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Celebrating its 8th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is the most senior and significant gathering of Corporate Affairs and Communication executives in Australia.
Consumers, technology, populations, and politics are moving on a global scale, upsetting staid, traditional methods and creating new exciting opportunities for influence.
Designing robust, agile strategy in the face of heightened responsibility and transparency is becoming an essential priority for decision makers determined to navigate this dynamic environment.
Gathering the nation’s leading corporate affairs and communication strategists, CAS is the ideal annual discussion to uncover the imperatives for exemplary practice in a changing world.
This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of corporate affairs and communication in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and the corporate strategists behind them
// 6+ keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 250+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Sarah Wynn-Williams founded and scaled Facebook’s Public Policy teams in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada. She also established Facebook’s international governance, policy and trade practices including managing the CEO and COO’s engagement with Heads of State, the United Nations, Davos and other global institutions.
Prior to joining Facebook Sarah was a diplomat for a decade with the New Zealand Foreign Service serving at the United Nations and managing Political and Congressional Affairs at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC.
She also served as a technical legal expert to the United Nations Biosafety Protocol Working Group and was Chief Negotiator on an International Liability Protocol.
Before entering a career in technology and foreign relations Sarah worked as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.
General Manager, Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation (USA)
Dave Samson is general manager of Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2004. His team is responsible for Chevron’s communications strategies and activities, including digital/social engagement, media relations, employee engagement, executive communications, issues management and litigation communications. Dave’s team is also responsible for corporate branding, paid media, research and analytics.
Dave joined Chevron from Oracle Corporation where he was vice president of International Public Relations and Executive Communications. Prior to joining Oracle, Dave was a partner at Ketchum Public Relations, where he oversaw the agency’s San Francisco/Bay Area operations and six practices: Brand, Corporate, Healthcare, Food and Nutrition, Technology and Workplace. While at Ketchum, Dave provided counsel to a range of clients in the financial services, biotech and medical device industries.
Earlier in his career, Dave was vice president of Global Communications at Levi Strauss & Co., where he oversaw worldwide communications. He also worked at IBM as the director of International Communications and was IBM’s first head of communications for IBM Global Services. Previously, Dave was senior manager of Investor and Corporate Relations for the Manville Corporation. Dave began his career at MGA Communications, a Denver-based public relations firm.
Dave is immediate past chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives. He is also past chairman of the General Committee on Communications for the American Petroleum Institute.
Dave holds a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Professor The Hon. Bob Carr|
Former Premier NSW (1995–2005) Former Minister for Foreign Affairs (2012-2013)
Professor the Hon Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in the history of New South Wales.
Bob entered the Senate in 2012 and served as Australia’s Foreign Minister for 18 months. Since leaving politics Bob has led a distinguished career as a defacto diplomat, author and academic.
Bob received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
He is the author of: My Reading Life (2008), Thoughtlines (2002) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014) and his political memoir Run For Your Life will be published in June 2018.
He is the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS.
Dr Simon Longstaff AO|
The Ethics Centre
Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; “I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff”.
Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community.
Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991.
Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Libby Lyons was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees a statutory reporting process which gathers gender equality data from over 11,000 employers and covers more than 4 million Australian employees. In leading the Agency, Libby is focused on working closely with employers to create workplaces in which the skills, experience and ambitions of employees are equally recognised and rewarded, regardless of their gender.
Prior to joining the Agency, Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, most recently heading BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division. Before this, Libby was General Manager of External Relations at Atlas Iron, and held senior roles at CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.
Libby has always had a strong personal commitment to public service. She started her career as a primary school teacher in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, has sat on the boards of the non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin – a charity which supports the carers of children with disabilities.
Vice President Corporate Relations Australia
Brad Haynes is the Vice President, Corporate Relations Australia and is responsible for external affairs, communications and community engagement activities for Australia.
Brad has been with Rio Tinto since January 2017 and commenced with Rio Tinto in the role of Vice President of Corporate Relations for Rio Tinto in Asia.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Brad has had an extensive career spanning both international corporate relations and Australian Government service in foreign policy, including senior corporate affairs roles at Chevron and senior adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs which included responsibility for North Asia and trade and economic policy.
