ACE Master of Ceremonies
Director, Spike Presentations
Director of Spike Presentations (....helping you get your point across) Andrew is one of Australia’s leading Professional Conference MC / Facilitators and a Presentation Skills & Pitching Skills speaker, writer and trainer. A former corporate lawyer, Andrew quit the law in the late 90’s 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 conference keynotes on Presentation Skills and Pitching for Business.
His corporate clients include BT, QBE, Suncorp, Westpac, Aon, McDonalds, NSW Health, Pyjama Foundation, KPMG, MLC, Dymocks, Hesta, Auto One….and his mother-in-law’s bridge club. Andrew works extensively with the Association market, having MC’d and spoken at countless Association conferences, including for the RCSA (recruitment), ASOFIA (shopfitters), HRIA (Hire and Rental), NIBA (insurance brokers) ACC (inhouse lawyers), FCA (franchise industry), PCOA (conference organisers) and CCIA (caravan & camping) and many others. Andrew’s hobbies include coaching basketball, eating hot chips, watching Survivor, walking his dog Pebbles and trying to convince his wife and 3 kids that he has a real job.
Kim McDonnell is an entrepreneur, strategic marketer, author and the Founder of Thankful, and is proudly suppported Saxton.
Kim has spent over 25 years working in the Australian advertising, digital and data-driven marketing industry at international agencies including Leo Burnett and Publicis Worldwide as well as her own award-winning agency CUBED Communications, which was founded in 2005 and sold to Publicis Worldwide in 2014.
In 2013 Kim founded Thankful, a social enterprise that is supported by more than 20 years of scientific research. Under Kim’s guidance, Thankful’s innovative model merges philanthropy and business to create a positive, sustainable, and scalable impact. She is committed to unifying influencers, thought leaders, brands and organisations to create the most significant impact for communities in Australia and beyond.
Kim has spoken at the United Nations, was a member of the Professional Business Council Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and an Honorary Adviser to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development NY, and has been featured in Forbes and numerous other local and global publications.
ACE Masterclass Speakers
Obsessed with helping organisations develop a culture that is purposeful, profitable through positive experiences. A founding Director of several associations and one global alliance.
Jo joined Beaumont People in January 2012, with credentials in human resources having worked with large corporates in both the UK and Australia.
Jo is a specialist temporary staffing consultant and is passionate about the benefits organisations can reap from the utilisation of workforce temps.
Jo is a strategic thinker, and enjoys helping her clients solve their staffing challenges through strong relationships, innovative solutions, and thoughtful candidate care.
Working within the NFP, Associations & Memberships Team, she quickly developed strong working relationships, providing a professional, honest and informative, consultative service to both clients and candidates.
Louise is passionate about recruiting the right people who match the skill set and company culture. She is a Council member for the NSW/ACT division of Recruitment Consulting Services Association (RCSA) and a representative on their national Learning & Development Portfolio.
Banu is a seasoned marcomms, engagement and events professional with over 18 years' international experience in associations and corporates.
Her specialty is helping clients to build community and create vivid memories through unforgettable experiences that she designs and facilitates – in-person and online. Association and corporate clients also engage her to design annual multi-touchpoint member engagement strategies that actually work.
She's a passionate WCE supporter and loves the beach.
Aleisha is the Koha Technical Lead at Catalyst IT, an open source software company, where she started out as an intern in 2014. She is also a Victoria University of Wellington graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Information Systems).
Aleisha has volunteered for years in the advocacy and community sector. She is the Wellington Branch Co-President for the National Council of Women New Zealand, is on the Establishing Board of the YWCA Wellington, and is on the Board of the Wellington Alliance Against Sexual Violence. Aleisha was also the President of Victoria University of Wellington Women in Tech for two years while studying, and has served on the Victoria University Netball Club Committee in various roles for multiple years.
Partner, Deliotte Access Economic
Sruthi is a Partner in the Health Economics and Social Policy team. She is also a lead partner in the Deloitte Gender Economics practice.
She has experience across a broad range of health and social policy sectors including aged care, welfare, disability, child protection and health services planning. She has experience in leading the development of cost benefit analysis; program evaluation; health needs analysis; workforce analysis; and, strategic service planning.
