Collaborating for Success. Learn how to use collaboration to drive revenue and profitability as we navigate the new normal. COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. Now more than ever building and leveraging our connections is key to achieving successful outcomes for clients, our practices and business. Join us for this exciting day jam-packed with stimulating speakers and strategies to inspire you and open your mind to the power of collaboration. Hear clients’ perspectives first-hand as well as colleagues and industry experts as we share ideas and examples on how collaboration has and will be key to success in the new normal. Give yourself the edge as a consultant or a client. Leverage your colleagues and expert session leaders and learn from client panelists. Invest in your professional development. Friday 15 October 2021 at 9:00 AM AEST (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)

Key take outs from the symposium include:

  How to work together to invigorate the economy

  Current challenges and opportunities for management consultants

  How to set a solid collaborative foundation

  Key pathways for engaging and collaborating with others

  Innovative collaborative models that break the mould!

Session themes include:

  Current landscape for management consulting services in Australia

  The Essence of Effective client-consultant collaboration

  Capabilities for successful and sustainable collaboration

  Collaboration and effective consulting through COVID and other challenges

Warwick Merry CSP, CVP: Event Host
Australia’s Leading Online Event Host
He is back by popular demand! After wowing the audience MC'ing last year's Symposium, we have been lucky enough to get Warwick Merry back to MC this year's event.  With years of hosting events, using technology for events and being surrounded by event professionals, Warwick will again wow and entertain us. He knows what it takes for an event to be a success. Add that technology and he takes your event online. It's more intimate, more effective, healthier and has a better ROI/ROE/ROO. With background in IT, Radio, Theatre, Events, Podcasting and Acting, he is ideally positioned as an Online Host, Presenter and Facilitator,

Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO MAIPM CPPD MIMC: Key-Note Address: The Current Landscape for Management Consulting Services
Managing Director | Sagire Consulting
Dr Phil Kowalick is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders in law enforcement, intelligence, and national security. He was a serving police officer in the Australian Federal Police for over 34 years retiring at Commander level. Phil played a key role in many of Australia’s most important law enforcement programs and initiatives. He established multi agency intelligence capabilities in Australia’s major airports; designed arrangements to set and manage Australia’s counter terrorism priorities in the Counter Terrorism Control Centre; and was instrumental in developing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model.
Phil is a critical thinker; he has extensive experience in management consulting with a focus on strategy, strategic design and harnesses his skills to help clients achieve benefits within intricate systems. He solves complex problems in law enforcement, intelligence and national security and was engaged as a consultant to develop the strategic organisational design of the Australian Border Force.

Anne-Maree Coyne BA LLB MIMC: Capabilities for effective and successful collaboration
Senior Consultant | Modus Management
Anne-Maree Coyne is a senior consultant with specialist management consultancy, Modus Management where she focuses on strategy execution. She assists businesses to excel, grow and prepare for exit or succession by maximising their operational competence and aligning operations to their strategic goals. She has a background as a successful lawyer and partner in a large, regional law practice as well as extensive experience at top-tier law firm, Allens Linklaters where she worked as a senior change and project manager. She has assisted a diverse range of businesses and has a reputation for being level-headed, practical and results-driven.

Steve Turner B Bus MIMC CMC CAHRI: Capabilities for effective and successful collaboration
Director | People and Performance Consulting Pty Ltd

Steve is a highly experienced management consultant with a passion for aligning and developing people, roles, and processes to improve business outcomes. He draws on over 30 years management and consulting experience applying high level systems thinking, change facilitation, and negotiation and relationship building skills to his work. Steve has successfully undertaken major organisational reviews including the realignment of functions and capability in a range of large and small organisations across government, not-for-profit, and higher education sectors.

He has significant experience in business and workforce planning, HR Strategy, and in developing performance management and governance processes and practices. Steve is also a highly respected leadership coach.

Steve Ibbotson MBA FIMC CMC: Setting a solid collaborative foundation - an international perspective
Director | SIPOC6
Steve has been consulting for 20+ years and has been a member of IMC since 2005. Steve is passionate about development the profession and assisting up and coming management consultants to become successful in their own right and regularly co-assesses candidates applying for CMC status with IMC. Steve specialises in Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology and process management. His focus when implementing Lean Six Sigma is to impart knowledge to others whilst guiding them through the various stages of an implementation to ensure success. Steve has been heavily involved in the Defence Strategic Reform Program (SRP) and the Cost-Conscious Continuous Improvement Program (CCCIP) since 2008 and continues to work across Navy, Army and Air Force in strategic reform activities. Steve is President of the South Australia & Northern Territory IMC Chapter and is a Board member of Federal Council.

Nina Fountain: Creating engaging collaborative online experiences
Founder and Workplace Strategist | Transformed Teams
Nina Fountain’s management consulting agency Transformed Teams works with visionary leaders with responsibility for 250 people or more, to create workplaces that inspire their people to do their best work. She achieves this through transformational workplace strategy and human-centred design. At its heart, this means working with leadership teams and functional areas to align ways of working and workspace design. 
Nina has been at the cutting edge of the emergence of remote and flexible workplaces since 2011, when she led the Australian Government’s strategy and implementation team delivering the Government’s ‘Telework’ Initiative. Nina is based in Wellington, New Zealand and consults to organisations in Australia and across New Zealand.

