Regional Voice - Port Pirie Workshop and Social Event

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Lions Football Club

42 Mary Elie Street

Port Pirie, SA 5540


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Please join Business SA, Business Port Pirie, local business owners, decision makers and leaders for the annual Regional Voice workshop and social event. Regional Voice is an opportunity to enjoy local food, quality South Australian wine and talk to people in industry, who share your challenges and aspirations.

The event will cover the results of the biennial Regional Voice Survey in relation to the Lower and Mid North, Port Pirie and Yorke Peninsula. We’ll also talk about cyber security and protecting your assets when you’re doing business over the internet, provide training tips and information about how to boost the promotion of your services and products.

At the event you will be able to:

  • Learn from experts about cyber security
  • Hear about the most pressing regional issues
  • Build valuable professional networks
  • Promote your products and services

We will be featuring special guest speakers:

  • Greg Starkey - Client Executive Manager, CQR
  • John Chapman, Small Business Commissioner
  • Alex Flint - Regional Development Manager, EML
  • Verity Edwards - Director Media & Communication, Business SA

The event will provide an opportunity to pick up some tips, discuss business insights relevant to Port Pirie and the surrounding communities, and build new connections.

Registration, welcome drinks and nibbles begin at 5:15pm for a 5:45pm start on the 25th September.

Guest Speakers:

John Chapman - Small Business Commisioner

John Chapman was first appointed Small Business Commissioner in 2014 and was reappointed for a further four years in 2017.

The role of Small Business Commissioner, under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2011, includes alternative dispute resolution for business disputes, providing information to small businesses and advocating on their behalf.

In addition, he is responsible for the administration of the, Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995, the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2018 and he also oversights the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 2009. He has responsibilities under a number of other Acts including: the Fair Trading Act 1987, Late Payment of Government Debts (Interest) Act 2013, and the Local Government Act 1999.

He brings to the role extensive experience at senior executive level in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is also an experienced board director and fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Adelaide University Graduate School of Business in 2004.

John was the Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia for over eight years between 2005 and 2014 where he played the lead role in assisting members in the areas of advocacy at state and federal levels, industrial relations, industry information, and environmental education. He was responsible for the MTA’s Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Scheme which employed more than 550 apprentices and trainees.

He has held a number of board positions including:

  • President of Group Training Australia (SA);
  • Founding Director of Auto Skills Australia – the automotive industry’s national training body; and
  • Councillor on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.
  • Interim TAFESA Director April 2018 - current

Before joining the MTA, he was the General Manager – International Business at Business SA and held a number of executive positions with, Insurance Australia Group.

Earlier career history has included senior experience within the South Australian Government including as an Executive Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet with responsibilities for all economic related cabinet items, policies and policy implementation including major projects.

John has also worked as a Chief of Staff to former SA Premier Hon. John Olsen as well as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Hon. Stephen Baker.

As a journalist, John worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation specialising in finance, political and industrial reporting for both radio and TV.

Alex Flint - EML

Alex Flint is the Regional Development Manager for EML, one of two Return to Work Agents acting on behalf of Return to Work SA. Alex has a relationship with regional SA, growing up in the South East on a grazing property. Alex has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and has worked for EML for the past 8 years, with extensive knowledge and experience across several Return to Work Schemes.

EML is committed to achieving industry-leading return to work outcomes and improving work health and safety for the benefit of workers, employers and the broader community.

Verity Edwards - Business SA

Verity Edwards is Business SA’s Director of Media and Communications. She has worked in the media for the past 23 years, and been in her role at Business SA since July, 2017.

Prior to joining Business SA, Verity spent 12 years working in the Adelaide bureau of The Australian, including four years as the paper’s Weekend Professional editor, undertaken stints as bureau chief, Weekend Australian Magazine contributor, workplace columnist in The Deal and as a feature and news writer.

She has also worked at Messenger Newspapers, Channel 7, 5AA and the ABC, working in roles from reporting, news reading and covering sport to program producing.

Greg Starkey - CQR

Greg holds tertiary qualifications in mathematics and computer science from the Australian National University and Canberra University. He is a member of the Australian Information Security Association.

Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry. He started his career with the Australian Federal Police developing computer technology for forensic and criminal investigations working collaboratively with UK Home Office, FBI and US Secret Service. Since moving to Adelaide in 1985 Greg has worked in business management roles for several global information technology companies (Oracle, HP & Dell). For the past nine years Greg has been the manager of government and commercial business at CQR Consulting Australia assisting businesses to improve their resilient against cyber threats by educating their people, reviewing their processes and assessing their technology.

CQR is one of Australia’s largest independent cyber security services companies with its head office in Adelaide. It has international offices in the UK and the USA. CQR employs a team of security specialists which provide business cyber risk and technical assessment services to federal, state and local governments, defence, financial institutions, critical infrastructure utilities, the mining sector and the SME market.

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