Speakers

Mark C. Thompson

Based in Silicon Valley, Mark is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer - and brings real-time solutions to today's leadership challenges. Mark is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson's network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation ...

Em Rusciano

After belting out tunes in the privacy of her shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for “Australian Idol”, she made the Top Ten finalists during the show’s hugely popular second season, and her star began to ascend. In Idol she showed she had more to offer than solely as a singer, and the media across Australia took note. First cab off the rank was Austereo who snapped her ...

Greg Champion

Greg Champion is a prominent singer songwriter and entertainer, recognised in Australia and abroad for his unique blend of comedy, sport parodies and folk music. Greg has toured nationally & internationally for nearly three decades and his performances have taken him as far as Nashville, New Zealand, France and Fiji. His Australian folk style has led to regular appearances across the nation, as f ...

Rob Carlton

Rob is a market leader in hosting Corporate Events. His range of skills includes hosting debates, 'hypotheticals', think tanks, strategic visioning as well as the usual comedic gala dinners, conferencing and team building days. Whilst studying at the University of Sydney Rob was a champion debater and public speaker. His humour and MC background stems from his work as a professional Theatresports ...

Darren Palmer

A designer, writer and speaker, and known for his stylish and classic interior designs, Darren Palmer is an established and well-regarded member of the design community. Darren has a range of experience, having studied fine art and originally starting his career in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his interior des ...

Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers has extensive experience in delivery of corporate IT, web and e-commerce solutions for organisations such as AMP, GE and Westfield. She is deeply involved with social media and web 2.0 on both business and personal levels. Over the past few years Kate has worked with marketing teams to deliver integrated digital marketing strategies. Her focus is online collaboration, social media, ...

John Sweeney

John Sweeney doesn't just understand Innovation; he has been changing the human behaviour that drives innovation within the biggest businesses in the world for 15 years. Having been trusted by the likes of Microsoft and Target John can guarantee tangible shifts in the mindset of innovation in your organisations. Owner of America's oldest comedy theatre, John has been featured across countl ...

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander sleepwear has grown from a single man operation on a living room table to an internationally recognised sleepwear business and brand name. Peter Alexander started his own business at 24 after working for four years in the retail industry. He decided it was time to be his own boss. With the support of his parents, Peter began making women's pyjamas for the wholesale market, working ...

Paul McGee

Paul McGee is one of the UK's leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith's business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular con ...

Kyle MacDonald

Swapping one red paper clip for a fish shaped pen seems easy enough, right? A fish shaped pen for a doorknob? Simple. But could you 'bigger-and-better' your way to a house in 14 online trades? Kyle MacDonald did just that. Kyle transformed one red paper clip into a ski-doo, a music recording contract, an afternoon with Alice Cooper - yes, that Alice Cooper - and eventually a house in K ...

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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