Head of Public Policy, ANZ, India and South East Asia
Brent Thomas is Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy Australia, New Zealand, India and South East Asia. Prior to joining Airbnb, Brent worked as a solicitor and a banker and in senior executive and public policy roles with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mastercard, eBay and PayPal Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas Gray is CEO of The Australian and Publisher of the News Prestige Network.
He has led the commercial development of The Australian since 2013 and has been responsible for top and bottom line improvements fuelled by digital subscription growth. As Publisher of the News Prestige Network Nicholas is responsible for all commercial aspects of Vogue, Vogue Living and GQ.
He joined News Corp in 2012 following the acquisition of Business Spectator, of which he was GM and Publisher. Before this Nicholas was CFO / Strategy Director and then National Sales Director at ninemsn. Prior to this, Nicholas worked on corporate strategy at Lion Nathan and was an investment banker at Citigroup in London and Tokyo and Macquarie in Sydney. He is a non-executive director of the University of New South Wales Foundation board, Medium Rare, Society One and the Community Newspaper Group.
Dr Lavanya Wadgaonkar|
Vice President, Regional Communications, Asia & Oceania
Nissan Motor Asia Pacific (THA)
Dr. Lavanya Wadgaonkar leads regional communications in Asia & Oceania (A&O) for Nissan Motor Asia Pacific. Her focus is to strengthen the reputation of the company and its brands by maximising Nissan’s presence in the A&O region. She also drives internal communication strategies across the region to support employee engagement.
With more than twenty two years of experience in communications across various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and IT, Lavanya has a proven track record in formulating and executing strategic marketing, communications, brand management and CSR plans.
Prior to her current role, Lavanya was vice president of communications and CSR for Nissan Motor India. In this role, she was responsible for CSR and strategic, external and internal communications for Nissan and Datsun brands. Before that, Lavanya was general manager and head of marketing and public affairs for India at Eaton Corporation.
Lavanya is a multi-faceted individual who has been a classical dancer and theatre artist, as well as a radio presenter and producer of radio documentaries. She has won two national awards from the Prime Minister of India for her documentaries. Lavanya has also published a book of stories in translation on female empowerment, as well as several academic papers – including articles on the language of visual art.
She also strongly believes in individual social responsibility and volunteers at many NGOs dedicated to eradicating child labor, environmental issues and promoting Indian heritage and culture.
Lavanya holds a PhD and MPhil from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and specialises in the language of cinema in India and its effectiveness in representing socio-economic issues.
Company Secretary & Group Manager, Corporate Affairs
Fortescue Metals Group
Ms Terry was appointed Company Secretary in February 2017, after joining Fortescue in 2014 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs.
With significant experience in corporate affairs, legal, company secretarial and general management, Alison has previously held a number of senior executive positions at GM Holden, including Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel and Company Secretary. Her prior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at innovative electric car network company, Better Place Australia and Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at leading not-for-profit, The Foundation for Young Australians.
In addition, Alison has experience in Non-Executive positions including on the Boards of industry superannuation fund AustralianSuper and NBN Tasmania Limited. She holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government & Industry
Karen Halbert is Tourism Australia’s Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry.
Karen has extensive experience in corporate affairs with a strong background in government and media relations, most recently working as Principal Media Relations Advisor for Rio Tinto. Prior to that, she held senior positions at the Macquarie Group and also AstraZeneca.
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Coca-Cola South Pacific
Christine currently holds the role of Director, Public Affairs and Communications with Coca-Cola South Pacific which she commenced in September 2015. Prior to this, Christine was the Director of Public and Government Affairs at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis.
Before joining Novartis, Christine led the office of the NSW Attorney General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Regulatory Reform. Christine also served as senior policy and media advisor to the NSW Minister for Health.
Christine began her career in the media, working as a journalist at the trade and logistics publication, before moving to ABC-TV where she worked in a range of roles including at Media Watch.
Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
Alibaba Group ANZ
James was the CEO of the China Business council between 2013 and 2016 and now holds a key director role with the Alibaba Group. James has been instrumental in establishing Alibaba within the ANZ region and is the face of Alibaba for small to medium suppliers here in Australia. James is well known in media circles having been interviewed recently on ABC News. Prior to James tenures at Alibaba and Australia China business council James was the China and East Asia advisor at CSIRO.
Head of Corporate and External Relations
Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations for Nestlé Oceania, where she has responsibility for communications and public affairs across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Pacific. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, while working across a broad portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has over 20 years corporate affairs experience in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, working in both consulting and in-house roles in Australia and New Zealand, including senior roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Relationships
News Corp Australia
Liz is the General Manager Corporate Affairs and Relationships for News Corp Australia.
In this role, Liz is responsible for managing internal and external communications, as well as the reputation and communications strategy for News Corp Australia both internally and externally.
She also manages the company’s positioning across multiple areas, including community partnerships and events.
Prior to this, Liz was the Group Editorial Commercial Director, a senior national role with responsibility for developing and managing strategic commercial client partnerships.
In this capacity, she was responsible for business development and commercial partnership management; generation and implementation of branded content solutions and custom content strategy for key national clients to drive revenue growth; and lead editorial and commercial collaboration across the company’s metro, regional and community titles.
Liz has an extensive career as a journalist and editor with a variety of senior editorial roles across News Corp.
She has been editor of The Sunday Mail in Brisbane; deputy editor of both The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney and The Advertiser in Adelaide; European correspondent for News Limited in London; Olympics editor in Athens; and a former Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph.
She is a graduate of Charles Sturt University Bathurst.
Director of Corporate and Public Communications
Neil Shoebridge joined Network Ten as Director of Corporate and Public Communications in February 2012. In that role, he is responsible for both the network’s publicity department and all internal and external corporate communications.
Neil previously worked at Fairfax Media in a variety of roles, including Marketing and Media Editor, Editor and Managing Editor of BRW magazine and Marketing and Media Editor for the print and online versions of The Australian Financial Review. He has written two books: Great Australian Advertising Campaigns and The Secrets Of Successful Marketing.
Neil is Network Ten’s Alternate Director on the Board of the audience measurement company OzTAM. He co-founded the network’s workplace giving program, TEN Gives, and is closely involved with the not-for-profit organisation UnLtd, which works with a number of charities that help disadvantaged youth.
Executive General Manager, Public Affairs
Australian Energy Market Operator
Joe Adamo is AEMO’s Executive General Manager (EGM) of Public Affairs, after leading the Stakeholders and Information function since mid-2016.
AEMO’s Public Affairs function supports the organisation’s interaction with governments and the public, with primary responsibility for navigating and supporting public policy formation by government entities. Joe’s team is also responsible for AEMO’s media communications, emergency management and plays a critical role in advising the organisation’s management and Board of public policy developments.
Joe has more than 15 years of experience working in the corporate and public affairs sector, occupying various consulting and in-house corporate roles, with more than half his career centred within the energy sector.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Adrian Flood’s background is as a television reporter, producer and Chief of Staff. He worked for many years at SBS Television, and also did work for Associated Press Television News, Sky News, and the ABC.
Ten years ago he made the switch to corporate communications, beginning with a job helping run Public Affairs for Defence in Canberra. He is currently Director of Communications at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
Lisa has 20 years’ experience in stakeholder relations and communications across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia.
Lisa joined AGL in 2013 and led the Government Affairs function prior to being appointed Chief of Staff to the Managing Director and CEO in 2015.
As EGM Stakeholder Relations, Lisa is responsible for corporate affairs, government and community relations, policy, sustainability, and regulation.
Lisa has a BA Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, attended the Melbourne Business School as part of AGL’s Academy for Senior Leaders and undertook the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
General Manager Marketing & Corporate Affairs
Ken has more than 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and health sectors in Europe and ANZ. In 2016 Ken accepted a new challenge at the iconic Linfox. Bringing his 15 years of marketing, corporate affairs and government affairs experience to the newly created role of GM Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Ken is leading the organisation as it positions itself in the Asia Pacific region during a period of significant disruption.
Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific
In this role she is responsible for engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including politicians, regulators, advocacy groups, customers and consumers – in Australia and New Zealand. The Public Policy team works closely with Mastercard’s regional and local management teams, and with the Australian communications and marketing teams, to ensure Mastercard’s corporate reputation is maintained.
Cassandra has been with Mastercard since 2014.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Cassandra was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Officer for the NSW Minister for Health. In this role she was responsible for developing and executing health policy, managing issues as they arose and contributing to strategic planning for health in NSW.
In addition, a key part of her role included engaging and managing the various stakeholders in the health portfolio.
Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Policy and International Relations from the University of NSW and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Sydney.
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Mr David Pullar is the Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Roche in Australia.
He commenced his career as a policy advisor in the Australian Public Service, working in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and later the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.
Over the last decade he has worked in a range of government relations and policy roles in the pharmaceutical industry. He holds degrees in engineering and commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Adam has been an adviser to Cabinet Ministers in the Federal and Victorian Government. In 1993 he founded the national public affairs firm CPR and was Executive Chairman until 2010. He has also been a Managing Director of ASX listed Photon Group which when he was involved was one of the largest marketing and communications companies in the world. He was a founding non-executive director of The Climate Institute and a former Chairman of the Racehorse Trainers Association. Adam is a regular commentator on politics and public affairs in the national media.
Head of Communications and Community Relations
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
As General Manager of ANSTO Communications and Community Relations, Cassandra oversees reputation management and community engagement for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
As a strategic communications specialist, with over 25 years’ experience, Cassandra has worked across a wide range of industry sectors. Prior to moving into government, the lion’s share of her experience was with multi-national companies that include Kimberly-Clark; Vodafone, Coca-Cola Nokia; Lend Lease; Lever Rexona; Johnson & Johnson; Roche, and Glaxo SmithKline. Cassandra has also worked within the Cancer Council NSW and in the Australian university sector. Throughout her career, Cassandra has forged a reputation for providing trusted, strategic counsel.
Cassandra is currently an expert advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on educational outreach programs for developing countries and presents regularly at international forums on improving public understanding of nuclear science and technology.
Executive General Manager, Customer & Corporate Affairs
Larry’s career has seen him work across the public and private sectors in transport and infrastructure, helping to deliver major projects and implement significant reform initiatives.
Larry’s previous roles have included managing the transport division of a major infrastructure industry group, and working in senior roles in the New South Wales Government.
As Chief of Staff to NSW Minister for Transport and then Treasurer, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Larry helped bring to market, deliver and communicate major projects like the North West Rail Link and Sydney Light Rail, and was critically involved transport planning and policy, operations, procurement, financing, budgeting, service delivery and communications.
General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs & Communications
Kathy joined Transdev Australasia as General Manager Group Corporate Affairs & Communications in April 2015. Her role oversees the Corporate Affairs and Communications function across Transdev’s 10 businesses. In addition, Kathy looks after developing new and exciting business opportunities for Transdev particularly in the space of autonomous shuttles and electric buses.
Kathy’s 18 year career has spanned a diverse range of communication and commercial disciplines, including: public relations, media management, advocacy, stakeholder management and engagement, as well as tendering and project management. She has previously held senior positions with JCDecaux, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Yarra Trams.
Her intimate working knowledge of public transport policy and procedure has allowed her to engage with key government stakeholders, project partners, unions and industry bodies. She has fostered close working relationships with multiple government bodies and associated public transport authorities, including Public Transport Victoria, Transport for NSW and Greater Wellington Regional Council among others.
Kathy’s remarkable communication and leadership skills, her expertise in transport policy, as well as her ability to effectively manage internal and external communications make her an asset to the executive team.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne.
General Manager – Global Media, PR and Social
Geoff Ikin joined Tourism Australia in September 2015 as General Manager, Global Media, PR and Social based in Sydney.
