Plenary Speakers


Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most popular political commentators and the ABC's chief online political writer. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television as a political commentator and has established a regular live 'Twittercast' of parliamentary question time (@CrabbTwitsard), as well as regular commentary at @annabelcrabb.

Keynote Speaker

Margaret Staib is the Chief Executive Officer of Airservices Australia, which she commenced after a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Air Force. In 2000, Margaret's contribution and leadership was recognised when she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. Her service during a posting with the United States Air Force at the Pentagon was also recognised with the United States Meritorious Service Medal. In January 2009, she was appointed as a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia. She is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Aeronautical & Aviation Leadership of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Certified Practicing Logistician, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the RMIT University School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Plenary Speakers

Geoff Atkins is a Principal of Finity Consulting and has now spent 30yrs in the general insurance sector. During 2014 Geoff has worked part time in the secretariat for the Financial System Inquiry (the Murray Inquiry). The inquiry has involved deep consideration of the future of the financial system including superannuation and the insurance sectors.
David Bell joined the Actuaries Institute as Chief Executive Officer in January this year. David was previously CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association, and has also been General Manager for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Westpac, General Manager Communications and Investor Relations at NRMA/IAG and Group Manager for Corporate Affairs at Telstra. He started his career as an officer in the Australian Army, and on leaving the army he became Chief of Staff to the NSW Agriculture Minister. David is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, and an MBA. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of the St James Ethics Centre, and a Director of the Banking and Finance Oath Ltd.
Dr Chris Caton is the Chief Economist for BT Financial Group. He was Chief Economist at Bankers Trust from 1991 until July 1999. From 1994 to 1997, he was also Chairman of the Indicative Planning Council, which advised the Government on matters relating to the housing industry. Previously Chris worked in the Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and for an economic consulting firm in the United States. Chris was educated at the University of Adelaide and the University of Pennsylvania. In July 2013, the Fairfax press named Chris as the most accurate forecaster of the share market for financial year 2012/13.
Andrew Cornell is managing editor of BlueNotes, the ANZ newsroom, a forum for financial services and economic news, opinion and analysis. He is a multi-award winning journalist and prior to ANZ associate editor, senior writer and columnist with the Australian Financial Review and AFR Magazine. Andrew is a former AFR North Asia correspondent. He was the inaugural editor of NewSouthPress’s Best Business Writing anthology and has written and contributed to several books. Andrew’s career in journalism spans nearly three decades with 20 years at the AFR, starting in 1987 at the Sun News Pictorial.
Alan Dupont is Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales and a non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was previously the foundation Michael Hintze Professor of International Security at the University of Sydney and CEO of the US Studies Centre. Professor Dupont holds a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the US Foreign Service Institute. He has worked on Australian defence and Asian security issues for more than thirty years as a strategist, diplomat, policy analyst and scholar and has published extensively academically and in the media.
Melinda Howes is General Manager of Superannuation for BT Financial Group and is an Executive Director on their RSE (Super) Board. She’s an actuary whose career in financial services has spanned policy, strategy, non-executive and executive director roles, consulting, product and sales roles in superannuation, wealth management, insurance and not for profit entities. Melinda was the CEO of the Actuaries Institute from 2010-2014. She’s also worked for ASFA in public policy, has been a consultant with ALEA Actuarial and previously spent eleven years at BT from 1993, culminating in a role as Director of Superannuation and Retirement Products. She started her career in life insurance with Prudential. Melinda is on the FSC’s Superannuation Board Committee, and on the advisory board of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics.
Professor Rodney Maddock is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor at Victoria University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at Monash University, a Director of CEDA and President of the Economic Society of Australia (Victoria). Rod returned to academia in 2012 after a long stint at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he was Head of Group Strategy and earlier Head of Global Markets Research. Before joining CBA, Rod had been Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia, and earlier Head of Economic Policy in the Victorian Cabinet Office, and Head of the School of Business at La Trobe University. Rod’s academic research is now mainly focussed on finance and on Australian economic development and his books include Rational Expectations and Unlocking the Infrastructure; and his edited books The Australian Economy in the Long Run and Aspire Australia.
Trevor Matthews is a non-executive director of AMP Limited, Bupa Australia and New Zealand, Cover-More, a recently listed travel and medical assistance provider, and the wrap platform operator, FNZ Australia and New Zealand. He also advises Tokio Marine on their international strategy and provides executive coaching through the Foresight Global Group. He returned to Australia in 2013 after fifteen years overseas with a strong track record of turning around and leading profitable businesses in the UK, Asia, North America and Australia. Trevor is a former Actuary of the Year (1989) and was President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 1997.
  Glen McCrea is Chief Policy Officer (CPO) at ASFA. He has overall responsibility for ensuring that ASFA's advocacy is prioritised appropriately and supported by evidence-based policy, as well driving ASFA's work around industry best practice. He also leads the policy and research team at ASFA. Glen has over 14 years' experience in government policy, most recently as a Senior Adviser in the Financial System and Services Division of the Australian Treasury. In this role, he advised the government on superannuation and insurance policy. He has extensive knowledge of taxation, economic and fiscal policy. He has a Masters of Public Policy (Economic Policy) and undergraduate degrees in economics and accounting.
Professor Christopher Parish has spent most of his scientific career at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU and until recently was the Director of the School. An immunologist and cancer biologist with a research career spanning 40 years, Chris has published over 300 scientific papers. He is recognised as a world leader in studies of how the immune system is regulated and the role of complex carbohydrates in immune cell and cancer cell behavior. As a result of this research he has developed several carbohydrate-based drugs that inhibit inflammation, cancer spread and new blood vessel growth, and has developed immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines. In 2005 Chris was awarded the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Industry, and became an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society for Immunology.
Fred Rowley is currently Chief Actuary and Appointed Actuary of TAL Life Ltd. He has over 40 years' experience in the life insurance industry. Fred qualified as an actuary in the UK and relocated to Australia in 1990. In the mid-90’s he led the actuarial workstream supporting the A$20bn demutualisation of the Australian Mutual Provident Society and served as Chief Corporate Actuary of AMP Ltd until 2004. From 2007 to 2009, Fred was instrumental in negotiating the CERA treaty. Fred was President of the Actuaries Institute in 2007, named as Actuary of the Year in 2010, and has been elected to serve as President of the International Actuarial Association for 2015.
Tim Trumper is an advisor to the Quantium board of directors and in May 2014 was invited onto the board of the NRMA. Tim’s career has been mostly in large-scale listed media and internet companies and he has held CEO roles and board positions in Australian ventures, and other private and listed companies. Tim has served as CEO of Time Warner's publishing operation in Australia and New Zealand and was Commercial Director of PBL Media. Tim, along with fellow directors and Chairman Hon. R J Hawke, established The Bestest Foundation, which has raised over $3,000,000 for disadvantaged Australian children.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Annabel Crabb Glen McCreaGeoff Atkins Chris Caton Trevor Matthews Tim Trumper