Keynote Speakers


Peter Baines OAM

Peter Baines OAM, developed his unique leadership style by leading international identification teams into Indonesia and Thailand following acts of terrorism and the 2004 South East Asian Tsunami. He went on to work in the counter terrorism area of Interpol, spent time with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime and also worked in Saudi Arabia and Japan
after natural disasters hit those countries.

Today, Peter has a successful consulting business building engagement through corporate social responsibility and presents across the globe to major corporations and governments on Leadership. He is the author of two books, Hands Across the Water, and Doing Good by Doing Good which provides a blueprint for building experience led engagement programs
with a focus on shared value.

Peter’s keynote address “Leadership Matters” will be presented on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 9.00am and his “Facing leadership challenges workshop” will be the same day at 1.45pm

Kirrily Dear

Say it can't be done and Kirrily will show you it can. That’s the mantra that drives her to achieve far beyond what others believe is possible.

When Kirrily started her first business, her ex-boss lectured Kirrily on her impending failure. She has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

As the media bickered about women on boards, Kirrily earned a directorship with the Australian Institute of Management - she was the youngest person appointed in 90 years to do so.

Kirrily defied history, one step at a time when she ran from Broken Hill to Sydney. The first woman on record to achieve 32 marathons in 19 days.

Kirrily Dear founded the charity, Run Against Violence, even though people said “Why bother? Family violence will never stop.” It is now a global enterprise.

For more than 30 years she has redefined personal and cultural boundaries, living a life beyond what others believe is possible.

Kirrily will be presenting “Dare to be your boldest” on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 10.45am.

Nick Mabbott

Dr Nick Mabbott is a Fatigue Risk Management Specialist with over 25 years of experience in sleep and fatigue risk management. He has provided fatigue management training and education to over 25 thousand personnel, from mineral resources, to health, education and a range of other industries. He walks the talk with his love of sleep and willingness to share the range of benefits of good sleep. From safety to health and wellness, and improved productivity. Not just at the workplace level but also in a workers’ life. He will soon publish his life’s work, with a book titled: Beyond Midnight – The wonder of sleep.

Nick will  be presenting “Sleep, wellbeing, safety and performance” on Friday 21 October 2022 at 8.15am.

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