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Denham Hitchcock

Reporter, Seven Network

Denham Hitchcock is a Reporter for the Seven Network’s flagship Sunday Night program. He has more than 22 years experience in TV news and current affairs and has had a front row seat to some of the biggest historical events in recent memory. He has reported everywhere from the front lines against Islamic State in Iraq, to the red carpet at the Oscars. He’s told inspirational stories, conducted memorable interviews…

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Dr Chris Wallace

CEO, Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation

Chris was appointed ARPC CEO in December 2013. He is an insurance executive with experience in general insurance, workers compensation, health insurance, and more recently reinsurance. He has worked extensively in insurance underwriting and claims management roles within insurers, and as a consultant to the insurance industry. Chris is also a non-executive director of MIPS Insurance Pty Ltd, a medical indemnity insurer. Previous professional roles include: General Manager Workers Compensation…

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Dr. Gav Schneider

Group CEO, Risk2Solutions & Head Lecturer, Australian Catholic University

Dr Gav is an acknowledged leader in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk, He is a serial entrepreneur and has been running his own businesses since 2001. He has conducted business in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base ranging from heads of state to school teachers. He is a leading academic in his field…

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Gavin Pearce

Chief Risk Officer, iCare NSW

Insurance & Care NSW (icare) was created on 1 September 2015 to deliver the State’s insurance and care schemes. Gavin joined icare in November 2015 as their inaugural Chief Risk Officer (although his LinkedIn profile says "Chief Risky Dude”). Gavin is part of icare’s Executive Team and he manages the Risk & Governance area. Prior to joining icare, Gavin was the Chief Risk Officer at Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited.…

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Grant Hehir

Auditor-General for Australia, Australian National Audit Office

Grant Hehir commenced his term as Auditor-General for Australia on 11 June 2015. Before his appointment as Commonwealth Auditor-General, Grant served as the Auditor-General of New South Wales (NSW) between November 2013 and June 2015. He worked for the State Government of Victoria between 1998 and 2013 in a number of senior roles including as Secretary of both the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Education and…

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Liz Cairns

Head of Independence Division, Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Liz has over 25 years experience in the health and disability sector in NZ and Australia. She worked in client support roles in the early days of my career, rapidly moving in to management positions. The last 5 years of Liz's career have seen her bring her skills to the significant disability reforms in Australia where she worked as a Director at PwC before moving to NDIA, initially as the inaugural Victorian trial site manager…

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Mark Crosweller

Director General, Emergency Management Australia

Mark brings with him 32 years of operational experience ranging from fire-fighter through to Commissioner and now Director-General, as well as 18 years in senior executive leadership and strategic management. In his role as Director General EMA Mark is responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including natural disasters and to terrorist or security related incidents both domestically and internationally.

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Steve McIntosh

Senior Manager, Government and International Affairs - Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Steve McIntosh was admitted to the NSW bar in 1984.  At that time, he was working as an Associate to a Commissioner of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.  He subsequently earned a BA (Honours) in History while continuing to work with the Commission. In 1990, Steve transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he worked in the Department’s legal office for around six years. From late 1995…

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Steve Sammartino

Author & Futurist

Steve wrote his first lines of computer code at age 10. He is one Australia’s most respected futurists and business technologists. He has an incredible ability to make sense of how emerging technology applies to your industry. He is a born entrepreneur, and had his first startup at age 12 – an organic egg farm before the words “organic” or “startup” had been invented! He even started a clothing business…

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Will Steffen

Councillor, Climate Council of Australia Emeritus & Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, Canberra

Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the…

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Andrew McGarity

Manager, Injury Management, Health & Safety Branch - Fire & Rescue NSW

Andrew currently serves as the Manager of Injury Management in Fire & Rescue NSW. In his time at Fire & Rescue NSW he has implemented an evidenced based approach to occupational rehabilitation and championed early intervention and systematic early rehabilitation. In 2003 while working for NSW Health he started intervention trials at Concord Hospital regarding psycho-social impacts on injury which led to a research project that applied early triage and…

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Bryan Whitefield

Director, Bryan Whitefield Consulting

Bryan is a specialist in risk-based decision making, strategic leadership and persuasive advising. His passion for these three disciplines has sprung out of his 30-year journey from chemical engineer, to risk consultant, to management consultant and trainer in influence and persuasion. Bryan’s experience includes more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board risk and strategy workshops.  He has designed and implemented organisational frameworks to improve decision making for more…

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Eduardo Perez

Head of Cyber Security, Interactive

Eduardo Perez is the Head of Cyber Security at Interactive Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest privately-owned IT company. He has had a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years in IT across global organisations including JPMorgan and IBM where his expertise was utilised in the areas of computer security, cybercrime, critical infrastructure protection and business risks related to cyber security. Having played a key role in OzEmail’s internet account fraud and…

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John Dawson

Managing Partner & Principal Consultant, Dawson McDonald Consulting

In 2008 the VMIA asked Dawson McDonald to devise an online assessment that would test organisational attitudes to the management of risk – or Risk Culture.  They have been running these assessments now for nine years to help private and public sector organisations improve their Risk Culture performance. He and the co-owner of Dawson McDonald Consulting (DMC), Carmel McDonald, are two of only three people in Australia to achieve accreditation…

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Paul Chivers

Challenge Producer and Risk Facilitator for the Emmy Award winning TV show "The Amazing Race"

Paul has been a producer of the two time Emmy Award winning show ‘The Amazing Race’ TV series since 2004. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing and introducing risk management frameworks, programs and systems. He has worked in event management, TV and film, aviation – rotor & fixed wing both commercial and private, education sector, healthcare, and defence. With both practical and hair-raising case studies to draw from, Paul…

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Pip Murphy

Director of Investments, Vannin Capital

Pip is a solicitor entitled to practice in all Australian jurisdictions (Commonwealth, State and Territory). Before joining Vannin, Pip was a Partner in the dispute resolution team of leading global law firm Baker McKenzie and head of the firm's Asia Pacific Risk and Crisis Management Practice Group. Pip has extensive experience in corporate and commercial disputes in Australia and internationally. During her career at Baker McKenzie, Pip was involved in…

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Rinske Geerlings

Managing Director, Business As Usual

Ms Rinske Geerlings is an internationally known, award winning consultant, speaker and certified trainer in Business Continuity, IT Management, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management, Security and Risk Management with 20 years global experience. Her firm, Business As Usual, based in Sydney (Australia), has successfully competed against the Big Four to work with prestigious global clients including 9 Central Banks, BBC WorldWide, Toll, Shell, Lonely Planet, Boeing, Fuji Xerox, Fujitsu, Departments of Defence/Immigration/Health/Industry/Education/Foreign…

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Shannon Sedgwick

CEO, GM Risk Group

GM Risk Group's CEO Shannon Sedgwick is a highly regarded risk consultant and media adviser with extensive experience in the Middle East and throughout Europe, USA and South East Asia. Shannon is regularly seen on national and international television and radio programs and expert panels discussing national security and terrorism and its effects on our society. A consultant to large media firms, non-profits, schools and NGOs, Shannon’s most recent publications…

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