2018 IPSHA Biennial Conference

Keynote Speakers


Patrick works with people, teams and organisations to help them deal with a world which is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous by the day.

Based in Australia but travelling internationally to deliver keynote presentations and workshops to a range of organisations, Patrick’s clients include multinational companies such as British retailer Marks and Spencers, American energy giant Chevron and British-Australian miner Rio Tinto, through to Australian banks such as Westpac, NAB and Bankwest, communications giant Telstra, private hospital chain Ramsay Health and numerous government departments, including the Departments of Sport and Recreation and Regional Development.

After studying anthropology, geography and psychology at university, he spent a decade working for a large multinational consultancy, working on the some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects ever built in Australia and overseas. Patrick has seen the very best of what large organisations can create, and also the very worst.

At the same time, he began exploring the uncertainty and complexity which go hand in hand with mountaineering. Firstly, he learned the art of alpine-style climbing in the mountains of New Zealand, Canada and France, and then the science of expedition-style climbing in the mountains of Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Alaska and Argentina. His mountaineering has taken him to great heights—quite literally. He’s summited multiple 8000 metre peaks, including Mount Everest. He even helped his Nepali Sherpa mates set up their own mountain-guiding business based out of Kathmandu.

Over the past 15 years he’s climbed in small light and fast alpine-style teams, and he’s climbed in rather large heavy and slow expedition-style teams (he’s even led a number of them himself). He’s seen the very best of what alpine style can offer, and also the very worst of what expedition style can deliver.

So Patrick lives and breathes this stuff – he truly understands what it’s like to lead teams through extended periods of uncertainty, ambiguity and doubt.

Click here to be directed to Patrick Hollingworth’s website.


Tracey is a speaker, author, educator and facilitator. She presents in a dynamic and engaging manner, creating an environment of inquiry and curiosity. Her style is invitational yet challenging. She is obsessed with helping leaders shake the status quo to reach extraordinary outcomes. Building an atmosphere of collaborative inquiry, Tracey encourages people to come together to find solutions together and step into a space of deep learning.

Author of The Buzz – Creating a Thriving Collaborative Staff Learning Culture and Glue: The Stuff that Holds Us Together to do Extraordinary things.

Creating leaders and environments where GROWTH is the focus

Tracey demonstrates a unique ability and skill set to work with organisations creating a collaborative environment where divergent opinions can be canvassed in a safe process, leading to exploration and alignment of thinking; whilst often challenging traditional philosophies and methodology that can limit potential to achieve unique and optimal outcomes. Tracey has assisted us achieve this at both a Board level and at staff levels across the organisation in terms of co-creating strategy to drive change and innovation.’

Nigel Fidgeon, Chief Executive Officer , Merri Health.

Click here to be directed to Tracey Ezard’s website.


Steve Francis CSP is a leading educator, author and professional speaker. Steve understands the challenges and demands of being a Principal. He has been the Principal at a number of schools from a one-teacher school through to a large metropolitan school in Queensland and an international school in Hong Kong.

Since returning to Australia in 2008, Steve works with leaders and staff in schools to help them reach their potential. His experience ensures that he can connect with all staff working in schools. Steve brings passion, energy and enthusiasm to his professional development programs. Steve knows what it takes to create cultures and organisations that grow through learning and make the most of change opportunities.

Steve is the author of four books including “First Semester CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU!”, “Time Management For Teachers”, “A Gr8 Life Live It Now!” and his latest book, co-written with Bruce Sullivan – “Attitude is Everything”.

Teacher Stress was the subject of Steve’s thesis for his Masters in School Leadership, completed in 1995. His research on teacher stress led him to develop the Happy School program. Over 500 schools across Australia and internationally subscribe to receive Steve’s weekly Happy School articles and use them to boost staff morale and reduce teacher stress.

Steve developed the Gr8 People range of educational resources to help schools to “keep it simple”. He recently launched the SurveyMySchool and SurveyMyClass instruments as the fastest way to school improvement.

Born and bred in North Queensland, Steve is passionate about work, life satisfaction and keeping things simple. Married to Linda and with two teenaged children, Sarah and Michael, Steve is passionate about making the most out of life and helping people achieve their potential.

Steve was awarded the 2010 Kerrie Nairn Scholarship by the National Speakers’ Association of Australia in recognition of being one of Australia’s top emerging speakers. In 2013 Steve was awarded the designation Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the highest, internationally recognised designation for professional speakers. Steve is currently on the Board of the National Speakers Association of Australia and is the Queensland President.

Click here to be directed to Steve Francis’s website.


Robyn’s 30-year career in education, advertising and the communication/ entertainment industry has enabled her reputation as an entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presenter who wields “the Power of the Word”. Delivering on a range of customised, personal and workplace development topics, Robyn’s ability to engage and energise her audience is described as life changing. From “How Green Was My Cactus” to the voice of “Blinky Bill” Robyn is a unique and humorous Australian communicator.

Robyn Moore is regarded as one of Australia’s best and most in-demand speakers. For over 30 years she has been working in Education, Advertising and the Communication/Entertainment Industry. She has unique skills with “the Power of the Word” and her entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presentations totally captivate her audiences at national and international conferences. Robyn literally “sells people back to themselves” so they recognise old habits and behaviours and take responsibility for choices, which create the outcomes they want in their lives. Robyn’s presentations are quite often literally described as “life changing”.

With her authentic Australian style, Robyn is able to create a relationship with her audiences from every sector that allows her to unfold communication skills beyond those generally being used in business or in education today… skills which help “clear the way” for the new thinking and communication required to create solutions and remarkable results in business, health, education, community, family and relationships!

Click here to be directed to Robyn Moore’s website.


Jean Kittson is a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers.

Jean came to national attention on ‘The Big Gig’. Followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions, Strictly Speaking, Talking ’Bout Your Generation, Studio Ten, the Today Show and she is also well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel ten.  At the moment she is featuring in the pilot comedy programme Bleak, for ABC TV.

She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine and The Hoopla.  She is the author of Tongue Lashing, published by Penguin. Her film credits include Hating Alison Ashley and The Nugget. Theatre includes Mum’s the Word, Calendar Girls, Siren, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She is a regular panellist on ABC 702 radio drive programme, Thank God It’s Friday. She has conversed on Conversations with Richard Fidler twice.

Jean is an experienced MC, keynote speaker, panellist, debater and facilitator of conventions, conferences, award nights and other after dinner frolics, in corporate, government and community arena.

She was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. She is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is the Patron of Junction Works and most recently she has been appointed the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

As an advocate for women’s health issues, she was invited to speak about her experiences of menopause at the National Press Club.

This lead to her recently published book, “You’re Still Hot To Me. The Joys of Menopause.” (Pan Macmillan) “Informative, accurate, funny and just so accessible. I love it and finally have the definitive book to recommend to my patients.” – Dr Penny Adams, GP and medical media advocate for women’s health.


Carl Salt is a current Head of School in South Australia and has held this position since 2004. During his career, he has often asked “why did he/she do that!”. As a result, he has developed a keen interest in what motivates staff and students. Carl’s presentation will draw upon current research especially self-determination theory to help understand how we might get the best from our school communities.