School Infrastructure NSW
Claire Beattie is the Executive Director, Partnerships in School Infrastructure NSW in the Department of Education. Her experience includes having been the Director of Strategic Communication in the Department of Education and working in the Transport Management Centre in the Operations Room (Transport for NSW) in an operational role where she worked on such incidents as the Sydney Siege. She has also worked for RMS delivering the St Helena Tunnel Infrastructure project and its 24/7 Operations room, coordinating oversized/overmass movements, major events (such as World Rally Championships) and supporting the operational management of unplanned incidents across the state (accidents, breakdowns and natural disasters). She holds a background in Education which includes Lecturing for the NSW Police in Leadership and Management, writing and delivering course materials for RTOs across Australia and being a Secondary Education Teacher. Her educational qualifications include: Psychology, Communication, Law, Education and Traffic and Transport Management. She currently guest lectures at Sydney University at MBA classes discussing Diversity and Inclusion.
Claire was a finalist in the Premier’s Awards for Driving Public Sector Diversity and a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards.
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.
South Australian Tourism Commission
Brent joined the SATC in November 2015 as a marketing communications specialist with experience in Advertising and Branding, Digital, PR, Sponsorship and Communications across the banking, retail and telecommunications sectors. Brent has been responsible for overseeing $1.6 Billion in growth in the tourism visitor economy to date, in the process launching a new global brand for tourism in South Australia, two global TVC campaigns and a digital program that now sees southaustralia.com attracting over 6Million visitors annually. Brent also oversaw the successful partnerships with Chinese megastar Huang Xiaoming, the Project, Masterchef Australia and Sports Illustrated, and in 2018 was recognised as #21 on the CMO50 list of Australia’s top marketers.
Department of Jobs & Small Business
Jessica has been working in Government communications for over 15 years, with roles covering public affairs, campaign management, corporate branding and narrative development, internal communication, stakeholder engagement, and change management. Jessica is currently the Director of Internal Communication and Events at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and has a particular focus on bringing a strategic edge to staff engagement, building positive partnerships with clients and embedding change management principles in everyday internal communication.
Amy Stockwell is the Head of Social Media at SBS. She’s an external relations expert, lawyer and journalist with a passion for talking to people on the internet. Amy has worked in government and politics, NGOs, law firms, digital media start-ups and a public sector broadcaster. She likes to think about making social content that connects with people (when everyone just wants to watch videos of unlikely animal friends).
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
Michael Camit, Phd Candidate, School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney @mcamitsydney Manager, Marketing and Communication, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. Michael Camit is currently a full time researcher (Phd Candidate) in the School of Communication at the University of Technology and is interested in the potential of social media for health, wellbeing and engagement of migrant and refugee communities in Australia. He has over 20 years of experience as the Marketing and Communication Manager for the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service developing marketing communication campaigns that have won national and international awards.
Michael conceptualised and led the development of two award winning initiatives in organ and tissue donation – Life Giving Stories (2016) , and the Pink Sari Melodies Songwriting competition engaging the arts and community(2017. The Pink Sari Project increased breast screening in women from Indian and Sri Lankan backgrounds from less than 5% to 24% and has been awarded the Best Campaign in the Public and Not-for-profit sectors as well as the Gold Prize for Evaluation at the AMEC International Communication Effectiveness Awards as part of the 2016 International Summit on Evaluation. He is particularly interested in engagement to empower minority groups. One of his most proud achievements is overseeing what started as a government funded campaign – the Pink Sari Project now run entirely by female community leaders as Pink Sari Inc.
Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Senior Executive Leader – Corporate Affairs. Matthew is head of function and responsible for media, government relations, internal communications, publications and the internet. Before joining ASIC in 2010, Matthew was a director of a public affairs consultancy, held a senior corporate affairs role with global shopping centre company, the Westfield Group, been an adviser to Joe Hockey in the Howard Government and worked for several NSW Liberal leaders. He has also worked as a financial journalist in the United Kingdom and started his career as a staff reporter with the Australian Financial Review. Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and a Master of Public Affairs (Sydney University). He also lectures on media and political campaigning in a masters program at Sydney University.
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.
Stefan has more than two decades of marketing and communications experience from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has held a range of executive and leadership roles focusing on strategic marketing and communications, public affairs, social marketing behaviour change campaigns, brand and product management.
Passionate about promoting health and wellbeing, Stefan joined VicHealth in 2014 motivated by linking his more than 20 years’ experience in the sporting industry – including nine years as a senior AFL field umpire – with helping Victorians becoming more physically active and championing gender equality.
Stefan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Tasmania, is a graduate of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs and is VicHealth’s implementation lead on the Male Champions of Change national program.
Australian National University
Erica Goatcher-Bergmann joined the Australian National University as the Associate Director of Marketing Insight and Intelligence in August 2017 to help embed a culture of data-driven and customer-centric marketing across the University. She and her team are responsible for market research, marketing analytics and the development of strategy & reporting frameworks that measure success and support continuous improvement. In a nutshell, she and her team strive to elevate the voice of the customer and give people within the organisation the tools to respond to it. As a former Marketing Manager from the retail banking sectors in Australia and North America, Erica uses private sector tools and frameworks to improve outcomes for customers and internal stakeholders.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Alicia Lillington is a Change Management Lead at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, empowering stakeholders across government to embrace new technology. Working across
government as a Change and Communications Adviser, Alicia has worked on a range of high profile projects. Born and bred in Canberra, Alicia Lillington’s dream is to shape the future of the Australian Public Service.
Alicia has worked in communications specialist roles for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Human Services, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and IP Australia. Alicia is recognised for her infectious enthusiasm, building strong relationships, thinking strategically and translating complex information in a concise and compelling manner.