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ICON QLD: Make haste slowly – an update on preparations for Brisbane Olympics 2032

  • 15 June 2023
  • 17:30 - 19:30 (AEST)
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Office, Level 42, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane


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A lot has happened since ICON QLD hosted a panel discussion nearly two years ago on “Preparation is key - How businesses can benefit from the lead up to the 2032 Olympic Games”. Two years’ on, we are delighted to welcome back expert panellists Meredith Hartigan, Tract, Damian Garnham, Partner, Deloitte and Barton Green, CEO, Committee for Brisbane, to reflect on what has been achieved to date, discuss what is in the pipeline, and offer further insights and predictions on what lay ahead.

Some of the questions that we’ll be discussing include:

* What has happened in the two years since our previous panel discussion?

* What are some of the key projects and / or initiatives in the pipeline for the next two or so years?

* What are some of the key challenges facing Brisbane in its delivery of the 2032 Games, and how can member firms be involved in overcoming them?

* How can member firms support Indigenous businesses, SMEs and social enterprises to be involved and more.

A big thank you to our event sponsor KM Talent, an international recruitment and career coaching consultancy focused on business development, marketing, communications, bids and events talent in the professional services industries.

Following the panel discussion, Katherine Mountford, Founder & Managing Director of KM Talent, will share insights based on her experience with the London 2012 Games, as well as discuss how the Brisbane/Australian job market will be impacted in the lead up to the 2032 Games. Then, prepare to get to know your fellow ICON members a little bit better as Katherine ‘passes the baton’, giving some of you the opportunity to introduce yourself and showcase your work in the all-new One-minute Spotlight segment.

To end the evening, please join us for wine tasting with Baume Fine Wines. Network with your peers while tasting a selection of beautifully balanced sparkling, white, rosé and red wines.

We hope you can join us.

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 and is currently Secretary of the Management Committee. In this role, she has been 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!

Barton Green, 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.

Damian Garnham, Partner, 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.

Event Details:

Thursday, 15 June 2023

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Office, Level 42, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane.


Members: $50
Non-members: $99
* Wine and nibbles will be provided.

ICON thanks event sponsor and venue sponsor.

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