14th Annual


31 January - 1 February 2019 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre



Anne Cornish

Acting General Manager, Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia

Anne Cornish has been a records and information management professional and astute business person for 35 years. Having been involved with Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) for 30 of her professional years, Anne has held various roles both nationally and state representing and advocating for the evolvement and importance of the records and information management industry.

In the past 12 months, Anne has taken on the role of Acting General Manager for RIMPA and has applied both her business sense and knowledge of the industry to partner with the Board to lead a transformation required to improve the operations of the association and to take on the ongoing challenge of providing value for money to the members.

Carmel Tebbutt

Chief Executive Officer, NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council

Carmel Tebbutt is the CEO of the NSW Mental Health Coordinating Council, the peak body for community managed mental health organisations. Carmel has been in this role since February and prior to this, was the CEO of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the professional body representing entry level medical education, training and research.

Carmel retired from the NSW Parliament in 2015 after spending 17 years serving in both the Legislative Council and as the Member for Marrickville in the Legislative Assembly. Carmel was appointed to the Ministry in 1999 and held many portfolios including Health, Education, Community Services and the Environment. She was the first woman to be appointed Deputy Premier in NSW.

Chris Ristevski

Partner Acquisition Manager, Guild Insurance

With over 16 years of experience in the insurance industry, Chris has worked extensively with associations, striving to deliver bespoke insurance solutions and risk programs specifically tailored for their members. During this time, Chris has gained significant insight into the operational and executive exposures of industry associations and some of the challenges that are faced by the industry. He is an integral member of Guild Insurance, leading a large portfolio of clients.

Colin Bransgrove

Executive Officer, Marina Industries Association

Colin Bransgrove is the Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association Ltd (MIA). He commenced this role in 2008. MIA is the peak industry body for the marina industries with a growing membership across the wider Asia/Pacific region. Membership has grown to 300 at an average of 4% per annum since 2008. MIA has a clear focus on the provision of marina industries education, accreditation and research.

MIA has a number of international strategic relationships to grow its delivery of membership and services into Asia and the Middle East. Colin has played a lead role in managing MIA’s long standing relationship with the Recreational Marine Research Centre, Michigan State University, USA. The collaboration has resulted in eight years of ground breaking marina research focused on the economic, social and environmental performance of marinas in Australia.             

Colm Maguire

Group Executive for Pharmacy Transformation, Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Colm Maguire is the Group Executive for Pharmacy Transformation at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The Guild represents over 4000 Community Pharmacies across Australia with the Transformation Group heading up member engagement, learning and development, workplace relations, continuous improvement and business support. Colm was previously the Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest participation sports in Australia for 10 years, overseeing significant growth and change at Touch Football Australia. He has extensive state level executive experience as well as a keen interest in leadership development and is currently a Director on the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia Board.

Dr Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts

Immediate Past Chair, Wounds Australia

Kylie is a Research Scientist, clinical trialist and Adjunct Research Fellow, UWA School of Human Sciences.  She was recognised for her research in March 2018 by receiving the prestigious international Journal of Wound Care Best Clinical Research Award for her doctoral work.  She also received third place in Innovation in Surgical Site Infection 2018. Her primary research interests are translational research, prevention of surgical wound complications, skin integrity and health services outcomes.  

Kylie is the Immediate Past Chair for Wounds Australia, and currently volunteers as a member of the Finance & Audit Subcommittee, Council Member, European Wound Management Association (EWMA), Board Member of the International Cooperating Organisations Group (EWMA), Treasurer of the Research Association of UWA, and International Board Member for the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS).

Grant Galvin

Chief Executive Officer, Master Builders Association Queensland

Grant Galvin joined Master Builders in July 2013. Master Builders was excited to secure Grant, given his unique breadth of senior management experience across a diverse range of industries, ranging from food manufacturing and transportation, to diverse roles in media. 

Grant's breadth of experience across multiple positions, disciplines and industries, coupled with his tertiary business studies at Griffith University, make Grant an extremely well rounded, enthusiastic, and experienced leader who, when combined with his talented Senior Leadership team, is ensuring the ongoing growth and success of Master Builders.

After many years of participating in and managing change, Grant is passionate about drawing upon the unique skills, experience and talent that resides within the organisation’s staff. Implementing ongoing organisational improvements is absolutely critical to ensuring improved value for members, and is a key focus for Grant and the Senior Leadership Team of Master Builders.

Grant Warner

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

The primary focus at the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is stakeholder engagement and management to drive membership growth and retention, and to raise the profile and standing of the AIQS as a pre-eminent professional body for Quantity Surveyors globally. Grant is skilled in forming and maintaining productive partnerships and alliances with key member and industry participants, and has a comprehensive understanding of Corporate Governance and risk management.

