Global Speakers


Ingrid Massey

Head Of Learning And Development


Topic: Keynote: Global Best Practices In Maximizing Learning Outcomes With Experiential And Blended Learning

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Ingrid Massey leads the Learning and Development function for CBRE across Pacific, working within a global organisation to ensure learning strategy and transformation programs translate to business outcomes. Ingrid is responsible for designing and delivering blended learning programs that build leadership and sales capability, enable high performance, retain and develop talent at all levels within the organisation. Ingrid has a solid understanding of how Human Resources and Learning and Development can partner effectively to help enable achievement of both operational and strategic business outcomes. Her passion is developing leadership capability and coaching others, helping drive cultural change within organisations and enabling career development. Prior to joining CBRE in 2017, Ingrid has spent twenty years in various learning and development roles within the airline industry, financial services and FMCG.


Megan Johnston

General Manager Capability & Learning


Topic: nbn Case Study: Next Level Learning And Development At nbn

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GM of Capability & Learning at nbn, Megan Johnston is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience leading L&OD in complex, global organisations.

Megan shares a passion for future-focused learning practices and has proven success in the execution of best practice methodologies leveraging today’s’ ever changing technology landscape.

Megan’s industry awards recognize her innovation and thought leadership in learning and development.

Megan has extensive experience building learning functions and strategies to deliver organisational strategic imperatives. With her current focus on transforming workforce capability at nbn, Megan is working to take Learner Experience to the next level, building a learning ecosystem that fosters a continuous learning culture.


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Digital Learning Team Lead




Franck Appleby

Senior HR Director, People & Performance Director


Topic: Case Study: Learning Lessons From Implementing Innovative, Experiential Learning Methodologies And Cultivating Corporate Cultural Development

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Franck Appleby is the People and Performance Director for Adshel which is a leading out-of-home media company that enables advertisers across Australia and New Zealand to connect, engage and influence commuters where they work, live, shop and play.

Franck is responsible for spearheading Adshel’s investment in people and culture in Australia and New Zealand. For the last 2 years, he has steered Adshel’s transformation into a vibrant, purpose-led company underpinned by a strong people ethos and focus on performance.

Joining Adshel from Vodafone Australia, Franck spent six years as the General Manager, HR & OD, responsible for leadership and culture development. Franck has over 20 years of international HR experience, acquired across a number of industries including Media, Telco, Insurance, Financial Services, Research and the Public Sector. Franck holds a Master of Social Science from the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

Franck was shortlisted as the 2017 HR Executive of the Year in “The CEO Magazine”.


Petra Stirling

Head Of Information Management, Capability And Development


Topic: Achieving Effective Learning Delivery And Heightened Employee Engagement With Blended Learning

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With almost two decade’s experience in professional services, Petra has driven and championed the positioning of leading Australian legal brands. Defining best-in-class Knowledge, HR, OD and talent management capabilities and establishing a highly-recognised, pioneering approach to innovation, digital transformation and agile delivery practice.

A trusted Executive leveraging a background as a qualified Lawyer (Legal Technology) and 15 years’ expertise in end-to-end People, Organisational Development and Strategy leadership, Petra has moved with agility between mandates to facilitate change, lift engagement and drive sustainable, long-term business growth. Petra brings a deep understanding of competitive strategy and identifies people, process and technology as an opportunity to deliver market differentiation, working with top talent to embrace and apply emerging technology to the world of business, creating agile environments that maximise outcomes for our customers and people.

In her current role, Petra leads information management, capability and development for the award winning Westpac Group Compliance, Legal and Secretariat function.


Mathew Paine

Director Of Human Resources

ICC Sydney

Topic: Case Study – ICC Sydney, My Extraordinary Learning Journey, Designing for an Individualized Learning Experience

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Mathew Paine is the Director of Human Resources at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and also holds Non-Executive Director board positions at the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and Definitiv (and its subsidiaries, Proactiv Payroll Australia Pty Ltd and Definitiv International Pty Ltd).

A HR practitioner with over 19 years of senior HR experience across Australia, New Zealand and the U.K, Mathew’s HR leadership has resulted in multiple industry awards including the highly coveted Australian HR Team of the Year, Best Recruitment Campaign, AHRI Inclusive Workplace and NSW Training Awards Large Employer of the Year as well as finalist places in the HR Technology, HR Innovation and HR Director of the Year awards.


Gareth Killeen

Head Of Learning

Reece Group

Topic: Reece Case Study:  A Collaborative Approach To Learning And Leadership

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Gareth heads up learning at Reece Group.  Passionate about supporting the learning and growth needs of real people in tangible, practical and purposeful ways. One of the principal questions the team at Reece wrestles with is “How can we support our people to perform at their best, when jobs, roles, markets, technologies and knowledge requirements are constantly changing?”


Veronica Sargeant

Human Resources Business Partner

Reckitt Benckiser

Topic: Strategic Learning Transformation Roundtable Discussions: Micro-Learning

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Melissa Anderson

Head Of Learning

Craveable Brands

Topic: Panel Discussion: Future-Proofing Your Workforce With Continuous And Self-Directed Learning (SDL)

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James Piasentin

Marketing And Operations Training Manager

Woolworths Group

Topic: Strategic Learning Transformation Roundtable Discussions: Learning Analytics

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Karl Strichow

Director Workforce Analytics

Australian Taxation Office

Topic: Enhancing Corporate Learning with AI and Data Mining

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Suzanne Davies

Head Of Learning & Development & HR Business Partner

Ooh! Media

Topic: Strategic Learning Transformation Roundtable Discussions: Blended Learning Innovations

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Beth Hall

Head Of Cotton On Group Uni

Cotton On Group

Topic: Cotton On Case Study: Why Micro-Learning Drives Better Learning Experience And Knowledge Retention

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Chloye Chen

Head Of People & Culture


Topic: Panel Discussion: Future-Proofing Your Workforce With Continuous And Self-Directed Learning (SDL)

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Morgana Waters

General Manager - Organisational Development

QBE Insurance

Topic: L&D Strategy That Engages The Millennial  

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Gill McEwen

Director Of Education

Blackmores Institute

Topic: Simulation And Gamification For More Engaging Corporate Learning



Tanya Petrovich

Business Innovation Manager

Dementia Australia

Topic: Dementia Australia Case Study: Using VR To Engage In Dementia Care And Train Its Next Generation Of Caregivers 

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Heather Timbs

Head Of Learning And Development

Heritage Bank

Topic: How Video Is Enabling Powerful Corporate Learning Delivery

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Danny Ginsberg

Former Head Of Partner Engagement


Forum Chairperson

Topic: Case Study: Why Adaptive Learning Will Maximize Knowledge Retention And Accelerate Individual Learning Progress