• Suzanne Waldron

    OUR MC

    Suzanne Waldron, our conference MC is a leadership & behavioural change facilitator. Working with senior leaders across Australia her focus is on solid peer to peer relationships and dynamic leadership. She's an active ambassador for RUOK?, TEDxPerth Curator and Co-founder/director of short doco series Stories Out Loud. A published author and media contributor. Suzanne has been nominated for Western Australian of the Year 2016 and twice 40 under 40. 

  • Samuel Johnson


    Samuel Johnson, Gold Logie winning actor, advocate, and recent winner of Dancing with The Stars, will be joining us to talk about his amazing journey of ‘Purpose’. Seven years ago he pledged Love Your Sister, the charity he co-founded in 2012 with sister Connie, would raise $10 million for cancer research in her name. In August 2019, two years on from Connie's death, this target was met. Samuel’s purpose remains unchanged despite reaching that target and he is currently spending two years travelling the country in his motorhome, town to town, continuing to fundraise and advocate around the issue of personalised medicine for ALL Australian cancer patients. Taking time out from this journey we are delighted to have Samuel share his inspirational story with attendees.https://www.loveyoursister.org/

  • Arihia Bennett

    Arihia Bennett

    Arihia Bennett (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in 2012. Reporting directly to the governance board, Arihia uses a strategic and principled focus to distil their directives into the strategy and purpose that guides the whole organisation and fulfils the intergenerational purpose: mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us. As Chief Executive Officer, Arihia oversees the operations of the entire Te Rūnanga Group, using strong relationship management and stakeholder engagement skills across a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including other iwi, government, local body councils, community agencies and corporate entities. Arihia lives at Tuahiwi in an intergenerational household and is an active participant in her papatipu rūnanga, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Waewae.

  • Dr Rob Macmillan

    Dr Rob Macmillan

    Dr Rob Macmillan is currently a Principal Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. He has 20 years' experience researching aspects of the voluntary and community sectors and brings a breadth of knowledge. His insights will show us the value and power of research in the volunteering space and encourage us to think about how we utilise research into the future. Rob will also be an integral part of the Researchers session on the last day of the Conference which we strongly encourage those involved in research to be part of.