We’re delighted to have an outstanding selection of invited speakers joining us at TPC 2019. More speakers will be announced as planning proceeds!

Keynote Speakers

Brendan Spillane

Brendan Spillane is an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. He works as an Executive Coach with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite as well as community sports.

Brendan began his career as a teacher and then a Principal before working in a state-wide capacity for his educational system. He held several senior roles on state and national executives of his professional associations.

He is currently working with a range of corporate and sporting organisations as well as with education providers, systems and professional associations.

Brendan has delivered keynote addresses at a wide range of conferences in Australia, New Zealand, US and elsewhere. He was an invited presenter to the prestigious International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) held in Wellington NZ in January 2013. He again presented a Keynote Address in ICOT 2015 (Bilbao, Spain) in the area of critical thinking for organisational success. During 2019, his international work will take him to Scandinavia, the UK, Ireland, NZ and elsewhere.

An engaging speaker and presenter, Brendan uses a powerful blend of story, metaphor and humour to create the conditions for a more authentic and insightful dialogue in groups. His professional expertise includes cultural change, establishing feedback systems that work and supporting people to develop the skills to lead crucial conversations effectively. He is passionate about capacity building in individuals and teams, developing leaders to take personal responsibility for their work and also about the key behaviours that underpin the high performance mindset.

A/Prof Craig Hassed

Associate Professor Craig Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts and has collaborated with a number of national and international universities helping them to integrate similar content. He was the founding president of Meditation Australia and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published thirteen books. Craig also featured in the documentary, The Connection and wrote the companion e-book, “The Mindfulness Manual” and co-authored with Richard Chambers the free online Mindfulness course in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn

Penny Terry

Penny Terry loves a good yarn because she knows good stories create lasting change. She spent 10 years as an ABC radio presenter, broadcasting more than 20,000 stories from diverse perspectives. She is the Creative Director of ‘for purpose’ company Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd which she founded with her sister, leading a wide range of projects that support all people to live the best life they can. As a speaker, mentor, trainer and MC Penny champions storytelling, demonstrating its necessity along the path to influence. She takes the fear out of contributing to public conversations as she unpacks authenticity, the science of storytelling and the power of emotion and vulnerability. She’s a Telstra business woman of the year national finalist and is never far from a microphone, whether it’s in the studio, on the stage or with a guitar in hand!

Dr Adam Fraser

Let’s face it, life is getting faster and faster and shows no signs of slowing down. Business is more competitive now than any other time in history. Companies and individuals now more than ever need to out create, out innovate and out market their competition. The result of this is a workforce that is having serious issues around sustaining high performance.

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. While other speakers talk about research, he does the research, partnering with various Universities through Asia Pacific. In fact he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 8 years he has delivered more than 1200 presentations to over 300,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He has worked in many industries and his clients include, CBA, Westpac, Optus, IBM, PWC, Asteron, AON, Tower, Local Government Managers Association, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Queensland Law Society, and the Department of Education.

His topics included the psychology of performance, improvement of productivity, transformational leadership, engagement of teams, work life balance and development of high performing cultures.

He is regularly featured in the media. Having appeared in the Australian Financial Review, CEO magazine, Business Review Weekly (BRW), Fast Thinking, Readers Digest, Human Capitol magazine and Management Today. He has held regular radio spots on ABC 702 and his own slot on Sky Business. He is also regularly on Channel 7’s Sunrise & The Morning Show, Kochie’s Business Builders, Channel 9’s Today show and Mornings, What’s good for you and Close Up in Auckland.

He is married to a woman who is far brighter than he is, two daughters who have him completely wrapped around their finger and a dog Tilly who routinely outwits him.

Workshop Speakers

Lucy Byrne

Lucy Byrne is the Managing Director and the powerhouse of project management company Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd. She is passionate about successful collaboration (rather than competition) to deliver projects that create crucial and lasting change. She is a preventative health professional and an expert in community wide initiatives and will happily share her brain with you. Lucy has spent time as an employee or a consultant for all the big players in town from councils to state government, not for profits, corporates, universities, schools and even a private health insurer. She knows how the game of health works and she knows how to do it differently. Lucy can talk the talk with experience in high level policy development, strategic planning, has presented her research at international conferences, been published in peer reviewed literature and networks with people of influence to secure support for projects. Her favourite thing though is to walk the walk and help her clients form partnerships, write policy, secure funding, design programs, manage those programs, deal with the paperwork (and the headaches) and create great outcomes that she’ll proudly promote till the cows come home. Speaking of which, Lucy grew up on farm and has lived in big cities and small towns; she happily pulls on the work boots, heels, sneakers (even thongs at a stretch) for the park or the boardroom, to visit the neighbourhood house or parliament house and get the job done. Lucy has secured over $3 million dollars’ worth of funding for her projects, she’s graduated from a heap of universities, programs and training courses and won a bucket load of awards for her work.

Claire Malengret

Claire Malengret is the headspace Principal Coaching and Support Service Manager who travels across Queensland working with school leaders, specifically supporting their mental health and wellbeing in order to help them recover and thrive after a critical incident. Claire is a qualified teacher, counsellor and mediator with over 15 years’ experience working in the education sector.

Hieu Nguyen

People describe Hieu as calm, collected, funny and full of energy. He comes from a refugee family, grew up in Western Sydney, and has been in Tasmania for the past 8 years. He is a powerful storyteller and speaks from the heart. As a speaker, mentor, trainer and wellbeing consultant, he is passionate about positive change, and inspiring others to be the greatest versions of themselves. Hieu has a background in Social Work, community development, social policy, research, and clinical therapeutic work. He always had a fascination with human development – particularly the brain-body connection, and has delved into studies around Interpersonal Neurobiology , Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics – to name a few. He specialises in working with trauma and vicarious trauma and is currently spending his time training educators, and capacity building in public schools in Southern Tasmania. He is also an advisor to schools in dealing with ‘pointy end’ complex cases – often involving Trauma, Disability, Abuse, Family Violence, Justice and Child Safety issues.

Hieu and his partner have two beautiful girls, with another baby on the way, a cat named Zen, and a pug named Skye. In their spare time, they are living the dream by the beach, in nature, and travelling the world.