ChangeConnect Award 2017 Judges

We are pleased to announce our judges for 2017.



Erma Ranieri

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community. 

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee well-being. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on diversity and gender equality in leadership as business imperatives for the public sector, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.


Chris is the General Manager People, Performance and Culture at Adelaide Football Club where he is responsible for leading the organisations achievement of clear measures of its human capital.

Chris brings a breadth of experience in role discipline, industry and location. Chris has had roles in retail, hospitality, leisure, FMCG, airline and resources industries. He has a decade of international experience in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe, and returned to Australia in 2008. He is a Certified Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a MBA from the Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Peter Seltsikas 

Peter is the Senior Manager, Asset Management for SA Water. In this role he leads the strategic, operational and capital investment planning for the Corporation’s $14bn of infrastructure assets. Peter has 20 years experience in the utility sector, first within Oil and Gas and more recently within the water industry. Peter has held many senior commercial and operational roles throughout his career and has been responsible for leading business through significant change.

Peter holds an Engineering Degree with Honours, a Master’s In Business Administration is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governors Leadership Foundation Program.

Peter is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Dance Theatre Company.

Peter was also the co-recipient of the 2015 ChangeConnect Award for the project, IMPROVING ASSET MAINTENANCE, SA WATER SUPPORTED BY CLEAR DECISIONS (Lisa Twyford – Managing Director, Clear Decisions). 

Philippa Hurford

Philippa is a professional coach, currently on the pathway to obtaining the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential with the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Philippa delivers Executive, Leadership and Career Coaching to individuals at all organisational levels and diverse stages of their work life to assist in their achieving positive change.

Philippa’s strong commitment to the expanding field of executive, leadership and career coaching, is borne out of her 15 plus years’ experience in organisational change management (in both Adelaide and Melbourne). During this time she worked as an internal change manager and/or external change management consultant in a diverse range of organisations to successfully implement major workplace change. The catalysts for these changes included systems implementations, culture transformation programs and organisation restructures.

Phillipa has an Advanced Personal and Executive Coaching Certificate, College of Executive Coaching (USA); Masters of Business Administration (Human Resources Management), Charles Sturt University, NSW; and a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide, SA. 


Celebrate change

All types of organisational change projects are encouraged to enter the ChangeConnect Awards 2017 – whether social or organisational and transformational or incremental  – we are looking for projects that responded directly to the context, showed creative and sound techniques, tackled challenges and influenced stakeholders. In other words, projects with a story to tell and measurables to prove it.

Nomination is simple:

  • Complete the Nomination Form due by 6 October 2017.
  • Make sure you tell a good story with examples and outcomes.
  • Share some of your change materials, such as videos, tools, plans, communications, presentations etc.
  • Be prepared to present your project to the judging panel (finalists only)

Download the flyer.

Click to nominate

In the meantime, book your ticket to the awards night (aka party)!

ChangeConnect Awards 2017 event is proudly sponsored by Hood Sweeney.

Hood Sweeney Logo




Tonsley. A model for change.


How do you transform space and history?

Tonsley is Australia’s first innovation district focused on driving change and connecting like-minded businesses in innovation.

But how did it get there?

In the past, Tonsley was known as a home of innovation and up until recently a cornerstone of South Australia’s manufacturing industry. Yet economic, industrial and political factors forced a re-evaluation of its purpose and focus – or otherwise, perish,

Remarkably, Tonsley has reinvented itself to become a hub of integrated environmental, social and economic opportunities; with innovation, learning and collaboration at its core.

Join us on a “moving story’’ to explore the transformation of Tonsley over the last few years and learn how the space has become a leading example of policy rethinking and an exemplar of the power of physical change to spark a new economy.

Led by Megan Antcliff, Director Investment Attraction South Australia, this ChangeHub will start at the New Venture Institute (NVI) with a presentation by Megan, followed by an informative tour of the Tonsley precinct.

Download the flyer


Date: Friday 12 May 2017

Time: 7.30 am arrival for a 7.45am start; to 9.00 am finish

Venue: Tonsley Innovation Precinct, 1284 South Rd, Clovelly Park.
Meet at the entrance of the Flinders University building under the roof of the MAB, Tonsley.

Tickets: $25.00 plus the Eventbrite fee. Price includes breakfast, your preferred caffeine hit and refreshments. Please tell us if you have any special dietary requirements when you book your ticket.


Megan Antcliff

Megan Antcliff is the Director Investment Attraction South Australia. Investment Attraction South Australia leads the State Government’s efforts in securing capital investment into South Australia from interstate and overseas and creating new and transformational employment for our State. 

In her senior leadership role, Megan works directly with companies to identify investment opportunities, structure deals and remove any barriers to investment, be that market analysis, policy and regulatory assistance, or expediting dealings with government and commercial partners.  Megan is particularly responsible for inward investment from France and the US. 

Previously Megan was the Director, Tonsley Innovation District with the Department of Statement Development; and immediately prior to that was the urban designer behind the Woods Bagot- Tonsley master plan redevelopment.  

