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The Mentors

We have a team of over 40 exceptional business leaders who volunteer their time to work with the Australia Leaders Programme delegates to develop and nurture their talent.

These leaders are CEOs, MDs, CMOs, SVPs, Entrepreneurs and Academics with experience across all industry sectors. Each has had a high profile career filled with outstanding achievements and provide great insight and guidance to our delegates.

Like us, they all have a love for talent development, are dedicated to the achievement of marketing excellence, and are keen to share their knowledge and experience at mentoring sessions, bootcamps, lectures or ‘lunch & learns’

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    James Ajaka is Chief Executive Officer of Allied Pinnacle;...

    James Ajaka, CEO - Allied Pinnacle

    James Ajaka

    James Ajaka is Chief Executive Officer of Allied Pinnacle; Australia’s leading manufacturer of flour, bakery mix and bakery products.

    Allied Pinnacle currently employs approximately 2,000 people across Australia. Allied Pinnacle has a national footprint with flour mills spanning all capital cities sourcing wheat from the key growing regions across Australia and in turn supplying flour, bread and cake mixes to food manufacturers, large and small. In addition, Allied Pinnacle manufacture a wide range of bakery products including artisan breads cakes, cookies, pastries, croissants and muffins. James is excited about working with a talented team of people and bringing some great consumer-focused innovations including better for you options to the category.

    James has a Bachelor of Business with a double major in marketing and international business from the Australian Catholic University and also completed an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2009.
    James was previously Chief nudie at Nudie Foods Australia. In the 12 years he was with the company nudie went from blending fruit in a kitchen for family and friends to being the number 1 chilled juice brand in Australia across the grocery segment. In the six years that James was Chief nudie, nudie’s market share went from circa 2.5% to 30%.
    James is passionate about great leadership and believes in good people, clever thinking, empowerment and putting in the hard yards.

    James is married to Cathy and is the proud father of Eliza, Brooke & Rose.

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    Extensive FMCG experience (20yrs!) working across food, be...

    Kiril Simonovski, Director, Marketing & Retail Sales - Fonterra

    Kiril Simonovski

    Extensive FMCG experience (20yrs!) working across food, beverage and durables, international exposure, sales and marketing focus across organisations such as Parmalat, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Kraft, Fosters/CUB, Heinz and Fonterra. Prior to joining Fonterra Australia in Nov 2013, I spent 3 years at Heinz as a member of the Australian Executive Leadership Team as General Manager of the Heinz Business Unit (full P&L responsibility) as well as heading up the Brands Marketing function for Australia where my primary focus was to help accelerate the commercial turnaround of the business. I am currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Fonterra’s Australian Retail business leading a team of 100+ people reporting directly to the Managing Director Oceania.

    Personal Values: Family, integrity, accountability, vision, adaptability, passion, decisive and continuous improvement.Leadership Approach: Authentic, constructive, accountable, open and approachable, value people, achievement focussed, strategic, over communicate, decisive and agile, collaborative.

    I am passionate about making a sustainable commercial difference through a constructive, outcome focussed approach to enable achievement with and through others always striving to do the right thing for the long term.

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    Rushenka Perera has been in marketing throughout her 25 ye...

    Rushenka Perera, Head of Marketing - SAP

    Rushenka Perera

    Rushenka Perera has been in marketing throughout her 25 year career, with more than 20-years experience in the IT industry. Rushenka is currently Head of Marketing at SAP for the ANZ business but in the past has held roles in managing marketing teams across Asia Pacific Japan. Rushenka has held previous roles at EMC/Pivotal, Oracle, SSA and CA InterBiz.

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    Phil Lynch is VP Commercial Growth & Innovation for the Jo...

    Philip Lynch, Vice President Innovation & Growth - Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific

    Philip Lynch

    Phil Lynch is VP Commercial Growth & Innovation for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia Pac region, a role he assumed in Jan 2016. The role leads Integration of the company’s Acquisition portfolio and in addition geographical expansion of an Australian developed internal ideas and collaboration program, “Idea’s Big and Small”.

    Phil has a 29 year career with Johnson & Johnson that spans Consumer Marketing, Sales and General Management roles in the UAE, Korea, Thailand and Singapore.  Phil returned to Australia as the ANZ Managing Director in 2009. Prior roles included Asia Pacific responsibility for the Johnson’s brand portfolio while Singapore based and also for the regional Sales function.  Phil holds a Bachelor in Business Marketing from Monash University.

    Phil has been a Board member of the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) bodies and is an Australian Institute Companies Director member.

    Phil lives in Sydney with his wife Lorna and three daughters, is an advocate of fitness and well-being, including a 5 year participant in the Tour de Cure cycling event for Cancer cure and prevention.

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    Matthew is CEO of the Enero Group, a marketing services co...

    Matthew Melhuish, CEO, Enero Group

    Matthew Melhuish

    Matthew is CEO of the Enero Group, a marketing services company listed on the ASX. Enero has around 650 staff across 11 businesses in 15 cities worldwide, with key hubs in Sydney, London and New York. Enero capabilities span a broad spectrum of marketing services.

    Enero Group brands include Naked Communications, BMF, Frank PR, The Leading Edge, Precinct, Jigsaw Research and Hotwire PR among others. Matthew is a Founding Partner of BMF and is also Group CEO of Naked Communications.

    Matthew has 30 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry across a range of roles in Australia and the UK. Matthew has been Australian Chairman of the Effie’s Advertising Effectiveness Awards for 10 years and has spent more than 10 years as a National Board member of industry peak body, The Communications Council (previously the Advertising Federation of Australia - AFA). Matthew also served as National Chairman of the AFA.

    Matthew is a Board member of Australia’s leading performing arts festival the Sydney Festival and was an Australian Board member of international aid organisation Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) for 10 years.

