Leadership Speakers

Charles Brass

As the Chairman of the Futures Foundation, the professional association for Australia's practicing futurists, Charles is ideally placed to identify the forces and trends which are shaping Australia's future. He is also an active member of all major international futures organisations. Humanity is in danger of ignoring four great global trends each of which is individually confronting, but whic ...

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Charles Kovess

Charles believes that bringing out the unique and extraordinary capacities of individuals, by accessing and harnessing their passion, is the fundamental key to business success in these changing and challenging times. Charles is a successful businessman, team leader, and public speaker. He uses these extensive and complementary skills in a dynamic and passionate way to facilitate powerful learning ...

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Charles Marcus

Charles Marcus is a successful business leader, entrepreneur and the best-selling author of the highly acclaimed and internationally published book Success Is Not a Spectator Sport: How to Take Action and Achieve More and a contributing author in the prestigious New York Times Best Selling Series of Books titled: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Mastering The Law of Attraction. 7 Essential Ingredients for Living a Prosperous Life and several other motivational and business books.

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Charlie Lynn

Charlie Lynn served in the Australian Army for 21 years. This included tours of duty in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and as an Exchange Officer with the United States Army. More recently he has led adventure treks across the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. He has led celebrity groups, corporate leadership groups and professional sporting teams such as the Sydney Swans. A very passionate Austra ...

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Chester Elton

Called the "Apostle of appreciation" by the Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper, and "creative and refreshing" by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His work has been called a "must read for modern managers," by Larry King of CNN.

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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli is a TV Host, International Speaker, and Guest Author from Brooklyn whose decade-long television career spans MTV to HBO to PBS. Chris is a National Geographic Young Explorer, Eagle Scout, International Speaker (TEDx), and Emcee at the United Nations. He traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand as Host and Executive Producer of the Bridge The Gap, a new TV show (premiering o ...

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Chris Bonington

Chris Bonington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering and has established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker. He uses the superbly illustrated story of his two major expeditions to Everest as a case study that is linked and tailored to the needs of the cli­ent. He has spoken to companies and organisations around the world and was a vi ...

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Chris Helder

Chris Helder is a business communication genius and master storyteller whose presentations have radically transformed how thousands of people worldwide communicate with clients, customers, colleagues, staff and teams. He has been a professional speaker for 16 years and has done over 2,000 presentations around the world.

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Chris Roebuck

Chris Roebuck is a British economist and Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School in London. He has held senior roles at UBS, HSBC, KPMG and London Underground and has advised major global organisations at Board Level on leadership and improving performance. As Global Head of Leadership at UBS, his work helped the bank to win Best Company for Leaders in Europe 2005 ...

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Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon is the head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, an authority created to rebuild communities following Victoria's devastating bushfires of February 2009. Prior to this appointment she was the 19th Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. Nixon was a police officer for over thirty years and prio ...

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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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