Victoria 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 Victoria 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

  • Building a future ready workforce
  • Creating a competitive advantage through HR leadership
  • Driving the implementation of sustainable business practices from a people perspective
  • What’s the big deal about Global HR?
  • Crafting the role of HR in a rapidly changing environment
  • Disrupting the system to build an inclusive culture
  • Bumps, bruises & bullying – how HR is working to help those who care
  • Is efficiency eroding our moral obligation? Why HR needs a more human and less process approach through change
  • Resourcing the future – building talent strategies that reflect the customers we serve
  • Mentoring and leadership coaching
  • 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
  • Managing organisational change in challenging times – building trust and openness within the organisation
  • Creating a highly engaged culture
  • Technology that solves staff selection – latest hiring and staff selection trends
  • Developing a successful organisational wellbeing framework
  • Investing in the workforce and harnessing the skill-sets of top talents for future growth

2017 Presenters


Merryl Dooley

EGM, People, Culture & Communications


Alison Sharp

VP HR, Global Functions & Europe, Africa, Asia

Margie Hill

GM People & Culture

Sean Curtain

Director, HR Services & Staff Welfare
Alfred Health

Rita Cincotta

VP People & Culture
Swinburne University of Technology

Bob Fryer

Executive, People

Simon Rountree

Executive Director
The Oranges Toolkit; Former CEO, Camp Quality

Jason Gower

Business Development Manager
ELMO Talent Management Software


Alicia Gleeson

Crown Melbourne

Ashley Winnett

Executive Director, HR

Mari Ruiz

Chief People & Culture Officer

Anna Monck

State HR Manager (VIC/ TAS)

Tania Abbotto

Chief Customer & People Officer

Mark Brand

Principal Consultant & Director
Turning Point Partners

Lee Norman

GM, People & Culture

Alistair Gordon

HFL Leadership

Judith Pettitt

Executive Director Corporate Services

Kylie Green

Director of Consultancy
Reward Gateway

Dr Glyn Brokensha

Founder & Chairman

Vanessa Freeman

Chief People & Culture Officer

Angela Hands

General Manager
Development Beyond Learning

Julian Clarke

Executive Director HR

Rachel Gerathy

Wellness Coordinator
GU Health

Jo Bradshaw

Associate Consultant
Australian Institute of Management

Emily Rice

Summit Chair; Journalist

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