Queensland HR Leaders Summit

In a changing world where people and innovation intersect, HR leadership needs to be at the forefront to proactively shape forward-thinking business strategies with their best assets. As businesses depend heavily on the capabilities of their people to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive and disruptive landscape, HR must seize the opportunity to bring new thinking to the table, embrace diversity of thought, and transform an innovative vision from inception to business reality.

BIA’s Queensland HR Leaders Summit is part of the well-established national series, bringing the best (and sometimes most underrated) HR stories and valuable lessons learnt. The event will once again invite 120+ senior HR decision makers from different industries to exchange ideas and share current thinking to prepare for tomorrow’s demands and become the people’s champion.

Key topics

  • Developing the organisation’s DNA – A CEO perspective;
  • HR building change readiness in the fast world of business, innovation, disruption and people;
  • Taking the HR function from police officers to entrepreneurs;
  • Fostering organisational culture – adding values to the strategic and commercial outcomes;
  • Resourcing the future – building talent strategies that reflect the customers we serve;
  • Is efficiency eroding our moral obligation? Why HR needs a more human and less process approach through change?;
  • Engaging and enablement of staff to deliver a high performing company;
  • How an employee wellbeing program was born out of need & how it transformed lives;
  • Accelerating the pace of change in creating gender balanced leadership;
  • Maintaining the balance between business efficiency and employee wellbeing;
  • Driving workplace well being initiatives and mental health awareness across the organisation;
  • Employee engagement as the competitive advantage – an insider’s guide to how the best employers are driving double-digit growth;
  • Embracing technology such as big data and analytics within the HR function;
  • Navigating the minefield of general protections – recent case law;
  • Positioning HR to drive the workforce of the future.

2017 Presenters

Heidi Suominen

Chief People Officer

Liam O’Reilly

Business Development
ELMO Talent Management Software

Mark Brand

Principal Consultant & Director
Turning Point Partners

Kylie Green

Director of Consultancy
Reward Gateway

Tim Gaylard

State HR Manager, QLD

Steve Eltis

Director of People & Culture
Wesley Mission QLD

Karen Foster

Director People & Culture
Feros Care

Jane Kelly

Chief HR Officer
Super Retail Group

Liz Slavin

People & Culture Business Partner

Catherine Medhurst

HR Business Manager, GLNG OPL

Flora Furness

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Rountree

Executive Director
The Oranges Toolkit

Lynne Cawley

Group Executive People & Operations


Jonathan Mamaril

Principal & Director
NB Lawyers

Gerard O’Donoghue

Chief HR Officer
QIMR Berghofer

Andrea Joseph

Chief People Works Officer
Corporate Travel Management

Annissa Hansen

Head of HR, Strategic Development
UnitingCare QLD

Chris Elston

former GM, HR
HSE Mining

Kerrie Campbell

Director Organisational Culture

Sarah Yip

Associate Consultant
Australian Institute of Management

John White

Head of Sales Distribution
Lifecare by Allianz Worldwide Partners

Dr. Martin Boult

Director & Psychologist
CPP- The Myers-Briggs Company

Kate Cullen

General Manager of Operations & HR

Katrina Blowers

Summit Chairperson
Seven News QLD

Series Partner


Summit Partners