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North Queensland AGLN conference: Speakers

Ms Glenys Schuntner

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland Inc.

Glenys joined Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland Inc. (RDA) as Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. RDA focuses on facilitation and advocacy for sustainable regional economic development.

Glenys is also the Chair of the Tourism Reef Advisory Committee at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Deputy Chair of the JCU Townsville Fire WNBL team and Immediate Past President of the North Queensland Club.

Glenys' previous positions include five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, the peak economic development, tourism and business events marketing organisation for North Queensland and prior to that senior management roles at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) over 11 years including National Manager Major Events, Senior Trade Commissioner and Minister-Counsellor Malaysia and Trade Commissioner and Consul Sendai. Glenys has also worked in management, marketing and sales roles in the airline and travel industries in Japan and Australia.

Glenys is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Arts (Tourism) from Rikkyo University, Tokyo and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Japanese and German languages) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane.


Ms Kerryn Vine-Camp

First Assistant Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission

Kerryn Vine-Camp joined the APSC as First Assistant Commissioner in November 2016 from the Department of Health where she was responsible for the People, Communication and Capability Division after transitioning the Health Provider Compliance Division to Health from the Department of Human Services as part of a Machinery of Government Change in November 2015. Kerryn has held several positions in the Senior Executive Service including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Attorney General's Department and the Department of Climate and Energy Efficiency. Prior to joining the SES Kerryn was with the Department of Defence in Canberra and Townsville and the Queensland Public Service in Brisbane and Mount Isa. Kerryn started her career in the private sector working with Ansett Australia until September 2001.

Kerryn has been a speaker at a number of national and international forums and has a particular interest in leading teams, crisis management and the challenges of modern management, particularly in a rural and remote context.


Mr John A Fraser

Secretary to the Treasury

Mr Fraser was appointed Secretary to the Treasury effective 15 January 2015. In this capacity, John is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; a member of the Australian Council of Financial Regulators; and Chair of the G20 Global Infrastructure Hub. He was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management from 2015 to 2016.

Based in London, John was Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management from late 2001 to 2013. During this time, John was also a member of the UBS Group Executive Board and Chairman of UBS Saudi Arabia. In 2014, John remained as Chairman of UBS Global Asset Management, Chairman of UBS Saudi Arabia and Chairman of UBS Grocon Real Estate.

Prior to joining UBS and its predecessor organisations in 1993, John served for over twenty years with the Australian Treasury, including appointment as Deputy Secretary (Economic) from 1990 to 1993 and postings at the International Monetary Fund (1978-1980) and as Minister (Economic) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (1985-1988).

John was a member of the Australian Government's 1996 Audit Commission and a Board member of the Australian Stock Exchange (1997-2003).

John graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, in 1972 with a first-class honours degree in economics and, in 2013, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University.  John is a member of the Monash Business School's Global Advisory Council and member of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, as well as an Honorary Professor at Durham University (UK).  He was awarded a Centenary medal by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 for service to Australian society through business and economics.


Mr Barry Jackson

Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Operations, Department of Human Services

As the Deputy Secretary, Service Delivery Operations Barry has responsibility for the department's face-to-face services centres and phone and processing smart centres delivering Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services. Barry is also responsible for managing the department's response to emergencies and for delivering the department's Indigenous and Multicultural Servicing strategies.

Barry has previously held a number of roles in the department including Deputy Secretary, Shared Services from August 2015 to December 2016 and General Manager, Corporate Operations Division from 2013 to August 2015.

Prior to joining UBS and its predecessor organisations in 1993, John served for over twenty years with the Australian Treasury, including appointment as Deputy Secretary (Economic) from 1990 to 1993 and postings at the International Monetary Fund (1978-1980) and as Minister (Economic) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (1985-1988).

Barry's public service career includes Senior Executive roles within the Department of Finance and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In addition to his time in the public service, Barry has over 25 years' experience in the private sector primarily in the areas of construction, property, strategic and business process management. Prior to re-joining the public service Barry held the position of Chief Executive Officer for UGL Services Australia and New Zealand who were Australia's largest provider of property management services.


Lieutenant Colonel Gabrielle M. Follett

Commanding Officer 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Gabrielle Follett is currently the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion, which is a unit of over 600 soldiers and officers based in Townsville. In this role she is responsible for delivering logistics support to all of the units of the 3rd Brigade.

Gabrielle deployed on border protection operations in 2001, as an operations officer in East Timor in 2002, and as a United Nations military observer in Syria and Israel in 2007-2008. She commanded the logistics support team that responded to the earthquake in Padang, Indonesia in 2009 and was the International Stabilisation Force plans officer in East Timor in 2010. In 2012, she deployed as the senior logistics officer in the Australian Mentoring Task Force in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

Prior to assuming unit command, Gabrielle served on the Chief of the Defence Force's personal staff. She has previously commanded smaller logistic elements in the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, in Darwin, and a training company at the Royal Military College – Duntroon.


Mr Wally Tallis

General Manager, Enterprises, Indigenous Business Australia

Wally is of South Sea and Torres Strait Islander descent with family connections to the Birri Gubba peoples of North Queensland. Wally joined IBA in mid-2015 after 20 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in roles delivering social and economic programs in remote, rural and urban settings. As a senior executive in the Queensland Government, he recently led an innovative economic initiative to increase employment, and to encourage growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses through maximising a wide range of market opportunities. Wally has a passion to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their respective cultures participate and contribute in the broader Australian economy, and that this participation is embedded in our country's culture to ensure future generations enjoy the strength, diversity and untapped opportunity our First Nations peoples offer.

As head of Enterprises, Wally leads the Business Development and Assistance Program, which provides a range of assistance to Indigenous customers to acquire, establish, grow or exit their businesses.


Mr David Meurant

Manager - Employee Relations, People Management, Office and Security Services, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

I have been with the GBRMPA for the past 5 years in the role of Manager Employee Relations where I get to support our staff in achieving their work objectives through education and performance management. I started my working life with 15 years in the Qld Dept. of Education as a secondary school teacher, teaching at multiple locations across the state. This was followed by 13 years with the Qld Fire and Rescue Service as the Regional Manager Strategic Development and Director Regional Development. My formal education includes a Grad. Dip. Teaching and a Master of Business Administration.


Professor Ian Atkinson

Professor of eResearch and Tropical Leader, James Cook University

Professor Atkinson's current interests now combine sensor networks, e-Research and High-Performance Computing to allow the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of computed and sensed data. He has developed leading edge sensor networks for a number of high profile projects such as the Daintree Rainforest Observatory and the Digital Homestead. His work in sensor networks also included developing novel hardware and software for marine and aquaculture applications. These applications demand end-to-end e-Research stacks from data acquisition through to storage, processing and interpretation. This work has contributed to understanding how the 'Internet of Things' can be applied to marine, urban and terrestrial environments for gathering scientifically valid information at low cost.

He is also heavily involved in many initiatives targeting the development of the digital regional economy in Queensland and participates in school/industry engagement.


Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz

Head of PwC Chair in Digital Economy, Lead of IFE Embracing Digital Age theme, QUT

Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz is an academic and industry leader with extensive experience in conducting academically sound research, co-innovating with industry and university partners, and delivering innovative products to the market. Currently, as Professor and PwC Chair in Digital Economy, he leads QUT's research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Australia. Marek manages a contemporary research portfolio and converts industry driven opportunities into research outcomes of global relevance. He is an invited government expert, university lecturer and project lead, as well as an inventor and author.

Marek is recognised as a top quality manager and excellent public speaker, and has an interest in working with stakeholders in developing innovative ideas, ground-breaking business applications and high-impact new technologies.

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