ACE 2017 Confirmed Speakers
KITTY CHILLER - 2016 AOC Chef de Mission; Leadership & Culture Expert
Kitty Chiller has reinvigorated the culture of Australia’s Olympic Team. The driving force behind the successful ONE TEAM approach, she was the Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team and the Deputy Chef in London 2012. An international sporting champion in her own right, Kitty was a Sydney 2000 Olympian in Modern Pentathlon and is a 12 times Australian champion, a seven time world cup medalist and a six time world cup finalist. Kitty Chiller is an expert in strategic and operational planning and management; learning and development; workforce training; sport management and leadership; event management; project management and communication. As well as working with Australian Olympic teams, Kitty has worked as a sports journalist, and senior executive manager in organisations including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2006 Doha Asian Games Organising Committees; the Australian Sports Commission; Surf Life Saving Australia and Athletics Australia. She brings this expertise and diverse experience to every speaking address, delivering powerful keynote presentations that are packed with insights and important take-home messages about leadership, dealing with diversity, change management and delivering cultural change. Kitty Chiller began competing internationally in the sport of Modern Pentathlon while studying at the University of Melbourne. Her first success came at the World Aquathon Championships (swimming and running) and she then joined her University fencing club, which launched her modern pentathlon career.
Kitty spent almost a decade at the top of her sport, before female modern pentathlon was added to the Olympic program. She became a 12-time National Champion, seven-time World Cup medalist and six-time World Cup finalist. Chiller was ranked number one in the world in 1996, 1997 and 1998. At the age of 36, Chiller competed at the Sydney Olympic Games, despite seriously injuring her knee cap the week before the Games, requiring a reconstruction afterwards. She placed 14th. Retiring after Sydney 2000, Chiller has continued to be involved in sport. Her appointments include Executive Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee and President of Modern Pentathlon Australia.
Kitty Chiller drew on her enormous passion for the Olympic movement to help lead the Australian Olympic Team in Rio in 2016, and she drove the development of the very successful ONE TEAM approach.
Craig Davis - Exclusively represented by Saxton
Despite his creative inclinations, Craig Davis deviated into law and finance before course correcting to the creative industries. He started his own advertising agency after graduating from AWARD School, moved to Asia a few years later and went on to make Saatchi & Saatchi the most creative network in the region. Next stop London where he supercharged J Walter Thompson's 10,000 strong network as Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide.
In a truly international career Craig has helped clients develop and launch broadband services, software and soft drinks, banking and payment services, beer, cosmetics, foods, cars, devices and not-for-profit organisations. He has also initiated and led cultural change programmes building engagement and elevating the standard of creative thinking across two separate agency networks. Craig has worked with many of the world's best known companies including P&G, HSBC, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Shell, Nokia, Sony, Bank of China, Toyota, Kraft, Ford, Vodafone and Diageo.
In the process he's won innumerable awards, been a juror at every major international advertising show, been President of the Cannes Festival, Spikes Asia, AdFest and led the D&AD Integrated and Earned media jury. Craig also Chaired YouTube's recent global initiative to unite the world's creative community with non-profit organisations called 'Good Work'. He loves speaking and has given enough keynotes on creativity and innovation to cramp a Macbook Pro, everywhere from the World Export Development Forum in Geneva to the Club de Creacion in Sao Paulo. He has also been invited to speak at Cannes four times, AdTech, UTS, QUT and his wife's 40th.
Craig is Adjunct Professor at UTS and sits on the Boards of Advance, the Creative Industries Taskforce and Conscious Capitalism Australia. Craig has also served as Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Mojo in Australia, Chairman of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club and Deputy Chair of The Communications Council. In 2014 he co-founded Sendle - Australia's first 100% Carbon Neutral Delivery Service. He blogs and tweets, and has wrote the most popular column for Campaign Asia-Pacific for several years running. He also happens to be the fastest Australian to run a marathon at the North Pole.
Naomi Simson - Exclusively represented by Saxton
Naomi Simson started her entrepreneurial journey with RedBalloon in 2001 from her front room with just $25,000 and a second-hand computer - it is now considered one of Australia’s online business success stories.
