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Keynote speaker Roger Collins is a Professor Emeritus at the University of NSW and a leading Australian management consultant. His special contribution is how both organisations and individuals can sustain rather than just achieve success. Roger can effectively bridge town and gown with ideas and tools that are both relevant and rigorous.
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Dr Roger Collins is Professor Emeritus at the University of NSW and Chairman of the Board of Grant Thornton Australia. Roger also serves on the Board of the Australian Institute of Management ( NSW & ACT). In addition to his academic career he has prior experience in the private sector, the armed services, the public sector and in tertiary education.
Professor Collins has degrees from the University of New South Wales, and from Macquarie University in applied psychology and management respectively. His current interests include: the frontiers of leadership and executive development, organisational renewal and change that can sustain an organisation’s success; and factors influencing career and life success. Roger has a particular interest in the application of the Positive Psychology to organizational contexts. He has co-authored and edited several books, including Australia’s best selling text “Management in Australia” and recently held appointments at Cambridge University and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
Professor Collins’ consulting assists in four areas: working with CEOs and executive teams on the formulation and implementation of strategy, enhancing the performance of executive teams, assisting managers to develop plans and skills for the strategic management of their workforce, and developing the contribution of the human resource function. His experience extends from the private sector in professional service organisations, utilities and the financial services, high technology, airline, computer and communications industries. His clients include: Westfield, Oracle, BHPbilliton, Saudi Aramco, Rio Tinto, Thales, Cadbury, gadens, Dupont, Wesfarmers and Inenco. He is a member of the American Academy of Management and was the inaugural Chairman of the judging panels for both Australia’s and Asia’s Best Employers’ awards from 1998 until 2010.
Roger Collins regularly contributes to national and international management conferences and is a faculty member on several Australian and Asian executive development programs. For the past 25 years he has directed the region’s most successful strategic HR executive programs in Australia and New Zealand. These programs have attracted managers and HR professionals from a diverse range of organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The programs are widely recognised as a major influence on people management practices in many leading organisations. He has twice received the Alumni prize for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching at AGSM and was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
In January 2004 he was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to teaching and was awarded the Australian Human Resources Award for Career Long Achievement in HR in 2005.
As an outlet to and application of his professional activities, he is involved in raising beef on a property at Gerringong.