Brett de Hoedt

Hootville Communications

Some things change - our emcee does not. Once more Brett de Hoedt will attempt to make our conference all about himself. The one-time journalist and publicist has recently launched a podcast: The Hardest Word which he declares to be "the most important audio recording since The Beatles." We cannot independently verify this claim. When not emceeing or podcasting he trains nonprofits in communications via his consultancy Hootville Communications.

Vanessa Davies

National General Manager Diversity & Inclusion
Compass Group Australia

Vanessa is currently employed as the National General Manager of Diversity & Inclusion for Compass Group. Vanessa is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional connections to both Wongi and Nyungar peoples in Western Australia. She has had comprehensive experience working at senior levels in private sector, government, justice, diversity and inclusion, employment, training and education, health, community and Indigenous relations. Her employment history has involved working with various companies, organisations, governments and community groups in WA and throughout Australia. This includes extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets, state-wide and national operations, programs/services and numerous staff. She is focused on developing and implementing objectives and monitoring performance targets to achieve organisational objectives and strategies.

She began her career as a qualified Secondary Teacher, and in 2000 Vanessa completed a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership, Curtin University, Graduate School of Business. In 2018, Vanessa completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. This GAICD professional qualification complements her Board and senior executive experience.

Renae Greenway

HR Business Partner
City of Cockburn

Renae Greenway is the HR Business Partner at the City of Cockburn which is a Local Government authority 27 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. The city has a current population of over 112,000 and borders the cities of Fremantle, Kwinana, Canning, Melville and Armadale in the Perth metropolitan area. According to the 2016 census, 3.8% of the Cockburn community identified as requiring assistance in their daily lives as a result of a disability. Renae and the City of Cockburn are highly committed to the employment of people with disability in their local community. Most recently they have been working with Bizlink to achieve this. Renae has worked in HR since 2005 and has been involved with the Supported Wage System and Disability Employment since its inception at the City in 2004.

Jennie Milne

General Manager, Human Resources
The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC)

Jennie is the General Manager, Human Resources at RAC. An authentic senior leader, she is passionate about inspiring and empowering other to achieve to their full potential.

In 2013 Jennie was awarded RAC’s ‘Leader of the Year’ and the RAC’s International Women’s Day Leadership Award.

Jennie champions and advocates for diversity and inclusion, with a strong passion for disability and gender diversity. Her approach is: Impact versus Intent; something valuable she learnt from her previous CEO Terry Agnew.

In 2017 Jennie was awarded the ‘Leading Edge Advocate Award’ from Edge Employment Solutions for championing disability employment.

Jennie is the General Manager lead for RAC’s Enabling All Abilities Working Group with the premise to focus on talent and ability and providing opportunities for those with a disability.

Jennie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics & Computing) from Curtin University; and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from UWA where she won the award for Strategic Human Resource Management. In 2017 she completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Director Pipeline Program and last year proudly became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Rocchiccioli

Regional HR Manager WA

Andrew Rocchiccioli is the Regional HR Manager – WA for Bunnings Group. The WA network includes 44 operating locations as well as a Store Support team. Andrew has been part of the Wesfarmers Group for over 26 years, including 18 years with Bunnings and has been in a variety of roles in accounting, operations and, recently, HR. Inclusion and diversity of the team remains a high priority of the business, with the clear goal of our team being reflective of the community we operate in. Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and a CPA.

Ian Tsolakis

Group Disability Employment Manager
Crown Perth

Ian commenced at Crown in 2014, following 17 years in the employment services industry where he knew well the importance and power of employment. He has spent time becoming familiar with government’s Disability Employment Services (DES) and JobActive contracts. Knowing the demands of these programs, Ian realised there must be a better way for businesses requiring talent to access people with disability wanting to earn an income.
Ian’s enthusiasm is beyond doubt. His experience in employment services gave him the insider knowledge to design an employment model comprising of five pillars of strength. The five-pillar framework for CROWNability reflect Ian’s determination and persistence to effect positive outcomes for people with disability.
CROWNability is Crown Resorts’ strategy to attract, recruit, retain and achieve sustainable outcomes for people with disability.

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