Change Speakers

Catherine Palin-Brinkworth

With an outstanding corporate history in marketing financial products and services, and a strong track record in organisational leadership, Catherine Palin-Brinkworth is a powerful change agent and professional speaker. She knows that everyone wants more of everything now - faster sooner better! How do you do it? Catherine has some powerful answers and solutions, based on her own tough times an ...

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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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Colin Bockman

Melbourne-based, Colin Bockman is an Innovative Business Thinker! He is considered one of Australia's premiere business, inspirational and motivational speakers. He's an achiever who literally started at the bottom. He has progressed from hands-on Manufacturing to Sales Management to National Sales Management, and at the time when he decided to leave the corporate scene in 1984 he was a Marketing ...

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Colin James

Colin is a world class keynote and conference speaker and facilitator, bringing a fresh, challenging approach to topics as diverse as Adaptive Leadership, Managing in Chaos, The Change Game, Influencing Anyone Every Time amongst a host of others. For the past 23 years Colin has worked all over the world as a Speaker, Facilitator and Workshop Leader for some of the world's leading organisations. H ...

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Craig Harper

Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators in the areas of health, high-performance and personal transformation. Craig has been an integral part of the Australian fitness industry since 1982 and in that time has worked as an exercise scientist, corporate speaker, consultant, University lecturer, AFL conditioning coach, radio host, TV presenter, writer and successful business owner. In 1990 Craig established Harper’s Personal Training, which evolved into one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the world and inhabited the Australian fitness landscape for almost a quarter of a century.

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Damien Thomlinson

Ex-Commando, Aspiring Paralympian, Motivational Speaker, Brand Ambassador. Damien Thomlinson became an elite commando at just 24. While serving in Afghanistan, his unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries, and this resulted in both legs being amputated. Damien threw himself into rehabilitation. He taught himself to walk again with prosthetic legs, has parti ...

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Dan Pink

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books– including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages. He lives in Washington, DC ...

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Dannielle Miller

Dannielle Miller, a thought leader and expert in girls' self-esteem and body image, started out her career as a teacher and then quickly became a major innovator in education and student welfare. She was responsible for the curriculum, staffing and quality of learning of the English faculty of a dual-campus high school. Dannielle was named NSW Entrepreneur of the Year and was deemed the country's ...

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David Berman

David Berman has been described as the "David Suzuki of design". He helps local and international audiences align their professional and person values, equips them with strategic skills, and challenges them to apply their professional strengths to help repair the World. David helps organizations get great things done, through the motivation and techniques he provides for applying strategy, design ...

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David Bornstein

Bornstein describes how, with determination and innovation, even a single person can make a positive change in the world. David Bornstein is the author of The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, which chronicles the worldwide growth of the anti-poverty strategy 'micro-credit'. The Price of a Dream drew on ten months of research in villages in Bangladesh. It was selected by the San Fr ...

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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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