Keynote Speakers, Hosts & Congress Presenters

Our 2023 Congress brings together a remarkable group of successful professionals who have a wealth of experience in their respective fields.

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Bronte Campbell

Olympic, Commonwealth & World Swimming Champion

Bronte Campbell, the second of five siblings, hails from Malawi and began swimming under her mother Jenny’s guidance, a former synchronized swimmer. Inspired by the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she embraced competitive swimming when her family moved to Australia in 2001, joining the Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane alongside her sister Cate.

In 2011, Bronte’s talent surfaced as she won Gold in the 50m Freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships and competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Collaborating with Cate, she secured a World Championships Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay in 2013.

2014 marked a golden year for Bronte, achieving victory at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Her star continued to rise with three Gold medals at the 2015 World Championships. She clinched her first Olympic Gold in 2016 at the Rio Games as part of Australia’s world record-breaking 4x100m Freestyle team.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast saw Bronte claim three Golds and a Silver, notably beating her sister in the 100m Freestyle. Her success continued at the 2019 World Championships, where she added more Golds and a Silver to her impressive collection.

Bronte is not just an athlete; she’s also an advocate, supporting Carers Australia and participating in events to combat homelessness. She’s pursuing a journalism career, writing poetry, and co-authored a book with Cate titled ‘Sister Secrets: Life Lessons from the Pool to the Podium’ in 2021. Bronte’s remarkable journey in swimming and her dedication to social causes make her a notable figure both in and out of the pool.

Cate Campbell

Olympic, Commonwealth & World Swimming Champion

Cate Campbell, the eldest of five siblings, hails from Malawi and started swimming under her mother’s guidance. After the family moved to Australia in 2001, she and her sister Bronte joined the Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane.

Cate’s swimming journey took off as a young talent, winning two gold medals at the Australian Age Championships when she was just 13. By 16, she broke Australian and Commonwealth records and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, earning Bronze in the 50m Freestyle and 4x100m Freestyle.

She continued her success with a Bronze at the 2009 World Championships and became an Olympic champion in 2012 as part of Australia’s 4x100m Freestyle team. Cate’s career featured numerous accomplishments, including World Championship Gold in 2013, Commonwealth Gold in 2014, and another World Championship Gold in 2015.

In 2021, she made history by qualifying for her fourth Olympics and was Australia’s Flag Bearer at the Tokyo Games. Cate won a bronze in the 100m freestyle and contributed to record-breaking relay teams.

After four Olympic Games, Cate sits amongst the greatest swimmers to represent Australia with 8 medals to her name. Only three Australian Olympians have won more medals, and only one other swimmer has represented Australia as many times as she has at the Olympic Games.

Hosts & Facilitators

Hamish McLachlan

Sports Commentator, Broadcaster & MC

Hamish McLachlan’s broadcasting journey began in horse sports and polo, where his roles as a player and administrator opened doors to local and international game-calling opportunities. To refine his skills, he spent three summers in Europe, hosting sports and charity events while commentating matches, all in pursuit of a career in Australia.

In 2008, he returned to Australia and secured his breakthrough with Channel 7 as the host of “AFL Game Day,” blending insightful analysis with lighthearted banter. His success on the show led to hosting roles for Spring Racing broadcasts and tennis commentary at the Australian Open.

Recognised as one of Australia’s premier event hosts, Hamish helmed iconic occasions like the Melbourne Cup, Rio 2016 Olympics, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and the entertainment series “Australian Spartan.” In 2019, he began hosting the prestigious Brownlow Medal Count and Coverage and, in 2020, presented the popular AFL digital series, “The Last Time I Cried.”

Beyond broadcasting, Hamish actively supports causes such as Captain Courageous, where he serves on the board, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where he is an ambassador. His partnership with AIA Vitality reflects his multifaceted career. Hamish resides in Melbourne with his wife Sophie and their three children and is widely sought after as an entertaining master of ceremonies, having had the privilege of interviewing the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant at an exclusive event.

Keith Cullen

Founder & Managing Director
WT Financial Group

Keith Cullen is the founder and managing director of WT Financial Group Limited and is the largest (non-institutional) shareholder. He has 37 years of experience as a corporate executive and entrepreneur across the broadcast media, technology, and financial services sectors. Keith successfully conceived and implemented the strategy to pivot the group from its previous B2C focus to a primarily B2B focus through the acquisitions of Wealth Today, Sentry Group, and Synchron.

Keith is an entrepreneur and problem solver, and a creator and builder of businesses, ideas and careers. He is an empathetic, persuasive, determined and pragmatic businessman who relishes challenges and balances big picture thinking with hard work and detail orientation; and a sense-of-urgency with perseverance and grit. With a track record of success in the recruitment, training, mentoring and motivation of high-performance individuals and teams, he encourages and instils these traits in those around him.

Congress Presenters

Grant Hackett

OAM, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Generation Life

Grant joined the Generation Development Group & Generation Life Executive Team in September 2017 and was promoted to CEO in 2018. Since Grant’s appointment he has driven 29% 5-year CAGR in sales and 43% 5-year CAGR NPAT for the Group. With over 15 years of experience, Grant has held many senior positions across marketing, distribution and wealth management for Westpac and BT Financial Group.

Grant’s qualifications include an Executive Master of Business Administration with first class honours, a Diploma of Financial Services and he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors.