Grant is accomplished in leading multifaceted projects and strategic initiatives, including initiatives involving the development and implementation of cultural and organisational change. Grant is an advocate for service excellence and place significant emphasis on employee empowerment. 

Innes Willox

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Industry Group

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Amongst other appointments, Innes is also a Director of Australian Super, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia and a Board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Prior to joining AiGroup in 2008 he served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006 and earlier was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04). 

Innes began his career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in Canberra.

John Collyns

Executive Director, Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand

John Collyns was appointed Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) Inc (RVA) in October 2007. The RVA represents the interests of retirement village owners, developers and managers around New Zealand. John is responsible for setting the Association’s strategy and policy direction, as well as developing relationships with members, key stakeholders, central and local government, retirement village resident advocacy groups, and the media. John is a regular speaker in public forums on a variety of aspects about the retirement village sector, including international events in Australia, Asia, and Britain.

Prior to this appointment John was the Executive Director of the Bus and Coach Association (NZ) Incorporated, a position he had held since September 1994. 

John was a founding director of the Road Transport and Logistics Industry Training Organisation and he is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives.

John Pender

Executive Director, Australian Press Council

John was appointed Executive Director of Australian Press Council in May 2014. The Press Council sets standards and deals with complaints about newspapers and associated digital media. 

John is also the former Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel at Australian Institute of Company Directors and Secretary of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Before this he practiced as a lawyer. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Magdalena Mook

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, International Coach Federation

Magdalena N. Mook is the Executive Director and CEO of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She joined the ICF in 2005 and has supported the ICF with extensive experience in fundraising, development, consulting and association management.

Previously, Magdalena worked as Assistant Director of National Policy and Director of Development with the Council of State Governments (CSG), a national association of state officials in all three branches of U.S. government. She oversaw the design and implementation of a development strategy for CSG, coordinated policy-specific research and implementation activities, and worked closely with USAID’s US-Asia Environmental Program. Prior to CSG, she served as program manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Magdalena is fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, and has a working knowledge of French.

Mark Werman

Managing Director, Wentworth Advantage

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark moved into human resources (HR) 25 years ago. In 1992, Mark completed his Master of Commerce degree in Human Resources (UNSW). In 1991, Mark was part of the establishment of the HR Consulting Division at BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisers. In 2002, Mark negotiated a management buyout of the division from BDO, becoming the Managing Director of Wentworth Human Resources.

As a result of an expansion in the range of client services and a recent re-branding initiative, he now heads up Wentworth Advantage and runs a team of human resources, industrial relations and work, health & safety advisors providing specialist support to the Association sector. Wentworth Advantage is also the author of the Associations National Salary Survey.

Natalia Vukolova

Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (Symposium Chair)

Natalia is Chief Executive Officer of RANZCR (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists), and holds over a decade of leadership experience in the not-for-profit and public sector.

Recognised for bringing a results-driven and transformative approach to member engagement and organisational leadership, Natalia’s 8-year tenure with RANZCR has provided the peak body with a strong voice around the leadership table, realising positive policy change impacting both the member and patient community.

Nicole Murdoch

Director, Australian Information Security Association & Principal, EAGLEGATE Lawyers

Nicole is the Principal of EAGLEGATE Lawyers and a recommended Lawyer in the 2018 listing of Leading Queensland Intellectual Property Lawyers - Doyles Guide. Nicole is a AIIA Queensland Council member, a Director of the Australian Information Security Association, the only Australian on the AIPPI Trade Secret Standing Committee and the immediate past QLD Chairperson of IPSANZ.

Nicole is also an IP lawyer, Electrical Engineer and Trade Marks Attorney. She acts in information theft cases to prepare clients for data breaches to reduce the chances of fines by the privacy commissioner, assists clients on legal compliance with the Privacy Act and upon a data breach, provides advice in respect of mandatory data breach notifications, conducts civilian search orders to retrieve data and prosecutes insider threat actors.

Patrice O’Brien

General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement, Beyond Blue

Patrice O’Brien is General Manager of Workplace, Partnerships and Engagement at Beyond Blue, an independent not‐for‐profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

Leading Beyond Blue’s national Workplace, Partnerships and Engagement Team, Patrice drives activities to promote mentally healthy workplaces Australia wide, guides the establishment of strategic partnerships for Beyond Blue and leads Beyond Blue’s community engagement activities.

Patrice has a qualification in Occupational Therapy and since her early days as a health professional, she has expanded her career taking in a variety of leadership roles encompassing both relationship management and workplace health. Patrice has a passion for engaging with diverse stakeholders to work towards positive outcomes in community and workplace settings.

Paul Naylor

Chief Executive Officer, Master Plumbers Association of NSW

Mr Naylor originally trained as a mapping surveyor with the NSW Department of Lands. He developed an interest in industrial relations during the early 1970s and was a Central Councillor for the NSW Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) from 1975 to 1983.

