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Melbourne Event Schedule 2018


Melbourne Event #5: Redesigning & Streamlining the Employee Experience for an Improved Client Experience

Speaker: Liam Hayes
Position: Global Chief People Officer
Company: Aurecon

Liam Hayes is Aurecon’s Global Chief People Officer. As part of Aurecon’s global leadership team, Liam leads an international People team which focuses on providing solutions that enable Aurecon to attract the best talent and develop their people to meet our client’s current and future challenges.

He is also a member of the Global CEOs Future Ready team which is focused on preparing the organisation for the future, to avail of its opportunities and to minimise its risks.

He is a board member of Wear for Success and in 2017 he was named ‘Young Executive of the Year’ by the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine.

About the Topic

In an effort to attract and retain diverse talent, global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon is redesigning their employee experience and eliminating a number of bureaucratic policies and processes in favour of a more cohesive, employee-centred framework. Through the co-creation of meaningful employee experiences, Aurecon aims to foster a more engaged, innovative workforce that delivers improved customer experiences in turn.

From: Wed 14th Nov 2018 7:30 am
To: Wed 14th Nov 2018 9:00 am
Price: $99.00

Melbourne Event #4: Beyond Transformational Change

Speaker 1: Jewil Fulton
Position: Head of Engagement and Culture
Company: Link Group

As a collaborative, pragmatic HR leader, with 15+ years driving change and business transformation, I excel at helping organisations meet 21st Century challenges. Experienced in the finance sector, higher education and outsourced technology solutions.

Motivated by leading people programs during periods of major change, business transformation and cultural change. Also passionate about leading diverse employees to make a positive contribution to business strategy and goals.

Trusted confidante, advisor and coach to C-level executives. Supports the Executive Management Team with people strategies and reports for the Board and its committees.

Clients include: Australian Super, REST, HESTA, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Qantas, Telstra, Russell Investments


    • Transformational cultural change
    • Financial management
    • Emotionally intelligent leadership
    • Trusted advisor to the C-suite
    • Driving high performance & commercially focused culture
    • Executive succession planning and development
    • Organisational design and development
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Learning & development leadership
    • Human resources leadership


  • Led Culture & Engagement survey across 11 countries & 4,300 employees as a cultural health check, ensuring a voice for staff, establishing a baseline & defining a roadmap for the people strategy moving forward
  • Revised the Link Group Diversity & Inclusion strategy to broaden approach beyond gender in leadership & enhance inclusivity of Link’s culture to improve employee engagement
  • Developed the Human Resources Strategy to enhance an innovative, commercial and customer-centric culture articulating HR governance, external and internal priorities, nationally and globally, with a 3 year horizon

Jeannette Lang

Speaker 2: Jeannette Lang
Position: General Manager - VIC
Company: HR Partners – a Randstad company

Jeannette Lang is experienced as a senior HR leader, Director and CEO in Human Resources, Organisational Development, Change Management, Learning and Employee Relations nationally and internationally across 14 industries in highly complex environments - this has given her a sound understanding of our clients needs.

Jeannette has a strong commercial background and has been involved in over 200 company start-ups, transition projects, transformations, joint venture set ups and mergers and acquisitions. Jeannette has had a long relationship with HR partners as a client and senior contractor who specialises in transformation, change and culture. With a strong network (nationally and internationally) of HR practitioners, and over 20 years in the industry, she brings a wealth of experience. Jeannette has recently joined us as a General Manager of our Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian teams and specialises in the placement of senior and executive HR professionals.

From: Wed 12th Sep 2018 7:30 am
To: Wed 12th Sep 2018 9:00 am
Price: $99.00

Melbourne Event #3: Strength Based Leadership

Speaker: Elise Morris
Position: Director
Company: Still North

Elise Morris is a ‘positive psychology’ practitioner, speaker, facilitator, coach and a disruptor of conventional leadership and people management practices.