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    Rowena is a marketing, communications & digital specialist...

    Rowena Millward, Managing Partner - MORGAN & Director of Client Partnerships - Seven West Media

    Rowena Millward

    Rowena is a marketing, communications & digital specialist; with deep business & operational experience across emerging and developed markets globally, and a passion for innovation.

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    A seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years ...

    Mark Lollback, CEO, GroupM Australia & New Zealand

    Mark Lollback

    A seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years of global blue-chip marketing experience, Mark Lollback assumed the role of GroupM Australia & New Zealand CEO in April 2016.

    Mark is the only CEO of a media agency group who was a client, bringing a fresh perspective to the role. His career as a marketing leader spans four continents, a number of categories and a proven track record in delivering results.

    Prior to joining GroupM he was the first ever Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald’s Australia & New Zealand, with previous marketing roles at ANZ Banking Group, Pepsi Lipton International New York, Unilever China and Birds Eye Foods UK.

    When not at work, Mark likes to spend time with his wife and children around their home in the Northern Beaches, and indulge his passion for sailing on Sydney Harbour and Pittwater.

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    Andrew is the CEO of Publicis Worldwide in Australia and a...

    Andrew Baxter, CEO - Publicis Worldwide

    Andrew Baxter

    Andrew is the CEO of Publicis Worldwide in Australia and also sits on the Publicis Worldwide global management board.
    Prior to this, he held the role of CEO of Ogilvy Australia for three years, where he supervised the launch and development of businesses specializing in advertising, direct marketing, digital, activation, digital media, brand strategy, photography and video, design and ethnic communications. During his tenure, major award-winning and now globally famous campaigns “Share a Coke” and AAMI’s “Rhonda and Ketut” were launched. This followed four years as CEO of the Ogilvy Group in Melbourne, where he oversaw the highly successful merger between BADJAR and Ogilvy, major account wins such as Officeworks and MYER, and the opening of a number of companies within the Melbourne office including One20, Neo@Ogilvy and Ogilvy Action. Prior to that Andrew had been the Executive Director of Singleton Ogilvy & Mather Sydney. Andrew started his advertising career at Young & Rubicam Melbourne in 1993, rose to Head of Account Management at Young & Rubicam Sydney in 1998, became Advertising Associates’ Managing Director in 2002, before joining Singleton Ogilvy & Mather in 2004.
    He has worked with many of Australia’s largest companies and brands, including MYER, Wesfarmers, Medibank, BMW, Australia Post, AAMI, Toyota, KFC, Nestle, Kimberly Clark, Qantas, Nintendo & Westpac, as well as the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and Federal Governments. Andrew is a Director of a number of companies within Publicis Worldwide Australia, Chairs the Melbourne Aces as well as The Song Room, and sits on the Boards of the Communications Council and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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    Ray Kloss is the Director of Marketing for Cisco. Previoul...

    Ray Kloss, Director of Marketing - Cisco

    Ray Kloss

    Ray Kloss is the Director of Marketing for Cisco. Previoulsy Head of Marketing for SAP Australia and New Zealand which he joined in June 2005 after many years’ experience on large software projects in roles including sales, marketing and delivery across North America and the Asia Pacific. Kloss is responsible for the company’s brand investments, pipeline development and customer engagement.

    With 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Ray has been influencing the purchasing preferences of thousands of B2B customers across channels, industries and geographies with SAP, PeopleSoft, HP and IBM. Ray has a leadership role in multiple global Marketing transformation projects, led by his focus on Design Thinking toward customer-centric solutions.

    Before coming to SAP, Kloss was responsible for Product and Industry Marketing for PeopleSoft APJ. Prior to this he held multiple roles at Hewlett Packard, including marketing manager for online services, business development for HP’s ANZ SAP practice and sales director of HP’s Asia Pacific E-services Division. In his earlier career Kloss worked with HR, Payroll and CRM at Lend Lease, ERP Channels at IBM and ERP implementation at General Motors.

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    Barni is marketing director at Sportsbet, Australia’s bigg...

    Barni Evans, Marketing Director, Sportsbet

    Barni Evans

    Barni is marketing director at Sportsbet, Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker, Sportsbet.

    Barni started his marketing career as a graduate trainee at News International and left five years later as marketing director of News’ online products. Subsequently he worked in Ecommerce, Sports and Telecoms sectors before joining Paddy Power to spearhead the company’s entry into the UK in 2001. 

    When Paddy Power acquired Sportsbet in 2009, Barni joined the Australian business in a non-exec capacity, subsequently making the move to Australian, joining Sportsbet full-time in 2011.

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    Terry Savage is Chairman of Cannes Lions, the world's lead...

    Terry Savage, Chairman - Cannes Lions

    Terry Savage

    Terry Savage is Chairman of Cannes Lions, the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications.Prior to his appointment in 2003 as CEO of Cannes Lions, Terry Savage, an Australian national, was Executive Chairman of the global cinema advertising company Val Morgan, in Australia. Under his leadership, Val Morgan expanded from Australia into New Zealand, USA, South America, Middle East and Asia.During this time he was also President of the International advertising trade body SAWA (Screen Advertising World Association).Terry was the Australian representative for Cannes Lions for 15 years and during this period, promoted Australian creativity at the international event.
    He was appointed CEO of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in March 2003, Executive Chairman in 2005 and became Chairman in 2006 taking on a strategic business development role for the division’s five Festivals: Cannes Lions, eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia and the Tangrams. Terry currently sits on the Board of Directors for Advance – the global community of Australians committed to the exchange of knowledge, connections and ideas.

    “Whilst process is critical for businesses to function it is creativity that enables companies and individuals to make the leap into new territories, create new visions and accelerate the growth of their organisations. Cannes Lions and our regional Festivals are about spreading the creative vision to help enable people to achieve this. Creativity is a great differentiator and it is our role to ensure more and more companies recognise this in all aspects of their organisations,” says Terry Savage, Chairman of Cannes Lions.

