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The Tamworth Regional Business Summit is so much more than a traditional business forum. It's a two day event that will educate, connect and strengthen the future of your business.

 

You'll have the chance to hear from six of Australia's leading keynote business speakers, as well as connect and learn through a series of tailored workshops and panel discussions, presented by local businesses and organisations. 

 
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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CAROLYN MILLER

FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE HONEYCOMB EFFECT

For over 20 years Carolyn Miller has been working in the marketing and advertising industry and has been a strategist at multiple award-winning agencies. She’s also a regular panelist on the highly popular ABC Television Program ‘Gruen’, where advertising industry experts review and discuss marketing creative concepts and strategies. Carolyn has featured as a contributor in the best-selling 'The Gruen Transfer' book and is regularly featured in a variety of television shows discussing advertising, including Sunrise on Channel 7 and The Today Show on Channel 9.

Carolyn loves seeing brands and businesses succeed, and is passionate about bringing ideas to life. Her background as a strategist not only gives her great insight into the brand and advertising world, but also the heartland of consumer sentiment and shifting cultural trends.

She’s the Founding Director of Communications Consultancy ‘The Honeycomb Effect’ where her client base includes high profile brands such as Nespresso, Yahoo!7, Pfizer, Lend Lease and The Australian Institute of Sport amongst many others.

ANDREW GRIFFITHS

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR

From humble beginnings growing up as an orphan, to global entrepreneur, keynote presenter and international bestselling author, Andrew Griffiths is a powerful inspiration to business owners around the world.

 

Andrew is a bestselling business author and presenter not just because his personal story is moving and his narrative is unexpectedly humorous, or because he is exceptional at breaking complex issues down into bite sized pieces (although that certainly helps). After 30 years as a business owner in industries as diverse as tourism, advertising, retail and consulting, he has been there and done it and paid close attention to what works and what doesn’t.

Andrew’s advice is a combination of street smart wisdom, practical concepts and productive triggers, derived from the hard learned lessons in his own trial and error.

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NADINE CHAMPION

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR & MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT

Nadine Champion is an inspiring international keynote speaker, author and awarded martial artist with over 30 years' experience. She has successfully fought and won many battles in her life – from title fights in the ring to overcoming cancer. An acclaimed motivational speaker, her 10 Seconds of Courage TEDx Sydney talk is regarded as “one of the most memorable of all time”.

She is passionate about using the knowledge she has gained through martial arts as a metaphor for life - to transform the way people think and feel about themselves.

Nadine is a respected teacher known for creating a high-performance mindset in people from all walks of life. Her passion is to challenge individuals and organisations to change their thinking to reach their highest potential. Armed with a zest for life born of authentic lived experience, Nadine uses her own inspirational story to ignite resilience and courage in others. Her dream is to build a community of people using 10 Seconds of Courage to reach their highest potential.

Nadine received a B.Soc.Sc (Criminology) from the University of New South Wales, has a penchant for sausage dogs and lives in Sydney, Australia.

DAMIEN THOMLINSON

AUSTRALIAN WAR VETERAN

Inspired by the military history of his Grandfather, Damien joined the Australian Defence Force and at the age of just 24 achieved his dream of becoming a Commando. It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Thomlinson’s life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated.

 

His ongoing quest for physical and mental rehabilitation has seen him undertake many challenges. He has participated in the TARGA Tasmania classic car rally, and has walked the demanding Kokoda Track.

 

Today, Damien uses his experiences, passion for life and journey to inspire and motivate. His best-selling autobiography, Without Warning, was released in 2013 and continues to sell across Australia, the US and UK. He also commits time to causes important to him as an ambassador for DefenceCare, Soldier On, the Commando Welfare Trust and other initiatives that aim to raise awareness and funds for injured soldiers and their families.

 

An active athlete and keen surfer prior to his injuries, Damien took up snowboarding as part of his personal challenges, and also represented Australia at the 2014 and 2016 Invictus Games.

 

While much of Damien’s work has been in the public eye, for the last three years he has studied acting behind the scenes. His big break came in 2016 blockbuster Hacksaw Ridge, where Damien was cast alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaugh and Sam Worthington in the Mel Gibson-directed movie. It went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards. Damien continues to act and is President of the Australian Veteran’s Film Festival.

CAMERON GEORGE

CEO - VODAFONE WARRIORS

Hailing from Casino, in rural New South Wales, Australia, Cameron spent several years in Tamworth working in the racing industry and playing sport before moving to Sydney and then on to New Zealand in 2006. Cameron worked primarily in integrity sector of horse racing and was later the CEO of Auckland Racing Club for several years.

