Confirmed Featured Speakers 2017
Invited Featured Speakers 2017
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