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2019 Keynote Speakers

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Culture & Leadership Conference Speakers

An introduction about our guest speakers, the diversity of their professional backgrounds and the insights they each bring to this year's "Getting Culture Right" conference

David La Rose
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David La Rose

Managing Director
IBM Australia & New Zealand

David La Rose

Managing Director
IBM Australia & New Zealand

Reinventing Through Culture Change

IBM is one of the world’s most iconic brands. For over a 100 years it has been at the forefront of technological progress bringing world-changing ideas to its’ clients, the community and the world. IBM’s sustained success has been due to its commitment to re-inventing itself and adapting to the changing needs of its clients and local markets. This was the opportunity David La Rose saw when he was appointed Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand in 2017. Believing strongly that leadership and culture shape performance David will share how this belief has shaped the IBM A|NZ journey in evolving its culture to the next level.

Appointed as Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand in October 2017, David is responsible for the vision and overall performance of the business in the region. David is a global executive with extensive leadership experience working in Australia, Asia and Europe spanning sales and general management in the highly competitive ICT industry. Throughout David's career at IBM he has held a series of progressive leadership roles in sales, channel management, and brand management across global regions spanning 170 countries.

Along with increasing P&L responsibility, he has led thousands of cross-functional employees across sales, finance, marketing, communications, HR, and support functions. David has extensive experience in resolving complex business issues, identifying growth opportunities and a passion for driving the business performance with a strong focus on culture and workforce engagement.

Appointed as Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand in October 2017, David is responsible for the vision and overall performance of the business in the region. David is a global executive with extensive leadership experience working in Australia, Asia and Europe spanning sales and general management in the highly competitive ICT industry. Throughout David's career at IBM he has held a series of progressive leadership roles in sales, channel management, and brand management across global regions spanning 170 countries.
Along with increasing P&L responsibility, he has led thousands of cross-functional employees across sales, finance, marketing, communications, HR, and support functions. David has extensive experience in resolving complex business issues, identifying growth opportunities and a passion for driving the business performance with a strong focus on culture and workforce engagement.

Rod Fehring
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Rod Fehring

ceo
frasers property australia

Rod Fehring

CEO
frasers property australia

 
Ranna Alkadamani
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Ranna Alkadamani

general manager, people & culture
frasers property australia

Ranna Alkadamani

general manager, people & culture
frasers property australia

Our Culture Evolution

Frasers Property Australia have transformed their company culture from one that was often defensive, oppositional and competitive to one that is consistently constructive, collaborative and focused on developing people. This shift hasn’t been linear, quick or accidental. Rod and Ranna will share their personal insights and what the key moments of pivot have been over the last 5 years to getting culture right and what it has meant for their employees and customers.

Rod Fehring has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Australia since July 2015. He is Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and is a Property Male Champion of Change. Rod has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry around Australia including terms as Executive General Manager of Australand’s Residential operations, Managing Director & CEO of Lend Lease Primelife Ltd and CEO of Delfin Lend Lease.

Rod also served 8 years as Chair of the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute Ltd. Rod is passionate about sustainability, solving housing affordability and believes that a shift from nationalism to humanism would be good for our future.

Ranna Alkadamani joined the Executive Management Team in the role of General Manager, People and Culture in June 2016. She is the company’s Implementation Leader of the Property Male Champions of Change. Ranna has over 20 years of operational and strategic human resources experience, the last 14 in the property development sector, with prior experience at Hagemeyer, FedEx and OPSM.

Ranna is passionate about equality and diversity and has led the company to be certified as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in 2019 and is currently working towards being an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

Rod Fehring has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Australia since July 2015. He is Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and is a Property Male Champion of Change. Rod has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry around Australia including terms as Executive General Manager of Australand’s Residential operations, Managing Director & CEO of Lend Lease Primelife Ltd and CEO of Delfin Lend Lease.
Rod also served 8 years as Chair of the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute Ltd. Rod is passionate about sustainability, solving housing affordability and believes that a shift from nationalism to humanism would be good for our future.

Ranna Alkadamani joined the Executive Management Team in the role of General Manager, People and Culture in June 2016. She is the company’s Implementation Leader of the Property Male Champions of Change. Ranna has over 20 years of operational and strategic human resources experience, the last 14 in the property development sector, with prior experience at Hagemeyer, FedEx and OPSM.
Ranna is passionate about equality and diversity and has led the company to be certified as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in 2019 and is currently working towards being an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

 

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Philip Noble

Chief Executive
Queensland Treasury Corporation

Philip Noble

Chief Executive
Queensland Treasury Corporation

Harnessing organisational transformation through culture change

As QTC’s Chief Executive, Philip prioritises building a constructive high-performing organisational culture that enables employees to stretch themselves and be ‘the best version of you’. Leading the organisation through a holistic transformational change is not an easy task for any organisation, particularly one that manages a multi-billion dollar funding program. Philip’s change program at QTC was recognised as one of the most rapid deployments of its type—redesigning its banking systems, processes and organisational structure. However, Philip believes the true transformation happened when he asked his leadership team to focus on people and culture. Hear the strategies that he led to deliver QTC’s transformational cultural journey over the past two and a half years.

Philip Noble was appointed as Queensland Treasury Corporation’s (QTC) Chief Executive on 1 December 2010. Prior to joining QTC, Philip’s career had included many senior roles in the international banking sector. He has held previous positions with Deutsche Bank in Sydney as their Director of Global Markets, Bankers Trust Australia, as their Vice President of the Financial Markets Group and Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Division Australia and New Zealand at Credit Suisse in Sydney.

