Euan Semple
Author and Business Strategist,
United Kingdom
Euan Semple is an early adopter of digital technologies and an innovator who has worked with major organisations like the BBC, Nokia, the World Bank, and NATO. He believes that companies that are succeeding in the marketplace today are those that are beginning to initiate a dialogue with customers and staff to improve their operations and processes.
As a thought leader, Euan offers unique insights into how to make the latest technologies work for you and your organisation. He has helped organisations, and more importantly the people in them, to get their heads around social media, social business, and the social web both inside and outside the firewall.
In his book Organizations Don’t Tweet, Euan identifies that there are remarkable opportunities to mine the intellects of senior managers, backroom operators, frontline staff and customers to create a more responsive business model.
Euan believes those leaders and managers that stay connected to their community at work and with their customers have the best chance to survive and flourish in this new Age of Disruption.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: People-centric orgs
We are discovering how to foster powerful relationships with each other on the internet, to learn and empower each other through networks. How do we get better at doing this at work? Euan Semple will attempt to answer this question and provide inspiration for bringing about much needed culture change in the workplace.
Jon Husband
In 1999 Jon Husband created the term and concept ‘wirearchy’, the emergent organizing principle for the interconnected era.
He is a leading thinker about the impacts of the Web, social media and social networks on society, organizations, learning, and the workplace of the future. He carries out research into business strategy, organizational structures, work design and learning in the interconnected era.
He has been a commercial banker, a public servant and a Senior Principal for Hay Management Consultants in Canada and the UK. As a management consultant he specialized in work and organizational design, change initiatives and management / leadership development for large multinational companies.
In 2007 he co-authored a book titled Making Knowledge Work – the arrival of Web 2.0 and 2010 co-authored with Michel Cartier the book La Société Émergente du XXIe Siècle. He recently published the ebook Wirearchy – Sketches for the Future of Work.
For the past 15 years Jon has delivered presentations, workshops, consulting and coaching activities with a range of clients. He writes and speaks internationally about the challenges, opportunities and dynamics of the Web’s growing impact on enterprises and the societies in which we live, work and play.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: Wirearchy
A practical in-depth look at the core assumptions of work and organisational design compared and contrasted between the Post-Industrial Era and the Networked Age. The workshop will explore what’s, why’s and how’s of the interplay of organisational structures and human behaviour in connected flows of information.
Simon Terry
Change Agents Worldwide,
Simon Terry is a consultant, speaker and change agent in innovation, customer experience, design thinking, collaboration, culture and leadership.
He has held senior roles as General Manager and CEO in organisations such as the National Australia Bank and HICAPS, Australia’s leading healthcare payments solution. He also sits on a number of high profile boards and non-for-profits institutions like the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
His track record of leading highly engaged teams to deliver business growth and innovation, particularly in customer service and digital businesses, sets Simon apart. He is someone who has real experience delivering change to achieve business objectives in large and complex organisations.
Simon has seen digital disruption create a new threats, new connections, and new capabilities in the workforce and business. Organisations that have been successful in responding to these changes are fluid, dynamic and engaged with their workforce and customers. He outlines how organisations can develop new roles and responsibilities, at each level of an organisation to manage those changes.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: Experimenting with the Edge
We are used to seeing change as something we drive from the inside of organisations.  In an increasingly dynamic and disruptive environment we are increasingly experiencing change as an external force that demands responsiveness and agility from our organisations. This workshop will help participants explore how to use the edges of their organisation to respond more effectively to this challenge.
Jason Fox
Author and Consultant,
Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy and design expert who shows forward thinking leaders how to influence culture and build for the future of work.
His adventures include working with the senior leaders of multinational organisations (to rethink leadership development, and make strategy happen), to the leaders of multi-million dollar projects (to keep things ahead of the game).
Such clients include the likes of Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo and other multinationals like McDonalds, Toyota, Microsoft, Gartner, Beam Suntory and Sony, through to companies like Suncorp, Optus, Telstra, Sydney Water, AMP, and The International Institute for Research.
Jason is the bestselling author of The Game Changer — a book that unpacks the science of motivation and game design to drive change at work. His research has also been featured in the likes of Smart Company, BRW and the Australian Financial Review.
When not liberating the world from poorly designed work, Jason enjoys partaking in extreme sports like reading, coffee snobbery and fruit ninja.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: Motivation design for change
What if everything you knew about motivation was wrong? In this masterclass, Dr Fox will unpack frontier research in motivation design for change. Your participants will leave the event with more than just new ideas — they’ll leave with a bit of a game plan, and the savvy to make progress happen.
