2020 SPEAKERS

Carolyn Cresswell

Carman’s founder Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business, love what you do and have a genuine worklife balance. In December 2017 Carman’s proudly celebrated its 25th birthday and is Australia’s number one selling muesli brand along with being a leader of deliciously good for you bars and nutritional snacks.
Carolyn’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brett Hosking

Brett is a fifth generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook in Victoria’s Mallee. Together with his wife, Jane, and their four daughters, they grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas, along with sheep and cattle.
He has had a long-standing involvement in the Australian grains industry which saw him serve Victorian growers as the Victorian Farmers Federation Vice President and prior to that as VFF Grains Group President from 2013 until 2017. He has a passion for growing and for supporting farmers and the small communities that support them, ensuring their voice is heard.
Brett is active in his local community and is involved in many of the organisations which contribute to keeping a small community going.

Mick Colliss

This is the story of Mick Colliss, a man who desperately wanted to wear the green and gold and represent Australia. After trying numerous different sports, from rugby to lawn bowls, he finally achieved his dream, just not in the way you might think. Mick’s is a laugh out loud true story about mateship, having a go and never giving up.

Jo Eady

Jo Eady is Director and lead consultant with RuralScope. She is responsible for the design and development of RuralScope programs, activities and solutions. Examples of her work include, facilitation of the formation of the Australian National Rural Womens Coalition, development of the first formal strategic plan for Cotton Australia, facilitation of a merger of a number of cotton industry organisations to enhance industry leverage, executive level advice and support to two of Australia’s largest pastoral companies, developer and facilitator of the Australian Future Cotton Leader, Australian Future Grain Leader and Australian Grain Farm Leadership Programs and she has supported over 2500 clients on their own leadership journey via programs, workshops and coaching / mentoring arrangements. Jo grew up in a small dairy farming community in Victoria.

Shona Gawel

Shona Gawel, GrainGrowers General Manager, Grower Engagement will be presenting on “Brand You: being heard in a loud world”.
This does not mean you will necessarily emerge from the session as the next Kim Kard-AG-shian. Shona’s presentation however will hopefully provide you with some strategic approaches for achieving your professional goals, utilising contemporary communication channels.
Just in case though, you are on track to be the next big thing since sliced bread, Shona will also be running through some tips on working with the media.
Shona has almost 20 years’ experience in communications across the public and private sector, both in Australia and internationally. Shona is looking forward to working with you at Innovation Generation 2019.