Speakers

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

 
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Philip Noble was appointed as Queensland Treasury Corporation’s Chief Executive on 1 December 2010.
 
Prior to joining QTC, Mr Noble’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, and with Bankers Trust Australia in Melbourne and Sydney, as their Vice President of the Financial Markets Group.
 
His most recent previous appointment was Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Division Australia and New Zealand at Credit Suisse in Sydney, where he had responsibility for establishing and delivering a ‘full service-provider’ business model for Australian and New Zealand clients. Mr Noble also held a number of board positions at Credit Suisse and was a member of their Executive Management Committee in Australia.

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

 
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Bruce came from two (2) years of employment with Trinity as Head of Funds Management where he was responsible for the performance of a number of wholesale property funds with a portfolio value in excess of $1 Billion. Prior to his role at Trinity he was with Colliers International for over 11 years where he was both Managing Director of the Qld business and National Director of Investment Sales. Prior to his time at Colliers, he completed a Law degree and worked for lawyers Gadens in Brisbane.
Bruce has a strong understanding of most aspects of property both from an owners and service providers prospective. His specialised field of competence is however property transactions where he can bring all of his experience and skills to bear. Prior to joining Trinity in late 2006, he was a nationally recognised investment sales operative and responsible for transacting a number of significant properties including Waterfront Place in Brisbane for $312 Million in 2004.

Julie McKay

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

PwC

 
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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

 
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Patrice is a Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 28 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management.
A leader in environmental impact assessment and an Certified Environmental Practitioner she established CQG in 2004 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions to clients throughout Australia and South East Asia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences as an advocate for protecting environmental and cultural values through partnerships and finding better ways of doing things. A member of the Queensland Premier’s Business Advisory Council, a non-executive director on the Gladstone Area Water Board and a member of the CQUniversity Council, Patrice has over ten years’ experience as a board director on State, Federal and not-for-profit economic development boards.
Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneur for 2016 and recent winner the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Forty Calis award for contribution to the growth of the Gladstone region.

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.  

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

QIC

 
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David leads QIC's Risk, Legal & Tax division and is QIC's Chief Risk Officer. He is responsible for QIC’s enterprise and strategic risk management framework, and leading the legal, tax and independent risk, compliance and regulatory functions.  David’s team provides services to and monitors all investment teams and business divisions across QIC.
David is a member of QIC’s Executive Committee and participates at QIC’s Board, Audit Committee and Risk Committee; he is the Chair of QIC’s Risk & Valuations Sub-Committee. David is also a Director with QIC’s wholly owned subsidiary, QIC European Investment Services Limited (QEIS UK) and a number of of QIC's wholly owned USA subsidiaries. He reports directly to the CEO and meets regularly with the Chairs of the QIC and QEIS Boards and Chair of the Risk Committee.
 
David was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (as well as the High Court of Australia) in 1998.
David joined QIC in 2007 and previously  worked in the corporate and financial services divisions of Clayton Utz in Sydney, and Linklaters in London and Tokyo, followed by four years in the Financial Services Group of Macquarie Bank in Sydney. 

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

 
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Stephen Hudson has been Boeing Defence Australia’s Chief Engineer since April 2016. In this role he is responsible for the technical and regulatory integrity of development and sustainment programs across the company and for leading the engineering capability for Boeing Defence Australia. He is also the Head of Design for the Boeing Defence Australia DASR Part 21J Design Organisation and Senior Design Engineer of the Vigilare Air-Ground Defence Environment system.
 
Prior to this, Hudson was Chief Engineer of the company’s Command, Control, Communications and Information Solutions Division where he oversaw the engineering capability for a number of Boeing Defence Australia’s most complex development programs, including the Project Currawong Battlespace Communication System, Wedgetail Phase 5A and the Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

Caitlin Stephenson

Deputy Program Integration Manager

Boeing Defence Australia

 
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Caitlin Stephenson is the Deputy Program Integration Manager for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program at Boeing Defence Australia. Stephenson provides leadership to a multi-disciplinary team that will develop, integrate, verify, deliver and support a Helicopter Aircrew Training System in accordance with program cost, schedule and quality objectives. Her role includes maintaining key stakeholder relationships required to secure support and resources necessary to execute the program. The program will provide the Australian Defence Force with a Helicopter Aircrew Training System, including aircraft, synthetic training devices, training courseware and support services (training, operations, engineering, maintenance and supply).

Catherine Baxter

General Manager Operations SE QLD and NSW

Aurizon

 
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Catherine Baxter is the General Manager of Operations in South East QLD and NSW for Aurizon, which is one of the top 50 companies listed on the ASX.  In this role she is responsible for 700 front line personnel working in train crew and Rollingstock maintenance depots, as well as the train planning and daily running of services for customers.  This role moves products including coal, grain and cattle.  She has had a long career in the rail industry over the past 25 years working in a range of senior management and executive roles.  Catherine has also run a trucking business and worked in the Australian Construction Materials (concrete and quarries) industry for several years.
She holds various tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma of Management, and Graduate Diploma of Intermodal Freight Systems Management.  She is a member of various professional associations, including FCPA, AFAIM, MAICD, and MCILTA.

