Speaker Profiles

AC 195X250 Name Prof. Andrew Conway, IPA CEO FIPA FFA
  • Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in May 2009, leading the reformation and repositioning of the organisation
  • Co-author of the Australian Small Business White Paper and Chair of the IPA Deakin University SME Research Partnership
  • Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal through the Order of Australia in 2001
  • Awarded Australian Young Professional of the Year in 2011
  • Appointed as a Director of Eastern Health by the Governor of Victoria in 2011
  • Led the IPA to be recognised as the most innovative accounting body in Australia in 2012 by BRW
  • Awarded the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2014
  • Awarded the Deakin University Young Alumni Award in 2015
  • Andrew was presented with a Distinguished Fellow award by the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University in 2016 of the Professional Accountancy Organisation Development Committee (PAODC) of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) in Appointed as chairperson 2016
  • Appointed to the Professional Accountancy Organisation Development Committee (PAODC) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in 2018

Andrew’s professional appointments include:

  • Deakin University – Adjunct Professor
  • Shanghai University of Finance & Economics - Professor of Accounting (honoris causa)
  • Lanzhou University – Adjunct Professor

Andrew is recognised as a leading small business policy expert in Australia which has included the co-authorship of the landmark Australian Small Business White Paper and is a regular media commentator for major media outlets.


Bronwyn Dodd, State General Manager SA/NT, SME Banking, Westpac Group


Bronwyn is the State General Manager Westpac SA/NT and BankSA SME Banking. Bronwyn joined Westpac Group in 2018 and is responsible for leading teams across South Australia and the Northern Territory who support small and medium business industries with a range of relationship management banking services, including helping with cash flow, growth and funding solutions.

Prior to Westpac, Bronwyn was at NAB for five years where she held senior roles in Commercial Banking, State Operational and Agribusiness, and was responsible for leading and supporting large front-line distribution business and driving strategy for customer and revenue growth. Prior to joining the banking industry, Bronwyn spent more than a decade in the public and private health industry in senior leadership positions leading Corporate finance and HR functions across medical and operational functions.

Bronwyn holds a MBA from the University of Adelaide. She also identifies as an Aboriginal.


Georgette Elston, Director for Business Growth & Competitiveness, Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment


Georgette Elston was appointed Director, Business Growth and Competitiveness in April 2019 responsible for business capability development, supply chain development and advanced manufacturing.

Prior to this, she held numerous executive roles in the Department for Industry and Skills, overseeing the state’s efforts to support workers and companies transition out of the auto sector and leading delivery of the Northern Economic Plan. Georgette has also recently held responsibility for defence industry capability development, and industry and innovation policy.

Prior to these appointments, Georgette spent eight years at Defence SA, responsible for policy and strategy. Key achievements include detailed mapping of SA’s defence industries; leading the state’s negotiations with the Commonwealth to open mineral exploration access on the Woomera Prohibited Area; and delivery of South Australia’s defence strategy.

Georgette relocated to Australia in 2002 and spent a number of years with the Department of Trade and Economic Development, including as a senior advisor to the Chief Executive before moving to Defence SA. She started her career in Canada in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, involved in a diverse range of files including counterterrorism, human security, the Middle East and international aviation policy.

Georgette holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

She lives in Adelaide with her partner and their two young children.

IN 195X250 Name Ian Nightingale

In 2013 South Australia was the first State to establish an Industry Advocate (IA) with the role to provide independent advice to the Government on how government expenditure could be used to maximise the economic benefit to the State.


Since that time there has been overwhelming support from business and industry groups. They have seen the success local businesses have had in getting a fair share of State Government expenditure. This provides a huge boost for businesses and the community through the flow-on benefits of jobs and additional economic activity.


The success of the role has also been recognised at local and national level with the State government enacting the Industry Advocate Act in January 2018.


Prior to the role of Industry Advocate Ian’s career achievements have been diverse - as the previous Chief Executive for the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA and also Chief Executive of the former Department of Planning and Local Government (DPLG) plus a range of other senior positions in the State Government.


Ian has always had a strong connection with regional South Australia having lived on Eyre Peninsula for over 20 years. Ian’s move into Government followed a successful career as the Chief Executive of the Eyre Regional Development Board, General Manager of the Lincoln Cove Development Company in Port Lincoln and having owned and operated other private business interests in Adelaide and Port Lincoln.

