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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.
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.
// 6+ keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 250+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Vice President of Communications
Jessica Powell leads Google’s global communications team. She joined Google in 2006 after having worked in journalism, marketing, translation, and policy in Europe and Asia. At Google she has held various roles, including leading the Asia, Southern Europe and emerging markets PR teams. Based out of Mountain View, California, her team covers internal and external communications for everything from consumer products and artificial intelligence; to regulatory affairs, M&A, and stories about various Google oddities. She is the author of a book, Literary Paris, has lived in ten countries, and speaks six languages.
Executive Director Communications
HM Government (UK)
Alex Aiken is the Executive Director of Government Communications. Based in Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, Alex is the most senior communications professional in the Civil Service. His role covers government communications strategy, management of the Cabinet Office and No.10 operation and leadership of the profession.
He was Director of Communications & Strategy at Westminster City Council, 2000-13. At Westminster he built a team that was recognised to be the best in local government and created a successful consultancy operation providing services to other organisations.
Before joining Westminster he held senior posts at Conservative Central Office, leading the Party’s Campaigns Unit from 1999-2000 and the Press Office between 1995 and 1999. He has trained politicians and officials in newly democratic states around the world in communications techniques.
He lives in Pimlico, London with his family.
Senior Communications Consultant, Fmr Senior Vice-President, Chief Communications Officer
Bridget Coffing has more than 35 years of communications experience including public affairs and issues management, marketing communications and public relations for both major corporations and public relations and advertising agencies. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, Coffing was the company’s Chief Communications Officer and reported to McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she oversaw the Global Government and Public Affairs department; Global External Communications, encompassing media relations, public relations, marketing communications, and global digital communications; and the Global System Communications group, including internal communications, meetings and events, creative services and the McDonald’s archives.
A 30-year veteran of McDonald’s, Coffing led a global team of company communicators to invigorate dialogue with employees, international media, stakeholders, customers, and the NGO community. She helped shape strategic Brand communications to strengthen the company’s work to make a difference as a corporate citizen.
Coffing led the McDonald’s Global Communications Council, driving system-wide communications alignment, and the Worldwide Corporate Relations Council, helping facilitate issues preparedness and crisis management.
In her previous role as Vice President of Global External Communications, Coffing developed communications strategies and initiatives to reinforce McDonald’s commitment to children’s well-being, Ronald McDonald House Charities, marketing leadership, sports and entertainment alliances, global field communications, and worldwide consumer brand activities including McDonald’s FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games sponsorships.
Coffing joined McDonald’s in 1985 from Golin/Harris Communications, where she specialized in food and consumer marketing. Coffing previously worked at Stephan and Brady Advertising and Regal Ware, Inc. concentrating on retail promotions, reputation management and marketing oriented communications.
Coffing is the recipient of numerous top industry awards and McDonald’s recognition, including the McDonald’s Presidents’ Award, which is annually awarded to the organization’s top one percent of employees, and McDonald’s Team and Circle of Excellence Awards. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago in 2016, and prior to that, the Distinguished Senior Leader Award from the Public Relations Society, Chicago Chapter.
She is vice-chair of the Board of Advisors, Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations; co-chair of the Senior Leader’s Committee, Public Relations Society of America, Chicago Chapter Board; member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors, University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology; and a member of the Arthur Page Society.
Sean is an experienced writer and commentator who trained as an economist and worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia before shifting to journalism. He joined Fairfax Media in 1997 and has worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and BRW where, as Editor-in-Chief, he oversaw a turnaround of that magazine’s editorial and commercial viability.
He has been an economics correspondent in the Canberra press gallery, a foreign correspondent for almost three years in New York and held other senior management jobs at the AFR including companies Editor, banking and Finance Editor and News Editor. In November 2011 has been appointed National Business Editor of Metro Media.
In July 2012 he became Editor-in-Chief of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald, responsible for all digital and print platforms. He has overseen the digital transformation of the newsroom, the shift to compact format for the newspaper edition, the successful introduction of a metered model for digital content, creation of the new home page for the website, and the expansion of the masthead’s tablet and smartphone offerings.