With his extensive commercial experience, and significant expertise in treasury and risk management, fixed interest and debt capital markets, and an understanding of government priorities and borrowing requirements, Philip has brought with him a wealth of experience in domestic and international banking to QTC’s leadership team.

Philip Noble was appointed as Queensland Treasury Corporation’s (QTC) Chief Executive on 1 December 2010. Prior to joining QTC, Philip’s career had included many senior roles in the international banking sector. He has held previous positions with Deutsche Bank in Sydney as their Director of Global Markets, Bankers Trust Australia, as their Vice President of the Financial Markets Group and Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Division Australia and New Zealand at Credit Suisse in Sydney.
With his extensive commercial experience, and significant expertise in treasury and risk management, fixed interest and debt capital markets, and an understanding of government priorities and borrowing requirements, Philip has brought with him a wealth of experience in domestic and international banking to QTC’s leadership team.

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Corinne Canter

Head of Consulting
Human Synergistics

Corinne Canter

Head of Consulting
Human Synergistics

Rob Phipps

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Rob Phipps

Managing Director
evolvefast

Rob Phipps

Managing Director
evolvefast

Brexit, border walls and Royal Commissions. Has trust has ever been more important?

The minute by minute posting, whether it be to LinkedIn, twitter, Instagram or Facebook means the trust equation has been turned on its head. Corporate spin has been neutralised, transparency is not discretionary. In this thought-provoking presentation, Rob and Corinne argue that organisations need a fresh and more sustainable mindset towards culture. Despite years of talking about the importance of culture, we still haven’t got it right. Culture isn’t a task, activity or program, it’s an environment. Like the ocean, culture isn’t something you control, it is something that you need to learn how to read and regularly care for to be kept clean, healthy and powerful. When you get it right, that’s when you can catch a long smooth wave of performance.

Corinne is head of consulting, a facilitator and coach with Human Synergistics Australia. Corinne’s experience in leadership and organisations comes from over 25 years in leadership roles in Operations and Human Resources working in telecommunications, finance and construction industries. She is a published author on leadership, culture and innovation.

In 2012 she was Program Director and co-research lead investigating the “Science of Aha” with the University of Technology Neuroscience Research Unit investigating how to teach leaders to increase their capacity for new and innovative thinking leading to more Aha! moments. Corinne’s passion is helping leaders create impactful collaborative teams.

Rob Phipps has broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, South Africa, Thailand and the South Pacific. He has spearheaded culture and people programmes that saw KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum Brands worldwide and across Australia more broadly. He now heads up Evolvefast, helping companies connect to their people by finding purpose and activating culture.

Phipps sits as a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Human Resource Institute and is President of the NSW Council. He is a Fellow Certified Practitioner HR (FCPHR) along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015. Phipps is passionate about finding a cure for Cancer, riding around the Country to personally raise over $120K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past eight years and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.

Corinne is head of consulting, a facilitator and coach with Human Synergistics Australia. Corinne’s experience in leadership and organisations comes from over 25 years in leadership roles in Operations and Human Resources working in telecommunications, finance and construction industries. She is a published author on leadership, culture and innovation.
In 2012 she was Program Director and co-research lead investigating the “Science of Aha” with the University of Technology Neuroscience Research Unit investigating how to teach leaders to increase their capacity for new and innovative thinking leading to more Aha! moments. Corinne’s passion is helping leaders create impactful collaborative teams.

Rob Phipps has broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, South Africa, Thailand and the South Pacific. He has spearheaded culture and people programmes that saw KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum Brands worldwide and across Australia more broadly. He now heads up Evolvefast, helping companies connect to their people by finding purpose and activating culture.
Phipps sits as a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Human Resource Institute and is President of the NSW Council. He is a Fellow Certified Practitioner HR (FCPHR) along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015. Phipps is passionate about finding a cure for Cancer, riding around the Country to personally raise over $120K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past eight years and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.

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Shaun McCarthy

CHAIRMAN
HUMAN SYNERGISTICS AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Shaun McCarthy

CHAIRMAN
HUMAN SYNERGISTICS AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Getting Culture Right - does yours help or hinder your organisations performance?

Can you easily describe your organisations culture? Do you know how it helps or hinders your efforts to achieve excellence? Do you know how to leverage its strengths and eliminate its weaknesses? What is culture and how does it differ from climate? This is not just an academic question. Getting culture right means looking at the right metrics. Employee engagement, for instance, is not a proxy for culture. It is an outcome of the interaction of culture and other contextual factors. But it is not culture. A strong engagement score can even blind you to inherent issues in your underlying culture that may not affect you now but will in times of disruption when the need for integration and adaptation becomes paramount. We are now well past any doubt about the relationship between organisational culture and performance. The research is clear. Real world experience is clear. When CEOs of the calibre of this year’s conference are prepared to speak out about culture, you know you’re onto something.

Shaun established Human Synergistics in New Zealand and Australia and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and anecdotes from a long and distinguished Consulting career. If you have a question about Leadership or Culture – Shaun will have a story to illustrate an answer 

to it. It is this depth of experience that has led to him being invited to lecture in University programs, speak at many national conferences and being featured in the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine and on ABC radio. Shaun is also a member of the AHRI Advisory Research Panel.

Shaun established Human Synergistics in New Zealand and Australia and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and anecdotes from a long and distinguished Consulting career. If you have a question about Leadership or Culture – Shaun will have a story to illustrate an answer to it. It is this depth of experience that has led to him being invited to lecture in University programs, speak at many national conferences and being featured in the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine and on ABC radio. Shaun is also a member of the AHRI Advisory Research Panel.