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Leaders’ Forum 2014 – Sydney

Held in Sydney for the very first time, the 2014 Leaders Forum promises to challenge, inform and entertain. Themed ‘Our Vision, Our Future’, this AMSRO member event is much more than a networking opportunity. It focuses on the local and global issues impacting our industry, future trends, innovative work practices and what makes success stick. AMSRO hopes to see many up and coming leaders and 2ICs there as well – the next generation of leaders in research.

Guest speakers:

Mr Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner – Privacy Law 2014, what’s changed?

From March 12, 2014 business and government agencies will be working under the new Australian Privacy Principles. Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim presents an overview on the new legislation, the regulatory changes, implications for business leaders and what he’s learnt about Australians and their changing attitudes towards privacy.

Kieren Perkins, Olympic Medallist/Head Private Wealth NAB QLD – Success from lane Eight

In 1996 Kieren Perkins busted the myth that success in the 1500m freestyle from lane eight was impossible. Over two decades he set 11 world records, won two Olympic gold and two silver. He now heads up NAB’s Private Wealth portfolio in Queensland. Kieren talks on success, leadership and dealing with adversity during his transition from the pool to the boardroom.

Dr Grant Robertson Principal Consultant, UGM Consulting – The Future of Work

Dr Robertson from UGM Consulting looks at the basic building block of organisational success – individuals. Most people are concerned with getting ahead in the workplace and humans have a strong desire for fulfilling work, and the opportunity to learn and grow. Yet one of the most common mistakes made by organisations is overlooking the individual and their contribution. It’s a lose-lose that impacts the individual and the organisation.

Dean Pearson, Head of Industry Economics National Australia Bank – The Economic Outlook “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable” John Kenneth, Galbraith, Economist. Back by popular demand and continuing to defy Galbraith, Dean Pearson returns to present his ‘Global to Local’ economic update on Australia’s multi-speed economy, the well-being index and what to expect in 2014-15.

Alastair White, Phuel – Take a Better Brief

Phuel is a business committed to challenging, motivating and empowering individuals within organisations in order to achieve increased performance. Phuel’s facilitation and training solutions are designed to challenge people to explore their current way of working as an individual, team or organisation with the potential of finding a more effective option. Alastair White conducts a special workshop on business strategy, innovation and change in Take a Better Brief’- tools and tips on understanding how you and how your clients think!

Leaders’ Forum 2014 registration Form is available via the AMSRO secretariat – or download here.

Leaders’ Forum Program

Forum overview:

The Leaders’ Forum is a member convention that allows AMSRO members to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with peers. It’s a rare chance to network, ask questions in a uniquely confidential environment and learn the latest about issues affecting the direction of market and social research; engage with leading experts regarding marketing, economic, industrial and workplace relations and contribute on policy matters to support the AMSRO agenda and long term strategy. All sessions are participatory with scheduled Q & A time.

In keeping with tradition, a sumptuous official Forum dinner is planned and for the first time a special wine tasting session with International Food and Wine Association industry expert Yvonne Wallis who opens her cellar to share a selection of fine wines from Australia and abroad.


Pier One Sydney Harbour is located in Walsh Bay adjacent to the historic Rocks precinct, has unveiled seven of the city’s most spectacular over-water hotel suites with peerless views of Australia’s most iconic landmarks including Luna Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, making them Sydney’s most sought-after waterfront suites.


“The 2013 AMSRO forum was the best one yet. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming, and The Byron was one of the best hotels we have stayed at. Nathan Hodges from TrinityP3 gave an excellent talk on Leadership Strategies, which really made you think about decision making strategy from a different perspective and Dean Pearson, head of Industry Economics at the National Bank gave a brilliantly insightful talk on the economy and was very entertaining too!”

Nicky Munro, Research Solutions

“A great bunch of people who come together as competitors, but over the one and half days at the AMSRO conference;
– share views and ideas on creating a better future
– learn from others outside our industry
– partake in a gastronomic feast
and then leave as friends with a common purpose. I look forward to AMSRO 2014.”

Angela Orsaris,
The Market Intelligence Co.