Speakers at Flexible & Agile Working 2019

Ian Aldridge
Progressive Legal 

With more than 13 years experience as a lawyer in Australian and large global US firms in the UK and in-house for Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in the UK, my clients gain access to my knowledge, experience and world-wide network of connections.

Different from the traditional legal model, my focus is solely based around client satisfaction and provide a more pragmatic view to pricing.

Isee the client relationship being long-term and not simply a transaction. I also have an online approach making it easier for clients to engage with me, with fixed-fee arrangements and piece-by-piece advice, to help busy Australian businesses get on with their income producing activities, while I assist them with contracts and advice that provide legal protection. 

I see our business relationship differently. I operate effectively as our client's "in-house counsel" to become their trusted advisor for all legal aspects of their business and develop long-term trust.

Experienced in Legal Structure Advice, Intellectual Property Law (including trade marks), Commercial, Workplace and Dispute Resolution.

Lisa Annese
Chief Executive Officer

Diversity Council of Australia

Lisa Annese is the current Chief Executive of DCA, heading a team to lead public debate, conduct research and develop resources for organisations in all areas of diversity and inclusion. Lisa is an active contributor to publications and regularly presents and speaks publicly in all areas of diversity. She was named one of the AFR’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2018, designed the Employer of Choice for Women Citation while at the Agency now known as the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and is a recipient of a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service. Lisa has had a long career in corporate, government and the not for profit sector.

Christine Brotherton
Head of People and Capability
Perpetual Guardian

Christine leads the People & Capability team at Perpetual Guardian and my role is to develop innovative and inclusive people strategies in all aspects that relate to our recruitment programme, organisational culture, employee relations and talent management.  Innovation, fiduciary expertise and a rich history go hand in hand at Perpetual Guardian.  For over 135 years we’ve been providing New Zealanders with estate plans and providing certainty for their legacies – with Wills, Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Investment Advisory or Philanthropic ventures.  Our 4 Day Working Week is an example of our wish to push the boundaries, and is challenging how we work.  We believe that shifting the focus away from “hours of work” to a focus on increasing productivity and employee engagement has real merit in adapting to a changing world.  

Christine has over 20 years’ experience in HR, and previously worked in senior HR roles for global professional services and financial services companies in New Zealand, UK and Japan.

Fay Calderone
Partner - Employment & Workplace Relations
Hall & Wilcox

Fay is an Employment Law & Workplace Relations Partner at Hall & Wilcox and a Flexible Work Day Ambassador. She advises HR, C-Suite leaders and Boards on compliance with workplace laws, change management, business protection, workplace strategy, cultural diagnostics and dispute resolution, having business acted for employers for over 17 years across a range of industries including health, sport, professional services, entertainment, manufacturing, community sector and local councils.

Fay thrives on the insights gained from speaking at major industry events and is a regulator commentator on workplace issues in mainstream media and industry publications. She has served as Deputy Chair of Sport NSW and has been widely recognised for her achievements including by the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards; Lawyers Weekly Awards and NSW Women Lawyer’s Association.  In 2018 Fay was featured in the Smart Company International Women’s Day Campaign, Women Kind (the book authored by Catherine Fox and Dr Kirstin Ferguson), the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers and was a finalist for the highly prestigious AGS Australian Women Lawyers Award among prominent judges and barristers.

Alex Crammond & Rowena Falzon
Ways of Working Principal, InfraCo & Product Owner of the Impediments Process

Alex and Ro are currently part of Telstra’s transformation team and share the roles of  Ways of Working Principal, InfraCo & Product Owner of the Impediments Process. Both roles draw on their expertise in issue identification, proposals of commercial and strategic solutions and risk management.  Alex and Ro have shared a number of other strategic roles within Telstra, most recently as Head of Ways of Working Coaches & Teams and previously as General Manager/Chief of Staff to Telstra’s Group Executive of Media/Chief Marketing Officer where they were responsible for embedding strategy, planning, risk and engagement across the Media and Marketing functions.  Prior to that,  Alex and Ro were  senior lawyers with a diverse and extensive range of corporate/commercial experience (both private practice and in-house capacities).

