24-25 May 2022
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Insights to Influence

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s corporate public affairs and communication community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in May with renewed ambition to build business resilience.

As our operating environment corrects, the Summit presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s Corporate Affairs and Communication leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Why Attend

  • The Corporate Affairs Summit secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority. Our attendees are charged with shaping the conversation, armed with an array of real-time engagement tools.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate, and the programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person on the business that matters.

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20+ Insightful Sessions
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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40+ Industry Speakers
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300+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2022 Speakers

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Maeve DuVally
Managing Director, Corporate Communications

Goldman Sachs (USA)
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Maeve DuVally
Managing Director, Corporate Communications

Goldman Sachs (USA)
Maeve is a managing director in Corporate Communications. She serves on the Structured Products Committee and the Americas Regional Vetting Group. Maeve joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch. Before that, she was a financial journalist and editor at Bridge News for nearly 15 years. Maeve serves on the advisory boards for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and the Association of Foreign Correspondents; and, the community board of Connecticut-based LGBTQ health provider Anchor Health Initiative. She earned a BA in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1994.
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Russell Dyer
Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer & Head of Public & Government Affairs

Mondelez International (USA)
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Russell Dyer
Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer & Head of Public & Government Affairs

Mondelez International (USA)
Russell Dyer is an award-winning Fortune 150 top communicator with a proven track record of success. As Chief of Communications and Government Affairs for Mondelēz International, a global snacking leader with 2020 net revenues of approximately $27 billion, Dyer is responsible for overseeing all external and internal communications and public and government affairs for the company. He manages an organization of more than 150 talented colleagues all around the world, promoting and protecting the company’s reputation in both emerging and developed markets. Dyer is a trusted advisor to the CEO and leadership team, developing and implementing impactful communications and advocacy strategies that support the company’s long-term objectives and drive engagement with a broad set of stakeholders, including 80,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Russ served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods Group, where he led the communications function prior to the company’s merger with The H.J. Heinz Company. As Director in the consumer practice at Weber Shandwick, Dyer was responsible for developing strategic public relations, social media and integrated marketing programming for a wide range of consumer brands and several top-tier CPG companies. His innovative and integrated approach has earned notable industry accolades including PR Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Russ was selected as a member of PR Week’s “40 Under 40: Brand Champions” class of 2015 and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Status Labs, a fast-growing digital reputation management firm, as Vice Chair of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and on the Board of the World Federation of Advertising (WFA). Dyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Communications from Boston College. He lives in Chicago, is the proud father of three children and a less-than-proud but lifelong fan of the Washington Football Team.
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Joanna Price
Senior Vice President, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Coca Cola (USA)
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Joanna Price
Senior Vice President, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Coca Cola (USA)
Joanna Price has more than two decades of experience in public affairs and communications, particularly in the food and beverages sector. Born in Australia, Joanna has lived and worked in over six countries. She joined The Coca-Cola Company 15 years ago and has overseen public affairs, communications and sustainability strategy and activities across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa – with special expertise in the South Pacific, North America, and Asia – and has experience working at country, regional, group and global levels. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Joanna, a member of The Coca-Cola Company North America Operating Unit (NAOU) Executive Leadership Team, is SVP, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability. Joanna leads multiple high-performing teams which focus on strategic communications, leadership and internal communications, stakeholder and community management, corporate reputation marketing, public policy, government relations and sustainability. Joanna has led major corporate and public affairs initiatives which have drawn upon her extensive issues-management experience, partnership management, stakeholder mapping and engagement skills. In recent years, Joanna has actively led public affairs work in the U.S. and the Corporate Center around corporate reputation, category growth, financial reporting, and sustainability priorities – and one of her proudest achievements has been helping launch Coca-Cola’s industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030. In addition to her work leading public affairs, Joanna also has supported C-level executives and advised the Coca-Cola Board in the areas of strategy, governance, and public policy. Joanna serves on the national board of the YWCA, The International Dyslexia Association and The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Prior to Coca-Cola, Joanna served in senior corporate positions at Kellogg, ACNielsen and News Corporation in public affairs, communication, strategy and research role. She has an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters of Marketing from Charles Sturt University and Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology.
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Dr Nick Coatsworth
Frm Infectious Diseases Physician, Chief Executive Officer

Canberra Health Services, Lifeverse
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Dr Nick Coatsworth
Frm Infectious Diseases Physician, Chief Executive Officer

