ANZAM Conference | Keynotes
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Chris Brewster

Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He was successively a steeplejack, a union official, an official in the Ministry of Labour, a personnel manager in the construction and aviation industries, a journalist and consultant. During that time, he obtained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic. He researches in the field of international and comparative HRM. Chris is a frequent international conference speaker and has worked in universities around the world. He has written or edited more than thirty books, including, recently, the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management; International Mobility; Managing Performance Abroad: a new model for understanding expatriate adjustment; and Varieties of HRM: A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Context and Firm. He has also published more than a hundred book chapters and well over 200 articles in refereed journals. In 2002 Chris was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management; and in 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.


Chris will address the Conference theme by discussing wicked problems (and proposed wicked solutions) in management research. Specifically, Chris will draw on current debates and practices in management to argue that the trajectory of management research is taking us in the wrong direction; we need a fundamental rethink of what we are doing and who we are doing it for.

Helen Sullivan

Professor Helen Sullivan is a public policy scholar whose work has shaped understanding of the changing nature of state-society relationships and its implications for public governance, policy and practice. As Director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, she heads Asia-Pacific’s leading public policy school. Helen’s work focuses on boundaries in public policy and the ways these are constructed, contested and crossed in contemporary contexts. She is widely published, the author or editorof six books and numerous academic articles and policy reports. Her award winning scholarship includes the IRSPM Kooiman award in 2008 , while her contribution to teaching is acknowledged by her fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Helen’s career is shaped by a commitment to bridging the gap between academia and practice. In 2013 she founded the Melbourne School of Government, a cross-university, multi-disciplinary, externally orientated institution focused on impact. In 2015 she led the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Trawalla Foundation to increase the representation of women in politics.  In 2017 Helen was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in recognition of her contribution to public policy and administration. Helen appears regularly in print, broadcast and online media commenting on contemporary public policy issues.  She is the Editorial Advisor to the Australian Journal of Public Administration, on the editorial boards ofCritical Policy Studies,and Public Administration Review, and an elected member of Institute of Public Administration Australia Australian Capital Territory Council.


Helen will address the Conference theme by discussing collaborative futures in complex times. She will draw upon her own extensive experience and research in the context of collaborations in times when wicked problems abound.



In breaking with recent ANZAM Conference tradition, we will not have a third individual keynote, but instead we will have a plenary panel session with leaders from industry and community in the Cairns region. The theme of the panel session is ‘Wicked Problems in Management Practice: A Practitioner Panel.’ The below five practitioners from a range of industries will debate the wicked problems they face in their own day-to-day management practice, and outline their ideas for how management research can help address these problems.

Charmaine Saunders – Managing Director, Mainie


Charmaine Saunders is the co-founder of Mainie Australia, a Cairns-based, Aboriginal- owned, Australian company with a vision to be recognised internationally as a distinctively Australian fashion and gift brand.

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CR Brett Moller – Divisional Councillor, Cairns Regional Council


Brett Moller was the elected candidate for Division 1 at the 2016 local government election. He is a respected lawyer and his passion is rural and regional towns and cities rejuvenation and revitalisation, and improving the liveability of Cairns wherever residents choose to live, work and play.

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Jodie Duignan-George – Associate Vice-Chancellor, CQUniversity & Vice President, Cairns Chamber of Commerce


Jodie Duignan-George is the Associate Vice-Chancellor, Cairns and Far North Region for CQUniversity. She is an active member of her community, serving – amongst others – as Vice President of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.

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Fred White – Managing Director & CEO, SEA SWIFT


Fred White is the Managing Director and CEO of Sea Swift, Australia’s largest privately owned shipping company, which operates in Northern Australia and services remote and regional communities there.

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David Kempton – Chair, Regional Development Australia FNQ&TS


David Kempton is a busy legal practitioner in Cairns and for the past 12 months has chaired the Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc, whose vision is to grow a strong and confident regional economy underpinned by appropriate infrastructure to seize competitive advantage and attract investment for the region.

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