Since August 2013, he has been Group Director of Business Media at Fairfax, responsible for all editorial and commercial aspects of The Australian Financial Review, Boss, Smart Investor and Business Day, which appears in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
In March 2014, he was promoted to Group Director of Business and News Media at Fairfax, extending his responsibilities to include management and governance of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age at the Directorship level.
Weber Shandwick (USA)
Jack Leslie is Chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms. A strategic communications executive, political consultant and international development activist, Jack brings a long track record of helping clients integrate global political, economic, cultural and communication trends to create innovative, forward-looking strategy and plans. Some of the companies he has counseled include American Airlines, Bank of America, GE, HP, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Merck & Co, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Siemens, Unilever and YUM!
Jack is one of the pioneers of stakeholder engagement and political consulting. He has been involved as a communications and political strategist in many of the most highly visible campaigns on three continents over the past 30 years. He was also instrumental in developing successful reputation and public policy campaigns for the credit card, food biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Jack was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation. In 2016, he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Jack is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, Chairman of Duke Global Health Institute’s Board of Advisors and Chairman of the Ron Brown Scholar Program. He is also a member of the board of advisors for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation’s Board of Advisors, a member of the InterAction Business Council Advisory Board, a trustee of the Circumnavigators Foundation, and former Chairman of the Board of USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).
Jack began his career as an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy, serving as his political director and as Executive Director of the Fund for a Democratic Majority. He joined Sawyer Miller Group, a prominent political consulting firm, in 1983 and became President of the company in 1985. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Jack provided political counsel to dozens of presidential and statewide campaigns in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Jack is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Global Communications Director
Save the Children International (UK)
Kirsten Walkom is an established global communications leader who has developed world-class brands in over 150 countries.
Kirsten has extensive reputation management and corporate communications experience including work with luxury brands, UN organisations and NGOs, and heads of states and members of the Royal Family. She has delivered unparalleled results for clients on the global stage including the UNGA, Davos, political campaigns, and during moments of global mobilisation.
Currently the Director of Global Communications for Save the Children International, Kirsten works to bring positive change to the world’s most marginalised children through effective storytelling. Responsible for helping to strengthen the relationship with the internal and external public, Kirsten and her team brings positive change to life.
Kirsten’s work and leadership has been recognised by many top-tier publications including PR Week, Ad Age, and being named one of Marketing Magazine’s ‘Top 30 Under 30’ and as one of the ‘Top Ten to Watch.’ Kirsten has been a speaker at the Transform Europe Conference, QMAC, Web 20/20, and the Optimising Performance conference. She has won multiple awards throughout her career, including recognition from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, International Association of Business Communicators, the Clio Awards and will be a global judge for brand and PR work for the Transform Europe awards in 2016.
Kirsten holds an HBA from Queen’s University in Canada with a specialisation in terrorism and counter-terrorism. She leverages this knowledge to strengthen communications in both traditional and crisis situations.
Director of Policy Australia & New Zealand / APAC Regional Co-Ordinator
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Coca-Cola South Pacific
Head of Global Corporate Communications
Cameron is a seasoned communications professional with extensive consumer brand, e-commerce and international experience.
He worked with Apple for 10 years during the company’s dramatic turnaround period under Steve Jobs. Starting in 1997, Cameron led agency efforts for Apple with Porter Novelli Australia before moving to Singapore to lead Apple’s communications in the Asia-Pacific region. The company then relocated him to California where he played a senior role on the product PR team.
Later, Cameron relocated back to Singapore to lead communications efforts for Yahoo! in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America regions. In 2010, he returned to the US to head global employee communications for PayPal. In 2013, he joined Visa as Senior Vice President, Global Employee Communications.
Before joining the corporate world Cameron was a tour publicist for music legend Johnny Cash. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Danielle and kids Isabel and William.
Cameron is head of global corporate communications for Polycom in San Jose, CA.
He is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post and PR Daily. He is also an active member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only organization for communications, public relations, public affairs and media relations executives.
Follow him on Twitter @Cam_CommsGuy or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameronrcraig
Former VP - Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
David Epstein is an experienced corporate affairs executive with a background in regulatory and public affairs, internationally and in Australia. His career spans public and private sectors, including as a senior ministerial adviser serving under three prime ministers, culminating as chief of staff to the prime minister, as well as executive roles at BHP Billiton, Qantas and Optus. He is a director of Opera Australia, TIO Limited, the European Australian Business Council, The Asia Society Australia and the Committee For Sydney (CfS). He is currently chairing the Smart City Taskforce for Sydney on behalf of the CfS.
