4 - 6 September

Millenium Queenstown, NZ



Day 1 - Tuesday, 15 September


How simple ideas make life complicated – managing a VC’s ambition in the context of institutional HR​

Speaker: Professor David Lloyd - Vice-Chancellor and President, University of South Australia

Global Mobility in the University Sector:  a business perspective

Speaker: Lorraine Jennings - Principal Global Mobility Practice Leader, Mercer

Building Leadership Excellence at ACU to ensure successful execution of the 2020 Excellence Agenda

Speakers: Diana Chegwidden - Director, Human Resources, Australian Catholic University / Dr Rod Gutierrez - Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, Lee Hecht Harrison / Georg Hirschi - Talent Solutions Director, Lee Hecht Harrison

Defining Academic Performance – a start to the journey at the University of Adelaide

Speakers: Elysia Ryan - Director, Human Resources, The University of Adelaide / Kelly Campbell - Manager, Sustainable Transformation Program, The University of Adelaide


Day 2 - Wednesday, 16 September


Productivity, Efficiency and effectiveness in the HE workforce – the leadership challenge from a UK perspective: Some strategies, some structures, some solutions!

Speaker: Alison Johns - Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK

A New Higher Education Standards Framework

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Alan Robson, AO - Member, Higher Education Standards Panel

Workplace Analytics – optimising the Higher Education workplace of the future​

Speaker: James Kissell - Director of Marketing, APAC and ANZ, WFS Australia

Executive Coaching in Higher Education - a neuropsychological perspective

Speaker: Ryszard (Ryk) Bliszczyk - Leadership Psychologist

Cultivating an enterprising workplace culture: stages in one university’s journey

Speaker: Greg Giles - Manager, People Development and Performance, University of South Australia

Delivering a digital transformation: insights and learnings from the sector’s super fund

Speaker: Kathryn Forrest - National Manager, Employer Relationships, UniSuper

Open your mind to a new perspective!

Speaker: Vinh Giang - Entrepreneur, South Australian of the Year 2013

Coming in from the outside: perspectives of HR Directors new to the higher education sector​

Speakers: Fiona Reed - Executive Director, Human Resources, La Trobe University / Sharon Champness - Director, People and Workforce Strategy, University of Newcastle

Academic workload models are not what you think: some surprising early benchmarking outcomes.

Speakers: Dr Stijn Dekeyser - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, University of Southern Queensland / Liz Baré​ - Fellow, LH Martin Institute



Day 1 - Thursday 4 September


Evolving Universities: Is the current model facing extinction?

Speaker: Professor Annabelle Duncan - Vice-Chancellor, University of New England

Actioning University of Newcastle’s people strategy to shape the future

Speakers: Professor John Germov - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts, Professor of Sociology, University of Newcastle / Peter Watson - Principal Consultant – Talent Solutions, Lee Hecht Harrison

The impact of changing demographics

Speaker: Professor Graeme Hugo AO - ARC Australian Professorial Fellow Professor of Geography, The University of Adelaide

Building Organisational Capabilities through Strategic Workforce Planning: A successful start to the journey at La Trobe University

Speakers: Ephraim Spehrer-Patrick - Principal, Practice Leader, Mercer / Fiona Reed - Executive Director, Human Resources, La Trobe University / Richard Frampton - Executive Director, Student Services and Administration, La Trobe University


Day 2 - Friday 5 September


New capabilities for leading future academic work

Speaker: Professor Hamish Coates - Chair, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Building workforce planning capabilities

Speaker: Dr Bernd Irmer - Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology

Is your performance management program satisfying compliance requirements or driving organizational success?

Speakers: Karen Evans - Managing Director, Asia Pacific NGA.Net / Lionel Newman - Consultant, iedex

Another cog in the machine

Speaker: Daniel Gullo - Principal, DMG Consulting Group

Innovation in recruitment

Speaker: Gabrielle Reilly - General Manager - Education and Government, Slade Partners

Global Trends in HR

Speaker: Dr Denise Meyerson - Educational Director, Management Consultancy International

HR data: Who cares?

Speakers: Elice Garcia - ‎Senior Business Analyst, Human Resources, University of Queensland / Beverley Bosman - Deputy Director, Human Resources, University of Technology, Sydney

Enhancing organisational capability: The Curtin Living Our Values Initiative

Speaker: Tony Brown - Senior Consultant, Leadership Organisational Development, Curtin University

“Change Challenge” Award Winners for Employee Engagement in Australian Universities

Speaker: Dr Peter Langford - Director, Voice Project


Day 1 - Thursday, 31 October 2013


Rethinking HR in a Changing World - A technology perspective

Speakers: David Pare - Director, IT Advisory, KPMG / Linda Williamson - Director, IT Advisory, KPMG

Equipping Managers to Manage Effectively at UWA

Speakers: Robert Farrelly - Director, Human Resources, University of Western Australia / Paul Wilson - HR Applications Manager, University of Western Australia

The Ageing Workforce and Barriers to Mature Age Employment

Speaker: Dr Ruth Williams - Research Fellow, National Senior Australia


Day 2 - Friday, 1 November 2013


Reshaping the Academic Workforce - Curtin University

Speakers: William Ryan - Director, Human Resources, Curtin University / Professor Jo Ward - Head, School of Science, Curtin University

The Highs and Lows of Leadership Skills in Universities

Speaker: Dr Peter Langford - Director, Voice Project

The Transformative Power of Strategic Talent Management

Speaker: Karen Evans - Managing Director, Asia Pacific, NGA.Net / Edgar Kautzner - Director, Global Talent/Analytics, NGA.Net

Breaking the Shackles: What can HR do to meet the Challenges confronting Universities?

Speaker: Elizabeth Bare - Fellow, LH Martin Institute

How to write powerful online job copy that attracts the best talent worldwide

Speaker: Jeremy Pointer - Global Business Development Director,

AIMing to Change the Way We Change: Building Change Agent Capacity

Speakers: Paul Lefebvre - Vice President, People and Culture, Victoria University / Sarah Wood - General Manager, People and Organisational Development, Victoria University

Strategic Workforce Planning and Analytics During University Sector Change

Speakers: Olivia Tsen - Principal, Talent-Leadership and Organisational Performance, Mercer / Ephraim Spehrer-Patrick - Leader, Workforce Strategy and Planning, Mercer

Social media in HR practice - An ethical double-edged sword

Speaker: Karen Sutherland - Assistant Lecturer, School of Applied Media and Social Studies, Monash University

Talent Acquisitions and Management through Socail Media

Speaker: Tim Grogan - Head of Solutions, Asia Pacific LinkedIn, Australia


Day 1 - Tuesday, 16 October


The future workforce: The challenges of building a world class university system

Speaker: Professor Caroline McMillen - Vice Chancellor, University of Newcastle

Building a story from workforce metrics: Making data meaningful to compel action at University of Western Australia

Speaker: Rod Dewsbury - Associate Director, HR Policy and Planning, University of Western Australia

State of Play: Australian and New Zealand higher education workforce 2007 - 2012

Speaker: Daniel Gullo - Principal, HR Forecaster Pty. Ltd

HR Benchmarking Panel discussion – Unpacking the data: Institutional responses to HR benchmarking results 2012

Panel Members: Victoria University / Victoria University of Wellington, NZ / University of Western Australia


Day 2 - Wednesday, 17 October


Lifting Research Performance

Speaker: Professor Peter Rathjen - Vice Chancellor, University of Tasmania

Driving High Performance through Leadership Development

Speakers: Alison Tickner - Partner, Regional Head of Leadership, Diversity and Learning Solutions, Asia Pacific, Mercer Australia / Raphaele Nicaud - Principal, National Talent Segment Leader, Human Capital Queensland Market Leader, Mercer Australia

Transforming performance at RMIT University

Speaker: Marcia Gough - Executive Director, Human Resources, RMIT University

The future of HR tech.  Right here. Right now.

Speaker: Brendan Thannhauser - Managing Director, Asia Pacific NGA. Net Pty. Ltd.

Performance Management Systems – Deciding what’s appropriate for your environment to enable successful engagement

Speaker: Bonnie Robinson - Manager, HR Strategic Projects, Murdoch University

Tools for High Performance Recruitment: Building a Better Workforce

Speakers: Jeremy Pointer - Global Business Development Director, / Shane Pitman - Manager, HR Business Services, Griffith University

Enhancing performance through academic workload management

Speakers: Diana Chegwidden - Director, Human Resources Australian Catholic University / Janine Walker - Director, Human Resources, Griffith University

Engaging Sessional Staff: Curtin University Case Study

Speakers: Dr Peter Langford - Director, Voice Project / Dr Jane Scott - Manager, HR Projects and Policy Curtin University of Technology

Performance Management / Professional Development Review the Bond Way

Speaker: Eddie Nicolson - Principal HR Specialist, Bond University

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AHEIA is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

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