Former Foreign Minister of Australia & Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
Julie Bishop served as the Member for Curtin in Western Australia, in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2019, in the cabinets of Prime Ministers John Howard, Tony Abbott, and
Malcolm Turnbull. The longest serving member for Curtin, she was the first woman to be the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party – a role she held for 11 years, and the first woman to contest the leadership ballot of the Liberal Party in its 75 year history.
Prior to joining parliament, Julie was a commercial litigation lawyer and the Managing Partner of Clayton Utz.
With a warm personality, a quick sense of humour and undeniable intelligence, Julie Bishop draws on her extensive experiences in national and global politics, to deliver keynotes on diverse topics that provide insights into Australia, the world and our place in it.
Former Secretary, Department of Employment, Skills, Small & Family Business
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning VIC & Male Champion of Change
John is the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Victorian Government.
He was previously CEO of Energy Networks Australia representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses providing services to almost every Australian energy customer. In previous roles, John served as CEO of three Queensland Government agencies working with a significant workforce and budget responsibilities.
John holds an MBA from QUT and BA from the University of Queensland. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously served as a Director on the Boards of the Australian Gas Industry Trust, Greening Australia Ltd, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, Families Responsibility Commission and on the University of Queensland Senate.
Cynthia is a proud Iamalaig woman from the Kulkalgau Clan of Iama (Yam Island) and the Kulkalgal Tribe of the Torres Strait and was elected as the Member for Cook at the 2017 Queensland State election.
Cynthia has over 12 years’ experience in health, child protection and family support services throughout Far North Queensland. Cynthia’s work experience has enabled her to gain local knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the issues that affect her electorate.
Cynthia believes that education is the key to success. As a parent, Cynthia knows that a quality education changes people’s lives and helps build stronger communities.
Cynthia’s priorities include improving access to quality education and health services and supporting more local jobs to help build a stronger region for generations to come.
Australian National Audit Office
Ms Rona Mellor PSM commenced her position as Deputy Auditor- General with the Australian National Audit Office in July 2015. As Deputy Auditor-General, Rona has operational responsibility for the financial auditing and performance audit programs undertaken by the Australian National Audit Office, as well as for its corporate management. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) exists to assist the Auditor-General to meet his statutory duties.
From February 2010, prior to her appointment as Deputy Auditor-General, Rona was Deputy Secretary for the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for biosecurity. Rona was also responsible for the Department of Agriculture’s HR/people, IT service delivery, regulatory reform and compliance approach.
In the Department, she led the development of the reform of Australia’s biosecurity policies and service delivery. Biosecurity reform involved the development of new legislation, compliance approaches, IT and business architecture and funding models. Her role also involved building strong international connections and relationships with states and territories, and across the Australian public service.
Rona was appointed as a deputy secretary in 2006 in the Department of Human Services (DHS) at a time when the Department was developing an approach to integrated service delivery. She led the development of integrated service delivery approaches and as Deputy Chief Executive of Medicare Australia from late 2007 transformed Medicare’s service delivery capability by implementing electronic claiming.
Prior to joining DHS, Rona spent 20 years with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)—13 as a member of the senior executive, culminating in the position of First Assistant Commissioner of the Policy Management Division. Over this time Rona’s responsibilities included leading significant change, the design and implementation of major business process reforms and implementation of administrative design in the new policy processes. She worked closely with the Inspector-General of Taxation to improve ATO practices, and with the Treasury on improving law design. She developed many new tax policy proposals and worked as a Senior Tax Counsel involved in complex interpretative issues.
Rona has qualifications in law (LLB, University of Queensland) and experience in large-scale, operational environments. Rona is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy at the ANU and Executive Fellow of ANSZOG.
Rona was awarded the PSM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2013 for outstanding public service in the development and implementation of biosecurity, taxation and health system policies and projects. She is married with four children.