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    Kim Portrate is a highly effective, commercially minded, s...

    Kim Portrate, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) - Helloworld Limited (HLO)

    Kim Portrate

    Kim Portrate is a highly effective, commercially minded, strategic professional with 15+ years’ in B2B, B2B2C and government sectors, in Australia and overseas, with experience across a diverse range of industries including FMCG, telecommunications, financial services, professional services and travel.

    With over 25 years' experience in marketing and brand management, most recently as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Helloworld Limited (HLO), Kim leveraged her extensive strategic planning background, stakeholder management and consumer marketing experience to direct and manage HLO's marketing presence. In the 2 and a half years since its launch in December 2013 the helloworld brand experienced significant growth in awareness, sales and new customers.

    Immediately prior to joining HLO, Kim spent five years as General Manager, Consumer Marketing at Tourism Australia. In this role, Kim led the consumer marketing team in global strategy, program development and the implementation of all marketing activities across 25 diverse markets. In particular, Kim was responsible for a range of innovative programs and campaigns that leveraged relationships with key partners, while also leading the development and delivery of all digital assets.

    Prior to joining Tourism Australia, Kim worked for other media agencies in Australia and in the US. Kim was Director of Insight and Innovation at Carat Media Services Australia, with responsibility for the development, delivery, pricing and quality of communication products and services delivered to local, regional and global clients.

    Kim also held the position of Senior Vice President Group Planning Direct at BBDO Worldwide and Senior Vice President of Planning at D’Arcy Worldwide Inc.

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    Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one o...

    Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre

    Dr Simon Longstaff

    Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community.

    Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.

    Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

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    Currently Chief Growth and Product Officer of GroupM agenc...

    James Hier, Chief Growth and Product Officer - GroupM agency Wavemaker

    James Hier

    Currently Chief Growth and Product Officer of GroupM agency Wavemaker, previously the CEO of MEC Australia and New Zealand. James has over 20 years’ experience in advertising spanning digital, creative, strategy, consultancy  and media agencies.
    James hosts the award winning TV series, Marketing Dividends, on Sky News Business where he interviews Australia’s leading CMO’s & CEO’s on marketing’s contribution to the bottom line. Now in its third series, Marketing Dividends won the global World Federation of Advertisers exclusive Chairman’s Award for Excellence in promoting marketing.
    James is a regular guest on industry panels, speaker platforms and Media Week on Sky News Business.
    Prior to re-joining GroupM in Australia, James spent five years as a global Integrated Marketing Communications consultant to the Unilever Marketing Academy, Heineken and SABMiller working in over 20 countries.  He has worked at TBWA, DDB, Leo Burnett and Starcom.
    James received the “Great Mind Award 2015” from the Journal of Advertising Research and was recognised on the Internationalist’s “The Agency Innovators List 2013”.

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    Cheryl Hayman is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, a Mento...

    Cheryl Hayman, Founder and Principal of Hayman Strategy

    Cheryl Hayman

    Cheryl Hayman is a Strategic Marketing Consultant, a Mentor and a Professional Company Director.
    She is founder and principal of Hayman Strategy, a consultancy which provides a broad range of branded business and marketing solutions to organisations.

    Cheryl has 20 years experience as a marketing professional with a deep knowledge and a firm track record in building brands. Prior to establishing her business, Cheryl's lengthy corporate career encompassed big brands in major multi-national organisations. Much of her experience has been with consumer brands in retail environments.

    In corporate life, Cheryl was Marketing Director for the Baking Division of George Weston Foods (Australia/NZ) overseeing the strategy, management, development and innovation of renowned brands such as Tip Top and Burgen.
    Previously Cheryl spent six years with Yum Restaurants International as Marketing Director, across KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Australia and NZ.

    Cheryl also worked at Unilever in Australia for nine years, which included 3 years at Elida Gibbs in London.
    Cheryl is on the board of a number of companies, including ASX listed entities, not for profit and publicly unlisted organisations. Cheryl works across business-to-business, consumer-facing and membership-based industries in sectors spanning health, sport, education, agri-business and training.

    Cheryl is passionate about growing brands in an ever more competitive environment, and has become an advocate for the relevant strategic use of social media for building a sustainable and compelling brand stories. Cheryl regularly runs webinars and writes blogs for the Australian Businesswomen’s Network.

    Cheryl specialises in mentoring for marketing, communications and board executives. She also participates in several industry committees, including the AFA Advertising Effectiveness committee, and acts as a Mentor Supervisor for the Women on Boards Next Generation Female Leaders programme.

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    Andrea Martens is currently Chief Brand Officer at leading...

    Andrea Martens, Chief Brand Officer - Jurlique

    Andrea Martens

    Andrea Martens is currently Chief Brand Officer at leading prestige skincare brand Jurlique. As part of the global leadership team she is responsible for all brand touch points throughout the organisation whilst leading global innovation, marketing and digital teams.

    Prior to her role at Jurlique, Andrea was Vice President Marketing / Managing Director Home and Personal Care at Unilever Australasia. In that role she had overall marketing and operational responsibility for Unilever’s Home & Personal Care business unit, which includes world leading brands Dove, Rexona and Omo. She has also held marketing roles at Glaxo SmithKline and FH Faulding

    Throughout her career, Andrea has successfully led both turnaround and acceleration strategies on multiple brands. She has been responsible for a $600 million revenue business, leading high profile brands and portfolios and delivering excellent results through an effective mix of strategy, innovation and creative thinking.

    Andrea has a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia. She is a mum of two young children and is passionate about coaching and mentoring other working mothers as they return to work and continue to build their careers.

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    Andy Lark is a globally awarded marketer and leader in soc...