Canberra Health Services, Lifeverse
Dr Nick Coatsworth is an outstanding communicator and one of Australia’s favourite doctors.
<br Dr Coatsworth is an expert in health policy, public administration and a practising infectious diseases physician. He held a national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia, becoming one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic. Nick engaged the Australian community through a variety of media platforms most notably as the spearhead of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
<br Nick has had a long history of leadership in medicine. He was Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin, and led the second Australian Medical Assistance Team to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. He oversaw deployments of AusMATs to Vanuatu and Fiji after Cyclone Pam and Winston and trained Australian field staff in Ebolavirus treatment in preparation for the 2014/15 epidemic response.
<br During his early career years Nick was a field doctor for Medecins Sans Frontieres and practised in the Republic of Congo, Chad and Darfur. Later, he became President of the Australian Section of MSF and served on the Board for two terms. He has also served on the board of Careflight Limited, one of Australia’s leading aeromedical providers.
<br Nick is now engaged in exploring foreign policy decision making in health through his doctoral thesis at the Australian National University. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the ANU Medical School and educates young clinicians from medical student through to physician trainee.
<br He has a passion for clear communication driven by the need to translate the increasingly complex world of medicine into a language that can help people make informed choices.
<br Nick enjoys sharing his experiences with a variety of audiences as an entertaining and thought provoking public speaker.

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Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry

Tourism Australia
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Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry

Tourism Australia
The Corporate Affairs team is Tourism Australia’s main liaison with Government, Australian media and the tourism industry. It also incorporates Tourism Australia’s Experiences, Sustainability and Indigenous teams. Bede joined Tourism Australia in 2019, and has over 25 years of corporate affairs experience in Australia and internationally. He has worked in politics at a Federal and State level, and for more than half of his career has worked for large corporates across a range of industries from manufacturing, to mining services and to infrastructure.

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Martin Commons
Former Head of Public Policy

BHP
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Martin Commons
Former Head of Public Policy

BHP
Martin has more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate affairs practitioner and lawyer, including almost a decade based in Asia. He has broad global experience in public policy, stakeholder engagement, governance, regulation and sustainability.

Until last year Martin was Head of Public Policy at BHP, leading a team tasked with making sense of key policy areas for the company, particularly in the environmental, social and governance space, and providing advice on a range of political and geopolitical issues. Prior to that, Martin worked as Chief of Staff to BHP’s then-new External Affairs function, successfully integrating over 500 professionals from 6 disciplines into a single team.

Martin joined BHP in 2011 as Senior Counsel, advising the group on regulatory issues and engagement globally. Prior to that he was a regulatory lawyer with Baker McKenzie, based in Europe, the US and China.

Martin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford.

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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs

Origin Energy
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs

Origin Energy
Samantha Stevens joined Origin in March 2018 as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs. Samantha is responsible for Origin’s external affairs, government and public policy and employee communication functions and the Origin Energy Foundation. Samantha has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, mainly in the resources, industrials and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Origin, Samantha headed up Corporate Affairs for the global mining services company, Orica, and previously led the global media function and all Corporate Affairs M&A activity at global mining house, BHP.
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Jason Laird
Executive, Corporate Affairs

National Australia Bank
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Jason Laird
Executive, Corporate Affairs

National Australia Bank
Jason leads the Corporate Affairs function at NAB, comprising government affairs and public policy; internal, external and social communications; social impact and climate activities and the NAB Foundation. He is responsible for trust and reputation management, crisis response, proactive engagement and key executive and Board counsel. Jason joined NAB in 2018 from Telstra where he led its communications staff. He was previously head of global product and technology communications for General Motors in the United States, head of Corporate Affairs at Holden and a regional communications role for GM Asia-Pacific based in Shanghai. He was a Victorian Government adviser and regional newspaper journalist. He has an MBA from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs

Citi Australia and New Zealand
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Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs

Citi Australia and New Zealand
Guy Matthews is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi in Australia and New Zealand, a role he has held since July 2015. In this role he is responsible for the media relations, social media, government relations, internal communications, community relations and events across all of Citi’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Guy also oversaw the Corporate Affairs function in China. Prior to returning to Australia, Guy was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Citi in Japan, a role he held since January 2010. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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Michael Saadat
Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs

Afterpay
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Michael Saadat
Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs

Afterpay
Michael Saadat is Afterpay’s VP, Global Regulatory Affairs and joined Afterpay in November 2019. Michael is also on the Board of FinTech Australia and not-for-profit organisation Global Sisters. Michael has a breadth and depth of domestic and international experience in consumer financial services regulation and public policy at senior levels. Michael was previously ASIC’s Executive Director for Financial Services and Regional Commissioner for New South Wales. Michael led ASIC’s supervisory work across consumer financial services, including retail banking, consumer credit, insurance and payments. Michael has also previously worked as Head of Compliance for Citibank in Australia, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney and London
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Nicole McKechnie
Executive Communications

Telstra
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Nicole McKechnie
Executive Communications

Telstra
Nic McKechnie is an executive with global experience in corporate affairs roles in both the corporate and public sector. She has spent the last 9 years at Telstra, where she is currently Executive Communications. Her previous roles included a two-year stint as Chief of Staff to Andy Penn and Director, External and Corporate in the Comms team. Nic is responsible for helping shape Telstra’s reputation, managing external and internal communications as well as social media.

