Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

In March 2017 Sir Angus was announced as the Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sir Angus is Chair of Airservices Australia; the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Order of Australia Council; the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board; the Canberra SymphonyOrchestra and the Supashock Advanced Suspension Advisory Committee.

He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board, GreaterGood Canberra and the Victorian Police Executive Command.

Sir Angus is also a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.

In addition, he is the Ambassa dor or patron of numerous charitable organisations. These include Bravery Trust,the Bomber Command Association in Australia, the European Alliance Against Depression Australian Chapter, Griffith University’s Glycomics Childhood Leukaemia project,Soldier On,Stand Tall for PTSD, Sunnyfield Disability Services, Shelterbox Australia and The Centenary of Anzac Centre.

In July 2014 Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014.

In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Government on the national program for the Anzac Centenary 2014–2018.

In July 2011 Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service in the military.

Sir Angus was awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University,honoris causa from UNSW inNovember 2015 and the Degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa from ANU in December 2016.

In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.

Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and three grandchildren

Session: The Disaster Project (23 October 9.00-9.45am)

Dr Margaret Byrne

Principal Consultant, UGM Consulting

Margaret has a BA and MA from Oxford, and postgraduate qualifications in adult learning from Bristol University. In 2005, she completed her PhD, exploring how leadership potential is identified in meetings, including meetings involving Australians working in Asia.

Margaret holds three awards for innovation in the design of executive development and change management programs. She is known for the way she balances intellectual rigour with a passion for practical outcomes that make a measurable difference to leaders and their organisations. Clients value her ability to stimulate strategic thinking and change at all levels. In 2004, Wollongong University appointed her Honorary Advisor on Leadership and Change.

Outside Australia, Margaret has worked and consulted in China, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, India, UK, USA, New Zealand, France, Germany and Italy, as well as in four Pacific nations. She is a qualified and highly experienced executive coach. In 2007, Margaret was a winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Corporate Sector Category and a National Finalist.

As well as consulting across the region, Margaret also conducts research, particularly in the area she’s passionate about: international meetings where counterparts from different national cultures must work together to solve problems and make decisions. Three of Margaret’s films on this topic have been shown six times now on Australian television and sold with an accompanying book which Margaret authored. Her resources on cultural competence in print, film and online formats are widely used by consultants in Australia and internationally, as well as being used as texts in Masters Programs in universities in Australia and Europe.

Session: Diversity and Inclusion (24 October 9.45 – 10.30am)

Cyriel Kortleven

International Speaker and Author

What can Project Managers do to create an environment where team members  can unleash their potential and how can you as a leader stay fresh and open.

Cyriel Kortleven is on a mission in life: boosting the creative & improvisational mindset of leaders & professionals in change. Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires you to unleash your full potential (or your employees). He is already working more than 15 years in the domain of creativity and innovation. He delivers keynotes all over the world and is on average around 100 days a year on the ‘road’ (or in a plane) – he presented already in 23 different countries in 5 different continents. He is also author of 4 books. And one of the 750 Certified Professional Speakers (CSP) in the world.

Session: Great Leaders Improvise (23 October 9.45-10.30am)

Kumar R Parakala

Global Digital Leader, GHD

In this role, Kumar motivates clients to reimagine their digital futures and helps them get there. His principle expertise is based on developing agile business strategies and building solutions to enable digital transformation of businesses, help “old-fashioned” firms transition to “next generation” digital firms, and increase returns on digital investments.

He co-founded Technova, a firm recently acquired by GHD. Prior to that, Kumar was a Senior Consulting Partner at KPMG, where he worked in significant leadership roles including National Managing Partner for Digital Consulting, Managing Partner for IT Advisory in the EMA region.

Kumar specialises in engaging at the Board and C-level, with more than 500 Board Director briefings on topics relating to Digital Disruption, Big Data, Cybersecurity and Business Leadership in the digital era. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies, major corporations and government, helping them define their digital futures through new customer engagement models, new products, new business models, new work definitions, new organizations and new ecosystems.
Most recently, Kumar was recognised as the one of the leading Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Stalwarts in Australia. He is also the recipient of SEARCC & ACS Digital Disruptors’ International Professional of the Year 2016 Award. He was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame and ranked in the Australia’s Top 50 in Technology.

Session: Plenary 8 – Keynote Address (24 October 1.15 – 1.55pm)

Holly Ransom

CEO of Emergent

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and nonprofit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-author the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. Holly’s company, Emergent, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.

