Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

26 May 2021 | 09:00 - 16:00 AEST

26 May 2021 | 09:00 - 16:00 AEST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Australia CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Boosting workforce resilience for the future of hybrid work

Taking a dynamic approach to critical skills and competencies

Driving consequential accountability for DE&I


Julie Carroll

Serco Asia Pacific
Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebekah Donaldson

Qantas Airways Limited
Executive Manager, People

Michelle Phipps

QBE Insurance
General Manager HR AusPac

Louise Spittle

The Arnott’s Group
Chief People Officer

Duncan Thomas

Fuji Xerox Australia

Lindall West

First Sentier Investors
Chief Human Resources Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


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

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Australia community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


26 May 2021

09:00 - 09:55  AEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Fostering Successful Leadership in 2021 and Beyond

Joy Adan headshot

Joy Adan

Content Journalist

Reward Gateway

Kristie Keast headshot

Kristie Keast

Chief People Officer

Bluescope Steel

Tracey Lake headshot

Tracey Lake

Chief People Officer


Kylie Robinson headshot

Kylie Robinson

General Manager – HR


Kirsten Watson headshot

Kirsten Watson

Chief People Officer

Transport for NSW

For many organisations, the traditional operating model has changed drastically in the past year. Now CHROs face a new set of challenges as they must educate leaders to manage teams in remote and hybrid work environments, while continuing to innovate and ensure the business hits strategic goals.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Coaching people leaders to improve communication, transparency and flexibility within their teams
  • Forecasting the future skills necessary to set the workforce up for success
  • Best practices for setting leaders up for success and building a robust and diverse talent pipeline

09:45 - 10:00  AEST Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Remuneration Frameworks to Improve Employee Productivity & Engagement

Marc Havercroft headshot

Marc Havercroft

Global Chief Customer Officer

SAP SuccessFactors

Rebekah Donaldson headshot

Rebekah Donaldson

Executive Manager, People

Qantas Airways Limited

Alin Popescu headshot

Alin Popescu

Head of Human Resources, APAC Commercial


Companies are increasingly implementing new approaches to drive employee performance and contribution as traditional performance frameworks are falling short. Past approaches to remuneration are no longer driving the desired employee performance and productivity. As organisations work to motivate their workforce, the need to understand what their employees value is crucial to tailoring remuneration strategies moving forward.

Join this session with CHROs to discuss:

  • Connecting performance, productivity and pay
  • Creating engagement and peak performance through an analytics-based rewards system
  • Restructuring executive remuneration for effective measurement frameworks

10:00 - 11:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Supporting Enterprise Transformation Amid Change

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Benjamin Morris

Group General Manager, Human Resources


Catherine Flynn headshot

Catherine Flynn

Executive General Manager - HR

CSR Limited

As organisations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organisation redesign and change management. As the rate of change accelerates into 2021, business transformation objectives must maintain a people-focused approach to mitigate change fatigue and maximise organisational effectiveness.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Methods for engaging all levels of the organisation in driving change
  • Understanding and communicating HRs role in restructuring and redesign
  • Strategies for evolving organisational design to incorporate new ways of working

10:00 - 11:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Implementations of the Financial Accountability Regime – What does it mean for CHROs in FSI?

Lynnette Sarno headshot

Lynnette Sarno

Global Head of Human Resources

Macquarie Group

Christine Stasi headshot

Christine Stasi

Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation


As part of highly regulated industries, FSI organisations face unique challenges. The Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) is the government’s latest regulatory practice set to control pay, bonus structures and dividends within these industries. FAR has wide-reaching implications from impacts on culture and talent retention to governance and stakeholder engagement. Join this session to hear from FSI CHROs how FAR is expected to impact the HR function.