His team are responsible for bringing together Tourism Australia’s Global Media and Social strategy, international public relations approach and major events, key broadcast opportunities, advocacy and the International Media Hosting Program.
Geoff has over 15 years’ experience across Media, Advertising, PR, Events and Agency Management, previously working for IMG/Rugby World Cup, Sydney and Athens Olympics, David Jones and more recently the Westpac Group.
Corporate Affairs Director
Mars Wrigley Confectionery
Catherine is a corporate affairs and marketing professional with over 20 years experience in FMCG and a variety of other industries including Consumer Goods and B2B. Her role as the Corporate Affairs Director for Mars Wrigley Confectionery is the best she’s ever had – being a leader in her business, building a globally recognised high performing team, dealing with a variety of interesting issues and fulfilling her passion for finding the strategic sweet spot in creating innovative corporate social responsibility programs that build reputation whist resolving corporate issues. In addition she, and the team she has built, deliver a full functionality CA service including internal communications in support of corporate culture strategy, company vision and purpose, external corporate communications, public affairs, consumer care and sustainability. Working across the Mars confectionery business with a range of iconic brands, Catherine is passionate about the future of corporate affairs in driving better business strategy and outcomes in a rapidly changing and more transparent media, regulatory and consumer environment.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in International Law and International Relations, both from UNSW.
General Manager of Public Policy & Strategy
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Ben Hubbard is General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading social justice law firm. He provides leadership across public policy, public affairs, stakeholder strategy, innovation and whole of firm commercial strategy.
Ben was Chief of Staff to Australia’s twenty seventh Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP from 2011-2013. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency that coordinated the recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Ben has served in senior Government and Parliamentary advisory roles including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-09) and Principal Adviser to the Victorian Premier (1999-2002 and 2004- 2007).
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
He is a Victorian Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute, a member of the University of Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board and is a Director of YMCA Victoria, YMCA Australia and of the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank.
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Affairs, Australia & New Zealand
Guy Matthews is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi in Australia and New Zealand, a role he has held since July 2015.
In this role he is responsible for the media relations, social media, government relations, internal communications, community relations and events across all of Citi’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Guy also oversaw the Corporate Affairs function in China.
Prior to this, Guy was Public Affairs Officer for Citi in Japan, a role he held since January 2010.
Guy joined Citi in Tokyo in April 2002, working for Nikko Salomon Smith Barney (currently Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.) as a senior project manager before joining Corporate Affairs as Head of Corporate Communications in 2005.
Prior to joining Citi, he was Head of Marketing for Instinet Japan, with additional responsibilities for that company’s marketing activities in the Asia Pacific region.
He started his career with Arthur Andersen, working as a senior consultant in their offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Melbourne, Australia.
Guy graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne in 1994.
Director, Australia & New Zealand
Ipsos Global Reputation Centre
Sally is the director of the Ipsos Global Reputation Centre (IGRC) for Australia and New Zealand and specialises in helping clients manage and track their reputations among key stakeholder audiences.
Sally holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Research, a foundation which enables her to deliver strategic business advice based on empirical evidence and sees her work closely with the boards and executive teams of public and private sector clients at a local, national and global level.
For business leaders who aspire to better decision-making in reputation, corporate communications and corporate policy development, the IGRC is the insight industry’s most trusted source of specialist research and guidance.
Director of Strategy APAC
As the Strategy Director of Asia Pacific at Meltwater, David is responsible for operational alignment, culture and strategic growth across the region.
Splitting time between ASIA and Australia David is passionate about driving Meltwater’s growth in the enterprise and government space by introducing clients to Meltwater’s Outside Insight vision and helping to navigate a new digital reality.
Strategic Engagement Manager
Heather Ruddock is a Strategic Engagement Manager at Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific and works closely with in-house tax, finance, superannuation, general counsel and corporate affairs professionals through CCH Networks to engage with regulators, industry bodies, professional advisers and peers. A particular focus since 2011 has been a very active CCH Networks program of engagement with the Australian Taxation Office.