Holly holds a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President. Her work with Rotary has played a key role in the global efforts to lift youth participation in the organisation, more than doubling the organisation’s youth membership in the last five years.  Holly is a Director of Layne Beachley’s Aim For the Stars Foundation and Global Voices, and is on the Advisory Board of Swimming Australia, Black Sheep Capital and RMIT’s Business School.

In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the board of the Port Adelaide Football Club.

An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, presenting at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monaco and addressing the G20’s Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers. She is also a popular blogger, contributor to a number of leading publications and a regular radio and TV guest. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social challenges.

She was named as one to watch by Richard Branson in Wired’s 2017 Smart List.

Ms Holly Ransom appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

Session: Plenary 5 Keynote Address (23 October 4.45 – 5.30pm)

Leh Simonelli

Chair of the Board, AIPM

Leh’s primary experience spans a 33-year period within the organizational development, human resource, education; training & development fields & project management. Leh holds formal qualifications in project management, management, leadership, assessment and education. He is an endorsed assessor PMO and IPMA assessor.

His background also includes several years as a psychotherapist within the community & public mental health sector. This background together with his extensive background as an organizational development consultant enables him to bring a unique perspective and approach to his work with clients and enterprises. Further, this approach empowers his clients to challenge the traditional cultures and paradigms from which they operate.

He now specializes in performance management, project management, management & leadership, organizational systems review, organizational & project maturity reviews & change management; management & team development. He has a special interest in the study of neuroscience & emotional intelligence & its correlation to project & programme leadership.

Over the last decade he has managed major organizational change & strategic restructures in several leading private organizations. He is the Programme Director for a Capability Restructure programme for a major national -multinational telecommunications firm. He is a Consultant to the Programme Director on the implementation a major capability transformation & quality assurance programme for a multinational utilities firm.

Leh has authored several texts & learning packages on: – management & leadership, performance management & project management.

In 2011 Leh was appointed AIPM CB First Assessor; In 2012 Leh was appointed CB Director & Chair.

In 2012, Leh was appointed to the IPMA Certification & Validation Board (CVMB) as Lead Verifier, then Chief Validator overseeing & conducting validation verification on IPMA member associations certified bodies.

In 2015 was appointed Chair of the CB Board of Directors.

Leh holds formal qualifications in behavioral /social science, project management, management, assessment and education. He is an endorsed assessor PMO and IPMA assessor. (IPMA Assessor (International) –All levels.)

Session: Diversity and Inclusion (24 October 9.45 – 10.30am)

Ewen Stafford

Deputy CFO, Telstra and a Non-Executive Director of Loan Market

Ewen Stafford is an experienced international executive and Non-Executive Director, with a focus on growth and transformation.

Currently Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Telstra and a Non-Executive Director of Loan Market, Ewen has broad experience in the telecommunications, technology, eCommerce and logistics, financial services (banking, wealth management & superannuation), commercial property and professional services sectors.

Ewen has held senior leadership positions responsible for leading teams in finance, operations, sales, mergers & acquisitions, capital, treasury, procurement and shared services at Australia Post, National Australia Bank, MLC and Colliers International.

With proven experience in developing and executing large and complex business transformations, Ewen combines practical tools with an authentic leadership style to position organisations for future success. Key to this is his passion for nurturing a culture where leadership and the development of people underpin the future of the business.

Directly leading portfolio master planning, capital allocation and project communities for over 20 years, Ewen has developed a deep passion for project sponsorship and excellence in project delivery.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ewen completed an executive education program at the London Business School and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Arts (Accountancy) from the University of South Australia.

Session: Strategy to Execution: Executive Led Delivery (23 October 1.15-2.00pm)

Peter Wilkinson

Director Development & Delivery, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Peter Wilkinson has nearly 30 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects both within Australia and overseas. He is currently overseeing the design and delivery of the proposed construction program for the Metro Tunnel Project.

His rail experience in Melbourne includes the delivery of rail/road grade separations at Middleborough Road in Box Hill and Springvale Road in Nunawading, rail duplication and extension to South Morang, as well as the major brownfield works on the Regional Rail Link Project.

Prior to his current role, Peter was with John Holland Constructions for 28 years, with his most recent roles as Alliance General Manager delivering complex public infrastructure projects across Melbourne.

