Leadership Outlook Series: Creating a Safe and Respectful Workplace – Gold Coast



date & time

27/03/2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand has partnered with White Ribbon to present Leadership Outlook 2019: Creating a safe and respectful workplace, a national series of practical and thought-provoking workshops that tackle gendered violence as a workplace issue.

Our Leadership Outlook events will define and identify violence and contributing factors, provide strategies to support staff experiencing violence, and help attendees to learn to mitigate risk. The workshops will also cover bullying, harassment and intimidation and how managers and leaders can support teams affected. During each of our sessions, a panel of local leaders will also share their real-world experiences in creating safe and respectful workplaces.

Each Leadership Outlook session will:

·        Provide a forum for employers to learn about best practice approaches to create a safe and supportive workplace for employees who are experiencing domestic violence, bullying or harassment in or out of the workplace

·        Increase your knowledge and skills in applying a strategic, evidence-based methodology to create a safe and respectful workplace drawn from White Ribbon’s work with organisations on the Workplace Accreditation Program

·        Outline strategies that can be implemented to support staff which minimises risk and promotes a supportive culture within the workplace

·        Provide overview of resources and tools available to assist in creating a safe and respectful workplace

·        Offer a practical case study to work through key learnings from the sessions

We all deserve to feel safe. Join us for an event that will help transform workplaces, leadership and society.

Registrations commence at 5.30pm with canapes and drinks on arrival and networking. The session will start at 6.00pm. 


In partnership with White Ribbon

Ronan Smyth
Executive Manager, Workplaces
White Ribbon Australia

Ronan Smyth is responsible for the strategic management and operational delivery of White Ribbon’s Workplace Accreditation Program. The Workplace Accreditation Program is a world leading violence-prevention initiative focused on providing organisations with the tools and strategies to actively prevent and effectively respond to violence against women.

Before working at White Ribbon, Ronan worked in the UK, managing complex programs that delivered services to disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Within all his roles, Ronan has focused on achieving social change through interventions with individuals and engagement with stakeholders. At White Ribbon, Ronan has led the redesign and development of the Workplace Accreditation Program.



Errol Amerasekera
Director- Bluestone Edge

Errol has over 15 years’ experience working as a consultant, trainer and senior facilitator. He has worked with organisations, schools, NGOs, as well as in international war zones such as Sri-Lanka. He applies his business management experience to sports organisations in Australia and overseas to assist them to manage the complex and competing demands of delivering sustainable high-performance. He is passionate about creating a safer and more just world for all by mediating conflict, coaching ethical leadership, and facilitating transformation in individuals, elite teams and organisations. Errol is a keynote speaker on the connection between leadership, culture and high-performance and the value of a human-centric and relationship focused approach to sustained success.



Di Aiken
Manager, Governance & Assurance, Suncorp Insurance
Di Aiken has over 35 years of experience in the finance, superannuation and insurance industries, currently working for the largest general insurance company in Australia as a Commercial and Consumer Insurance specialist. Di has an outstanding record of achievement in relationship management and execution of operational strategy, specialising in program management, risk assessment and project governance. Di excels at ethical leadership, encouraging a group to “make it happen” while maintaining harmony within the group by making everyone feel included.
Full of zest and enthusiasm, for Di life is an adventure, approaching life with excitement and energy, never doing anything half-heartedly.
Di has been Chairperson of Suncorp Employee Resource Group(ERG)for employees aged 50+, called LIFE-X(for Life eXperiences), since 2017. The LIFE-X ERG has the goal to empower the over 50s to understand the options available, provide them with a voice in a safe environment where members can support each other.
An enthusiastic community supporter, having held the position of Secretary on the Board for Volunteering Gold Coast, a Not for Profit organisation committed to developing, strengthening and connecting the community. As well as having been a dedicated volunteer lifesaver for both Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving and a foundation member of Brisbane Lifesaving Services



Venue Website:

Building G42, Level 4, Room 4.10, Parklands Drive, Southport, Queensland, 4222, Australia