Nic previously worked at Victoria Police, where she spent more than five years as the Director of Media and Corporate Communications. She spent the early part of her career as a journalist and has worked as a Senior Media Advisor in the national political environment both here and in the UK.

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David Pullar
Director of Communications Government Affairs and Market Access

GSK
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David Pullar
Director of Communications Government Affairs and Market Access

GSK
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Peter O’Sullivan
Director

Woolworths Group Brand
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Peter O’Sullivan
Director

Woolworths Group Brand
Peter is a former broadcast journalist and news producer for ABC, PRIME and Sky News, who has over 20+ years of experience in corporate and external communications, media relations, PR, content marketing, sponsorships, community engagement, and brand management in Australia and the United Kingdom. Senior agency leadership roles have included Head of News (TVC Group), NSW Market Leader and National Consumer Director (PPR Australia), and Managing Director (Frank PR Australia).

In 2016, Peter joined Australia’s largest retail Group, Woolworths to lead public relations for the Supermarkets business, with his remit soon expanding to Group-wide responsibility across Corporate Media Relations and PR, alongside carriage of the Group’s sponsorship and community strategy. The PR and Media Relations team at Woolworths Group was recognised in 2021 as the best in-house PR team and best COVID-19 response at the Mumbrella CommsCon Awards.

Peter recently moved into a new role as Director, Woolworths Group Brand, leading the team that builds the brand by engaging key internal and external stakeholders on Group initiatives. Given its impact on the Group Brand, Peter continues to have leadership of the Group’s PR and Media Relations practice which also includes social media community management. He is part of the Group Executive Team (GET) and Brand and Reputation Leadership Teams, as well as playing a leadership role across several of the Group's Guilds and SteerCo's (Reconciliation, Sustainability and Partnerships)

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Elizabeth McNamara
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

AGL Energy
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Elizabeth McNamara
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

AGL Energy
Elizabeth joined AGL in February 2020 following a career in both the public and private sectors.

With more than 20 years’ experience gained across multiple industries, Elizabeth has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, public policy, communications and sustainability. Prior to joining AGL, Elizabeth was Group Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Amatil, and has held various roles in the resources industry at South32 Ltd and BHP’s Energy Coal Business and was Deputy Director General at NSW Ministry of Transport.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University, a Grad Cert in Sustainability from Cambridge University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Matthew Abbott
Director Corporate Affairs

Zip.Co
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Matthew Abbott
Director Corporate Affairs

Zip.Co
Matthew Abbott is Director, Corporate Affairs at the listed Australian Buy Now Pay Later company Zip Co (ASX: Z1P), where he manages media relations, public policy and government affairs. He has held senior corporate affairs roles with the Australian corporate watchdog ASIC, the Westfield Shopping Centre group and is a former adviser in the Howard Coalition Government. Matthew has worked as PR consultant, a war correspondent, political adviser and as a financial journalist in the UK and Australia, where he got his start as a cadet reporter on the Australian Financial Review. He is a director of the charity Poetry In Action and over the last decade he has taught several courses in Sydney University's Masters of Strategic Public Relations course.
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Richard Baker
Head of Corporate Affairs

Ampol Australia
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Richard Baker
Head of Corporate Affairs

Ampol Australia
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Margaret Stuart
Director Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Nestlé Oceania
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Margaret Stuart
Director Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Nestlé Oceania
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Belinda Dennett
Director Corporate Affairs

Microsoft
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Belinda Dennett
Director Corporate Affairs

Microsoft
Belinda has worked for Microsoft Australia’s Corporate Affairs team since 2012 after five years working as a senior policy advisor to the Federal Government across technology and digital economy issues.

Prior to working in government, Belinda held a range or corporate and public affairs roles in commercial and not for profit organisations.

Belinda has formal qualifications in law and business.

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Strath Gordon
Head of Public Affairs and Communication

Australian Olympic Committee
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Strath Gordon
Head of Public Affairs and Communication

Australian Olympic Committee
Strath Gordon has been Chief of Public Affairs and Communications at the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) since January 2018.

He has spent 43 years in media and communications as a public relations practitioner, journalist, television news and sports program producer.

In his current role with the AOC, he has undertaken the significant challenges of sending Australian Teams to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Beijing 2022 Winter Games in the midst of a pandemic.

Both events shattered TV ratings and digital engagement records, significantly reengaged the Australian community with the Olympic movement as well as creating a light on the hill moment with Brisbane winning the right to host the 2032 Summer Games.

