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Guest Speakers

David Whiteley

Chief Executive Officer
Industry Super Australia

David Whiteley is the Chief Executive of Industry Super Australia and leads ISA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of Industry SuperFunds and their members.David is a director of the ACTU’s member services arm, Member Connect. He is also a member of the Department of Management and Marketing Advisory Board, The University of Melbourne.

David has previously served as a director at HESTA, a director of STA and an Alternate Director of AustralianSuper and member of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Management committee at AustralianSuper. David has served as a member of the Investment Advisory Board of IFM Investors.

David has worked in financial, commercial and industrial roles in Australia and the United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Masters of Commerce.

Stephen Ferguson

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Hotels Association (AHA)

Stephen Ferguson is the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), the national voice of Australia's vibrant hotel industry.

The AHA is an employer peak body in the hotel and hospitality industry registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. The AHA represents more than 5,000 hotels from country pubs to five star resorts, which provide 270,000 jobs, generate over $12 Billion economic benefit, and support over 50,000 community groups. National areas of responsibility include workplace relations, tourism, preventative health and alcohol policy, taxation and competition policy.

Prior to his role with the AHA, Stephen was CEO of the Brisbane Racing Club, the owner of Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses. BRC’s core business is thoroughbred horse racing, supported by a diverse portfolio including property development, gaming, hospitality and events (e.g. polo, markets, and music festivals).

Stephen holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Social Science and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Margy Osmond

Chief Executive Officer
Tourism and Transport Forum

Margy Osmond is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), assuming the role in October 2014. Margy has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, politics, membership organisations, management, media and public relations.

Before joining TTF, Margy was the inaugural CEO of the Australian National Retailers’ Association (ANRA), now the Retail Council, which was established in 2006 as a lobby and research organisation to be the voice of the large national retailers in Australia. Prior to this, Margy was the CEO of the State and Sydney Chambers of Commerce in NSW for five years.

Margy has a wide range of Board experience having been Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board and Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of Tourism NSW, and served on the boards of the Australian Sports Commission, Bell Shakespeare, the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, NSW Major Events, the NSW Police Minister’s Advisory Board and NSW State Transit Authority. Margy also chaired the bid and official Organising Committee for the largest non-elite sporting event in the world, the International World Masters Games, held in Sydney in 2009.

David McElrea

Assistant National Secretary
United Voice

Mr. David McElrea serves as an Employee Director at Hostplus Superannuation Fund. Mr. McElrea was appointed on March 27, 2015. He is the Assistant National Secretary of United Voice one of Australia’s largest unions. United Voice represents members in the accommodation, hospitality and gaming industries – the areas from which Hostplus draws many of its members. Mr. McElrea has held a number of positions in United Voice and prior to that worked as an adviser to the Education Minister in the NSW government and as a solicitor practicing in both the United Kingdom and Australia. He is an Assistant National Secretary at United Voice. Mr. McElrea holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law. He also holds a RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST).

Chris Naish

Chief Executive Officer
The Reach Foundation

Over a 16 year career journey with AFL SportsReady I have demonstrated an ability to grow business in various sections of Education & Employment in the Business and Sports disciplines - along with developing and implementing successful programs to increase turnover and achieve beyond expected targets to ensure our youth are being provided with more - Employment and education options. My passion is developing young people; I have seen & overseen the development of some 13,000 young people being employed in the Sports & Leisure / Business and corporate sectors. Of this number - 2,000 of these young people are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people that I set up some 15 years ago.

Dr Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. While other speakers talk about research, he does the research, partnering with various Universities through Asia Pacific. He is at the forefront of how neuroscience and positive psychology can be used to improve work place performance. In fact he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

Hugh van Cuylenburg

Founding Director
The Resilience Project

Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career, however, was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.

Inspired by this experience (and subsequent trips to Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka) Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Off the back of his post grad. studies into mental health and resilience, Hugh’s presentations emphasise the value of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every single club in the competition to ensure the entire NRL community were emotionally engaged on the challenges of mental health. Hugh has also worked closely with Collingwood, Gold Coast Suns, Geelong, Essendon, St. Kilda, Adelaide Crows, Sydney Swans, and Hawthorn in the AFL.

Lee Holmes

Integrative Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef

From posting recipes and sharing her story to help others, Lee Holmes is a best-selling author and founder of website

A holistic nutritionist (Adv Cert. Food and nutrition, Health Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), Hatha Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef, Lee Holmes is a mum on a mission – to change the way we eat and alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient- rich meals are difficult, complicated and time consuming.

Today she appears regularly on Australian television and in publications both here and abroad, including as the resident Healthy Food Expert for Her blog has become one of the leading health and lifestyle blogs in Australia (and winner of the 2013 BUPA Health Influencer Awards), focused simply on making realistic and small changes every day.

Ferran Soriano

Chief Executive Officer
City Football Group and Manchester City Football Club

Ferran Soriano is a businessman, entrepreneur, and consultant. 

Prior to joining Manchester City Limited as Chief Executive Officer in September 2012, Soriano served as Managing Director of New York City Football Club, LLC. 

In addition to his extensive experience with leading global football associations including a tenure as the Economic and Financial VP for FC Barcelona, Ferran has held a number of key positions within the retail and telecommunication spheres. 

As co-founder of Cluster Telecom B.V he paved the way for the restructure of turnaround processes for telecommunication companies around the globe.

With further experience including roles with the Mac Group and Reckitt Benckiser, Ferran’s skillset and knowledge base cannot be understated.  

Ferran holds an M.B.A. from ESADE (Barcelona), UCL (Belgium), and RPI (United States) and a degree in Economic Science and Business Administration.


Andy Polaine

Design Director
FJORD - Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive

Andy Polaine is a Design Director at the global design and innovation consultancy Fjord where he divides his time between client work and Fjord Evolution.

He is co-author of the Rosenfeld Media book, Service Design: From Insight to Implementation and a Rosenfeld Expert.

Andy has had a long career as an academic and independent consultant, working commercially with clients such as Mobiliar, Telenor, Optus, Three UK, VW Germany, Proto Partners and live|work.

Suzanne Holden 

Chief Executive Officer
Fund Administration (Link Group)

Suzanne Holden is Chief Executive of Link Group's Fund Administration Business. In her role, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, overseeing the operational management that delivers products and services to millions of superannuation members and ensuring successful integration of the recently acquired Superpartners business into AAS. Prior to joining Link, Suzanne held a number of Senior Executive roles at both British Airways and Qantas where she was responsible for managing large operational and customer service divisions and leading significant change programs.

Suzanne holds a BA(Hons) from Surrey University, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of ASFA, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

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