Prior to his corporate career, Grant was a multiple Olympic, Commonwealth and World champion representing Australia in swimming and has held 16 world records. Grant has received the Order of Australia medal, Australian Sports Medal, and Centenary Medal for his achievements and is a member of the Sports Australia Hall of Fame. Grant has also served on multiple Boards such as Regal Funds Management, Headstrong – National Centre for Mental Health and the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission.

Shane Oliver

Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist

Shane Oliver joined AMP in 1984, becoming Chief Economist in 1994 and is now Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy. He has extensive experience analysing economic and investment cycles and understanding what current positioning means for the return potential for different asset classes such as shares, bonds, property and infrastructure.

Shane is a regular media commentator on economic and investment market issues and engages regularly with investors at public events and forums. He is responsible for the provision of economic and macro investment analysis and, as part of the broader Investment Strategy and Dynamic Markets team, the management of the Dynamic Markets Fund and the determination of AMP Capital’s asset allocation policy which is applied across more than $65bn invested in multi-asset funds.

Shane has a PhD in economics which focussed on the validly of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (it isn’t) and asset price bubbles (there are). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Macquarie University.

Neil Rogan

Managing Director & Head of Distribution
Russell Investments

Neil joined Russell Investments in April 2019. Prior to this Neil was the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for Gowing Bros Limited, one of Australia’s oldest listed companies.

He has over 25 years in the financial services industry having been the General Manager Investment Bond Division at Centuria Life. Prior to this, Neil held several senior roles at AMP Ltd including, Head of Marketing Campaigns, Head of Product Marketing. During this time Neil lead the changes for the introduction of MySuper in 2013.

In 2014, Neil was a NSW Council Member of the Australian Marketing Institute. He has also chaired several Financial Services Council (FCS) subcommittees including the judging panel for the FSC/Deloitte Future Leaders Awards and served on the national judging panel for the Telstra Business Awards.

Greg Newman

Head of Platform Distribution

Greg has over 30 years’ experience working in the Australian Financial Services market, working in wealth management, funds management, platforms, advice, and affluent banking.

Greg joined HUB24 in 2016 when HUB24 was a business with less than $10 billion in FUA and approximately 70 employees, some 6 years later HUB24 has over 700 employees with total funds under management of $64 billion and is an ASX 200 company.

Greg is a resident of WA and has had a relationship with WT Financial Group subsidiary Sentry Advice dating back some 20 years.

Craig Parker

Craig Parker
General Manager, Retail Distribution

Craig Parker is the General Manager, Retail Distribution for AIA Australia. Craig has over 30 years’ experience, with a strong focus on strategic planning and continual innovation. During his career, Craig has worked with such organisations as Virgin Money, Macquarie, and TAL where he was tasked to redefine business models and launch first-to-market initiatives for staff, clients, and partners.

With over 7 years at AIA, Craig joined the Retail Distribution team at the beginning of 2023 to support the Life, Health, and Wellbeing conversation for retail advised licensee, practices, and adviser partners. Prior, Craig was part of the AIA Health business and spent 2022 working at AIA Group Office in Hong Kong.

Adam Crabbe

Risk Strategy Specialist

Adam Crabbe has over 25 years of financial services experience encompassing financial planning and adviser education. He is a co- author of Zurich’s award-winning Cost of Care whitepaper, is a Fellow of FINSIA, a contributor to various CPD content on life insurance, and holds both the CFP and Life Risk Specialist designations.

Adam joined Zurich in 2018 following 5 years as a senior analyst for insurance product research, a role in which he was instrumental in developing an industry framework for Approved Product List construction, performed comprehensive due diligence on insurance products, and helped in the selection of products and strategies that have assisted financial advisers achieve a best interest outcome for their clients.

Marshall Ross

Partner Education Manager
MLC Life

With over 9 years’ experience in the Life Insurance industry spanning a variety of roles from underwriting, new business, and business development across multiple leading insurers and a family background in financial advice practice, Marshall is passionate about risk advice and assisting advisers to deliver efficient and effective outcomes for their clients.

Marshall holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology along with a Diploma of Financial Planning and in his role as Strategy & Risk Advice Manager at MLC Life Insurance is involved in working with advisers on strategic risk advice and delivering educational content to MLC Life Insurance partners.

David Glen

National Technical Manager

David’s responsible for providing advice on the tax treatment of TAL products. He also leads the development and delivery of technical content for advisers.

With over 20 years’ experience providing tax and strategic advice to the financial services industry in Australia and Asia, David is well equipped to work closely with advisers to formulate effective client solutions.

David’s worked as a tax partner at a large accounting firm and more recently was tax counsel for several insurance companies. David is a qualified solicitor, Chartered Accountant and holds a post graduate diploma in taxation law.

Stuart Riddle

Managing Director
Knkt Interactive

At the helm of Knkt Digital, Stuart directs a potent team of experts focused on accelerated software delivery, harnessing AI and innovation to bring solutions to life at unprecedented speed.
With more than two decades in the industry, Stuart’s diverse experience spans solutions consulting, digital marketing, and customer success, all enriched by the grit and drive cultivated from running startups and spearheading digital initiatives in various agency roles.

Stuart and his team at Knkt aren’t merely technologists; they’re business disruptors in the best sense. By leveraging advanced technologies like AI, their modus operandi extends beyond mere innovation—delivering measurable, bottom-line results for clients is their real end game.

Stuart’s mission is both ambitious and straightforward: to solve high-impact problems, transforming businesses and equipping them with the capabilities to operate at warp speed.

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