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:
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
Future Crunch are part of a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives that think there are new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century. Their expertise ranges from politics, economics, and bioinformatics to design, art and music. They use their diverse knowledge to provide unexpected perspectives on the world, through the lenses of science, technology and social
theory. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to it.
Future Crunch appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International
Speed Skater Steven Bradbury collected the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics. Australia's first Winter Olympic Gold medal ! Steven tells an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and life threatening injuries and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success.
As the Swedish-Australian founder of Thinkque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB MBA) has become a valued strategist to Fortune 500s and ASX leaders, converting provocative questions into proactive, predictive strategies. A global thought leader since 2005, Anders works across four continents as a speaker, futurist and author.
Anders is regularly featured in BRW, ABC National Radio, The Financial Review, Qantas Magazine and Sky News. His latest book, "Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow's customer" is available now and provides an invaluable insight into the consumer mindset of the 21st century.
His clients include Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, SAP, HP, Fuji Xerox, People's Choice Credit Union, Pernod Ricard (and more!). Anders is an active member of TEDGlobal and recently keynoted at TEDx, he has also served on the prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable roster. His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience.
Anders appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International
Lisa McInnes Smith is Queen of the corporate stage and a master of audience participation. Along her incredible journey, Lisa has presented to more than one million adults across twenty-two countries and authored seven best-selling books.
Lisa is also the first person outside of the USA to ever be inducted into the international Speaker Hall of Fame - the highest designation possible in the speaking world. This international recognition from clients and peers alike is due to her extraordinary gift to communicate, connect and transform.
Lisa's focus is what it takes to create a tangible shift - whether it be shifting an attitude, shifting direction, shifting behaviour or shifting outcomes. She also knows that people don't come to conferences just to learn; they also want to be truly engaged. Lisa has developed a unique process of teaching her principles. Her fast-paced keynote presentations take her audience on a journey, an unforgettable experience where they are challenged to embrace a new way of thinking about, and seeing, their current world. They are touched and inspired to grow.
Twenty-five years of commitment to her craft and her audiences have placed Lisa in the top echelon of corporate keynote speakers in this country. She is a true keynote specialist and a master of large audiences, her largest audience to date being 33,000 people packed into one auditorium!
Lisa has shared the stage with two American Presidents, one Vice President and a host of celebrity entertainers, including the late Ray Charles.
Lisa appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International
Malcolm is one of Australia’s leading marketing practitioners, educators and authors. He’s published 6 marketing books and taught executives in 22 countries. He is an active copywriter and in 2019 his blog www.themalcolmauldblog.com was named in the Top 3 worldwide by The Directory – the marketing industry magazine of new ideas.
Simon has been working in IT since 1997. With a focus on customer service and business improvement Simon has helped many organisations through digital transformation. Now at Wollondilly, one of Australia’s fastest growing councils, Simon is improving efficiency, productivity and customer experience through the implementation of the very best available technology.
Gerard has been working in the Technology Industry for 13 years, with a passion and focus on automation. Whilst only a relatively new addition to the world of Local Government, joining Leeton Shire as their Manger of Information Technology just over 4 years ago, Gerard likes to think outside the box when it comes to finding the best solution for his colleagues. His experience prior to Local Government is much more diverse having worked as a consultant for various Local Governments and SME's across the Riverina. Gerard also spent time working for Webster Limited who at the time had a portfolio ranging from Sheep Stations the size of Bali to one million tree Walnut & Almond Orchard’s, Cotton Stations, Factories and dedicated Offices. At Webster he was responsible for the digital transformation of these sites into one organisation.
Innovation and continuous improvement is Anjana’s motto.
15 continuous years of experience in the Local Government ICT industry and held various roles in Local Government ICT such as Senior Business Systems Analyst, Test Manager, ICT Project Manager and currently Coordinator ICT Projects and Business Operations at Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
Paul comes from a background in IT and Telecommunication Services, Sales and General Management, and has over 30 years experience delivering IT&T projects with companies including Dimension Data, Data#3 and Upstream. More recently, Paul now has 6 years Smart Cities and IoT experience having founded Meshed in 2015 to provide LoRaWAN Data Gathering technology to the Australian market, and now with more than 70 Local Government clients using it's products, services and innovations.
Paul Painter has 15 years of experience in business development and professional services in Australia. As co-founder of Peclet Technology founded in 2015 with the vision to develop and bring innovative Smart Cities and Data Sharing solutions to Australia. Paul and his team provide turnkey solutions, simple to implement and deliver most requirements through configuration, leading to accelerated project outcomes.
Pat Devlin is a technology veteran with more than 25 years of industry experience. With a penchant for building tech businesses, Pat has worked with a broad range of technologies from unified computing, virtualization, software, storage, security, and networking. Today, Pat leads the Aruba business in Australia and New Zealand - the leading provider of next generation networking solutions to capitalize on opportunities at the Edge.
Graham Curley is the Industry Lead for State and Local Government at Atturra, with over 30 years of experience in government and private sectors. Graham's government expertise stems from ten years in technology with Randwick and North Sydney Councils.
