Welcome

CAS is where the very best minds in corporate affairs and communication converge, the most important event of its kind.

As the practice of corporate affairs and communication adapts to an era of heightened strategic responsibility and transparency, this valuable annual discussion uncovers the latest methods for exemplary practice in a changing world.

Over the past six years, CAS has been at the heart of redefining how modern corporate affairs impacts overall corporate strategy. Within an exclusive, high calibre networking environment, the 7th annual Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled insights into the most topical issues facing leaders of the profession in 2017 and beyond.

Why attend?

CAS is a powerful event dedicated to the nation’s best minds in corporate affairs, corporate communication and public relations.

This strategic summit is your guide to navigating the corporate affairs landscape in 2017.

  • Be Inpired by distinguished influencers in the profession, locally and internationally
  • Gain  insights into the leadership and innovation strategies shaping the success of major organisations
  • Learn the lessons of exemplary practice and understand how to apply them
  • Engage with the latest thinking on stakeholder relations, communication, crisis management, community engagement and much more
  • Enjoy ample opportunities to network with your peers at dedicated lunches, breaks and networking drinks

Gain access

// 6+ keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 300+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


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Jessica Powell
Vice President Product and Corporate Communications
Google (USA)
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Simon Sproule
Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President
Aston Martin Lagonda (UK)
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Bridget Coffing
Fmr Senior Vice-President, Chief Communications Officer,
McDonald's Corporation (USA)
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Greg Hywood
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Fairfax Media
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Jack Leslie
Chairman
Weber Shandwick (USA)
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Kirsten Walkom
Global Communications Director
Save the Children (UK)
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Alex Aiken
Executive Director, Government Communications
UK Government
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Mia Garlick
Director of Policy Australia & New Zealand / APAC Regional Co-Ordinator
Facebook
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Jennifer James
Director of Corporate and Public Affairs
Woolworths
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Christine Black
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Coca-Cola South Pacific
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Penny Shone
Managing Director of Communications, Global Growth & Operations
GE
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Cameron Craig
Head of Global Corporate Communications
Polycom (USA)
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James Hudson
Director of Corporate Affairs & Marketing
Alibaba Group ANZ
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David Epstein
Vice President - Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Optus
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Chris Downy
General Manager External Affairs
The Star
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Danielle Keighery
Group Executive Public Affairs
Virgin Australia
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Nicholas Scofield
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Allianz Insurance
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Sophie Mitchell
Head of Corporate Affairs
ABC
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director
Diplomacy
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Liz Deegan
General Manager Corporate Affairs & Relationships
News Corp Australia
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Dr Rachel David
Chief Executive
Private Healthcare Australia
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Robert Underdown
Head of Government Affairs
Caltex Australia
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Clare Gill
Director Regulatory Affairs
Nine Entertainment Co.
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Marcus Taylor
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
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Lidija Ivanovski
Executive Director Communications and Government Relations
Country Fire Authority
speaker
Roger Sharp
Chief Communications Officer
Department of Health & Human Services
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Natalie Cerny
Group Manager - Corporate Affairs & Communications
REA Group
speaker
Peter Metcalfe
Director External Affairs, Upstream
BP Australia
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Senior Representative
Meltwater
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Sessions

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 08:55Official Welcome

  • 09:05Opening Keynote

    The Overhaul: Transformation Communication that Powers Innovation
    speaker
    Jessica Powell
    Vice President Product and Corporate Communications
    Google (USA)
  • 09:40Leadership Session

    People, Passion and Purpose: Corporate Affairs Leadership in 2017 and Beyond

    In a world of exponential information and shifting reputations, Corporate Affairs can make or break consumer trust, stakeholder relationships, business strategy and competitive advantage. What defines best practice in the corporate communication landscape of 2017? How are Corporate Affairs leaders navigating expectations to provide both visionary and measurable insights, strategic advice and practical action? What differentiates a proactive leadership approach from a reactive one when fostering trust and loyalty in controversial and volatile environments?

    speaker
    Christine Black
    Director, Public Affairs & Communications
    Coca-Cola South Pacific
    speaker
    Penny Shone
    Managing Director of Communications, Global Growth & Operations
    GE
    speaker
    Jessica Powell
    Vice President Product and Corporate Communications
    Google (USA)
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Partner Keynote

    speaker
    Senior Representative

    Meltwater
  • 11:40Strategy Session

    Strategy Built for Agility: Navigating New Forms of Risk, Collaboration and Innovation

    Corporate Affairs teams now interact with – and transcend – multiple business functions in order to shape broader business strategy, with inspiration coming from many directions both internally and externally. What do Corporate Affairs executives find most valuable – and most challenging – when working with external partners? In what ways do communication, content and marketing appear to be converging or diverging? How can Corporate Affairs work with Marketing to balance risk and innovation across channels and messaging? How can Corporate Affairs and communication executives strengthen their change management skills, agility and resilience?

    speaker
    Nicholas Scofield
    General Manager Corporate Affairs
    Allianz Insurance
    speaker
    Alex Aiken
    Executive Director, Government Communications
    UK Government
    speaker
    Peter Metcalfe
    Director External Affairs, Upstream
    BP Australia
  • 12:30Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Lucy Newcomb, Director, Salt & Shein
  • 12:35Lunch & Networking Sponsored by Salt & Shein

  • 13:35Keynote

    How Communications Played a Leading Role in Apple’s Turnaround
    speaker
    Cameron Craig
    Head of Global Corporate Communications
    Polycom (USA)
  • 14:05Communication Session

    Collective Conscience: Energising and Modernising Corporate Communication

    The success of today’s communication strategies can hinge on personalised interaction, informed by research, analytics, and a deep understanding of stakeholder priorities and values. How are leaders using data insights and trends in digital and social content to improve audience targeting and cater to shared values? What styles of communication can strengthen the relationships and trust between an organisation and its stakeholders? How can internal communication initiatives improve perceptions and productivity within an organisation, especially during times of transition? What strategies can turn employees into enthusiastic advocates for the organisation?

    speaker
    James Hudson
    Director of Corporate Affairs & Marketing
    Alibaba Group ANZ
    speaker
    Sophie Mitchell
    Head of Corporate Affairs
    ABC
    speaker
    Marcus Taylor
    Head of Communications and Public Affairs
    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
    speaker
    Natalie Cerny
    Group Manager - Corporate Affairs & Communications
    REA Group
  • 14:55Keynote

    Building Sustainable Practices in Instable Environments
    speaker
    Kirsten Walkom
    Global Communications Director
    Save the Children (UK)
  • 15:25Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:55Government Session

    Constructive Government Relations: Managing Change, Improving Outcomes

    A nuanced understanding of the political climate and skilful interaction with government, regulators and public administrators can pave the way for strategic advantage. How are leaders adjusting to changes in the Australian political environment? What factors can make government relations strategy more adaptable, relevant and effective? How can Corporate Affairs secure the support of senior management and other stakeholders in order to implement a suitable government affairs agenda? What approaches can build and sustain a dialogue with consistent messaging?

    speaker
    Robert Underdown
    Head of Government Affairs
    Caltex Australia
    speaker
    Dr Rachel David
    Chief Executive
    Private Healthcare Australia
    speaker
    Clare Gill
    Director Regulatory Affairs
    Nine Entertainment Co.
  • 16:45Keynote

    speaker
    Alex Aiken
    Executive Director, Government Communications
    UK Government
  • 17:15Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 17:20Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:20Close of Day One

Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • 08:50Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:05Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:10Keynote

    In the Driver’s Seat: Prioritising Engagement, Experience and Storytelling
    speaker
    Simon Sproule
    Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President
    Aston Martin Lagonda (UK)
  • 09:50Crisis Session

    Mission Critical: Frontline Crisis Communication in an Age of Instant Impact

    A hike in public scrutiny. Business interrupted. Integrity forfeited. A crisis today may damage not only individuals and organisations, but also public perceptions of an industry or the corporate world at large. To what extent can Corporate Affairs contribute to crisis prevention through monitoring, transparency, pilot testing, learning from past experiences or other processes? What differentiates skilled crisis management from a negative spiral of setbacks and turmoil? How can Corporate Affairs leaders help the C-Suite and internal teams develop the right mindsets to rise to the challenges of a crisis, learn from the experience and grow as communicators? How might organisations rebuild their reputation and regain the trust of valued stakeholders?

