Brigadier Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC AND BAR

Director General - Select Strategic Issues Management

Office of the Chief of the Defence Force


Samantha Freebairn

Pilot;Young Global Leader

Royal Australian Air Force;World Economic Forum

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Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn is an operational C-17 Globemaster pilot, flying combat and humanitarian relief missions. She is currently the most senior woman pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, the first female Air Force pilot to return to operational flying at an Air Mobility Squadron after having children and is employed as the Operations ‘B’ Flight Commander for 36 Squadron and their fleet of eight C17 Globemaster aircraft.
In 2014, Samantha won the QLD Telstra Business Women’s Award in Business Innovation for her Graduate Pilot Scheme, which incentivises military aviation to women who had never previously considered it. This successfully doubled women pilot numbers in the Air Force in 2 years, when they had remained stagnant for the prior 30 years.

Philip Noble

Chief Executive

Queensland Treasury Corporation


Jim Pruss



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Jim has 30 years’ experience in the water industry and before becoming Seqwater’s CEO, held the position of General Manager, Water Supply Strategy and Policy. Prior to this, Jim was executive general manager of the Water Delivery (Operations) and Sustainable Water and Asset Delivery (Planning and Asset Delivery) groups within Seqwater. Jim’s experience includes time as General Manager, Water and Waste for Redland Shire Council and 15 years in various technical and specialist, supervisory and management roles at Sydney Water.
Jim is Chair of the Senior Executive Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Healthy Land and Water Corp. and is also a member of the Australian Rivers Institute Advisory Board.

Peter Birtles

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Super Retail Group

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Peter Birtles joined Super Retail Group in April 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed as Group Managing Director in January 2006. Over the last ten years he has overseen the growth of the Supercheap Auto, the development of BCF and the acquisitions of Ray’s Outdoors and Rebel Sport Group. During this time, Group sales have grown from $500 million to over $2.4 billion.  Peter was named 2013 CEO of the Year by The Australian’s Deal Magazine and 2014 CEO of the Year by the National Retailers Association (NRA).
Prior to joining Super Retail Group, Peter spent 12 years working with The Boots Company in the United Kingdom and Australia in a variety of senior finance, operations and information technology roles. Peter is a Chartered Accountant who started his career working with Coopers & Lybrand.
Peter is a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited.

Bruce Baker

Senior Managing Director,Queensland

CBRE Asia Pacific


Julie McKay

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Queensland Male Champions of Change Convenor


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Julie McKay is a Partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PwC, with responsibility for leading the firm’s internal D&I transformation as well as supporting clients to adopt inclusive practices that realise the benefits of diversity.
Prior to commencing with PwC, Julie spent 9 years as the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, working across Government, the private sector and the community to identify the barriers to gender equality and challenging the laws, policies and attitudes that perpetuate inequality.  Julie has represented UN Women Australia and the Australian Government at numerous United Nations Conferences and UN Missions and has a detailed understanding of global policy responses  and best practice regarding equality and inclusion.

Patrice Brown

CEO, 2016 Telstra Queensland Entrepreneur Award

CQG Consulting


Michelle Young

Chief Superintendent

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

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Michelle has been an operational Firefighter with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) since 1995.  One of the first Urban Female firefighters in Queensland, Michelle’s career has been littered with firsts, she was appointed to the rank of Chief Superintendent in December 2016.
Michelle is responsible for the operational response capability and performance of the Fire and Rescue Service in North Coast Region.  
Michelle is passionate about training and improving the culture and diversity of service for QFES. Throughout her 20+ years of service Michelle has had a number of different roles across areas including Operations, Training, Community Safety and Business Management.  

Colette Munro

Chief Digital Officer



Penelope Twemlow

Chief Executive Officer, 2016 Telstra Queensland For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award

Energy Skills Queensland

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Penelope is a multi-degree qualified professional with 16 years of management and consulting experience, including time in the Australian Defence Force. 
Penelope’s communication, safety and management skills have been repeatedly sought out by companies involved in high-risk industries including the construction, mining, oil and gas sectors, for projects around the world. 
In 2015, Penelope was named Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland. Penelope is the Founder and Chair of Women in Power, as well as a number of energy associations focusing on safety and role of women in the energy industry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award for Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit. 
A wicked sense of humour, exceptional learning agility and the ability to reverse park an 8,500 tonne warship all ensure that Penelope stands out in every crowd.

David Clarke

Executive Director, Risk, Legal & Tax and Chief Risk Officer



Kimberley Dripps

Assistant Director-General and Chief Advisor, Queensland Government Procurement

Department of Housing and Public Works

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Kimberley is the Assistant Director-General of Procurement for the Queensland Government. In this role she is responsible for the strategic policy settings underpinning the procurement system, it’s operation and stewardship , as well as directly for the General Goods and Services category and QFleet.

Before joining the department, Kimberley was a Principal at the Nous Group, leading the public policy practice in Queensland. In this role Kimberley has worked across Queensland Government departments, agencies and companies—including Housing and Public Works, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Energy and Water Supply, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Powerlink, Origin Energy and SunWater. 