Having spent over 25 years (15 of which at the senior/executive level) working in global and locally based corporate and public-sector organisations (including, Swisse, iSelect, SEEK, Kraft, Cadbury, Pacific Brands and CFA) Elise believes wholeheartedly that other people matter and when we live and lead from this perspective we allow ourselves and others to unlock latent potential and the ability to thrive and flourish. This delivers unprecedented individual and collective success.

Elise has significant experience creating and executing HR strategy aligned to the principles of Positive Psychology. Having moved away from traditional approaches to performance management, leadership development, well-being and culture Elise teaches the principles of positive psychology and how to effectively integrate these principles into individual, organizational, school and community contexts. Currently much of Elise’s work focuses on Appreciative Inquiry, well-being, strengths, positive leadership and cultural change in organisations’ and school environments. Creating pragmatic and leading-edge approaches to how organisations manage and lead to create greater success is core to her practice.

She holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Management, a Graduate degree in Psychology and a Bachelor degree in Business (Marketing).

From: Wed 25th Jul 2018 7:30 am
To: Wed 25th Jul 2018 9:00 am
Price: $99.00

Melbourne Event #2: Achieving a High Performance Workplace

Speaker: Linda Heron
Position: General Manager, People & Capability
Company: Melbourne Water

Linda has extensive experience across the private and public sectors where she has held several strategic roles that span leading very large operational teams in a supermarket business to establishing and leading the People and Capability function at Melbourne Water from 2012, where she is accountable for ensuring people performance is optimised and aligned to the strategic objectives of the business.

Linda has extensive experience in leading major transformational change, developing employee capability including the establishment of the Coles Myer Institute and Melbourne Water Career Development Centre and is a passionate advocate for fostering female talent. With a target of achieving 50% of women in the business by 2020, Melbourne Water has implemented several strategies to support the attraction, development and engagement of women to build a pipeline of women for future leadership roles.

She is an accomplished executive coach having established her own successful business providing consulting and coaching services across a number of different industries including Financial Services, Property, FMCG, Insurance and Government.

She also has extensive Board and committee experience across the retail and education sector and is currently a non-executive director for Friendly Society Medical Association trading as National Pharmacies.

Linda has a Master of Leadership from Deakin University (2015), is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

From: Wed 16th May 2018 7:30 am
To: Wed 16th May 2018 9:00 am
Price: $99.00

Melbourne Event #1: Connecting the Business Strategy with the HR Agenda to Achieve Employee Engagement and Cultural Transformation

Speaker: Mari Ruiz
Position: Chief People & Culture Officer
Company: BankVic

Mari Ruiz joined BankVic as Chief People & Culture Officer in October 2015. Mari is an energetic and results-focused senior Human Resources leader with over 25 years’ experience in “end-to-end” human resources services across a diverse range of industries – financial services, aviation/logistics, sales, telecommunications and professional services. Her experience has spanned a number of countries including Australia, China, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

Her career to date has enabled her to develop in depth skills across the full spectrum of HR including cultural transformation; strategy development and implementation; leadership and talent management; performance management; EBA negotiations with minimal or zero industrial disruption; and, reward and remuneration programs. In addition, she has led the HR function, and partnered with senior executive teams through mergers and acquisitions, post acquisition integration and restructures. As a result she has extensive experience in working in large scale environments with complex matrix structures that necessitate communicating the corporate HR vision across a wide range of both local and international business units and functional stakeholders.

Mari is a dynamic change agent, with qualifications in change and cultural tools and people metrics, and she has implemented a number of people and performance initiatives that have led to the achievement of various awards inclusive of: Hewitt Best Employer (2009), Employer of Choice for Women (2012), Finalist for WorkSafe Health & Wellbeing (2011), Finalist AHRI HR Impact (2011), and Finalist Diversity@Work (2011).

In 2017, and after a successful cultural transformation program at BankVic, Mari achieved the recognition of the following awards: Finalist in three categories including Australian HR Awards Australian HR Team of the Year, Best Reward & Recognition Program, and Employer of Choice.

Her recent personal accomplishments include HR Executive of the Year 2017 Award and finalist for AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award.

From: Wed 21st Feb 2018 7:30 am
To: Wed 21st Feb 2018 9:00 am
Price: $99.00

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