Leadership Speakers

Bruce Hancock

Marathon man, coach, trainer, adventurer, facilitator and actor - that's Bruce Hancock all rolled into one. Bruce has run 12 Marathons and Two Ultra Marathons and is always on the lookout for a challenge. Bruce, a New Zealander, has been actively involved in Performance Psychology, Training and Development, and the Hospitality and Wellness industry for the past 19 years, in New Zealand, Australia ...

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Bud Taylor

Bud Taylor is an author, speaker, and consultant who focuses on organizational transformation as driven by the customer. Bud has more than 30 years of experience working in most major industry sectors with marquee clients such as Microsoft Europe, Whirlpool, Sony Electronics US, Toyota, Cardinal Health, Canadian Pacific, and the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation. Bud has transformed organizatio ...

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Cameron Ling

A tremendous leader both on and off the field, Cameron Ling is synonymous with the Geelong Football Club. Displaying an amazing consistency of form over his 11 year playing career, his defensive pressure, tackling and love of a fierce contest is legendary. Taking over the captaincy in 2010 and continuing this honour in 2011, he captained Geelong to their third premiership in 5 years, kicking the ...

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Candy Tymson

Candy Tymson is a business communications expert with more than twenty-five years experience in public relations and Author of Gender Games: Doing business With the Opposite Sex and Co-Author of the The Australian & NZ Public Relations Manual, the recognised textbook in colleges and universities in both countries. Candy's expertise is communication, gender differences and marketing & promotion. . ...

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Captain David Evans

When things go wrong, most people don’t face being responsible for the fates of several hundred lives. When QANTAS Flight 32 faced the catastrophic destruction of an engine shortly after takeoff from Singapore, causing extensive damage to over 60 other subsystems, Captain David Evans was one of the men charged with the safety of all on board.

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Cas and Jonesy

Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Most recently, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made i ...

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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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Catherine Plano

Catherine is known in her community as an innovative leader and creative entrepreneur who specialises in helping people achieve their goals and dreams. She is passionate about assisting others to reach their highest ambitions and live a life that is fulfilling and rich. She is a strong advocate and a leader by nature. Catherine thinks BIG, encourages possibilities, and honors individual wisdom and strengths, and is valued for helping leaders build stronger and more effective teams that come to think strategically and engage in meaningful conversations that allow for reflection, change and growth.

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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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Chad Hurley

In an era when 'game-changer', status quo disrupter', and 'new standard' are tossed around regularly, there are only a small handful of brands and technologies that serve as the indisputable, iconic personifications of those monikers. YouTube is one such entity. Serving as a website, a brand, and a verb, YouTube is the world's largest and most popular video sharing site and the third most visited ...

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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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