Speakers   Keynote and Breakout.

Keynote Speakers

Ben Crowe

Ben Crowe

Global Expert in Connection & Storytelling

Ben Crowe is Australia’s most in demand professional mentor and leadership coach, working with Athletes, CEO’s, Coaches, Teams & Executive teams in Australia and all over the world. His work involves helping people with their mindset on the field professionally with their perspective off the field personally, to find a balance between Confidence & Happiness, and Achievement with Fulfilment.

He currently works with the world’s number 1 tennis player and reigning Wimbledon champion Ash Barty, 7x time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore, Australian netball captain Caitlin Bassett, 14 x time Grand Slam champion Dylan Alcott, as well as the Australian men’s and women’s Cricket teams, and 3 x time AFL Premiers, Richmond Football Club since 2017.

This year (In 2021) he agreed to work with Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo, who last month became the first A League coach ever to win both the Premiership Plate and the Championship in his first year as coach.

 

Lovemore Ndou

Lovemore Ndou

South African-Australian former professional boxer

Three boxing world titles, six university degrees and his own law firm were never enough for criminal lawyer Lovemore Ndou. The former South African boxer-turned Australian lawyer recently published a book about his incredible life story. 

Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson

Former Antarctica Expedition Leader. Leadership Expert. Best-selling Author

Rachael Robertson (CSP, MBA) is an Antarctic expedition leader, best-selling author and Australia’s pre-eminent authority on extreme leadership.

She presents with great humour, humility and passion to audiences that value her practical, no-nonsense approach. No matter the event, Rachael will leave your audience inspired, challenged and equip to take the next step in their leadership journey.

As a Chief Ranger and leader with 20 years of ‘extreme’ leadership experience, she is a best-selling author and leadership guru whose talents are in great demand from leading organisations around the globe.

As only the second female to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica she managed a diverse group of up to 120 people, through total isolation, months of darkness, with no way in and no way out. It was a leadership laboratory in the most extreme and hostile environment on Earth, where most of the theory doesn’t apply.

It was a ‘leadership laboratory’ in the most extreme workplace on Earth. In Antarctica she built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’. Prior to leading the expedition Rachael had 16 years experience in a variety of senior operational roles in complex and challenging environments.

Since returning to Australia, Rachael has completed her MBA, written a best-selling book on her experience, Leading on the Edge, and has presented at over 600 conferences and events around the world. Rachael presents with great humour, humility and passion. No matter the event, Rachael will leave your audience inspired, challenged and equipped to take the next step in their leadership journey

 

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

Multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to Medium.com and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. 

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.

Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

 

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Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer

Mathematician, author and comedian extraordinaire

Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702.

Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013 and since being posted online, his talk has had over two million views. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. 

Breakout Session Speakers

Tom Harley

Tom Harley

Sydney Swans CEO

First drafted to Port Adelaide but best known for his decorated career with Geelong, Tom Harley is a veteran of 198 AFL games.

Appointed captain of Geelong in 2007, he led the team to three successive grand finals and two premierships, in 2007 and 2009.

Following his retirement from football, Harley has held numerous roles within the football industry. He worked as a commentator with Channel 7 and an assistant coach to the AFL/AIS Academy, before taking on the role of General Manager of AFL NSW/ACT.

Harley joined the Sydney Swans in November 2014 as General Manager – Football, and since 2019 has been the club’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

Jodie Levitski

Jodie Levitski

Head of Marketing and Communications, Steadfast Group
Jodie Levitski is the Head of Marketing & Communications at Steadfast Group. In this role, Jodie oversees all aspects of Steadfast Group’s marketing, digital, events, sponsorships, and communication activities across all business units.  

Before joining Steadfast, Jodie was Head of Marketing & Communications for Marsh in the Asia-Pacific region where she spearheaded the delivery of strategic marketing and communication initiatives across 16 countries. This included the development and execution of regional and country marketing and communication strategies, working with country CEOs and specialty and industry practice leaders to support revenue growth. In this role Jodie was a member of the Marsh senior leadership team. 

Prior to this time Jodie worked across the financial services industry and listed property sectors for over 15 years where she was involved in multiple M&A deals, company transformations, change management programs, marketing and communication initiatives and lead generation programs. 

Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business with Honours, a Diploma in Financial Services and is a Prosci® Certified Change Practitioner.
 

