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2019 National Forum

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This years forum will consist of 4 keynote presenters along with 3 separate streams of; Operational Excellence, Reliability/Maintenance & Supply Chain with up to 24 presentations across the board including Safety as part of each stream. 

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Lynne Cazaly - Cognitive Load Coping: The Perfect Conference Kick-Off

We are pleased to have Lynne delivering the opening keynote for us. When it comes to making sense of a lot of information, Lynne is genuinely world class.
She'll ensure attendees are equipped to get the most value from the incredible sessions ahead, by having smart, sharp and savvy ways to think, capture, recall and share our learnings and insights.

Lynne Cazaly

In this world of too much information - including information overload at conferences! - it doesn't take long before we feel the effects of what is known as 'cognitive overload'. The pace of information isn't slowing down, so we'll have to adapt and use a clever capability that will help us think, manage, share and cope with information.

How do you capture, present or share information? Do you write lists using dot points? Or type up slides to share in meetings? Do you use spreadsheets rich in information but poor in context and meaning?

In this session, Lynne will take us through the techniques of cognitive load coping that will help us reap the rewards of all of the sessions ahead of us in the conference. These techniques include: synthesising, chunking, context setting and a host of smart visual mapping tools that put those dot points and messy lists to shame.

It’s a practical session; you’ll need a notepad and pen and then you’ll be able to apply these skills immediately for the rest of the conference… and on your return to the workplace.

She works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their major change and transformation projects.

Lynne is an experienced board director and chair. She is a partner with Thought Leaders Global and on the Faculty of Thought Leaders Business School.

Be inspired by Nicholas Curtis - Global Head of LEAN - Cimpress (Vistaprint)

The Shingo Prize is an award that is admired around the world and Vistaprint have won several of them. We're delighted Nick has agreed to join us and share some of his LEAN journey, industry experiences and Vistaprint developments.

Nicholas CurtisNick Curtis is the Global Leader of Lean at Vistaprint. Nick has been at Vistaprint since August 2016 with the role of applying Lean Principles and Tools to a Mass Customized business model. Having worked in the Automotive Supply Chain Industry for more than 15 years with exposure to the TPS, and other OEM production methodology and techniques, Nick is augmenting those learnings into a non- automotive operating model, that adds value to both the End Customer, the Business Investors, and its Team Members.

Nick started his Lean journey in 2005 by becoming a member of Toyota TEAM in the UK as a supplier to the TMMUK plant, which was a Toyota led development program to teach its suppliers the Toyota Way. Under Nick’s leadership his then employer twice won the European Best A3 (TBP). Nick also commenced on a Six Sigma program, certifying as a Black Belt in 2009. Having developed a passion for improving Process, and People, Nick has continued his Lean and Six Sigma journey for the last 10 years. His most recent learnings and focus has been spent on applying the Toyota Kata methodology globally throughout its global plant network, which has proven the process does not only ensure a deep understand the root causes of experienced problems or challenges the business faces, but to engage with the People at the Process.

Nick has worked on Lean transformation projects across a wide range of processes within various industries located in EU, Asia, North America, and Australia.

Nick holds a Masters Degree from Southampton Solent University.

Tasha Broomhall - Mental Health & Wellbeing

Tasha will share her expertise around Mental Health, an issue that impacts almost 50% of people over a lifetime. If it's not you, it's likely your partner.

Tasha BroomhallTasha Broomhall (Blooming Minds) - Tasha Broomhall is the Director of Blooming Minds and has been providing mental health and wellbeing programs throughout Australia for 17 years. Tasha holds a Principal Master Trainer status from the MHFA Australia program; is completing a Masters of Science Psychology; is undertaking a PhD in Workplace Mental Wellbeing; holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the University of Notre Dame and is the founder and Editor in Chief of Blooming Minds magazine and the author of 2 books including 'Bloom - Mental Health & Wellbeing' and 2 journals to promote personal and organisational mental health.

Workplace mental health and wellbeing is not about simply ticking boxes, it’s about creating positive company cultures to enhance the performance and engagement of your employees. From Governance through to building skills in leaders, there are key strategies that organisations can adopt. Tasha will outline the four key steps and provide delegates with both skills and resources to consider implementing in their organisations.

Tasha’s work has been recognised with the ICCWA Suicide Prevention Award and recently as a finalist in the LiFE Awards for Excellence in Suicide Prevention. 

