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
// 300+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Vice President Product and Corporate 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.
Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President
Aston Martin Lagonda (UK)
Mr. Simon Sproule has been Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Aston Martin Lagonda since November 2014. His responsibilities include global marketing and communications, brand communications, corporate social responsibility and internal communications. Simon reports to Dr.Andrew Palmer, President & Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda.
Prior to Aston Martin, Simon served in executive marcom positions for Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, CA and between 2003 and 2014, for Nissan Motor Company based primarily at Nissan’s global HQ in Japan. Simon started his auto industry career in 1992 with Ford Motor Company in the UK. In 1998, he relocated to Ford’s global operations in Michigan followed in 2000, leading communications in North America for Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover. In 2003 Simon joined Nissan North America as Vice President for Communications and a year later was moved to Japan to take up the role of Corporate Vice President for Global Communications.
In 2000, Simon was named as a Young Achiever of the Year by the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit, MI. He has been named several times to the PR Week Power List and in 2013 was given an ‘All Star Award’ for Public Relations by Automotive News.
Born in Hampshire, England, he earned a degree in Geography in 1990 from the University of London. Simon resides in London, UK.
Fmr Senior Vice-President, Chief Communications Officer,
McDonald's Corporation (USA)
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Mr Hywood was appointed CEO and Managing Director in February 2011, having joined the Board the year prior.
He has enjoyed a long career in the media and government. A Walkley Award winning journalist, he has held a number of senior management positions at Fairfax including Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of each of The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald/ Sun Herald and The Age. He also held the position of Group Publisher Fairfax magazines. He was Executive Director Policy and Cabinet in the Victorian Premier’s Department between 2004 and 2006, and from 2006 to 2010 was Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria.
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 (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.
Executive Director, Government Communications
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.
Director of Policy Australia & New Zealand / APAC Regional Co-Ordinator
Director of Corporate and Public Affairs
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Coca-Cola South Pacific
Managing Director of Communications, Global Growth & Operations
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
Director of Corporate Affairs & Marketing
Alibaba Group ANZ
Vice President - Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
David Epstein is Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Regulatory Affairs for Singtel Optus. Educated at The ANU and Wharton (UPenn), David 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 and Qantas. He is a board director of Opera Australia, TIO Limited, the European Australian Business Council and The Asia Society –Australia Centre, as well as a Councillor of Creative Partnerships Australia.
General Manager External Affairs
Group Executive Public Affairs
Danielle Keighery is responsible for the Group’s Public Affairs, Media Relations, In-flight Media, and Community Sponsorships.
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.
Head of Corporate Affairs
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
Director Regulatory Affairs
Nine Entertainment Co.
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
Executive Director Communications and Government Relations
Country Fire Authority
Chief Communications Officer
Department of Health & Human Services
Group Manager - Corporate Affairs & Communications
Director External Affairs, Upstream
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?
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?
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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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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.
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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.