Megan currently also holds the positions of Director Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and a Member of the State’s Capital City Design Review Panel. She holds a Bachelor of Science and is a qualified Architect/Urban Designer.  


This ChangeConnect Hub is kindly supported by New Venture Institute.

NVI Horizontal

Agile. The New Black.

Agile. The New Black. |  31 August 2016

Agile is the ‘in word’ for change management at the moment. Yet irrespective of the trend or the hype, the context is relevant – an agile approach to change has rigour.

But what does agile mean to change agitators (aka practitioners)? How does it impact our current approaches? Our frameworks? Our processes? Have our tools now become redundant or are they still valid? And if we are not yet agile, how do we evolve?

Change agility practitioner, facilitator and coach Charlotte Mawle will work through these questions at our August ChangeConnect Hub. In particular she will share her own journey when it comes to:

  • Blending practices from agile and change management
  • Creating an agile change framework, tailored to a unique environment
  • Using strategic and tactical change canvases
  • Co-creating an approach to change and utilising tools that are already in your toolkit

Charlotte’s presentation will be a taster for the Change Optimised Lean Change Workshop being held in Adelaide on the 24 and 25 October 2016.
Event details

Date: Wednesday 31 August

Time: 5.30pm till 7.30pm

Presenter: Charlotte Mawle , Director, Change Optimised & Ro Gorell, Coach, Facilitator, Author, Grow Talent

Venue: Bendigo Adelaide Bank, 80 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Tickets:  SOLD OUT


About the presenters

Charlotte Mawle is a coach, mentor, workshop facilitator and director of Change Optimised.  Charlotte helps people, teams and organisations to embrace and deal with increasing uncertainty, complexity and rapid change.Charlotte is an expert in supporting leaders and managers to grow their change agility.

Charlotte uses a multi-disciplined approach drawing on ideas and tools from agile software development, Lean Manufacturing, Management 3.0, growth mind-set, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Systems Thinking to support her clients on their change journey. More about Charlotte.

Ro Gowell is a change strategist and coach specialising in getting the best out of change. She draws on coaching and facilitation as the key methods and skill sets to engender change agility.

Ro helps clients create their own change journey blending tools, techniques and methods from: change management, project management, neo-behaviourism (how to create habits) LEAN change and agile, as well as program management. Ro has published several books, including “50 Top Tools for Coaching” and “How to Create a Coaching Culture.”
More about Ro.

Download the brochure


Agile – The New Black


International keynote and new sponsor onboard

ChangeJam16 is on track to be a great event with an exciting line up of speakers and presentations. This week we are honoured to announce our international keynote, Dr Joe Madiath, and silver sponsor, Hood Sweeney.

Dr Joe Madiath, Founder and Honourable Chairman, Gram Vikas [International Keynote]


Dr Joe Madiath has spent 30 years working in development among the poorest communities in Orissa, India. Drawn there in 1971 to help communities that had been ravaged by a cyclone, Joe stayed on as an activist focused on sustainable development projects. He founded Gram Vikas in 1979 and has served as executive director ever since, growing Gram Vikas into one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Orissa. Gram Vikas originally focused on providing renewable energy for rural communities, building more than 54,000 biogas units; today the organization reaches out to about 36,000 indigenous and poor families living in 560 rural habitations in India.

Based on Joe’s conviction that every family in a village must have healthy living practices and an improved quality of life before total development can occur, Gram Vikas employs a  holistic model of change and development.  This model has transformed at least 289 villages and has successfully proven that the rural poor can and will pay for better sanitation and water facilities.

Some of the pioneering efforts of Gram Vikas have been in biogas promotion, community forestry, rural habitat development and education. Gram Vikas’ current approach to convergent community action with water and sanitation as the entry point is evolving into a movement influencing local democratic self-governance and poor people’s control over development processes.

Joe Madiath is a founder of the Voluntary Association Network of India and the Orissa Development Action Forum. He currently serves on the Governing Board of several institutions including Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technologies (CAPART), Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and BASIX. He has been part of various consultative committees of the central and state governments.

Gram Vikas and Joe Madiath have received several national and international awards in recognition of their work, including the Allan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award for 1995-96 from Brown University, USA; the Dr. K.S. Rao Memorial National Award, 1998 for outstanding Lifetime contribution to the development of new and renewable sources of energy from the Solar Energy Society of India. Gram Vikas’ ‘total habitat development model’ has been awarded the Most Innovative Development Project Award, 2001 (by the Global Development Network), the World Habitat Award, 2003 (by the Building and Social Housing Foundation, UK), Tech Museum Laureate in Economic Development (by the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California), Kyoto World Water Grand Prize, 2006 at the 4th World Water Forum (by the Kyoto Municipality and the Soroptimist International) and Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurs 2006 by Skoll Foundation, California. Gram Vikas is also one of the winners in the Ashoka Changemakers competitions in 2006 – “Health for All” and “How to provide Affordable Housing for all”.