Jennifer Robertson is the Managing Director of Board Matters, a corporate governance consulting firm providing specialised and tailored governance services for boards and their directors. Jennifer’s director experience has been gained from a wide range of board roles. She was also instrumental in launching a partnership between Board Matters and Nasdaq Governance Services for the provision of governance advisory advice in Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer also lectures for the Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies at QUT and has been a facilitator for the AICD for more than a decade.
Nicki Hauser is the passionate about helping membership associations thrive. She manages the FineHaus consulting and research practice, leading membership model review, strategic planning, member experience research and membership, marketing and sponsorship strategy development projects for FineHaus.
Renowned for her straight-talking, practical, and results-oriented approach, Nicki is a respected adviser to boards and senior management teams. She is a strategic thinker, an outstanding writer and an exceptional presenter and facilitator. FineHaus clients benefit from her extensive experience gained from 30+ years working with membership associations, professional services and IT companies across a broad range of industries.
Steven Bowman is Managing Director of Conscious Governance and brings a great depth of experience facilitating Board reviews and strategic planning processes.
Steven has held numerous senior executive, CEO and Board positions in USA and Australia, as well as authoring and co-authoring over 14 books on governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership.
Brenda loves people! She loves asking them what they think. Understanding why they do what they do. And she's great at creating networks and community.
With a long history and comprehensive knowledge of strategy, project management and organisational development, Brenda has also witnessed first-hand the effect that applying information and knowledge about stakeholders' perspectives has on driving organisational success.
Her passion for customer service ensures that we deliver all of our projects on time and within budget, and that our customers can be confident they are receiving the best quality outcome from their investment. Brenda holds a Master of Management from Monash University.
Michelle has consulted and presented in Australia and globally to 100s of associations to help them enable their digital transformation and growth strategies.
Whether Michelle is presenting on association strategies, digital transformation, engagement scoring, data analytics, member experience or how to align your tech stack to meet your business strategy you’ll find her passion and enthusiasm for the industry contagious.
Madeleine Culbert is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, NSW Division (IPAA NSW) – the professional association for the over 400,000 people who work in, and with, the NSW public sector.
She is responsible for leading the organisation in its mission to build a capable public servants in their role and career, helping them be at their best for the citizens of NSW.
Olly is a creatively minded commercial professional with over 22 years’ experience. He’s led product and growth teams in the corporate world as well as worked with associations to help them create their own internal innovation teams. Oh and his 8 year old daughter has him wrapped around her little finger!
Sam was appointed to the role of CEO, Occupational Therapy Australia by the Board of Directors in September 2018.
Over the past four years, Sam has led, developed and grown a highly skilled team who have successfully achieved solid growth, and increased awareness and representation of the Occupational Therapy profession with key stakeholders, agencies and ministerial portfolios.
Sam has over 25 years of experiences as both a senior leader and Board Director working across corporate, professional services and not for profit organisations. She has a breadth of experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams across sectors and understands the nuances of complex and competing political environments. Sam strives to work with members, governments, and stakeholders to create collaborative solutions for an engaged and resilient profession.
Sam is a natural communicator with high level business development skills demonstrating consistently strong growth, with a strong focus and belief in continual learning and development and looks for opportunities to develop her team to be inspired leaders and to be at the forefront of innovation in their sectors.
A former property lawyer, Amelia is the CEO of the Australian Property Institute and has enjoyed a senior executive career spanning some 30 years, with her depth of experience driving successful outcomes across a range of public and private sector roles, projects and industries. In addition to her executive career, Amelia has sat on a number of Boards as a Non-Executive director and Chair, including most recently, the Council for the Order of Australia.
Robin Shepherd CAE
Robin is an experienced and certified association executive (AuSAE CAE) with over 15 years in the association industry through a variety of organisations.
Matt is the Senior Manager for Membership Engagement & Innovation at CANEGROWERS.
Chief Executive Officer at Caravan Parks Association of Queensland
As CEO of Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ), Michelle Weston has
Dr Stephen Liew
He is passionate about helping Associations and Not-For-Profits reach their goals, through adopting new and innovative solutions to help them run more efficiently.
His career has exclusively been in the Not-For-Profit sector. He is Managing Director of ASI Asia-Pacific which has more than 600 Not-For-Profit clients in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
Paul enjoys working everyday with great staff and great clients and is rewarded by seeing great things iMIS and Association Online clients do in and around the community and knowing that iMIS, Association Online and the people at ASI can contribute to that.
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)