Session: Infrastructure Panel (23 October 4.00 – 4.45pm)

James Bawtree

CEO of PMLogic

James is the CEO of PMLogic, a niche consultancy and training company based in Sydney that has been operating for 6 years specialising the strategy execution with services including reviews and leading large programs for Defence, government, public and private entities.

He has led many complex, global programs such as mergers and acquisitions and business transformation initiatives as Program Director, as well as led consultant engagements in establishing and enhance portfolio, program, project, PMO and change management practices.

In May 2015 James completed the training run by Department of Finance to become an approved Gateway Reviewer. He is also an AIPM Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD), an IPMA Level A® Certified Projects Director, and through his role as elected President of the NSW Chapter at AIPM, actively contributing to the future of the Australian project management profession leveraging contributions to other global standards such as the latest P3M3® framework.

Some of the large-scale reviews James has led include a holistic review of CIOG, a whole of Queensland government review for Queensland Government ICT and multi largest agencies review for the New Zealand Government. He complements his experience with being an approved PRINCE2, MSP and P3O trainer, holding an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and practicing agile delivery methods.

James started his career in the UK as a Project Engineer on the Rolls-Royce graduate trainee program, achieving the IMechE Professional Chartered Engineer status in 2003 and he has also studied part psychology degree to graduate as a Knowledge Acquisition Technologist, focusing on interview techniques to extract tacit knowledge from experts and making it explicit within knowledge systems.

James is proud to be an Australian citizen (admittedly a dual-citizen, so will not run for parliament!) and has been resident in Australia since 2002 with over 17 years’ experience in leading large and small teams to run and improve programs, projects, PMOs and people across multiple industries and geographical locations.

Session: Adaptive Innovative Project Management (24 October 9.00 – 9.45am)


Ian Biggs

Ian background originates from a distinguished 26-year career with the Australian Army. At the completion of operational service in East Timor, Ian became the project manager for a national Defence communication system and for the implementation of 4 x hybrid solar power stations in the Northern Territory.

In 2006, He was appointed as a Senior Project Performance Analyst for Airservices Australia and was tasked with the rebuild of the organisational project management capability. In 2009 Ian was appointed as the Program Director of the Air Traffic Management Portfolio with the mandate to deliver capability to the international aviation industry in particular fuel saving and carbon footprint reduction initiatives. During his appointment, he also delivered the Business Systems Portfolio and the Aviation & Rescue Fire Fighting Fleet of vehicles replacements and upgrades.
Ian is a Certified and Practicing Portfolio Executive (CPPE) currently working with the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) to develop initiatives that assist project professionals to better operate in complex environments.

Session: Establishing the Communities of Excellence in Project Complexity (22 October 2.00 pm)

Laurie Bowman

Laurie Bowman has over twenty years of experience in project and portfolio controls. He works as the Principal for his training organisation Synchrony, where his focus is on helping clients achieve successful and predictable outcomes through project controls.

He has gained extensive experience over his career holding positions such as portfolio controls and analytics manager, project controls manager, project manager, project engineer, planner, cost engineer and contracts administrator. Laurie has worked with owners, contractors and consultants with multiple firms and industries including TfNSW, Origin, Boeing, Sedgman, Bechtel, BHP and QR.

Session: Making Complex Projects more Profitable and Predictable (22 October 2.00 pm)

Robert McMartin

Robert is the PMO Manager for Protected Vehicles at Thales Australia. He has also been involved in program and project management at all levels since 1990 and has been involved in a number of large Defence and telecommunication projects.

Session: Complex Project Management – Learning from the past to go forward (22 October 2.00 pm)

Collin Smith

Collin has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors. Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principle Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management.

Collin’s Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT’s Executive MBA in Complex Project Leadership in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses. More recently, he was a Principle Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM.
Collin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing Management) and a Master of Business Administration degree (General Strategic Management) and is a past member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), The Southern African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of Southern Africa (IMCSA).
Collin enjoys learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He brings multidisciplinary experience, leadership, and decision making skills to ICCPM.


Chivonne Algeo

Chivonne Algeo is Associate Professor and Course Director of Project Management at Monash University.

She has won international awards for her research, and has twenty years of experience delivering international projects. Chivonne leads the development and delivery of courses for students and industry to advance their capability for managing projects. Chivonne is the chair of the ANZAM Project Organising SIG; a member of PMI; and a Life Fellow of the AIPM.

