Education Speakers

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.

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Michael Elphick

Michael Elphick is a mediator, facilitator and consultant to independent and Catholic systemic schools as well as individual schools and university colleges. Michael has also worked across a variety of sectors including government, health, aged care, education, corrections, law, and community services. Michael currently teaches in the College of Global Studies Arcadia University, Philadelphia U. ...

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Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and six-time bestselling author.

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Michael Nagel

There has been extensive conversations and interest around changing brains within adults. But what if we could positively influence our children by understanding their development and the links between neuroscience and education? What impact would we see in the future if our youth are understood and powerfully and guided into adulthood? Associate Professor Michael C Nagel is an educator, motiv ...

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Oliver Percovich

Oliver Percovich first skated in an empty pool at the age of six, while growing up in Papua New Guinea. In 1995 he competed in the Mystic Cup, an international skateboarding contest in Prague. He's worked at the Center for Risk and Community Safety on emergency management projects for various Australian government departments. He came to Kabul in February 2007, bringing his skateboards with him. ...

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Peter Navarro

Over the past decade, Peter Navarro has been a keynote speaker on management, finance, global politics and the economy at hundreds of events. His speaking style is unique; it involves a very active engagement of the audience using a state of the art 'audience response system'. Peter Navarro is a business professor at the University of California-Irvine. He is the author of the ground-breaking man ...

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Richard Dreyfuss

From Jaws to Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Mr. Holland's Opus, Oscar-winning Richard Dreyfuss has always been one of our most versatile and charismatic actors. His most rewarding role, however, is the one he serves as an outspoken political and social activist. At the top of his list is the acute need for revitalizing the true meaning of civics and to make it exciting and relevant again, ...

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Robert Brand

Robert Brand has a long history with space and the moon. At the age of 17 he wired up much of the video and communications systems in Sydney Australia that brought the world the Apollo 11 video from the moon. Over many years he has been stationed at the Parkes Radio Telescope for NASA's Voyager encounters with Uranus and Neptune and ESA's Giotto encounter with Halleys Comet. In more recent years h ...

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Robyn Pearce

Back in the late 1980's New Zealander Robyn Pearce, as a solo mother of six and burnt out real estate agent, learnt her time management skills the hard way! Once she'd conquered her own bad habits, people started beating a path to her door for help. As a speaker and author, she has been delighting global audiences with the top level productivity skills she had to learn - or she'd have gone down in ...

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Roger Collins

Dr Roger Collins is Professor Emeritus at the University of NSW and a board member of the Australian Institute of Management (NSW & ACT). He serves on the Board of Directors at Inenco Pty Ltd, a highly successful engineering supply company perhaps better known for its businesses such as CBC Bearings and Bearing Services. Roger served as Foundation Chairman of the Board of Grant Thornton Austral ...

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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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