In 1997, Paul was appointed Executive Director of Health Services Association of NSW representing the interests of seventeen Area Health Services Boards. During this period he co-authored with NSW Health, the Corporate Governance in Health – Better Practice Guide which was published in May, 1999. The Better Practice Guide was acknowledged by the NSW Government as a major training resource for board members of Area Health Services

Then in 2002 Paul was appointed to his current role, Chief Executive Officer of the Master Plumbers Association of NSW and Master Plumbers Apprentices Ltd. 

Richard Reilly

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Corrosion Association

Richard has been the Chief Executive of the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) since April 2018. 

He was previously the Chief Executive of the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers(FAPM), representing the interests of the Australian automotive component manufacturing sector.

He spent nine years in professional services with global accounting firm Deloitte, having spent his initial career as a junior officer in the federal government.

Sally Sinclair

Chief Executive Officer, National Employment Services Association

Sally Sinclair is the CEO of the National Employment Services Association, the peak body for the Australian employment services sector. Sally has been instrumental in informing key stakeholders domestically and internationally on addressing employment and inclusion challenges including strengthening the integration of employment, education and training, and increasing employment of disadvantaged job seekers including Indigenous jobseekers, people with disability, long-term unemployed, youth and mature aged.

Sally has over three decades of domestic and international expertise in the design, development and delivery of employment services. Her experience spans the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, as well as numerous government appointments and industry expert groups.

Stephen Durkin

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Stephen Durkin is Chief Executive of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (the AusIMM). Since being appointed as CEO in May 2017, the AusIMM has embarked on a major reform to be a more contemporary, inclusive and externally focused organisation. 

Before joining the AusIMM, Stephen was CEO of Engineers Australia for five years, leading the 100,000 member association through a widely-applauded transformation which saw the introduction of a new National Engineering Register and a ten-fold increase in EA's media profile.  

This broad background covering leadership, marketing, corporate strategy as well as government, media and community relations has shaped Stephen’s view that associations could and should play a more vital role in the Australian corporate landscape.

Steve Hui

Founder and Chief Executive, I Fly Flat

Steve Hui is the Founder and Chief Executive of www.iFLYflat.com.au, he known in the media as ‘The Points Whisperer’.

Established in 2012, iFLYflat is the leader in points management, providing advice in smart points accumulation strategy and solving the headaches of using points on flight bookings. 

Steve is regarded as the ‘go-to’ in Australia for any frequent flyer points or credit card related commentary, and you've probably seen him regularly quoted across various TV, newspapers, magazines and online articles.

He helps companies with over $500,000 in operating costs to fly business class half price, saving them over $30,000 per year and their sanity.

Steve is a numbers man at heart, spending over 18 years solving complex problems in senior finance and accounting roles in corporations including Macquarie Bank.

Sue Yin Lim

Executive Director, Singapore Industrial Automation Association

Sue Yin is the Executive Director of Singapore Industrial Automation Association. She has been with the association since 2008. Sue Yin is responsible for the activities and operations of the association. She is passionate about her work and is deeply interested on how to improve the role of the association for its members.

A keen learner and firm believer that attitude makes the difference, over her working years, she covered product & vendor management, supply assurance, semi-conductor backend operations and business development. These array of roles allowed her to grow continuously. Sue Yin graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from National University of Singapore.

Tony Mahar

Chief Executive Officer, National Farmers’ Federation

Tony Mahar is Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation. He first joined the NFF as General Manager, Economics and Trade in July 2012. In December 2014 Tony was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and since March 2016 has held the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Tony has a long history of working with and representing industry and government across a range of areas including economic policy, international trade and sustainability. He has lead high profile national industry campaigns on issues such as the review of national competition policy, fuel tax credits and backpacker tax to name a few. As part of his role at NFF he has developed and led Federal election strategies and budget responses and headed up the national media and communications responses on industry wide issues.

Troy Bramston

Senior Writer and Columnist, The Australian

Troy Bramston is a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News. Troy is a best-selling and award-winning author. His latest book is Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader published in 2016. His biography of Robert Menzies will be published in April this year. Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter, in government, opposition, and the private sector. He has an economics degree with honours from Sydney University and a masters degree in politics and international relations from the University of NSW.

Winson Liew

Tax Manager, Hill Rogers

Winson has over 10 years of taxation compliance and advisory experience. He has led engagements for clients undergoing mergers, acquisitions & sale transactions, advises on day to day business tax issues and provides tax compliance advice.. He has worked with CEOs to develop the best outcome for their tax compliance and better salary packaging for staff retention.

His core practice includes the provision of tax advice to businesses, private clients, not-for-profit community organisations, charities and associations. Winson’s experience also extends to international tax, residency, thin capitalisation, tax timing, withholding taxes, capital allowances, restructures and the capital gains tax regime.