    Andy Lark, CMO - Xero

    Andy Lark

    Andy Lark is a globally awarded marketer and leader in social and digital technologies.  Today Andy is the Chief Marketing Officer of Xero – named the world’s most innovative growth company by Forbes.

    For the past two decades, Andy Lark has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to drive growth and change with the aim of attaining digital and brand greatness for their institutions. These include Air New Zealand, Brocade, Commonwealth Bank, Coles, Dell, Emirates Team New Zealand, IBM, Simplot, Southwest Airlines, Sun, The New Zealand Government, Visa, and Xero. He has built some of the world’s most successful ecommerce sites; online communities and applications for smartphones.

    He has held CMO roles with The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell Computer, Sun Microsystems and Nortel Networks.  He chairs Group Lark – a global consultancy driving brand and digital transformations for the world’s leading countries and enterprises.

    He is a non - executive director of Mighty River Power, Simple HQ, SLI Systems, Fronde and Number 8 Ventures – New Zealand’s leading technology venture capital firm. He and invests in and advises numerous start - ups including Simple, Moven, Rare Birds and Flamingo. He is an advisor to both Marketshare and Marketo – US - based leaders in marketing automation technologies.

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    Mark Reinke was appointed to the role of Chief Customer Ex...

    Mark Reinke, Chief Customer Experience Officer - Suncorp Group

    Mark Reinke

    Mark Reinke was appointed to the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer in March 2016.

    Mark has over 25 years’ experience in senior customer, digital, marketing, product, distribution and strategy roles across financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and packaging industries.

    Mark joined Suncorp in 2004, became General Manager Group Marketing in 2005, was appointed Executive General Manager in 2008 and Group Executive Marketing in December 2013. He led the integration of Suncorp and Promina customer and marketing functions, creating a single view of the customer across Suncorp Group, and has overseen significant improvements to better leverage the Group’s brand and customer assets.

    Prior to joining Suncorp, Mark held senior Marketing roles with Telstra focused on customer segments, and bundling across fixed, mobile, internet and Pay TV services. Mark also spent 14 years with the BHP Group, including responsibility for development of new markets in the US and Mexico a range of senior roles responsible for profit and loss accountability in key Australian markets.

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    Thérèse joined Nestlé Australia to head up Marketing and C...

    Thérèse Kallie, Communication & Marketing Excellence Director - Nestlé Australia

    Therese Kallie

    Thérèse joined Nestlé Australia to head up Marketing and Consumer Communication.  In a world where Engagement and Receptivity are key to building sustainable Brand relationships with consumers -  Thérèse brings a passion for Consumer and is proud to have led development of some outstanding Creative Ideas which continue to build Brand equity over time.

    Thérèse joined Nestle South Africa in 2005 from the Advertising Industry where she spent 10years with some of the worlds leading Creative Brand Building Agencies culminating in the position of VP Global Planning Director at Leo Burnett Chicago.

    Prior to entering the Advertising industry in 1994, Thérèse who has a Post Graduate diploma in Marketing had spent 10 years in classical Marketing where she learned the necessary rigor of commercial delivery, product development and the hard core retail aspects of the FMCG & Healthcare industry.

    Thérèse is a mother of 3 – a grandmother of 2 and a pet lover. Her family keeps her up to date and interested in understanding trends in music, fashion and technology. Her love of foreign travel allows her to indulge her curious nature – interacting and experiencing people, environments and food from different cultures.  

    Imagination, Curiosity and the ability to take action are some of the attributes Therese believes will separate the good from the great Marketers of the future.

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    David is a marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experienc...

    David Scribner, CEO and Board Chair

    David Scribner

    David is a marketing veteran with over 25 years’ experience working on some of Australia's leading brands. After cutting his marketing teeth at Nestle, David became Telstra’s head of Mobile Marketing & Operations. David has also led marketing departments at AGL and Stockland He recently moved into the role of CEO of True Local and CEO Skip, after serving 4 years as CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia

    David has a degree in Commerce (Marketing) from UNSW and in his career has worked in Australia, Switzerland and the USA. He is a previous member of Virgin’s Global Brand Council and a previous board member of the AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers). He has just recently been appointed to the Chair of the Advertising Standards Bureau Board. He is happily married and is the proud father of two teenage boys.

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    John Steedman has been in the advertising business for ove...

    John Steedman, Chairman - WPP AUNZ Media Services

    John Steedman

    John Steedman has been in the advertising business for over 40 years having joined McCann Erickson in 1971 as a dispatch boy and later he joined the media department. In 1973 he transferred to Adelaide as Media Manager. McCann's in Adelaide was a small operation of 23 people but it was good business grounding for John as he also had account service responsibilities on the Coca-Cola business.

    In 1976, John joined JWT as Media Group Head on the Kellogg’s business and was promoted to Media Manager.  In 1981 he took 6 months sabbatical and toured the USA and Europe. Mid 1981, he re-joined JWT as Media Director of their Melbourne operation.  In 1989, he was appointed National Media Director and relocated to Sydney.

    In 1994, he was appointed JWT's Regional Media Director. In late 1997, he was appointed the CEO of MindShare Asia Pacific and relocated to Hong Kong. John went on to be instrumental in setting-up 17 MindShare offices in 12 markets around the Asia Pacific region.

    In 2005 John was promoted to Chairman/CEO of GroupM Asia Pacific, the largest media investment management group in Asia Pacific. After a 6 month sabbatical in 2008, John took the role of Chairman /CEO of GroupM Australia, based in Sydney and has led the resurgence of the group business over the last 8 years. On January 1st 2016 he stood down from that role.

    In a recent AdNews, Steedman was named the second most powerful person in media and at the 2013 MFA (Media Federation of Australia) Awards Steady was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

    In April 2016 John returned to the WPP group as Board Director of WPP AUNZ and took on the new executive role of Chairman, WPP AUNZ Media Services.

