Naomi Simson Round


Naomi Simson

Naomi Simson is an Australian businessperson, blogger, and entrepreneur. She is the founding director of RedBalloon, an online experience gift retailer based in Australia. She has won numerous awards including the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award.

As a writer, Simson is the author of three books, Live What You Love, I Want What She's Having and Ready To Soar. She is also a shark on the Australian television show Shark Tank. Simson is also ranked as one of the top 30 tech influencers on Twitter by The Business Insider.
Richard Goyder Round


Richard Goyder AO, FAIM

Richard James Barr Goyder AO, is an Australian businessman who has been CEO and managing director of Wesfarmers since 2005. He will resign in 2017 in order to succeed Mike Fitzpatrick as chairman of the AFL Commission (the governing body of Australian rules football).

Goyder became deputy managing director and chief financial officer of Wesfarmers in 2004, and replaced Michael Chaney as CEO in July 2005. In 2007, he oversaw the purchase of Coles Group for A$19.3 billion, which was "the biggest and one of the riskiest acquisitions in Australian corporate history". This brought Coles Supermarkets, Kmart, Target, and Officeworks under the control of Wesfarmers. In 2014, Goyder was chosen to chair the B20 Summit in Sydney, a meeting of business leaders from the G20 countries. He announced his intention to resign as CEO of Wesfarmers in February 2017, with Rob Scott being appointed as his successor.
Jennifer Byrne Round


Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne began her career in journalism at age 16 as a cadet at Melbourne's The Age newspaper. At age 23 she became the paper's San Francisco correspondent and later a feature writer.

Jennifer Byrne's television work began as a researcher for This Day Tonight's Melbourne unit and later as a reporter for Nationwide. After returning to print media as assistant-editor of the The Age's "Monthly Review", in 1982 she moved back to television on Nine Network's Sunday program. On Sunday in 1985 she won a Logie for her story on Paul Keating's tax summit. From 1986 to 1993 Jennifer worked on the Nine Network's current affairs program 60 Minutes. She has also presented ABC TV's Foreign Correspondent. In 2005 Jennifer narrated the ABC mockumentary television show We Can Be Heroes. Since 2006, also on the ABC, she has hosted First Tuesday Book Club, a panel book review program, alongside regular commentators Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger. A spinoff series of specials from this program is titled Jennifer Byrne Presents.
Geoffrey Robertson Round


Geoffrey Robertson QC

Geoffrey Robertson QC grew up in Sydney and was an Australian Rhodes Scholar. In England he became a leading Queen’s Counsel and in 1990 founded what is now the largest human rights practice in Europe, Doughty Street Chambers, of which he is still the head. It has 40 QC’s, ten of them women, and 98 barristers, half of whom are women, and it regularly wins diversity awards for English businesses.

Mr Robertson has had a distinguished career, serving as President of the War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone and as a “Distinguished Jurist Member” of the UN’s Justice Council (2008-2012). He has appeared in many celebrated Old Bailey trials, argued many death sentence appeals at the Privy Council, defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson, NWA and Julian Assange, prosecuted Hastings Banda and acted for Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against General Pinochet. In 2011 he was awarded the New York Bar Association prize for Achievement in International Law and Affairs.. He held the office of Recorded (part-time judge) for many years in London, where he remains a Master of the Middle Temple and a visiting professor in Human Rights at several universities.


Panel Session 1

Topic: The WA Economy

Panel Session 2

Topic: Future of Work

Panel Session 3

Topic: Local Government - Community Engagement


Keynote Speakers
8.30am - 8.40am
Introduction and Welcome
MC Tina Altieri
Emeritus Professor Gary Martin CEO, AIM WA
8.40am - 9.40am
Keynote Presentation 1
Naomi Simson
Founding Director of Red Balloon, TV Personality Shark Tank
9.40am - 10.40am
Panel Session 1

WA Economy
10.40am - 11.10am
Morning Tea/Coffee
11.10am - 12.10pm
Keynote Presentation 2
Richard Goyder AO, FAIM
Managing Director and CEO, Wesfarmers
12.10pm - 1.10pm
1.10pm - 2.15pm
Panel Session 2

Future of Work

2.15pm - 3.15pm
Keynote Presentation 3
Jennifer Byrne
Journalist, TV Presenter and Author
3.15pm - 3.45pm
Afternoon Tea/Coffee
3.45pm - 4.45pm
Panel Session 3

Local Government - Community Engagement

4.45pm - 5.45pm
Keynote Presentation 4
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Human Rights Barrister, Academic, Author and Broadcaster
5.45pm - 6.00pm
Formal Close
MC Tina Altieri
Emeritus Professor Gary Martin CEO, AIM WA
6.00pm - 6.30pm
Cocktails & Networking


Professional Member
Corporate Member
Non Member
Group Rate
for 8 people *
* Special Early Bird Rate: Book and pay for your group of 8 participants prior to Thursday 31 August 2017 and receive these rates:
Non Member $8,000
Corporate Member $6,500
Wednesday 25 October 2017
8.30am to 6.30pm
Registrations from 8.00am
Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth 6000

Proudly supported by