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Symposium Speakers

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The below speakers will be presenting at the Australian Event Symposium 2018.

Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone

The Ideas Conversation – Listening, Creating and Communicating an Impactful Message in the Events Sphere

Fashion the tools needed to identify strong concepts, shape your message and communicate great ideas in such a way that people pay attention and can’t resist engaging. Sharpen your listening skills to absorb and interpret signals from your stakeholders and tap into what will truly resonate with them. With a crystal-clear message, deliver it to be heard: polish your communication skills in various mediums and confidently captivate any audience so they’ll buy into the conversation and feel the impact of your great ideas.

Fenella Kernebone is the Head of Curation for TEDxSydney responsible for leading the programming for what has become one of the largest TEDx events in the world with more than 5200 people attending in June 2018 at ICC Sydney. For TEDxSydney, Fenella manages a team of over 20 curators and producers dedicated to spreading great ideas and strong stories in fields including science, technology, arts, business and design. Fenella is also responsible for the programming of [email protected], TEDxSydney’s Salon series and Pitch Nights.

Fenella is also a noted television and radio presenter and producer with a distinguished career working across arts, music, design and culture. Her hosting roles have included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation and Sunday Arts on ABC TV, The Movie Show on SBS TV. Other hosting roles include guest presenting slots on ABC TV’s The Mix, RN’s The Inside Sleeve; ABC TV’s Artscape, The J Files on Double J, RN’s Weekend Arts and ABC online series, Design Shots.

As the host of the TEDxSydney livestream broadcast over 3 years from 2014 – 2016, Fenella anchored the live broadcast for a local and international audience, which was simulcast to a huge online audience. She is also the host of the TEDxSydney Adventure Series (2016 & 2017) and is in pre-production on a new TEDxSydney Video series which will be filmed in 2018.

In the land of podcasts, Fenella hosted a season of the Sydney Opera House’s podcast, It’s a Long Story during the 2017 Vivid Festival interviewing musicians such as Briggs, Camp Cope, Beth Orton and others. She is currently working on a new podcast as the host and co-producer called Lumina through the Australia Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), which will be released in 2018. In 2015 and 2016 Fenella produced and presented 11 episodes of her podcast series called Trackwork, interviewing Australian musicians and artists about the production process.

Fenella is an MC, presenter, interviewer and keynote speaker and has hosted countless events around the country and internationally, recently this include being the MC for Xerocon Brisbane 2018 & TEDxSydney 2018 as well as hosting sessions at the Sydney Opera House Antidote Festival, Sydney Ideas and the Sydney’s Architecture Festival.

Fenella Kernebone appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons

Creativity and Agility – Ducking and Weaving in the Events World

Your potential to think creatively in events is unlimited, if you know how to put it into action.

This Masterclass will lead you through the creative process and all the challenges and opportunities that come with the territory, from identifying your creative triggers to building resilience and flexibility in yourself and your team to meet today’s ever-changing event environment.

Peter FitzSimons is a rugby star, best-selling author, well respected columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald and a television presenter on Fox Sports.

He speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written over twenty best-selling books including Batavia, Tobruk, Kokoda, A Simpler Time, Little Theories of Life and biographies on Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake, Nene King, Les Darcy, Steve Waugh, Nick Farr-Jones, Kim Beazley, John Eales and Charles Kingsford Smith. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, duplicating that feat in 2004 with Kokoda.

Peter is married to Australian journalist and TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson. They have three children: sons Jake and Louis, and daughter Billi and live in Sydney.

Born on a farm in Peat’s Ridge, Peter went to Knox Grammar School, before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to go to Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an Arts degree at Sydney University majoring in government and political science.

In 1984 he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones, then lived in France and Italy playing rugby for the next five years whilst learning both languages as well as Spanish. Upon his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies, under Bob Dwyer, going on to play seven tests.

In 1989 he joined The Sydney Morning Herald full-time, and has been one of their most popular columnists since. Andrew Denton has called him “Australia’s finest sports journalist.”

