Friday 17 May, 2024

6pm – Welcome Function at Darwin Parliament House

The Northern Territory’s Parliament House opened in 1994 and is a magnificent example of tropical architecture. We’ll officially kick off the conference with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, and enjoy drinks and food on the lawn, overlooking Darwin harbour.

Saturday 18 May, 2024

8.30am – Opening

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

IFA National President

Josh has been with Winkle Group since his apprenticeship in 1992. After working in the trade for several years, he was trained in the areas of Estimating and Project Management.

Josh is an active participator in IFA and is the current National President of the Association. He also sits on the National Board of Directors.

Coupled with Josh’s practical experience and trade qualifications, he has completed a Diploma in Frontline Management. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the shopfitting industry is a huge asset to Winkle Group and its clients.

Josh is a family man, with three sporty kids. He’s actively involved in his son’s basketball club, South Adelaide, and spends most weekends coaching the kids to a win!

MC – Amy Hetherington

MC – Amy Hetherington

Amy is a terminally positive comedian and MC from Darwin; She has performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has supported comedy legends including Glenn Robbins, Fiona O’Loughlin, Jimeon, and Dave O’Neil to name a few. The young Territorian has been performing comedy since 2013 and has developed a reputation for high-energy performances, professional MCing, and hilarious comedy.

9am - Keynote: Lead, Manage, and Engage Generations

What Do Newer Generations of Employees Want, And Can Your Business Adjust?

In a world of online networks and communities, increased mobility and constant transitions, creating a vibrant, dynamic and engaging workplace culture is key in attracting, engaging and retaining top talent. Culture effectively fills the gap between what is officially announced and what is actually experienced. From embracing a culture of collaborative innovation through to creating ownership around a shared purpose and vision, in this session Claire will provide keys to facilitating greater engagement across multigenerational teams.

Claire Madden

Claire Madden

Claire Madden is the ‘go-to’ expert on generational engagement. Businesses engage her to better understand what makes younger generations tick and how to create an organisational culture that best harnesses and integrates their strengths. Not just a social researcher, she’s a media commentator, business consultant, and founder and Director of the strategy and communications agency, Hello Clarity. She is also the author of the book Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials. With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, she’s been featured on ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10 and Sky News, as well as on radio and print media, and regularly conducts presentations and workshops around the country.

10am - Morning tea

10.45am – Workshop discussion of keynote session outcomes

Facilitated by Claire Madden.

12pm - Lunch

1.15pm – Presentation and discussion with Liz Morgan-Brett

Liz will talk about her rise from Olympian to CEO of AIG (Aboriginal Investment Group) and will also facilitate a Q&A with the inspirational owner of a local Indigenous business who was assisted by AIG and the success they subsequently achieved with the group’s assistance.

Liz Morgan-Brett

Liz Morgan-Brett

Liz’s journey began as an elite athlete, playing professional volleyball in Italy, then competing at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Her successful transition into the business world was undoubtedly linked to the resilience she developed along her Olympic journey as well as the softer skills of effective communication and leadership, skills that have been so valuable in her business career. Her core skills in finance, governance and strategy were finessed during her studies in the Executive MBA and greatly assisted in transforming the UTS Union into a public company and a leader in the co-curricular NFP sector.

August 2021, Liz was appointed as the CEO of the Aboriginal Investment Group. AIG is a 100% Indigenous Corporation that supports Aboriginal people living in the 7 Northern Regions of the NT. The Board of AIG are leaders in their community, and they advise of the real-world challenges Aboriginal people face in the top end.

AIG assist in the space of food security, business support services and their Remote Laundries Project, which provides free washing and drying services for Aboriginal people living in remote communities. They’ve just ticked over 30,000 cycles of washing and drying and with 5 new laundries in production, and a partnership with the National Heart Foundation, AIG seeks to be a key contributor to the eradication of scabies in the NT.

