Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

23 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 24 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT

23 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 24 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Planning for and Shaping the Future of Work

Becoming the Board's Leader of Human Capital

Transforming HR Structure and Strategy


Julie Carroll

Serco Asia Pacific
Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebekah Donaldson

Qantas Airways Limited
Executive Manager, People

Michelle Phipps

QBE Insurance
General Manager HR AusPac

Louise Spittle

The Arnott’s Group
Chief People Officer

Duncan Thomas

FUJIFILM Business Innovation
Chief People Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


23 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Fostering a Strong Culture of Belonging Through Recognition

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Jeff Cates



Employee recognition has long been a cornerstone of effective management. But today, as the competition for talent escalates, the ways organisations show that they value their employees have become more critical than ever. To build a stronger culture that drives tangible business results for your organisation, HR leaders must focus on culture continuity by ensuring employee engagement and belonging are a top priority.

In this session, you will discuss how to:

  • Leverage non-monetary rewards to reinforce company values

  • Foster a more inclusive culture of belonging

  • Strengthen resilience and connection across your organization

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

People Analytics — Disrupting the way HR Leaders Shape the Future

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Luke Amundson

APAC Director


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Jane Adams

Executive General Manager HR, Technology and Operations

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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Kalena Smitham

Executive Group Manager People and Culture

Canberra Health Service

As organisations start to explore what the “new way of working” means to them, CHROs’ are taking this chance to embed people analytics into their strategies from the outset. By starting with data and managing critical metrics, HR leaders can better position themselves to develop actionable insights to support the future of work and enhance employee experience. 

In this session, HR leaders will explore:

  • Preparing  for the future of work to deliver talent insights in an easy-to-understand story form 
  • Best practices for incorporating data analytics to strengthen health and well-being initiatives 
  • How to measure inclusion and diversity to create a sustainable and lasting change

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Empowering Your Managers to Navigate the New World of Work

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Pip Lyons

Senior People Scientist

Culture Amp

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Lucinda Gemmell

Chief People & Culture Officer

Airservices Australia

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Rachael Leshinsky

HR Director


Employees who believe their managers are effective are three times more likely to meet or exceed their own goals, be highly engaged, and are more likely to stay with their organisation. With unprecedented change in how work gets done and is organised, CHROs need to empower managers with the right tools and resources and ensure the right kind of leadership is in place to support the future needs of the organisation and the employees. 

Join this session to learn:

  • How people leaders can better support their managers
  • How to build stronger manager-employee relationships
  • How to enable your managers to have meaningful employee development conversations

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Fostering Workforce Transformation Through Digitisation

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Elisha Harrington

Senior Director, Chief Innovation Office


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Georgia Blackburn

Executive Manager People

Qantas Airways Limited

Sarah Derry headshot

Sarah Derry

SVP Talent & Culture Pacific

Accor Asia Pacific

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Sally Kincaid

Chief People and Culture Officer


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Allisa O'Connell

Head of People and Culture

Flight Centre Limited

As business disruptions reset key work trends, HR leaders need to constantly reexamine workforce planning, emerging skills, the impacts of technology, the employee experience and so much more. To help HR leaders leverage the opportunities ahead of them, organisations are undertaking digital business transformations that are changing their products and services, operations, and internal capabilities.  

Join this session to learn how to: 

  • Identify emerging technology trends that support the future of work

  • Align future capability and skills to match evolving organisational objectives

  • Understand the role HR can play to prioritise sustainability initiatives

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Leading Through Disruption: A Blueprint for Successful Change Management

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Dharma Chandran

Chief People Officer

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

As organisations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organisation redesign and change management. Effective leadership is essential to successful change. To lead resilient organisations, HR leaders must do things differently within the people and culture space.

Join this session to learn:

  • Methods to engage all levels of the organization in driving change
  • How leadership strategies should evolve for the new ways of working
  • How can HR leaders drive cultural change in the workplace

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Reimagining Employee Experience to Reduce Employee Turnover

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Tina Salameh

Senior People Scientist

Culture Amp

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Andrea Muras

Organisation Development Manager

NSW Department of Customer Service

With 1 in 4 employees thinking about leaving their current role, it’s never been more challenging to retain talent. Today, forward-thinking HR leaders are already applying advanced technologies to analyze data, identify the reason behind high turnover rates and make more informed talent decisions. To keep your employees engaged and growing now is the time to reimagine your employee experience. 

