Keynote Speakers

Mike Farrar

Mike Farrar was a Chief Executive in the NHS for over 15 years including running the North West England Strategic Health Authority and being appointed as the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation.

Since leaving the NHS in 2013/14 he has set up a highly successful independent management consultancy with a significant national and international role in the shaping and implementation of policy and change in the fields of health, care, sports and life sciences. His consulting practice specialises in supporting leaders with change management, delivering the benefits of population health, empowering new models of primary care and creating new public private partnerships for technology and digitally based solutions.

Mike was awarded the CBE for his services to the NHS, and subsequently honorary fellowships of both the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Physicians and the University of Central Lancashire. He has recently developed international networks in USA, New Zealand, Russia and Spain aimed at sharing best practice.

Amanda GoreAmanda Gore

For more than 25 years, Amanda Gore has been one of America’s and Australia’s most admired experience creating speakers. She uses the principles of emotional intelligence to transform the spirit of people and cultures by changing perceptions, improving relationships, connecting people, managing change, leadership, innovation, and team dynamics.

Author of five books and several video and audio training programs, Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, a major in psychology, and expertise in ergonomics, stress management, group dynamics, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, and occupational health.

Gina Hawker

Gina Hawker is currently the Health Services Manager for University of Southern Queensland.

Gina has worked in various areas of the health sector in Queensland and New South Wales before commencing practice management in Toowoomba in 2005. She has previously worked for Queensland Rural Medical Education, Queensland Country Practice and ran her own general practice consulting business.

Gina is an Australian Association of Practice Management mentor and a Certified Practice Manager. She has recently applied for her AAPM Fellowship.

Gina holds a Diploma of Practice Management and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Health Leadership at Southern Cross University.

Ita Buttrose

Ita Buttrose AO OBE is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media trailblazer, Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and the former 2013 Australian of the Year.

She was the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Ltd Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community especially in the field of public health education when she spearheaded Australia’s HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.

A founding member and former president of Chief Executive Women, Ita has written 11 very successful books including her best-selling autobiography A Passionate Life.