Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017
Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017

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The Corporate Health & Wellbeing attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and industry speakers, presenting on relevant and insightful topics. Details of confirmed speakers can be found below:
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Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2017

Holly Ransom  
Holly Ransom Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and nonprofit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-author the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, leading key organisational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. Holly’s company, Emergent, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.

Holly holds a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President. Her work with Rotary has played a key role in the global efforts to lift youth participation in the organisation, more than doubling the organisation’s youth membership in the last five years.  Holly is a Director of Layne Beachley’s Aim For the Stars Foundation and Global Voices, and is on the Advisory Board of Swimming Australia, Black Sheep Capital and RMIT’s Business School.

In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the board of the Port Adelaide Football Club.

An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, presenting at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monaco and addressing the G20’s Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers. She is also a popular blogger, contributor to a number of leading publications and a regular radio and TV guest. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social challenges.

Dr Adrian Medhurst  
Dr Adrian Medhurst

Adrian is a psychologist, author and thought leader on a mission to optimise performance and wellbeing for people and organisations.

Adrian firmly believes that when we mindfully live at the intersection of our optimal level of performance and wellbeing, we are on the path to discovering new peaks of our potential.

“We need wellbeing to perform at our best - no exceptions. This means wellbeing AND performance deserve our mindful attention and effort - no exceptions.”

Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, over 10 years in corporate consulting, university lecturing, and dedicated ongoing scientific study and practise in performance psychology, wellbeing science, organisational innovation, mindfulness meditation and yoga. He's based in the coffee capital city of Melbourne, but his work has seen him deliver training programs, facilitated workshops, and keynote presentations right across Australia, Asia, Central and South America, the UK and our New Zealand neighbours.

Adrian has worked with businesses at the big end of town, as well as NFP’s, Government departments, SME’s and startups. Some of which include CBA, Nike, Medibank, Swisse Wellness, Kimberly Clark, Australia Post, Coles, Vinomofo, NAB, Qantas, Fairfax, SBS, Asahi Schweppes, AFL Players Association, AMP, Red Cross, SBS, Novartis, BP, Sugar Australia, Heinz, and Fosters.

In his earlier years, Adrian was a dedicated Australian champion in track and field who competed in the 400m hurdles around the world - a career which gave him his first insights into the power of the mind in optimising performance and the crucial role of wellbeing.

Adrian is an author of the forthcoming book "Meditate on This: The Science of Mindfulness” and has two entrepreneurial ventures - Benny Button and

Ricardo Goncalves  
Ricardo Goncalves

Ricardo Goncalves presents SBS World News Australia, is SBS Finance Editor and fronts SBS Small Business Secrets presenting stories about Australia’s diverse small business sector.

He is passionate about the world of business and finance, covering economics, marketing, housing, corporate, sharemarket and small business issues, and has a heavy interest in social media along with diversity and can talk about his unusual career path in the media as a keynote speaker.

With more than 17 years in broadcast news, reporting from various locations around the world including the Middle East and the US, Ricardo cites interviews with Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, former Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as most memorable.

He started his TV career as a regional news reporter (as Richard Goncalves) for WIN News Wollongong in 1998 and appeared on consumer affairs program Today Tonight after years of persistent knock backs from news management until he got his foot in the door.

His first formal metro role was as a video business journalist and producer for finance journalist, David Koch in 2001, where he provided content for Sky News, Seven News, Sunrise and 2GB. For years he travelled on foot and on public transport with camera equipment recording material and putting it together himself for broadcast.

In 2004 he moved to Melbourne to work as a video business journalist for Sky News and weekend reporter for National Nine News where he covered the G20 demonstrations, 2006 Commonwealth Games and T3 float.

He returned to Sydney in 2007 to produce and anchor live rolling and breaking news on Sky News Business.

He joined SBS in 2010.

He’s also an accomplished MC, corporate speaker and conference facilitator fronting the Western Sydney Business Awards for Excellence, VIVID Sydney discussions, Australian Securitisation Forum Conference, City of Sydney Chinese New Year Celebrations, NSW Premier's Multicultural March events, Import Export Industry Awards and SBS Food Journey Festival among others.

He was a 2015 and 2016 Australia Day Ambassador.

He holds a B Commerce (Economics/Marketing) from Wollongong University, has a Portuguese background, is a loyal Sydneysider and enjoys a cycle!

Ricardo Goncalves  
Lucy Brogden

As Australia’s Mental Health Commissioner, Lucy brings to the commission extensive experience in psychology and has a strong commitment to helping others and building stronger communities.

Lucy’s primary areas of focus are issues facing Mental Health and Wellbeing particularly in the workplace and the community. She takes an evidence based approach to problem solving and social investment.

