Past Speakers

Friday 1 December Luncheon

Laura Anderson

Guest Speaker:   Laura Anderson | International Company Director, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Topic:                    The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Impact on the Workplace and the Australian Grand Prix

Laura Anderson is an international company director, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  She has worked extensively across governments and industries locally and globally in trade, investment and infrastructure development.

Laura is Chairman of SVI Global.  Laura is a long-standing Australia Day Ambassador and a Board Member of the Fulbright Commission, the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools, Epworth HealthCare, The Defence Science Institute, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the National Basketball League and supports the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem as Chairman of LaunchVic.

Laura was honoured as an Ambassador of International Women’s … Read More

Friday 3 November Luncheon


Guest Speaker:   Finbar O’Hanlon | ‘Rockstar of Technology’

Topic:                    Being an Expert not being an Expert

Strategic thinker, global technology pioneer, digital media architect, inventor, futurist and musician are a few ways to describe Finbar O’Hanlon. He has helped Telstra, the Australian Gand Prix, NAB, Apple, IBM and the Sri Lankan Government to define their strategies and explore how they can disrupt the industries they are in.

Finbar lives and breathes the future. More importantly, he creates technology today that empowers tomorrow…and tomorrow is now.

Dubbed by the media as the ‘Rockstar of Technology’, Finbar has been at the forefront of technologies that transform the digital media landscape across the world. He has launched three publicly listed companies and been … Read More

Friday 6 October Luncheon


Guest Speaker:   Simon Mawhinney | Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer | Allan Gray

Topic:                    4% p.a. real returns are UNSUSTAINABLE in the long term

Simon Mawhinney joined Allan Gray in 2006 as an analyst. He joined Allan Gray from Alliance Bernstein, where he held a role in Finance from 2004 to 2005. From 2001 to 2003, Simon worked in the Equity Markets group at Macquarie Bank. He also worked at Deloitte and Touche in the Financial Institutions Services team from 1998 to 2001.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Business Science (First Class Honours) with majors in Finance and Business Strategy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Cape Town). Simon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998 and … Read More

Friday 1 September Luncheon


Guest Speaker:   David Evans | Executive Chairman | Evans Dixon

Topic:                    Challenges faced during the Evans & Dixon’s journey

David Evans is the Executive Chairman of the recently merged Evans Dixon, having established Evans and Partners Pty Ltd, the investment advisory company in June 2007.

Since 1990, he has worked in a variety of roles within JB Were & Son and the merged entity Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Ltd where he ran the Private Wealth business and the Institutional Equities business.  His most recent role at Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Ltd was Managing Director and Chief of Staff.

Mr Evans is a Director of the Seven West Media (SWM) and Chairman Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the … Read More

Friday 4 August Luncheon


Friday 4 August Luncheon

Guest Speaker:   Richard Faber, Executive Director | Discovery Limited

Topic:                  Discovery’s experience expanding outside South Africa – Lessons learned

Richard Farber is an Executive Director of Discovery. From 2003 to 2017 he was Group CFO and Financial Director and played an instrumental role in Discovery’s international expansion.

Discovery is a shared value insurance company whose purpose and ambition (to make people healthier and enhance and protect their lives) is achieved through a pioneering business model that incentivises people to be healthier, drive better and undertake activities to enhance and protect their lives. Today Discovery impacts over 6.9 million lives, with insurance licenses in South Africa and the UK and partnerships with leading insurers– AIA in South … Read More



Friday 7 July Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Derek Scott, CEO | Haileybury Principal

Topic:                   The important role education is playing as a major export earner for Victoria and Australia now, and in the future.

Derek Scott is the CEO | Principal of Haileybury, the largest school in Australia with 4100 students on four sites in Melbourne and one of the leading academic schools in the country.

Haileybury City is Melbourne’s first vertical school. It opened in 2016 in a 13,000 sq/m re-purposed office building opposite Flagstaff Gardens.

Haileybury is Australia’s largest transnational school education provider with a campus in Wuqing, just out of Beijing, and eight programs in schools in China, the Philippines and Timor Leste.

Derek is an expert in … Read More

2 June 2017 Collins Club Luncheon


Friday 2 June Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Gavin Norris, Executive Coach & Trusted Advisor

Topic:                  Do soft skills matter in business?

Gavin provides senior level coaching to business executives across both private companies and ASX200 listed corporates. He has done substantial research on leadership and how to configure high performance teams and also works to company leaders over an extended period of time to grow and develop their careers.

Having been an executive coach for over 15 years, Gavin is also a trusted advisor working with companies. He previously worked with Telstra. He coaches those in Leadership roles wishing to improve their leadership capabilities and building high performance teams.


Date:                Friday 2 June 2017

Venue:             The Kelvin Club 14–30 Melbourne Read More

Friday 5 May Luncheon


Guest Speaker:       Steve Fisher, Chairman of Breville Group Limited and CEO of the Voyager Group

Topic:          The art of leading public and private companies in the context of a family office

Steven has more than 32 years in general management positions in the wholesale consumer goods industry and is currently the CEO of the Voyager Group, a position he has held for the past 20 years.

Prior to entering the consumer goods industry, Steven was a chartered accountant having qualified in South Africa before immigrating to Australia in 1986 where he joined EY.

Steve currently sits on the board of Playgro, Simon de Winter Group, Anthea Crawford and various other companies in the wider Solomon Lew Group of Companies.

Steve … Read More

April 2017 Luncheon


Friday 7 April Luncheon

Guest Speaker:       Amin Riazati

Topic:        Escape from Persia…

Life is composed of many stories and everyone has a story to share.

We have been told that us human beings are all equal. We are all born with the same attributes but what makes us different is how we utilise those attributes at the time of need.

At the age of fourteen, most young men are still boys. Their greatest preoccupation is choosing what sports to play or how to get their hands on the new and upcoming video game. For Amin, it was the age he had to make the life changing decision to leave all that was familiar to him. He left his home, his … Read More

Before the Bounce Luncheon

AFL experts coming together to support Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria.


Madgwicks’ charity AFL footy lunch is returning – bigger and better than ever!

Hosted by Network Ten news anchor, Stephen Quartermain, guests will be in for a real treat as Stephen interviews a panel of AFL greats namely:

  • Mike Fitzpatrick – Chairman of the AFL Commission, former Carlton champion and Premiership Captain
  • Shane Crawford – Channel 9 personality, former Hawthorn champion and Brownlow Medallist, and
  • Billy Brownless – Channel 9 personality and former Geelong champion

Come along and join us for an AFL extravaganza as these footy legends provide unique insights into the world of AFL, where the AFL juggernaut’s future is headed, and share their personal views on … Read More