Invited Speakers

This page will be updated as planning proceeds.

Professor Mary Lovegrove OBE

  • Keynote Speaker

Professor Lovegrove is a Diagnostic Radiographer by profession. She holds a personal chair in education and development for allied health professionals. Mary was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours (2012) for her commitment to allied health professionals. She is also an honorary member of the Singapore Society of Radiographers.
Professor Lovegrove is the International Lead for the School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University and a Director of Allied Health Solutions. She is also a Non-Executive Director for an NHS Integrated Healthcare Trust. Formerly she was the Head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the London Southbank University.

Holly Ransom

  • Keynote Speaker

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent Solutions, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes.

In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia's '100 Most Influential Women', and also became the world's youngest-ever Rotary President. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, and her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh. Holly's company Emergent Solutions has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.

Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

Mark McCrindle

  • Keynote Speaker

Mark is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, and influential thought leader, and is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.

Mark’s understanding of the key social trends as well as his engaging communication style places him in high demand in the press, on radio and on television shows, such as Sunrise, Today, ABC News 24, A Current Affair, and Today Tonight.

His research firm counts amongst its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and his highly valued reports and infographics have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.



A/Sec DHHS Kym Peake

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    Kym Peake commenced as Acting Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in September 2015.  Kym’s substantive position is that of Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    Kym has extensive experience in both state and Commonwealth Government, including as Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills Group at the Victorian Department of Education and Training and Executive Director, Productivity and Inclusion at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Jason Clarke

  • Keynote Speaker

Since 2000, Jason has been a Director of Minds at Work, a commercial collective of autonomous thinkers and problem solvers dedicated to supporting anyone interested in Making Things Better.

Their mission is to Help People Think and their work has involved them (in one form or another) in just about every government department, many not-for-profit organisations and some of the largest corporations on the planet.

While establishing Minds at Work, Jason also worked as a lecturer teaching Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving at Melbourne Business School, in courses of his own design. He was a Guest lecturer in Innovation at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and for the Stern Business School of New York.

In 2003 he co-founded (with Larissa Brown) the Future Environmental Leader's project, which quickly blossomed to become the multi award-winning Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Jason is still an active contributor to the project.

In 1994 he became the Creative Director of AAV Australia, the country's largest multimedia production company. He was responsible for the creative output of 200 media professionals on big budget creative projects for large business and government clients.

From 1988 to 1994 Jason worked as an idea merchant and freelance wordsmith for the commercial film and advertising industry, at least by day. At night he developed and taught Creative Writing and Thinking at Holmesglen TAFE.

Between 1984 and 1988 he was a Producer at Australian Business Theatre, one of the most creative and commercially savvy successful media production houses in the country.

From the late 1970’s to the mid-1980's Jason was a stage manager, presenting and touring everything from kid’s pantomime and stage magic to Shakespeare and Grand Opera. He worked with Playbox, MTC, St Martins Theatre, The Pram Factory and the Victoria State Opera.