Christhina Candido
Senior Lecturer
University of Sydney

Dr Christhina Candido is a Senior Lecturer and Research Supervisor at Sydney University. She is an architect by training, holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and Environmental Science from Macquarie University. She leads multidisciplinary investigations focused on contemporary open-plan offices and activity-based working with a view to bridge the gap between workspace design, occupant satisfaction, productivity and health. Her research aims to provide the empirical basis needed to transform the way workspaces are designed now and in the future.  She also leads the building occupants survey system Australia tool and has publications that include indoor environmental quality and post-occupancy evaluation research fields, with emphasis on workplace.

Martin Cowie
People & Development Director
OMD Sydney

As People & Development Director for OMD Australia, Martin drives the positive employer brand that distinguishes OMD from its competition and has contributed to OMD being the biggest media agency in Australia. With 450 employees OMD are 6th in the Great Places to Work rankings and have been in the top 50 for 10 successive years. Martin is in his second spell at OMD having previously spent 5 years as Commercial Director.

Martin brings 30 years of experience in media sales, media planning + buying and HR. Arriving in Australia 15 years ago, Martin previously ran his own executive recruitment and training consultancy. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Carat’s Sydney office, leading a team of 75.
Martin is passionate about employee experience and building an inclusive culture. He is a regular speaker at HR conferences.

James Dellow
Digital Workplace Company

James Dellow, Director, Digital Workplace Company, uses human-centred design and technology management know-how to provide masterplanning to help develop organisations that are digital first workplaces from the ground up.

He is a human-centred designer, with a long-standing interest in the intersection of people, place and technology in workplace design. His consulting experience includes collaborating with leading design studios to help them develop workplace strategies for companies such as AMP, King & Wood Mallesons, Rabobank, and Suncorp that take into account new ways of working, technological developments, and how people collaborate and share knowledge.

Sally Dorsett
Executive Director, People and Organisational Design
Synergy Group

Sally brings over 26 years’ experience in Australian and UK human resource management, and considerable experience in managing large change programs, HR design and implementation. Her change management skills have enabled her to deliver innovative solutions into the most challenging of environments, whilst her enthusiasm and strong inter-personal skills have smoothed the transition of the most sweeping HR reforms. Sally is passionate about improving access to flexible work. Throughout her career, Sally has been responsible for leading and implementing workplace change to improve flexible working practices.

Michelle Elvy
Head of Integrated Operations

Michelle possesses 20 years of professional and management experience, predominantly in the mining, resources and construction. Michelle has worked at all levels of organisations - designing, constructing, commissioning, operating, and across multiple business models from Alliances, Public Private Partnerships, EPCM and Joint Ventures.

Michelle’s holistic and inclusive approach is a hallmark of her leadership. Her strength lies in deep technical competence, a broad knowledge and people skills. She has both the eye and passion for detail, while still maintaining the long term goal front of mind.

Michelle enjoys working in operations innovation, continuous improvement, corporate governance and risk management. Michelle can add value at the Board and executive level on: strategy development; audit & risk (committees); finance & cost modelling (AASB) and governance systems. Her unique blend of management and technical skills helps to drive strategy and business planning cycles in order to improve competitive positioning and improve efficiencies. She is an experienced strategic thinker, who can "paint" the pathway to value creation for an organisation.

Georgia Foley
Director of Community

As WeWork’s Director of Community in Sydney, Georgia was a part of the team who launched WeWork in Australia in 2016. Her background in hospitality and business management provided a platform from which she curates a community, delivering meaningful member experiences for people everyday. Having worked in London, New York and Sydney, Georgia leads a team across eight Sydney locations, bringing people together and creating a place that supports businesses of all scales to grow.

