The 2017 AIM WA Annual Leadership Summit builds on the huge success of last year's event by delivering global leaders on leadership matters. You will hear from a Human Rights Barrister and QC, Entrepreneur and Director of RedBalloon, CEO of Wesfarmers, a Journalist, TV presenter and Author and 10 of Australia's most successful and respected CEOs.

Various industries will be represented, as our speakers explore domestic, national and global dimensions of leadership.

Each of our speakers has a story to tell - a story of triumph, challenge and adversity. They all have real world experience on the frontline of leadership. They will share this experience, along with some lessons for success and pitfalls to avoid.


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 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 joined Wesfarmers in 1993, after working in various commercial roles in Tubemakers of Australia Limited. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Wesfarmers Limited in May 2004 and assumed the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 13 July 2005. Richard joined the Board of Wesfarmers Limited in 2002 and is a director of a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries.

Richard was made an Officer of the order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.
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. 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


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.

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, defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson, NWA and Julian Assange, prosecuted Hastings Banda and acted for Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against General Pinochet.


Tina Altieri

Tina has worked as a journalist, TV news presenter, TV documentary associate producer and a radio broadcaster for media networks around Australia and the Southeast Asia region for the past 25 years, including Sky News Australia.


Panel Session 1

Topic: The WA Economy


Hon Ben Wyatt MLA

Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs

Ben Wyatt is Australia's first Indigenous Australian Treasurer and was appointed in March 2017.
He also holds the position as Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs.
Prior to his appointment as a senior Minister in the current Government,Ben held positions of Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Government Accountability.

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John Poynton AO, Cit WA, FAICD, FAIM, Sf FIN

Chairman of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited and SC8 Limited

John is a Board Member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a Director of Crown Perth, Orbital Corporation Ltd and the Security Research Institute Advisory Board. John is also the Chairman of Council of Christ Church Grammar School and Giving West.
John is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a WA Citizen of the Year award in the industry and commerce category.


Samantha Tough BJuris, LLB, GAICD

Company Director and Chairman

Samantha has deep and diverse industry experience having been a senior executive and/or director in a range of industries that includes oil and gas, energy, resources, infrastructure, engineering, legal, financial and venture capital.
Her current Board portfolio includes Director Clean Energy Finance Corporation; Director Synergy; Director Saracen Holdings Ltd; Chairman Aerison Pty Ltd and Deputy Chairman WAAPA.

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John Nicolaou

Executive Director - WA & NT ACIL Allen Consulting

John Nicolaou is the Executive Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, which is one of the largest Australian owned, independent, economic, public policy, and public affairs management consulting firms in Australia.
John was educated at the University of Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Master of Business Administration, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School.

Panel Session 2

Topic: Future of Work


Russell Gibbs FAIM

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - Hawaiian

As Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of Hawaiian since March 2000, Russell Gibbs oversees one of Australia's largest privately owned property groups including shopping centres, office buildings and hospitality assets.
His current Board responsibilities include: Chairman of the West Coast Eagles, St Ives Group and Satterley Property Group.


Dr Andrew Crane

Chief Executive Officer - CBH Group

Dr Andrew "Andy" Crane joined grain marketer, Grain Pool Pty Ltd in 2001 and was appointed General Manager of the Marketing and Trading business when it merged with CBH in 2003.
In 2008 he became the CBH Group's GM, Strategy and Business Development and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2009.


Dr Alec OConnell FAIM

Headmaster - Scotch College

Dr Alec O'Connell commenced as the 7th Headmaster of Scotch College in June 2011.
He currently is a Director of the Association of Independent Schools in WA (AISWA), a member of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Committee and is an inaugural committee member of the Forrest Foundation Committee of the University of Western Australia.

Panel Session 3

Topic: Local Government - Community Engagement


Lynne Craigie

President - WALGA

Lynne has a Psychology degree and for many years has worked in her own practice in the Pilbara. During her career she has worked with a diverse range of people in both community, government, not for profit, and the private sector.
Lynne is currently the President at the Shire of East Pilbara and also the President of WALGA. She also sits on many Boards and committees.

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Andrew Hammond FAIM

Chief Executive Officer - City of Rockingham

Andrew Hammond is Chief Executive Officer of the City of Rockingham. Andrew has significant senior experience in Local Government having held CEO positions in Albany, Wyndham East Kimberley and Nannup.
He holds an Executive Master of Business in Administration from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of Local Government Managers in Australia. In 2012 Andrew was awarded the inaugural Institute of Public Administration WA Local Government Leader of the Year.


Garry Hunt PSM, FAIM

Chief Executive Officer - City of Joondalup

Garry has held executive positions in Local Government since 1977 including his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Joondalup, and prior to this the City of Perth and City of Melville.
He has held executive positions with the Institute of Municipal Management (now Local Government Professionals Australia) and the International City/County Management Association based in Washington DC, USA.


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

The WA Economy
Hon Ben Wyatt MLA
John Poynton AO, Cit WA
Samantha Tough BJuris, LLB
John Nicolaou
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 - 2.00pm
Panel Session 2

Future of Work

Russell Gibbs FAIM
Dr Andrew Crane
Dr Alec O'Connell FAIM
2.05pm - 3.05pm
Keynote Presentation 3
Jennifer Byrne
Journalist, TV Presenter and Author
3.05pm - 3.35pm
Afternoon Tea/Coffee
3.35pm - 4.35pm
Panel Session 3

Local Government - Community Engagement

Lynne Craigie
Andrew Hammond FAIM
Garry Hunt PSM, FAIM
4.35pm - 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 FAIM, CEO AIM WA
6.00pm - 6.30pm
Cocktails & Networking


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Wednesday 25 October 2017
8.30am to 6.30pm
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Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth 6000

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