IML Conference 2017. Leadership Matters. 7 attributes of very successful leaders – Sydney



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05/10/2017 - 8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Following the success of our recent ‘7 Skills Of Very Successful Leaders’ program, the Institute is excited to bring you the next Leadership Matters Conference Series ‘7 attributes of very successful leaders’ – in Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane in 2017.


The 7 attributes were identified in our leadership survey earlier this year.

 9:00Session 1: Integrity
 9:45Session 2: Emotional Intelligence
10:30Morning Tea 
11:00Session 3: Ability to Inspire
 11:45Session 4: Authenticity
12:25 Session 5: Self-Awareness
 13:10 Lunch
 14:10Session 6: Respect
 14:55Session 7: Decisiveness
 15:40Afternoon Tea 
 16:05Session 8: Conference Wrap Up: Lessons in Leadership
 16:50Conference Closing Comments
 17:00 Event Close

These attributes will allow us to delve into topics relative to the latest in leadership and management thinking. With up to 10 different speaker perspectives on these leadership attributes, you can take away strategies to implement as soon as you are back in the office and network with local like-minded professionals. The Leadership Matters Conference is a must-attend event.

Click here to download the event flyer.

Group discount is also available so bring your team for greater value!

If you are a Chartered Manager (CMgr), this event has learning outcomes which can contribute to your ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you’re interested in becoming a Chartered Manager, please contact


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David Ross FIML, Director of Phoenix Strategic Management

David Ross is a strategist and peacemaker who helps organisations and communities find lasting solutions to highly complex social and environmental issues, while ethically protecting their brand.  He has a most unusual and diverse background.  Starting off in environmental management – often playing in rivers and forests – David was frustrated with the superficial response corporates and government gave to social and environmental issues that affected them or that they had responsibilities for.  The kind of things that he is passionate about.

So, to find solutions, he was dopey enough to embark on a journey of working and studying in seemingly disparate areas such as stakeholder engagement, organisational strategy, futures / foresight and conflict transformation.  As you do.

Now, as the founder of his own boutique consulting business, he assists organisations and communities on complex or “wicked” issues such as:
• community outrage around coal, coal seam gas, access to water, and renewables;
• crime prevention in hotspots;
• economic development in some of our poorest communities; and
• the sustainability of communities, particularly in rural areas.

Finally, David was recently awarded the Wanbil Lee Award for Ethical Business Leaders.

Sarah Merrick Business Manager Technology at SBS

Sarah Merrick is currently the Business Manager Technology at SBS, Technology covers many areas of the broadcasters critical areas including Broadcast Operations, Enterprise Digital Services and all internal IT.  At SBS she sits on the Technology Leadership team and is part of the top 100 leaders.  This move to SBS comes as a culmination of 7 years in a government organisation CSIRO and 8 years in both media Southern Cross Austereo and post production Digital Pictures.

Prior to joining SBS Sarah spent nearly 7 years at CSIRO as a Finance Manager covering the National Facilities, this included responsibility for the NASA/CSIRO contract for the running of the tracking station at Tidbinbilla in Canberra and all the major projects including the Australian Square Kilometre Array project ($188m).  She sat on the leadership team and also was part of the top 200 leaders at CSIRO.

SBS was the perfect fit for Sarah with a combination of both government and commercial bringing together her skills across both areas.

Simon Smith FIML, CEO of Southern Cross Coaching & Development Pty Ltd

Simon was awarded Coach of the Year in 2013 by the International Coach Federation Australia, as well as Owner/Manager of the Year NSW State Finalist in both 2015 & 2014 in the Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards.

Simon’s company, Southern Cross Coaching & Development, has also been awarded as Regional Finalists for Excellence in Business Ethics for the past 4 consecutive years (2013 – 2016) in the NSW Business Chamber Awards.

Simon is the CEO & Founder of Southern Cross Coaching & Development, which uses applied neuroscience in all its Leadership Development services. Simon built the company from just him to his current team of 33 consultants, trainers, coaches & staff, with clients spanning the Private, Public & not-for-profit Sectors, including ASX Top 10 Listed companies & international organisations.

Simon has over 30 years of practical leadership experience, including 10 years as a Commissioned Officer in the British Royal Air Force controlling air-defence fighter aircraft, including operational tours in the Falkland Islands, Middle East & anti-heroin trafficking operations in Central America with the British SAS.

His corporate experience includes national roles in HR Consulting, Executive Coaching, Business Development & Outplacement in the UK & Australia.