Peter FitzSimons boasts an impressive list of interview credits including ex-president George Bush, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jodie Foster, Nicki Lauda, Joe Montana and Carl Lewis as well as all the major Australian sporting figures from Shane Gould to Lionel Rose and Allan Border. He has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam through to Julia Gillard.
Mr Peter FitzSimons appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau

Matt Golinski

Matt Golinski

Growing Something from Nothing – Building Extraordinary Events

It all starts with what’s ‘inside the box’. We often get caught up with thinking about bigger and better ideas out there but what about the ones we have at hand? Using your own resources – your passion, drive and determination – and your assets, no matter how limited, you can grow your creative thinking to foster great ideas and identify new opportunities.

Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.
Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company.

Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events and writing his popular food columns and blog. He is also an active member of the Slow Food movement and a motivational speaker.

Since 2015 Matt has been helping the Gympie Region promote itself as a world-class food destination in his role as their Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador. He uses his knowledge of the area and its producers to showcase the region through cooking demonstrations and his blog “Matt Eats Gympie”.

In March 2018, Matt joined the Peppers Noosa Resort team as their Consultant Executive Chef, developing menus that consolidate his knowledge and love of the producers of his region.

Matt spends a couple of days a week in the kitchen at Peppers creating new seasonal recipes, so if you’re in for breakfast, lunch or dinner be sure to poke your head into the kitchen and say hi.

Steve Fontanot

Steve Fontanot

How Bountiful Relationships and Targeted Messaging Win You Bids, Pitches, and Sales

Whether you’re pitching to secure a gig, submitting a bid, networking with investors, or seeking sponsorship, you need to know what your objective is, who your most promising targets are, how to shape your message so it connects with your audience, and how to deliver that message in an impactful way. Learn how to identify your best prospects for philanthropy, investment and sponsorship; and the best opportunities you should pitch or bid for; create a plan for connecting with those prospects; then develop and practice the communication techniques to network like a natural towards sealing the deal.

Create an effective, sustained and repeatable strategy to apply to all your revenue-raising activities, and develop the essential communication skills so you can confidently build and maintain the vital relationships that will serve your events and your business.

Steve is a leading expert in the creation of insight-led experiential marketing campaigns. He’s tasked with leading brand experience campaigns at Red Agency and across Havas Australia.

Prior to joining Red/Havas, Steve was the CEO of experiential marketing agency, Chieftain Communications – a company he founded and led for eight years. The agency was acquired in 2014.

Steve’s resume includes leading the Australian office of Making Waves, as well as building DDB’s experiential marketing and events division, which grew significantly under his leadership.

His ongoing passion is to create campaigns that drive consumer engagement through memorable and authentic brand experiences. Steve frequently speaks at government and industry events and has been a judge at numerous industry awards.

Steve has created campaigns for leading brands, including Tigerair, Carnival Cruise Lines, Singapore Tourism Board, Hilton, Tourism Whitsundays, Nestle, Telstra, Samsung, UBank, RACV, Coca-Cola, Sony, eBay, Real Insurance and Microsoft, to name a few.

Vickii Cotter

Vickii Cotter

Project Management Mastermind
Whether you are an old hand or a young gun, whether your event is in start-up phase or well-established, strong project management practice is a must. Led by Vickii Cotter, with diverse events and executive consulting expertise, this workshop offers project management skill-building for events professionals at any stage of their careers and for any style of event. Sharpen up your ability to organise and motivate teams; create realistic event, marketing, or business plans; control costs; better manage and mitigate risks; improve productivity; and develop communication techniques so you’re fully equipped to deliver the best possible events. This is an opportunity to upskill towards a step up in your career, or review how you lead to ensure you’re still getting the most out of your processes, procedures and people.

Vickii Cotter has over 12 years of festival and event management experience at an executive level and has produced and delivered large scale festivals including the Canberra Writers Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Vivid Sydney and Breakfast on the Bridge.

