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MASTER OF CEREMONIES - MIKE SYMONDS
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Mike is a playful and professional MC who uses his mix of fun team building and facilitation skills to Energize, Engage and Connect attendees.

 

Mike believes conferences are more than just an 'Information Dump' - They're an opportunity to:

  • Improve Performance

  • Build Relationships

  • Increase Loyalty

  • Motivate Your Team

  • Create an Engaged and Committed Workplace

With over 20 years experience in Learning and Development, ‘Action Based Learning’ and an expert in ‘Group Engagement’, Mike will keep us on track, working towards achieving your outcomes, all while having an bit of fun along the way!

 

You can find out more about Mike at www.mikesymonds.com

BASTIAN TREPTEL
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Ex hacker, Founder of CTRL Group, Futurist and Entrepreneur, Bastien is dedicated to
inspiring everyone to appreciate security as it becomes an essential part of our lives as we move into a hyper digitized world. Being paid by the largest organisations in the world to breach systems and people he has a unique insight into the access achievable and the corporate and personal damage that can be enacted.

 

Bastien has developed a progressive security methodology to enable clients to achieve a
respectable level of Cyber maturity, effectively helping them mitigate critical risks posed to their stakeholders and shareholders.


He is sought after by media and various boards to disseminate knowledge on the latest cyber-security trends, threats and tips to stay as protected as possible. He also hosts two podcast series: CyberHacker and CyberWatch, which have achieved over 100,000 subscribers and is currently in production for season 2.
 

'Bastien Treptel’ appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.'

BLYDE NESER
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Blyde is an accomplished Human Capital Consultant and ICF Accredited Executive and Team Coach. With an extensive background working with Local Government, she is the driving force behind Professional Coaching Solutions, a collective of highly experienced and qualified consultants, coaches, and other skilled practitioners. With a focus on human-centric leadership development, mental resilience, strategic talent management and the empowerment of process automation, Blyde and her associates collaborate with visionary leaders to cultivate thriving teams and enhance organisational performance. Their approach is both comprehensive and holistic, creating synergistic solutions and amplifying stakeholder impact.

VICTOR DOMINELLO
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  • Former Minister of Customer Service and Digital for New South Wales Government

  • Professor at the University of New South Wales

  • Senior Advisor – Public Service

Dominello is a public figure focused on the advancement of digital government and developing trusted, valued services for citizens. He is a seasoned government leader, having served as a Minister in New South Wales for 12 years, and is best known for his role as Minister for Customer Service and Minister for Digital. He is celebrated for the creation and transformation of the Department of Customer Service. He is considered the pioneer of digital government in Australia, and his achievements have been admired, studied and modelled by other governments around the world.

Dominello brings 23+ years of government experience, including 12 years as a former member of Parliament and Cabinet member. In March 2023, he retired from government and is now a part-time professor at The University of New South Wales and a public evangelist for digital government advancement.

Dominello serves as an independent advisor and board member to corporate boards and governments with a focus on digital technologies and mental health.


In September 2023, Victor launched Service Generation, which provides advice to governments and large organisations to help them profoundly shift service delivery for the times ahead 

JOHN MACLEAN
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“There is a point where we shift, as humans, from an age where we think anything is possible, to where we internally and externally start to limit ourselves. It’s like we put on a handbrake and start creating barriers for ourselves.  Limitations are created from an internal dialogue that takes place in our brain, that tells us as humans what we think we are capable and incapable of.”

 

22 years of age, fit and healthy, living a dream of becoming a professional athlete, life was good, for John Maclean, but life can change in a heartbeat. After a tragic accident, self-belief propelled him to achieve, and achieving nurtured confidence. That confidence challenged him to take control of his internal dialog and forge an extraordinary path to his ultimate goal.

ANTHONY BONNICI
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With an extensive & unique range of keynote presentations, coaching programs and hands-on workshops, the Anthony Bonnici experience will leave your people inspired to make positive changes to their work and personal lives, and improve their performance & productivity by showing people how they CAN rather than CAN’T.