Helen Blunden
Active Learning Solutions,
Helen Blunden is a consultant with over 24 years experience in learning and development teams in private, public and not-for-profit organisations.
With a specialty in performance consulting and networked learning, Helen works with her clients to identify how their business can engage their people through knowledge sharing, collaboration and social learning.  She also helps her clients identify the best use and application of public and enterprise social and virtual tools aligned to their particular needs whether it be for building networks, creating content or managing online communities for their customers.
Some of her clients include, Coca Cola Amatil, Bunnings, Department of Communications, Holding Redlich, VET Development Centre, small business and solo entrepreneurs.
Helen’s dream is to inspire people to share their unique talents, skills, knowledge and insights with others through informal and social connections.  As such, she founded Third Place, an informal social networking, co-working and learning meet up community of over 270 people in six Australian cities.
Helen is an avid and curious learner. When she’s not tweeting as @ActivateLearn, it’s likely you’ll find her learning to play the ukulele, knitting QR codes or dabbling in vlogging for a laugh.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: Social Learning in Action
Humans are social creatures and learn best with each other, through each other.  In this interactive session, we introduce the concept of social learning and use social and mobile apps to create personalised experiences that inform change. Those reflections are shared to start conversations, form networks and inspire new possibilities.
Helen Conway
Aon Group,
Helen Conway has 30 years’ experience, primarily in business and, more recently, in the public sector. In March 2015, Helen completed her term as CEO of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. During her term, she stewarded the seamless implementation of new legislation governing the Agency and led the development of the Agency’s strategic vision and long-term change agenda for driving improved gender equality outcomes in Australian workplaces.
Helen has a long track record of undertaking a broad range of voluntary activities including those in support of women. She was a member of the New South Wales Equal Opportunity Tribunal for 10 years including 3 years as its Senior Judicial Member. She is an expert in workplace gender equality.
Her awards include being honoured with the Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2005 by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. And in 2015 was inducted into the National Australia Bank/ Women’s Agenda Hall of Fame.
Helen is currently the Deputy Chair of Aon Superannuation Pty Limited and a director of ReachOut Australia, Australia’s leading online mental health service for youth. She is also a member of the Australian Advisory Board of the Aon Group and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business and Economics at the University of Queensland.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (AEST) Master class synopsis: Diversity: a positive influence
When we think diversity, we often only think of gender. True diversity leverages a collective energy to create positive disruptive change across organisations. We explore the challenges and opportunities available to all organisations when we purposefully and positively disrupt the diversity narrative. This workshop brings new perspectives for how we can create positive diversity change at all levels of the organisation.


Michele Zanini
Management Lab,
United States
Michele is the Managing Director of the Management Lab. Michele is also the co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), a pioneering effort to reinvent management by harnessing the power of open innovation. The MIX is an online community where the world’s most progressive business leaders share their ideas on how to build organizations that are fit for the future and fit for human beings. The MIX is supported by a network of strategic partners, which includes McKinsey & Company, the Harvard Business Review and others.
Prior to joining the MLab, Michele was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where led the execution of multi-billion dollar transactions and other large-scale change efforts. He was a leader in McKinsey’s Organization, Strategy, and Professional Services Practices, and published several articles in the McKinsey Quarterly.
Michele also spent five years as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he advised senior officials on national security issues such as global terrorism and NATO strategy. He has presented and published widely on these topics, including the best-selling book Countering the New Terrorism.
Michele holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: Build a change platform, not a program
Michele will detail how organizations can approach change as a platform, and not a program. Delegates will gain a practical understanding of how to build successful change efforts by making them open, participatory, and experimental, learning from a number of real-world case examples from leading companies around the world.
Stowe Boyd
Gigaom Research,
United States
Stowe Boyd is a futurist, researcher, and analyst. His focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating post-normal era. He is Research Director at Gigaom Research, where he has consulted with both leaders and upstarts in work technologies, and authored over 20 reports in recent years.
Stowe has been a leading global voice on emerging technologies since the early ’90s. He coined the term “social tools” in 1999 and “hashtag” in 2007. His research and writing have provided key insights on new ways of work, and shed light into the operations and nature of disruptive companies, people and trends.