In addition to neuroscience & leadership, Simon is also passionate about improving mental health, having himself recovered from suicidal depression around 14 years ago.

Tony Broughton MIML, Industrial Director of Thales Australia

He has held leadership roles in Australia, Asia and Europe, with responsibility for multi-billion-dollar value chains in a range of industrial sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, FMCG and food-beverage.

He has led a number of large and complex supply chain transformation programs and ‘double digit’ business unit turn arounds.

An engineer by trade, Tony is experienced in Lean Six Sigma, leadership development, organisational development, employee engagement and change management practices.

He is the founder of two start-up businesses, a founding board member of the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association and an occasional guest lecturer at the UTS Business School.

In his current role as Industrial Director for Thales Australia, Tony is responsible for leading the groups’ industrial strategy including operational innovation, supply chain performance, local SME engagement, and Industry 4.0 deployment.

Tony Burns FIML, CEO of HPA Incorporated “Helping People Achieve”

At a young age Tony’s parents instilled in him the mantra that giving back is the best reward in life. Taking their advice, Tony dedicates his time to making life easier for others.
Tony has raised more than $600,000 for the “John Maclean Foundation” and Currently CEO of HPA (Helping People Achieve), Tony is the leading force in providing training and work experience and inspiration to people who are physically and intellectually challenged.
Tony’s efforts have ultimately resulted in HPA being awarded 2016 NT Business of the Year in the Telstra Australian Business Awards
and was also a Finalist for the NT Australian of the Year.

With a zest for life, Tony’s infectious passion inspires all people he meets.

Michelle Loch FIML, Speaker-Author-Trainer-Coach

Michelle Loch is a well-known Thought Leader, Speaker, Author and Mentor.

She is an expert in Neuroleadership, a field of study that takes the latest in social cognitive neuroscience and applies it in a practical way to the art of leadership. She is all about making leadership easier, with a passion for creating masterful leaders who have conversations that count!





Anurag Vasisth FIML, Corporate Business Leader

Anurag is a visionary Business Leader who brings over 20 years of experience in Strategic Partnerships Development, Product Development and Business Development, across diverse industries, in both national and international roles. He is recognised for talents in strategy development, strategic negotiations and providing corporate vision. Anurag converts strategic plans into tactical reality through guiding companies and business units in establishing themselves as viable business, and has a consistent track record of executing against aggressive growth strategies and delivering above expected targets.

A truly global citizen, Anurag has lived and worked across multiple key global markets over last two decades, including posts in India, the U.K. and Singapore, before calling Australia home over a decade ago. Anurag’s international postings have given him quality exposure to managing business in diverse markets and practicing inclusion, while managing diverse teams. Over last 5 years, Anurag lead strategic partnership with Mastercard’s flagship global bank customers. In these roles, he has been responsible to drive growth of Mastercard’s business with these strategic partners, with P&L responsibility.

Ani Wilson Brain Performance and Stress Mastery Coach & Keynote Speaker

Having spent 20 years in highly stressful management positions all over the globe, Ani was a manager who was told to slow down – to “chill out”. However, Ani knew that slowing down would go against her very nature and was determined in finding a more fitting answer.

Qualifying as a Stress Mastery Coach, Executive Life Coach and Meditation teacher, and leveraging her neuroscience background, Ani now travels the globe mentoring and speaking to audiences about the merits of their own high performing personalities, teaching business owners and managers how to change their stress from fear based to a level of excitement; to harness that energy to physically rewire their brains to promote exponential mental performance.


Claire Bibby FIML, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Brookfield Properties

Claire Bibby is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Brookfield Properties. Claire’s strengths rest in overseeing a busy, multiple award winning, in-house legal team, working at strategic and operational levels for her 4,000+ clients. Claire is a director of Luna Park, a non-executive director of Marist180, an Executive Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an Entrepreneur Ambassador for Opportunity International, and a committee member of MS Angels, the Australian National Committee for UN Women and Soroptimist International. Claire’s name has graced numerous awards as one of Australia’s best lawyers and female executives, including the “Excellence Award for Women in Law,” “General Counsel of the Year,” “Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia, New Zealand,” and most recently, “Mentor of the Year.”

Part and parcel with her passion for the law, Claire is an active philanthropist and public speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion, psychological wellness and women’s leadership. Claire is currently mentoring 7 lawyers, 1 marine biologist and in the future will be co-mentoring a refugee law student for Deng Adut’s “Jon Mac Foundation.”



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