 

While CEO of Auckland Racing, Cameron was also on the Board of the Vodafone Warriors for 2 years prior to moving on from Auckland Racing Club in July 2017. Cameron had a very short stint as the Vodafone Warriors Chief Operating Officer before moving into the role of CEO in September 2017.

 

The focus at the Vodafone Warriors for Cameron in his first season has been to turn the club around and create a winning culture and to get fans back to the stadium. In 2018 the Club returned to play in the NRL finals for the first time in 7 years and increased average crowds by 130% YOY which, was a driving factor to a very strong turn around in the Club’s commercial performance. In addition, the Vodafone Warriors this year have expanded their number of teams by introducing a Woman’s NRL team which played in the inaugural 2018 NRL Competition.

 

With his experience and involvement previously in the racing industry, Cameron was appointed to the board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing in May 2019 and as Chairman in November 2020.

 

Cameron has significant leadership experience in the sports, entertainment and integrity industry.

 

Cameron attributes the success of his past roles to empowering quality staff to perform at their best with no limitations on what they bring to the organisation. Cameron has seen too often where leaders take businesses away from its core purpose and over analyse the day to day operations which results in poor culture and business performance. As a leader, Cameron believes it is imperative to stay relevant to your organisation’s core purpose.

WARREN DAVIES

THE UNBREAKABLE FARMER

Born and bred in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Warren was the son of small business owners.

A leader throughout his Primary School years, this confidence was eroded once entering Secondary School, where he was subjected to bullying and not fitting in. This is where his skill of Resilience was developed a skill that would be called upon time and time again in future years.

In 1982 His family made the massive decision to move to the country and pursue his father's dream of becoming a farmer. This gave Warren an opportunity to reinvent himself.  The next few years were to be defining years for him. The harsh reality of being a farmer soon became evident: high interest rates, low commodity prices, flood and drought; all having an impact, but most significantly, was that on his mental health. These events all tested his Resilience, Persistence and Determination and had a massive impact on his young family, relationships and finances all culminating with the decision to basically having to walk off the farm.

 

He began the journey of piecing back together his life, but the road has been long, through his Resilience, Persistence and Determination, he now imparts his skills and pays forward his unique stories.

There is more to this farmer than meets the eye.

DISCUSSIONPANELS

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Establishing
A Business Premises

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Steven Hill

SIXHILLS GROUP

Andrew Swane

BROWN & KRIPPNER

Stephen McDonald

FORMLINE GROUP

Presented by Steven Hill, this panel will ensure attendees are aware of the pitfalls when establishing a business premises, with solutions to avoid catastrophe. Key points include: permissibility & consent, infrastructure, site constraints heritage, flood, bushfire, car parking, accessibility, fire safety & the building code.

Other Speakers that form the panel include:

  • Commercial Builder & Fit-out specialist: Stephen McDonald, Managing Director of Formline Group Tamworth.

  • Surveying Firm: Andrew Swane, Director Brown & Krippner Tamworth.

  • Engineering Firm: Justin Cant, Manager Kelley Covey Group Tamworth.

The Future of Blueprint 100

TAMWORTH REGIONAL COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE TEAM DISCUSSION PANEL

Meet Tamworth Regional Councils newly appointed

executive team, Jacqui O'Neill, Gina Vereker, Jason Collins. The team will outline their respective roles and their alignment with Blueprint 100.

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WORKSHOPS
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'Finding people who fit, and keeping them" 

Presented by Christine Shewry, CEO of Joblink Plus

When you imagine your workplace in 2025, who do you see? Is the team you have now (especially if it’s just you!) going to cut it, or will your business growth be cut off? From emerging leaders through to existing managers and senior leadership teams, this workshop will ask you to be honest about your business culture, and if your business is a place people want to work. Talented people get to choose their jobs, and are increasingly after much more than a competitive salary. If you can get the talent to

come to you, will you be able to keep them?

 

“Creating future talent through traineeships and apprenticeships” 

Presented by Sam Crebert & Richelle Bukovac

In 2020 opportunities grew to take on trainees and apprentices with government incentives making it easier for business owners to take on a young person or give an experienced worker a chance to change direction altogether. Have you given it much thought? It could be an option to grow and future-proof your business.

Joblink Plus Training is well-equipped to help you navigate incentives and the paperwork that comes with them. Traineeships are a great option and present a huge opportunity to pass on your skills and industry knowledge to someone keen and ready to work. A traineeship provides an invaluable opportunity for job seekers to find meaningful employment, and for business owners to give something back to the community.

