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Our MC and speaker, Brett de Hoedt leads Hootville Communications working with non-profits on marketing, communication programs and campaigning. He’s an experienced journalist, talk radio host and publicist, who’s also made documentaries, reviewed restaurants and written game show questions.

Brett will be keeping Ideaction.2016 upbeat, on time and in the know!

ROB EDWARDS – It’s All About You

Rob has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Anatomy & Physiology. He has been a company director for 20 years in the health and well-being industry, where he designed and delivered staff development programs for hundreds organisations. Prior to that he worked for five years in a cardiac rehabilitation program where he wrote the internationally distributed book "Better Blood Pressure".

Rob has diverse experience working with people at all levels of business, cardiac patients, young offenders, elite athletes and remote island communities. He also manages the “It’s Time Foundation” that he established in 2007 – that replaces diesel power with solar in remote island schools.

Rob’s focus is simply to encourage people to take a brief time out in their busy lives to consider their most important asset - themselves. And to get you thinking about sustainable actions that deliver long term quality of life outcomes.

We can’t look after other people unless we look after ourselves first.

NIGEL COLLIN - Game of Inches

Nigel created his first business at the age of twenty and sold it at twenty-one. He then went on to build Absurd Entertainment, one of Australia largest entertainment design companies.

He worked extensively on the 2000 Olympic Games, was entertainment advisor at the 2000 Paralympic Games, and holds the accolade of being show director for Australia's largest ever corporate event in 2005.

Having passed the baton by selling the Absurd in 2004, he moved into the world of consulting, advising his clients on implementing ideas and everyday innovation.

He has advised C-Suite executives, Ministers of Parliament and entrepreneurs in both public and private sectors.
As an international speaker, he has presented his experience and expertise to organisations in myriad industries including IT, Franchise, Events, Marketing, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Government and Telecommunications. 

He is an alumni of the Disney Institute, a Ted-Xer, and author of three books. As a speaker he is in demand both in Australia and overseas.



John Cantwell’s presentation draws on four decades of high-level military command, including in three wars, recovery from natural disasters, and leadership of major organisational change.

His key message is that true influence flows from your personal leadership, not your job title.

His talk highlights the power of leadership to profoundly influence individuals and organisations. He outlines a framework of highly effective leadership behaviours learned the hard way: through hands-on experience in difficult and occasionally deadly circumstances.

By focussing on key leadership behaviours, John affirms the importance of accountability, the delivery of change through big ideas, decisive leadership, overcoming uncertainty, and the power of an inspirational leadership narrative.

Through real-world examples, John’s presentation challenges the audience to assess their responses to the accelerating demands of modern leadership.

Leadership is about people not organisations.

  • Great leadership is grounded in accountability for our decisions and actions.

  • Leaders drive change by developing and implementing big ideas.

  • Authentic leaders are decisive leaders.

  • Uncertainty is the norm; good leaders use it to seize an advantage