She regularly consults to Government and Industry within the events and tourism sector and through her company Visabel, is currently the Festival Director for the 2nd Annual Canberra Writers Festival. As both musician and lawyer, she brings a dynamic mix of industry experience, corporate intelligence and passion to the entertainment and events industry.

After completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Vickii undertook a Bachelor of Laws, graduating with honours and is an admitted solicitor of the ACT and NSW Supreme Courts.

Hailey Mason

Hailey Mason

The Best Kind of People Pleaser – Ace Your Stakeholder Management

Elevate your event for all involved by developing an expertise in stakeholder identification and management. Ensure you have captured all important stakeholders in your events work and learn techniques to integrate stakeholder management into your regular processes and procedures so you can effortlessly enhance the experience for all involved. Strengthen your event’s overall impact by creating an experience of extraordinary impact and value for each stakeholder group.

Hailey has almost 20 year’s experience in the Events industry in the UK and Australia. Starting out in Athlete Management for the British Ski and Snowboard teams Hailey developed an interest in Event Marketing and Management through Sport and Entertainment. During her career, Hailey has consistently pushed the boundaries of project/event management striving for best practice execution in roles such as Marketing and Events for EMAP Australia and National Event Manager for Red Bull Australia.

In 2012, Hailey founded Sorted Events and holds the role of Managing Director, plus she is the Founder and owner of Meet Me in the Middle™. Her team lead the successful charity series, The Bloody Long Walk raising over $7m for the Mito Foundation since its inception in 2013. In addition to driving the success of the series and development of two more. Sorted Events work with global brands such as G-Shock, Total Oil, Edifice, Reebok & Vans to execute event experiences for these international companies which encompass many stakeholders in various roles across projects.

Heath Campanaro

Heath Campanaro

Disruption for Creativity Eruption: Become an expert in event reinvention

We all have great ideas. They are there, lurking in the sub-strata, but they’re often submerged in the repetition of our day to day lives: the way we usually think, the way we usually work, the way we usually interact. Interrupt that autopilot mode to make new discoveries. Learn how to foster the environment where your ideas can naturally flourish, techniques to stimulate creativity and how to direct that to the particular tasks and challenges you face. Take those techniques and apply them to your events and events work. Learn to look at your standard annual event or regular event design and planning processes in a new light to take it to the next level and exceed stakeholder expectations. This workshop will give you the foundational access to your creativity, and skills in ideas generation to be able to reinvent and revitalise your work again and again.

Heath is a communications expert with a diverse background of marketing roles, both in Australia and in the UK.

Beginning his career in Account Service, then Planning and finally Creative, Heath became one of Australia’s youngest Creative Directors at just 28, and the General Manager of Imagination at 30.

Since then he has led projects across major events, experiential, direct, digital, advertising, sponsorship and internal culture change projects.

Heath has been with Imagination for 14 years and is a Director of the Australian business, helping to grow the team into one of Australia’s most respected integrated agencies, with over 80 staff in Sydney and Melbourne.

Heath has worked with a range of clients across most segments, including the City of Sydney, the Royal Australian Navy, Commonwealth Bank, Ford, Telstra, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Diageo, AMP, American Express & Panasonic just to name a few.

Heath is currently the Director for the Imagination Creative Team working with the City of Sydney on 2011-18 Sydney New Year’s Eve events, as well as being the Project Director for the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Spectacular and the the Centenary of Anzac Touring Exhibition, the flagship project for the WW1 Centenary commemoration.

Adrian Goldthorp

Adrian Goldthorp

Disruption for Creativity Eruption: Become an expert in event reinvention

We all have great ideas. They are there, lurking in the sub-strata, but they’re often submerged in the repetition of our day to day lives: the way we usually think, the way we usually work, the way we usually interact. Interrupt that autopilot mode to make new discoveries. Learn how to foster the environment where your ideas can naturally flourish, techniques to stimulate creativity and how to direct that to the particular tasks and challenges you face. Take those techniques and apply them to your events and events work. Learn to look at your standard annual event or regular event design and planning processes in a new light to take it to the next level and exceed stakeholder expectations. This workshop will give you the foundational access to your creativity, and skills in ideas generation to be able to reinvent and revitalise your work again and again.