2pm – Afternoon Tea & Expo

6.30pm – Transfer to Mindil Beach Casino Resort

7pm – Awards Gala Dinner

The highlight for many, the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will not disappoint. Hosted by our MC, Amy Hetherington, this celebration dinner will see the extraordinary calibre of creativity and workmanship of our industry celebrated when winners of our Interior Fitout Awards, Design Awards, and Apprentice Awards are announced. So pack your suits & pretty frocks, and get ready for a special night under the stars!

10pm-late – Afterparty

After the Awards Gala Dinner, join us at Mindil Beach Resort’s Sandbar for drinks and great music, into the small hours. (Drinks at own cost).

Sunday 19 May, 2024

9.30am – Improving the productivity of your team

Improving productivity performance is not a matter of choice. The industry is facing a critical workforce shortage of 105,000 workers within the next 12 months and with low unemployment there is no volume of migration or training that will solve this challenge.  Improved productivity is doing more with less.

How do we kick start productivity growth?

Barbara Clifford

Barbara Clifford

Barbara helps business leaders to take control. She provides professional development training and coaching for time management, communication, and stress management. She has become the #1 resource to help people to unclutter mess, make order from chaos, and swap the shackles of overwhelm… for freedom.
She now speaks around Australia (and internationally) on topics such as stress, time management, communication, mindset, leadership, and assertiveness (to name a few).

Barbara has partnered with the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, the Business Enterprise Centre, Charles Darwin University, and federally-funded programs through the Australian Small Business Advisory Service, to deliver empowering professional development and facilitated training. She also coaches people globally.

10.30pm – Morning Tea

11am – Manapan

Manapan, the furniture company whose name translates to “putting everything into one”, is linking up both established and emerging non-Indigenous Australian designers with a team of artisans on Milingimbi – 500kms from Darwin in Arnhem Land. Founded by Victorian shopfitter Mark White, from Ramvek, and supported by ALPA, a Darwin-based NFP Aboriginal organisation, the company is paving the way for heroing First Nations talent and showcasing stories of the people and the land through great design. Catering to bespoke briefs and collaborative efforts with designers, the business has expanded to reach more than just the individual consumer. Now, Manapan can be found in commercial properties across the country, including pieces housed in the likes of Melbourne Airport and Monash University.

Mark White

Mark White

Mark is the founding Director of Ramvek, one of Australia’s leading fitout companies, with diverse capabilities including construction, project management, and Australian joinery manufacturing in-house at their 5000 square metre facility.

Mark is also the General Manager of Manapan Furniture, located 500kms east of Darwin in Arnhem Land on Milingimbi Island, which he started in association with the not-for-profit Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) to develop skills and provide employment pathways for the Milingimbi Island Indigenous community. Manapan, a local word meaning “coming together”, was founded on the ethos of great design with heart, and boasts a small collection of high-end furniture using Darwin stringybark and other Australian timbers.

Mark will talk about the origins of Manapan and its reach to the commercial furniture market worldwide, and to the Manapan academy – which trains up younger members of the community, where the elder’s skills are transferred to the younger generations—and keeps them on the island and employed.

12pm – Lunch and Expo

Optional lunchtime presentation – Maximising Profit: Filling the Plane

Discover how to boost profitability in your business with interesting parallels drawn from the airline industry. Fixed costs and slippage are two big problems in the industry which greatly impact profitability. Come and listen to CEO of Innergy, Marc Sanderson, as he deep dives into a joinery shop as a case study to uncover some best practices for “filling the plane” / optimising revenue.

6-8pm – Farewell function at Crocosaurus Cove

We’ll end our time together among some of the NT’s most fascinating residents. Enjoy refreshments while having a snake wrapped around you, or holding a baby crocodile. We’re also going to send 2 lucky people into the Cage of Death – who will it be?

8.30pm till late - Party at WharfOne

Drinks & food, live music & dancing, fire eaters, sensational views – let’s party like there’s no tomorrow!