Australian Trade & Investment Commission (AUSTRADE)
As Head of Australia’s Nation Brand at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Fiona is leading the Australian Government’s most ambitious international global brand platform. To develop a unifying global brand and its expression across 17 Government departments, 50+ industry sectors through private and public partnerships in order to encourage the world to visit, study, invest and do business with Australia.
Prior to Austrade, Fiona spent her most recent decade in sport as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Sport at the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). Over her 12 years at the AOC she successfully delivered 10 Australian Olympic Team campaigns (3 summer, 3 winter, 4 youth) across 9 countries, 5 Australian Youth Olympic Festivals here in Australia and day-to-day management of an iconic Australian sporting organisation including a re-design of the Australian Olympic brand architecture.
Fiona’s diplomatic leadership in Australian sport saw her engage with the most senior leaders of sport, business and governments domestically and internationally. This, coupled with a record of delivering complex international projects in high profile, competitive, diverse environments combine to see her lead Australia’s Nation Brand project at Austrade. Fiona holds degrees in Law (Hons), Information Technology and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Department of Home Affairs
Mr Jaycob McMahon: Assistant Secretary, Media & Engagement Branch at the Department of Home Affairs. In this role, Jaycob is responsible for the delivery of all media management and external engagement functions for the Department, including, but not limited to; media support for Ministers and Executive, media enquiry management, social media, strategic communications, campaigns and graphic design and production. Prior to this, Jaycob has worked in various roles across the APS covering International Policy, Strategic Issues Management, Service Delivery Reform, Ministerial and Parliamentary, and Counsellor in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelor of International Studies (Asian Languages) and a Master of the Arts in Communications Management.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning VIC
Catherine Payne is Executive Director, Digital and Customer Communications at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She has worked at senior levels in industries that span telecommunications, water, energy, oil, agriculture and the environment. She started her career as a newspaper journalist and spent time as a principal ministerial media adviser in federal government.
Catherine’s media and communications experience advising CEOs, boards and senior executives has included consultancy, not-for-profit and corporates, with 11 years at Telstra Corporation as a senior corporate affairs executive. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Political Science.
Australian War Memorial
Mr Chris Wagner was appointed Head of Communications and Marketing at the Australian War Memorial in May 2016.
He and his team are responsible for media, public relations, marketing, publications, the Friends of the Memorial, and the broader sponsorship program of the Memorial. Mr Wagner has over 15 years’ experience in the communication sector, working in ministerial offices, government departments, and for a number of not-for-profit and corporate organisations.
A former journalist, Mr Wagner has a background in matters of mental health, suicide, criminal and civil justice, national security emergency management, and grassroots community liaison. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Journalism and is a White Ribbon Ambassador
Australian Taxation Office
Ellen Bortolot is currently working as a national marketing communications strategist designing communications solutions to help achieve organisational outcomes. Ellen’s previous experience as a behavioural insights practitioner/lead applying behavioural insights as part of implementing high level client and staff experience strategies has proven enormous value in hre current role, contributing to the design of our human interactions with our products and services.
Ellen is a highly experienced Executive marketing communications and stakeholder management strategist with over 15 years experience, a Fellow and Certified Practising Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute.
In addition to her background with Strategic Marketing (HD at Masters Level), Ellen has a background in law, policy development (UNSW Masters prize in Tax Policy) and implementation and have served as a volunteer Commissioner on a State education policy commission and Secondary School Board member.
Department of Agriculture
Victor is the change and comms guy™, a passionate agent for change – bringing simplicity and certainty to a changing world. Victor has managed successful communication and change programs for a diverse range of clients in consumer electronics, government, utilities and manufacturing.
Victor is a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a masters in organisational change and communication.
Victor is a pragmatist, optimist, creative thinker and devil’s advocate. Victor’s background in engineering, marketing, psychology and business, coupled with boundless enthusiasm, makes him a potent agent for change.
Alicia Thomson is the Assistant Director Program Delivery (Engagement) for Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia program. Alicia is an award winning communications professional with over a decade of experience in the international communication industry, and academic qualifications in communications and management. Alicia enjoys working within the scientific community, with a background in the international higher education sector taking her to universities and academic institutions around the world before joining Geoscience Australia in 2017. A passionate mum, Collingwood supporter and communicator, Alicia is dedicated to her family, her team and to bridging the gap between science and the community.
Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez has over 10 years’ experience in coordinating and leading the creation of collaborative end-user driven innovations utilising earth observation and other space-derived data and technologies in Australia and Europe. Eva is the Portfolio and Strategy Manager at FrontierSI, where she leads the design, creation and implementation of long-term strategic work in the space and spatial sectors. Eva’s project experience spans fields including telemedicine, disaster monitoring and emergency response, ocean weather forecasting, air and water quality, and forestry monitoring. Eva holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering and Management, a Bachelor in Telematics from BarcelonaTech (UPC), and is currently undertaking Stanford University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Bureau of Meteorology
David has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communication, holding senior positions at Monash University and The University of Melbourne, in state and federal government agencies, and in research and operational organisations. Over the last five years he has led a major transformation program within the Bureau of Meteorology to modernise and restructure the marketing and communication functions.
As the Bureau’s General Manager Community Outreach, David has responsibility for enabling a deep and effective engagement between the Bureau and the Australian community by aligning the Bureau’s communication capabilities with its frontline forecasting and warning services. David also has responsibility for the Bureau’s state media management, social media, video production, public education, marketing and brand, design and engagement functions.
The Community Outreach team comprises 40 extraordinarily talented staff largely based in Melbourne with others in all states and territories except Canberra.
Department of Primary Industries NSW
Ipswich City Council
After a 30-year career in journalism which saw Simon at the forefront of digital newsroom innovation, Simon Holt has a good grip on what it takes to build audiences. Simon has been editor of multiple publications, most recently editor-in-chief at Fairfax’s digital-only newsroom, Brisbane Times. Simon has written a book about ways media and public relations practitioners can best interact with modern newsrooms. But Simon’s biggest challenge is now – re-thinking the way government organisations view their communications strategy to suit a rapidly-changing media landscape.
As co-founder of Swift Digital Paul has extensive experience working with government agencies at all levels for over 18 years. His experience and insights have helped shape the Swift Digital Platform to meet the demands of the government and private sectors alike.
Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
Alcohol & Drug Foundation
Cinzia Marrocco has worked in Marketing and Communications for over 15 years, having worked on major brands such as St John Ambulance, Cancer Council, YMCA and now the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. Cinzia has lived and worked in the UK for six years and spent that time building brands in the private and not for profit sectors. Back in Australia Cinzia has been fortunate enough to lead teams with a focus on how developments in technology and customer expectations can lead innovation, creativity and behaviour change. Cinzia’s specialties lie in championing positive change, engaging stakeholders and strategy development and implementation.
Lead The Room
Australia for UNHCR
Matt Levinson is the Head of Communication and Public Affairs at Australia for UNHCR, building support for the global humanitarian work of the UN’s Refugee Agency. With previous roles leading communication for the Lord Mayor of Sydney and GetUp, Matt began his career in science and science communication, with stints in radio, print, TV and online journalism.
Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Andrew has worked in the field of financial education in government and the vocational education sector in Australia for over a decade. Andrew specialises in service design as part of ASIC’s commitment under the National Financial Literacy Strategy. He also leads ASIC’s consumer-facing social media strategy. Andrew has a passion for creating behaviourally-informed solutions to help Australians manage their money. With a background across communications and finance, Andrew has a track record of producing programs that change the behaviour of Australian financial consumers.
Office of National Intelligence
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare