Conference Program

Developed and delivered by practitioners for practitioners, this specialist program focuses on relevant, day-to-day topics in small to medium practices combining highly relevant presentations, panel discussions and workshop-style sessions, including:

  • KEYNOTE/INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Become a productivity ninja – Matt Cowdroy, Productivity Ninja, Think Productive will share nine ‘Productivity Ninja’ characteristics you need to be your most efficient self at work in the face of information overload.
  • Developing your perfect pitch – learn how to deliver an effective pitch which overcomes any potential negative perceptions and triggers referrals in the face of increasing competition – Nathan Williams, Founder & Managing Director, Customer Return
  • Securing your biggest asset – Franziska Iseli, award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author and the co-founder of Basic Bananas will discuss how to attract high-performing, loyal and engaged team members and share the surprising facts to increase your team’s happiness and value
  • Surviving a practice review – how to get the most out of the process when a regulator comes knocking – Steven Barnett, Director, Insolvency Practitioner Support Services
  • Preparing remuneration reports for court review – top tips on creating defenceable reports – Danielle Funston, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Anecdotes and alternatives for dealing with vexatious stakeholders – panel discussion including Narelle Ferrier, Technical & Standards Director, ARITA; Michael Jones, Managing Principal, Jones Partners; and Ross McClymont, Partner, Ashurst & ARITA Deputy President
  • Legal case update – panel discussion led by ARITA Legal Director, Mark Wellard
  • Dealing with zombie companies – Andrew Bowcher, Partner, RSM. Practical
  • ARITA Code of Professional Practice – what’s new in the impending 4th edition – Kim Arnold, Policy & Education Director, ARITA
  • The year ahead for the profession, including an open Q&A with the ARITA Specialists – chaired by John Winter, CEO, ARITA, with the ARITA Specialist team 
  • International insights: Insolvency in Vanuatu – John Stephens Tougon, Legal Manager, Vanuatu Financial Services Commission

CPD/CLE: 9 points

Networking events include a beachfront Welcome Reception (Wednesday 3 May) with stunning ocean views, light canapes and drinks. Our Conference Dinner (Thursday 4 May) will also take place outdoors at Coco Palms at The Westin Resort. Partner tickets are available.

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Find out more about rates to attend

The Conference rate includes attendance at both days of the Conference, plus tickets to the networking events.
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