Joe Madiath is part of the group of Outstanding Social entrepreneurs selected by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Geneva and Skoll Foundation, USA. In 2005, he was awarded the Social Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in improving the plight of the rural masses, from The Godfrey Phillips Red & White Bravery Awards. In July 2006, Joe Madiath was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree (Honoris Causa) by the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai.

More about Joe visit LinkedIn and the Gram Vikas website.

TED TALK: Better toilets, better life


Events like ChangeJam16 don’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to Hood Sweeney who are again supporting ChangeConnect with this initiative..

Hood Sweeney Logo



Date: 4 May 2016

Time: 8.15 registration; conference 9.00am – 4.30pm; followed by post conference networking drinks

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Tickets: on sale at Eventbrite, $350 early bird, $400 standard (+booking fee)

2015 ChangeConnect Award Winner

Congratulations to the 2015 ChangeConnect Award nominees and the winning project, Improving Asset Maintenance, by SA Water supported by Clear Decisions.

The 2015 ChangeConnect Award celebrated and acknowledged the rich and interesting change management projects throughout South Australia, with nominee projects varying in their complexity, challenges and approaches.


“We appreciate that the ability to tell a compelling story is part of a successful award process – yet this skill of storytelling is essential to all change projects, as a way to influence leadership, motivate stakeholders and set a compelling vision for change,” said Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector, and 2015 ChangeConnect Award Judge.

“The standout project for us was one that had depth in the background and need for change. It had strong tangible objectives and metrics that proved the impact. It used a sophisticated approach to manage the process and practical techniques to seek feedback, train staff and embed the change. Significantly, it carefully considered the consumers and what impact the change would make on them and the resulting productivity gains.”


The vision of SA Water’s winning transformative project, Improving Asset Maintenance (IAM), was to speed up the development of their maintenance programs and integrate a new concept into the planning process, to ensure right level of maintenance, on the right assets, at the right time. Outcomes included a robust maintenance planning strategy for the future; decreased workorders and realised benefits of $1.1M year; and greater collaboration across teams.

Judges referred to the project as “carefully crafted change project with an integrated perspective.”

The 2015 ChangeConnect Award was celebrated on the 3 December at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. SA Water and Clear Decisions have been invited to present their winning project at ChangeJam 16.


2015 ChangeConnect Award | Winner

Nominated by Peter Seltsikas – Senior Manager, Asset Management, SA Water and Lisa Twyford – Managing Director, Clear Decisions.

2015 ChangeConnect Award | Nominees

Nominated by Brigitte Tiss, Change Lead, SA Power Networks

Nominated by Cindy Flower, Manager Organisational Reform, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Nominated by Kristen Hassan, IS Business Readiness Lead, Santos

Nominated by Helene Egan, Principal Consultant, Renew AU

Nominated by Natalie Jackway, Engagement & Transition Lead, Chamonix

2015 ChangeConnect Award Judges

  • Chris Wood | Manager Human Resources, Organisational Development at Santos Ltd; and President SA Council at The Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Erma Ranieri | Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Government of South Australia
  • James Carlopio | Director, JMJ Consulting
  • Thomas Maak | Head of School: Management, University of South Australia
  • [Representative] Susan Stewart | Global Strategic Communications & Change, Woods Bagot; and ChangeConnect Chair

End of year ChangeHub + ChangeConnect Awards

Celebrate change at our end of year ChangeHub on 3 December 2015 from 5.30 to 7.30pm.  Set to be a memorable evening with the announcement our inaugural ChangeConnect Award winner and the launch of ChangeJam16 (yes, our conference is happening!).


Thursday 3 December 2015, from 5.30 to 7.30 pm

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, located at 80 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

This event is kindly sponsored by Chamonix and generously supported by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Purchase tickets
Tickets include presentation, light refreshments, canapes and new connections.


Sweat the small stuff

Listen, draw on the past, be the change you want to see and consider the small stuff, were key themes at the ChangeHub event held 6 May 2015, featuring Andrea Johansen, Senior Manager Employee Communications, People and Performance at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

In an honest and energetic presentation to thirty change professionals, Andrea shared her story of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s recent move to activity based working and the change approach used to drive cultural change. Her presentation emphasised the:
• importance of a synchronised response to focus, engage, grab attention and take action (drawing on the analogy of the dragon fly)
• relevance of the acknowledging the past and understanding the culture to create stories that build an engaging vision for the future
• significance of the change leader to be the face of change (along with other leaders)
• value of face to face communications and the worth of talking and listening to people
• role of getting staff involved in the change to help make decisions and tell stories
• importance of the “little things”, which can become “big” issues if not managed effectively

The new Bendigo and Adelaide Bank headquarters at 80 Grenfell Street Adelaide was the perfect setting for ChangeHub, particularly the open plan kitchen atrium where the welcome and networking was held.

May thanks to Hood Sweeney for their sponsorship of the event; and of course to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for their use of the fantastic venue.