Confirmed Featured Speakers 2017

Diane van den Broek, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, Business School

Diane van den Broek is Associate Professor at Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. She is also Co-Convenor of the Migrants@Work Research Group. With her Co-Convenor, Dimitria Groutsis, Diane has initiated numerous projects and events that develop important conversations with policy makers, practitioners and academics on the issues of work and migration in Australia. As well as issues related to work and migration, Diane undertakes research on workplace diversity and inclusion, lookism, identity and aesthetic labour and global work.

This work has been published in international journals such as Work, Employment and Society; Journal of Business Ethics: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Business History, Policy Studies; Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations; Economic and Industrial Democracy and British Journal of Social Work as well as leading Australian journals such as Journal of Industrial Relations and Economic and Labour Relations Review.

Mr Steve Clark, Director, People & Change, KPMG

Steve is a leader in KPMG’s People and Change practice who understands the themes shaping the future of work over the next five+ years and beyond, and their criticality for HR and business leaders. He has a keen interest in all things digital labour, future of work, automation, artificial intelligence and robotic automation, and a passion for making sense of these topics for his clients.

Steve is driving KPMG’s work with major financial services, telecommunications and government organisations to interpret these themes and the opportunities and challenges specific to their individual workforces.

His work spans strategic workforce planning to anticipate and plan for the ‘workforce of the future’; change management to enable transformation programs; organisational design to support strategy delivery; and shaping organisational culture to drive performance.

Steve brings a strong understanding of technology, business strategy and people factors gained over 15 years of business and consulting experience. His passion for the topic is driven by a realisation that leaders in organisations today are making decisions that will affect workforces for generations. He believes we have the opportunity to build a better future.

Ms Justine Irving, Researcher, Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia

Justine Irving has had an interesting and diverse employment history comprising research and management consulting roles with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Monash University, Flinders University and three private health consulting firms. Through this work she has led a range of evaluations, service and workforce reviews and planning, program development and other health, social and community specific projects. Justine is currently working with the Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia on the Work, Care, Health and Retirement: Ageing Agenders project; a Commonwealth funded project exploring the experiences of older workers and retirees and the factors that support or impede ongoing workforce participation.

Justine has a Master of Gerontology, Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) and an Advanced Diploma in Journalism. Justine is also a doctorate candidate with Flinders University through which she is seeking to better understand how sense of purpose is affected by age related changes in our lives, such as retirement, loss of social roles, ageism and transition into residential aged care.

Mr Rick Kane, CEO, Disability Employment Australia

Rick has worked in the disability employment sector since 1996. He became Disability Employment Australia’s CEO at the start of 2015.

He began his career at the Salvation Army, first as an Employment Consultant, and later a Manager of the Disability Employment program. He went on to be the Executive Officer at Workforce and then worked at WISE Employment for ten years as the Policy Advisor.

Rick has seen multiple changes to the structure of disability employment, including the introduction of case based funding, the adoption of different assessment models and the program operate to a performance and compliance framework. Through it all, person-centred assistance, ongoing support and the Disability Service Standards have been integral to best practice and outcomes.

Rick’s work focus is policy development in relation to disability employment services in the Australian and international environment. He represents the sector’s best practice to government, disability advocates, employers and academics. Rick has a Bachelor of Education.

Bronwyn Lee, Deputy CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

Bronwyn is Deputy CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). FYA is committed to young people, their futures and the contribution they can make to Australia and informs the national agenda on the issues that most affect them.

Bronwyn is passionate about redefining the role of young people in our society and how the not-for-profit sector can drive social innovation in Australia. She has a deep practical and theoretical knowledge of the community sector, with over fifteen years experience working in non-profits.

She is a also currently a Non-Executive Director at the International Women’s Development Agency and a Board Member at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to FYA, Bronwyn led the 40 Hour Famine at World Vision Australia. Bronwyn holds a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development in addition to a Bachelor of Commerce.

Dr Claire Naughtin, Research Scientist – Insight team,  Data 61, CSIRO

Dr Claire Naughtin is a Research Scientist in the Insight team at Data 61, CSIRO. Claire has been involved in multiple consulting and advisory projects for government and industry clients, covering topics such as preventative health, intellectual property and employment. Her most recent work has examined potential data-driven approaches to better understand and anticipate changes in Australia’s labour market. Prior to her work with CSIRO, Claire was as a Research Scientist and Project Manager at the University of Queensland. Her research explored various aspects of human cognition and behaviour and the parts of the brain that drive this behaviour. Claire has a PhD from The University of Queensland, specialising in behavioural psychology, human factors and neuroscience. Claire has also worked in various advisory roles where she was involved in translating insights from academic research into human factor solutions for business. Claire is passionate about bridging the gap between research and real-world application, and using data to help decision makers make informed, evidence-based choices.