JC 195X250 Name John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner SA

John Chapman brings to the role extensive experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


Most recently he was Chief of Staff to the SA Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence Industries and Minister for Veterans' Affairs Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith.


John has held a number of board positions including President of Group Training Australia (SA), Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia and Councillor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.


In addition to his board experience, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for eight years where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education.

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Lainie Anderson, Master of Ceremonies


Lainie Anderson is an author, radio commentator and Sunday Mail columnist, and previously worked at the Herald Sun in Melbourne and The Times in London. In 2017 she travelled to nine countries on a Churchill Fellowship to gauge the significance of the pioneering 1919 flight from England to Australia, and the Vickers Vimy aircraft now housed at Adelaide Airport. She’s since become South Australia’s Epic Flight Centenary 2019 program ambassador; her novel Long Flight Home has been published by Wakefield Press; and she’s co-producing a documentary called The Greatest Air Race, which is presented by Andy Thomas and will air on SBS in December.

29Aug SBS Resizes6 Name Leila Henderson, Newsmaker

A former journalist who moved into the IT sector mid-career – by way of media roles as a marketing communications specialist with IBM Australia and as an IT Journalist with The Australian newspaper – Leila founded the Newsmaker (newsmaker.com.au) automated press release platform in 2005. Today Newsmaker represents over 16,000 customers who use the service to reach journalists with their news. She has now expanded into the US market with PitchSociety.com.

Seeking a way to further streamline her businesses, she co-founded Kondotto, a unique business automation platform named as one of the Top 10 Start-ups in Australia by the Boston-based international accelerator MassChallenge in December 2016.

Leila is a champion of women in STEM, coaching students and entrepreneurs via programs such as the New Venture Institute at Flinders University, University of Adelaide Entrepreneurship Program, the iLab at Uniquest, the D3 Challenge, Startup Weekend, and many more. She has been recognised for her contribution to the innovation and IT industries by accolades such as the Women in Innovation (IT) Award, Fellow of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University, and ZONTA International Woman of Achievement.

She’s also a member of the Women In Innovation Board, National Director and past President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA SA), Non-Executive Director of public company MGM Wireless (ASX:MWR), Director of COTA Insurance, the pre-eminent insurer for older Australians, and Board Member of Green Industries SA (formerly Zero Waste).

MD 195X250 Name Matt Draper, Deliver It Group

Deliver It started in 2002—with 1 truck. From its humble beginnings I had no idea we would grow to what we are now in 2019. We are a proud South Australian, Partnering with some of SA's largest companies in their fields. We are proud to be one of the largest specialised transport companies in South Australia. Here in Adelaide we are doing what no one else does. Specialised individual logistic solutions start to finish. We service over 100 account clients in Adelaide with thousands of deliveries each day. It’s a simple yet effective business model. We handle clients logistics, with personal tailored costings, and a one person customer service contact that looks after their account.

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Michael Cameron


The story of Pirate Life begins in the far northeast corner of Aberdeenshire, Scotland in a town by the name of Fraserburgh. A town which for most of the 20th century was famous for The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. All this changed in 2007 when a couple of Fraserburgh locals decided to build a brewery in this small fishing village north of Aberdeen by the name of Brewdog. It was in this cold, rainy and very windy town that Jack, Red and MC found themselves a few years later, Jack and Red brewing in Fraserburgh and MC helping open Brewdog's very first bar in Aberdeen. Amid the Scottish winter, while drinking beers in this newly opened bar, three West Australians began to dream of one day opening their own brewery in Australia. In the three years since opening, Pirate Life has expanded quickly. Our beers launched in every state of Australia and have travel  led beyond our nation's borders to NZ, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK to name a few. Where there were seven tanks in the Hindmarsh warehouse there are now thirty and the packaging hall has expanded to the neighbouring block. The original crew of Jack, Red and MC has become forty strong and is growing fast. We have managed to build a team of dedicated, hardworking people and it’s only going to grow bigger.

NC 195X250 Name Nick Cooper, Partner Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants

Nick Cooper is a Partner of the Adelaide office of Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants.


He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and hold a Bachelor of Laws. He is an Official Liquidator and a Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy.