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

Jacobs

 
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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

Unitywater

 
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Pauline Thomson is the Chief Financial Officer with Unitywater a business providing essential services to more than 700,000 people in the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions. Pauline’s leadership experience across the energy and water sectors includes leading teams in a range of commercial, finance and business transformation roles.

Alex Fisher

Executive General Manager - Asset Strategy and Delivery

SunWater

 
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Alex Fisher commenced her role as SunWater General Manager Asset Delivery on 9 November 2015.
Alex’s focus at SunWater is the delivery of engineering, project delivery, procurement and quality systems to enable the achievement of SunWater’s operational and business objectives.
 
As a civil engineer with  more than 20 years project management and leadership experience, Alex has previously held General Manager roles at Seqwater and Brisbane City Council in both Operational and Asset Delivery areas.
 
Alex has a proven track record in steering multifaceted operations and cross-disciplinary teams to deliver customer service, organisational objectives and financial performance, underpinned by a genuine enthusiasm and a passion for water and the value it delivers to our communities.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Queensland, a PhD from Queensland University of Technology and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration with the Australian Institute of Business.

Deb Barnes

Head of Investment Risk Management

QIC

 
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Deb graduated from UQ in 2005 with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Information Technology and joined QIC’s inaugural graduate program in 2006. 
  
As Head of Investment Risk Management at QIC, Deb is currently responsible for the independent risk management of QIC’s investment team activities. She joined QIC’s Risk team in 2016 after 10 years in a front office trading role. From 2011 to 2015 she led QIC’s Global Trading team from London and oversaw fixed income, currency, equity and commodity trading across AUD$33bn of assets. 
 
She also served as a Director of QIC’s UK subsidiary, from 2012 to 2017, stepping down as she relocated to Australia. 

Claire Pierce

Regional Commercial Leader Transportation Australia and New Zealand

GE

 
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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

Westpac

 
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Over 17 years experience across various divisions of banking and finance. Adept at driving growth of company revenue, cross sell and improving team performance. Exceptional mentor and coach. Tenacious in building new business, collaboration and forging strong relationships with internal stakeholders and third party business partners. Proven change manager and team builder. Well connected in the local and national market with a large network across industry, aggregators and competitors.

Ailsa Leacy

CEO

YWCA Queensland

 
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Ailsa is an original, progressive leader, who elicits excellence through vision and values. She aspires to make a positive difference through enacting excellence in leadership and organisational culture. Ailsa is passionate about learning of self and other others, with a wide-range of interests including all levels of education, transformative leadership, technology, palaeontology, parenting and the pursuit of happiness.

Virginia Nelson

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

Queensland Police Service

 
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Superintendent Virginia Nelson is currently the Superintendent - Patrols at South Brisbane District in Brisbane Region.  Having joined the Queensland Police Service at 18 Virginia has more than 27 years’ service and has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan areas across Queensland.
With a background in General Duties and prosecutions in recent years Virginia has undertaken a number of appointments as Project Officer, Traffic Coordinator, Staff Officer and Patrol Group Inspector.
 
In 2015 Virginia undertook a 12 month secondment to the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney as the QPS Visiting Fellow.  This opportunity saw Virginia contribute to the facilitation and development team for the Graduate Certificate Program and other leadership and development programs for senior police and emergency services across Australasia including in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia.
 
Virginia has a number of tertiary qualifications and most recently completed her Master of Leadership. In 2016 Virginia was awarded the Bev Lawson memorial Award for her leadership and commitment to the development of women in policing.  In 2016 Virginia was also awarded the prestigious Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year – Public Sector and Academia for her leadership in policing.

Toni Hawkins

Financial Controller, Capital Projects

Coca Cola Amatil

 
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Highly driven commercial and strategically focused finance leader (Chartered Accountant and GAICD) with over 15 years experience across diverse sectors (including energy, food & beverages, infrastructure, airlines and travel, banking and retail) in Australian and international markets. 
Extensive experience as a CFO, Head of Finance, Commercial Manager and Business Partner with a focus on leading teams to deliver value, provide commercial advice and to ensure alignment to strategic priorities.
As CFO and Business Manager of a joint venture, I partnered with and reported directly to the Board of Directors in a hands on role with a commercial approach whilst ensuring company secretarial, compliance and governance requirements are met. I am a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris McMillan

CEO

Cancer Council Queensland

 
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Chris McMillan is one of Australia’s most experienced non-profit executives.Her distinguished credentials include five years of service as the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia’s General Manager for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, where she was responsible for successfully transforming the organisation’s fundraising and service profile to enhance support for Australians affected by blood cancer.
 
With extensive experience in the health and non-profit sectors, Chris has an early career background in nursing and has previously served as the CEO of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.Her expertise is drawn from leadership roles ranging across a diversity of industries, including information technology, learning and development, human resources, management consulting, and finance.
 
With an exemplary career spanning two decades, she is widely recognised for her down-to-earth style and determination to make a difference.
Chris is a passionate leader who believes that by working together, we can create a cancer free future.She lives in Brisbane with her husband Robert. They have one son who is currently studying medicine at the University of 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.