 

Annette O’Brien

Annette O’Brien

Technical Broking Manager, Steadfast Group

Annette has over 20 years’ experience as an insurance lawyer, technical advisor and team leader. She has worked as an in-house and private practice lawyer. She has experience in claims, policy, general insurance, internal dispute resolution and litigation.

Annette worked in a number of insurance law firms primarily as a litigator before working as an in-house lawyer for a large insurance company where she specialised in advising on property liability, professional indemnity and NSW statutory claims. Annette joined Steadfast in June 2018 where she works alongside Michael White in the Broker Services Team. 

Chris Rouse

Chris Rouse

Chief Information Security Officer
Chris Rouse is the Chief Information Security Officer at Steadfast.

Chris is a skilled information security professional with over 19 years of experience in management, technology, audit and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Steadfast, Chris was the Chief Information Officer at Law In Order working on projects such as the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. 

Chris has also worked as the Global IT Director for SiteMinder working with General Counsel to ready the company for the GDPR. Prior to that Chris worked at The Interpublic Group as the SOX Compliance Manager responsible for IT Audit and Compliance.

Chris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and member of both ISC2 and ISACA. He recently completed the Yale School of Management: Accelerated Management Program and in 2019 studied Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age with Harvard (Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning).
 

Glenn Schultz

Glenn Schultz

General Manager Broker Services

Glenn has experienced a broad spectrum of the general insurance industry during his 40 plus years; including direct market; insurance broking; reinsurance broking and underwriting agencies.

Prior to joining Steadfast Group in 2019, he was the General Manager of AIMS which was the commercial and technical services joint venture of Austbrokers and IBNA Broker networks.

His extensive experience has been obtained dealing with some of the most unique and complex Insurance Placements in the Australian Marketplace. He is heavily focused on creating new methodologies of transacting business for next generation brokers and ensuring relevant digital tools are being created for the future of insurance and risk provision.

Antonella Shannahan

Antonella Shannahan

General manager - Insight
Antonella is the Product Manager for INSIGHT and with her team of Product Specialists works with the development teams to implement new functionality to INSIGHT.  In addition, Antonella and her team works with clients from their initial demonstration of INSIGHT through to their migration onto INSIGHT.

Antonella has over 15 years’ experience working to improve products and software applications in the banking and finance industries.  Her background enables her to apply her product/project management knowledge to support brokers to get the best INSIGHT experience possible. 

Martyn Thompson

Martyn Thompson

Executive General Manager - Corporate Development, Steadfast Group
Martyn joined Steadfast as Executive General Manager – Corporate Development in June 2018 with over 35 years’ experience as an Insurance Broker. 

As part of the Executive team, Martyn’s role at Steadfast has him primarily responsible for developing our international footprint which includes unisonSteadfast as well as leading Steadfast Risk Group which has been formed to oversee the various risk businesses that provide effective enterprise, risk engineering, valuation services as well as alternative risk transfer solutions to the Broker Network. 

Prior to joining Steadfast he held senior roles for the global Broker, Willis Towers Watson where he was National Client Service Director and successfully implemented service platforms and standards across the global network and provided risk and insurance advice and solutions to many ASX companies, government as well as Multi-National organisations. 

He is a Senior Associate ANZIIF, holds a Diploma of Financial Services, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Risk and Insurance Management Society, and Risk Management and Insurance Association of Australia.
 

Steven Tuften

Steven Tuften

Director of Data and Machine Intelligence

Stevens prior role as Director, Asia-Pacific Standards at ACORD saw him responsible for growing the adoption of digital standards across the Asia-Pacific region as well as leading regional standards programs for General and Life Insurance including chairing global standards committees and supporting ACORDs global members like Steadfast implement ACORD Data Standards.

Prior to ACORD, Steven served as the Enterprise Data Architect at Allianz Australia for 4 yrs and Business Intelligence Architect at IAG for 6 yrs.

Steven is currently completing a Masters in Artificial Intelligence at Deakin University. 

 

Michael White

Michael White

Broker Technical Manager, Steadfast Group

Michael is the Broker Technical Manager of Steadfast. He has been with Steadfast since early August 2010. Prior to joining Steadfast, Michael worked for what is now DLA Piper (previously DLA Phillips Fox) for almost 19 years and prior to that worked for QBE for six and half years and the NSW Government Insurance Office for 5 years. Michael’s role as Broker Technical Manager includes responsibility for the Steadfast wordings.

Steadfast
Convention

Adelaide 20 - 22 March