PRIA VIC Crisis Conference: Brace for Impact

The Victorian chapter of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) College of Fellows invites members, clients, colleagues and associates to Australia’s most prominent crisis conference, Brace for Impact.

Brace for Impact includes keynotes from three leading industry professionals, Head of Corporate and Cybercrimes at Victorian Police, Detective Superintendent Patrick Boyle, Head of Security Enablement at ANZ Craig Templeton and Australian Terrorism expert Dr. David Wright-Neville. Amongst the keynotes will be presentations from a multitude of crisis, risk and issues management experts.

Divided into two presentation streams, 1) crisis prevention and preparedness and 2) crisis response and recovery, Brace for Impact will provide attendees with a detailed insight into all avenues of crisis and issues management.

If a crisis hits, could your organisation effectively Brace for Impact?

Keynote Speaker 1: Detective Superintendent Patrick Boyle (Head of the Corporate Cybercrimes, Victorian Police)

With close to 40 years’ experience within the Police force, Detective Superintendent Patrick Boyle manages some of Victoria’s most complex crimes relating to fraud and extortion, criminal proceeds and e-crimes in the Crime Command’s Finance and Cybercrime division.

Throughout his career, Dept Supt Boyle has worked as a detective at various police stations, nine crime squads and transit. He also held management roles at the Ethical Standards Department.

In 2004, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, in which he undertook a research project about street gang identification and travelled to the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Canada. Dept Supt Boyle is also a board and life member of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Keynote Speaker 2: Craig Templeton (Head of Security Enablement and Chief of Staff, ANZ Banking Group Ltd.)

Craig has over 21 year’s industry experience and has worked in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

For the last 15 years, Craig’s focus has been on Information Security and Risk Management, spanning industries that include pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and financial services.

Working at ANZ for the last 7 years, Craig is the current AISA (Australia Information Security Association) “Security Professional of the Year” and regularly speaks both at home and abroad on Cyber Security, particularly the social and human aspects of secure behaviour.

Craig is currently an international advisor to a research project called “Dark Social Machines” that seeks to understand the pathways leading people into cybercriminal activity.

Keynote Speaker 3: Dr. David Wright-Neville (Senior International Risk Analyst, Globe Communications)

David is Senior International Risk Analyst at Globe Communications, a Melbourne-based consultancy firm specializing in domestic and international risk and risk perceptions, where he monitors different types of violent political extremism and the threat they pose to the community, governments and the private sector. Before joining Globe he was a senior terrorism analyst in the Australian intelligence community.

Internationally recognised as an expert on terrorism and politically motivated violence, Dr. Wright-Neville is the author of The Dictionary of Terrorism, several other books and several dozen articles and chapters on different aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism policy.

He has completed over 800 media interviews in Australia and overseas and appeared on outlets such as CNN, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America as well as news and current affairs programs in countries as diverse as China, Malaysia, Ireland, Spain and Turkey. In Victoria is a regular commentator on international affairs on 3AW's Neil Mitchell program.




Opening remarks and key learnings from Toronto WCDM - David Hawkins


Keynote Speaker 1: Detective Superintendent Patrick Boyle, Head of the Corporate and Cybercrimes (Victorian Police)


Keynote Speaker 2: Craig Templeton, Head of Security Enablement and Chief of Staff (ANZ Banking Group Ltd.)



Stream 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness

Stream 2: Crisis Response and Recovery


Preparing for a Royal Commission - Peter Mahon, CEO (Royce Communication)

Managing Social Media - Walter Adamson, GM Victoria & Principal Consultant (KINSHIP Digital)


Preparing for a pandemic - Meredith Cameron, Communications Manager, Health and Emergency Management (Department of Health and Human Service)

Wye River community resilience - Peter Kent, Chief Executive (Porter Novelli)


Effective stakeholder management: the proactive avoidance of crisis - Jessica Hudswell, Head of Communications, Group Business Services (Australia Post)

Crises on the high seas - Peter Taylor, Head of Corporate Communications (AIA Insurance)


Don’t miss the warning signs: Risk management frameworks -Tony Jaques, Owner and Director (Issue Outcomes P/L)

Potential outage – Should Government intervene? Alistair King, Senior Associate (RMK + Associates)


Panel discussion: Chaired by Ross Monaghan, Lecturer- Communications &Director, Graduate Employment, Arts & Education (Deakin University)

Panel discussion: Chaired by Mark Civitella, Director (Globe Communications)



Stream 1: Crisis prevention and preparedness

Stream 2: Crisis response and recovery


How prepared is a school for a sex abuse scandal? - Russell Deer, Principal (Braemar College)

Lessons from Hazelwood - Merita Tabain, Director of Corporate Communications (Victorian Police)


High Consequence Decisions Making - Russell Boon Managing Director (CAPACITY Building Emergency Management)

Using research to track sentiment during a crisis - David Hawkins, Managing Director (Socom)


Preparing for Victoria’s largest and most complex infrastructure project - James Tonkin, Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations (Melbourne Metro Rail Authority)

Turning Crisis into Opportunity: what Neuroscience can teach us - Dr Jonathan Toussaint (FMC: Meditation and Counselling Victoria)


Panel discussion: Chaired by Rupert Hugh-Jones, General Manager - Customer Relations (Liberty)

Panel discussion: Chaired by Melanie Wilkinson, CEO (Fenton Communications Australia)




Keynote Speaker 3: Dr. David Wright-Neville - Senior International Risk Analyst (Globe Communications)


Keynote Speaker 4: To be confirmed




Closing remarks


Networking drinks




Thursday 4 August 2016



8:30am arrival for a 9.00am start
Event closing remarks 4pm
Networking drinks 4:15pm-6.00pm


Deakin University Melbourne Corporate Centre,
Deloitte Building, Level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC

How to get there:

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Parking - The venue has no in-house parking. There are three parking options that are close by:
570 Bourke (secure parking)
542 Little Bourke
Southern Cross Station parking

Public transport - 9 minute walk from Southern Cross Station. Trams 86, 96 (Stop #3 - William/Bourke)

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$250 PRIA members
$275 PRelationship
$300 non-members

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Online registration: PRIA event tickets can only be purchased online via credit card payment in advance. Members are required to log into PRIA’s website obtain the appropriate discount and to ensure continuing professional development points are tracked.

PRIA event tickets can only be purchased online via credit card payment in advance. Members are required to log into PRIA’s website to obtain the appropriate discount and to ensure continuing professional development points are tracked.

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Event Location: Deakin University
Registrations Open: Fri, Jun 17 2016
Registrations Close: Wed, Aug 03 2016
Price: AU $ 300 (Inc. GST)
Places Available: 20