WeWork is a shared workspace company, connecting people in beautifully designed spaces to foster a sense of community. A membership model for workspace, WeWork provides over 400,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and digital offerings. Founded in 2010 in New York City, WeWork currently has 425 physical locations in 100 cities and 27 countries around the world. In Australia, WeWork has 10,000 members in fifteen open locations across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with new locations announced, including its first Perth location which will open in September 2019.

Yasmin Grigaliunas
CEO & 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. To date, Yas' work at WBGS has diverted 3.3 million kilograms of goods from potential landfill, contributed $1.7 million worth of social value to the global economy, and created a passionate community around the principles of the circular economy.

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 now 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.

Timothy Harvey
General Manager Business Development, Risk and Operations, Regional and Agribusiness Banking
Commonwealth Bank

Tim Harvey is Commonwealth Bank’s General Manager Business Development, Risk and Operations for Regional and Agribusiness Banking.

In this role Tim is responsible for driving business, compliance and operational management across the division. This also involves developing and executing appropriate strategy and leading the division’s innovation initiatives and partnerships.

In his most recent role Tim led the distribution business in NSW for Regional and Agribusiness Banking comprising a team of 150 staff based at 18 locations throughout the state.

Tim was raised in a farming family and continues to run his own commercial cropping operation, and he brings his genuine understanding of the sector to his role.

His deepest passion is progressing regional and rural Australia, so it can continue to be a lively and vibrant economy. Tim believes innovation and technology are essential if rural and regional Australia are to thrive.

He joined Commonwealth Bank as a graduate and has held leadership roles for the past 15 years, always with a focus on regional and rural clients. As Regional and Agribusiness Banking General Manager, he is responsible for both agri and regional commercial clients and is highly cognisant of the connection between farm business and other business in our regions.

He has a personal passion for supporting mental health awareness in regional Australia.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Agriculture from Charles Sturt University.

Robert Hawkins
Humans Are Not Robots: The Fundamentals of Work Flexibility

Having spent several years in rigid workplaces – with the accompanying long commutes – as an engineer, manager and process improvement specialist, Robert Hawkins now freelances as a writer and consultant, walks his dog in the mornings instead of sitting in traffic, and works to help as many people as possible regain life by working flexibly.

He believes that flexibility is much more than an accommodation for parents and carers, but is rather a fundamental right that allows us all to live sustainably and be fully human each and every day. He takes special interest in how it can be rolled out to industries not normally associated with flex, such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction and retail.

His first book, Humans Are Not Robots: The fundamentals of work flexibility, will be released in the first half of 2019.

Emma Heuston
Remote Expert

A lawyer with over 19 years experience, Emma saw the need for a niche based practice focussing on remote work. 

Having been a remote worker herself as a partner equivalent in a law firm, Emma has hands on experience managing a remote team.  She has written about this experience in her work from home bible - the Tracksuit Economy.

Combining her practical experience in a remote team alongside her legal knowledge on remote work employment, insurance and risk issues, Emma provides practical documents, resources and advice for businesses who employ, or want to employ a remote team.

Emma has a proven track record in the remote work space, having won the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Thought leader of the Year Award.

Christina Hobbs
Co-founder and CEO
Verve Super

Christina Hobbs is the CEO of Verve Super, Australia's first superannuation fund for women. Christina is a former Management Consultant with expertise in financial services strategy. She has worked as a humanitarian and financial inclusion expert for the United Nations for over a decade. She is an experienced Board Director in the superannuation industry, a former Board Director of the Global Women's Project and a published author on gender equality.

Hon. Courtney Houssos
Parliamentary Secretary to theShadow Cabinet, Temporary Chair of Committees, Member of the NSW Legislative Council
Parliament of New South Wales

Courtney Houssos was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 2015.

Prior to entering Parliament, Courtney was a Party Official for the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party, serving nine years at the NSW Country Organiser.

Courtney has participated in a number of Party Committees, and has been a delegate to both State and National Labor Conferences for many years.