    John, known as Steady by everyone, has two children Dylan and Jess.

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    Judi Hausmann is the founder and CEO of The Hausmann Group...

    Judi Hausmann, Founder & CEO, The Hausmann Group

    Judi Hausmann

    Judi Hausmann is the founder and CEO of The Hausmann Group, an independent public relations and marketing communications group which she established in 1990.

    After working in top London consumer PR consultancies in the 1980’s, Judi was astonished to return to Australia and find that consumer PR was unheard of here. So she did what any self respecting 28 year old with loads of creative flair, a huge passion for brands and lots of energy and entrepreneurial nous would do – she started her own!

    Since that time, Hausmann has grown in size and reputation to become one of Asia-Pacific’s most respected and innovative marketing communications agencies with a staff of 50 and an enviable list of clients including Procter & Gamble, Sony, Specsavers, AMP and DHL.

    As well as Hausmann Communications, the group also includes Health Haus, a specialist healthcare PR agency which was founded in 2010 and The Hausmann School of Public Relations (HSPR) which is again breaking new ground as the only PR industry initiated Registered Training Organisation to provide nationally recognised qualifications.

    In her spare time Judi is a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company and supports a wide range of charities and arts organisations. Last year, in conjunction with local NGO Mahboba’s Promise, she founded Judi’s Shelter in Afghanistan which is a refuge for widows and children in war-torn Kabul. She is also part owner of a small and very exclusive Haute Couture and furniture company based in Paris.

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    Jaimes Leggett is Group CEO of M&C Saatchi Australia & New...

    Jaimes Leggett, Group CEO at M&C Saatchi

    Jaimes Leggett

    Jaimes Leggett is Group CEO of M&C Saatchi Australia & New Zealand. 

    He joined from his position as managing director at Ogilvy & Mather UK.  During his period as MD at the agency, Ogilvy & Mather UK successfully pitched for Philips, SC Johnson, Kronenbourg, Expedia, Motorola, Grant Thornton, BP Solar, TK Maxx and Europcar.

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    Stephanie’s 15 years of strategy, commercial and marketing...

    Stephanie Tully, Executive Manager - Group Brand and Marketing/CMO, Qantas

    Stephanie Tully

    Stephanie’s 15 years of strategy, commercial and marketing experience from the aviation, retail and professional services industries helps her to lead the highly talented Qantas Group Marketing team. The scope of the Group Marketing function includes Brand and Planning, Advertising, Sponsorships and Events, Community, and Loyalty and Data Marketing portfolios for Qantas Airlines and Qantas Loyalty.

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    As Director of Applied Technology at FINCH, Emad develops ...

    Emad Tahtouh, Director of Applied Technology at FINCH

    Emad Tahtouh

    As Director of Applied Technology at FINCH, Emad develops and curates technology solutions in both practical and creative capacities. The most renowned projects Emad has overseen during his time at FINCH to date are The Most Powerful Arm and 37 Degrees. The Most Powerful Arm utilised a petition-signing robot with the aim of raising awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and was the first piece of Innovation to win a coveted D&AD Black Pencil (as well as, Digital Gold at 2013 Spikes Asia and Gold at the 2013 IAB MIXX Awards).

    During his time at FINCH, Emad has judged at Cannes, LIA, Spikes and AWARD and has presented at Cannes, Spikes, SXSW, LIA, Semi Permanent, CommsCon and SAWA.  This success is all fuelled by Emad’s passion for the development and creation of great innovation. His team at FINCH have worked on various technology driven projects including, bringing a robot orchestra to life for Intel’s Intelligent Sounds campaign with award-winning recording artist, Flume. On top of this, Emad has done great work for road safety campaigns including a project for the RAC, which saw him build an attention-powered car that slows when you’re not paying attention.

    Emad’s team has also recently developed a training and education VR experience for the Australian Defence Force. A fully interactive and immersive experience, built in-house entirely from scratch along with 9 custom designed portable VIVE kits, which will travel Australia as a recruitment tool for the Defence Force.

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    Danny is among the Australian media communications industr...

    Danny Bass

    Danny Bass

    Danny is among the Australian media communications industry’s most respected and high profile leaders.

    He is formerly Chief Investment and Intelligence Officer for GroupM Australia. Prior to that he was GroupM’s Chief Digital Officer and was previously National Sales Director for News Digital Media. He is passionate about the digital development of the media industry, having launched Australia’s first agency programmatic trading desk and participating on the Agency Advisory Board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Danny is also a Board Member of the Media Federation of Australia.

    Danny’s primary professional interests are in the Group’s Client relationships and in the development of the people and skill sets within the IPG Mediabrands Group to create the most effective, results-driven solutions for clients.

    IPG Mediabrands in Australia is a full-service marketing communications business with more than 640 people and offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.

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    Brent Smart is the first ever Chief Marketing Officer of I...

    Brent Smart, CMO - IAG

    Brent Smart

    Brent Smart is the first ever Chief Marketing Officer of IAG, Australia’s largest insurance company with leading brands including NRMA, CGU and SGIO. Brent leads group-wide marketing efforts, responsible for brand strategy, marketing operations and marketing innovation.

    Previously Brent spent 20 years in the advertising business. He was CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York working on iconic American brands like Cheerios, Tide and Walmart. He spent 7 years with BBDO, running their San Francisco office and the creatively revered Colenso BBDO in New Zealand. Brent has led a body of highly awarded creative work, recognized with over 25 Cannes Lions and over 40 Effies.

    Brent has returned home to Australia from New York City with his wife and three young boys who have American accents and can’t kick a Sherrin. 

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    Made in Scotland a long time ago, David has spent his en...

    David Morgan

    David Morgan

    Made in Scotland a long time ago, David has spent his entire career seeking professional roles that allow him to live in far more preferable climates, in cities which have included; Istanbul, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Princeton, New York, Singapore, and Sydney again.