Mr Julian Szafraniec, Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning

Julian Szafraniec is a Principal and Partner at SGS Economics and Planning. He provides advice to all tiers of government, not for profit organisations and the private sector.

He is passionate about spatial data and has extensive experience applying economic theories to urban and regional issues across Australia.

This work has included the retail market analysis; education and health sector provision forecasting; the role of industrial and agriculture in the future economy; and how to encourage economic diversification in major regional cities.

David Thompson AM, CEO, Jobs Australia Limited

David Thompson is CEO of Jobs Australia Limited, the national peak organisation for more than 270 non-profit providers of employment and related services for unemployed people.  David has a keen interest in social justice and equity issues.

David is also Director of the National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations Limited, Chair, Jobs Australia Foundation, Chair, COMMACT International and Director of its Australian Chapter, Chair of Community 21 Limited, and Chair of Community Sector Enterprises Pty Ltd.  David is also a member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy and a former member of the Global Advisory Board to the Minister for Labour for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

David was made a Member in the Order of Australia in 2005 for his services to the community in the areas of employment, education and training.

Invited Featured Speakers 2017

  • Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Queensland Government

Past Featured Speakers - Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent (change and innovation)

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company that works with leaders, organisations and governments globally leading change and innovation. Holding a Law degree and BA (Economics), Holly generates innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems. Holly Chaired the 2014 Youth Summit. In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the Port Adelaide Football Club board.

Peter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Business Australia

Peter Strong is currently contracted to the Council of Small Business of Australia as CEO and has been in this role since June 2010. The role requires advocacy for the small business community and representation of issues from members to politicians and government agencies. Peter participates in various advisory groups to the Australian government including: Co-Chair of the Digital Business Council, Chairman of Treasury’s Business Advisory Forum on Standard Business Reporting (SBR); a Board member of the SBR Board; a member of the Australian Tax Commissioner’s small business advisory group. He also participates in a series of Mental Health Advisory groups as well as the Business Advisory Forum for ASIC; and various other business related groups.

Prior to appointment as CEO of COSBOA, Peter owned and managed a bookshop and wine bar/café; and consulted on economic reform with the World Bank and the United Nations.

Mr Charles Cameron, CEO, Recruitment & Consulting Services Association

Charles Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of RCSA, the peak body for the recruitment and workforce services industry in Australia and New Zealand.   Charles joined RCSA in May 2016 as an expert in non-traditional working arrangements and has represented the industry before all forms of government and business.  Charles has expertise in recruitment industry compliance and public policy and, with qualifications in economics and labour law, is an Executive Committee Director on the Board of the World Employment Confederation, the voice of the employment industry at a global level, representing labour market enablers across 50 countries.   Charles is passionate about ensuring that private workforce service providers are recognised and promoted as the right balance between flexibility and responsibility in a fast-changing world of work.

Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in across sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.

His current appointments include; Director of Australian Super, Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration,  Board Member of National Industry Capability Network, Board Member of Migration Council of Australia, and  Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board

Innes attended Melbourne High School; Monash University; and Edinburgh Business School and has held a wide range of positions over his career. Innes is based in Melbourne and a supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. He is the Director of the Policy and Governance Teaching Programme, Director of the Social Policy Institute and a Fellow of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute in the Crawford School. He has previously worked at the OECD, and at other universities as well as for the Australian public service.  He is the author of more than 100 articles in refereed journals, book chapters or monographs on the Australian system of income support, international comparisons of social security policies, and on inequality and redistribution.

Ivan Neville, Manager, Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch

Ivan has spent more than 15 years in the Department of Employment, and its predecessors, in a number of different research and analysis roles. He is currently the manager of the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch and has responsibility for the analysis of the Australian labour market and the identification of the current and future demand for skills.

He has also given many presentations around the country on a broad range of labour market issues.

Ivan has also been a Director of Graduate Careers Australia since 2005.

Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment

Martin took up the role of Deputy Secretary, Employment, in August 2014 after holding a Deputy Secretary role in the Department of Education and the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations since 2012. Prior to this he was Director-General of the Community Services Directorate, ACT Government.

Martin has held a number of senior positions in other ACT Government agencies. He has played a key role in a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils and supported Ministers at Ministerial Council meetings covering Housing, Community and Disability Services, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Employment, Education, Early Childhood, Training and Youth Affairs.

Martin holds an Economics Degree from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investmen