Words for People Summit

Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Julia Banks

Julia Banks

Julia Banks is an author, columnist and Keynote Speaker who runs her consultancy business and holds non-executive advisory roles. Julia is a former Federal MP and an experienced General Counsel, Chair, Board and Executive Director.

Julia has extensive experience in the corporate and legal sectors. She also served as a Federal Government MP under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and then as an Independent MP.

Current Work:

Julia is a Keynote Speaker and regularly appears in mainstream media - radio and television- and has authored several opinion pieces in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, & The New Daily.  Julia's bestselling book Power Play, Breaking through bias barriers and boys’ clubs was nominated in the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards longlist.

An established thought leader on leadership - Julia's advocacy and commentary focusses on safe and respectful cultures in workplaces, schools, sports and organisations across sectors. Julia's non-executive advisory positions include Special Advisor for Gender Equity Victoria.

Speakers

David Middleton

Chair
VicWater

Frances Anderson

Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor Workplace Relations
& Occupational Safety
Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Anu Villarosa

Director People Experience
Pitcher Partners

Toni Wilson

Director Brand and Communications 
Pitcher Partners

Michal Jozwik

Partner/Executive Director
Pitcher Partners

Tony Matthews

Principal,
InSync

Alice Rugg

Organisational Development Manager
Pitcher Partners

Kelly Crosthwaite

Executive Director, People and Culture, DEECA

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Andrew Jeffers

Managing Director
Wannon Water

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Sarah Cumming

Managing Director
Gippsland Water

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Deb Fankhauser

General Manager - People and Stakeholders, Lower Murray Water

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