26 - 27 July, 2018 | Swissotel Sydney, NSW

Conference Day Two: Friday, 27 July 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks from Chairperson

Kirrilly Pavett, Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone,Schneider Electric

Kirrilly Pavett

Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone
Schneider Electric


Antonino Diaz

Senior International Operations Manager

Operational Excellence must be aligned with strategic goals to be truly successful. This involves not only setting goals, targets and priorities, but also means communicating the vision to employees and ensuring there is a customer benefit. This panel discusses the COO perspective of strategy and how they are transforming their organisations to create effective and sustainable operational excellence.

  • Facilitating a transformational culture shift in leadership that filters down and empowers employees all the way at the front line
  • Discovering the goals, targets and priorities that operational excellence should be achieving by aligning with strategyincluding KPI’s around customer centricity, employee experience, digital transformation, productivity and ROI
  • Discussing the future of Operational Excellence including trends in the workplace, business model changes and how OPEX changes in slower economies


Jason Keir

Chief Operating Officer
Ochre Health


Phillip Haddad

Chief Operating Officer


Ben Ward

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Queensland Building and Construction Commission


Louise Higgins

Chief Operation Financial Officer
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

11:00 am - 11:40 am Innovation & Discipline - An Unlikely but Unstoppable Partnership

Peter Marshall, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President,Monash University
In recent years, Monash University has undertaken a rigorous program of works that has required an exercise of innovation and discipline, in equal measure, to achieve success for the University. In this presentation, Peter Marshall, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice- President will detail the principles underpinning the enterprise wide transformation taking place at one of Australia’s most exciting Universities.

  • Exploring the innovation initiatives that Peter is driving at Monash University
  • Understanding what discipline has looked like and how this relates to OPEX
  • Determining best practice for the

Peter Marshall

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Monash University

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Creating the base for a New Continuous Improvement Model at Phillip Morris International

Jorge Tovar, Continuous Improvement Regional Manager of Latin America,General Electric- Mexico
This session looks at the new model of Continuous Improvement that improves not only the methods and tools understanding, but the mindset, systems and overall transformation. Jorge will discuss his very own methodology and how it can be used in many industries such as manufacturing & services with different complex situations by drawing on his experience of implementation at Phillip Morris International and other companies like GE, Microsoft and Schneider Electric.

  • Understand how to apply the Continuous Improvement Cube using Deming Cycle (PDCA) as a management system instead of a tool
  • Exploring Jorge’s journey in Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement, including lessons learned and best practice
  • Understanding how cultural transformation, mindset shift and empowerment of all employees are capable of achieve significant continuous improvement gains

Jorge Tovar

Continuous Improvement Regional Manager of Latin America
General Electric- Mexico

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch


1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Developing a Culture of Business Excellence at Dexus
Warren Evans, Head of Business Excellence,Dexus
Dexus has been on a journey of change, shifting from a traditional property landlord to a leading Australian innovator.
This session takes you on that journey, describing the business need and the structure and enablers that underpin the process.
Learn about the cultural shift required to take Dexus to a place of continuous improvement, and how the business overcame the challenges faced on the way.
The Business Excellence function has been a catalyst to organisational change and continues to drives value through delivering results, building capability in our people and embedding new ways of working.


Warren Evans

Head of Business Excellence


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: Transforming Culture And Creating Leaders To Drive Top Line Growth Through Cultivating A Customer Centred Mindset
Nikki Alberts, Executive Manager of Implementation and Change,nbn co
Operational Excellence must be focused on the customer to make a successful impact. This session examines how to create top line growth through cultivating a customer centred mindset. This involves not only understanding your customer, but what they value and what they need improved in Operational Excellence.

  • Monitoring your customer: What do they want? Identify trends and patterns through real time data and feedback to be able to create a long term strategy
  • Aligning your employees understanding of the customer and the realistic picture to determine which processes to optimise and prioritise
  • Understand why culture is the most important issue to tackle when attempting to transform

Nikki Alberts

Executive Manager of Implementation and Change
nbn co


1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Driving Transformation through Lean, Innovation and Personal Productivity in Schneider Electric’s Front Office
Kirrilly Pavett, Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone,Schneider Electric
In this session, Kirrilly exemplifies how she is transforming Schneider Electric’s front office to be operationally excellent, using techniques she has been refining over the last 3 years in the organisation. This includes introducing transformational change through Lean, Innovation and Personal Productivity. Leveraging the customer journey mapping to ensure their processes are always based around the customers’ need, and coupling technology enhancements to improving operational excellence. She will also discuss the importance of culture and mindset to help her employees take the leap of faith!