Gina Bowman

Director – Australia, Gedeth Network
Gina has over 20 years of experience as a communications and marketing strategist working in major events across the commercial, government and creative sectors in Australia, the UK and Europe.

Gina is now based in Madrid assisting companies to develop their trade and investment competencies and access new markets. With a Master of Project Management from The University of Sydney, and a BA in Communications, Charles Sturt University, Gina’s current academic focus is exploring the potential of design thinking as a tool for complex projects.

Natalie Ewin

Natalie Ewin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, Australia.

She has extensive experience in project, program and portfolio management. Natalie’s research interests include improving the capabilities of project managers, increasing the likelihood of project success and sustaining the relevance of the profession into the future.

Nick Hadjinicolaou

Nick is the Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Global Project Management Program at Torrens University Australia.

Currently he is conducting research for his PhD in the area of Supporting Project Success through the Implementation of Project Portfolio Management. He has presented at National and International project management conferences in Australia in 2016/2017, in Poland in 2016 and Jordan in 2017.
Prior to joining Torrens University Australia in 2013 he has been a Program, Project and IT Manager for 3Pillars Asia Pacific, Business SA, the State Government of South Australia, IBM and Telstra.
Nick holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Project Management from the University of Adelaide, is a PMI certified Program and Project Manager and a Certified Management Consultant from the Institute of Management Consultants.

Kenneth Farnes

Ken Farnes MBA, MITPM, BBus, PMP.
Ken has over 30 years’ experience in both the corporate and government sectors.

Ken is currently researching a PhD in project management at RMIT. His research is focused on the ‘human element’ in projects and the integration of business leadership practices. Ken holds Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Technology Project Management, and a Bachelor of Business.

Session: Organisational culture and the project manager; the sponsors perception (24 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Garry Huang

Dr Garry Huang DM, MBA, MEngSc(PM), BE (Project Mgnt / Civil)
Current Position:
CEO Wangying Foundation; 2014 – present

Previous positions:
Project Manager, Hehuan Consruction Group (Taiwan) 2010 – 2014
UNSW Casual academic staff (Civil Engineering) 2008 – 2009
Project Officer, MWH Australia 2007 – 2008
Project Officer, NSW Department of Commerce 2004 – 2007 The NSW student medal winner for the 2006 Australian Institute of Project Management, Project Management Achievement Awards

Session: Effects of organisational project management maturity on competitive advantages (24 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Greg Usher

Greg Usher is a General Manager for RPS Project Management in Queensland, Australia. He is also a PhD candidate at the School of Management and Enterprise at the University of Southern Queensland.

His research is focussed on developing a better understanding of the paradoxes inherent within project management practice, and the development of new frameworks and tools for managing these paradoxes.

Dr Hamed Sarbazhosseini

Hamed is a lecturer at University of Canberra. Hamed ‘s PhD topic was “conceptualising project portfolio management in terms of organisational state-transition approach”. Hamed’s research areas are PPM deliverables, PPM success and PPM software.

Session: PPM Software – Advice beyond the magic quadrant (23 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Dr Raymond Young (BBSc, MBA, PhD)Brief Biography

Raymond is a senior lecturer at UNSW Canberra and a leading international researcher in the field of project governance.

He is a founding member of the Standards Australia sub-committee developing IT Governance Standards and editor of HB280 a handbook on how the board and top managers govern projects to succeed. Raymond’s earlier career was as a management consultant with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu that culminated in a CIO role in a joint venture company between Fujitsu Australia and Bell Atlantic.

Session: PPM Software – Advice beyond the magic quadrant (23 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Lyn Crawford

Professor Lynn Crawford

Professor & Director, Project Management Program, The University of Sydney
Adjunct Professor, Bond University
Visiting Professor, Cranfield University School of Management
Professor, Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE)

Lynn is Professor and Director of the Project Management Program at The University of Sydney and was previously a Director of Human Systems International, working with leading corporations and government agencies, assisting them in benchmarking and improving their organizational project and program management capability as part of a global knowledge network.

Professor Crawford has been actively engaged in the development of global standards for project management since the late 1990s and was instrumental in the formation of the Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS) of which she is a Director. She is an Honorary Fellow of the APM (UK) and recipient of the Sir Monty Finniston award for lifetime achievement in project management practice and research; Life Fellow of the AIPM; Honorary Fellow of IPMA, recipient of the 2011 IPMA Research Achievement Award; and formerly Co-Vice Chair of PMI’s Global Accreditation Center.