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“Cybersecurity is more than a technical solution”  

Presenter Emily Carr

Cybersecurity attacks have been growing in number and impact for years, but have ramped up dramatically during Covid.  Too often, business leaders assume cybersecurity is solved by their IT team, but cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.  This workshop will help you to better understand today’s cybersecurity landscape and how you can build a cybersecurity aware culture that protects your business and your people.

Two of Australia's leading cybersecurity professionals will present the cybersecurity workshop. This seminar is designed to build awareness of cyber-crime and will give tips and tricks on how to protect your business online.

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"Branding Masterclass" 

Presenter Carolyn Miller

How is branding different to advertising? And why should you care?

 

Learn about the power of brand, and how to make it work for your business. Some of the specialist areas include:

 

  • The brand is not just the responsibility of the Marketing Department

  • You impact the brand

  • The brand has value, in real monetary terms

  • Your brand is not defined by you, it is defined by your consumers

  • Your brand is not your product, and it is unique to you

  • Your brand lives in your product experience as much as your advertising

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"Mental health in the workplace"

Presenter Christine Miniawy

Mental Health issues are one of the leading causes of sickness, absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia. Have you ever calculated what your business might lose in:

  1. Lower productivity

  2. Increased sick days

  3. Loss of employees

  4. Cost of replacing employees

  5. Cost of training new employees

  6. And the big one – Workers Compensation claims and premium increases?

 

At any one time, one in five people are suffering from a mental health issue, and that can be at any level – be it depression, anxiety, loss or a fully diagnosed medical issue. This costs Australian businesses Billions every year – what is it costing your organisation not to be aware of the mental health of yourself and your staff?

 

For many years, The National Mental Commission has told us that for every dollar spent on effective mental health actions returns $2.30 in benefits to an organisation – but what to do?

This seminar is designed to assist employers to increase awareness and knowledge about mental health in the workplace for staff and leaders, supervisors and managers.

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"Restructuring? Cashing your chips? Or passing it on to the next generation?"

Presenter Paul Williams

This workshop will provide case studies designed to help small and medium business owners maximise the benefit of the capital gains tax small business concessions. 

Paul will step though a high-level summary of strategies to take advantage of, and traps to avoid, in the following client-based examples:  

1. Restructures

2. Business Sales

3. Retirement and Succession Planning

"Maximising your accounting system - how to make the most of your financial data"

Presenter Derek Repp

This workshop will discuss how most businesses, even in 2021, continue to use financial data primarily for compliance purposes only, as opposed to turning that data into a performance driving tool for their business’.

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"What does your customer want in 2021" 

Presenter Kylie Walsh

Insights from Kylie Walsh around customer experience and how to fundamentally change your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

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"Employment Law Fundamentals/101"

Presenter Kate Thomson

 

This session would be targeted to small business who don’t necessarily have a HR function (or an established one).

"Employment Law Update" 

Presenter Kate Thomson

This session would be appropriate for businesses of all sizes and will give an overview of recent employment law developments.

As a business owners do you understand your employment law fundamentals? Sponsored by Workforce XS, the Employment and Workplace Relations workshop will be delivered by Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors. It will provide practical guidance on how to navigate this complex topic and answer any questions you may have.

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"How to create meaningful campaigns that connect with your community"

Presenter Scott Keenan

 

Every business has a purpose. And effectively communicating your purpose in a meaningful way will help you build long-lasting connections with customers and your community.  

 

So what is your purpose and how can you connect with your community?

 

In this workshop, find out how the NSW Minerals Council developed a purpose-led campaign, including a landmark partnership with the Newcastle Knights, to connect the state's mine workers and their families together, build pride in what they do and demonstrate the strong support for mining across NSW.  

"Easy to do work health and safety for Small Business"

Presenter Jeremy Whyte

 

Learn how the Easy to do WHS toolkit can help your small business in becoming safer, healthier and more productive at this SafeWork NSW workshop. If you attend, your business may also be eligible for a $500 rebate. Visit safework.nsw.gov.au/easywhs for more information.

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“Dungowan Dam and Pipeline Project Update”  
Presented by Alex Fisher – Deputy Director – Critical State Significant Infrastructure
Projects; Kylie Cochrane - Major Infrastructure Delivery – Senior Manager Communication
& Stakeholder Engagement; Meredith Abrams – Project Stakeholder Manager
 

 
 
 
 
 
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