Anita is an experienced marketing leader who understands the power of emotion. She is known for her ability to connect, engage and inspire an audience through storytelling and getting to the heart of the human experience. As General Manager – Brand and Communications at HESTA, Anita plays a pivotal role in engaging both employees and external member and stakeholder audiences in a leading national brand.
As a solo parent to her 4yo daughter, she also plays a pivotal role in guiding a curious, strong-willed little girl through life. Anita is a world class juggler (of time) and can find a way to get 28 hours of life into most (but not all!) 24 hour days.
Stephen has almost 20 years’ experience working in marketing and communications. After 5 years working in financial services in London, he returned to Australia to lead the marketing function at retirement and aged care provider, Aveo, where he has been for over 7 years. During this time he has reinvented the way they go to market a number of times, making Aveo a true industry leader. However, in a category that continues to be vulnerable to negative media reports and poor public perception, being prepared for the worst is a way of life for Stephen.
National Australia Bank
Karen is the former General Manager of Consumer Marketing at NAB. She was responsible for the Consumer Segment Value Proposition and delivering the Customer focused Life Moments Ecosystem & Check In that increased NAB Consumer market share and customer advocacy.
Karen lectures in Marketing, Customer Experience & Relationship Management for the MBA program at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Karen was Head of Customer Relationship Management & Digital for Westpac Group. In that time she led building and scaling the data driven marketing capability program known in Westpac as “KnowMe”. KnowMe delivered targeted Customer Next Best Offers to bankers and teller in branches, call centres and interactions in online and mobile and into digital and social media.
In 2007, Karen was recognised as the ADMA Marketer of the Year, recognised by LinkedIn as a Power Profile for Australia in 2015 and 2016 and included in the B&T Remarkable Marketer program in 2018.
Karen has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) and a Master in Business Administration.
Karen is married with two sons and two dogs and works to achieve over 10K steps every day.
BaptistCare NSW & ACT
Benjamin Galea is the Group Marketing Manager of BaptistCare NSW & ACT. Having worked in the not-for- profit (NFP) industry for over 10 years, Ben is passionate about working with organisations supporting people on the margins and he believes the marketing function is crucial to the success of organisations navigating disruptive change.
He is excited by the challenges that face the aged care industry and sees the advent of an increasingly data driven world as the next major opportunity for marketing teams in the aged care sector. He is the proud father of four children and a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
Fiona Nixon is Bank Australia’s Head of Strategy and Communications and is a passionate about the role that business needs to play in addressing social and environmental issues. She is responsible for the bank’s engagement and communication with staff and customers as well as its public policy commitments. Fiona also oversees the Bank Australia Impact Fund, through which the bank invests 4% of after tax profits to create positive social and environmental outcomes. Since joining the bank in 2013, Fiona has managed the rebrand to Bank Australia and a range of initiatives designed to build the bank’s responsible banking brand.
Fiona has a background in consulting working with private and public sector and for-purpose clients on communications, social policy development, major events, and community consultation. She has also held senior communications roles in the Victorian State Government and local government in Melbourne.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Macquarie University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at RMIT University.
Kellogg Australia & New Zealand
Tamara Howe has been Marketing & Corporate Affairs Director since April 2019.
Tamara joined Kellogg Australia in 2003 as a Brand Manager and was promoted to Senior Brand Manager, Nutri-Grain in 2005 prior to relocating and working in the US Morning Foods Division in Battle Creek Michigan in 2006.
Upon her return to Australia in 2007, Tamara assumed the Marketing Manager role, Adult Portfolio before relocating again to HQ in Battle Creek in 2009. There, Tamara took on a role in the Global Marketing team and was later promoted to Director, Special K Franchise in 2013, leading Kellogg’s largest brand for North America.
In 2014, Tamara relocated back to Australia to assume the role of leading the Innovation team before being promoted to Marketing Director, Australia in October 2015. Tamara also assumed functional responsibility for New Zealand in 2017 and in April 2019 was promoted to her current position.
Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Tamara spent several years working in marketing roles within (the then) Dairy Farmers Australia.
Tamara completed her Bachelor degree in Commerce at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Tamara is a Director of the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation and Australasian Advisory Board Member for the Ehrenberg Bass Institute of Marketing Science. Tamara was named #18 in the CMO Magazine Top 50 CMOs in 2018.
Chief Executive Officer, Mediatettix
Tony Maniaty is a career communicator: journalist, author, screenwriter, filmmaker, speechwriter, academic, media trainer, advisor and mentor. After more than two decades experience as a correspondent, producer and news executive positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), BBC and other networks – including Executive Producer of ABC TV’s ‘The 7.30 Report’ – he established the Mediatettix consultancy in 2000 (www.mediatettix.com) to provide individual and organisation media training, media strategy and crisis management services.
His client list includes the ABC, Australia Council for the Arts, Reserve Bank of Australia, UNSW Sydney, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Reuters Foundation, Biennale of Sydney and Amnesty International.
Among his professional roles, Tony has been Communications Manager for the Australia Council for the Arts, Senior Communications Adviser to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of NSW, and Associate Professor of Journalism and Creative Practice at University of Technology Sydney. He holds a PhD in media, and has lectured worldwide in communication strategy.
Mad Paws Australia
Tahnee Claeys is an experienced all-rounder with 5 years of experience building, leading and developing teams across various departments, and 7+ years of experience in Strategy & Operations. She is a people-focused leader who is passionate about the role that people play in the success of any business.
Tahnee joined Mad Paws in the early days as their third employee. As Head of Strategy & Operations, she wears many different hats and has been responsible for managing and driving improvements in various parts of the company.
Prior to relocating to Australia and joining Mad Paws, Tahnee spent several years at the complete opposite of the spectrum, working for one of the world’s largest oil & gas companies, ExxonMobil. She held several roles in Business Analysis, Corporate Reporting and Internal Audit and she was the fastest promoted employee of her year.
Tahnee completed her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Applied Economics and Science (Business Administration & Technology) with Honours at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She was the first to receive the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, which is awarded to women seeking leadership positions and who have demonstrated outstanding potential in business-related fields. She also speaks four languages.
Being born in Belgium, raised in South Africa, and currently living in Australia, Tahnee is passionate about travelling the world and discovering new people & places. It’s on her bucket list to visit as many countries as possible (she’s currently at 49 countries).
Tahnee is also passionate about volunteering. She supports children in foster care as a Pyjama Angel for the Pyjama Foundation and is part of B.OKideas supporting mental health.
Elizabeth Rex is the General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Caltex Australia, where she leads corporate brand, government affairs, media relations, employee communications and the ESG strategy, including community partnerships and investment, for Australia’s largest ASX-listed transport fuels and convenience retail company.
Elizabeth has led Corporate Affairs and Communications functions in global organisations and Australian public companies in the finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, mining, energy and pharmaceutical industries.
In 2019, Elizabeth was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Manly United Football Club.
Sharon is a multi-award winning Australian entrepreneur and Founder of 3 matching platforms built entirely on trust. Her journey started in 2012, when she founded Matchboard, a free-to-use website where companies can enter their needs and get matched with “right-fit” suppliers. In 2018, Matchboard was crowned “Business of the Year” at the Optus My Business Awards. And in 2017, Westpac named Matchboard as 1 of Australia’s top “200 Businesses of Tomorrow”. Sharon was named Suncorp Innovator of the Year at the Women in Digital awards, and also holds LinkedIn’s PowerProfile status for having one of the 50 most visited profiles in Australia. Sharon has a double honours degree and University Medal from the University of Sydney, and speaks five languages.