Department of Education & Training VIC
NSW Public Service Commission
Dr Kate Harrington has been acting Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics at the NSW Public Service Commission since November 2019. In this role, Kate is responsible for leading the development and delivery of research, analysis and reporting initiatives on a range of workforce management and organisational performance matters. Kate’s Division provides stakeholders with relevant insights about current issues and performance to shape future policy and strategic options. In her substantive role, Kate is the Head of Strategic Digital Initiatives at the NSW Government Chief Information & Digital Office where she manages the Office of the NSW Government Chief Information and Digital Officer. In this role she led the development of a whole of government program around Digital Capability uplift, as well as the Digital Restart Fund Bill (2019), enabling a new approach to digital/ICT funding to support better customer outcomes across the sector.
Kate has over 20 years of public sector experience, including: Director, Economic Development Strategy & Performance at the NSW Department of Industry where she led teams analysing business investment for the Western Sydney Airport, and reporting against Premier Priories with an economic focus; leading demography, statistics, spatial services and graphic design teams at NSW Department of Planning, where she was responsible for the NSW Population and Household Projections; NSW Police; Housing NSW and at the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
In 2015, she established the NSW Data Analytics Centre and lead the development of the Data Sharing (Government Sector) Act. She has a passion for leading customer-focused service delivery innovation using evidence and insights gained from big data and in 2011 received the NSW Premier’s Award for Innovation. With a PhD focused on reform of the public sector, primarily through ICT, Kate is regularly invited to present at conferences and sits on the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney, and the ICT Community of Professionals.
Australian Taxation Office
Misha has over 13 years’ experience achieving transformative economic and social outcomes from within government as well as a consulting advisor, drawing on her knowledge and passion in systems-thinking, design, behavioural economics, innovation and building government organisational capability.
More broadly Misha is also known for supporting women’s issues and leadership and has designed and facilitated mentoring programs for women.
Joining the ATO in August 2019, Misha is currently leading an altitude shift to the purpose, vision and role of ATO’s design capability. She is driving a shift towards a transdisciplinary approach that integrates systems-thinking, design and behavioural insights, in order to more effectively support the ATO and government in understanding and responding to complex challenges. This includes thinking more holistically about the tax and superannuation system within Australia in order to consider opportunities to lift willing participation and overall system health using behavioural and other interventions.
Academically, Misha is also undertaking her doctoral research in the promise that taking a more transdisciplinary approach to solving public sector problems can have, utilising the new model she has developed for the ATO as a basis for this research. She has presents on this model in multiple forums, including the upcoming International Society for Public Sector Research Conference in Finland, April 2020.
Department of Home Affairs
Stephen Hayward is the First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division in the Department of Home Affairs. He is also the Department’s Mental Health Advocate with a passion for helping those suffering from mental health issues through his lived experience.
Stephen joined the Australian Public Service in 2001 and has worked in areas of National Security, Immigration, Law Enforcement Integrity, Security, Risk and Assurance, Welfare and Customs and Border Protection including the Australian Border Force.
In 2009, Stephen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service.
Prior to joining the APS, Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen holds a Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) from the Australian Institute of Police Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Married with three adult children, outside of work Stephen enjoys four wheel driving, scuba diving and camping.
Department of Finance
Cassie Haynes is Director, Human Resources at Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports. Cassie previously held roles with the Department of Finance and Deregulation and Department of Finance.
Royal Australian Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts has been a member of the Royal Australian Air Force for over 35 years, and is the most senior female aerospace engineer in the Australian Defence Force.
She became the inaugural Head of Air Force Capability on 01 Jul 2019 and is responsible for conceptualising and shaping the development and delivery of Air and Space power across the capability life cycle.
Cath’s background includes flight test, aircraft maintenance, airworthiness and safety, support to operations, design and acquisition of aircraft and support systems, contracting, diplomatic postings and engagement with Australian and International industry.
Cath holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from University of Canberra and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Defence representative on the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group.