    speaker
    Jennifer James
    Director of Corporate and Public Affairs
    Woolworths
    speaker
    Lidija Ivanovski
    Executive Director Communications and Government Relations
    Country Fire Authority
    speaker
    Kirsten Walkom
    Global Communications Director
    Save the Children (UK)
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Community Session

    Fostering Engagement, Avoiding Enragement: Authentic and Dynamic Community Dialogue

    In an era of burgeoning consumer and shareholder activism, communities can react with rapid-fire outrage – or widespread praise – depending on the messages, clarity and integrity of corporate communication. How are environmental, social and governance issues shaping the Corporate Affairs landscape in 2017? In what ways are Corporate Affairs leaders addressing investor information and reporting requirements, and communicating corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives to the public? How is the concept of social licence changing over time? What factors can sway communities from detachment or enragement to authentic engagement?

    speaker
    Chris Downy
    General Manager External Affairs
    The Star
    speaker
    Roger Sharp
    Chief Communications Officer
    Department of Health & Human Services
    speaker
    Liz Deegan
    General Manager Corporate Affairs & Relationships
    News Corp Australia
  • 12:25Keynote

    Reputation Matters: Authentic Stakeholder Engagement in Competitive Markets
    speaker
    Greg Hywood
    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
    Fairfax Media
  • 13:05Lunch & Networking

  • 14:05Future Session

    Attuned, Principled, Resilient: Designing the Future of Corporate Affairs

    Over the next five years, Corporate Affairs executives will be expected to deliver more strategy, content, creativity and measurable value than ever before. What skills will enable Corporate Affairs leaders and teams to thrive in an increasingly strategic, multidisciplinary and multichannel future? How might leaders harness developments in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, data analytics, crowd behaviour analysis, facial expression recognition or other intelligent technology in order to personalise stakeholder communication? In what ways will leaders make the most of human intuition, ethics, creative flair and connection in a future of autonomous machines, consumer scepticism and precarious reputation?

    speaker
    David Epstein
    Vice President - Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
    Optus
    speaker
    Danielle Keighery
    Group Executive Public Affairs
    Virgin Australia
    speaker
    Mia Garlick
    Director of Policy Australia & New Zealand / APAC Regional Co-Ordinator
    Facebook
    speaker
    Simon Sproule
    Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President
    Aston Martin Lagonda (UK)
  • 14:55Keynote

  • 15:35Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 15:40Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.meltwater.com

Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside. More than 23,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 50 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.

www.saltshein.com.au

Salt & Shein is the only recruitment firm in Australia operating solely in the fields of corporate affairs and communication. You can be sure that we can help whether you are an employer or a jobseeker.

The Corporate Affairs Summit is exclusively crafted for the most senior corporate affairs and communication executives from all sectors of the national economy. Delivered by the profession’s elite, this event offers a powerful business agenda within a sophisticated executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the 7th annual Corporate Affairs Summit actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of the nation’s senior decision-makers in corporate affairs, public relations and communication.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

Angel Gomez – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: angelg@connectevents.com.au

Venue

Sofitel Wentworth Hotel
61-101 Phillip Street,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Accommodation

To receive a discount on rooms. Contact reservations directly on (02) 9228 9188 or H3665@sofitel.com and quote CAS220517

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Packages Early Bird Price (ends 17 March) Standard Price (from 18 March)
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 1 Delegate $1995 Inc. GST $2495 Inc. GST
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 4 Delegates (inc. 1 Free) $5985 Inc. GST $7485 Inc. GST
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 8 Delegates (inc. 2 Free) $11970 Inc. GST $14970 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST $3995 Inc. GST

* This option is for service providers to corporate affairs/communication executives, including technology, recruitment and legal services. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate ticket is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Events endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Events reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Events reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

    Photography and Video

    Connect Events 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 Events in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Events in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events.

    Cancellation Policy:
    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.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email privacy@connectevents.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: www.connectevents.com.au/privacy-policy

  • FAQ

    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 team@connectevents.com.au

    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 team@connectevents.com.au

    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.