2017 Mercer HR Leaders Forum l Sydney & Melbourne l Mercer Australia

Mercer HR Leaders's Forum 2017. Full day event in Sydney and Melbourne, this November.

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2017 Mercer HR Leaders Forum
Calendar19 September 2017
Cultivating a Thriving Workforce in an Age of Disruption

The 2017 Mercer HR Leaders Forum (previously Total Rewards Forum) will be held in Melbourne and Sydney this November. Based on the theme “Cultivating a Thriving Workforce in the era of the Individual”, the event will explore a range of topics dominating our clients’ agenda including how to build a culture of innovation, using HR analytics to build future focused people strategies and rewards solutions in the era of the individual. Attendance at the 2017 Mercer HR Leaders Forum will also earn you WorldatWork® accreditation points.

  • Melbourne

    Tuesday November 21, 2017
    8.30am - 4.30pm
    The Glasshouse
    Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3004 
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  • Sydney

    Thursday November 23, 2017
    8.30am - 4.30pm
    Mercer, One International Towers Sydney
    100 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney NSW 2000 
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Featuring CEO panellists and pre-eminent guest speakers from a broad range of industries.

International Keynote Speaker

Kate Bravery is a Partner and the Global Practices Leader for Mercer’s Career business. She has more than 20 years of experience in human capital consulting and helping organizations achieve a talent advantage through people. Kate has expertise in people strategy, talent management, assessment/leadership development and HR process design. She has held office and market leadership positions in multiple countries. Prior to her current role, she was the growth market regional practice leader for the talent strategy business.

Kate is a UK chartered organizational psychologist with an MBA and an MSc. in Organizational Psychology. Kate has two young children and lives with her family in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.

Guest Keynote Speaker

  • Jane Keating
    Managing Director, Queensland Treasury Corporation

    Jane was appointed Managing Director of Corporate Services effective July 2016.In this role, she leads the corporate support—delivering vendor management, human resources, legal, corporate governance and communication.

    Jane brings 20-years’ industry experience and expertise in leadership and talent management, organisational development and cultural change. Prior to joining QTC, Jane spent a number of years in Executive Management roles at Suncorp, focusing on leadership development, culture change initiatives, and delivering innovative talent attraction and retention approaches. For many years, Jane successfully ran her own consulting company with a broad spectrum of clients. In 2017, Jane's team received the Australian HR Team of the Year Award and she was a finalist for Australian HR Director.”


  • Rebecca Evans
    Group Executive, People & Culture
    Property Exchange Australia Ltd (PEXA)
    Rebecca joined Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA) in May 2013 to build the People & Culture strategy and department.

    Rebecca currently spearheads 260 employees across five Australian states including an offshore team in Manila. Placing in the top 20 Best Place to Work awards for its second consecutive year, Rebecca and her team focus on creating an engaging employee experience and evolving PEXA’s culture and values while the company grows and changes shape.

    Rebecca brings to her role extensive experience as a leader of transformational change, stakeholder management and business acumen. As an experienced senior leader Rebecca has successfully delivered large scale change designed to facilitate an industry-changing product and team.


  • Charlotte Thaarup is one of the pioneers of Mindfulness within Australia, having trained hundreds of psychologists in Mindfulness, many businesses, as well as individuals from all walks of life. Her ‘Mindfulness@Work’ program, and her ‘Mindful Leadership program’ are some of the first corporate mindfulness programs within Australia. Both programs are evaluated and researched on an ongoing basis and the effects of the Mindful Leadership program has been researched in partnership with Macquarie University

  • Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience in facilitating change and personal and interpersonal development as well as leadership training, retreats and 360 feedback. She is a registered and accredited mediator and has worked at executive level in both the public and not for profit sectors. For the past ten years she has been facilitating Mindfulness as retreats, workshops and coaching. She contributes to academic writing on Mindfulness.

    Charlotte Thaarup-Owen,
    Dip Mediation (London University), DipArtThy (London University) MBSR, MBEAT, CBMT. 
    Director The Mindfulness Clinic is an internationally experienced clinical mindfulness consultant and transformative educator.


Meet the Panel


    Peter Worland joined Uniting (services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church NSW ACT Synod) in 2012 and has led the organisation through a significant period of change. Uniting has a turnover of $800m pa, employs 9000 staff and 3000 volunteers across a wide range of aged care, children and family, mental health, alcohol and drug services including the Medically Supervised Injection Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross. Before joining Uniting, Peter provided strategic marketing advice to corporations such as Transurban Limited, The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Westpac. In the early 1990s, Peter was General Manager, Marketing and External Relations at the NRMA. Peter has also worked as adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health (Hon. David White) and the Victorian Premier (Hon. Joan Kirner).

    Peter Worland
    Executive Director, Uniting


    Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. Inventium has been recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies in the BRW Fast 100 list in both 2015 and 2016, and was also awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. In 2016, Amantha was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame.

    Dr Amantha Imber
    Founder, Inventium


  • Stuart Irvine 
    has been Chief Executive Officer of Lion since January 2013. Lion is one of Australasia's largest food and beverage companies employing 7000 people and with a manufacturing footprint spanning 34 sites across Australia, New Zealand, the US and Asia including breweries, wineries, dairy farms, milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice sites as well as hospitality venues. Originally from the UK Stuart holds a Master of Arts (Honours) Geography from Edinburgh University. Stuart previously held senior positions in FMCGs across Europe and prior to joining Lion, was CEO of Nestle Russia and Eurasia. Stuart also chairs the Business Council of Australia Governance and Citizenship Committee and is a member of the Shared Value Project Advisory Board.

    Stuart Irvine
    CEO, Lion


  • Brett Clark was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TAL on 1 April 2015. Joined TAL in August 2008 as CEO of TAL Retail Life responsible for TAL’s life insurance operations for the Retail Financial Advice market. In May 2013, appointed CEO of TAL Life with responsibility across TAL’s Retail Life, Group Life, Investments and financial advice businesses. A qualified actuary having previously worked in a range of senior executive roles over many years, gaining a deep industry experience across a broad range of functions including Strategy, Finance, Sales, Product and Marketing and Operations in both the Australian and international insurance markets. Brings a considered and commercial approach to insurance markets and leadership across TAL's diversified life insurance business. Member of the FSC Board of Directors and Executive Officer of Dai-ichi Life Holding.

    Brett Clark
    Group CEO & Managing Director, TAL


  • Ben Walsh. With a passion for culture, meaning and purpose, Ben has responsibility for delivering the firm’s business segments of Health, Wealth and Career to clients. He is also Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) incorporating Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer, Oliver Wyman and NERA in Australia.  

    Ben has worked for the Group for more than 20 years in a variety of local and regional roles, and has worked internationally in UK, USA and India.

  • Ben is a Director of five Mercer Boards including the Trustee of the AU$21 billion in funds under management Mercer Master Trust. He is also Chair of Pillar Australia effective December 2016. Ben was appointed to the Faculty of Business & Economics Advisory Board with The University of Melbourne in October 2015.

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School). He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

    In his spare time he Ubers for his two daughters and is an avid cyclist, participating in an annual 1,000km charity ride for Mercer SuperCycle. In 2016 Mercer SuperCycle raised over $450,000 to build homes for regional cancer patients.

    Ben Walsh,

    Managing Director Mercer Australia & New Zealand
    CEO, Mercer Australia