Courtney has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations, Industrial Relations) from the University of New South Wales.

Courtney currently lives in Earlwood, with her husband George and their daughter Anna, who was born in 2014.

Llewella Jago
Rowdy Digital

I’ve had a great time. Looking people, adventure and challenges square in the eyes has got me a long way. I have had a career full of leadership in or around the marketing and communications industry. I returned to Australia nine years ago from senior marketing roles with the Guardian Media Group in the UK and Southern Cross Austereo in Asia to work in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

During my time in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet I held positions including senior communications adviser for a Coordinator General, led a $200 million jobs program to partner with the largest companies in Australia, led communications for the Referendum Council and refocused stakeholder engagement for the Office for Women. I was also Chief of Staff to the Hon Alan Tudge MP.

Two years ago while still working at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet I co-founded a female owned strategic marketing agency that I now run full time and with full enthusiasm for supporting other women in business to connect and succeed. We work with the Australian National University, The Department of Home Affairs, Australian Maths Trust and with several federal Ministers. We also do significant amounts of pro bono for female-based charities including the YWCA.

Kate Kesby
Co-founder and Director
Juggle Strategies

Kate Kesby is the co-founder and director of Juggle Strategies - an Australian consultancy that specialises in capability and leadership development, as well as implementation of flexible working practices. An experienced Executive Coach and consultant Kate works pragmatically with leaders to transform their culture, mindsets and capability to achieve rapid business growth while ensuring their people are also thriving.

Helena Kuo
Executive Director
En Masse

An Executive Director at a specialist workplace behaviour change firm - En Masse, Helena has over 25 years’ HR experience and has been a prominent part of national and global leadership teams including the Boston Consulting Group, PwC and Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers she has led large HR divisions, developed and implemented HR strategy. She is results focused and passionate about strategic growth, leadership capability, diversity and inclusion and high performance.  Helena has had extensive experience in the implementation of flexible working practices. She is focussed on developing programs that support workforce sustainability through initiatives that drive psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces. She has also provided input into the Diversity Council of Australia's gender equality and cultural diversity programs.

Zoe Lamont
Co-Founder & Head of Verve Academy
Verve Super

Zoe is the head Financial Coach of Verve Super, Australia's first superannuation fund for women. Zoe is a pioneer of women’s financial education in Australia. As a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in 2008 she founded 10thousandgirl and set out on a mission to improve the financial knowledge and lives of 10,000 women. Zoe has now personally coached more than 10,000 women, many from regional areas and small towns. She is the recipient of three Money Smart Awards.

Alicia Mathews
Senior Specialist, Talent and Organisational Effectiveness

Alicia has over 12 years experience working in management consulting, recruitment, policy development and  diversity and inclusion across a number of industries – finance and consulting, insurance, not for profit, manufacturing and telecommunications in both Australia and the UK.

In her current role at Telstra, Alicia is responsible for embedding the Group’s diversity and inclusion strategy into practice for Telstra people, customers and the communities. Alicia managed Telstra’s White Ribbon accreditation in 2013. Telstra was the first large corporate organisation to be recognised taking active and effective steps to stop men’s violence against women. Alicia led Telstra’s work around disability and accessibility, and rolled out a suite of tools for managers and team members to personalise the work space for people with disability, and supported the roll out of All Roles Flex, where flexibility is the starting position for all roles at Telstra.

Alicia has degrees in Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychology and Nutrition. Alicia is currently studying a Masters by Research degree, on gender inequality and retirement experiences. Alicia has just returned from Geneva, where she completed an internship with the International Labour Organisation Gender, Equality and Diversity team. Alicia started her career as an Employment Manager with a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.