Leith Mitchell

Director

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

Auspac

 
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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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Marion has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry both domestically and abroad. Since joining Gold Coast Airport in 2004, Marion has held a variety of management roles including her most recent role of General Manager Commercial and Terminals, during which she oversaw the last significant Gold Coast Airport terminal redevelopment in 2010. Marion worked at both Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has also worked with the Irish Airport Authority. Marion has strong ties with many Gold Coast tourism organisations through her past work on the Tourism Advisory Board for Bond University. She is currently on the advisory Board for Southern Cross University Business School and is on the Board of Trustees for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. Marion is also a member of the Study Gold Coast Board. In 2008 she was awarded the International Woman’s Day Leadership Award for the Gold Coast.

Steffi Andruchiw

Chief Financial Officer

Harcourts

 
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Steffi Andruchiw is a Chief Financial Officer, mother of two young boys, avid reader, runner and general juggler of life. An experienced executive leader with a career spanning over twenty years in finance and commercial roles. Currently CFO of Harcourts International, she is focused on ensuring profitable growth and leads a large team across multiple countries. Steffi is a qualified Chartered Accountant, obtained her MBA from the University of Queensland whilst pregnant and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Steffi is constantly seeking out and testing the tricks and tools to progress her and her teams knowledge and success.

Professor Peter Hoj

Vice-Chancellor and President

University of Queensland

 
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Professor Peter Høj began as Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland on 8 October 2012. Prior to this appointment Professor Høj was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia from 1 June 2007. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2004-2007) and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute (1997-2004).
 
He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia.
Professor Høj is a member of the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board, Co-Deputy Chair of the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group, a member of the edX University Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Group of Eight (Go8) Universities and a Queensland Plan Ambassador, and in 2014 was appointed as a senior consultant to Hanban in the Oceania Region.
 
He served on the CSIRO Board 2011-2014, and was a member of the Australian Research Committee (ARcom) 2012-2014, a private member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) from 1999-2004, and an ex-officio member from 2006-2007.
 
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Foreign Member (Natural Sciences Class) of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Victoria Hepburn

Partner

MinterEllison

 
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As an employment and IR lawyer my practice is centred around people. I thrive on helping those in HR, Legal, Risk, C-Suite roles and on Boards ensure their businesses are compliant with workplace laws, adopt appropriate industrial relations strategies, manage change programs, implement business protection initiatives, and (where necessary) help resolve disputes. I also regularly conduct in house training sessions on workplace relations matters and defensible decision making.
I have acted predominantly, but not exclusively, for employers in NZ and Australia for over 15 years in the public and private sectors and in industries including State & Local Government, Health, Aged Care, Education, Agribusiness, Finance, Insurance and Tech.
 
From a history at the blended bar in NZ and a strong public sector practice I also have a not so secret passion for administrative law.

Jill Price

Oracle Women's Leadership Queensland Community Leader

Oracle

 
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Jill Price, is Oracle Women in Leadership Queensland Community Leader and Account Director for Oracle Human Capital Management, with responsibility for supporting and driving diversity to help transform culture within a global organisation who is rapidly transitioning to New Generation “as a service” model. Prior to commencing with Oracle Corporation, Jill spent the last 15 years working with clients to win professionally and personally by empowering them to take a stronger role in supporting their company’s goals and contributing in a very concrete way to competitive business advantage.
Jill was previously a board member for Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for 8 years where she passionately pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for our members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity.

Charlotte Crabtree

Executive Director, Insights, Data Sharing and Analytics

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

 
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Charlotte is the Queensland Governments’ head of insights, analytics and data sharing work. This includes pioneering cross government initiatives in data science, architecture, and intelligence analysis. She works in the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI).  Before joining the department, Charlotte was a strategic leader in the Queensland Health Service, dedicated to strategy, planning and advanced analytics. 
Charlotte also has an extensive career working for the UK Government. Before she moved to Australia two years ago, she spent 16 years working for the British Police Service and Railways at a regional and national level. In these roles she was in charge of performance management, intelligence and analytics. 

Bernadette Eriksen

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Flavour Creations; 2017 Telstra Queensland Entrepreneur Award

 
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Multi-award winning entrepreneur Bernadette Eriksen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flavour Creations, a Brisbane-based food manufacturing company that researches and develops innovative dysphagia and nutrition products intended to support a healthy lifestyle and improve the lives of thousands living with dysphagia. Flavour Creations supplies to hospitals, residential aged care facilities and directly to consumers living in the community - both in Australia and internationally.
 
What started out as an idea on Bernadette’s kitchen bench in the late 1990’s has become an international success story, after she discovered a gap in the market for providing food and drink solutions that not only taste great but offer maximum nutritional density and enhance quality of life. Flavour Creations is now recognised as a global leader for innovation in the industry, producing more than 100,000 cups of pre-thickened liquid per day alongside a growing range of targeted food first nutritional solutions, employing over 100 staff locally and restoring dignity and independence to thousands of people all over the world.

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