Prior to joining the AOC, Strath was Director of Public Affairs for the New South Wales Police Force for 11 years - where he strengthened the Force’s connection with the NSW community, media and other stakeholders. This followed nine years as Head of Media and Communications for the Australian Rugby Union (now Rugby Australia) which included the Wallabies winning the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and successfully hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

In television, he was Senior Producer of News for Channel Seven Sydney (1992-1997) which followed six years reporting sport and producing sport programming. His career began in radio as a broadcaster in 1979.

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Luisa Megale
Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing

Lendlease
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Luisa Megale
Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing

Lendlease
Luisa joined Lendlease in 2017 as Group Head of Corporate Affairs, and is highly experienced in managing corporate, customer and government relations for international companies, with a focus on strong commercial and reputation outcomes.

Prior to her current role, Luisa was Vice President International Public Affairs and Communications for American Express where she was responsible for delivering the company’s corporate and government affairs agenda across eleven markets throughout Asia. During this period she also served on the Board of American Express Wholesale Currency business. Before joining American Express she held senior communication roles with Lucent Technologies and EDS.

Luisa is a highly recognized practitioner and keynote speaker on the changing nature of communications and technology innovation, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra and a post graduate degree in Sociology at the University of York, United Kingdom.

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Haydn Lane
General Manager ‑ Corporate Affairs and Communications

Australian Grand Prix Corporation
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Haydn Lane
General Manager ‑ Corporate Affairs and Communications

Australian Grand Prix Corporation
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Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Healthscope
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Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Healthscope
Julia is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Healthscope, Australia’s second largest private hospital and healthcare provider. The Corporate Affairs function supports Healthscope’s 42 hospitals across Australia with marketing, media, employee and stakeholder communications, corporate responsibility and government relations expertise.

Julia has deep experience in issues/crisis management, leadership & strategic communications, transformation & change, experience design and facilitation, creative communications and employee engagement. She is known for her ability to simplify complexity, building compelling narratives that bring clarity and drive wider engagement.

Julia joined Healthscope as a member of the Executive Leadership Team in February 2020, prior to which she consulted to private equity owners Brookfield via her advisory business Julia Foley Communications (JFC). As a consultant she worked with many of Australia’s leading organisations including PwC, ANZ, IAG, Allens and the AFP to help transform culture and support leaders to bring meaning to strategy. Before establishing JFC in 2011, Julia was Deputy Head of Communications at Telstra, where she led Corporate Communications during a period of intense change.

Originally a lawyer practising in media law and mergers & acquisitions, her experience spans all aspects of corporate affairs.

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Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs

Treasury Wine Estates
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Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs

Treasury Wine Estates
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Cassandra Casey
General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

ANSTO
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Cassandra Casey
General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

ANSTO
Cassandra Casey is the General Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and is a global leader in strategic communications for nuclear science and technologies. Over the past 25 years Cassandra has provided strategic leadership through connecting organisations with all levels of Government, coordinating and leading projects through international networks, strengthening brand reputation and influencing public opinion. Cassandra directs the organisation-wide communications and external stakeholder engagement activities for Australia’s only nuclear science and technology organisation and has played a key role in deepening public and stakeholder awareness and engagement in relation to nuclear technologies in recent years.

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David Breen
Head of Corporate Affairs

ING Australia
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David Breen
Head of Corporate Affairs

ING Australia
As Head of Corporate Affairs at ING in Australia, David manages the bank’s internal and external communications, reputation management and sustainability programs. The role covers public relations, media, government and industry relations.

David provides counsel to the CEO and senior executive team on thought leadership, reputation management and public positioning. David’s role includes building a narrative for the business internally and externally.

David has built an award winning communications team and prides himself on developing the careers of people in the team. The team are always looking for new ways of communicating and places a strong emphasis on video.

David is a member of the bank’s crisis management team and represent ING in dealings with the Federal Government, the Australian Bankers Association and other industry bodies.

David also acts as company spokesperson as needed across all media.

He reports directly to the CEO in Australia and has a reporting line to the functional head of brand and communication at ING Group in Amsterdam. He is a member of ING’s global communications leadership group.

ING is Australia’s most trusted and recommended bank.

David came to his present role from an extensive career in the media.

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Alexandra Staley
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Officeworks
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Alexandra Staley
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Officeworks
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David Faktor
Executive Director, Public Affairs, Media & Communications

St Vincent’s Health Australia, Sydney
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David Faktor
Executive Director, Public Affairs, Media & Communications

St Vincent’s Health Australia, Sydney
David is the key spokesperson for St Vincent’s facilities across NSW. He is regarded as a leading public affairs & communications specialist within the healthcare and biomedical research sectors and holds leadership roles in relation to communicating organisational cultural change as well as public health advocacy.

