Australia CHRO Executive Summit

4 June 2024 | Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

4 June 2024
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Australia's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Developing Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Thrives in a Hybrid Environment

Investing in the Right HR Technology to Drive Growth and Meet Business Expectations

Australia CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Julie Carroll

Serco Asia Pacific
Chief Human Resources Officer

Helen Fraser

Laing O'Rourke
Director, People

Benjamin Morris

Group General Manager, Human Resources Culture & Capability

Louise Spittle

The Arnott’s Group
Chief People Officer

Duncan Thomas

Bravura Solutions
Chief People Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Australia CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


3 June 2024

4 June 2024

18:00 - 21:00  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Embrace, Evolve, Excel - Creating Exceptional Teams as Technology Sets the Pace

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Sian Lewis

Group Executive Human Resources

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Digitalisation, coupled with technological breakthroughs and evolving customer demands is transforming the world of work. Amidst this transformative era, there is an opportunity for leaders to create exceptional teams by embracing the shifts in skills and moving fast to harness the future of work. 

Over the last few years, CBA has embarked on a journey to evolve its purpose, brand, values and strategy. The goal is to create an environment where employees can develop new, relevant skills and empower leaders to effectively adapt to the evolving demands of skill readiness.

Join this keynote session with Sian Lewis, Group Executive Human Resources, CBA as she shares her vision and learnings on:

  • Cultivating a culture of continuous learning where employees are empowered and encouraged to expand their skills and future proof themselves
  • Fostering new leadership mindsets that embrace diverse leadership paths, supports mentorship and values skills over titles
  • Maximising workforce potential through re-skilling and upskilling, strategic hiring and collaboration with key partners to drive community initiatives

09:45 - 10:15  Break

10:15 - 11:00  Breakout Session

Linking Performance Management with Business Outcomes

As the world of work is evolving, performance management is undergoing changes as companies reassess how the workforce is contributing to the overall success of the business. How can CHROs elevate performance management to a strategic approach that balances employee growth with broader business objectives?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Develop a holistic strategies to enable high-performing teams
  • Empower leaders and employees to translate business objectives to performance goals
  • Addressing employee development and recognition

10:15 - 11:00  Breakout Session

Keeping Ahead of the Culture Curve

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Damon Klotz

Work Culture Evangelist & The Culture Podcast Host

Culture Amp

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Sarah Elliott

Chief People Officer

John Holland

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Alex Staley

General Manager People


Employees want to be connected to their organisation's purpose and culture more than ever before. From operations to employee experience and beyond, it affects all aspects of a business. So, how can CHROs transform their organisation into a 'culture first' company amidst the growing significance of culture?

Join this session to learn about the increasing importance of culture and discuss:

  • What company culture means today and why it matters more than ever?
  • How you can put company culture first in your organisation?
  • Stories from top-performing companies

11:00 - 11:30  Networking Break

11:05 - 11:25  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

Refreshing Organisational DNA – Blueprinting a Culture of Respect and Inclusion

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Amanda Hughes

Group Chief People Officer

QBE Insurance

In today’s diverse and interconnected world, organisations are recognising the importance of cultural transformation in establishing a respectful and inclusive environment. Diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords or nice to have on a company’s website; they are critical elements for creating a thriving, successful and productive organisation.QBE has embarked on a remarkable journey of an organisation-wide culture transformation with redefined values to foster accountability, respect and inclusivity. The organisation has implemented initiatives to leverage the power of inclusion and psychological safety and build a respectful and inclusive workforce to pave the way for a stronger future. 

Join this session to hear from Amanda Hughes, Group Chief People Officer, as she unfolds:

  • Undertaking innovative approaches to develop the culture accelerator 
  • Engaging employees and key stakeholders to develop and embed a clear set of behavior expectations
  • Unlocking the  ‘inclusion of diversity’ to create an environment where everyone feels valued and included 

11:30 - 12:15  Breakout Session

The Talent Revolution: Embracing AI, Skill-Based Hiring, and Inclusivity for Success

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Christy Forest

CEO and Executive Director


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Ferdie Kruger


Peabody Energy

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David Wall

Group Manager, Talent and HR Services


In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, talent acquisition has become a critical factor for organisational success. Traditional recruitment methods are no longer sufficient to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving workforce. This calls for HR leaders to manage investments in people and technology, respond to specialist hiring needs, transform HR to be more automated and digital, all while new employee expectations are impacting retention and attraction.

So how can organisations shift towards a more holistic view of the talent ecosystem and harness all of the available talent to optimise productivity, speed and agility?

Join this session to:

  • Learn how AI can be used to create a humanised recruitment process to enhance efficiency, quality of hire and cost savings
  • Discover the game-changing potential of skill-based hiring in building dynamic talent pools and ensuring a pipeline of qualified candidates ready for deployment
  • Uncover the positive impact of indigenous employment initiatives in creating a more inclusive an equitable workforce

12:15 - 13:00  Lunch Service

13:40 - 14:00  Break

14:00 - 14:45  Executive Boardroom

Reimagine the Future of Flexible Work for the Modern Workforce

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Shruti Ganeriwala

Head of HR

Unilever Australia

In today's dynamic work environment, organisations are increasingly recognising the significance of a well-rounded employee experience and the role it plays in attracting and retaining top talent. Amid various discussions on return to office mandates and four-day work week, it’s crucial to recognise that flexible work strategies expand beyond these narratives. HR leaders have the unique opportunity to embrace the different dimensions of flexible work to reimagine employee experience and foster a sustainable workplace.  

Join this session to:

  • Explore the current trends and challenges of flexible work options
  • Redefine flexible work strategies and their impact on employee experience and engagement
  • Discuss strategies for effectively managing productivity and work-life balance

14:45 - 15:15  Networking Break

14:50 - 15:10  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

15:15 - 16:00  Breakout Session

Exploring the Potential of AI in HR: Uncovering Capabilities, Risks and Opportunities

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Robin Boomer

Sr Director, Advisory


There has been a lot of buzz surrounding AI and tools like ChatGPT to transform the future of HR. According to Gartner, in June 2023, 52% of HR leaders were exploring potential use cases and opportunities for AI. However, this number fell to 34% by January of this year. While some HR leaders are fascinated by the possibility of these tools, taking it upon themselves to gain a deeper understanding of AI and its implications for their organisation, others are concerned about the risks they may pose. AI is poised to change the future of HR, yet current limitations and vulnerabilities have prompted some organisations to hesitate in adopting AI for additional use cases.

So, what has really happened with AI in HR since Generative AI put such a prominent spotlight on AI in the last year?

Join this session to:

  • Discover the core capabilities and use cases available – distinguishing reality from myth
  • Uncover the risks of getting it wrong and opportunities of getting AI right in HR
  • Understand what AI means for the workforce – decide when and how to apply AI in the HR function

15:15 - 16:00  Executive Boardroom

Leveraging HR Strategies to Drive Business Objectives

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Lucinda Gemmell

Chief People & Culture Officer

Seven Group Holdings

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, Human Resources have evolved beyond traditional functions and become strategic partners in driving organisational performance. How should HR leaders support organisational digitalisation efforts with effective HR initiatives that align with business objectives?

  • Transforming organisation's vision and goals into HR initiatives
  • Cultivating a workforce with the skills and capabilities that can thrive in a digital environment
  • Supporting employees to manage change effectively

16:00 - 16:20  Break

17:00 - 17:30  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

3 June 2024

4 June 2024

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

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