Conference Program

EOA 2016 Awards and Conference: Sharing the Employee Ownership Future

Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand
Friday, 27 May 2016 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (AEST)
Ernst & Young, 680 George Street, Sydney, NSW



8.15 – 8.45 Registration
8.45 – 9.45 Company Stories – Brambles and Eclipx

Listen to stories of companies operating employee ownership in the listed and start-up world including practical tips and traps for success. Features:

  • Kama Ghosn – Head of Remuneration and Benefits – Eclipx Group
  • Joanna Mak – Senior Manager, Share Plan – Brambles

Kama GhosnKama Ghosn has over 12 years’ experience in reward and HR Operations across the financial services, agribusiness and engineering sectors. Kama is currently the Head of Remuneration and Benefits for the Eclipx Group (“Eclipx”). Eclipx listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in April 2015 and now has over 550 employees working across Australia and New Zealand. Eclipx offers a suite of employee equity plans including the $1,000 Gift Share Plan, Long Term Incentive Plan and Salary Sacrifice Share Rights Plan. These plans have been crucial in engaging employees and driving line of sight as Eclipx transitions into the listed environment.

Joanna MakJoanna Mak is the Senior Manager responsible for the management and leadership of employee share plan programs at Brambles Limited, a global supply-chain logistics company. As part of her current role, Joanna leads an initiative to accelerate growth in MyShare, Brambles’ signature share-based benefits program for its global workforce. Previously, Joanna was Senior Manager – Remuneration and Benefits at Brambles, and a consultant with a global management consulting firm. Her practice areas include employee share programs, executive remuneration and global mobility management in private, public, and quasi-private organisations. Joanna holds an MSc in International Industrial Relations Management from the London School of Economics.

9.45 – 10.30 Roundtables – how to innovate in your current business

We hear a lot about disruptive innovation and thinking like a startup. Employee-ownership provides people with a real stake in the business. With greater participation and collaboration innovation can bloom. The roundtables will discuss and develop creative approaches to opportunities in the new economy.

10.30 – 11.30 Keynote Address – David Thodey – How can larger companies innovate, and what role can Employee Ownership play?

David Thodey is a highly innovative business leader; and, he is also a keen supporter of employee ownership.

David is a compelling and content-rich speaker with a wealth of business wisdom. He will be sure to inspire some creative and future-focussed discussion on employee ownership.

11.30 – 11.40 Break
11.40 – 12.00 Launch of the Employee Ownership Index – Matt Lever (EOA Board Member) and Angela Perry (EOA Chair)

angelaAngela Perry is a qualified English Barrister and Australian qualified solicitor. Angela is the Chair of Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand and Angela is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Community and Business Partnership Committee.

Matthew Lever is engaged in financial services and M Leverbusiness development executive concentrating on debt capital markets, leverage finance and structured finance markets.


12.00 – 12.45 Future Trends and Innovation in Employee Ownership – Ernst & Young – Chris Galway – Partner, People Advisory Services


Chris leads EY’s equity plan practice in Australia, specialising in executive remuneration and the design and implementation of employee share plans and long-term incentive plans.  Chris’ team provides remuneration, tax and accounting advice to a wide range of Australian and overseas organisations.  

Based in Sydney, Chris works with listed and private companies and has significant experience advising organisations on the remuneration aspects of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and transactions.

This presentation will feature:

  • What are the experts in the field hearing – and how are they redesigning the future of work?
  • What benefits could the future of employee-ownership bring and how can we make it happen?
  • What will an employee-owned future look like in 2030?
12.45 – 1.15 Presentation by ATO – Haydn Daw

Haydn Daw

An industry expert from the ATO, Haydn Daw, will present a highly-informative and relevant suite of resources that are set to significantly increase knowledge and participation in employee-ownership in Australia. Haydn will speak to:

  • The Government innovation statement and Employee Share Schemes (ESS)
  • How the broad scheme of ESS changes will impact all companies
  • ESS and Startups.

This will present a valuable opportunity to learn and engage with a speaker across the fine detail of public policy changes that look set to result in greater support for employee share ownership and participation in our economy.

1.15 – 2.00 Networking Lunch and Awards – Presented by the Hon Ed Husic MP

Our conference is followed by our awards lunch. Every year Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand awards companies that show excellence in employee engagement and ownership. Post the presentation of Awards there is ample opportunity for networking in a collegial environment.

Ed HusicEd Husic is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Assisting with Digital Innovation and Startups. Ed’s parliamentary interest and focus has been in areas designed to strengthen the growth of Australia’s digital economy. In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband. He was previously the Secretary of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party’s Economics, Productivity, Innovation and Industry Committee. He also sat on both the Joint Committee for the NBN and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.

 2.15 Close