David’s primary role over the past two decades has been in both internal and external stakeholder engagement - promoting key organisational strategic objectives while overseeing risk-mitigation strategies. Prior to working at St Vincent’s, David was the Manager of Public Affairs at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne from 1998-2001. He also served on the Boards of Management of WAYS Youth Services and Emanuel School and is currently a Board Director of Stretch a Family.

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Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications

National Farmers' Federation
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Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications

National Farmers' Federation
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Western Sydney Airport
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Western Sydney Airport
Scott leads the team responsible for reputation management, media, stakeholder and government relations, community engagement, partnerships and social impact, and corporate communication for Sydney’s new international airport.

Before joining Western Sydney Airport, Scott was an agency-side marketing and public relations consultant, providing advice to some of Australia's biggest brands and events. He has also held public affairs roles for Transport for NSW and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, including periods as media and comms advisor for senior NSW Government ministers.

Scott started his career in broadcasting, including as a producer at leading news/talk station 2GB and writing for News Australia’s digital channels.

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Lucille McCart
APAC Communications Director

Bumble
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Lucille McCart
APAC Communications Director

Bumble
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Darren Goodsir
Executive Director, Communication & Engagement

NSW Department of Education
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Darren Goodsir
Executive Director, Communication & Engagement

NSW Department of Education
Darren Goodsir is Executive Director, Communication & Engagement, for the NSW Department of Education.

The role is responsible for media, digital, content, internal & external communications - as well as stakeholder engagement and events. The department comprises 150,000 staff and 850,000 students. There are more than 2200 primary and secondary schools, and the department also has responsibility for delivering, and overseeing, early childhood education at 5500 centres - and skills and pathways programs.

Darren was the Chief Communications Officer for UNSW Sydney from 2017-2021.

He has spent more than 35 years in journalism, communications and public affairs, having led the Sydney Morning Herald through transformative digital change, including editorial and technological reform and organisational restructuring.

Darren was the Herald’s editor in chief for four years, the culmination of nearly 20 years with Fairfax Media - now known as Nine. Before this, he worked on The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Daily Telegraph, and as a policy advisor for the NSW Police Commissioner and a press secretary for a State government minister. Darren holds a law degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a twice-published author. His true crime novel, Line of Fire, published in 1991, formed the basis for the acclaimed ABC mini-series, Blue Murder.

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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director

Diplomacy
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director

Diplomacy
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Georgina Bitcon
Enterprise Solutions Area Director

Meltwater
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Georgina Bitcon
Enterprise Solutions Area Director

Meltwater
As the Enterprise Director at Meltwater, Georgina helps companies throughout Australia and New Zealand measure conversations about their brands across owned and earned media channels, providing them with a framework to articulate the success of their communications plans. Georgina has over 7 years experience in the media and data industry and specialises in consulting on social media, crisis communications and data visualisation.
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Nicole Buskiewicz
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Advoc8
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Nicole Buskiewicz
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Advoc8
Nicole Buskiewicz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Advoc8, a platform that empowers government-facing teams with the knowledge and tools needed to compete and succeed in advocacy. Before starting Advoc8 Nicole worked for various NSW MPs as a political adviser, including to former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. She was also the Managing Director of DIGI, the industry association representing Facebook, Google and Twitter in Australia. Nicole is passionate about finding new ways to innovate in the government relations and stakeholder engagement space, and was a Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist and one of Smart Company’s Smart 30 Under 30.
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Oliver White
Government Relations Manager

Fred Hollows Foundation
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Oliver White
Government Relations Manager

Fred Hollows Foundation
Oliver White is the Manager of Government Relations at the Fred Hollows Foundation, a leading international development organisation working towards eliminating avoidable blindness. Prior to this, Oliver led government relations at UNICEF Australia. With two decades of experience working in the development and not for profit sector, he has spent his career being an advocate for social justice and inclusion and is passionate about working to address the systemic causes of disadvantage and enabling people to realise their potential. He takes a whole of organisational approach to government relations, which deepens and builds relationships with government to influence public policy, mobilise resources, mitigate risk and raise the profile of an organisation. At the centre of his approach is connecting people with lived experience to decision makers, so they can be involved in decisions that affect them.
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Tamara Searant
Public Affairs Lead

Finder
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Tamara Searant
Public Affairs Lead

Finder
Tamara Searant heads up the Australian Public Affairs function for Global Fintech company Finder, where she is responsible for public policy, government relations and industry affairs. Tamara has worked in senior corporate affairs positions across the medical device, technology and impact focused sectors. Prior to working in the private sector, Tamara worked as a Senior Policy Adviser for a NSW Government Minister and held various senior roles within NSW Government Departments. Tamara is Director of the informal networking event Pub Affairs Australia and holds an Executive Masters of Public Policy from ANU.
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Ian Hancock
Head of Growth