Jessica Muldoon
Head of People and Culture
Cachet Group

Jessica is Head of People and Culture for AU and NZ at Cachet Group. She is an experienced business leader specialising in the employee lifecycle, organisational design, development and culture. Her qualifications include a B.Bus majoring in Human Resources Management and a GradCert in Accounting and Finance. She has spent thirteen years of her career in Human Resources roles of which six were at an Executive level in a Fortune 500 company.

Michael Mullins
Business Development Specialist


Maja Paleka
Director & 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."

Jo Palmer
Pointer Remote Roles

Jo grew up in NSW’s Snowy Mountains. She attended boarding school in Sydney for her high school years, before moving to Wagga Wagga to study a Bachelor of Education at Charles Sturt University. She has spent time living abroad in the US and the UK and has travelled extensively through Europe and South East Asia.

In 2013, Jo establish a comprehensive learning and tutoring business (The Learning Tree) which, went on to operate in three regional towns (Holbrook, Finley and Wagga) in southern NSW. In 2014, Jo has gained employment working remotely as a sponsorship manager for a Sydney-based corporation. This role was the motivation behind co-founding the sponsorship and event management company Agri Alliance, which operates in the agricultural industry, in 2016. Jo started her third business, Pointer Remote Roles after a BBQ in 2017 when she noted the skills and professional experience that her friends around the table possessed, we not being utilised to their full potential. So Jo built a platform that connects businesses with employees or contractors who can work remotely. The business model has resonated and she continues to be inundated with professionals from all over the country, seeking remote work.

Gregory Parsonson
Cachet Group

Greg is a Director and co-founder of Cachet Group. He has experience across all aspects of the design and build industry and graduated from Wellington University with a B.Arch(Hons). After spending the early part of his career working in corporate organisations and as an independent contractor he turned his hand to business leadership to combine his experience, knowledge and passion to create a company to deliver world class commercial interiors.

Christian Pistauer
Future Office Design

Christian is a Masters level qualified Architect specialising in workplace strategy with work experience in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the Director of his own business Future Office Design, which is the culmination of a varied expertise in design, a passion for workspace and extensive industry experience. He has a strong focus on corporate interiors, workplace strategy, activity-based-working and how to translate a business strategy to high performing and exciting workplaces that make a positive difference to their users. Some of his projects include Johnson & Johnson Zug, Citi Bank, Ikea Sydney and Auckland Council.

John Preece
Chief Property Officer
Hub Australia

John joined Hub Australia as Chief Property Officer in 2018.  In this role, John leads a team responsible for sourcing and securing new clubhouse sites, the refurbishment and fitout of the spaces to create amazing environments for Hub members, managing the technology infrastructure, ongoing portfolio management, and working closely with our Bespoke clients to create individual workspaces for larger corporates.

John has over 20 years of experience in commercial property and project management.  He has held a range of senior positions in global property agencies including Knight Frank and DTZ in Australia, and CBRE in Europe.  He also has a multi-disciplinary skill set, having worked across project management, occupier solutions and office leasing, as well as running Knight Frank’s full-service North Shore agency business in Sydney.  He is a Fellow of the RICS, and a licensed real estate agent.

Stephanie Reuss
Beam Australia

With 16 years of professional experience I've learned a lot about what I love doing and what I am passionate about -I firmly believe we need to love what we do and for work to be an integrated part of our lives, to have a successful and sustainable career. I've been in commercial B2B roles for more than 10 years working in New York, London, Melbourne and Sydney. Roles include Corporate Finance at KPMG, Management Consulting to SME businesses, Futures Trading in the Mercantile Exchange and Leading Consulting for CEB to the Financial Services sector across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. My role at CEB from 2008-2015 was to commercialise the information and research advisory products / services for CEB in Australia. I was Managing Director for Australia, launching CEB’s Sydney office in 2008 then successfully commercialising its products and growing the market year on year. The best part of this role was nurturing the team's careers and building a great culture and team of about 200 people when I left. I'm now a mother to three children aged 5, 3, and 1 who inspire me to make the working world a great place for women and men alike in the future.