Stephen Hudson

Chief Engineer

Boeing Defence Australia


Caitlin Stephenson

Deputy Program Integration Manager

Boeing Defence Australia


Catherine Baxter

General Manager Operations SE QLD and NSW



Maia Schweizer

General Manager Integrated Gas Operations

Origin Energy

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Maia is General Manager, Integrated Gas Operations at Origin Energy. She leads the operations group to maximise the safe recovery of gas through Origin's share in the $30bn APLNG project. Previously she was Chief Development Officer for Integrated Gas at Origin, leading $1 to $1.5bn of annual capital expenditure on exploration, drilling, construction, and land access while lowering costs by 50% and creating an innovation programme to access future resources at economic costs by bringing together new technologies, agile technologies, and ambitious targets. Prior to joining Origin, Maia supported operations transformations in oil and mining across six continents with McKinsey & Company. Maia holds a PhD (Oxford), MSc (Caltech) and Bachelors (Princeton) in Geology, as well as a Bachelors in Painting (Princeton).

Sinead Giblin

Executive Director Operations – Northern, Asia Pacific Buildings & Infrastructure


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Sinead has over seventeen years’ experience in professional services consulting, including twelve years with Jacobs.  During  this  time she has applied her leadership  and  technical skills within a range  of  project  roles, client  relationship  building  activities and  the operational management of multi-disciplinary teams. Sinead has worked in Jacobs offices in Sydney, Delhi and Brisbane and has developed a strong understanding of project and corporate governance.

A qualified civil engineer, Sinead’s technical experience covers strategic transport planning and engineering as well as the project planning and management for large multi-disciplinary projects. Sinead is currently the Vice President of Operations Northern, Buildings and Infrastructure Asia-Pacific.

Barbara-Anne Bensted

Chief Digital Officer

Energy Queensland

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Barbara-Anne has responsibility for Energy Queensland’s Information & Technology business unit, which previously operated as SPARQ Solutions.
She has a strong track record of enabling organisations across a wide range of industries and countries to achieve world class, high quality, and sustainable business transformations.
Barbara-Anne was previously an Executive Consultant at Queensland Treasury where she was a driving force behind the development of digital transformation strategies for business improvement. She also spent a number of years as a Program Director and Advisor at Origin Energy, establishing and managing key strategic programs such as the Carbon program and the Privacy and Credit Reform program.

Pauline Thomson

Chief Financial Officer - Utilities and Infrastructure



Alex Fisher

Executive General Manager - Asset Strategy and Delivery



Deb Barnes

Head of Investment Risk Management



Claire Pierce

Regional Commercial Leader Transportation Australia and New Zealand


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Claire Pierce is the Commercial Leader for GE Transportation within Australia & New Zealand.  
Her career spans over 20 years in sales and marketing leadership, consulting and lean six sigma roles delivering customer-centric business performance improvement and growth.  She has gained that experience working in Australia, Asia and the Americas in industries including Financial Services, e-Commerce and Transportation.  
Claire is a member of the GE A&NZ Women’s Network leadership team, having lead the group from 2014-2017 during which time she drove their successful application for the WGEA Employer of Choice citation. Passionate about inclusive, customer-centric leadership, Claire is certified as a Quality Leader in GE’s Lean Six Sigma, has a Bachelor of Economics and an International MBA.  
Claire lives in Brisbane with her husband and their two primary school aged children.

Wendy Brown

State General Manager Queensland



Ailsa Leacy


YWCA Queensland


Virginia Nelson

Patrol Group Inspector, 2016 Telstra Australian Public Sector And Academia Award

Queensland Police Service


Kate Lanskey

Manager Water Supply Planning



Toni Hawkins

Financial Controller, Capital Projects

Coca Cola Amatil


Chris McMillan


Cancer Council Queensland


Dr Nora Amath

Settlement Grants Program Managing Supervisor and CAMS Statewide Coordinator

Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc

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Dr Nora Amath works as Statewide Coordinator and Managing Supervisor with the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA). She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University. Nora has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council. She is the founder and/or chair of a number of different organisations focussed on supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including founding a domestic violence shelter.

Currently Nora is the Chairperson of AMARAH and Board Secretary for Islamic Relief Australia. Nora Nora has received many awards for her efforts. In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. In 2007 and again in 2012, she received the Australia Day Community Awards. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. Nora is a mother of 3 teenagers and has a PhD in Sociology of Religion and Community Development.

Pixie Weyand

Director, 2016 Telstra Queensland Young Business Women's Award

The Lost Collective

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Two years ago, Pixie Weyand had nothing but a notebook, a whole head of ideas and the drive to do something with her life. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to create The Lost Collective, an umbrella for several businesses she is in the process of growing. These include: Lost Boys, a small, organic vegetarian, carbon-neutral café in Fortitude Valley; The Tree House, a bar offering local, natural, and organic drinks; The Zoo, an iconic live music venue; Feed Music, an app connecting touring musicians and local cafes and restaurants across the globe to provide healthy meals.
Pixie is responsible for guiding the businesses using innovation and direction. She oversees all elements of the business and is directly accountable for all the challenges, successes and downfalls that may happen. Through her journey, Pixie has learnt that having a genuine belief in herself meant that she could achieve anything. 

Leith Mitchell


Mitchell Services

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Leith Mitchell is the Director of Mitchell Services, with Asia Pacific, UK, Growth Market and Global executive roles in her 15 year Human Capital
Management Consulting career at two global consulting firms- leading clients through large transformational change initiatives across
countries and cultures.

Catherine Molloy

Auspac Education Director


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Catherine Molloy is an International Speaker, Writer and Communication Expert, specialising in leadership, sales and service. With 25 years’ experience in business, education, speaking and transforming lives, Catherine believes that business success rests on the ability to build real connections at velocity. The participants will engage, connect and be more conscious of their communication. Her thought leadership is in how to hack the psychology of communication to build lasting connections, fast.

Marion Charlton

Chief Operating Officer

Gold Coast Airport


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