Words for People Summit


Keynote Speaker - Julia Banks

Julia Banks

Author, Leadership Consultant, former Federal MP

Julia Banks is an author, leadership consultant, keynote speaker, opinion writer, lawyer and a former federal MP - who runs her own leadership consultancy business. Julia’s expertise is in leadership, workplace culture, diversity and inclusion and governance and risk and issues management.

Julia has served in Australia’s federal parliament as both a government and independent MP and has held senior General Counsel, Executive Director, Company Secretary and Board member roles, as well as several non-executive director and advisory roles in global companies and Australian organisations.

Julia also regularly authors opinion pieces which have been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper and 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



                        MC                                                      Opening Address                                     Sponsor's Address                                    Sponsor's Address

Victor Perton


Matt Wilson

Pitcher Partners

Seamus Scanlon

Senior Partner

Panel Session: Managing Psychosocial Impacts in the Workplace


                   Facilitator                                                   Panellist                                                Panellist                                              Panellist

Sarah Patrick

Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Pitcher Partners

Frances Anderson

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

Rebecca Hanley

Executive General Manager Culture and Governance
Coliban Water

Danielle Nigro​

Principal (Consulting




                  Safe & thriving                                 Driving a culture of change                     Employee value proposition                    Employee value proposition

Andrew Jeffers

Managing Director
Wannon Water

Deb Fankhauser

General Manager - People and Stakeholders, Lower Murray Water

Toni Wilson

Director Brand and Communications 
Pitcher Partners

Anu Villarosa

Director People Experience
Pitcher Partners

Panel Session: Leaders of the Future


              Facilitator                                Panellist                                  Panellist                                  Panellist                                    Panellist

Tony Matthews


Maree Lang

Managing Director
Greater Western Water

Jane Brown

Area Vice President

Sarah Cumming

Managing Director
Gippsland Water

Christine Nixon

Leadership Victoria

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