Anthony has 13 years experience in corporate Australia in sales, marketing & people leadership roles. In addition to face to face selling roles, Anthony turned “middle of the road” sales teams into high performing teams as well as looking after marketing teams with brands worth over $150 million.

 

In 2005 Anthony left the corporate life to follow his dream of creating his own company to inspire and motivate others. He is at ease speaking to any audience, and is a certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. Anthony has been “on stage” & performing since the age of 10, and his use of real life examples with which all audience levels can identify makes his sessions unpretentious yet incredibly powerful & memorable.

ANDREW CORDWELL
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As GM Sales Strategy and Planning at Datacom in Australia, Andrew Cordwell spends his days identifying the challenges companies face and then co-creating innovative solutions that will empower them to realise their ambitions.  

 

Andrew spent the first two decades of his career in the media and advertising industry, working with News Limited, ninemsn, PBL Media and Nine Network. In 2013 Andrew moved into technology and enterprise, consulting with several major sports organisations, including the Cronulla Sharks and Golf Australia.  

 

Next, he worked on the launch of Telstra’s first connected stadium – going on to win a David Thodey Telstra CEO award in 2015, and the prestigious 2017 IOT Global Industry award for their ground-breaking innovations within this stadium footprint.

Andrew initially Joined Datacom as Head of Datacom Foundry Australia. Andrew’s team specialises in finding human-centred design programmes. Together they work with clients to hold innovation workshops, looking across AI, emerging tech and VR to create a transformational roadmap.

MICHAEL RULE & CAMERON McKENNA
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Michael has worked in senior roles across Product Design, Sales, M&A and Strategy for over 20 years in the A/NZ IT Industry. Now supporting Local Government IoT for Telstra right across Australia, Michael previously held roles at Apple, Ericsson and Telstra New Business.

Cameron is the Managing Director and Founder of Attentis with more than 20 years’ experience in finance, water conservation and product development. Appearing as a technology witness for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, Cameron detailed the benefits of wide-scale networks to coordinated response and secondary support communication for communities.

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MATT OXLADE
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Matt has a lengthy history with digital solutions and strategies, most notably with Brisbane City Council during their infancy with social media during times of natural disaster, with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games rolling out the first ever Commonwealth Games mobile messaging solution and overseeing the digital team’s social media management of 608,000 subscribers and 69.2 million impressions, and delivered a platform for Urban Utilities which saved 1,000 hours annually for service crews and achieved a 98% satisfaction rating for residential users. Matt is now working at the LGAQ to improve the digital maturity for all Queensland councils using innovation digital solutions. 

INGRID McALPINE
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Ingrid has over 25 years’ experience in ICT, much of which has been spent as CIO in the Utilities, State and Local Government space, and with significant experience in strategic planning and operational management. Ingrid underpins her information technology background with her tertiary qualifications in IT, education and management.   

 

Ingrid is passionate about how the combination of people, processes, data and technology can enable not just business, but it has the power to change government, organisations and entire economies.

MARISA GARNEO

With over two decades experience in local government, Marisa has a strong focus on system implementation, leading transformative change through enabling technology.   Her expertise extends to shaping strategic directions, supporting business innovation, and driving initiatives that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of council operations.

BRAD GIBSON

Brad is an experienced IT professional with over 13 years of industry experience across financial services, including 6 years in Local Government at Wollongong City Council. He excels in business systems analysis including system configuration and transformational project implementations. Brad is passionate about leveraging technology as a partner with business and enjoys collaborating with like-minded individuals to achieve IT excellence.

QUINTON DARGHAM
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Quinton brings 15 years’ experience working in Local Government. His diverse roles in Human Resources and Information Management and Technology have seen him lead successful teams and hold a variety of roles through the span of a project life cycle. Over the last 5 years, he has been instrumental in implementing Wollongong City Council ERP solution.

