Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. As the tides of consumer sentiment change, and with technology and politics locked in a pattern of upheaval, new opportunities for influence are erupting on the world stage.

Uniting the nation’s premier Corporate Affairs and Communication executives, the 9th annual Corporate Affairs Summit is the ideal forum to uncover the imperatives for exemplary practice in a changing world.

Why attend?


  • Learn from the exemplary corporate strategies of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in corporate affairs and communication in Australia
  • Acquire actionable insights through intensive case studies around the successes and failures from international influencers
  • Explore the latest thinking on stakeholder relations, communication, crisis management, and community engagement
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers, with confidential, executive conversations in a five-star environment

Gain access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 300+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

2019 Speakers

Marc Firestone
President, External Affairs & General Counsel
Philip Morris International (SUI)
Sir Craig Oliver
Naomi Flutter
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Rod Sims
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Karina Keisler
Executive General Manager of Public Affairs
Cricket Australia
Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability
Campbell Reid
Group Executive - Corporate Affairs, Policy and Government Relations
News Corp Australia, Foxtel and FOX SPORTS
Linda Griffin
Head of Corporate Affairs & Strategy
ANZ Wealth
Clare Gill
Group Director Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Strategy
Nine Entertainment Co.
Kylie Macfarlane
General Manager, Corporate Responsibility
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Christian Bennett
Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs
Nicole McKechnie
Executive Communications
Megan Fletcher
Group Executive Corporate Affairs
Elizabeth Rex
General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications
Caltex Australia
Tom Rogers
Australian Electoral Commission
Tanya Bowes
Director of Corporate Affairs
Peter Metcalfe
General Manager, Government and External Affairs
Woodside Energy
Grant Williams
Executive Director, Public Affairs
NSW Police Force
Melissa O’Neill
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Adrian Christie
Communications Director
Michelle Wood
Director of Communications
Gustaf Brusewitz
Head of Communications & Public Affairs, ANZ
Christine Burke
Communications Director
L'Oreal Australia
Richard Dickmann
Head of Public and Government Affairs, ANZ
Paul Evans
Vice President Corporate Affairs
Belinda Dennett
Director, Corporate Affairs
Peter Khoury
Head of Media
Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications
National Farmers' Federation
Lisa Harrington
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
AGL Energy
Adam Kilgour
Managing Director
James Avery
Chief Operating Officer
GWS Giants Football Club
Jamie Wilkinson
Director, Design and Digital
Cannings Purple
David Hickey
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific
Sally Braidwood
Director and Service Line Head, ANZ
Ipsos Corporate Reputation
Rebecca Tabakoff
Founder and Executive Director
Temple Executive Search
Peter Salt
Director & Co-Founder
Salt & Shein
Chris Taylor
Customer Insights Manager, Research and Learning
Wolters Kluwer
Lucy Newcomb
Salt & Shein


  • People, Passion and Purpose: Corporate Affairs Leadership in 2018 and Beyond
  • Strategy Built for Agility: Navigating New Forms of Risk, Collaboration and Innovation
  • Collective Conscience: Energising and Modernising Corporate Communication
  • Constructive Government Relations: Managing Change, Improving Outcomes
  • Mission Critical: Frontline Crisis Communication in an Age of Instant Impact
  • Fostering Engagement, Avoiding Enragement: Authentic and Dynamic Community Dialogue
  • Attuned, Principled, Resilient: Designing the Future of Corporate Affairs



Meltwater helps PR, social and marketing teams go beyond media monitoring. Our local experts help clients build influence, connect with their audience and measure success on-the-go. More than 30,000 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 60 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.


For over 40 years, the Ipsos Global Reputation Centre has been the trusted partner of choice in helping some of the world’s largest organisations unlock the value of their reputations.


Temple Executive Search is the only firm staffed by experts in corporate and public affairs, with extensive networks and outstanding insights in our sector.


Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.


CCH Political Alert from Wolters Kluwer provides immediate, customised and unbiased political monitoring so that organisations are empowered to rapidly respond to political developments. The Alerts are delivered via email within minutes of the event and provide a summary of the political event as well as the content source. Choose from 36 topics and over 350 sub-topics to create customised alerts for your organisation.


Ampersand International is a global, best practice authority in sourcing & securing Executive Talent & Leadership in Corporate Affairs, Digital, Marketing, Transformation & Technology. We create authentic, enduring connections between leaders and brands.


West Digital Media Solutions delivers your mission-critical communications to media, customers, and all your key stakeholders. We provide tools, technology, and intelligence to help you target the right audiences, reach across multiple channels, and monitor the impact of your messages. Our integrated suite of services for PR and marketing communications includes press release distribution, webcasting & streaming, online newsrooms, monitoring and custom campaign reporting.

Celebrating its 9th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event. 

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business within the corporate affairs and communication profession, the Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

Angel Gomez – Commercial Director
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: [email protected]

  • 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 pass 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 Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors 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 Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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.


    Photography and Video

    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 protected]


    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 [email protected] To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    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 protected]

    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.

    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.

    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 professionals.

    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.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees