Speakers

Andy Kahle

Andy Kahle is a bubbly, friendly and energetic person, who attributes her amazing outlook on life to kicking cancer after being told she had an 80% chance of the her aggressive cancer coming back. She proudly stands here today as a 5 year survivor. And yet the was absolutely no way she was going to let her drag racing team paint the little 250km/h Torana pink, choosing to leave it as the unlucky r ...

Ronni Khan

OzHarvest was founded in November 2004 when event’s organiser, Ronni Kahn wanted to make a significant contribution to society. Stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry, she decided to do something about it. ...

Robert Cialdini

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. His books, including Influence, have sold over three-million copies and are the result of decades of peer-reviewed research on why people comply with requests. Influence is a New York Times Bestseller and has been pub ...

Tim Gibson

Born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Tim Gibson has many loves. Drumming, skiing, body surfing, exploring, reading, sharing a smile. But one has been at the forefront of his mind since being a little boy; flying. Getting his solo pilot's licence before he could drive a car, Tim always set his sights on flying for the Australian Defence Force. Born with long-sightedness, this dream, ...

Sam Mutimer

Sam Mutimer is the energetic & enthusiastic leader at Thinktank Social; Australia's most obsessed social media agency. A regular TV, radio, digital & print media spokesperson, Sam is one of Australia's foremost social media speakers. ...

Darren Robertson

Darren Robertson’s extensive experience as a chef seems to outstrip his age. He developed his cooking skills in kitchens around Kent and Sussex, before hitting his stride at Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor, under Chef Mark Raffan. In 2001 he moved to Australia to work with Tetsuya Wakuda, eventually becoming head chef of Tetsuya’s for three years. Darren also assisted Tetsuya at The ...

Eric Maddox

The Interrogator Behind Saddam Hussein's Capture In July of 2003, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was deployed to Baghdad alongside intelligence analysts and fellow interrogators. Their assignment was clear: gather actionable intelligence - leads that could be used to launch raids on High Value Targets within the insurgency. After months of chasing down leads, following hunches and interrogatin ...

Ian Mathieson

Ian believes that, with vision, courage and behaviour to match, we all can empower ourselves and each other to maximize the opportunities around us. His Vision is to enable people to change and grow, and to enable businesses and other organisations to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Business faces increasing pressures to improve performance. Many old paradigms have failed or are fal ...

Stephen Denny

Stephen Denny is a competitive strategy + marketing consultant, helping emerging brands define their competitive positioning, communication strategies and implementation plans in the market. He is the author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry (Portfolio US & Penguin UK). Apart from writing and consulting, Denny is a frequent speaker on competitive strategy a ...

David McCaughan

Dave McCaughan is a bibliosexual. It's not just the name of the marketing consultancy he has started it's a belief that we are all defined by sometimes irrational loyalty to ideas, media and brands. So what he does is break down the most 'mundane', 'daily', or to use marketing parlance 'low interest' subjects and explain why we love them, what is important in ... ...

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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