GovConnex
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Ian Hancock
Head of Growth

GovConnex
Managing Director of PremierNational for five years and current Head of Growth at GovConnex.
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William Wright
Head of Insights

GovConnex
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William Wright
Head of Insights

GovConnex
William leads GovConnex Research, a dedicated insights service aimed at providing best-in-class policy, electoral, and political analysis for GovConnex platform customers. William's political analysis is valued by government relations professionals at a number of Fortune 500 and ASX 200 companies. William has also presented to leading industry associations such as the Insurance Council of Australia and the Australian Hotels Association.
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Michael Evangelidis
Head of Customer Success and Research

GovConnex
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Michael Evangelidis
Head of Customer Success and Research

GovConnex
Most recently Gladys Berejiklian’s Director of Stakeholder Relations, Michael Evangelidis came to GovConnex with over 10 years of experience at State and Federal levels, working as a political adviser in numerous portfolios, including Health and Federal Treasury. At GovConnex, Michael works with customers and engineers to redefine the government relations workflow which deliver decision-informing insights to GovConnex’s customers.
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Sally Braidwood
Head of Corporate Reputation

Ipsos Australia and New Zealand
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Sally Braidwood
Head of Corporate Reputation

Ipsos Australia and New Zealand
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Kylie Wright-Ford
Chief Executive Officer

RepTrak
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Kylie Wright-Ford
Chief Executive Officer

RepTrak
Kylie Wright-Ford is the Chief Executive Officer at The RepTrak Company, the global leader in corporate reputation data and insights. Based in the US Headquarters in Boston, Kylie leads RepTrak in setting the global standard for metrics and advice on building reputation, brand and ESG credibility. RepTrak’s purpose is to prove that doing and saying the right thing is good business. As CEO, Kylie works with the company’s stakeholders, including clients across 60 countries, to ensure strategy alignment, financial success, innovation, citizenship and strong governance. A diversity champion and passionate culture builder, Kylie has lived and worked across the globe and brings these experiences to the teams she leads. She was previously the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50 and spent seven years at New York-based GLG. The first 10 years of Kylie’s career was spent in finance which shaped her view on the importance of understanding precisely the drivers of a company’s market value, including the intangible assets like reputation, and the power of stakeholder opinion in influencing a company’s success. Kylie is the co-author of The Leadership MindSwitch, sits on the board of The Equine Network, and is a member of the Page Society and the American Australian Business Council.
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Mark Collins
Sales Director APAC

Wolters Kluwer
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Mark Collins
Sales Director APAC

Wolters Kluwer
Mark Collins is Wolters Kluwer APAC Director of Sales. Collins recently joined the company in March 2022 to drive sales performance and commercial relationships to deliver information services and software premium solutions for Tax & Accounting, Legal, Risk and Compliance and Finance professionals across the region. He brings 20+ years of experience in Sales Management & Commercial and People Leadership roles.
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Lucy Newcomb
Director

Salt and Shein
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Lucy Newcomb
Director

Salt and Shein
Lucy is one of Australia’s most liked and influential executive recruiters and talent advisers in the corporate affairs, communications, government relations and investor relations space. Since joining Salt & Shein a decade ago, she has established an enviable network in both Australia and overseas. She is known for her frank, honest and expert guidance and her dogged ability to find the best talent for each role she manages. Her services are in high demand within corporate affairs teams across Australia. No matter how tough the challenge, Lucy has a reputation for always finding the right person for the right role and is a respected strategic business partner to her clients. Needless to say, she is enthusiastic, insightful and passionate when it comes to providing clients and candidates alike with a memorable and career enhancing experience. Lucy was born in New Zealand, where she completed her Business Management degree before gaining valuable experience in a range of consumer brand and marketing management positions. In 1997, she relocated to Australia to start her recruitment career with Morgan & Banks. She is married and in her spare time when she’s not skiing, can usually be found supporting her two sons sporting endeavours.