Educated at The ANU and Wharton (UPenn), he is keen photographer and occasional writer in his spare time. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the HeadOn Photo Festival Foundation and has been a semi-finalist for Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
General Manager External Affairs
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Nicholas Scofield joined Allianz Australia as General Manager Corporate Affairs in 2003 and is responsible for Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, Media and External Relations.
Before joining Allianz, Nicholas worked as an economic and public policy consultant at The Allen Consulting Group and prior to that spent 10 years with the Commonwealth Government in Canberra. This included 8 years as a Senior Economic Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with policy responsibility at various times for Business Regulation, Competition Policy, Microeconomic Reform, Excise Taxation, Climate Change and Commonwealth-State Relations, including as the head of the Secretariat to the Council of Australian Governments and a member of the Republic Referendum Taskforce in 1999.
Nicholas commenced his career in government as an economist with the Productivity Commission in 1991 and was a professional guitarist for more than a decade prior to that.
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 is currently a non-executive director of The Climate Institute, Chairman of the Racehorse Trainers Association and Chairman of Stirling Henry Global Migration. Adam is a regular commentator on politics and public affairs in the national media.
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.
Dr Rachel David|
Private Healthcare Australia
Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, with a special interest in evidence-based medicine. She is passionate about harnessing medical best practice and policy to improve health outcomes in the community. Previously a senior adviser to the Federal Minister for Health between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the Government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.
Formerly the Director of Government Relations and Market Access for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australian and New Zealand, Rachel has worked with the international pharmaceutical biotechnology and medical devices industries for more than a decade.
She was previously the founding practice manager of the healthcare and Australian government sector practice at McKinsey & Company. Prior to this, she was on the senior management team of CSL Ltd, Australia’s leading biotechnology company, where she played a pivotal role in making the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil available to Australian women.
In the current role of CEO of Private Healthcare Australia, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.
Formerly a medical practitioner, Rachel has worked in public hospital administration and management. She was an inaugural Board member of the National Institute of Clinical Studies (now part of the NHMRC) and the Research and Education Foundation of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, She also has an MBA from Macquarie University, NSW.
Head of Government Affairs
Robert is the Head of Government Affairs at Caltex Australia. Based in Sydney, Robert has broad responsibilities across the Caltex business for government, stakeholders, issues management and public policy.
Robert leads government engagement around public policy and regulatory issues, as well as developing and implementing strategies for engaging with key government agencies, including the executive and public service arms of government.
Previously, Robert was Group Manager for Government and Public Policy at Santos Ltd and, prior to that, was Director of the Office of the South Australian Economic Development Board (EDB), a senior adviser for an Australian cabinet minister (energy, resources and industry), an adviser to a South Australian premier and a senior manager in consulting for global professional services firm, Ernst & Young.
Director Regulatory Affairs
Nine Entertainment Co.
Clare Gill is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nine Entertainment. In this role Clare is responsible for Nine’s engagement with Government and Regulators on matters of media policy and regulation. Prior to Nine Clare was Head of Government and Corporate Affairs for Optus. Clare has also held senior public affairs roles at SunRice, Ericsson and NICTA
Clare started her career in Victorian politics before moving to the corporate world where she has spent the last 20 years dealing with the promotion and regulation of advancements in technology. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication.
Director External Affairs, Upstream
Peter Metcalfe is Director of Upstream External Affairs for BP Australia. He leads a team that is responsible for external communications with governments and communities in support of BP’s partner-operated upstream petroleum businesses, including the North West Shelf Venture and the Browse Joint Venture; and for BP’s directly operated exploration permits in the Great Australian Bight off South Australia and Carnarvon Basin off Western Australia.
Peter grew up in the United Kingdom and studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds, achieving BA (Hons) (First Class) in 1994. He moved to Western Australia in 2001.
From 2004-2006 he was Chairman of the Deckchair Theatre Company, and from July 2005 to August 2011 he was Chairman of the Perth Zoological Parks Authority (the Board of Perth Zoo). He is currently a member of the Animal Ethics Committee of Curtin University.
