Main Conference Agenda


12 July 2022, Crown Promenade Melbourne

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the chairperson

Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia

9:10 am
9:15 am

PANEL: The great resignation – How to retain top employees in the new world of work

Organisations are facing increased resignations in this competitive job market with skill shortages and changing employee expectations. In this session, hear how Australia’s leading companies are engaging and retaining their high-performing employees. 

  • Realigning company values with workplace culture
  • Strategies to create an engaging employee experience in a hybrid environment
  • Building a strong employee value proposition (EVP)
  • Successful career development and progression opportunities


Kylie Terrell

Director of Consultancy, Reward Gateway


Meahan Callaghan

Chief People and Culture Officer, Redbubble

Vanessa Hicks

Group Executive People Experience, TPG Telecom

Srini Srinivasan

Acting Chief People & Culture Officer, Transdev

Emma Taylor

Group Head of People, Talent & Culture, Findex

10:15 am

Leading with resilience: The changing role of the HR leader

The changing conditions of hybrid work arrangements to attracting and retaining talent have been challenging, but many HR leaders have remained resilient, going above and beyond to support the business. In this session, Peitta will share what it means to be a HR leader today and how the past few years have shaped HR’s role as a strategic business partner. 

  • Key lessons on leadership in times of uncertainty
  • Skill development including soft skills and workforce planning to adapt and thrive in today’s environment
  • Practicing self-care and avoiding burnout
Peitta Dyball

Chief People Officer, Yarra Trams

11:15 am

CASE STUDY: Driving measurable change across diversity, equality, and inclusion

Now more than ever before, diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) are important pillars to drive innovation and growth in a business, but how exactly do we achieve this transformation in the workplace, especially in a hybrid setting? Hear how Xero has embraced DEI across the organisation and developed strategies that go beyond the checklists.  

  • Developing company workplaces, products, and services to be more accessible and inclusive
  • Embedding flexible work options across the business
  • Examples of successful hybrid activities to drive engagement in the company
  • Creating a team of DEI champions to support the transformation
Kasey Zun

Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging, Xero

11:55 am

Under the Microscope: Rethinking Performance Management in 2022

Since the pandemic, the way organisations manage their people has changed. The rise of hybrid working has forced leaders to adopt new approaches to track and enhance performance – not forgetting how COVID-19 has impacted employee needs, engagement and productivity. The employee experience (EX) has changed, but have HR’s internal processes kept pace? This presentation will reveal: 

  • How COVID-19 has impacted performance management
  • Why measuring contribution is more important than performance 
  • The importance of offering personal goals, as well as professional goals 
  • The advantages of moving to project-based performance review 
  • How implementing total rewards can humanise review processes

Monica Watt

Group Chief HR Officer, ELMO

12:25 pm
1:25 pm

INTERVIEW: Creating meaning at work

While technology has made us more digitally connected than ever before, employees are feeling increasingly disconnected from their roles, teams, companies. In this session, Helen will share how HR leaders can lead with purpose and create meaningful connections between employees and the company

Helen Hovenga

Global Chief People Officer, Telix Pharmaceuticals

Interviewed by:

Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia

2:05 pm

LEGAL UPDATE: Workplace sexual harassment and the law

The findings from the Respect@Work report has increased the need for clarity and urgency to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This session will examine the latest legal updates in workplace sexual harassment including case law and upcoming changes.

  • Understanding the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) – definition of sexual harassment, prohibited areas of public life such as employment, vicarious liability and remedies
  • Key statistics of workplace sexual harassment in Australia
  • Jurisdiction options for harassment claim – state or Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and practice and procedure
  • Recent case developments - Ranemeet Kaur [2022] FWC 487; Oliver v Bassari (Human Rights) [2022] VCAT 329
  • Proposed changes to Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) arising from Respect@Work Report
Tamsin Lawrence

Senior Associate, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

3:20 pm

CASE STUDY: Prioritising mental health in the workplace

Mental and physical wellbeing continues to be a top priority after prolonged periods of remote work and constant uncertainty but what does wellbeing look like in a high-pressure work environment? In this session, hear how the Department of Transport has have supported their employees to prioritise their wellbeing at work and to achieve work-life balance.

  • Navigating employee anxiety, stress, and burnout
  • How to drive the conversation on mental health across all levels of the organisation
  • Examples of successful wellbeing initiatives on a budget
  • Developing empathy and communication skills in middle managers
  • Understanding what truly matters for employees to bring their best selves to work
Dan Seretis

Senior Manager Safety & Wellbeing Strategy & Programs People and Culture, Department of Transport

Antoinette Battista

Executive Director People & Culture, Department of Transport

3:50 pm

PANEL: Enhancing your talent attraction strategy

Employee expectations are changing with many seeking flexibility, inclusivity and work-life balance in addition to a competitive remuneration package. With talent shortage on the rise, how are organisations changing their talent attraction strategy to remain competitive? In this session, hear how Australia’s top companies have leveraged their employee experience to attract talent.