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  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director

    Diplomacy
  • 9:40 am
    Opening Keynote

    Communicating Corporate Action on Climate Change

    speaker
    Joanna Price
    Senior Vice President, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

    Coca Cola (USA)
  • 10:00 am
    Outlook Session

    New Perspectives: The Changing Dynamic Between Corporates and Citizens

    The pandemic has affected the nation’s social fabric. Our trust in government and the media is faltering, while corporations continue to gain broad credibility in the eyes of employees and community stakeholders. What are the implications for communication professionals exerting influence in this environment? How are profound shifts in the balance of trust influencing how business advocate with consumers, communities, employees, and governments? In this Session, we will explore how consumer sentiment is evolving, revealing the latest shared perspectives on government, media, and industry more broadly, so that attendees will be better equipped to craft a compelling communications strategy.

    speaker
    Guy Matthews
    Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs

    Citi Australia and New Zealand
    speaker
    Elizabeth McNamara
    Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

    AGL Energy
    speaker
    Luisa Megale
    Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing

    Lendlease
    speaker
    Kylie Wright-Ford
    Chief Executive Officer

    RepTrak
  • 10:40 am
    National Keynote

    Influencing Stakeholder Relationships at the Speed of Innovation

    speaker
    Michael Saadat
    Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs

    Afterpay
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Partner Keynote

    Staying Ahead: Applying Technological Innovation to Corporate Affairs

    speaker
    Georgina Bitcon
    Enterprise Solutions Area Director

    Meltwater
  • 11:50 am
    Culture Session

    Countering Separation: New Benchmarks in Culture and Connection

    When the traditional structures around work collapsed under the weight of the pandemic, communication professionals were called upon to cut through the uncertainty with transparent, consistent, and responsive communications. Now, as we emerge through the pandemic, communication professionals must apply learnings from the crisis and establish new benchmarks in communication. This Session explores how communication professionals are building business resilience by entrenching positive cultural and connective changes spurred by the pandemic. We will explore changing perspectives on employee wellbeing and the role of communications in creating a culture of authenticity.

    speaker
    Julia Foley
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

    Healthscope
    speaker
    Melissa O’Neill
    Global Director Corporate Affairs

    Treasury Wine Estates
    speaker
    Alexandra Staley
    Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

    Officeworks
    speaker
    Sally Braidwood
    Head of Corporate Reputation

    Ipsos Australia and New Zealand
  • 12:30 pm
    In Conversation

    Communication in Crisis: Improving Public Dialogue For the Next Pandemic

    speaker
    Dr Nick Coatsworth
    Frm Infectious Diseases Physician, Chief Executive Officer

    Canberra Health Services, Lifeverse
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
    speaker
    Lucy Newcomb
    Director

    Salt and Shein
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    National Keynote

    Empowering your Workforce with Purposeful Communication

    speaker
    Nicole McKechnie
    Executive Communications

    Telstra
  • 2:25 pm
    Media Session

    Control Over Crisis: Staying Ahead in a Changing Media Landscape

    We operate in a polarised and fragmented media landscape, where information and disinformation can spread with furore. How can communication professionals think strategically in the midst of such a media maelstrom? How can we distil clarity from chaos, acting rapidly and judiciously during a crisis to minimise damage and shield affected stakeholders? In this Session, we discuss the biggest changes and challenges unfolding in our media environment. How are businesses planning communications and responding to issues       in a time-starved media landscape? How can businesses better control the narrative and keep media and consumers engaged? And what lessons can we take from the pandemic to inform our communication strategies moving forward?

    speaker
    Peter O’Sullivan
    Director

    Woolworths Group Brand
    speaker
    Margaret Stuart
    Director Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

    Nestlé Oceania
    speaker
    Richard Baker
    Head of Corporate Affairs

    Ampol Australia
  • 3:05 pm
    National Keynote

    Advocating Change: The Pursuit of Corporate Leadership Excellence 

    speaker
    Jason Laird
    Executive, Corporate Affairs

    National Australia Bank
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    Diamond Keynote

    From dark art to science: introducing a best practice framework for government relations

    speaker
    Nicole Buskiewicz
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

    Advoc8
    speaker
    Oliver White
    Government Relations Manager

    Fred Hollows Foundation
    speaker
    Tamara Searant
    Public Affairs Lead

    Finder
  • 4:10 pm
    Government Session

    Shifting Gears: Advancing Government Advocacy 

    The rules underwriting government advocacy are bending. At a time where political focus is fixated on the nation’s economic recovery and pandemic response, businesses must adopt a disciplined, data-driven approach to advocacy to continue to capture the immense value at stake from government and regulatory intervention. In this Session, we will hear how Corporate Affairs leaders are leveraging data, shifting media levers, and deepening relationships to effectively influence policy directions and business outcomes.

    speaker
    Cassandra Casey
    General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

    ANSTO
    speaker
    David Pullar
    Director of Communications Government Affairs and Market Access

    GSK
    speaker
    Nicole Buskiewicz
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

    Advoc8
    speaker
    Michael Saadat
    Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs

    Afterpay
  • 4:50 pm
    Closing Keynote

    There’s Nothing like Australia: Guiding Tourism Recovery Through, and Beyond, the Crisis 

    speaker
    Bede Fennell
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry

    Tourism Australia
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director

    Diplomacy
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:20 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:00 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 9:15 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director