During this session, we will discuss:

  • Reasons for employee turnover and prioritising data to make informed decisions
  • How can CHROs help managers become better leaders
  • How can leaders support employee growth and empowerment

12:00 - 13:30  AEDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

24 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Technology Powering the Hybrid Workforce of the Future

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Elisha Harrington

Senior Director, Chief Innovation Office


HR leaders have been planning and revising strategies to better understand how to plan for and influence the future of work. Advances in digital technology offer a team structure that reinforces employee connections, which can boost organisation-wide information sharing. Whether employees are working at home, remotely or a combination of the two, HR leaders play a crucial role in reinventing the workplace into one that is inclusive, flexible, and digital-first.

Join this session with HR leaders to learn how to:

  • Enhance organisational connectivity and employee morale by leveraging technology
  • Use digital tools to help simplify workflows and enable desired outcomes
  • Communicate effectively and ensure that information is easily accessible to a distributed workforce

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Enable a Culture of Transformation and Innovation

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Marc Havercroft

Global Chief Customer Officer

SAP SuccessFactors

Marieke Bruinstroop headshot

Marieke Bruinstroop

Head of People & Culture Asia-Pacific & Europe


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Christian Campanella

Human Resources Director

Pernod Ricard Winemakers

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Joanna Hull

General Manager People

BSA Limited

With the rise in digital initiatives, organisations need to make sure their leaders and employees make bold and innovative choices while simultaneously protecting their business outcomes. Gartner's research recently showed that over 80% of employees going through a transformation experience cultural tensions, thus success with digitisation must focus on people and culture. HR plays a critical role in accelerating change not just as receivers of digital technology, but digitally empowering teams with significant influence in the organisation’s digital future.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Lead through change and disruption in new and innovative ways
  • Build skills and agility required to boost innovation
  • Create a better working environment in which employees feel empowered to share ideas

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Elevate Employee Experience for the Mobile Workforce

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Nick Bailey

Senior Vice President - Asia Pacific & Japan

WorkForce Software

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Amy Singe

General Manager, People, Performance and Culture

Yarra Valley Water

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Beverly Stacey

Country HR Manager Australia

ABB Group

The global pandemic has accelerated existing trends, urging firms to improve the employee experience and anticipate the future of work. However, many organisations still underestimate the importance of culturally transforming their organisation and embracing a new leadership approach to deepen employee engagement. The firms that will succeed out of the crisis will be those that prioritize employee experience while embracing technology to enable the mobile workforce.

  • How to engage a deskless workforce and empower employees
  • Bring the company culture to life through company-wide communication
  • Bridging the gap between employee expectations and employee experience

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Fostering Critical Skills of the Future

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Leah Belsky

Chief Enterprise Officer


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Martin Nimmo

Vice President Organisation Development


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Johanna Birgersson

Executive General Manager Human Resources

Cleanaway Waste Management Limited

As companies look at what it will take to digitalise their operations, many HR leaders see there is a significant skills gap. The most effective way for HR leaders to help employees keep pace with shifting skills needs to reassess the relationship between roles, skills, and critical workflows. What skills and competencies are needed in the future? How can CHROs support a skills transformation in this digital-first, on-demand learning environment?

In this boardroom, CHROs discuss:

  • Identifying capabilities and skills that align with organisational strategy
  • What measures do you have in place to evaluate the skills development of your employees
  • Co-designing development journeys that enable a culture of continuous learning

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Transforming the Business with a Mental Health and Wellbeing Agenda

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Suzy Green

Founder & CEO

The Positivity Institute

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Samantha Liston

Executive Adviser, Mental Health and Wellbeing

icare NSW

As companies adopt new models for the hybrid workplace, the focus is shifting to individual employee needs. Focusing on wellbeing is crucial for leaders in creating an inclusive experience for employees regardless of where or when they work. CHROs have to ensure they are addressing the whole spectrum of mental health and wellbeing.

  • The C-suite role in supporting their employees mental and emotional health
  • How to create a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Promoting the positive and destigmatising mental health in the workplace


Your Community Partners

Program Partners

Australia CHRO Programme Managers

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contacts.

Olga Demura

Programme Manager

(02) 9094 4986

Denzil Fernandez

Programme Manager

(04) 282 88 558