Heather has worked for Wolters Kluwer for more than 30 years in a range of roles from legal editor, editorial manager, product developer, publisher and client development manager. A particular interest has been the role of regulation and regulators in shaping the operating environment for organisations and their professional advisers.
With degrees in Arts and Law, Heather previously tutored in constitutional law at Macquarie University Law School, following a short time in private practice.
As the architects and engineers of stakeholder engagement, Corporate Affairs leaders are accountable for the external portrayal and internal perception of their organisations. Leaders who work effectively across the C-Suite are leveraging this vision to impact organisation-wide strategy. What are progressive strategies for ensuring the entire C-Suite adopts and executes the corporate narrative? What are the key strategic gateways to impacting the boardroom? How can leaders hone internal communications for transparency, consistency and authenticity across all platforms? What tools and metrics allow executives to enhance the performance and accountability of their teams and external support?
Matured social media platforms are reforming corporate communication—each voice is amplified, and conversation is decentralised. Corporate Affairs executives are continuously refining their strategies for distinction from congested competition. How can influencers produce compelling, cut-through content? Can leaders build personalisation into a strategy that resonates with all stakeholders? How are Corporate Affairs executives guiding the C-Suite on public-facing platforms to turn vulnerability into competitive advantage? Do the core principles of communication need revisiting amid unprecedented transparency?
Corporate Affairs executives now navigate climates embroiled by heightened transparency. Leaders who tactfully engage government stakeholders are relieving regulatory pressure and capturing immense value for their organisations. How are executives managing transparency to successfully influence regulatory decisions and government policy? How can leading influencers build a sustained dialogue with government and regulators? What factors can make government relations strategy more versatile and incisive? Is the volatile nature of government making it harder to find a champion of a cause?
As companies grow and evolve, they encounter abrupt, arresting change. Executives with clear vision are converting market obstacles into opportunities for organisation-wide renewal. What role do Corporate Affairs executives play in forging new corporate identities? When do leaders know renewal is required, and how can it be pursued? How are organisation-wide consultations informing what to cut from a company, what to keep, what to add and how each aspect fits together? What metrics can strategists use to measure the reputation of new brand realities?
Managing escalating crises and restoring business confidence are hallmarks of Corporate Affairs. When reputation is everything and risk is ubiquitous, each decision proves critical. How are leaders reconceiving crisis management to moderate daily reputational risks? From information asymmetry to gauging the severity and scalability of a developing incident, what processes are strategists adopting to read and respond to crisis indicators? Incident response plans are vital, but they are never enough—how can leaders help the C-Suite grow as communicators and build adaptability and fluency into communications strategy? What can help leaders find an authentic corporate voice?
Consumers gravitate towards discernible corporate social responsibility. With transparent, two-way communication channels empowering consumers to mobilise en masse, there is a pressing demand for executives to champion stakeholder activism. Outspoken and engaged, or deliberately reserved, how are executives deciding when to enter social debate? How can leaders repair community relations and regain the respect of valued stakeholders after misreading the social agenda? How are strategists weaving social responsibility throughout the corporate narrative? What more can Corporate Affairs executives do in leading CSR initiatives? Can leaders direct where accountability falls in the public’s eyes?
The fabric of interaction is fundamentally changing. In a discordant socio-political climate, cynicism and connectivity are abundant fuel for tribalism in discourse, availing consumers of their collective desire to incite outrage. Against this backdrop, artificial intelligence continues to intrude on industry, creating new possibilities and exposing old vulnerabilities. What are the factors disrupting decision making norms and how have are they being turned to an advantage? How much of advocacy should be artificial? Can Corporate Affairs executives maintain a dynamic and transformative role in modern business? What does the future hold for the Corporate Affairs function, and how can the function future-proof corporations?
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Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise email@example.com
A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.
Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.
What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.
Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to email@example.com
How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.
What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of Corporate Affairs, Corporate Communications and Public Relations professionals, including technology services, recruitment and legal services. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.
Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.
Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.
Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.