 Chris Quin

Chris Quin is the Director of Resilient Projects. Chris holds a Master’s degree in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction and is a Certified Practicing Project Director.

Chris has a keen interest in resilient infrastructure, and disaster preparedness and mitigation projects. He has extensive experience in successful projects for organisations such as the NSW Office of Emergency Services, Energy Queensland, and Queensland Fire & Emergency Services.
Chris has also worked in the response, recovery, and reconstruction effort to major natural disasters such as Cyclone Debbie, Cyclone Marcia, and Cyclone Yasi, and is an active member of the Queensland State Emergency Service.

 Dave Lavers

Dave works as part of a client side team managing a program of 31 projects, spread across most Australian states and territories. Dave’s experience is founded on time served within Defence, where he filled a number of appointments in various organisations, including three years working within the New Zealand Army.

He has worked across all levels of government, with roles in both national security and the Aid sector. Dave operated a small business, working extensively with community groups, developing and conducting community engagement processes.

Complementing his project management skills, Dave provides specialist advice on stakeholder engagement and public participation. As an internationally recognised Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), with the International Association of Facilitators (iAF), Dave designs and conducts collaborative engagement processes that deliver superior results for clients. Dave believes that professional facilitation is a capability enabler and can be a competitive advantage for project management companies.

 Niccolò De Briganti

Niccolo is currently working with some of Australia’s largest companies from both the public and private sector to provide project assurance services on high profile projects as consultants at PwC. He has graduated from a Honours Bachelor of Project Management with a thesis focusing on Stakeholder Management and Social Network Analysis.

Session: Saving the world one project at a time (23 October 2.00 – 2.25pm)

Session: Portfolio intelligence: analytics and visualisation (24 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Stephen Callaghan

Stephen is currently the Agile Transformational Lead at AGL Energy which is currently undergoing a massive digital transformation.

Session: Adapt or Die (23 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Stephen is seen as one of the most experienced & successful Agile transformational professionals in Australia. Previous major employers have included Medibank, Unified Healthcare Group and Shine Technologies. Stephen’s core competency is in transforming businesses large and small using the best relevant and applicable methods from the Lean / Design Thinking and Agile practices tool set.

Keith Chidley

Keith started his career in the Royal Air Force. After 6 years he moved into the private sector, moving into a number of management positions.

In 1997 he became the service director of an IT and Retail Systems support company.

In 2005 Keith made the decision to immigrate with his family to Australia, starting work with the Public Transport authority. Keith has held positions such as Communications Superintendent, Project Manager for Integrated Asset Management and Manager Strategic Asset Management.

In 2013 Keith became Manager Programs and Projects with a $70m capital works program delivering asset renewal for the PTA. He continues in this role, developing skills, driving accountability and delivering change.

Keith is currently the WA Chapter President of AIPM, Chair of ECU Industry Collaboration Forum and member of the fundraising committee for angelhands, supporting recovery from extreme trauma. Keith is an Alumni of LeadershipWA.

Session: The fear of Dracula! Managing Stakeholders through Virtual Reality (23 October 11.00-11.25am)

Carleton Chinner

Carleton Chinner has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist in portfolio, program and project management framework and strategy implementation. He has set up Project Management Offices in fields as diverse as Information Technology, Clean Energy, Press and Publication, and Agriculture. He is a current Member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and Certified Practicing Project Director (CPPD).

Session: Design, Establish, and Optimise your PMO (23 October 2.30 – 2.55pm)

Hannah Clement

Hannah Clement is a Project Director leading the delivery of a suite of projects on behalf of the State Government of Victoria. Her projects currently include the $88.1 million State Library Redevelopment and $38.5 million Geelong Permforming Arts Centre Redevelopment. Immediate past projects also include leading the successful delivery of the award winning $183 million Margaret Court Arena project at Melbourne Park.

In addition to recent roles on behalf of the Victorian State Government Hannah has delivered complex and challenging projects across Australia and internationally including major projects in United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Hannah originally trained as a civil engineer and spent 10 years in the engineering consultancy sector, and has developed a specialisation in the delivery of major sporting, event and social infrastructure.

Session: What tools does a project manager need to deliver (23 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Leo Cusack

Leo Cusack is an independent Project Manager who has a long association with Aspen Medical. During the West Africa Ebola crisis 2014-2015, he was the Program Manager for Aspen Medical.