    David is a seasoned marketing guy with senior leadership roles in local country, regionally, and globally, mainly for large multi-national companies leading in the categories they operate.

    His roles have included marketing leadership across Asia Pacific for Procter & Gamble, and Citibank, global marketing leadership for Samsung, and Standard Chartered Bank, and in Australia he was the Happy Banking CMO for Bankwest helping to take the business from 15th to 5th largest bank in Australia, and #1 in customer satisfaction for the large institutions.   David’s last corporate role was Executive Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, for Nestlé Oceania, the largest grocery supplier in these markets, and the world's leading Nutrition Health and Wellness company.   David has owned MORGAN, an international marketing consulting group covering; Training, Consulting, Metrics, Creating, and Expertise, for over 15 years.

    MORGAN supports high quality, high performing marketing organisations who want to put the consumer at the heart of their business, and is proud to have supported companies including; Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Pfizer, Levi's, Samsung, Campbell's, Arnotts, Mars, Canon, MacQuarie University, Seven West Media, Tabcorp, Westpac, Sanitarium, Tourism Australia, amongst many others.

    MORGAN is dedicated to “improving the capability of next generation marketers”, and this company is now David’s primary professional focus.

    David has also served on management Boards for: - Australian Association of National Advertisers - Simplot - Fonterra - Pacific Equity Partners

    and has presented in academic institutions, for global industry conferences, by corporate invitation, and is a regular invitee to judge on local and global industry awards. 

    In his spare time, David is wholly at the demand of his two daughters; a 9 year old American one and a 6 year old Australian one, and he regularly pops over to Hollywood to audition for the role of James Bond - but hasn't been successful yet.


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    Andy Pontin is CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney, responsible f...

    Andy Pontin, CEO, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

    Andy Pontin

    Andy Pontin is CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney, responsible for the Clemenger BBDO, Proximity and Porter Novelli businesses. Born and educated in the UK, Andy has over 20 years integrated marketing experience in London, Melbourne and Sydney. In Australia he has been Managing Director of Rapp Collins, M&C Saatchi and now heads up Clemenger BBDO Sydney. He has worked across leading brands including NAB, Optus, Commonwealth Bank, Vodafone, Mitsubishi, Virgin Australia, Foxtel, Qantas and Telstra. 

    He is an active member of the Advertising community, and has been on the Board of Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising for 7 years, most recently as Chairman. He won the coveted Direct Marketer of the Year Award in 2003, and was inducted into the ADMA Hall of Fame in 2012.

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    With a media career spanning over 20 years across Australi...

    Peter Horgan, CEO, OMD Australia

    Peter Horgan

    With a media career spanning over 20 years across Australia and the UK, Horgan was recruited to join OMD in 2003 as Executive Director of Trading, to lead the largest specialist trading department in Australia.

    In 2005 he was appointed Lead Negotiator for OPera, covering all Omnicom assets in Australia. In 2006, Horgan was promoted to Managing Partner, helping to guide OMD to its position as the most successful and awarded media agency in Australia, almost doubling billings to $1Bn, and in 2009 he was promoted to Managing Director of OMD Australia together with colleague Leigh Terry.

    Named in the top 50 Power Brokers of 2010 Horgan sits on the Executive Committee of the Media Federation of Australia, and is the industry’s media representative on the board of The Communications Council.

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    Adam joined Diageo in 2012 as Marketing Manager heading up...

    Adam ballesty, Marketing & Innovation Director, Diageo Australia

    Adam Ballesty

    Adam joined Diageo in 2012 as Marketing Manager heading up the white spirits portfolio. In October 2013, Adam took on the role of Marketing & Innovation Director and since then has set out a clear vision for the marketing function. He has reshaped the team to deliver against his vision, as well as stretched the businesses thinking on what we take to market, how we take it to market and the channel we use to get there.

    As part of his role, Adam is responsible for brand, category, shopper and customer marketing as well as developing Diageo’s innovation pipeline.

    Adam began his career with Swift and Moore (now Brown Forman Australia) where he cut his teeth in alcohol brand marketing. He later managed his own strategy and research business, worked on start-ups such as SKINS Compression and Unistraw and re-launched the much loved Aussie icon, Volley during his time with Pacific Brands.Adam is passionate about brands, innovation and big ideas.

    He loves connecting great brands and working with great people to deliver true breakthroughs.

    Adam is married with three children. Adam also runs... a lot.  He runs to stay sane.

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    Chelsea is the dynamic, brilliant and inspirational Direct...

    Chelsea Pottenger, Director of EQ Consulting Co

    Chelsea Pottenger

    Chelsea is the dynamic, brilliant and inspirational Director of EQ Consulting Co who is on a mission to empower high performance through greater mindfulness.

    She is regularly featured in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, UK Daily Mail, Channel 9, ABC News and 2DayFM and with high-profile clients ranging from eBay, Uber, Telstra and Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea helps professionals, to recalibrate their brains and create more success in their work and lives! For 12-years Chelsea was known for her extraordinary work ethic and as a high performer she delivered results for a variety of big name organisations.

    Then a life-challenge happened. In 2015, Chelsea experienced debilitating Post-Natal Depression, which sent her spiraling to the lower depths of mental health. With determination, help and resilience Chelsea bounced back with a new purpose, passion and education. Chelsea embarked on her PHD in psychology and neuroscience and became the poster girl for mental health and mindfulness in Australia.

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    Lewis is an experienced marketing/customer led senior exec...

    Lewis Pullen, Marketing Director - IAG Satellite

    Lewis Pullen

    Lewis is an experienced marketing/customer led senior executive, with expertise across digital, CRM, content, marketing, brand, sponsorship and sales in the airline, media services, telecommunications, sport and financial services industries.