Graham is a transformational technology leader, having worked as an Asset Engineer and GIS specialist creating data platforms and dashboards, building digital field collection apps, and conducting asset management reviews.
His passion is to collaborate and connect to seamlessly bring people, government, and their data and services together. He brings the value of real-world experience; understanding local government business needs as they respond to some significant challenges shaping today's communities.
Graham will be presenting with James Mather, Government Lead, Microsoft, on Local Government tools of the future, putting the customer first by working smarter.
James Mather is a senior leader across Microsoft ANZ's Business Applications for Government. With ten years of experience working with public sector and commercial organisations on CRM, ERP & corporate application strategies, he leads, develops and manages Application Development to drive solution ready opportunities to meet local government missions.
He is a thought leader who builds credibility across Australian & New Zealand government entities by developing strategic pathways to adopt modern, intelligent business applications. James is passionate about creating new opportunities for governments to engage with customers through smart utilisation of Dynamics 365 and Power Platform so that councils can quickly adapt to their changing needs and create more liveable cities across ANZ.
Kellie lives in Coffs Harbour and is a national account director for one of nbn’s largest retail provider relationships.
From her coastal base, Kellie leads a team of dedicated business professionals to support the adoption of nbn’s suite of business products, enabling retailers to deliver tailored business solutions on nbn infrastructure across government, enterprise and small to medium business sectors.
Tom has over 25 years' experience people leadership roles across multiple industry verticals and geographies. He is an accomplished leader in the ICT industry and worked with Telstra, Optus and now NBN. He was also the co-founder and CEO of a “profit for purpose” tech start-up - Croppz - The Surplus Food Marketplace.
Tom has dedicated himself to bridging the digital divide, in Regional, Rural and Remote Australia.
Nothing excites Tom more than seeing people thrive, succeed and going on to achieve the goals that ignite them.
Uday Kulkarni is an ICT Business Partner in City of Parramatta Council. He is an experienced technology management professional with a comprehensive understanding of ICT in NSW Local Government, Private and Not-for-Profit Sectors. He has an extensive experience in bridging business and technology for delivering appropriate business systems, processes, and technologies to support organisational change and meet strategic & operational goals.
Moreover, he is a PhD Candidate at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS IPPG). His research investigates the adoption of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in Local Government and assesses its capacity to deliver a range of services to local government communities at an increased level of sustainability for councils and their communities.
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 an experienced ICT leader, with robust public sector and business acumen, and well-rounded experience in developing and delivering business and technology strategies, transformation and solutions. Formally qualified in ICT and with a Master in Public Administration, Jerome has over 25 years of State and Local Government experience and is committed to delivering public value. As a consultative and transformational leader, Jerome has a reputation for building strong networks and highly successful relationships.
Ty has more than 20 years’ experience in the NSW Local Government I.T field. He is currently leading a dedicated team that supports Corporate Systems, Websites and online Development, Systems Integrations and Fairfield City’s CCTV program.
Ty is most excited about continual business improvement, great customer experience and innovative technologies.
Sharon joined Hornsby Shire Council in January 2020. As Manager, Technology and Transformation, she leads both the IT Operations and Business Transformation functions at Council. Prior to joining Council, Sharon was a business consultant for 20 years, specialising in Local Government, with projects including strategies, service and process reviews, procurement and contract negotiation, project and change management.
Hamish is founder and director of Circle T, a specialist Microsoft service provider that focuses on enterprise solutions. Hamish has over 20 years’ experience in IT with extensive global experience across several industries. He has strong architectural skills and a proven track record of delivery, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction and business stemming from recommendations. Hamish a unique balance of business acumen, knowledge, vision, and execution. These, alongside his domain expertise in technology, have made him a trusted advisor to his clients as well as a leading voice in the IT industry. His speaking expertise includes intelligent intranets, enterprise-wide collaboration, and meaningful automation.
Lalitha Koya has served in executive roles with 11 years’ experience in IT management and 8 years as member of professional services and local government Senior Leadership Teams. Lalitha has designed & executed enterprise IT strategies and roadmaps, achieving 94% SLAs and delivering capability uplifts including digital transformations & automation.
Karlee’s passion is to inspire businesses to think differently about the employee experience, and how organisations can leverage this to transform. In her role at Microsoft she shares stories of how collaboration insights have informed change both internally at Microsoft and with our customers across the world. She also leads the regional mental health colleague support network and is passionate about normalizing the mental health conversation. With a career that started in recruitment/HR, she inspires people teams to explore strategic insights to understand how people work to achieve business outcomes. When not storytelling, you can usually find Karlee in her garden or kitchen. Oh, watch out - she has a real life black belt too with a 1st dan in Taekwondo.
Stephen has 20 years of experience across the ICT Industry with various roles in engineering, pre-sales, architecture, project management and client engagement. During this time, he has worked on complex ICT Transformations and other projects with multiple clients throughout his career.
He has moved in his career into a Technical Pres-Sales role, enjoying working with clients to deliver the best possible outcome for ICT and Cyber Security needs.