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ICON QLD & U & U present: Preparation is key - How businesses can benefit from the lead up to the 2032 Olympic Games

  • 15 September 2021
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • u&u Recruitment Partners, Level 12, 259 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000
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The 2032 Olympic Games is an opportunity to deliver long-term economic, social and environmental legacies for South East Queensland. The International Olympic Committee has introduced what it calls the “new norm”, which provides a more flexible and efficient approach to hosting making Brisbane’s bid more affordable.

The opportunities extend beyond the honour of hosting one of the world’s premier sporting events, to potentially be the catalytic for transformational infrastructure and community projects that are linked to positive legacy outcomes for the region.

In the years leading up to the Olympics, there will be multiple opportunities for ICON member firms to be involved in the preparations and support this important project. Our panel of experts will outline some of these opportunities and guide you through some of the ways firms can be involved.

Presenter Details:

Meredith Hartigan, Tract

Meredith has over 10 years’ experience as a town planner in South East Queensland, including over seven years in local government. Meredith has extensive knowledge of local government statutory planning processes and experience across of a range of residential, commercial and large scale subdivision projects, as well as skills in project coordination, stakeholder liaison, and leadership and management of multi-disciplinary teams.

Meredith is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia’s QLD State Committee and Chair of the PIA QLD Women in Planning Network. Meredith has been actively involved in the Brisbane 2033 legacy work undertaken by the Committee for Brisbane, looking at catalytic opportunities to harness the hosting of an Olympics and Paralympics in Brisbane to improve regional identity and opportunity.

Meredith is an Olympics and Paralympics tragic from way back - spending her final year of university writing a thesis on legacy planning frameworks, and applying it to a hypothetical Olympics and Paralympics hosting opportunity for Brisbane in 2028…well before a 2032 hosting opportunity became a reality!

Damian Garnham, Deloitte

Damian leads Deloitte's Transport sector in Australia. With over 20 years of international experience in Rail, Road and Aviation in Europe and Asia Pacific, he has worked with clients on major programme and transformation initiatives through technology-driven change (Transport for London, Highways England, MTR Corporation), major infrastructure (Crossrail, Network Rail, East West Rail), and operations (London 2012 Olympic Games, National Air Traffic Services).

Damian's background is as a leader of Major Programmes, bringing hands-on experience in implementation and commercial management of complex infrastructure and high profile programme delivery in both the UK, Australia and Hong Kong.

CEO, Committee for Brisbane

Barton has executive management experience spanning more than 35 years and company director experience of more than 22 years. He has served on the Boards of private companies, statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations, including as Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

He is a communications and marketing expert, having spent 40 years as a journalist or communications consultant to the public and private sectors, including 35 years’ experience working in and around politics.

Barton offers a unique blend of communications, political and environmental experience both as a practitioner/consultant and as a senior executive and director. He has worked in and around politics for more than 30 years, including as a Parliamentary reporter and member of the Queensland Parliament Media Gallery, a Senior Ministerial Advisor in the Goss Government, Founder and President of the Government Relations Professionals Association, and a government relations consultant.

As a strategist, he had a strong track record of developing and implementing strategic plans for NFPs, small and large companies, and for local and state governments and led and implemented more than 150 Strategic Plans, including government relations plans, business plans, marketing and branding plans, internal change management plans, stakeholder engagement plans, crisis and issues management plans, and communications plans. 

Partner, Holding Redlich

Sarah is a partner at Holding Redlich with considerable experience in large commercial litigation disputes having practiced in the area of commercial dispute resolution for over 15 years.

She is also a passionate sports person and she has competed in numerous half marathons, marathons, Spartan, Tough Mudder, Oxfam Trailwalker, the Noosa Classic and more! She strongly believes in the benefits (physical, mental and social) of actively participating in sport and exercise.

She enjoys combining her love of sport with her expertise in dispute resolution.

Sarah is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, the National Sports Tribunal Legal Assistance Panel and she has completed the Governance in Sport Full Course through the Governance Institute of Australia.

Event Details:

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

5.00 pm arrival & networking

5.30 pm panel discussion

6.30 pm conclusion

Venue: u&u Recruitment Partners, Level 12, 259 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000

*In light of recent lockdowns in SE Queensland and with the ongoing uncertainty with in-person events, we will hold this event online at the same advertised time should public health orders deem in-person events unlawful. All registrants will be sent the webinar details prior to the event.


To celebrate Brisbane winning the 2032 Olympic Games, and with the support of u&u, this event is being made available free of charge exclusively to ICON members.

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