Steve Simpson - Transforming corporate cultures

Steve will share his truly unique insights into corporate cultures and how to unleash the potential that lies within. 

Steve SimpsonWhether it’s creating a corporate culture to deliver great customer experiences, helping leaders understand their role in shaping the company culture, enabling teams to perform better, equipping people to revel in change initiatives, or getting people to take safety seriously, Steve reveals how his concept of UGRs® – unwritten ground rules – can be used to effect lasting, positive change.

Steve’s insights are not based on theory. In addition to his conference presentations, he has worked in-house with a range of organisations on different continents over an extended period of time. He knows the pitfalls, traps, objections, and issues that emerge when people are challenged to re-think the ‘way we do things around here’. 

Steve is the author of two books including ‘UGRs: Cracking the Corporate Culture Code’. He is the co-author to a further three books, the latest being ‘A Culture Turned'

He has a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta and was invited to undertake an Australian city lecture tour to co-present with Harvard University Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Steve has worked with organisations in countries including Australia and New Zealand, the UK, the US, the UAE, South Africa and various Asian countries. 

Professional Speakers Australia recognised Steve’s achievements by awarding him the prestigious Australian Educator of the Year Award 2015.


Lewis Trigger - International Constraint Innovation Expert, Israel
Cynthia Dearin - International Business Accelerator - NSW
Rodney Brown
 - CCSM Chief Engineer - ASC, WA

Daryl Davis - General Manager - Ductmakers, Vic
Bill Holmes - CEO & Founder - RCA2Go, Vic
Jenny Krasny - OPEX Specialist - CAT, Qld
Jim Glover - Group Manager Continuous Improvement, Visy, Vic
Steve Zanon - Supply Chain Specialist - Proactive Ageing, Vic
Mike Davis - General Manager - Machinemonitor, Qld

Matthew Wragg - Director & Supply Chain specialist - MAEZ, NSW
Anna Reid - GM Manufacturing - Asahi Beverages, Vic
Tim Gray - Supply Chain Specialist - Prophit Systems, NSW
Barry Henson - CEO & human error reduction specialist - Desertfire, Qld
Geoff Manley - GM - Lubrication Engineers, NSW
Brett Perrin - Director Australian Operations - Sealed Air, Vic
Jacquelene Brotherton - Transport Manager - Oxford Cold Storage, Vic
Matt Mafrici - CEO Team Assurance
Andy Kelsall - Owner - Complete LEAN Solutions, Vic
Graham Arvidson - GM Operations & Maintenance - Primero Group, WA
Graham Regan - National Reliability Manager - News Corp, NSW
Troy Krogh - Regional Director - Australia - Scott Automation, NSW
Dare' Petreski - Strategy Development | ex BHP MCoE, QLD
Parth Bommakanti - Master Facilitator, Vative Leadership Centre, Vic
Gareth Brown - General Manager Lean - Graincorp, NSW
Andrew Heinrichs - Environment, Health & Safety Consultant, EY, Vic
Larry Mazza - Continuous Improvement Specialist, Asaleocare, Vic


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Venue and Accommodation:

Bayview Eden Melbourne

Bayview Eden

6 Queens Rd Melbourne, Victoria                    Ph: 03 9250 2222

Discounted accommodation including 1 breakfast has been arranged with the venue. 

Contact Jeff Naylor for details.

Parking is available on-site at a reduced rate of $15 per day. Please register with reception as a conference delegate prior to parking your car.

Bayview Conference Room 


What you get:

3 separate streams of:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Reliability/Maintenance
  • Supply Chain
4 Keynote Speakers
30+ Quality Presenters
Networking Opportunities
Case studies
Discussion Panel

Who is this for:

  • Senior and Middle-Level Managers
  • Production Managers, Engineers, and Supervisors
  • Continuous Improvement and Quality Specialists
  • Reliability & Maintenance
  • HSE Specialists
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Specialists


  • Prices start from $895
  • Discounted member rate within
  • 15% bulk discount for 3 or more
  • 10% early bird discount closes 31 May

Who can I contact for further information:

Jeff Naylor on 0409 535 239

Brian Niven on 0439 612 609

Alain LeBon on 0439 612 620

Sean Lewis on 0466 256 736

Sam Jeffrey on 0438 058 823

Hannah Watts on 0436 449 713