Sally Dorsett & David Schmidtchen
Executive Director, People and Organisational Design
Synergy Group

i. David is psychologist and an acknowledged expert in organisational leadership, culture, and change. He has been responsible for three books and several thought leadership on these topics. David brings direct and practical experience in delivering large and complex change in government departments and agencies. David has worked closely with the senior executive across the governments to drive workforce and workplace reform. David is fascinated by people, work and organisation. He interested in the growing diversity of employment types and how organisations will respond.

ii. Sally brings over 26 years’ experience in Australian and UK human resource management, and considerable experience in managing large change programs, HR design and implementation. Her change management skills have enabled her to deliver innovative solutions into the most challenging of environments, whilst her enthusiasm and strong inter-personal skills have smoothed the transition of the most sweeping HR reforms. Sally is passionate about improving access to flexible work. Throughout her career, Sally has been responsible for leading and implementing workplace change to improve flexible working practices..

Rebecca Sebastian

Juggle Strategies


Carly Stebbing
Founder and Principal

Carly Stebbing is a workplace rights advocate and Founder of Resolution123. Resolution123 uses technology and flexible work to deliver employment law services to employees in a fast, simple and affordable way. Carly has over 13 years experience in all aspects of employment law, industrial relations and employee relations, having worked for employer associations, large and boutique law firms and volunteering at community legal centres.The breadth of Carly's experience enables her to advise individuals on the quickest and most effective way to resolve workplace disputes, including underpayments, bullying, harassment, discrimination, sham contracting, redundancy, unfair dismissal and general protections breaches. Carly also helps individuals negotiate employment contracts, bargain for better wages and conditions and negotiate flexible work arrangements.

Carly is a Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Finalist in Workplace Relations and a Flexible Work Day Ambassador.

Victoria Stuart
Beam Australia

In a career spanning 16+ years, I have worked in technology development and sales across Technology Consulting, Digital Advertising and Media Sales in Melbourne, Canberra, London and Sydney. My roles have given me the opportunity to work with some of the world’s largest brands at Accenture, Digitas and Google Australia. In addition, I established and launched the London office for the New York based eCommerce agency, CreateTheGroup. In my 8 years at Google Australia, I led and managed sales teams and high value client portfolios and was a key influencer of, and consultant to, Australian companies in the digitisation of their marketing strategies. I am now the co-founder of Beam Australia, anonline marketplace aimed at getting professional women back in the workforce in sustainably flexible roles.

Dian Tjondronegoro
Professor of IT
Southern Cross University

I am currently a Professor in the School of Business and Tourism, leading the ICT Discipline at Southern Cross University, Australia. My passion is in applied research and real-world teaching to make impacts in personalised health technology using multimedia big data in the Internet of Things (IoT) framework. Since 2011, I have been collaborating with cross disciplinary and health experts to design, develop and evaluate e-Health solutions, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Cancer Australia, as well as Ian Potter- and Children Health- Foundations. My particular contribution is in user-centred design of eHealth solutions, multimodal data fusion and machine-learning for promotion of health/wellbeing - including detection of physical activities and psychological states via video and physiological signals.

As of today, I have published 130+ papers in top tier peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in computer science and the applied domains, such as health and medical sciences. I am currently serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Access, a prestigious cross-disciplinary journal with real-world application focus.  I have supervised 21 PhD students to completions (16 principal), 5 Master by Research (2 principal), 2 first class honours, and numerous projects in mobile and multimedia computing for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. My research group (mobile innovation lab) was nominated for Vice Chancellor Excellence Award (academic team) in 2015, and my teaching has been awarded with QUT Vice Chancellor Performance Award (First Year teaching team), and QUT Faculty of IT’s Excellence in Teaching award (Individual, and Early Career Academic) in 2009, 2008, and 2006 respectively.