He was responsible for Aspen Medical’s deployments to Sierra Leone in support of the Australian, New Zealand and UK Governments and also the four Ebola Treatment Units in support of USAID in Liberia.Currently, he is responsible for the company’s trauma centre deployment south of Mosul, Iraq.Leo’s career has seen him complete his Bachelor’s degree at ANU, post graduate studies in Project Management from UNSW and he is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and served in the army as an Infantry Officer until 2005.Upon leaving the ADF, Leo has had a broad business career including the General Manager of a multinational company in the region and now concentrates on project consulting and commercial property interests.

Session: Planning and sustaining multiple trauma hospitals in a conflict zone in support of humanitarian efforts (23 October 2.00 – 2.25pm)

Cyndi Dawes

Cyndi is Industry Manager for the public and for purpose sectors at Terra Firma Business Consulting.
She has a particular interest in setting people and projects up for success and in making sure what is delivered via projects is fit for purpose. She has over 15 years consulting experience across Government, Telecommunications, Higher Education, Utilities and Financial Services.

Session: Piloting Design Thinking for innovation: what we learned (24 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Simon Day

Simon Day holds a masters in project management from RMIT and has 20 years experience in construction project management .

Simon has been responsible for the alignment of systems with process and subsequent roll outi to end users on 3 major infrastructure projects; BER, Queensland flood recovery and Melbourne Metro Design JV. Simon has worked for leading consultancies including SKM/Jacobs and AECOM/Davis Langdon during this time. He is now a senior consultant for UniPhi; an Australian developed and owned software company creating solutions for the built envrionment

Session: Portfolio, Programme, Project Management and Contract Management (P3CM) (23 October 2.00 – 2.25pm)

Joan Dobbie

Joan Dobbie has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has delivered complex programmes for a diverse group of organisations here in Australia and globally. Joan’s passion is for delivering practical organisation change that provides real and sustainable value for the business.

She has successfully managed large, complex, transformation programmes, delivering significant business value, by combining strategic thinking, programme management and organisation change management skills. Certified as both a Programme Manager and a Change Manager Joan’s current interests are in building sustainable organisational capability and the challenges of integrating best practice PPM and Change Management methods to maximise benefits.

Session: Delivering a successful large scale transformation: how resilience and persistence won the day (23 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Stephen Dowling

Stephen Dowling:Stephen is the founder of ETM and has over 25 years of international business experience.

He has worked with companies such as Reuters, Shell, and Baxter Healthcare. As a project manager he has successfully delivered many different types of projects, the largest being a complex upgrade of a US$2bn ERP system across 17 countries in Europe. Stephens passion now is supporting & developing world class ‘Project Leaders’ of the future.

Session: Adapt or Die (23 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Bryan Fenech

Bryan is a Senior Manager in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice who specialises in Transformation Confidence.

He has 20+ years’ experience in the delivery (up to $77m) and governance and assurance (up to $300m) of major organisational change programs in various industries. He also has 11 years’ experience as an educator at university Masters level, developing courses and teaching in the areas of strategic technology investment and organisational design.

Session: Saving the world one project at a time (23 October 2.00 – 2.25pm)

Session: Portfolio intelligence: analytics and visualisation (24 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Isabel Gray-Garraway

Isabel is an experienced Project and System Change professional, focused on strategic solutions delivering benefit and value to the Government and Citizen.Isabel is currently the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) Technology Change Manager (as part of the Cluster Shared Service Business Information Services group). In this role, she manages the Technology Change Management Team and leads the Technology Change Management Practice across the NSW Planning and Environment Government Cluster.

Isabel is a Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM), sits on the NSW Public Sector Change Advisory Board (managing the Practice Portfolio), is a certified Change Practitioner, holds a Masters of Applied Linguistics and is currently undertaking a Masters of IT Management.

Session: A Government case study of the challenges of service and cultural transformation (23 October 11.00-11.25am)

Brendan Hill

Session: “The Battle” – Award winning Project Management simulation (23 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Aaron Hudson

Aaron Hudson is a business consultant and project delivery expert with over 22 years’ experience in the creation, planning and implementation of complex ideas that support radical business transformation.

Formerly a Captain in the Australian Army, Aaron has delivered a significant portfolio of large, successful projects across industry sectors such as defence, government, energy, health, utilities, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and transportation.