  • Ensuring fit with technology and process- how do you make sure the technology will enhance rather than hinder efficiency?
  • Changing culture in the front office to create a mindset of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Impacting the employee and customer experience positively and consistently with process excellence

Kirrilly Pavett

Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone
Schneider Electric


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: A Customer First Strategy To Enhance VOC
Anna Szabo, Head of Business Development Operations and Strategic Projects,King & Wood Mallesons
This session discusses end to end process efficiency with the customer always in mind as the primary reason for any improvement. There is no growth when we improve processes that the customer doesn’t value. This involves rethinking the way that we view value, redesigning process and recreating the customer journey. In this session, Anna will discuss how she has spent one year truly understanding her clients needs and pain points to be able to improve their processes to ensure that the client benefit is foremost in mind in the organization.

  • Viewing the customer journey (internal and external) through the perspective of the customer
  • Developing the right employee and customer experience through process excellence
  • Lead the culture change in a fast changing product innovation and technology-led environment
  • Understand how to leverage design thinking within an organization

Anna Szabo

Head of Business Development Operations and Strategic Projects
King & Wood Mallesons


1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Booktopia’s Journey To A Delivery Based Operating Model For Increased Customer Satisfaction
Phillip Haddad, Chief Operating Officer,Booktopia
Booktopia is currently undergoing a significant transformation to change their operating model from revolving around getting large volumes of books out to customers, to developing a more customer centric delivery model that focuses on providing customers with choice and convenience, in being able to decide when they want their books delivered. In this session, Phillip discusses the major changes that have had to occur to create this change throught the organization, including the people and technical change to support the transition.

  • Examine Booktopia’s operating model change and the journey they have been on to create it
  • Determine the technology that Booktopia is introducing to support their changing operating model
  • Understand how Operational Excellence is impacted through the transition and how to create a truly efficient model with customers at the heart

Phillip Haddad

Chief Operating Officer


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study: Examining ANZ’s Leading Approach To Process Excellence And Business Transformation To Enable Change and Success
Penelope Barr, Senior Technology Manager,ANZ
Penelope was invited into ANZ to assist with how they change & overcome some key challenges in the organisation. These included changing longstanding culture issues, process inefficiency and ongoing frustration with technology in the frontline. In this session, Penelope discusses her approach to process excellence and technology implementation, which is based on customer understanding and end-user validation to ensure goal attainment. This approach resulted in her team delivering exceptional results; including stabilising technology systems & operating model; including newer technologies such as chatbots and augmented reality to solve internal and external customers’ problems.

  • Determining the key challenges to overcome at ANZ to transform the organisation
  • Highlighting the need for technology implementation that benefits customers
  • Drive experiments with exceptional outcomes

Penelope Barr

Senior Technology Manager

2:40 pm - 3:50 pm Afternoon Tea

Interactive Discussion Groups How will the IDGs run?

  • The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most relevant and interesting to them.
  • Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to select 2 topics and will rotate between their choices every 30 minutes.

Table One

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Employee Buy In And Cultivating Leaders To Change Processes

Table Two

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Transforming Operational Excellence Through IT and Across The Organisation
Victor Quiroz, Head of Implementations and Operations,MAPFRE Australia

Victor Quiroz

Head of Implementations and Operations
MAPFRE Australia

Table Three

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Sustainable Digital Transformation And Future Technology
John Makhoul, Group Head of Process Excellence,Fairfax Media

John Makhoul

Group Head of Process Excellence
Fairfax Media

Table Four

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Basing Operational Excellence on Data and Research
Julia Wright, Director of Automation Transformation,Optus

Julia Wright

Director of Automation Transformation

Table Five

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Transforming Culture To Make An Agile Workforce Ready For Change
Peter Lee, Agile Coach,Boral

Peter Lee

Agile Coach

Table Six

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Communicating Vision Nationally and Internationally
Lyubomir Kuchuk, Head of Innovation and Implementation,DHL Supply Chain

Lyubomir Kuchuk

Head of Innovation and Implementation
DHL Supply Chain

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Closing Remarks From Chairperson

Kirrilly Pavett, Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone,Schneider Electric

Kirrilly Pavett

Head of Operational Excellence Pacific Zone
Schneider Electric

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm End of Day Two