Speaker Profiles

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers AJ Name Amy Jacobson
Title Emotional Intelligence & Human Behaviour Expert
Company Finding Your 'Y'

Amy challenges and disrupts mindsets in people to own their performance and amplify engagement. She is an emotional intelligence and human behaviour specialist, with 19 years experience of more than doubling engagement and market brand scores.


Working with clients such as SME’s across Law, Real Estate, Mining, Insurance and Retail, to name a few, Amy has a burning passion and drive to see people reach their full potential, embrace their strengths and find their ‘y’.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers CM Name Christina Mourtzios
Title Director
Company Synergy, Training & Development

Christina has a strong background in learning and development with over 15 years experience in the industry. She is passionate about developing people and her philosophy is based on a proven ability to enhance the productivity of organisations by helping them develop the most effective and efficient people. Christina brings a creative flair to her training sessions and makes complex sounding concepts simple to understand. She is able to draw on her experiences and share her knowledge with participants so they can build confidence and find value in her training.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers CD Name Professor Craig Deegan
Title Professor
Company University of Tasmania

Craig is a Professor of Accounting within the College of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania. His research interests are in the area of social and environmental accountability and accounting, financial accounting, and financial accounting theory, and he is one of the most highly cited accounting researchers internationally. He is also the author of three leading textbooks, namely Financial Accounting (Mc Graw Hill, 9th edition 2020), An Introduction to Accounting: Accountability in Organisations and Society (Cengage, 1st edition, 2019), and Financial Accounting Theory (McGraw Hill, 5th edition to be released late 2020). He has also been the senior supervisor of over 20 PhD completions.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers GE Name Gary Edwards
Title Lecturer
Company University of South Australia

Gary is passionate about helping people to effectively communicate for successful negotiation outcomes. He has developed competency standards for police hostage negotiators and worked on numerous conflict resolution projects for SA Police. As a lecturer, he taught emerging lawyers the skills of negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution and advocacy.

Gary’s training style is collaborative and practical, he provides the tools and strategies that enable participants to apply them immediately back in their workplace. He focuses on building knowledge and capability by providing immersive learning experiences, through ‘learn-by-doing’ practical exercises.

In his spare time, Gary likes to practice magic!

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers MB Name Matthew Burgess
Title Founder
Company View Legal

Matthew Burgess co-founded dynamic specialist firm View Legal in 2014, following experience as a lawyer and partner of one of Australia's most formidable independent law firms for over 17 years. In part inspired by working in the SME market space, Matthew has been the catalyst for a number of innovative legal platforms, including establishing what was widely regarded as Australia's first distributed law firm.  The firm has never used timesheets to price its work.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers PL Name Petris Lapis
Title Director
Company Petris Lapis Ltd Pty

Petris has worked in accounting, law, academia, banking, business and training. She has consulted to government and industry and published several books and hundreds of papers. She has studied commerce, law, coaching, NLP and hypnosis and is passionate about helping professionals thrive and succeed.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers RP Name Rob Pillans
Title Founder and Accounting Firm Coach
Company Planet Consulting Pty Ltd

Rob is a driver of change who has worked in and with accounting firms for 30 years. Through his experience and professional networks, Rob knows what successful firms do and is well versed in helping accounting firm owners and managers improve their business. His decades of hands on experience includes roles as CEO of two accounting firms, the GM of one, Business Manager for two more and 10 years in client facing roles.


As an accounting firm coach Rob works with firms in many ways including helping them to prepare for succession within the firm. He is across trends in this area and familiar with the various approaches that firms take.

CPD Mgmtnprofskills Speakers TS Name Tamsin Simounds
Title Co-Founder / Head of Coaching and Leadership
Company The Edge PR

Tamsin Simounds is a certified Modern Psychology Practitioner and Leadership Strategist, helping Australasia’s top leaders achieve transformational change. Tamsin has upended conventional wisdom about what it takes to become an impactful leader, allowing leaders to put away the rule book and lead with an open mind and courageous heart.


While the rest of the world is encouraging leaders to ‘be more confident’ and unknowingly provoking self doubt, Tamsin shatters the myth that you need to be more confident and instead gives leaders the permission to focus on the innate value they bring to the table. On top of ten years of experience in corporate leadership, Tamsin is highly trained in leadership strategy, modern psychology, and emotional intelligence. She is tertiary qualified and holds a long list of certifications including Diplomas in Modern Psychology, Management and Leadership, as well as being a Master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Clinical Hypnotherapy.