IML Conference 2017. Leadership Matters. 7 attributes of very successful leaders – Brisbane



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02/11/2017 - 8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Following the success of our recent ‘7 Skills Of Very Successful Leaders’ program, the Institute is excited to bring you the next Leadership Matters Conference Series ‘7 attributes of very successful leaders’ – in Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane in 2017.


The 7 attributes were identified in our leadership survey earlier this year.

 9:00Session 1: Integrity
 9:45Session 2: Emotional Intelligence
10:30Morning Tea 
11:00Session 3: Ability to Inspire
 11:45Session 4: Authenticity
12:25 Session 5: Self-Awareness
 13:10 Lunch
 14:10Session 6: Respect
 14:55Session 7: Decisiveness
 15:40Afternoon Tea 
 16:05Session 8: Conference Wrap Up: Lessons in Leadership
 16:50Conference Closing Comments
 17:00 Event Close

These attributes will allow us to delve into topics relative to the latest in leadership and management thinking. With up to 10 different speaker perspectives on these leadership attributes, you can take away strategies to implement as soon as you are back in the office and network with local like-minded professionals. The Leadership Matters Conference is a must-attend event.

Group discounts are available so bring your team for greater value!

If you are a Chartered Manager (CMgr), this event has learning outcomes which can contribute to your ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you’re interested in becoming a Chartered Manager, please contact

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Trevor O’Hara FIML volunteer Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd

Trevor O’Hara is currently the volunteer Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd, a national peak body that supports the public to help make a difference in solving and preventing crime and making our nation a safer place. For the last 10.5 years, Trevor has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation. Trevor has been instrumental in delivering change for Crime Stoppers QLD, which has resulted in its thriving activity levels today. Trevor has executive and general management experience having previously worked for organisations like Suncorp Stadium (AEG Ogden), Surfers Paradise Management, the Queensland Police Service and the Conrad Treasury Casino. Trevor is a member of the Scout Association of Australia, QLD Branch and has been for a total of 33 years, 10 years as a Youth Member and 23 years as a Leader with the organisation.

Trevor will open our conference discussing Integrity – do you have a clear understanding of what integrity means in your workplace and how your personal integrity matters?

Andrew Messer CMgr AFIML,  Manager of the Application Services Unit at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)

Andrew Messer is a Software Development manager who studied Business and HR, as well as Information Technology, before moving into finance and accounting in the NFP space. Andrew is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew is currently managing the Application Services Unit at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), with 35 staff in 5 teams. QCAA is revamping its ICT and business processes to move Queensland to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Andrew is passionate about building the leaders of tomorrow, and is a keen mentor with the IML Member Exchange, as well as with the University of Queensland Engineering Faculty Mentoring Program.



Deborah Benhayon MIML, Founder of db Business by Design

Deborah Benhayon is the founder of db Business by Design, a business consultancy and financial management services business tailoring to the needs of Business in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW as well as further afield nationally.

Her unique approach to business both breaks down and brings a simplicity to what at times can appear to be an overwhelming sea of complexity in compliance and business to-do’s.

Deborah has a depth of experience working with a broad spectrum of SME clients through to large national and international companies as well as several organisations in the not-for-profit sector.

Intrinsically Deborah knows the importance of empowering people with tools that assist them to building their business through truly supportive planning and operations. Businesses are supported either in a one-to-one capacity or from start-up through to identifying potential opportunities and supporting further expansion.

Heather Gibson MIML, Managing Director of Pendulum Partnership

Heather’s mission is to inspire others to think differently about leading change and making it happen, even when it feels like walking through treacle. Having founded Pendulum Partnership with a vision for values-based change, she provides a trusted perspective to leaders leading change grounded in real world experience and grassroots engagement.

Heather’s career has been spent in a state of perpetual transformation. During 15 years in the UK, Heather was the original Editor of a start-up business magazine which grew to become an industry standard thought leadership hub, successfully building campaigns in entrepreneurship, generational change and leadership development. She has interviewed leaders and entrepreneurs across generations and co-wrote the academic text, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry. Heather’s story-telling, leadership, facilitation and writing are reflective of an innate ability to grasp the human endeavour behind business growth and innovation.

Leann Webb  FIML, Managing Director of Aurora Marketing

Leann Webb is as a catalyst: she is a person who makes things happen. She’s an innovator, thought leader, successful entrepreneur (she has founded 5 companies) and in 2012 was selected as one of Queensland’s Best and Brightest.

Her strongest suit is in growing businesses and increasing revenue. Her expertise includes communications, marketing, sales, business development, account management and customer service. Leann knows how to think competitively and create differentiations and innovations so that companies are positioned ahead of their rivals.

Leann started Aurora Marketing in 2001, creating a niche in tender and submission management. Since then, she has worked with the ‘who’s who’ of Australian companies on an array of tenders and proposals that have spanned every state of Australia, several other countries and virtually every industry possible. She has worked with blue chip companies including John Holland, Thiess, CPB, McConnell Dowell, Acciona, Downer, MacMahon, Bombardier, Alstom, Transdev, Transfield, Lend Lease, Macquarie, ISS, Aurizon, and the list goes on… Her project experience covers everything from rolling stock and rail tracks, to tunnels, toll roads, roads, bridges, water, schools, hospitals, prisons, defence bases, ports, airports and virtually every type of infrastructure you can imagine.

Paul Mead AFIML, Performance Consultant

Paul is a military veteran, teacher, coach and award-winning leader. Paul is passionate about developing people and seeing them succeed. He invests his time in challenging the status quo in a range of industries and through his own business ventures.

He has a range of unique experiences from his time in the military, teaching students from remote Indigenous communities in Australia, developing sport development programs in Indonesia, working with entrepreneurs and start-ups, and building his own businesses with world leading scientists and business leaders.

Paul provides captivating stories about his time leading a bomb disposal team after the Israel-Hezbollah war of 2005, through to leading a team of engineers driving reconstruction efforts in the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan in 2007. His more recent projects include driving social change through sport and technology, in both Australia and internationally.

Paul relates these experiences to how it has enabled him to achieve success in business and be recognised as the Institute of Managers and Leaders’ Emerging Leader of the Year in 2016. This award has provided him with a platform to share his success and experience with fellow and aspiring leaders.

Tim Wilke FIML, Author of Look Inside: Discovering the secret to leadership success and 100 Tips To Be A Great Leader”

Tim Wilke is a specialist in current leadership thinking and combines this with the latest neuroscientific research on what makes a successful leader. He’s also the author of the #1 best-selling book Look Inside: Discovering the secret to leadership success and 100 Tips To Be A Great Leader”.

Tim draws his expertise from 40 years’ experience in building and leading high-performance workplaces in the health sector. His focus as a leader was always on maximising the capability of a company through its people. He did this by creating an environment where employees
• looked forward in coming to work each day;
• enjoyed working collaboratively with their colleagues and;
• exceeded all expectations.



Ruth Limkin, CEO of The Banyans Health and Wellness

Ruth is passionate about creating healthy societies in every arena of life and leads, speaks, writes and leads drawing from diverse experience in the not-for-profit, government, media and business sectors. Ruth is the CEO of The Banyans Health and Wellness, a private company providing private mental health and addiction recovery retreat for professionals and public figures.

A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Ruth is a Non-Executive Director for Christian Super, Bible Society Australia, SU Qld and Northside Christian College. Ruth is passionate about creating healthy societies in every arena of life and consults to a range of organisations.

Born in Japan, Ruth considers herself highly fortunate to have spent most of her life in Brisbane, one of the world’s greatest cities.


Tim Mander MP, LNP Member for Everton and the Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Shadow Minister for Corrective Services

Tim Mander is the LNP Member for Everton and the Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Shadow Minister for Corrective Services.

From 2013-2015 as Queensland’s Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim instigated major reform, articulated in his “Housing 2020” and “Homelessness to Housing” strategies. Tim also enjoyed a 20-year career as a leading NRL referee, and was awarded International Referee of the year in 2005. He was awarded Queensland Father of the Year in the same year. Immediately prior to being elected as the State Member for Everton, Tim was the CEO of Australia’s fastest growing youth and children’s organisation where he oversaw the massive growth of the nationally acclaimed school chaplaincy program.





Penelope Twemlow FIML
Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland

Penelope is a multi-degree qualified professional with 17 years of leadership and management experience. Penelope’s communication and management skills have been repeatedly sought out by companies involved in high-risk industries including the construction, mining, oil and gas sectors, for projects around the world. In 2015, Penelope was named CEO of Energy Skills Queensland.

Penelope is the Founder and Chair of Women in Power, as well as a number of energy associations focusing on safety and the role of women in the energy industry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award for Social Enterprise and NFP.




Wendy Nixon
General Manager of Shine Lawyers

Wendy began her legal career in 2002 with a national law firm in the UK and in 2008 she immigrated to Australia to join Shine Lawyers. Wendy has a wealth of legal experience in all aspects of personal injury law, including medical negligence claims and she continues to devote her legal expertise to fighting for the rights of everyday Australians.

Wendy is currently studying a Masters degree in health law. In 2016 and 2017, she has been recognised as a leading lawyer by the Doyle’s Guide for her outstanding legal services in medical negligence law.




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