Balder Tol
General Manager, Australia

Balder is of Dutch origin and obtained his Masters in Management degree at the University of Sydney prior to landing a job at Airbnb Australia in 2012. As Airbnb Australia’s first employee he was able to establish a strong Airbnb presence in key cities in Oceania, making the Australian market contribute significantly to the company’s global revenue. Balder continued to follow his passion of building communities as the General Manager of Tank Stream Labs, a technology focused co-working space located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, before joining WeWork in 2016.

Carolyn Trickett
Head of Business Technology

Carolyn Trickett is passionate about using technology as a strategic enabler for business innovation and growth.  Her experience as an IT professional spans 25 years across a broad range of industries and technology; including nine years in property, eight years in telecommunications, and seven years in SAP software integration.

As the Head of Business Technology for JLL Property & Asset Management, Carolyn drives IT strategy, delivery and support across the Asia Pacific region.  Over the last nine years, she has delivered a systems transformation program that has re-engineered the day to day functions for staff and provides clients with a continually improving reporting and service delivery suite.  Her latest success at JLL was the design and delivery of JLL Acumen - an enterprise data warehouse and reporting system which provides staff and clients with access to portfolio and property performance data through dashboards, reports and data analysis tools.

Vanessa Vanderhoek
Chief Executive Officer
The FlexAgility Group

Vanessa Vanderhoek is a Canberra-based executive coach and facilitator, volunteer Psychological First Aid Officer, keen runner and mum (and step-mum) to three kids. Through her coaching and consultancy practice Career Inside Track she’s passionate about supporting employers and employees to make flexible work work. Vanessa believes that while there has been a lot of talk about flexible work for some time now and despite the great work done by some organisations, it’s not a reality for many people who struggle to achieve this in their workplaces.

Louise Weine
National Director
National Association of Women in Operations
Louise Weine is an HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources with Global Organisations. Louise worked for BHP and Colgate Palmolive for 16 years in Senior HR and Supply Chain roles. In 2009/10, after her third child, Louise established her own consultancy, Equilibrium Consulting, advising her clients in generalist HR matters, diversity management, communication skills, change management, corporate governance, one-on-one “personal effectiveness” coaching for leaders and employees and team development.

Louise is actively involved as a volunteer in her school community. Her strong passion for women’s equality is linked to her desire to see workplaces thrive, with inspired, innovative and engaged people. Louise has three daughters and a wonderful partner and spends every free moment she has walking her dog and riding her horse, Cooper.

Andy Weir
Executive General Manager, Technology and Transformation

Andy Weir is the Bankwest Executive General Manager, Technology and Transformation.

Andy is a member of the Bankwest Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for setting and driving Bankwest’s organisational strategy. Andy’s remit also extends to technology, operations and change management based on more than 20 years’ leadership experience in delivering major strategic and organisational change in both Europe and Australia.

Andy has led a number of transformational, culture changes across Bankwest including the national retail expansion program, creating one of Australia's most innovative distribution networks. He also played an integral role in establishing an activity-based working culture and led the Bankwest and Commonwealth Bank of Australia integration program.

Andy is a driving force behind Bankwest's organisational transformation to new agile, ways of working in order to meet their customers’ rapidly changing needs in the digital age.


Donna Wheatley
WMK Architecture

Donna is a strategy and design leader. As a doctor and a registered architect, Donna believes in embracing reason and intuition to make strategy and concept design exciting and enriching. Donna applies an evidence basedapproach to ensure client’s goals are met through their physical assets. Dr Wheatley has a PhD from The University of Sydney, first class honours degrees in Architecture, and international experience with top design firms and universities.

Hayley Windsor
Business Transformation and Optimisation Lead

Hayley balances an established career in management consulting with a passion and interest for bringing what she learns outside her day job – through study and practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation – into the corporate world she's accustomed to.

Her personal mantra; sometimes you have to slow down to speed up, is a concept which both fascinates and challenges her daily.

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 3 years ago and now works exclusively with clients who foster the trust and integrity required it 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 the non-profit, health, financial services and telecommunications industries.

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