National Conference Highlights Reel

National Conference 2019

The 2019 ARITA National Conference was held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne with over 200 delegates and speakers from both Australia and overseas. The two-day event featured 36 well-respected experts and thought leaders giving presentations and masterclasses on a range of topical issues.

Keynotes & highlights

Michael Hodge, QC, New Chambers - Community Expectations & The Profession
The Royal Commission clearly demonstrated that the business community, and professionals in finance and law in particular, need to have a much stronger focus on meeting community expectations than before. So, what does this mean for a profession like insolvency, with a traditional focus on technical compliance?

Mohsin Meghji, Managing Partner, M-III Partners - Saving Sears
As CRO of Sears Holdings Corporation through its successful Chapter 11 restructure, Mohsin provided insights into his appointment and contribution to Sears' restructure, as well as his thoughts on taking on similar roles in the Australian insolvent trading and safe harbour environment.

David Kelly, Partner, PwC, UK - The Carillion Collapse
In January 2018 Carillion collapsed which triggered a significant headache for the UK Government. Australian ex-pat David Kelly, PwC Partner and Lead Special Manager on Carillion, shared his experience working alongside the Official Receiver from the UK Insolvency Service to deliver the liquidation strategy. David described the circumstances leading to the appointment, the role of the Official Receiver, the challenges the liquidator faced and the wide reaching consequences on the UK public sector and restructuring processes.

Georgie Harman, CEO, Beyond Blue - Financial Distress & Mental Health
Georgie Harman was appointed as CEO of Beyond Blue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. Georgie discussed the impact of financial stress on mental health and wellbeing, the importance of better engaging with people in these situations and tips from Beyond Blue.

Dr John Hewson - Australia's ability to recover from a global economic shock
Dr John Hewson, economist, academic, author, politician, businessperson, media personality, award winner and philanthropist. With a list of experinces and achievements inspire, educate and delight, Dr Hewson spoke to our National Conference delegates about Australia's ability to recover from the global economic shock.

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Conference Dinner & Welcome Reception

We kicked off the 2019 National Conference with our cocktail Welcome Reception on Tuesday 23 July. The QT Rooftop Bar provided the perfect location to view the spectacular Melbourne city skyline while taking in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above.

Our Conference Dinner took place at one of Melbourne's most iconic venues, the luxurious Plaza Ballroom. The dinner, on Wednesday 24 July, followed on from Day 1 of the Conference and during pre-dinner drinks and a three-course meal, guests were entertained by some live entertainment. 

View photos from the Conference, Welcome Reception and Dinner

View the National Conference 2018 details (including the highlights reel video)
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