Spotlight on ARITA National Conference speakers


If you’ve been thinking about registering for this year’s National Conference taking place at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne (24-25 July 2019), now is the time.

With an impressive line-up of speakers across the 2-day conference, registrations are selling fast.

Daniel Oakes, Senior Reporter, ABC News

ABC investigative reporter Daniel Oakes shares the inside story of how he and his team uncovered and broke the story of one of Australia’s allegedly most significant phoenix operators, Philip Whiteman.

Daniel will explain the arduous process of assembling the story and give insights into the critical role investigative journalists play in shining a light on this behaviour. Given the recent AFP raid on ABC headquarters, Daniel is sure to give a thought-provoking perspective on the importance of maintaining a free press and allowing investigative journalists to do their jobs without undue scrutiny.

Mohsin Meghji, Managing Partner, M-III Partners

As CRO of Sears Holdings Corporation through its successful Chapter 11 restructure, Mohsin will provide 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 harbor environment.

David Kelly, Partner, PwC UK

In January 2018 Carillion collapsed with debts of £1.5bn and 270 UK public sector contracts triggering a significant headache for the UK Government. Australian ex-pat David Kelly, PwC partner and lead special manager on Carillion, will share his experience working alongside the Official Receiver from the UK Insolvency Service to deliver the liquidation strategy.

David will describe 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.

Our comprehensive program also features:

  • Michael Hodge, QC, New Chambers: Community expectations and the profession
  • Georgie Harmon, CEO, Beyond Blue: Financial distress and mental health
  • Dr John Hewson: Australia’s ability to recover from a global economic shock
  • PLUS: choose from our 6 expertly curated masterclasses