Facilitation Moderator Speakers

Lyndey Milan

Lyndey Milan is one of Australia's most enthusiastic communicators on food, wine and lifestyle. A lecturer in wine appreciation, cooking demonstrator and hospitality lecturer, her particular field of expertise is in the matching of food and wine. Former food editor of Australian Women's Weekly, and co-host of 'Fresh' with Geoff Jansz, she combines her indepth knowledge of food and wine with insigh ...

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Matt Newell

Matt Newell is a customer experience innovator who works with companies like Shoes of Prey. He is the recent recipient of two major awards ‘Store Design of the Year’ at the World Retail Awards in Paris and ‘Emerging Agency of the Year’. Matt’s keynotes and workshops on retail strategy, innovation, trends, human insights and marketing are interactive, insightful and entertaining. He speaks with a depth of knowledge that empowers his audience to revisit their way of thinking and challenge their current assumptions.

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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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Mike McEvoy

Mike is the Director of Melbourne Playback, and has been working as a facilitator and actor with the company for 9 years. In that time he has delivered over 350 experiential training sessions and performances for a range of organisations across the community, corporate and education sectors. These include Anglicare, EACH, Inner South Community Health, Melbourne Business School, Qantas, NAB, CAE, ...

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Mike Tomalaris

Mike Tomalaris is one of the longest-serving members of the SBS Sports team having worked on many international events such as the 1992 & 1996 European Football Championships and the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He has since developed a love affair with cycling and is now the network's face of the two-wheeled sport. His passion for cycling developed when he was seconded ...

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Nick Bennett

Nick's experience as a multi-media journalist, MC and broadcaster spans 30 years in both the Australian and International market place. He gains the trust of his subjects whose honest revelations often provide extraordinary insights. He's honored to have interviewed George Michael, Angelina Jolie, Robbie Williams, John Mayer, Sir Bob Geldof, Valentino Rossi, Neil Finn and Naomi Campbell. Nick has ...

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Nick Leeson

The collapse of Barings in 1995, and Nick Leeson's role in it, is one of the most spectacular debacles in modern financial history. How could one trader bring down the banking empire that had funded the Napoleonic Wars? Nick Leeson, the young gambler who found himself sucked into a terrifying spiral of loss was a working-class boy who lived high in an upper-class world until his unchecked gamblin ...

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Norman Swan

There simply is no one else in australia who has been across Health more than Dr. Norman Swan. Norman was one of the first medically qualified journalists in the country. Best known for his wide broadcasting experience including the award-winning Health Report for ABC Radio National, Dr Norman Swan also hosted Life Matters for Radio National and more recently Health Dimensions on ABC Television. ...

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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.

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Peter Overton

In January 2009, Overton was appointed presenter of Nine News Sydney. Peter is the face that people turn to for news. He has become one of Nine News' best known and respected presenters for Sydney covering National Nine News, the national news bulletin, the 6pm news on Saturdays and 60 minutes.

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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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