Chief Communications Officer
Department of Health & Human Services
Roger commenced as the Chief Communications Officer at Victoria’s largest government department, the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), in September 2016. The Department has an annual budget of over $20 billion and approximately 11,500 full time employees. In this role, Roger has responsibility for all aspects of departmental communications, including: media relations, strategic communications, internal communications, advertising & campaigns, graphic design & publishing, emergency communications and digital engagement.
Prior to joining the DHHS, Roger spent over a decade in senior communications roles in the corporate sector; most recently at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) where he led Global Corporate Affairs and had responsibilities for Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Brand Public Relations and Government & Industry Relations.
He has also held senior positions at both Bupa, where he was General Manager, Corporate Affairs – Asia Pacific and Cadbury/Kraft, where he was Director of Corporate Affairs for the Company’s Pacific region. He has worked as a Senior Public Policy Advisor at the Australian Industry Group, and has extensive international experience, previously holding the post of Director of Public Affairs at Telefonica Europe.
In addition to his corporate experience, Roger has previously worked in politics as a senior advisor within the British Government, holding the role of Special Advisor to both the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and the Secretary of State of Culture, Media & Sport within the Blair administration. During this time he led stakeholder and policy engagement with the business community, and also coordinated political and media engagement for the London 2012 Olympic bid.
Outside work Roger enjoys music, wine and film; he continues to maintain a passionate interest in politics and is an avid fan of St. Kilda FC, the New Zealand All Blacks and Manchester City Football Club.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Sophie Mitchell is the Head of Corporate Affairs at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is responsible for managing the Corporation’s internal and external corporate communications and government relations.
Sophie holds over 15 years’ experience in corporate strategy, stakeholder advocacy, media and government relations. Sophie joined the ABC in 2009 and prior to this worked as an adviser to a federal minister and also in commercial law.
Clayton T Ford|
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Clayton joined 7-Eleven in October 2016 as General Manager Corporate Affairs, tasked with building a Corporate Affairs function for the business. Reporting to the CEO and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Clayton leads a team responsible for corporate, retail and employee communications, government relations and public policy, media and PR, trade media and associations, and corporate responsibility.
Prior to 7-Eleven, Clayton headed up Corporate Affairs for Orora – an ASX100 packaging manufacturer operating across 7 countries – and held senior Corporate Affairs roles with Philip Morris, Diageo (in Australia, the UK and Eastern Europe), and Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceuticals. He also headed up public affairs for a national industry association, and served as an Adviser to a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government.
Clayton has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and Master of Business Management from Monash University, and has previously served on the Boards of the International Association of Business Communicators (Vic) and the Liquor Merchants Association.
Group Chief - Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Seven West Media
Bridget has over 20 years’ experience as a senior media executive. She is currently Group Chief – Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Seven West Media, responsible for external stakeholder relations across the Seven Network, West Australian Newspapers and Pacific Magazines and a member of the SWM Executive Committee.
Bridget is an independent non-executive director with iSelect Ltd, Australia’s leading insurance comparison website and an ASX listed company. She is a Director of Freeview Ltd and an Alternate Director of FreeTV Ltd and OzTAM Pty Ltd and an Adviser with the Network Insight Institute. She has previously held positions as Chairman of Screenrights and General Counsel with SBS.
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
Marcus is a communications and corporate affairs professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in a variety of industry sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Business and Executive MBA. Marcus has worked as a consultant, advised ministers and CEOs, steered the insurance response to floods and cyclones, plugged tourism and even helped sell a few pineapples. Currently he is selling the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games dream. Marcus has built a career on finding the line between strong strategy and getting things done. He also has an unnatural love of metrics.
Director, Corporate Affairs
Belinda is the Director Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Australia, working across the business to advance policy and regulatory positions with State and Federal Governments and regulators. In particular Belinda is jointly responsible for the company’s Joined Up Innovation platform, designed to drive the national conversation around innovation and connect like-minded individuals and organisations to drive action. Prior to joining Microsoft, Belinda was a senior policy advisor to a former Federal Communications Minister, and was responsible for creating the country’s first whole of government national strategy around the digital economy. In a past life she toured the world as the media manager for the Australian cricket team.
Group Manager - Corporate Affairs & Communications
Natalie Cerny heads up the Corporate Affairs and Communications functions for REA Group Limited – a multinational digital advertising company specialising in property, including Australia’s leading property website realestate.com.au.