RedBalloon is an online “experience” gift retailer which has sold more than 3 million experiences and featured on BRW magazine’s Great Places to Work list five years in a row. From its humble, home-based beginnings a decade ago, RedBalloon is considered a brand success story – with it’s mantra Give, Share Live, it supports more than 3000 activity partners throughout Australia and New Zealand
Before founding RedBalloon, Naomi worked for big businesses including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines – all of which influenced her views on workplaces. Naomi is a speaker, author, blogger, entrepreneur and LinkedIn Influencer with 1.5 million followers, with whom she shares her insights, experience and observations about business, innovation and success.
Naomi is passionate about great workplaces and her entrepreneurial energy is focused on redii.com, a leadership tool that drives the alignment of teams through recognition and reward. Along with her investments from Season 1 & Season 2 of Shark Tank, Naomi is a keen investor and supporter of the start up community.
In 2015, Naomi released the best seller Live What You Love, and May 2016, saw her newest release Ready To Soar hit the book stores.
Dr Zena Burgess PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
With a dynamic career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Zena Burgess is recognised throughout Australia as an esteemed leader, with a proven unique skill set. Since her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the RACGP in 2008, she has transformed the organisation into an outward looking, entrepreneurial organisation, attractive to both GPs and partner organisations. By leading the development of a national brand strategy, Dr Burgess has created and facilitated a governance review to ensure commercially-focused priorities are balanced with member engagement, and has developed and implemented a clear strategy, which includes financial strategies and targets and performance management processes. In just eight years under her leadership, RACGP membership has almost doubled – from 19,000 to more than 35,000. 90 per cent of Australian GPs choose RACGP membership, with a 97% retention rate. Dr Burgess holds a PhD in psychology, having completed her thesis in the area of women and corporate governance.
Adrian Cosenza, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Othopaedic Association Limited
Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro Agency
Nigel Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Mater Foundation
Andrew Klein, MC, Trainer, Director, Spike Presentations
Director of Spike Presentations, Andrew is one of Australia’s leading Professional Conference MC / Facilitators and a Presentation Skills speaker and trainer. A former corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz, Andrew quit the law in the late 90’s and worked for several years at the NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission before starting up his own business as a corporate trainer and speaker. As an MC, Andrew brings his casual yet corporate style to proceedings and is well-known on the conference circuit for his revealing speaker introductions, his improvisational skills and ability to adapt to different audiences. Apart from MC’ing, Andrew runs educational & interactive workshops and keynotes on Presentation Skills and Pitching for Business. His clients include BT, ANZ, QBE, Westpac, Aon, McDonalds, NSW Health, Starlight Foundation, KPMG, MLC, RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services Assoc.) Auto One, Howards Storage World….…………..and his mother-in-law’s bridge club.
David Malone, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
Sarah Markey-Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, ICMS
My father founded ICMS in the dark ages of the professional conference organising industry. I emerged into the light of ICMS in 1993 after 20 years of related industry experience. Value for clients has been and always will be the core of my business thinking. I relish in master planning, developing and implementing innovative events, concepts that inspire, stimulate and engage audiences.
To date, I have been Chair of ICCA Australian National Committee and have also held positions on the ICCA Meetings Advisory Group. I’ve been a board member of Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), an active IAPCO member and I’m a past President of the Meeting Events Australia (MEA) Victorian Chapter. Outside of work, I’m happiest when I’m with my family; my surplus energy is expended on my children’s sporting endeavours and taking long walks with my husband.
Damian Mitsch, National
Chief Executive Officer, Australian
Bill Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Fitness Australia
Julian Moore, Director, SMS
Kellie Northwood, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Catalogue Association
Roy Wakelin-King, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Taxi Council
Annabel Rees, Managing Director, Businessary
Hilary Shelton, Chief Executive Officer - The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Victoria Inc. (ACHPER Victoria)
John Walker, Senior Consultant, Cotiqu Pty Ltd
John has been engaged in the IT industry for over 30 years on projects ranging from small to very large across a variety of industries. Since 2011 he has been solely consulting into the association sector, assisting clients with requirements analysis, system selection, implementation, data migration and even project rescues.
Lee White, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Lee's current priorities include contributing to public policy, building Australia and New Zealand’s role in the Asian business landscape and encouraging and developing future generations of Chartered Accountants. Lee has a strong focus on promoting corporate social responsibility and ethics in leadership, and a personal commitment to participating in community initiatives. Lee is an experienced audit practitioner in the public and private sectors. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and an INSEAD executive graduate and is formerly the Chief Accountant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Lee successfully led the creation of Chartered Accountants ANZ from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)