Exclusives

Penny Burke

Once the director of Australia’s largest advertising agency and responsible for iconic campaigns such as Pro Hart’s ‘Stainmaster Carpet’ and the ‘Not Happy Jan’ campaign, Penny’s vision is indelibly stamped into the DNA of Australian advertising. As the director of her own marketing communications firm, Penny works with multinationals, SMEs and at all levels of Government as an expert consultant and speaker. Her keynotes are compelling, witty and backed up by rigorous research and case studies.

Kamal Sarma

From monk to venture capitalist and keynote speaker Kamal Sarma has transformed leaders and teams globally. Over the last 20 years he has delivered significant results for people and companies with his customised framework and teachings.

David Thomas

In a volatile and uncertain world, only two predictions can be made with any confidence. Firstly, China’s economy will double in size in the next 10 years and, secondly, China’s middle class will double from 300m to at least 600m people by 2030. These two facts alone place China firmly in the driving seat of global growth in the next decade, an opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders which can’t be ignored.

Peter Williams

Recently named one of Australia’s Top Digital Influences, Peter Williams' track record is impressive. The founder of digital services pioneer Deloitte Digital, an adjunct professor at RMIT and Australian chief of Silicon Valley Applied Research startup Centre for the Edge, Williams is clearly at the forefront of digital business - and always has been! Peter’s focus is on digital innovation and helping boards and senior executives navigate today’s rapidly changing digital business environment.

Narelle Hooper

Narelle Hooper is an adviser, author, director and one of Australia’s most respected business commentators and communicators. She was the founding co-chair of the Australian Financial Review-Westpac Women of Influence Awards and editor of the award-winning AFR BOSS Magazine.

Captain David Evans

When things go wrong, most people don’t face being responsible for the fates of several hundred lives. When QANTAS Flight 32 faced the catastrophic destruction of an engine shortly after takeoff from Singapore, causing extensive damage to over 60 other subsystems, Captain David Evans was one of the men charged with the safety of all on board.

Dare Jennings

Even if you've never heard of Dare Jennings, it's unthinkable that any Australian could fail to recognise the cultural legacy of Mambo, the iconic street-and-surfwear company he co-founded in 1984.

With Deus Ex Machina, another international success drawn from cultural intuition, he has proven himself again to be a saavy entrepreneur with a knack for creating memorable and engaging brands.

Dare Jennings is that truly rare breed of speaker who still thrives in the business world of today, a presenter who can help your business stay relevant, powerful and engaged. Hire Dare for your next conference and learn how to lead your own global brand revolution...

Judy and Tim Sharp

If you're looking for the best break through motivational and inspirational speakers for your event look no further than Judy and Tim Sharp. Their perfectly titled book and keynote, A Double Shot of Happiness, has been captivating audiences everywhere.

Tim Sharp is the first person with Autism to have his artwork turned into an animated series and is an international artist and speaker who is best known for his creation Laser Beak Man. Judy and Tim speak together and share their incredible story of adversity, persistence, resilience, triumph, success and inspiration. It is Tim and Judy's powerful past and their bright future that compells audiences everywhere to stand and applaud them. No matter who you are, or what you do, individuals, teams and organisations will walk away from this presentation with memorable messages and a unique experience. A Double Shot of Happiness is available in TEDx format or as a full 45 to 60 keynote.

Matthew Johnstone

Matthew Johnstone was once just like you. A classic high achiever, perfectionist and workaholic. 15 years in the advertising industry brought Matthew to a cross-roads: continue on his unsustainable trajectory or make a radical change to focus on quality of life and wellbeing.

Matthew's new trajectory has made him the go-to speaker and consultant on improving personal and organisational wellbeing. His vast experience from both sides of the corporate divide gives substance to his simple strategies for improving mindsets, lifestyles and wellbeing in a way that can only benefit your business.

Leonard Brody

Are you looking for a business speaker who speaks from current experience, not theory? Someone who has access to some of the best company and consumer research on the globe? Someone who can tie it all together in a compelling and relevant presentation specific to your event? Leonard Brody is one of our most successful speakers.

Future Crunch

Dr Angus Hervey and Tané Hunter are the dynamic duo better known as Future Crunch. They deliver mind blowing presentations that shift perceptions and inspire people to think of new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century.

Andrea Slattery

Andrea, a visionary thinker in financial services and superannuation, offers compelling insights into corporate strategies, leadership and cross industry transformation. In conjunction with her Board appointments and involvement in innovation, technology and human resources, she focuses on how businesses can most effectively engage with their customers and clients via multi-channel and new age service models.

Starting her career in accounting and academia, for the past 14 years, as Founder, Managing Director and CEO of the SMSF Association, Andrea has built a national and international reputation as a prime mover in building Australia’s superannuation and retirement income systems to be the third best in the world.

She is recognised as a thought leader in Australia’s Superannuation and Finance Service sectors and is the face and voice of SMSF. Andrea is significantly involved in the Finance and SMSF sectors, building integrity, best practice standards for advice, education, and advocacy through her participation in and membership of a range of advisory committees to Government, Treasury and the Regulators.Andrea was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ – Money Management | Super Review, Australian Women in Financial Services Awards 2014.

As the face of the SMSF Industry she has a significant experience speaking to CEOs and industry leaders and is a commanding on-stage presence.

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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