mitchell, Senior Associate, Diversity Partners


Paul Landy, Chief Human Resources Officer, QSuper


The eternal HR challenge of managing change

We must accept that with intensifying competition within and across businesses, the pace of change is ever increasing. How we manage change can often determine the success of your organisation, and its people that drive it. Let's uncover the following:

  • What role do you as a HR leader play in management of change?
  • How can technology better enable you to accelerate the acceptance of, and implementation of changes in your organisation?
  • What are the ways to increase employee engagement along your journey?

James Della-Porta, Regional Sales Director, ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


CASE STUDY: How Campbell Arnott's creates an amazing employee experience

Great employers focus on the entire, integrated employee experience, including HR, workplace and management practices. High-performing companies focus on enriching the employee experience, leading to meaningful and productive work.

  • What can the concepts of customer experience teach us about employee experience?
  • Creating programs, policies, initiatives that employees LOVE to use
  • Creating a culture where flexibility, collaboration and creativity are nurtured
  • Technological solutions that enhance the employee experience
  • Do we need to rethink the roles, structure, programs and strategies that we use in HR?

Kirsty Kratzmann, Director HR - Supply Chain, Campbell International division, Campbell Arnott's


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.

  • 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?
  • The next big thing - emerging HR technology and the future of work


Jenny Gregg, Executive General Manager, Business Services, Stanwell

Raelene Barry, Deputy General Manager, Executive Manager - Human Resources, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Joanne Nugent, General Manager Human Resources, QSL


Laura Jones, Head of Shared Services, People & Culture, UnitingCare


End of Day 1

DAY TWO: Thursday 25 October 2018


Opening remarks from the Chair, Day 2

Nadia Taylor,Director, Livingstones


Securing support for HR programs from all levels

A successful HR program starts with buy-in from the leadership team and succeeds with support from all levels throughout the organisation. But in many organisations, the HR team is still working on securing credibility and high-level support.  

  • Gaining credibility from managers as a true business partner and not a 'policy policeman'
  • Being taken seriously during decision-making discussions
  • Why are we sometimes still seen as police officers or firefighters?
  • Navigating situations where you have a seat at the table but not the credibility to influence
  • Bringing line managers on the journey towards people management excellence

Bob Hogarth,  Director, New Lens Consulting


The Business Case for the Human Workforce - why robots aren't replacing us any time soon

The conversation around automating roles and functions continues. How can you assure your workforce (and yourself!) that the numbers stack up in a human's favour, even when there are some chilling examples of robots outperforming world experts, even for complex tasks like specialised surgery?

  • What should we be getting the robots to do, and how will that impact our current roles?
  • What should the humans continue to do, and how can we powerfully create the business case to support that?
  • What do you need to start doing and thinking differently to ensure we utilise the workforce in the best way possible?

Laurel McLay, Senior Associate, DLPA


Morning refreshment and networking break


PANEL: Leadership insights from Australia's top HR directors

In this panel, top HR Directors will share their challenges and insights into successful HR leadership.

  • What is the key to success in HR leadership today?
  • How is digital disruption changing the practice of HR?
  • How to lead, inspire, manage and engage a dynamic and rapidly changing workforce
  • Career development tips from HR directors who have made it to the top


Ben Jensen, HR Consultant

Peter O'Sullivan, National Head of People & Culture, BDO

Ken Greedy, Director of Human Resources, Griffith University

Carole Cooper, Global Peopleworks Leader, Flight Centre Travel Group


Michelle Loch, Director, Leading Humans


Networking lunch


CASE STUDY: Leading organisational capability and workforce strategy in the public sector

Hear how Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services is building a world-class public sector through its focus on people strategy.

  • Creating a diverse and inclusive values-based culture
  • Building internal capability for leadership, resilience and responsiveness to change
  • Expanding staff engagement and two-way communication across the Department
  • Exceeding targets for women in senior roles

Hannah Bloch, Executive Director - People and Enagagement, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Rita Hudson, Senior Director - Organisational Capability, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service


Managing change and transformation in your organisation

As the pace of change in the economy accelerates, CEOs are increasingly requiring their organisations and HR teams to be more agile. How are employees handling such incessant organisational change? Igniting an appetite for change among employees who are suffering ‘change fatigue'

  • Creating an agile culture that can quickly adapt to changes
  • Bedding-down change through the stages of a business lifecycle
  • Dealing with change-resistant employees

Sonia La Penna, Director, HR Synergy Consulting Pty Ltd


Afternoon refreshment and networking break


Big data: Using metrics to enhance strategic decision-making

Innovative, intelligent organisations are using complex analytical and predictive modelling to make insightful business decisions. 

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

Dr. Al Jury, Chief Human Resource Officer, The University of Queensland


WORKSHOP: Tough conversations - balancing strength with empathy

HR professionals are trusted by management to handle difficult conversations with sensitivity and pragmatism. This workshop will involve practical exercises to build your skills in conducting challenging interpersonal discussions.

  • Handling emotionally-charged situations with professionalism
  • Tough empathy: The ability to have tough conversation while showing empathy
  • Tips for handling unexpected scenarios with combative employees

Zandy Fell, Managing Director, The Zalt Group: Restore & Strengthen Workplace Relations




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