Maximize Your Potential – Virtual Conference

Date & Time
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Dates: December 1, 2020 - December 2, 2020
Contact Details


If you missed the recent Appita YPN Virtual Conference – Maximise your potential don’t worry recordings of the sessions are now available for viewing. Please use your member credentials to login and view the webinar at For members who attended the event, we hope you enjoyed the experience and gained some valuable insights. To our sponsors thank you for supporting the Appita YPN, your contribution has made it possible to deliver the event free to Appita Members. We look forward to seeing you at many more YPN events in 2021.


 Join the Young Professionals Network for our inaugural virtual conference! The program is packed with up-to-date, industry-relevant information and will provide ample opportunity to maximise your potential through engaging discussions and workshops. Hear from thought leaders and experienced professionals on the current state of the industry and how the pulp, paper and packaging markets are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry leaders will share their insights on how to harness your potential to succeed.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr Tom Verghese, an internationally renowned, author, presenter, cross cultural coach, consultant and founder of Cultural Synergies. Join Dr Verghese for an interactive and thought-provoking session on “Diversity and Inclusion: The new normal”. Tom will challenge your thinking and increase your awareness and knowledge of diversity, inclusion, equity and unconscious bias.

The conference will culminate in a dynamic two-hour workshop on how to “Maximise your Potential”. Mim Bartlett, Psychotherapist, Facilitator and Executive, Coach will provide the tools you need to unlock the potential of your personal and professional success as a Leader.


Dr. Tom Verghese –  Cultural Synergies
Diversity and Inclusion – The New Normal

Dr. Tom Verghese is an internationally renowned consultant, author, presenter, executive cultural coach, and founder of Cultural Synergies. He has over 25 years of global consulting expertise in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, and high-performing teams and leaders. With an extensive global client base of Fortune 500 companies from oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, automotive, manufacturing, higher education, entertainment, FMCG, and financial services, he is a well-respected thought leader in the CQ field.

Tom is the author of ‘The Invisible Elephant’ – ‘Exploring Cultural Awareness’ – ’25 Years On – A Collection of 25 Reflections as an Intercultural Management Consultant’ and co-author of ‘The Pillars of Growth – The Keys to Getting Exponential Growth in Your Business Today.’ Dr. Verghese was born and raised in Malaysia. He currently resides in Melbourne.

Mim Bartlett – Mim Bartlett Consulting
Maximise Your Potential

Mim Bartlett is a highly successful psychotherapist, keynote speaker, facilitator, and executive coach with more than 20 years’ experience delivering leadership and career development programs and coaching that increase executive’s confidence, success, and optimism for clients such as Suncorp, NAB, and Aesop.

Mim Bartlett Consulting works across global markets with Associates in Asia and London. Mim has also spent six years living and working in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, ensuring her keen appreciation of cultural diversity.

Fluent in Chinese, Mim’s experience working for various multinational companies in law, sales, and marketing ensure her strong foundation to connect with a range of people across various industries.

Mim holds a double Law/Arts degree from Melbourne University, with a Major in Mandarin Chinese language. Mim has worked at King and Wood Mallesons in Melbourne and ABN AMRO (in-house) in Singapore. She also worked in sports marketing and sales/marketing in consumer goods for six years in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. She is a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist and has Executive Coach and ACT qualifications.

Mim is one of the 2015 winners of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She is also deeply involved in social justice work as an advocate, fundraiser, and mentor with several, not for profit organizations including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Human Rights Art and Film Festival.

Terry McDonald – President, Appita.
Opportunities for Young Professionals – The value of building and maintaining networks.

Terry McDonald is currently the President of Appita.

Terry graduated from RMIT as a Chemical Engineer. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry, working in that sector for 7 years in various roles including as a process operator, process and project engineer. Terry was involved in the design, construction, commissioning and validation of pharmaceutical plants.

Terry joined Visy in 2002, where he started in the Visy Paper Coatings plant, originally as a production manager and then as operations manager.

He then moved to the VP5 recycled paper mill in 2009 and spent 5 years there as the production manager. Terry then moved into the national quality manager role for the paper mills and recently he has also started working with the Visy Beverage Can division also in the area of quality.

Attributes/Specialisation: Strategic Analysis, Paper Production, Business systems, Coaching and mentoring.

Tim Woods – Managing Director, IndustryEdge
People, pandemics, panic, paper and packaging: how behavioural change has altered paper and board markets.

Tim Woods is the Managing Director of IndustryEdge. Tim has more than 25 years of expertise in the fibre, wood products, and pulp and paper industries. He has a solid background in research, policy, strategy, and project management.

Tim leads IndustryEdge assignments, in conjunction with data analysts, consultants, and associates across the globe.

In a diverse career that includes a period as Chairman of an industry superannuation fund, he has established a wide-ranging, information and data focussed expertise that he applies to client needs. Tim also has experience in the Asia Pacific region, especially in South East Asia.

Jim Henneberry – Professionals Director 
“Managing up” to influence organisational direction, performance and culture.

Jim is currently the Chair of Circa Group Ltd and Timberlands Pacific, director of FWPA and a Trustee at Monash APPI. He has served as CEO of Australian Paper, CE at CHH in NZ and numerous other director and management positions with International Paper and other international companies. Jim holds degrees in engineering MBA degrees

Panel Discussion - Managing up

Industry leaders share their thoughts and insights on how to influence organisational direction, performance and culture. 

Dr Jon Ryder 
Chief Executive Officer,
Oji Fibre Solutions

Eric Luck 
Regional President,
Norkse Skog Australasia

Jean Yves Nouaze
Executive General Manager
Visy Pulp & Paper

Adrian Berton
Group General Manager,
Opal Australian Paper

David Anderson Managing Director, WPI

Louise Van Tiel

Rhiannon Mathers

New Speaker Competition

Proudly sponsored by Solenis Australia Pty Ltd. 

The conference will include the Appita New Speakers competition, with contestants from Australia and New Zealand going head-to-head. We hope our Australian and New Zealand members will join us at the finals, to support our new speakers and see who will be crowned the 2020 New Speaker Competition winner. The winner will receive an educational grant for career development in the pulp & paper industry and a plaque.

Louise Van Tiel, Plant Engineer, Oji Fibre Solutions Kinleith, New Zealand Will present on “Kinleith Mill Liquid Chlorine Filling Bay Improvements”.

Rhiannon Mathers, Graduate Process Engineer, Kimberly-Clark, Australia Will present on “Waste Reduction in Rolled Converting”

Brice Charles Landman Memorial Award

Join us on Wed 2nd December to celebrate the achievements of one of our rising stars who will receive the prestigious Brice Landman Memorial Award for the Young Professional of the Year for 2020!

The Brice Charles Landman Memorial Award for the Young Professional of the Year will recognise an individual or individuals who are pursuing excellence in their careers and have made a valuable contribution to their organisation and/or the pulp and paper industry, by demonstrating an outstanding level of professionalism, integrity and leadership in their position either at a local or international level.

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