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TMA Conference 2023

July 19, 2023
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 conference.








This year’s event will be held in Sydney at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport on Wednesday July 19th.

One of the main aims of this year’s TMA conference will be to provide some insights into Attracting, Developing and Retaining Employees.

These are extremely challenging times and whilst much of the focus is on new hires, it is vitally important that all employers are doing whatever they can to retain existing talent.

Featured Speakers:

Dr John Gora – Ph.D (Psychology), B.Sc (Hons), NLP Trainer, EQ-i AccredJohn Gora

John is one of Australia’s leading authorities on Leadership, Culture Transformation, Sales Effectiveness, Workforce Performance & Emotional Intelligence. His organisation, Neural Networks Concepts, has served as business strategists, consultants and coaches for some of Australia’s leading organisations, including American Express, Colonial First State, KPMG, AGCO, Hastings Deering and CBA.

He brings over 23 years broad sector experience, servicing clients across agriculture, banking and finance, professional services, mining and manufacturing, retail and consumer products, education, health, not for profit and public service.

John’s unique array of qualifications, including a PhD in Psychology, NLP Master Practitioner, Emotional Intelligence Facilitator and Martial Arts Instructor, have enabled him to develop a number of personal and business-related methodologies designed to inspire people and organisations to achieve. Some of his clients have achieved over 400% improvements in business outcomes.


Mark Lewis – Director, Leading People & Culture

Mark has an extensive corporate background with global industry leader Caterpillar in the roles of HR Director and Company Director and with international HR Consulting firm Mercer in the role as Principal and AP HR Leader.
Mark has significant HR Director, Consulting and Board experience in leadership development, talent management, employee engagement, values integration, change leadership, performance management, risk management and strategic planning.
Mark is a co-founder and director of the HR consulting practice ‘Leading People and Culture’ which partners with businesses to help transform their people and culture processes from Good to Great. This involves consulting work on corporate values, culture surveys, leadership and strategic people and culture processes to help establish organisations as a preferred ‘employer of choice’.
Mark facilitates at Swinburne University to a post graduate level in Leading Organisational Change, Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership, Creative Thinking and Innovation, Strategic Planning and Human Resource Management. Mark also facilitates leadership development programs for a number of the university’s key corporate clients such as Specsavers, Service Stream, Lend Lease, NHP and John Holland as well as strategic planning workshops for major organisations such as Kmart and Toyota.
Mark also provides Executive Coaching to senior and middle level leaders across government and public and private corporations to enhance their leadership and organizational impact and effectiveness.

Mark is also a director and board member with O’Connor’s Farm Machinery and chairs their HR Committee.
Mark’s ongoing career mission is to assist organisations build work cultures that are highly engaged and deliver sustainable high performance that are industry leaders in the attraction and retention of talent.

Justin Smirk – Senior Economist, Westpac

Justin Smirk has more than 25 years of experience as an economist joining Westpac’s Economics team in 1999 following his training as an Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Justin has worked with advising traders and dealers, institutional and corporate clients as well as small businesses. He spent time in Westpac’s London office and had a secondment as Chief Economist at St George Bank.
Justin was also a member of the advisory board to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics.
But there is more to Justin than the economist you see. Starting out as an apprentice electrician he went on to be a farm management consultant working on various farming ventures in the Western Australian wheat belt. His views on macroeconomics are grounded in tough times farming families faced in the late ‘80s.



Ben White – Research Manager, Kondinin Group

Ben is an agricultural engineer, Kondinin Group’s research manager, former editor of Farming Ahead magazine and as an independent consultant, is a member of the GRDC stored grain extension team. Based in Western Australia, Ben comes from a family farm in northern NSW and has worked for the Kondinin Group for over 20-years. Ben has extensive experience in delivery of research information to farmers. He has expertise in the areas of farm machinery, livestock infrastructure, farming technology, communications and grain storage.

Luciano Mesiti

Luciano is the CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), whose aim is to promote food and fibre education in schools nationally, through the support of industry research and development corporations. Prior to his appointment he was a high school teacher, teaching agriculture, and design and technology. As well he was president of the NSW Agriculture Teachers Association and a lighthouse teacher in the NSW Dept of Education. Luciano has extensive experience in curriculum development in agriculture and technology and is very passionate about helping teachers to integrate food and fibre into their programs.