Aaron has also founded a number of startup companies, and is the co-founder of Grapple, a project planning and automation tool designed to help new and experienced project managers.

Session: Virtual teams and virtual management (23 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter is an electronic and electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in delivering projects and programs. These projects and programs have been in the ICT, Aviation, financial and electrical distribution industries.

In multiple organisations and companies he has successfully developed, established and led program management sections. This includes developing the staff capabilities, program frameworks, processes and supporting systems; as well as being the director for all the projects and programs within his section.

Session: Effective Portfolio Decision Making (24 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Paul MacDonald

Paul has with 35+ years’ experience in local and international business and has been working in project, program, and portfolio management over the past 25+ years.

Paul’s background is in Complex Project / Program / Portfolio Management (including P3O establishment and operation), but has also developed expertise in Operations / Business Management, Business Strategy development / implementation, Risk Analysis, Cost Reduction / Efficiency improvement, and Change Management.
He has worked in Defence, Manufacturing, Construction, Transport, Water, Finance, Health, Agriculture, and Management Consulting.
Paul has been with SMS Management and Technology for the past 6 years and in his current role he is responsible for all aspects of the advancement and refinement of the Project, Program and Portfolio Services capability across SMS’s Asia Pacific locations.
He has a first class honours degree in Engineering, and a Master of Engineering Science degree, both from Adelaide University, and an MBA from Stanford University, USA.

Nick Jago

In 2015, after 4 years working on North West Rail Link, Nick moved temporarily to New Zealand, to manage a major upgrade project of the Auckland Airport International Terminal.

He returned to Australia in February 2017 to work on the Easing Sydney Congestion project, so now has the John Candy inspired infrastructure project triumvirate of Planes, Trains and Automobiles under his belt.

Session: When it all goes wrong (23 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Julius Jeppe

Julius Jeppe is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Viewport Studios, one of Australia’s leading digital studios, specialising in Computer Generated Imagery and Virtual / Augmented Reality Software.

From a background in Fine Arts, Julius strives to bring a delicate balance of light, tone, detail and intuitive control to all the imagery and software created by Viewport. Working with Digital Artists and Software Engineers, the work Julius creates is a delicate balance of ‘Art versus Science’, used by clients all over the globe. Throughout his career Julius has delivered imagery and interactives for many large scale developments and projects, including Perth Airport, the New Perth Stadium, Perth City Link, and most recently a spate of projects for Perth’s Metronet.

Session: The fear of Dracula! Managing Stakeholders through Virtual Reality (23 October 11.00-11.25am)

Rick Kwasek

Rick Kwasek’s current role as Manager of Urban and Infrastructure Projects at the City of Stonnington, is ultimately responsible for the planning, design documentation and delivery of capital works projects in the public domain. A key emphasis is to integrate high quality urban design and place making principles into the planning, design and delivery of projects. The main objective of his role is to ensure the delivery of these projects will contribute to achieving Council’s aspirations for maintaining and improving the environment, livability, community and prosperity.

Rick has previously owned and managed a landscape construction business. He has a background in flood modelling and civil construction and has tertiary qualifications in Civil Engineering, completed a Masters in Project Management and Contracting at Victoria University and has post graduate qualifications in construction.

Session: Cato Square – Creating an internationally significant, public open space in the Chapel Street Precinct (23 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Russell Scott – Project Process Improver

Building on 20 years experience delivering projects in the public and private sector in Australia and the USA, Russell helps to improve the capability of project managers and organisations alike, through a mix of education, mentoring and process improvement.

Dmytri Lukianov

Dmytri Lukianov, PhD is Certified Project Director with IPMA, IPMA Assessor, Professor of Project Management at Belorussian National Technical University and a Fellow Member of Ukrainian Project Management Association.

Session: Keeping your eyes on the prize (23 October 3.00 – 3.25 pm)

Jon Riddett

Jon is a masters qualified Certified Practicing Project Director with extensive experience establishing governance frameworks within E/PMO’s delivering change programs in industries including Financial Services, Credit Risk, Healthcare, Higher Education, Telecommunications, Insurance, and FMCG. His roles include general management, organisational transformation, over 8 PMO deployments and 12 years of portfolio management. His 25 years of PM experience includes Prince2, PMBOK and ITIL based certifications and Agile implementations.