This session will cover:

  • Lessons learned from the banking industry’s implementation of BEAR
  • Securing engagement from the board and executives
  • Attracting and retaining senior leaders under this regime
  • Cultural implications and improvements through alignment with organisational values

11:00 - 11:45  AEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Skills, Not Credentials – The New Currency of Work

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Janice Burns

Chief Career Experience Officer


Ted Fleming headshot

Ted Fleming

Head of Talent Development


Upskilling is essential when you’re preparing an organization to take on the future because skills are the key to driving learning relevancy and personalization. CHROs need to bring learning and talent together to create a holistic career experience. In this session, you will learn how to create an innovative and agile workforce that stays resilient amid the most unpredictable challenges through upskilling.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Why organizations should evolve their focus from credentials to skills
  • How skills influence career development at the organization and individual level
  • The importance of clarifying skills vs competencies and creating a taxonomy

11:45 - 12:15  AEST Break

12:15 - 12:45  AEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Transforming HR Strategy Through Workforce Analytics

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Jasleen Kaur

Principal Advisor, HR Practice


Catherine Lopes headshot

Catherine Lopes

Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

ME Bank

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Annie Schmidt

Group Chief People and Culture Officer

St. Vincent's Health Australia

In every business, every department, including HR, runs on data. The volume of data pouring in from recruiting initiatives to performance management and workplace issue cases alone can be overwhelming. But with the right skills – a head for analytics and the ability to convincingly present findings to senior leadership – HR partners can design business cases that put data and analytics at the core of HR strategy.

Join this session to discover strategies for:

  • Aligning HR data through automation in a global business
  • Optimising talent investments while effectively monitoring recruitment, productivity and other workplace initiatives 
  • Utilising predictive analytics to identify performance trends, improve retention and gauge potential attrition

12:45 - 13:00  AEST Break

13:00 - 14:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Shifting Strategies for an Evolving Employee Landscape

Lucinda Gemmell headshot

Lucinda Gemmell

Chief People & Culture Officer

Airservices Australia

Johanna Birgersson headshot

Johanna Birgersson

Executive General Manager Human Resources

Cleanaway Waste Management Limited

Connectivity has never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments. The leadership provided by managers plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Best practices for creating a motivational atmosphere for employees in remote and hybrid work environments
  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with new hires as well as permanent and temporary employees
  • Practical strategies to building on engagement in the "new normal"

13:00 - 14:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Diversity of Thought in the Workplace

Rana Hussain headshot

Rana Hussain

Inclusion & Diversity Manager

Cricket Australia

Raj Tapper headshot

Raj Tapper

GM People & Culture

Cricket Australia

Seemali Shukla headshot

Seemali Shukla

Country HR Leader, ANZ

HP Australia

The benefits of workplace diversity have long been known; with diverse teams comes a broad knowledge and ability to evaluate problems from various angles, achieving greater success and innovation.  Organisations are beginning to shift their focus from diversity and inclusion as gender or cultural conversations to diversity of thought which encourages creativity, spurs insight, and increases efficiency, resulting in greater organisational performance and increased employee engagement.

Join this session to explore: 

  • Leading the effort from the top, making diversity a core value, building an infrastructure to support diversity, focusing on the entire talent pipeline

  • Improving internal communications, implementing training programs, mentoring and coaching, focusing on the business case for diversity

  • How to measure inclusivity and not demographics 

13:00 - 14:00  AEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Talent Marketplaces – Hype or a True Business Imperative?

Riges Younan headshot

Riges Younan

SVP Asia Pacific


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Anoop Chaudhuri

VP HR, Australia & New Zealand

Ford Motor Company of Australia

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Dean Summlar

Vice President HR - Pacific Zone

Schneider Electric Australia

Organisations are increasingly focused on developing new talent operating models and future-proofing, but many don't know where to start. To win the future, high performance businesses must enable a culture of agility where employees can grow and the business can continuously adapt to market needs. Talent marketplaces present a compelling solution to thriving in this new reality, creating agile, resilient, and democratized organisations that can stay ahead of the competition. But are they hype or the real deal?

Join this session with Gloat to explore:

  • What is a talent marketplace exactly, and how is it being used by enterprises today?
  • What impact are talent marketplaces bringing to businesses and employees?
  • What culture shifts need to happen within organizations to prepare for a talent marketplace?
  • Where should companies begin on their talent marketplace journey?

14:00 - 14:30  AEST Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Australia community. 

14:30 - 16:00  AEST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Program Partners

Australia CHRO Programme Managers

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contacts.

Olga Demura

Programme Manager

(02) 9094 4986

Denzil Fernandez

Programme Manager

(04) 282 88 558