    Diplomacy
  • 9:35 am
    Opening Keynote Interview

    The Power of Storytelling in Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Environment 

    speaker
    Maeve DuVally
    Managing Director, Corporate Communications

    Goldman Sachs (USA)
  • 10:00 am
    Consumer Session

    Above the Noise: Reaching Consumers with Clarity and Consistency

    We are all, as consumers, creatures of habit. The war for consumer attention has, in turn, become habitual – a trial of attrition, of algorithms, and of impressions. But what if businesses started thinking differently about engagement and impact? What would happen if businesses embraced the anomalous and extraordinary nature of the past two years, and in the pursuit of authentic connection, sought to create a meaningful legacy? In this Session, we will explore how businesses are creating impact through communications and leaving a lasting, tangible impression on consumers.

    speaker
    David Breen
    Head of Corporate Affairs

    ING Australia
    speaker
    Scott MacKillop
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

    Western Sydney Airport
    speaker
    Strath Gordon
    Head of Public Affairs and Communication

    Australian Olympic Committee
  • 10:40 am
    Global Keynote

    Navigating with Purpose House of Brand 

    speaker
    Russell Dyer
    Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer & Head of Public & Government Affairs

    Mondelez International (USA)
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Platinum Keynote

      Harnessing Data to bring the Outside into your Organisation

    speaker
    Sally Braidwood
    Head of Corporate Reputation

    Ipsos Australia and New Zealand
  • 11:50 am
    Technology Session

    Unnatural Advantage: Evolving Communications with Technology

    The pandemic has underscored the importance of delivering timely, relevant, and reliable internal  communications. As we move towards hybrid environments that prize flexibility and responsiveness, technology will play an increasingly central role in the ways decentralised businesses coordinate,         communicate, and control access to information. In this Session, we will hear how businesses are thinking creatively about getting ahead of the technology curve, reconfiguring communications to keep their employees connected, no matter the distance.

    speaker
    Matthew Abbott
    Director Corporate Affairs

    Zip.Co
    speaker
    Belinda Dennett
    Director Corporate Affairs

    Microsoft
    speaker
    Georgina Bitcon
    Enterprise Solutions Area Director

    Meltwater
    speaker
    Ian Hancock
    Head of Growth

    GovConnex
  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote

    Stakeholder Communication to Propel the Energy Transition 

    speaker
    Samantha Stevens
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs

    Origin Energy
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Platinum Keynote

    Post 2022 Election – What government relations teams need to do now

    speaker
    William Wright
    Head of Insights

    GovConnex
    speaker
    Michael Evangelidis
    Head of Customer Success and Research

    GovConnex
  • 2:20 pm
    Future Session

    Contingencies, not Clairvoyance: Building a Responsive Communications Function

    Businesses are practising their foresight in an attempt to see beyond the pandemic, envisaging a ‘new normal’ and the return to stability it represents. But what can we really say with certainty? Can we say that our environment will be defined by cycles of disruption and adaption, driven both by the pandemic and new business imperatives? Or that clear and inspiring communication will be central to navigating this next phase? In this Session, we consider how communication professionals are preparing for a future they cannot see by improving the adaptability, readiness, and resilience of their businesses.

    speaker
    David Faktor
    Executive Director, Public Affairs, Media & Communications

    St Vincent’s Health Australia, Sydney
    speaker
    Haydn Lane
    General Manager ‑ Corporate Affairs and Communications

    Australian Grand Prix Corporation
    speaker
    Laureta Wallace
    General Manager - Media and Communications

    National Farmers' Federation
  • 3:00 pm
    Closing Keynote Interview

    The ESG Approach and Strategy 

    speaker
    Martin Commons
    Former Head of Public Policy

    BHP
  • 3:25 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director

    Diplomacy
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Summit
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For business leaders who aspire to better decision-making in reputation, corporate communications and corporate policy development, the Ipsos Corporate Reputation team provides the insight industry’s most trusted source of specialist research and guidance.

 

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When you know how your audience thinks, feels and reacts, you make better, more informed decisions. Optimize your efforts with a data-driven communication strategy and actionable recommendations from reputation experts.

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 12th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Summit is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

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

This event was sold out in 2021

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Accommodation Offer at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

To book, please email H3021@accor.com or call +612 8217 4000 to speak with reservations.

Delegates are required to quote ‘CONNECTMED22’ to receive a 10% discount on our Best Flexible Rate. This discount is valid for  attendees of the Corporate Affairs Summit held on the 24th & 25th May 2022

Discounted rates are available 1 day pre and post event for all the above. Rates are valid until 14 days to arrival date. Rooms are subject to availability and rates will be quoted at the time of booking.

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card valid at the start of your stay, unless otherwise specified.
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  • No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00, up until 30 days prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged.
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(from 26/02/2022)
$1,395 + GST
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