After Dinner Speakers

Catherine Lim

Catherine Lim is a writer in Singapore. She has published nine collections of short stories, seven novels and a book of poems. Two of her short story collections were used as literature texts for the G.C.E. Examinations conducted by Cambridge University, and her novels are regularly used in universities and colleges. They have been published in many countries, including U.S.A., U.K. France, Germa ...

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Cathy Burke

Cathy Burke is a leader at the cutting edge of a social and economic transformation taking place on our planet. She has been the CEO for The Hunger Project Australia for 11 years. The Hunger Project is the largest grass roots movement in the world working to eradicate hunger. As much at home and adored by her partners in the most influential boadrooms around the globe as the villages of Africa ...

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Charley Boorman

Charley Boorman is an English actor and adventurer from Wimbledon, London. He took time off from movie work for various motorcycling adventures. Charley, along with long time friend Ewen McGregor embarked on a journey taking part in Long Way Down, a trip from John o' Groats in Scotland, to Cape Town, South Africa. This was first televised on BBC2. During this initial programme, it became public ...

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Chester Williams

Chester Williams is perhaps the most popular of all the Springboks, winning fans on the field with his high work rate and off the field through his work in development rugby. He has become an inspiration to rugby players in the under-privileged areas of South Africa. Quiet and modest by nature, Williams is an ideal role model. He was a key player in South Africa's campaign to capture the 2001 Rug ...

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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli is a TV Host, International Speaker, and Guest Author from Brooklyn whose decade-long television career spans MTV to HBO to PBS. Chris is a National Geographic Young Explorer, Eagle Scout, International Speaker (TEDx), and Emcee at the United Nations. He traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand as Host and Executive Producer of the Bridge The Gap, a new TV show (premiering o ...

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Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organization. Gardner is the author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie “The Pursuit of Happynessâ ...

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Chris Handy

The affable Chris Handy belies the reputation that he developed on the rugby field. As a barrel-chested prop forward 'Buddha' Handy created mayhem on the rugby fields around the world with his uncompromising and rugged play. A former Gregory Terrace student in Brisbane, Handy graduated through the Queensland Rugby Union when the now famous maroon jersey was beginning to earn respect. He played so ...

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Chris Masters

Chris Masters retains the record of the longest serving reporter on Australia's longest running public affairs television program, Four Corners. Between 1983 and 2008 he made over 100 reports for the national broadcasters flagship program, many of them well remembered and some of them nation shaping. The Big League in 1983 triggered the Street Royal Commission and reforms to judicial accountabilit ...

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Chris Patten

Lord Patten was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in April 1992, a position he held until 1997, over seeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He was Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement, which reported in 1999. A powerful keynote speaker, Lord Patten draws on years of experience in current affairs, politics, economics a ...

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Chris Rewell

Chris is Australia's leading image professional and has been voted "Sydney's No. 1 Image Consultant. She features regularly in the media as an industry pioneer and continues to research, train, and apply her knowledge. Chris speaks on pathways to, and the power of professional and personal image management. She delivers a potentially sensitive subject with a touch of humour, diplomacy and compass ...

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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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