Tuesday 18th June 2019

Canberra Symposium 2019

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Hyatt Hotel


Executive Director, Australian Space Agency


Journalist, Author, Walkley Award Winner


Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls


CEO, CARE Australia


Executive Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Ambulance Victoria


Clinical Director for Surgery, RAAF


Chair, Wests Tigers NRL Club, Non-Executive Director

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

Sally joined CARE Australia in November 2016 as the Chief Executive. Sally has had extensive experience in international development policy and practice, and almost twenty years’ experience addressing gender issues both domestically and in international development. Most recently, Sally was the Principal Gender Specialist and Assistant Secretary, with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has been in senior executive roles in the Australian Government since 2008, including DFAT, the Office for Women, and working on Indigenous Affairs and in Disability Care in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Prior to joining AusAID in 2006, Sally worked in senior roles at the Australian Human Rights Commission.​

​CEO, CARE Australia

Sally Moyle 

12:50 - 13:40



13:40 - 14:30​

Panel Members

We can be trapped by our competence, which can hamper opportunities for growth. Has your past best practice held you back? Panellists will discuss how they adapted and thrived in challenging environments by making gradual and meaningful change.​

'Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive Leadership’

Panel Discussion

11:20 - 12:50​

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

Annette is a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon based in Victoria and recently elected by the Fellowship to the RACS Council. She is lead a project with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the AO Foundation in Switzerland to establish minimum standards of care for people with limb injuries in disasters and complex emergencies, whilst also undertaking a Masters of Surgical Education at the University of Melbourne. She is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF, holds the rank of Group Captain . The first female to graduate from the Victorian Orthopaedic training program in 1990, she practiced initially at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards Trauma Surgery. She has undertaken five deployments to war zones including three tours in Afghanistan. ​

​Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services, Royal Australian Air Force

DR Annette Holian

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton


Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Catherine McGregor AM

Writer, Broadcaster, Cricket Commentator, Australia’s most prominent Transgendered woman and Former Defence Force Officer

09:25 - 10:00

Use Your Fear

Zoologist, Author, Film Producer and Entrepreneur

Dr Tammie Matson is a world expert on elephants and has inspired thousands of people, from children to adults, to achieve their dreams through her award-winning books, speeches and African adventures.  Inspired by a visit to Zimbabwe at the age of fifteen, Tammie achieved what many said could not be done as a young woman from North Queensland, by first becoming a wildlife researcher in Africa, then achieving a PhD in zoology and becoming a published author – all before she turned 25. Today, she balances her passionate commitment to conservation with being a mother to two sons under age 6.

Dr Tammie Matson

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

Australian Capital Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:30 - 14:50

16:10 - 16:50

Future Facing Leadership

​Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government. The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley is an independent Director, tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and recently retired as chair of the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd and as chair of the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy. She chairs 3 private companies and is currently Co-Chair of New Zealand’s 250th commemoration of Maori and Cook first meeting in 1769.​

The Right Honourable Dame Jenny Shipley DNZM PC

​Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation


National Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:50 - 15:10

​Reporter, Advocate and Author


Dr Tammie Matson

Zoologist, Author, Film Producer and Entrepreneur

Platinum education Partner

Asheley Jones is a highly autonomous, dynamic senior education executive with more than two decades experience in the education, technology and professional service sectors. Her leadership is highly focused on business strategy, organisational change management and policy development. Asheley has a proven track record in developing and implementing a variety of educational programs within the higher education, VET and executive professional development spheres. She has successfully worked with multiple stakeholders in: Academia; State and Federal Governments; industry and not for profit sectors.

09:20 - 09:25

Sponsor Address

​Head of Professional Practice and Industry Engagement, DeakinCo.

Dr Asheley Jones

Interactive SESSION

‘An Introduction to Women Kind’ 

Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column; and she has published four books, including her latest "Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth), which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board and Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.​

​Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

Catherine Fox

10:30 - 11:00​

Writer, Broadcaster, Cricket Commentator, Former Defence Force Officer​

Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer broadcaster and author. She served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force for over three decades. Her service included operational deployments overseas including operational command in Timor Leste. She is a Tetum linguist. Catherine was a strategic advisor and speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014. She subsequently served as Director of Research and Analysis for the Chief of Air Force. She was awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012. Catherine is also one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators. She has written widely on politics and global security issues for News Limited and has appeared as regular guest on the Drum 7-30 Report and Lateline on politics and national security. Catherine is Australia’s most prominent transgendered woman. Her personal story of gender transition is compelling and inspiring and her life was the subject of stage production which was produced by the Sydney Theatre Company.​

Catherine McGregor AM

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address



As a communications consultant through her own business, Kate has advised on many high profile national taskforces including working to lead the communication and engagement for many high-profile Federal Government taskforces. This includes the NT Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children, the Prime Minister’s Ice Taskforce and on the Council of Australian Governments Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children. Previously, Kate has held senior media and communication advisory positions to Australian police commissioners, CEOs and Boards. A former newspaper journalist and editor, Kate has built strategic relationships with media nationally and internationally and communicated serious government reforms such as climate change, water reform and disability. ​

​Managing Director, Kate Bradstreet Communications

Kate Bradstreet

Marina Go is Chair of Suncorp Super Netball and Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, a director of PWC’s Diversity Advisory Board, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. 
Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She founded the female leadership website Women’s Agenda and food magazine disruptor Australian Good Taste and is a former Editor-in-chief of ELLE and Dolly magazines. Marina is the former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club. ​

​Chair, Suncorp Super Netball; Non-Executive Director

Marina Go

10:00 - 10:30

Australian Space Agency – establishing a new Agency under the gaze of very invested and engaged domestic and international stakeholders

​Executive Director, Australian Space Agency

Anntonette Dailey is an Executive Director at the Australian Space Agency and commenced in the Agency soon after it was established in July 2018. Anny is responsible for the administration of the Agency and ensuring it meets it government requirements. In addition to managing the finances, human resources and event management, Anny is also responsible for all communications for the Agency and has a personal goal to meet the key values of the Agency – namely to inspire Australians and ‘do cool stuff’. Anny has previously worked as part of the senior executive leadership teams at the Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Communications, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the Environment and Department of Regional Australia. Anny also worked in remote infrastructure and housing in remote Indigenous communities, as well as leading a Prime Ministerial visit with members of cabinet to the Torres Strait and northern Australia in 2015.​

Anntonette Dailey