  • Creating flexible and inclusive working models
  • Developing comprehensive benefits for a diverse workforce
  • Communicating a clear company purpose and its values
  • Overcoming challenges in attracting international talent


Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia


David Young

Sales Executive, Globalization Partners

Robert Stone

Chief People Officer (Australia/New Zealand), Wunderman Thompson

Antoinette Battista

Executive Director People & Culture, Department of Transport

4:40 pm
8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chairperson

Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia

9:00 am

PANEL: Evolving your hybrid work practices into efficient long-term solutions

Remote work structures have been essential over the past two years. To remain competitive in today’s market, HR leaders must evolve their existing hybrid work practices into effective long-term solutions that enable optimal productivity, performance and corporate culture. This session will identify successful hybrid work practices and how to maintain a thriving corporate culture. 

  • How can leaders monitor and track productivity without infringing on employee privacy?
  • Creating a strategy for managing projects, sustaining engagement and communicating consistently with dispersed teams
  • How to rebuild an authentic culture in a hybrid setting 
  • How do organisations ensure remote workers maintain a sustainable work-life balance?


Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia


Rachel Wolfe

Director, Group People and Culture Business Partnering, Treasury Wine Estates

Kim Lion

Chief Culture and Communications Office, Mediabrands

Gavin Morse

Senior People Scientist, Culture Amp

10:00 am

Refining your HR technology portfolio

With many organisations adopting hybrid work arrangements for their workforce, it’s important to leverage people-driven technology to support collaboration, innovation and productivity. With all the HR technology options currently available, how do you determine the value of adopting new tech in a fast-changing world?   

  • Rethinking your HR technology strategy to align with the company’s goals
  • Focusing on value creation and workforce experiences as ultimate outcomes
  • Selecting programs for a multigenerational workforce
  • Evaluating existing technology and determining its value
Joy Marrocco

People and Workplace Services, Telstra

11:00 am

PANEL: Performance management for a hybrid workforce

Performance management has become even more complex, as we embrace new ways of working. How are we changing the way we monitor and manage performance to reflect the current work environment and capitalise workforce capability? This session will discuss progressive performance management practices. 

  • Understanding how emerging trends affect performance such as burnout and fatigue
  • Leveraging data to monitor and analyse performance
  • Building a culture of performance and accountability
  • Aligning personal objectives with the overall organisational strategy


Jessica Kaaden

Director, People and Communication, SANE Australia


Ronán Carolan

VP Human Resources, Thales

Alex Hattingh

Chief People Officer, Employment Hero

Mandy Mirghashini

Director, APAC HR Capability Centre, Bristol Myers Squibb

Kirsty Seaborne

Head of People Australia, Deliveroo

12:00 pm

CASE STUDY: Redesigning career development plans

With employees experiencing burnout and seeking change in their roles, organisations need to revamp their career progression plans to align with changing employee expectations. How can we enhance the way we support employees in their growth? Hear how SPC has redesigned their career development programs to fully support their employees’ drive to grow, develop and learn.  

  • Providing clarity and growth opportunities in career paths 
  • How to create meaningful mentorships in remote settings 
  • Supporting career frameworks with a robust learning and development strategy 
Robert Tanti

Chief People Officer, SPC Global

Alice Macfarlane

Organisational Development Manager, SPC

12:40 pm
1:45 pm

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1:50 pm

Change management strategies to adapt and thrive in uncertainty

From changing workplace arrangements to rapid digital transformation, the HR landscape is evolving and HR leaders play a pivotal role in delivering effective change management. In this session, Georgegina will discuss change management strategies to overcome disruption. 

  • Re-evaluating outdated change management processes 
  • Managing change as an ongoing process through adaptation and flexibility
  • Identifying the latest set of skills and behaviours to be an effective change agent
  • Creating a strong communication strategy
  • Tips to encourage employee buy-in 
Georgegina Poulos

Global Director People, T2 Tea

2:20 pm

PANEL: Building the workforce of the future

With HR steering the transformation of a future-ready workforce, how are organisations equipping employees with the skills they need to adapt in a changing world? In this session, panellists will share the steps they are taking to prepare their workforce with future skills.  

  • Identifying the required capabilities for the future
  • Mapping out a digital workforce transformation
  • Examples of job redesigns to adapt to changing roles
  • Successful learning and development initiatives with measurable outcomes


Sonya Law

General Manager, Adaps IT


Michelle Fenwick

Executive Director, People and Culture, Northern Health

Tonya Scibilia

General Manager, Learning, Organisational Development and Wellbeing, David Jones & Country Road Group

Sarah Traynor

Product Owner, Culture & Engagement, ANZ

Shivan Selva

Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Coursera

3:15 pm
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