Adrian is a multi award-winning Executive Creative Director with over 20 years experience in the UK, US and Australia. Having worked across design, advertising, digital, environmental and experiential, Adrian has been at the forefront of the biggest projects to come out of Imagination Australia. Over the years Adrian has created a wide variety of 360˚ campaigns both big and small that consistently deliver the results. Brands Adrian has worked with include Vodafone, Telstra, Navman, Intel, Aids Trust Australia, Mission Australia, Ford, Toyota, Skoda, ACP Magazines, Commonwealth Bank, American Express, Macquarie Bank, HSBC, Westpac, Coca Cola, NRMA, Australia Post, Samsung, Royal Australian Navy, and the Australian War Memorial to name but a few.

Jon Corbishley FSIA

Jon Corbishley FSIA

On the Ground: The Real World of Risk, Safety and Security

Sharpen your hawk eye for potential crowd and safety risks during the planning stage. Learn what to look for from top event industry risk and safety expert. Find out how to pre-empt and eliminate crowd related risks. Train your powers of observation and assessment so you’ll never miss a trick, and be one step ahead of the pack in ensuring your events run smoothly, safely and enjoyably for all stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Pre-event observation and analytical skills
  • What to look for when planning for crowds
  • Develop your “What to do about it” thinking and action plans
  • Risk management with stakeholders: What are the key questions you should be asking?

Jon Corbishley offers a proven track record of event planning, problem solving and critical decision making with over 30 years worldwide experience in crowd risk and safety management for major events, tours and mass gatherings. Responsible for safety at events as diverse as HM Queen Elizabeth II Golden & Diamond Jubilee celebrations attended by over 1.6 million in London, the APEC gathering of 22 world leaders in Sydney, the Breakfast on the Bridge, the Sydney Festival, the first F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi and the IPL cricket matches in 12 Indian cities. He has recently completed tours of Asia, South America, Europe and China with Linkin Park and Australia with Lionel Ritchie.

He holds a Fellowship of the Safety Institute of Australia, an FdA in Crowd and Safety Management and chairs the Australian Affiliate of the International Event Safety Alliance.

Alana Hay

Alana Hay

Marketing Permaculture: Building a Sustainable and Self-Sustaining Marketing Campaign

Take a leaf out of permaculture’s book to create an efficient, sustainable and self-sufficient marketing campaign to get the most out of your budget and resources. Learn how to use existing systems, resources, and innovations in marketing to your advantage to create a clever strategy that minimises input (time and money), and maximises yield (engagement and actions).

Alana is the founder of Milestone Creative Australia, which specialises in strategy and marketing of major events, festivals, tourism, business events, creative industries and the arts.

Alana’s 25 year career spans strategic planning, branding, event acquisition, tourism development, event development and destination marketing. She is passionate about the events industry, the arts and the development of engaging programs, public places and spaces. She has a deep understanding of events and the role they play in creating inclusive, vibrant and shared destinations and communities and she loves creating connections between brand, community and events for tourism and visitation outcomes.

Alana has been instrumental in the development and marketing of the largest and most prestigious major events, festivals, precincts, venues, destinations, arts organisations and corporates across Australia. These include Sydney Olympic Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Wollombi, Vivid Sydney, Sydney Royal Easter Show, Mardi Gras, Corroboree Sydney, Merivale Group, SMC Events, Laissez-faire, Destination NSW including its new regional conferencing marketing strategy, Sydney’s West, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra and Performance Space.

Alana regularly delivers presentations and training for the industry on topics including strategy, tourism, marketing, ticketing major events, event acquisition, event development and digital marketing. She is active in the industry, is on the Board of Directors of Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) and is an Accredited Fellow Member of MEA (AFMEA).