    Before IAG, Lewis headed up marketing for the NRL and Qantas. He started his career with British Airways in loyalty and brand management, moving to head up marketing for Air New Zealand International. He has also worked start up sector.

    Originally from the UK, he has extensive international market understanding, having worked and lived in the Europe, US, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

    Lewis is passionate about iconic brand and customer/digital first companies, joining the IAG in June 2016 and working with the Executive team to set up a new disrupt challenger business division called ‘Satellite’.

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    Sunita joined the AANA as its new CEO in June 2013. She ha...

    Sunita Gloster, CEO of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA)

    Sunita Gloster

    Sunita joined the AANA as its new CEO in June 2013. She has an extensive background in the media, marketing and advertising industry in Australia and Europe, most recently as CEO Creative Services at Omnilab Media. Her other roles have included Chief Operating Officer at M&C Saatchi Europe and Worldwide Business Development Director at Lowe.

    Sunita has considerable industry association experience having served on the Board of the European Association of communications Agencies, the Council of International Agencies for Europe and the Board of the International Advertising Association (IAA). Under Sunita’s leadership the AANA has embarked on a new strategic plan, rebrand and positioning via a three pillar approach aimed at inspiring and promoting responsible, innovative and respected marketing.

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    Monique Macleod is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Comm...

    Monique Macleod, Chief Marketing Officer for Commonwealth Bank

    Monique Macleod

    Monique Macleod is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Commonwealth Bank. Prior to her appointment in December 2017, she has lead both the Brand and Sponsorship and Consumer Marketing teams.Monique brings the customer voice to the executive table. She knows the tremendous role that CommBank plays in the lives of our customers, in the communities we serve, with our people and for our shareholders.  

    Monique has played an integral role in driving CommBank’s leading position, launching Can, one of Australia’s most respected brand platforms.She has twice been recognised with a CEO Award for her go to market strategies as well as leading the team to win the Mumbrella Marketing Team of the Year Award.   Monique was recognised in the CMO awards as one of the top 20 CMO’s in Australia.  

    She is a highly admired leader, who coaches and develops talent to grow marketing leaders of the future & is a passionate supporter of diversity in the team she builds.    

    When she is not at work, Monique spends time with her husband and two girls and is an avid skier and paddle boarder.

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    Stuart has been with the Commonwealth Bank since December ...

    Stuart Tucker, Brand, Sponsorship, and Marketing Services - Commonwealth Bank

    Stuart Tucker

    Stuart has been with the Commonwealth Bank since December 2013. Currently he leads a team responsible for a number of Group marketing functions including: brand strategy; sponsorship; media buying; social media, operations and events. In this time he has overseen the introduction of internal marketing capability including programmatic and paid search to leverage commonwealth Bank’s data assets. His team is also accountable for executing the Commonwealth Bank’s cricket sponsorship – the largest partnership of its type across the organisation.

    Immediately prior to Commonwealth Bank, Stuart held a marketing and product leadership role with Aussie Home Loans for a number of years and was responsible for driving strong customer outcomes.  Before Aussie Home Loans, Stuart held senior marketing roles with Optus and KFC. With over 25 years marketing experience, Stuart considers himself lucky to have worked on some of Australia’s leading brands across a range of industries.

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    Sophie Goldschmidt is Chief Executive Officer at the World...

    Sophie Goldschmidt, Chief Executive Officer at the World Surf League

    Sophie Goldschmidt

    Sophie Goldschmidt is Chief Executive Officer at the World Surf League — the global home of surfing, with the world's best surfers, the world's best waves and boldly innovative technologies like the Kelly Slater Wave Company. Throughout her career, she has been at the forefront of globalizing professional sports while holding leadership and commercial roles at the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Rugby Football Union (RFU). While at the NBA, she guided the expansion of the league into Europe (Spain, Italy and London) and the Middle East (Turkey). At the WTA, Sophie brokered the $88M Sony Ericsson title sponsorship—the largest sponsorship deal in the history of women's sports.

    And while at the RFU, she helped raise the profile of the league resulting in 10.5 million visits to rfu.com from 2013-2014, an increase in visits from mobile and tablet devices to 45% of all traffic, and 4.2 million views of RFUtv videos on YouTube.com.

    Sophie is also a non-executive director for the PGA European Tour and the Youth Sport Trust. A former professional tennis player, Sophie was named 40 under 40 by Sports Business Daily and the Leaders in Sports Leaders Under 40 Award.

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    Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Austr...

    Katie Rigg-Smith, CEO - Mindshare Australasia

    Katie Rigg-Smith

    Known to be one of the brightest strategist minds in Australia, Katie was Mindshare’s National Chief Strategy Officer prior to being promoted to CEO at the start of 2013.

    Throughout her career Katie has been recognised both nationally and internationally for her work and contribution to the media industry.  Accolades include being named as the only media person within the Top Ten Women to Watch in 2013, Australia’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012 and finalist for Asia Pacific Planner of the Year back in 2007.

    Katie is incredibly passionate about great media thinking across paid, owned and earned and the role it can play for clients’ business. Not only is she a regular on this topic on the speaking circuit but Katie also spent 3 years lecturing at University on the topic of Media and Communications.

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    Mat is a senior executive with global experience. He has h...

    Mathew Barbagallo

    Mathew Barbagallo

    Mat is a senior executive with global experience. He has held senior leadership roles for Mars Incorporated in Australia, Europe and Eurasia. His previous experience includes working for Coles as the GM of Marketing and he is currently working as a Chief Transformation Officer at Sensis. Mat is also a passionate board member for Food and Wine Victoria.
    Mat has a track record of leading world class business development and has always left a positive legacy in every role that he has had. He has multiple degrees and has enjoyed his executive study at Melbourne Business School, London Business School and Harvard University.

