Celebrity Speakers

Ben Dark

From an early age, Ben Dark had an affinity with the bush. Born on a dam bank in 1972, he spent the first 11 years of his life on his parents' property in Stanthorpe, south-east Queensland. In 1984 Ben was sent to a boarding school. He then spent his time roving around the Queensland outback on horses and motorbikes, through shearing sheds and stock camps, where he mustered cattle and saddled hors ...

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Ben Elton

Ben Elton is a hugely successful and influential stand-up comedian, scriptwriter, playwright, librettist and novelist whose work includes some of the funniest and most successful comedy of our time.

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Ben Fordham

Fordham is the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Award double. His achievements were recognised on Australia Day 1998 with a Young Citizen of the Year award. At the Nine Network, Ben Fordham has broken countless stories, both in Australia and overseas. Fordham's standing as a corporate MC and media training facilitator was also boosted by recently being named the youngest ever 60 minut ...

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Ben Hewett

Ben Hewett kicked off his TV career as the energetic and entertaining Host of Override and The Big Breakfast on the Seven Network. He then moved from morning Television to afternoons to Host The Big Arvo for four years. Ben says that his favourite part of the show was a segment called 'Celebrity Make Me A Sandwich' where the celebrity he was interviewing made him a sandwich! Ben has appeared in n ...

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Ben O'Donoghue

For chef and television presenter Ben O'Donoghue, cooking is a passion and a reflex, it's something he's done since childhood and it never ceases to give him pleasure or stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive, technically and culturally correct. ...

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Bernard Baumohl

Bernard Baumohl is chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monito ...

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Bettina Arndt

An experienced speaker known for her entertaining, compassionate, sexy, funny keynote speeches, now filled with wonderful new material to provide a welcome contrast to the troubled times we are experiencing. ...

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Bianca Dye

From the big-top circus to the Australian airwaves, newspaper columns, red carpets and the small screen, Bianca Dye has added a special electricity to the media entertainment industry in Australia. Gorgeous, witty and a little bit naughty, Bianca won the No.1 spot with her radio show on NOVA 96.9FM - beating her idol John Laws. While presenting on NOVA, Bianca became the only female radio prese ...

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Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. President Clinton's core values of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America. After leaving the White House, ...

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Bill Cosby

He is one of the most recognizable faces and accomplished performers in the entertainment industry's storied history. Whether it is has been his comedy, television shows and productions, stage performances or any other medium Cosby has chosen to work in, he has been nothing but a smashing success. Bill Cosby represents the voice of a vast, ordinary world. He gives the twist of the ridiculous to ev ...

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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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