Nick has worked in the insolvency practice for 20 years. He has acted as an Administrator, Liquidator and Receiver of companies in a diverse range of industries. He has acted on behalf of major banks and in respect of clients of many accounting firms.


In his role as a Liquidator and as a Trustee in Bankruptcy, Nick is often involved in litigation to recover assets for the benefit of creditors.

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Patrice O'Brien, General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement, Beyond Blue


Patrice O’Brien is General Manager of Workplace, Partnerships and Engagement at Beyond Blue, an independent not‐for‐profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.


Leading Beyond Blue’s national Workplace, Partnerships and Engagement Team, Patrice drives activities to promote mentally healthy workplaces Australia wide, guides the establishment of strategic partnerships for Beyond Blue and leads Beyond Blue’s community engagement activities.


Patrice has a qualification in Occupational Therapy and since her early days as a health professional, she has expanded her career taking in a variety of leadership roles encompassing both relationship management and workplace health.


Patrice has a passion for engaging with diverse stakeholders to work towards positive outcomes in community and workplace settings.

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Sam Allert, CEO of Reckon Limited


Sam Allert has always been a passionate advocate of Accounting and Business Management. As such, he has been actively assisting Advisors and Business Owners implement IT strategies to improve their businesses since 1999.

Sam has worked across a myriad of disciplines throughout his career including office management, finance, and sales management. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of the Reckon Accountant Group, and in 2015 his responsibilities expanded as the Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, for both the Accounting and Business Groups.

July 2018 saw Sam appointed to his current role as the CEO of Reckon. His vision in this role is to accelerate the company’s long-term strategy of offering small businesses and the advisor network, with a complete suite of cloud solutions to effectively grow and succeed.

The word ‘Relationship’ defines Sam more than any other. Not as a buzz-word, but as a genuine feature of his identity, which he lives and breathes with his clients and his team every day. Sam uses this underlying passion for Relationships, and his vast experience in the industry, to lead the way in today’s fast-moving world of disruptive, and ever evolving, technology.

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Sheree Sullivan, Chief Executive Udder Delights


Sheree Sullivan is the Chief Executive of Udder Delights Australia and owner of the Udder Delights Cheese Cellar – businesses she was instrumental in establishing over 19 years ago. Under the expert guidance and fearless leadership of Sheree and her husband Saul Sullivan, Udder Delights has grown to become a renowned and respected cheese manufacturing company across Australia, boasting a portfolio of brands, a bevy of awards, and a celebrated cheese cellar door. Udder Delights Australia recently attracted the attention of Japanese dairy heavyweights Meg Milk Snow Brand who invested significantly into the business backing Sheree and Saul’s ability to lead Udder Delights into its next chapter and continuing their entrepreneurial journey.

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Steve Whetton, Deputy Director of the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies


Steve has over 20 years of experience in applied economic and statistical analysis at SACES and with the UK government.  He has worked on a wide range of areas including statistical modelling (such as developing the star ratings model for Job Network providers), health economics (including the burden of disease arising from tobacco, alcohol & methamphetamine, and the social and economic costs and benefits of gambling), labour market economics, energy economics, innovation policy, and the evaluation of government programs.  From 2003 to 2006, Steve worked as an economist for the UK government, first at the Health and Safety Executive managing their evaluation branch, then with the Department of Trade and Industry advising on R&D and Technology policy.  Whilst working at the UK Department of Trade and Industry he was the UK delegate to the OECD’s Innovation and Technology Policy Working Group.

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Tim Hoopmann, Spinm Business Soultions


Experienced founder with a demonstrated history growing small business. Strong entrepreneurship and professionally skilled in Business Planning, Cloud Technology, Sales, Marketing, Retail, and Operations Management. A passion for helping small business use technology as a key enabler to increase productivity and decrease costs.

A volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduced the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

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Vicki Stylianou, IPA Executive General Manager Advocacy & Technical


Vicki is currently head of advocacy and technical at the Institute of Public Accountants. Prior to this, Vicki worked at Federal Treasury, in business tax policy, prudential regulation of the banking sector, financial literacy and in the Office of Best Practice Regulation. She started her career as a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation, working in Australia and overseas. Vicki has been elected to the board of the International Council for Small Business; is a director of fintech start-ups; and is a volunteer lawyer with a community legal centre specialising in animal law. Vicki holds a BJuris, LLB, BA, MBA (international business) and DFP.