Originally from Canada, Natalie has extensive experience helping companies establish brand identities, manage issues and secure high profile international media coverage. She founded Parallel Communications in Toronto before moving to Australia in 2008, where she led the Media and Communications teams at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Since starting with REA Group, Natalie has evolved the Communications function to include Corporate Affairs, Public Relations and Internal Communications across all markets. The team develops and implements thought leadership strategies, international engagement and communications programs, and she’s responsible for shaping the internal and external perception of REA Group’s consumer and investor brands.
Senior Executive Leader - Corporate Affairs
Matthew is head of function and responsible for media, government relations, internal communications, publications and the internet. Before joining ASIC in 2010, Matthew was a director of a public affairs consultancy, held a senior corporate affairs role with global shopping centre company, the Westfield Group, been an adviser to Joe Hockey in the Howard Government and worked for several NSW Liberal leaders. He has also worked as a financial journalist in the United Kingdom and started his career as a staff reporter with the Australian Financial Review. Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and a Master of Public Affairs (Sydney University). He also lectures on media and political campaigning in a masters program at Sydney University.
Group General Manager Corporate Affairs
Jane joined IAG in March 2014 and has more than 20 years’ corporate affairs experience in financial services including insurance, banking, superannuation and asset management.
At IAG, Jane leads the Group Corporate Affairs team managing IAG’s reputation, and communication across the Group. This includes responsibility for shareholder communications, internal communications, government and industry affairs, and media relations.
Jane was previously Director of Media and Community Relations at AMP managing the company’s Australian and international profile and reputation. She was also responsible for AMP’s corporate social media activity and managing their community engagement program through the AMP Foundation. Prior to this, Jane held senior corporate affairs roles with AMP and Westpac in New Zealand.
Director, Corporate Affairs, Australia and New Zealand
Dieter joined Bupa in August 2012 and is responsible for the company’s internal and external communications and stakeholder engagement activities. Prior to Bupa, Dieter was Asia Pacific Head of Corporate Affairs for Owens Illinois (O-I) – a Fortune 500 company and the world’s leading glass container manufacturer. Dieter has also worked in a wide range of senior corporate affairs roles for General Motors Corporation (GM) across Australia and New Zealand.
Dieter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was formerly Media Director and Principal Press Secretary for the Liberal Party of Victoria.
Head of Corporate & Legal Affairs
Imperial Tobacco Australia
Andrew Gregson is Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs for the Australasia Cluster of Imperial Tobacco. Andrew has been with Imperial for three years, prior to which he headed up a lobby group for water users during the height of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan debate. He has formerly served as State Director of a major political party and as Chief of Staff to a State Parliamentary Leader. He holds qualifications in Economics and Laws and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.
President of Greater China
Rachel is FleishmanHillard’s President and Senior Partner, Greater China and a member of the firm’s Cabinet leadership team. In addition to her senior management responsibilities, her market role includes people development, cultivating existing client relationships, and securing new business through cross-market collaboration. Rachel has advised senior clients across the government, financial, technology, luxury, and manufacturing sectors. She has particular expertise in global brand building, and corporate and financial communications, and has consulted on high-profile merger and acquisition activities, private equity deals, sensitive issues management, initial public offerings, and strategic events. A former chairperson of the Council of PR Firms of Hong Kong, Rachel is a sought-after presenter and commentator on relevant issues and industry trends. She has received many awards including an In2 Sabre Award for Persuasive Content (2014), and Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Awards for Professional Excellence (2014) and for In-country Consultancy (2015). She is an avid reader and accomplished violinist and plays in a local Hong Kong orchestra as often as she can.
Meltwater Australia & New Zealand
Living his life out of a suitcase, David’s role sees him developing the Meltwater teams in Australia and New Zealand and challenging companies in the region to make the most of a big data world through Outside Insight. He has studied at the University of Sydney and Said Business School at University of Oxford. He has also lived and worked in Hong Kong and loves to explore new places.
David Hickey is the Area Director for Meltwater in Australia & New Zealand. When David isn’t taking selfies in front of the tower of London, he leads and manages Meltwater’s business in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked for Meltwater for the last eight years in various roles, with almost half that time based in Hong Kong and the rest in Australia.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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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?
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.