Professor Michelle Tuckey

‘Co-designing our new normal’
We have emerged from the pandemic with a renewed focus on the work environment and employee wellbeing. Faced with unprecedented disruption and a desire for healthier workplaces, scholars and practioners are looking for positive ways to design and embed change. Drawing on several years of intervention research and evaluation, Prof Michelle Tuckey will demonstrate the methodology and value of positive participatory organisational interventions; and explore how such co-design directly builds the individual, group, leader, and organisational level resources necessary to flourish in our new normal.

Michelle’s program of research broadly examines the connection between work and well-being in order to design and cultivate mentally healthy workplace environments. Her most significant contribution has been advancing the risk management of workplace bullying as a health and safety hazard, in theory and in practice. Michelle regularly applies her research to support organisations to transform working practices, processes, and policies for better psychological health and reduced bullying risk through positive organisational interventions. In addition to fostering more respectful and supportive work environments for thousands of employees, she is contributing to the body of knowledge on occupational health interventions through this work. Michelle has over 100 significant research publications and her work has had significant national policy impact through expert consultation, advice, and reports. A recent example is supporting the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (2021). Michelle is currently Associate Editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and on the Editorial Boards for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and International Journal of Stress Management.

Adjunct Associate Professor David Pich

‘Flex is not the new flex: Why Time is now everything in the workplace’

Forget workplace wellness, wellbeing, perks & inducements and positivity, what employees really want is a decent chunk of their time (and their life!) back. The rest is fluff and management psycho-babble. The Covid-19 pandemic proved that, in the workplace of the future, time is the main game. Companies that realise this will thrive, those that don’t won’t.


As the author of two bestselling books on leadership – Leadership Matters. 7 skills of very successful leaders and Leading Well. 7 attributes of very successful leaders – David is passionate about improving leadership practice and sees a clear, irrefutable link between better leaders and better workplaces.


Whilst he was the Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) for six years, David advocated for sound leadership, and he remains a much sought after local and international speaker on leadership and corporate culture. At IML, David successfully introduced the much talked about and (almost) always misunderstood 4-Day Week.


Prior to IML ANZ, David spent 15 years in a variety of human resources, fundraising, marketing and communications roles at Hewlett-Packard, Cadbury Schweppes, CanTeen and the St George Medical Research Foundation.


Now a strategy, leadership and culture consultant and advisor, David works with businesses to vision, create and embed Better Workplaces. And with leaders to simply be better!


David serves as a Director of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australia and New Zealand, the President of the Bulimba State School P&C, the Company Secretary of Queensland Sporting Club.


In his spare time David runs… and runs and runs. Having completed 48 full marathons, he is aiming to break the elusive 3-hour barrier in Melbourne 2023. He has of course said this before … 48 times!