Stowe will be exploring the theme Change in the Age of Disruption: why and how work is changing, and what that means for us and our society.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: Reshaping organisations with technology
Stowe will lead a future scenario exercise starting with where technology has pushed organizations to up to this point, and where disruptions like AI, the Uberized economy, the IoT, and augmented reality may be taking us.
Helen Bevan
NHS Improving Quality,
United Kingdom
Steve Fairman
NHS Improving Quality,
United Kingdom
Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large scale change and ability to translate it into practical action and deliver outcomes. She provides advice, guidance and training on transformational change to leaders of healthcare systems across the world. She is a source of energy and inspiration for change and helps to “think the unthinkable”. In 2008, the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service, Helen was recognised as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS.
Steve Fairman joined the NHS following significant spells in local authorities and in social research units. Trained initially as a demographer and more recently as a health economist, he has led a number of complex multi-organisational improvement programmes to successful conclusion. His work is based around building successful and influential partnerships for change – particularly with clinicians.
Both Helen and Steve are leaders in large-scale change and transformation in the English National Health Service. Together they have driven significant change in the delivery of services and workplace practises in one of Britain’s largest and most complex government departments.
1:30pm – 3:00pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: Emergent change & thought diversity
We now recognise that managing change, in the traditional sense, is no longer enough on its own – we must mobilise for emergent change. Building on the latest research and insights, Helen and Steve explains how emergent change in healthcare is delivering a new perspective on change relevant to all.
Perry Timms
People & Transformational HR,
United Kingdom
Perry is known for his energy, passion and insight around the world of people and work. He is a Chartered Member of the CIPD; and Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam Business School. Skilled as a facilitator, coach and mentor, Perry has been involved in technology-driven business change for over 20 years in public and third sectors.
An international and in-demand keynote speaker on HR, social media and the future of work, Perry debuted on TEDx in Bucharest, November 2014 with his vision for a digitised, socialised future.
Perry is a social HR practitioner as he tweets, blogs and is active on almost all platforms. He has been voted a top 10 HR blogger internationally and by People Management magazine.  Perry is also the CIPD Social Media & Engagement adviser and built the Institute’s first MOOC Working Digitally: Social Media and HR.  Perry is author of the ebook HR 2025 and runs a virtual organisation – the iPractice – with over 90 networked professionals from the US, Europe and Australasia.
He professes that he is inspired everyday by the possibility of people-powered organisational transformation to respond to the new challenges in the Age of Disruption.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: Hacking an adaptive organisation
Change is not episodic but constant. We’re seeing the end of armies of consultant and fanfare change programmes. Disruption as usual is one of Perry’s seven tenets for the future of work and he will give examples and provide insight around why we should let our people power socialised change.
Vlatka Hlupic
Founder and CEO,
The Management Shift
Vlatka is an international award-winning thought leader, an activist for humanising management, and an author of a ground-breaking book ‘The Management Shift – How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which was listed by Forbes as one of the top eight business books in 2014.  She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Management Shift Ltd and the Drucker Society London.
As a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker, she regularly presents at major business events worldwide. She has published more than 160 academic articles, including the award winning ‘To be a Better Leader, Give up Authority‘, Harvard Business Review, December 2009. Vlatka is also a management consultant and Board adviser, helping organisations worldwide substantially to improve performance, engagement, innovation and profit.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: The management shift
Few businesses have a clear model of leadership which improves engagement, removes barriers to innovation, and uncovers hidden strengths in vital people assets. This Masterclass will reveal the why, the what and how of The Management Shift – a shift of an individual and organisational consciousness to the new level of thinking and working.
David D’Souza
United Kingdom
David is currently Head of London for the CIPD: an association for HR professionals with more than 135,000 members who are committed to championing better work and working lives.
David is a regular speaker on people and the world of work, focusing on the links between behavioural science and HR, learning and development. His commentary and articles are regularly featured in mainstream media and HR publications.
“One of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators” Workplace Insight
“Esteemed, eloquent and sometimes sassy” The HRIS World
“Who says innovation and action are anathema to HR?” People Management
The instigator of the bestselling Humane Resourced crowd-sourced book series David is constantly looking for pragmatic ways to improve the way we invest the time that we spend at work.
3:20pm – 4:50pm (GMT) Master class synopsis: Disrupting performance management
David will review the challenges of traditional performance management in organisations – potential costs and benefits and some of the psychology that lies at the heart of our frustration with them. The group will then investigate the pitfalls and opportunities of new approaches that attempt to restructure or reinvent performance management.