Future of Work: workforces in transition

Future of Work: workforces in transition

Nov 12
The final event in CEDA WA’s Future of Work series welcomes senior leaders from Rio Tinto, Bunnings, McKinsey & Company and Transition Hub as they examine approaches to talent acquisition and retention for the future agile, digital, mobile and automation-driven workforce.


Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
Michael Schneider, Managing Director, Bunnings
Oliver Tonby, Chairman, Asia, McKinsey & Company
Louise Watts, Director, Transition Hub

Event overview

Industry experts will share insights and offer advice for reimagining and creating a worker-centric, productivity-driven organisation, empowered and ready for the future of work.

This event will consider:

  • How inclusive and innovative work practices create empowered workplaces that foster trust;
  • The role of the physical work space in increasing productivity; and
  • How leaders can support employees be more productive and enable organisations to be more responsive to change?

Event presentations

Chris Salisbury, Rio Tinto MP3

Louise Watts, Transition Hub MP3

Michael Schneider, Bunnings MP3

Oliver Tonby, McKinsey & Company MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Chris Salisbury
Chief Executive - Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Chris was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group in July 2016, with accountability for an extensive suite of assets, operations and supply chain logistics in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

He became acting chief executive of the Copper & Coal group in March 2016, overseeing its operations and projects globally. Chris was previously chief operating officer, Coal with accountability for strategy, project development, operations and logistics for Rio Tinto’s coal mines in New South Wales, Queensland and South Africa.

Chris joined Rio Tinto in 1988, with experience spanning bauxite, alumina refining, aluminum smelting, coal, port logistics and uranium. He is presently a board member of the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council.

Michael Schneider
Managing Director, Bunnings

Michael Schneider was appointed Managing Director Bunnings Australia and New Zealand in March 2016.
Prior to this Michael led Store Operations teams across Australia and New Zealand after joining Bunnings in 2005. Before joining Bunnings, Michael held a range of senior operational, commercial and human resources roles across regional and national markets, both in retail and financial services businesses.
Michael is committed to developing diverse teams that challenge the status quo and embrace innovation to drive high performance which is critical in today’s competitive retail environment. As a leader, he is known for his collaborative, genuine and honest style and for having a real passion and energy for the Bunnings business.

Oliver Tonby
Chairman, Asia, McKinsey & Company

Oliver Tonby is Chairman of McKinsey’s offices in Asia.  He is a core leader of McKinsey’s Digital Capability Centre (DCC) in Singapore, an Industry 4.0-focused model factory, to drive digital transformation of companies in Southeast Asia.

Since joining McKinsey in 1997, Oliver has worked across multiple industries including energy and materials, industrials, private equity and technology. He has worked alongside clients on large scale, integrated transformation and growth including internationalization, organizational development, leadership development, operational improvement, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions.

Oliver holds several leadership and advisory roles. He is a member of Singapore’s Future Economy Council (FEC), which is chaired by Singapore’s Finance Minister and comprises members from government, industry, unions, and educational and training institutions. At McKinsey, he is a member of the MGI Council, which advises the think tank’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends.

Louise Watts
Director, Transition Hub

Louise leads our team of communication coaches, trainers and performers who specialise in personal impact, brand, culture, executive presence and interpersonal expertise. Focusing on the development of people, Louise has forged a reputation as an executive coach who brings meaning to impact and impression as communication. Based on the philosophy that personal impact is a result of self-perception, self-awareness and attitude, Louise advises organisations on people development strategies, often on a global scale.

Meet the facilitator

Dr Vanessa Guthrie
Member, Skills Expert Panel – Australian Government

Dr Vanessa Guthrie is an experienced Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector, in a variety of diverse minerals and energy resources. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.

Vanessa is on the board of a number of organisations, including listed companies Santos Limited, Adelaide Brighton Limited, and Tronox Holdings PLC; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Curtin University and the WACA where she is Deputy Chair. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Vanessa's contribution to the mining industry has been recognised both in Australia and globally, including being recognised as one of the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining.

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