Cath has a passion for Diversity and she has been involved in assisting women in the wider community to enter the field of aerospace and STEM through her work with Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia, Women in Aviation International and has mentored in both the Future Through Collaboration (Defence and Industry) and Superstars of STEM programs.
Royal Australian Navy
Warrant Officer of the Navy Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar was born in Lilydale, Victoria and for the first ten years of her life she travelled extensively. She then settled into school life in Perth, Western Australia. WO Butterworth enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy as a Stores Naval Sailor in 1989. WO Butterworth has enjoyed serving in various platforms as a Stores Sailor. These include HMA Ships Jervis Bay, Success, Sydney, Manoora, Newcastle, and a short time in Parramatta.
In 2003 and 2005, then Chief Petty Officer Butterworth deployed in HMAS Newcastle on Operation Catalyst, the Australian assistance to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq. CPO Butterworth was awarded a CSM in 2006 in recognition of her service in Newcastle.
Promoted to WO in July 2007, she returned to Western Australia to take up the role of Logistic Services Manager in Joint Logistic Unit (West). In 2009, WO Butterworth joined Sea Training Group Major Fleet Units. The role of this group is to facilitate collective training and conduct unit-level assessment of RAN Fleet Units. WO Butterworth left logistics roles after being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of logistics management in 2012.
WO Butterworth assumed the role of the Ship’s Warrant Officer in HMAS Success in December 2011. Success was an integral part of Operation Southern Indian Ocean, an activity to support the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to search for Malaysian airlines flight MH370 in April 2014. In 2014 WO Butterworth deployed to the Middle East and upon return to Australia WO Butterworth was awarded with a bar to her CSM in recognition of her service in Success.
In July 2017 WO Butterworth was appointed to the role of Command Warrant Officer Training Force until July 2019 when she guided a team to create the Mariner Development Program, to continue to develop mariners and warfighters while undertaking specialist employment training.
In November 2019 WO Butterworth was appointed as the Royal Australian Navy’s ninth Warrant Officer of the Navy. WO-N Butterworth holds a Master of Military and Defence Studies. When at home WO-N Butterworth enjoys living in Canberra and her greatest escape is a leisurely weekend cycle.
Australian Federal Police
Offering 30+ years’ experience in both the Business & IT domains across a broad range of market sectors in Australia and abroad.
Founded 2 Lean start-up businesses and grown them into saleable assets. Although small enterprises the experience of growing a company from the ground up has been invaluable throughout my career. I continued to use the Executive Leadership platform to drive real business change and turn-around stakeholder trust by turning challenges into opportunities.
Delivering complex transformation in a lean and agile way, I aim to create high-performing teams by continuously challenging “we’ve-always-done-that’ thinking and encouraging participation to drive change from within.”
Anna joined the Queensland Police Service in 1997 and have worked in both operational and corporate roles all over Queensland. Anna holds a Bachelor of Justice (QUT), Master of Philosophy (QUT) Understanding policing in remote Indigenous Communities and is currently undertaking her Phd exploring how the police use of technology influence perception and trust.
Gender Gap Gone
Cath is an Executive Coach with over 15 years’ experience in organisational and professional development. Cath has consulted to over 350 brands globally, including both public and private sector. Cath has coached over 5000 individuals and addressed over 25,000 through workshops and conferences, using the latest research and practical frameworks to inspire action.
Cath’s greatest strength is helping people to gain greater leverage from the messages they tell themselves and those they tell others.
Claire Harrison is the Founder of ThriveU. She is an Executive Coach and Vedic Meditation teacher and holds a Diploma in Positive Psychology. Claire’s areas of expertise include resilient leadership, building emotional intelligence capability, mindfulness-based strengths training & executive coaching with a focus on leadership, career and business.
Claire is the former NSW Director for Women in Digital International and has held several senior leadership roles across the private sector, including REA Group, Mamamia Women’s Network, Women’s Agenda, Pacific Magazines and Getty Images and has over 15 years’ experience leading teams and developing workplace culture.
Department of Defence