Lucy has more than 25 years’ commercial experience with companies including Macquarie Group and Ernst & Young and more than ten years in organisational psychology. Specifically, Lucy has worked in trusted advisory roles with some of Australia’s leading CEOs, Managing Partners, Ministers and Chairs in investment banking, finance, law and government.
Nigel Latta  
Nicole Vongdara

Nicole is a Manager in PwC's National Health and Wellness Team with Program Management responsibility for the Diversity and Inclusion Disability Strategy.  Nicole has 16 years experience as an Occupational Therapist both in Australia and the UK, working across both government and private sectors. 

Areas of focus across Nicole's career have been mental health, community allied health and service management.  In her current role at PwC she has a focus on both preventative health and wellness, and managing illness, injury and disability in the workplace, ensuring all of PwC's people have the opportunity to thrive and access to what they need to be set up for success.

Prior to joining PwC in 2013, Nicole ran her own private Occupational Therapy Practice providing community based Occupational Therapy and Medico Legal assessments.  She remains registered as an Occupational Therapist and enjoys the incorporating her clinical skills into her role withing a corporate environment.
Dr Jenny Brockis  
Dr Jenny Brockis

As a doctor, speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Jenny is passionate about all things 'brain'. Her mission is to become the Jamie Oliver of brain health fitness, empowering others to create their own brain that is fit, healthy and optimised to help them work at their best.

Dr. Jenny has devoted her career to the health and wellbeing of others. Concerned by the alarming increase in the amount of stress, stress related illness and mental health problems she was witnessing in society as a whole, she realised the need to promote brain health to elevate mental performance and wellbeing. 

As the Director and Founder of Brain Fit! she works with those who seek to thrive in our increasingly complex world, translating the complexities of the neuroscience into easily understood strategies that can be readily integrated into our busy lives. 

Dr Jenny is featured regularly in the media, has authored three books including the best seller Future brain (Wiley) and is a keen blogger and writer.

As a wife and mother to two young adults, when not writing, researching or presenting, Dr. Jenny loves to spend her time travelling and challenging her long-standing fear of heights.


Dr Aaron Jarden  
Dr Aaron Jarden

Dr Aaron Jarden is both a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute). He is a world expert on workplace wellbeing, and a social entrepreneur.  He has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter. Dr Jarden consults to many of New Zealand and Australia’s top companies and organisations (such as Sovereign Insurance, Open Polytechnic, AUT, Vodafone, Infosys, Tafe), and both governments (such as NZ Treasury, NSW Mental Health Commission).

He is also co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, founder of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-founder of Heart of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for companies Work on Wellbeing, Assessing Wellbeing in Education, and Plus Wellbeing.

Dr Suzy Green  
Dr Suzy Green

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-base coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.

Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Suzy lecture on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Suzy also currently holds Honorary Academic positions at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), University of Melbourne and the Black Dog Institute. Suzy is also an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University. Suzy was the “Stress-less Expert” for Australian Women’s Health Magazine for 8 years and maintains a strong media profile appearing regularly on television, radio and in print.

Vicki Ashton  
Vicki Ashton
Dr Vicki Ashton is Chief Medical Officer and Occupational Health Physician at Monash University. A graduate of Melbourne University in Medicine , she later completed a Master of Public Health Monash University before specialising in Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Vicki has over 30 years experience in a wide range of Australian industries including two years in the United Kingdom. She has worked for large organizations, local and government agencies and private industry.

For the past 15 years Vicki has served as Occupational Physician at Monash University, heading up the Health and Wellbeing Team as part of Health in OHS. Her team has been nationally recognised on several occasions for Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy which has seen the introduction of innovative programs that maximize wellbeing and productivity. This year Monash University was awarded World’s Healthiest Workplace (large organization category) in Washington DC at the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces Awards. She is passionate about health at work and particularly utilising the workplace for preventing disease through lifestyle modification. Vicki sees the holistic occupational model as key to integrating workplace, personal and psychological factors to have a positive influence on health and safety.

In addition she has lectured on Occupational and Environmental Medicine to undergraduate and post graduate students and served on numerous working groups related to the practice of preventive medicine.

Vicki Ashton  

Anne Ohlmus is the Wellbeing and Sustainability Engagement Manager for Monash University
Anne has worked across Occupational Health and Safety, Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing for over 25 years at Monash.

In her current role, Anne manages a team of six staff who are responsible for staff engagement across the wellbeing and sustainability areas.  Along with Dr Vicki Ashton, Anne’s wellbeing team was recently recognized as the World’s Healthiest Workplace (large organization category) in Washington DC at the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces Awards.

Anne has years of experience in the co-ordination of health and wellbeing programs and particularly the Monash 10,000 Steps Program and the Monash Staff Wellbeing Activity Program.

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