Hear words of wisdom from dynamic speakers

Find out more about who’s speaking at Xerocon, what they’ll be talking about – and what makes them tick.

About Adam

A Consumer Psychologist and Chief Strategy Officer at advertising agency cummins&partners, Adam has degrees in Commerce and Psychology and by a strange twist of fate began his career in forensic psychology. He worked in maximum-security prisons and private practice before making the move to marketing, where he switched from understanding criminal behaviour to consumer behaviour.

About Alex

Alex is responsible for 19 offices globally and 150,000 CPA Australia members in 121 countries. He is one of only two Australians to have been featured on the Accountant publication’s list of the world’s top 50 most influential people in the accounting profession. He writes a regular blog for The Huffington Post, fronts CPA Australia's online community, is a regular business commentator on The Money News and Sky News Business – and is host of The Bottom Line, which screens nationally on the Nine Network.

About Louise

Working with Rackspace’s largest and most complex cloud customers, Louise helps companies transition to the cloud and makes sure they take full advantages of hybrid cloud computing. With a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology from the University of Sydney, Louise started her career as a network engineer in North Carolina, USA, and has since held a mix of roles covering data centre, mobility and cloud in the UK, USA and in Shanghai.

About Laura

Laura is responsible for Xero product development in Australia. A recent addition to the Xero family, she has a wealth of experience in managing and leading development teams in the online space. Prior to becoming a Xeroe, Laura managed consumer-facing products for well-known Australian web portal carsales.com.au and is passionate about fostering innovative work cultures, developing people and delivering beautiful user experiences.

About Michael

Michael ‘MC’ Carter is the founder and director of Practice Paradox™, a publishing, training and consulting organisation that teaches accounting firms the marketing psychology, skills and systems required to grow and prosper. With a degree in Industrial Design and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management, Michael has a unique combination of right brain creative skills and left brain analytical skills, making him a presenter who entertains, inspires and informs.

About Rod

One of New Zealand’s leading technology entrepreneurs, Rod is widely regarded as a technology rock star and serial web entrepreneur. With a string of software success stories to his name, Rod’s enthusiasm and zest for innovation shows no signs of slowing down, and he continues to play an active role in making sure Xero continues to be at the forefront of innovation for customers across the globe.

About Chris

Chris has been in the Australian IT industry for over 20 years. His experience spans a range of disciplines including enterprise sales and marketing, product management, strategic planning, business analysis and channel development. At the helm of Xero Australia, Chris has overall responsibility for business strategy, people management and development, revenue growth, key alliances and expansion of market share in the Australian marketplace.

About Timothy

Tim is Director and Founder of both ChangeGPS and Change Accountants and Advisors and is passionate about bringing positive change to the accounting industry. Change was born out of a highly successful firm Tim co-founded in 1990, which earned a place among BRW’s Top 100 Accounting Firms in Australia list from 2008 to 2010. Change is also part of the ASX-listed Countplus Limited group, made up of the high-performing firms in the Count Financial Limited group, Australia's largest independently owned network of financial planning accountants and advisors. Tim is a JP (Qual) and member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

About Matt

Matt Barrie is an award-winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer. In 2011, he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also the winner of the technology category in the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2011. Matt is a prolific speaker and has spoken at, or featured in; the Summit Series, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Switzer, BRW and The Economist. In 2012, he was selected out of a field of 600 presenters to be one of 21 featured speakers at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas (SXSW), one of the world’s largest interactive, music, film and technology festivals.

About Matt

Matt is behind Xero’s innovation in the banking space and runs the integration team responsible for the delivery of Xero functionality and features that cross over into the world of banking and payments. Previously, Matt has worked as a Business Analyst, Senior Developer and Account Manager.

About Jason

Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy & design expert who shows forward thinking leaders how to influence work culture, drive progress and build for the future of work. Jason is the author of The Game Changer – a new book that shows how to use motivation science to influence behaviour and drive change at work. Jason has worked with senior leaders of many multinational including PepsiCo SAP, Toyota and Gartner, as well as Optus, Telstra, Sydney Water, AMP and the International Institute for Research.