John Burkett: Collaboration that breaks the mould
CEO | Advicepoint & Non-Executive Chairman | Appenate
John Burkett is a principal of Advicepoint Business Consulting. By academic training he has a degree in Psychology. His commercial background is in Sales and Marketing in the IT industry. In 1991 he set up a business in the UK which grew into a successful public company group, eventually this business was sold to a large USA based IT company. Developing this business, and going through all the ups and downs that a business owner experiences, led him to understand how it’s necessary to make the transition from ‘start up entrepreneur’ to ‘business manager’ as a business grows and develops. To help him deal with this he did two key things, firstly he put in place an Advisory Board that later went on to form the main company Board, he believe that doing this was a key element of the success of the business. Secondly, he put himself though an MBA with one of the leading business schools in the UK, so he has both real life experience as well as the business theory behind him! As part of his MBA he did specialisations in Business Strategy, Business Finance and Creativity & Innovation.

Dr Alan Blackman MIMC CMC-AF EmeritusCollaboration by Sharing IP to Create New IP
Now retired, Alan was, until the end of 2018, an Associate Professor and Director of Griffith Business School’s Work Integrated Learning programme. Shortly after he took up a two-year economic development role within local government. 
Alan has more than forty years of experience in the military, frontline healthcare, business management, consulting, research, and tertiary education and is recognised as an expert in the formulation and implementation of corporate and functional strategies in business planning and the development of industry and business performance benchmarks in a wide array of industries.
In 2014, Alan was made an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and was recently appointed as IMC Australia’s delegate to that body. He is writing a text on professional consulting for the IMC, which he hopes to have published in 2022.

Dianne Semmens B Com MIMCPanel discussion - The essence of effective client-consultant collaboration
Managing Director | Acacia Consulting Pty Ltd
As a small business owner Dianne is driven to help her fellow business owners develop the most efficient, successful and rewarding businesses that they can. She has a deep curiosity into how businesses work, and how they can be improved. She feels privileged every time that a business owner takes her into their confidence to explain their challenges and their aspirations. Frequently the solution to these problems is the implementation of IT systems, and Dianne has a range from which she can draw. Acacia has supported over 500 businesses in the last 30+ years, in the manufacturing, services, import and distribution and education sectors. It is a testament to their ethos that they recently won a National Customer Service Excellence award.

Paul McMahonPathways to engagement and collaboration – ‘ServeGate: a Model for Collaboration for Mutual Success’
Head Strategy Implementation | ServeGate

Paul McMahon has extensive experience in Defence and industry across a wide range of roles and activities. A retired Royal Australian Air Force Navigator and Air Combat Officer, Paul gained experience in operations, training, flight test and transitioning new capabilities into service. Paul was actively engaged in capability definition and development, research and development, integration and interoperability and electronic warfare as a Reserve RAAF Officer, a Director-level member of the Australian Public Service and as a consultant and contractor. With 28 years in the Australian Defence Force/Defence Public Service and 17 years in Defence and security industries, Paul has had leadership roles in program and project management, operations management and business development as well as Managing Director experience. Paul has worked in small Australian companies through to large multi-national corporations, developing a wealth of government and private sector experience and a unique perspective that he utilises in his ServeGate Strategy Implementation role.

Melissa AndersonPanel discussion - The essence of effective client-consultant collaboration
Director | Entrepreneurs’ Programme
Melissa is a Director with the federal government's Entrepreneur's Programme and has an extensive background as a founder, Director and CEO in the small and medium sized enterprise sector in Australia and China.  Melissa provides ongoing advice to the federal government on the Australian SME sector, business growth, innovation, cyber and digital technologies and oversees a portfolio of more than 2000 SME Entrepreneurs' Programme clients per annum.

Eric McAdamSetting a solid collaborative foundation - an international perspective
VP | Deltek Global Consulting
Eric is based in Edinburgh, UK, and is currently VP of Deltek Global Consulting leading the consulting teams for the Maconomy and Workbook solutions across the varying Deltek vertical markets (Consulting Engineering, Accounting, Legal, Agencies). Eric previously spent many years providing consulting services and software based solutions to Telecommunications and Oil & Gas sectors.

Sharon BaileyPanel discussion - The essence of effective client-consultant collaboration
Deputy-Director General | Queensland Government Procurement | Department of Energy and Public Works
Sharon is currently the Deputy Director-General, Queensland Government Procurement, Department of Energy and Public Works and is responsible for the whole of government Procurement Policy Framework and associated functions such as data, analytics, capability development and compliance.  In addition, Sharon has responsibility for the category management of General Goods and Services and management of the Government fleet.  Sharon re-joined the Queensland Government in April 2019 after spending 7 years with the Australian Government undertaking corporate and policy roles within the Department of Social Services.  This followed numerous roles across the Queensland Government, including the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Public Works and Families and Communities.

Matthew Barry: Changes in the Australian Consulting Market - where are we are at?
Industry Analyst | IBISWorld
Matthew is a Senior Industry Analyst with IBISWorld and specialises in finance, professional services and service outsourcing sectors. Matthew has a number of years of experience providing expert data analysis within these sectors to a wide range of industry bodies and organisations. IBISWorld have been at the forefront of providing trusted industry research on thousands of industries worldwide since 1971 and leverage economic, demographic and market data with analytical and forward-looking insight to support better business decisions.

Hear what attendees thought of the 2020 Symposium!

"Thank you for your terrific effort in producing the Conference.  Thoroughly enjoyed by me.  I am looking forward to watching the presentations again on the website.  There were some terrific motivating ideas and I hope we can use these presentations to increase interest in the IMC and membership."  - Peter Westlund

"I just wanted to reach out and thank you and all the team for hosting such a great IMC National Symposium on Saturday. I hope this is the first of many for me and cannot wait to meet the rest of the IMC members face-to-face. I have got pages and pages of notes and I am eager to convert them into excellent action plans. In fact, I have started two of them today :)" - Vince Naselli

"Thank you for organising the IMC 2020 Symposium on Saturday. The presenters were excellent."  - Paul D Harris

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