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    Patrycja Slawuta, MA, PhD(c) Psych, is a New York based be...

    Patrycja Slawuta

    Patrycja Slawuta

    Patrycja Slawuta, MA, PhD(c) Psych, is a New York based behavioural scientist. After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups and organizations in the world. In her free time she runs marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order.

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    Suzana has over 20 years of marketing and product experien...

    Suzana Ristevski, CMO & Head of Strategy & Growth - GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

    Suzana Ristevski

    Suzana has over 20 years of marketing and product experience across a range of service industries. Currently she heads up strategy and growth for GE, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Suzana leads GE's growth effort including marketing and sales force effectiveness across energy, water, oil & gas, mining and aviation segments.  

    Prior to this role, Suzana has held various product and marketing leadership roles in GE Capital (including her appointment as Chief Marketing Officer from 2010 - 2014), Optus Telecommunications, Medical Benefits Private Health Insurance Fund and 20th Century Fox in London.

    She has a Bachelor Degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Bus (Marketing) from Monash University, and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (AGSM).  She also holds a position on the Melbourne Renegades board (BBL cricket team), Monash University Advisory Board and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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    Paul is the Regional CEO of TBWA Australia and New Zealand...

    Paul Bradbury, Regional CEO of TBWA Australia and New Zealand

    Paul Bradbury

    Paul is the Regional CEO of TBWA Australia and New Zealand , the Group includes TBWA, Eleven, Fleishman Hillard and Integer. The Group's clients include ANZ, apple, David Jones, Pepsico, Tourism New Zealand, Foxtel, The Woolmark Company, Virgin Mobile and Airbnb.

    Prior to joining TBWA in 2006, Paul worked at M&C Saatchi Sydney and Bartle Bogle Hegarty London.
    Paul sits on the Global TBWA Management board, as well as being a current member of the Communications Council board

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    A Marine Biologist who landed in media over two decades ag...

    John Preston, Founder & CEO - Match Media

    John Preston

    A Marine Biologist who landed in media over two decades ago, has as emerged as one of Australia’s top media experts. More recently John was awarded Agency Head of the Year by Campaign Asia for Australia/New Zealand.

    Prior to Match, John had the unique opportunity of being a founding partner and subsequently Managing Director of Whybin TBWA Sydney. Most of his career has been as the media guy in creative environments such as BBH London, The Campaign Palace Melbourne and Mojo Sydney; where he was the National Media Director and responsible for launching Optimedia.

    John established Match in 2003. He is incredibly proud of the achievements the business has made as an independent. John is equally excited about the contribution Match can make to the Blue 449 network and the emergence of a brand new global media network.

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    Ashton Bishop is Australia’s Predatory Marketer—an expert ...

    Ashton Bishop, CEO - Step Change

    Ashton Bishop

    Ashton Bishop is Australia’s Predatory Marketer—an expert in pinpointing how brands can grow by outsmarting their competitors.

    However, his path was a somewhat unusual one. After graduating with a commerce/law degree he turned his hand to street performing, TV presenting, stand-up comedy, film directing and even literally ran away with the circus.

    Fortunately Ashton eventually found his niche in marketing, where he has spent the last 14 years working internationally on some of the world’s biggest brands. He’s a business owner, serial entrepreneur, challenging, sometimes even controversial, but always focused on what gets results.

    He’s run million dollar campaigns for billion dollar brands, created Australia's first mobile app, won film awards, guest lectured at leading universities and has won Speaker of the Year for Australia’s number one CEO network on multiple occasions.

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    Matt is the Managing Director, Lion Global Markets for Lio...

    Matt Tapper, Managing Director, Lion Global Markets - Lion Beer Spirits & Wine Australia

    Matt Tapper

    Matt is the Managing Director, Lion Global Markets for Lion’s Beer, Spirits & Wine business in Australia. Lion is the leading Brewer in Australia with great brands such as XXXX, Hahn, James Boag’s, Little Creatures, Corona, Tooheys, Heineken & James Squire.

    Matt commenced his career in New Zealand with Mars before a stint in the UK with Dairy Crest. He returned to New Zealand, joined LION and has had a number of Sales & Marketing roles. Matt relocated to Sydney with LION 12 years ago.

    He recently completed a Global Executive MBA, studying in Sydney, Bangalore, Silicon Valley & London. He is the current vice Chairman of the AANA.

    Matt lives in Sydney with his wife Jane and 3 kids.

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    Lee hails from the UK & began her career in advertising at...

    Lee Leggett CEO - Initiative Australia

    Lee Leggett

    Lee hails from the UK & began her career in advertising at Digitas (then Modem Media) before rising up the ranks at Tribal DDB and then at Grand Union where she was Managing Director. In 2006 she joined Dare as the agency’s first Managing Director & in 2010 was appointed CEO. During her tenure the agency was awarded Digital Agency of the Decade by Campaign magazine, recognised by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and was awarded Effectiveness Agency of the Year by the UK’s peak body, the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising. Lee has vast agency management experience and has led top class client portfolios including Sainsburys, Sony, Coca-Cola, Vodafone and Diageo. Lee joined Initiative in early 2014 and is responsible for Initiative nationally which includes offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

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    Nic is DDB Sydney’s first female CEO. Whilst from a busine...

    Nicole Taylor, Chief Executive Officer - DDB Sydney

    Nicole Taylor

    Nic is DDB Sydney’s first female CEO. Whilst from a business management background, Nic is not your typical big agency advertising "suit" type. She is a straight talking, authentic leader that has high standards focused on brilliant strategy and creativity. Nic creates rewarding and honest client relationships that are long term and prides herself on close relationships with all departments.

    Nic has experience across categories including QSR, Automotive, Telco and has worked both agency and client side. She is a country girl originally (but now a Bondi local) who is married to her soul mate and has an 11 month old daughter.

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