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Catalyst Conversations

A series of unique conversations with the Leaders of corporate Australia.

Crisis accelerates change. How do we identify and sustain the positive changes?

We invited Shane Fitzsimmons, the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience, NSW to to discuss leadership, resilience and navigating crisis.

Aria CEO Dan Rosen joins Ben Bars for a Catalyst Conversation, talking data driven creativity and the intersection of technology, music and culture.

‘Let’s stop talking about flexible working and start talking about flexibly minded leaders’- RACQ CEO Michelle Bagnall on the crucial role of leaders in instigating and inspiring change.

In the latest Catalyst Conversations, We Are Unity CEO Ben Bars and Michelle Bagnall talk about flexible leaders, ‘uncommon humanity’, trusting your gut in a data driven world and managing the healthy tension between executives and the board.

How does a member-owned, purpose-driven organisation deliver world class service with an intimate, local Tassie feel? Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) CEO Mark Mugnaioni joins Ben Bars for another Catalyst Conversation as they discuss the organisation’s history of advocacy, the future of mobility and the power of value-based decision making.


How does the CEO of a premium winemaking business ensure their wines are ‘first in glass’? Bryan Fry, CEO and Chairman of Pernod Ricard Winemakers, is our guest on this week’s Catalyst Conversations, talking leading through listening, the power of e-commerce, and keeping work convivial.

From street team to CEO, Andrew Mcguigan knows a thing or two about turning brand love into brand leadership. Tune in to our latest Catalyst Conversations, as Ben Bars welcomes Krispy Kreme CEO Andrew McGuigan to discuss leading from a distance, turning employees into advocates and the power of culture in driving strategic outcomes.

What has the Group CEO of Australia’s leading renewable energy company learned in these times of uncertainty? Hydro Tasmania’s Steve Davy joins Ben Bars to discuss the future of work and the future of better energy on this week’s Catalyst Conversations.

How does the CEO of Australia’s largest privately owned IT services company keep his people connected while the world is apart? Mal McHutchinson from Interactive talks with our very own Ben Bars about ‘keep technology human’ (and keeping toilet paper well-stocked) in this week’s Catalyst Conversations.

How does NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund keep people moving when parts of the country are grinding to a halt? We talk Purpose, Culture, Innovation and wearing flannels in the home office on this week’s Catalyst Conversations.