Highly regarded internationally as a PPPM practitioner, Jon’s approach to stakeholder engagement includes several award winning projects which have seen him recognised with state, national and APAC titles for Project Director & Project Manager of the Year. He won the Silver Medal in the 2016 IPMA Project Management World Finals held in Warsaw, Poland.
Jon is passionate about giving back to his profession by investing in the development of project managers and is a volunteer AIPM mentor, IPMA and PMAA judge and recently qualified as a trainer.

Session: What PM Qualifications do not teach (24 October 11.00 – 11.25 am)

Peter Sexton

Peter Sexton is a partner in the Management Consulting practice at KPMG. Peter has over 25 years global industry experience, including nearly 20 years of consulting experience in the aviation, Defence and automotive industries in Australia and Asia and direct experience in management roles within Ford Australia, General Dynamics International based at Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, Morgan & Banks HR and Recruitment Consulting and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Peter has a Masters Degree in Project Management, an MBA and an Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Adelaide. Since joining KPMG in 2002, Peter has had significant experience providing project, program and portfolio management advisory support in the to a range of government and commercial enterprises in the review of business processes, development of the case for change and establishment of project business cases and in establishing business governance frameworks to effectively deliver organisational transformation and reform.

Session: Transformational Programs (24 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Kestrel Stone

Kestrel Stone is a highly qualified project management expert with over 13 years experience spanning a wide range of project-based industries where she has designed and delivered dozens of training programs.

Combining an undergraduate degree in psychology with a Masters in Project Management and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Kestrel brings a balanced perspective to project management that recognises the importance of ‘soft’ interpersonal skills as well as ‘hard’ technical project management skills.
In 2012, Kestrel established Elemental Projects, a boutique project management training and consulting firm. She specialises in designing and delivering professional development programs for project personnel; engaging project management communities through bespoke workshops and project simulations; and working with clients to evaluate and uplift organisational capability in project, program and portfolio management.

Session: “The Battle” – Award winning Project Management simulation (23 October 12.00 – 12.25pm)

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner is the Senior Manager Business Development & Innovation at cohealth, where he is responsible for the development of innovative approaches to tackling a diverse range of complex health and social service needs. Christopher is interested in the application of design thinking techniques in complex systems, believing that by augmenting traditional project methodologies, not-for-profits can ensure their service design is impact and consumer-led.

Session: Piloting Design Thinking for innovation: what we learned (24 October 11.30 – 11.55am)

Ulysses De Vincentis

Ulysses is a Principal Consultant with DXC Technology. He is an experienced program and project manager, who, has from time to time been called in to recover projects that have “lost their way”. He believes that building resilient teams is necessary for successful project outcomes in stressful environments.

Session: Resilient teams are high performance teams (24 October 11.00 – 11.25 am)

Lachlan Waite

Lachlan is a progressive and intuitive Program Manager who has been successfully delivering projects both nationally and internationally for over 10 years.

Establishing himself as an intelligent and forward thinking Program Leader, he is working in Aurecon’s Program Advisory Business providing leadership and management advice to industry and Government organisations. Lachlan is a Councillor on the QLD Chapter Council and is passionate about working with Emerging Professionals, and promoting the role that Leadership will play in our profession as it adapts to a digital future.

Session: Re-thinking Quality Assurance and Leadership: Assuring the Quality of the Person not the Process (24 October 11.00 – 11.25am)

Vicki Young

Vicki Young has 25+ years professional experience and started her career as a medical researcher, following a deep curiosity about how things work and how to help people.After an MBA she moved into consulting, product development, program management, organizational change management and leadership roles.

A recurrent theme of her work has been about finding the right business solution, collaborative design and development, and the interface between people and technology. In 2015 Vicki co-founded the Melbourne Lean Change Management Meetup to explore innovative ways to manage change. She is also a Director on the Board of Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Australia.

Session: Integrating Lean Change Management into Program and Project Delivery (23 October 3.00 – 3.25 pm)

Elena Zagorenko

Elena Zagorenko is a success-focused leader who delivers outstanding results by positively influencing behaviors of individuals and teams and driving high-performance culture.

She has worked in a variety of sectors both in Europe and Australia in project, program and portfolio management capacity and is regarded as an industry expert in managing refurbishment and asset life extension projects. Elena holds two Master Degrees and is a Certified Practicing Project Director with AIPM.

Session: Keeping your eyes on the prize (23 October 3.00 – 3.25 pm)