About Chris

A business strategist, director and senior coach with over a decade of experience, Chris works with leaders to help them get the most out of their business. His primary focus is on strategy development, cultural change and building sustainable revenue streams. Chris has been a Director of Altus Q for 11 years. Prior to that, he worked as a Business Coach and HR Manager.

About Chris

A leadership coaching and development expert with a passion for growing business people into extraordinary leaders, Chris has extensive experience across all facets of leadership development, from business mentoring and coaching to team alignment, performance and communication strategies.

About James

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of 'The New inventors’ on ABC TV – and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio. From criminal lawyer, to comedian to media personality and presenter, James has a wealth of experience and a real interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches.

About Sue

Sue Viskovic is the Founder of Elixir Consulting, a WA-based specialist coaching firm for financial and risk advisers around Australia. With over 15 years’ experience in financial services across roles in banking, funds management, advice and licensee services, Sue has built her career and her business on helping financial advisers, accountants and risk specialists improve the way that they run their businesses and deliver advice. She is also a sought-after speaker and business coach, and has penned a number of books for financial advisers.

About Steve

Steve began his own financial advice business Experience Wealth in 2008 with a focus on helping Generation X & Y with their finances and life-changing investments. He started with no clients, no referral partners and had never been an adviser before. Despite the odds, his business today is going strong, with a robust advice offering designed specifically for younger generations. Steve also created Your Spending Coach to help other advice professionals embrace the power of having great budgeting and cashflow conversations with their clients.

About Penny

Penny oversees marketing, PR, events and sponsorships for Xero Australia and plays an active role in the development of integrated marketing and advertising campaigns and ongoing brand development activities. Before joining Xero, Penny led marketing teams in a variety of global enterprise software and professional services firms.

About Jon

Jon is responsible for providing global marketing programs, services and strategic direction to our regional offices. He’s also in charge of driving online sales, automation and productivity across Xero’s marketing channels. Previously, Jon has worked in senior marketing roles for the likes of SAP, SalesForce and Cisco, to name a few.

About Jakub

A technologist with very varied professional experience, Jakub has a degree in computer science, started out as a HPUX engineer, and over the course of time, found himself working on two feature films – including the first of the Hobbit trilogy – before gradually finding his home in the world of cloud computing. He has also worked with the Open Group on translating parts of the TOGAF 9 Framework and is passionate about complex problems around scaling, large quantities of data and making utility computing a reality. Jakub has worked with companies in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and currently heads up Rackspace’s cloud architecture team in Australia.

About Chris

Chris is a highly acclaimed Gen-Y era technology futurist and digital thought leader. A global trailblazer, he has worked with some of the largest and most successful companies in our modern world, with extensive experience in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Leading the charge, in this exciting frontier, he will guide you and demystify the complexity around digital. Chris will also show you how the consumer adoption of technology translates into incredible benefits for your business right now, and what you must embrace to succeed in the future.

About Gavin

Gavin is a business executive with 12 years experience across industries such as telecommunications, financial services, travel and technology. His wealth of experience covers enterprise sales & marketing, strategic planning, business analysis, channel development and people management. Gavin has worked in the UK, India and Australia with small to medium sized businesses. ​He is passionate about creating value for businesses and demonstrating the positive impact technology has for SMEs.

About Heather

Heather Smith works with all types of Xero users from accountants, bookkeepers to small business owners, from Brisbane to Brazil. She weaves insights she garners from the coalface into writing, YouTube videos and social media shares. As a seasoned Xero Advisor, she is the author of the Xero for Dummies series, Australian Ambassador for XU Magazine and is a prolific writer. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications. She’s worked in UK, Canada, and Singapore. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce, FCCA, and FICB.

About Donnie

Donnie is responsible for providing our partners with an awesome experience as they migrate their clients to Xero. A former practising accountant and Xero Silver Bookkeeping partner, Donnie has designed and delivered powerful tools to help partners easily convert clients to Xero from any accounting system.

About Joel

As an education specialist in the Australian team, Joel is passionate about helping our partners gain a comprehensive level of knowledge, experience and competence on all of Xero software platforms. Personable and easy to engage with, Joel makes learning the ins and outs of Xero enjoyable.