Damien Tampling joins Simon Cant and Clive Whincup as Keynote speakers for the Melbourne Business Influentials Event


Liberty Stage is pleased to announce Damien Tampling, joining Simon Cant, and Clive Whincup as the Keynote speakers for the Melbourne Business Influentials Event with Professor Clayton Christensen on November 7th.

We can also announce that Brian Hartzer, Andrew Bassat and Alan Kohler will join Professor Clayton Christensen on the panel which will be facilitated by Simon Cant.

Speaker Information: 


MC Simon Cant, Founder & Director, Reinventure

Simon Cant is a co-founder of Reinventure, a corporate venturing group that connects proven entrepreneurs with corporations to help them address disruption and reinvent their business.

Simon has had a career working on innovation from every angle including: venture capital (at TiNSHED Angel Investment Group), venture philanthropy (Director of Corporate Programs and Learning at Social Ventures Australia), startup management (at Austlii) and innovation consulting to large corporations (as an innovation consultant at global innovation group  ?WhatIf!, and in his own consultancy, CANTT). Through CANTT he has worked with companies that are being deeply disrupted, including Fairfax, APN News & Media and News Limited, and drawn lessons on what does and doesn’t work in addressing disruption.

To learn more about Simon’s company Reinventure, you can visit the site here.

Damien Tampling, Partner, Deloitte

Damien is currently a Partner in Deloitte’s M&A Transactions Group in Australia and specialises in providing mergers, acquisitions, divestment, capital raising and strategy advice to companies, private equity and VC funds in or investing in, the media, digital media and technology sector.

Damien also leads the Deloitte Australia Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry group, oversees the firm’s Technology Fast 50 Program and is a member of the firm’s Asia Pacific TMT Executive.

A link to the TMT Industry group is provided here.

Clive Whincup, CIO, Westpac Group

Clive has more than 25 years’ experience across IT and financial services holding a number of senior roles at several global banks. Clive joined the Westpac group in mid 2009 as the General Manager of Service Delivery Applications, being promoted to Group General manager in 2010. Now the Chief Information Officer at Westpac Group, a position he’s held since 2011, Clive has taken on the challenge of transforming the Westpac’s online banking by instigating Westpac Groups fifteen IT strategic investment priorities, or SIP’s.

Clive Whincup gave a Q&A session with cio.com.au presenting his views that CIO’s need to become much more effective.

Brian Hartzer, Chief Executive Australian Financial Services, Westpac Group

Brian joined Westpac as Chief Executive, Australian Financial Services in June 2012, with the Australian Financial Services comprising Westpac Retail & Business Banking, St. George Banking Group, and BT Financial Group.

Prior to joining Westpac, Brian spent three years in the UK as CEO for Retail, Wealth and Ulster Bank at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Prior to that, he spent ten years with ANZ in Australia in a variety of roles, including his final role as CEO, Australia and Global Segment Lead for Retail and Wealth.  Before joining ANZ, Brian spent ten years as a financial services consultant in New York, San Francisco, and Melbourne.

In the Sydney Morning Herald article ‘Innovation, Entrepreneurial Spirit Key to Future’; Brian called for greater public debate on how to support entrepreneurial activity among business people.

Andrew Bassat, Co-Founder, Seek Ltd

Andrew is the CEO of SEEK Limited and an Executive Director and co-founded the company in 1997.  He has been involved in all stages of the development of the business since then.  In particular, Andrew has driven since inception the strategy of the group and led the creation and development of the international and education businesses.

Prior to co-founding SEEK, Andrew was a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and prior to that, he worked as a solicitor at Corrs Chamber Westgarth.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Melbourne Business School.

The Story of SEEK’s formation and innovative strategies can be read here.

Alan Kohler, Financial/Business Commentator

Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist since 1971. He has been editor of both the Australian Financial Review and The Age. Since 1995 he has combined print with television, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and John Fairfax up to 2007. Alan is now Editor in Chief of Eureka Report an online publication for investors and Business Spectator, a 24 hour a day business news and commentary publication.

A range of Alan Kohler’s articles can be read here.

Listen to these speakers along side Professor Clayton Christensen this November in Melbourne, Australia discussing Disruptive Innovation and the Role of Management: Creating New Growth Opportunities. 

Find out more about the Business Influentials series at the website here.