MALCOLM WALES

Malcolm has over 15 years experience in Local Government IT, with a background in Project Management, Business Analysis and Systems Development. He has spent the past 5 years in various capacities working on the digital transformation of Wollongong City Council, including Program Management of the OneCouncil ERP solution.

SANDRA CORMACK
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Sandra has a career that spans over 35 years primarily in ICT leadership roles guiding organisations with their digital transformation journey.  Developing a passion for serving the community, in the latter half of her career Sandra has chosen to specialise in the complex nature of local government. Sandra is currently the CIO with Bundaberg Regional Council in Queensland, and is passionate about building the capability of her team to help council staff with their use of tech to deliver services to the community, underpinned by good practice.

ANDREW FOX
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With a career spanning over 35 years of engineering, delivery, sales, management and executive roles, Andrew Fox carries a wealth of knowledge in the IT sector. As Country Manager for HPE Aruba Networking in New Zealand, Andrew’s customer-first values mean that he’s always on the pulse and ready to roll up his sleeves.

JULIAN MOORE
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Julian Moore is a skilled and entertaining speaker who provides practical and useful ideas through real-world examples and case studies. Julian is an unabashed technology geek who is thoroughly enjoying the process of adapting to an AI world. With extensive experience in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, Julian is committed to helping organisations achieve their goals. Contact: +61 401 648 533 or julian@smsonline.net.au to learn more.

DANE HAMILTON
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An emerging local government technology leader with a proven track record of implementing innovative solutions that enhance efficiency and improve service delivery. His strong leadership skills and strategic vision have successfully navigated the complexities of the public sector, enhancing cyber security posture, driving digital transformation and harnessing data driven insights.

JAMIE BEAL
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Jamie Beal is a senior IT manager offering over 23 years of experience in the IT industry. A successful record of developing teams to deliver best practice IT service and operations management. He is a supportive leader and creative thinker able to inspire and cultivate highly engaged teams to deliver excellent services.

JEROME PAGITZ
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Jerome’s passion is to help businesses delight customers through smart technology solutions and improved business processes. Jerome is committed to understanding business problems and delivering solutions that exceed customer expectations.

 

Jerome is the Chief Information Officer at the City of Ryde and has over 25 years of State and Local Government experience.  As an experienced ICT leader with robust public sector and business acumen and well-rounded experience in developing and delivering business and technology strategies and solutions, Jerome is a consultative and transformational leader with a reputation for building strong networks and highly successful relationships.

JOHN PAPOUTSIS
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John has been in the industry for over 40 years and is the founder of Hitech Support who turned 30 years old in March.  John is focused on delivering quality services and solutions to Local government and takes a hands on,  practical approach to security and ICT in general to deliver comprehensive solutions.

JOHN CRAWFORD
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John has worked in the Local Government space for the past 7 years commencing with Bayside in 2017 as the ICT Program Lead for the amalgamation of the former Botany Bay and Rockdale Council, followed by Chief Information Officer for Wingecarribee Shire Council and for the last 12 months Chief Technology Officer for the City of Parramatta. 

 

Prior to joining Local Government John spent 15 years working in the Private Sector, starting in Customer Service in the Telecommunications space, moving into IT and working in Corporate IT, managed service and non for profits space. 

LES PALL
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For the past 5 years at City of Parramatta Les has managed ICT Infrastructure, network, security, and end-user compute.

At Council, Les has worked to define the solution requirements for end-user compute deployment and operations modernisation from legacy deployment methods to modern cloud-based methods, informed by the pressures and experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on Council operations from 2020-2022. Les led the implementation of the modernisation over that time and has worked with key business partners to support and accelerate the implementation, particularly as modern ways of working present challenges and opportunities for Council and its staff.

 

Les’ prior experience is 17 years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in IT Service Architecture, Cloud architecture and IT Service Operation in World-wide and regional roles, advising and implementing solutions in Government, Banking and Telco/Service Provider industry segments.

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