Regional development series: human capital

Regional development series: human capital

Sep 24
CEDA's regional development series examines the key economic, social and demographic issues facing regional areas, and the opportunities to enhance and sustain a prosperous future for regional Australia. This first event focusses on human capital and the future for regional employment.


Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University
James Flintoft, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Victoria
Mike Hirst, Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Event overview

In the era of digital disruption, globalised markets and high labour mobility, how will our regions remain competitive and resilient while attracting talent and promoting emerging industries?

The first event in this series focusses on human capital, productivity and innovation in regional economies, and the risks and opportunities that will arise from structural and long-term economic change.

Our speakers will examine:

  • Re-skilling and training, attracting and retaining human capital;
  • Developing new and growth industries;
  • Maximising opportunities in the global supply chain; and
  • Regional economies in the digital age.

Meet the speakers

Professor John Dewar
Vice-Chancellor and President, La Trobe University

Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995, and held senior leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe in January 2012. Professor Dewar is currently Chair of the IRU Group of Universities for 2014-5; Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors' Committee for 2014-5; Vice President of the AHEIA Executive Committee; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and Ormond College; and a Director of the Board of the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford

James Flintoft
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Victoria

James is currently acting Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Government's lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria. He was previously Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, and has held senior roles at ANZ Banking Group, McKinsey & Co and Allens

Mike Hirst
Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Mike Hirst was appointed as Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in July 2009. Since joining the bank in 2001, Mike has held the positions of Chief Executive Retail Bank, Chief Operating Officer and Chief General Manager Group Strategy. He is a director of the Bank’s subsidiary Rural Bank Limited, Deputy Chairman of Treasury Corporation of Victoria and a member of the Australian Government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council.

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