Human Resources Speakers

Michael McQueen

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

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Michelle Ray

Michelle Ray, is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. She helps people and organizations of every description to take the lead, get out of their comfort zones and develop the willingness to risk. As an in-demand international business conference speaker and trainer, Michelle challenges audiences to take charge of themselves in any work/life situation in order ...

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Mike Conway

Mike Conway has a can do, passionate and often off the wall fun approach to life and his work. He is the former Business leader and strategist for The Wiggles Group of Companies. He is also Director and business leader for Cricketcoach.com, the leading independent provider of cricket learning materials worldwide, a musician and an ageing soccer player. ...

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Mike Robbins

An expert in teamwork, communication, and the power of appreciation, Mike Robbins delivers keynotes, seminars, and coaching programs that empower people and organisations to be more successful. Prior to his speaking and coaching career, Mike played baseball at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals organization. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, ...

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Nic Newling

Nic Newling is a man of fairly limited talents. After dropping out of high school to pursue unemployment, he found his niche as a drama school student for a few months in 2004. He now holds a Master's degree that he recently printed off the internet. Nic is an outspoken advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. Having lived through the personal experience of suffering with a mood disor ...

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Omer Soker

Omer Soker has held senior general management roles with two multinational corporations. In contrast, he has also launched his own businesses in Hong Kong and Australia. He understands both perspectives. Omer has also been a corporate change agent, re-engineering two ailing businesses back to health through tough decisions and a 'succeed at all costs' ambition. Conversely, he has volunteered his ...

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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 Sheahan

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times. Peter has advised leaders from companies as diverse as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Well ...

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Philip Owens

Philip Owens brings together the ‘human dimension' of success behaviours and high performance in business, sport, relationships and life. Globally sought after for his pragmatic, informed and entertaining approach, Philip demonstrates the principles of global leadership success through the human lens of individuals, teams and organisations. He brings his unique world view and experience to ...

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Rasmus Ankersen

Rasmus Ankersen is a bestselling author, a motivational speaker on performance development, and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. He wrote his first book, The DNA of a Winner, at the age of just 22. A year later, he published his second book, Leader DNA, based on field studies of 25 high-profile leaders, including the Secretary of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the C ...

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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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