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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

Having held senior roles with Eli Lily, AMP and St George, Kamal Sarma knows how your organisation can produce resilient teams and individuals who connect and communicate more effectively. Using his WinWin Conversations programme, Kamal can help your team navigate it’s most challenging, complex and critical conversations and in turn deliver superior results, reducing decision phobia and increasing sales and staff engagement.

David Thomas

David Thomas informs and empowers organisations of all sizes to profit from the mega-business-potential of Brazil, Russia, India and in particular China. As we enter the first half of ‘The Asian Century’, it’s becoming ever clearer that Australia’s prosperity will no longer be tied to our western counterparts, but in the developing nations that David Thomas specialises in understanding. Having managed his own financial services firm in China for over 25 years and as the host of regular business delegations to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, David is perhaps the most knowledgeable consultant and speaker on trade and global financial trends in Australia today.

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 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.

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, 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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