Chief Human Resources Officer, Aristocrat
Christie is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Aristocrat, responsible for leading the Global HR team and supporting key cultural, engagement and leadership initiatives across the organisation. Christie is a highly experienced HR professional, having led HR teams across a range of industries including publishing, transport and logistics. Christie joined Aristocrat as HR Manager for the Australian Studios in 2011, before stepping into the role of General Manager HR, Global Product, Supply and Technology. Most recently, Christie held the role of General Manager, CEO Office supporting Jamie Odell and the executive leadership team.
General Manager, SKYCITY Hamilton
Michelle has more than 24 years’ experience in the casino and hospitality industries in New Zealand, and has held various senior managerial roles within SKYCITY Entertainment Group predominantly in casino operations, but also in hotel operations and project management positions.
Michelle was appointed General Manager SKYCITY Queenstown in May 2008 and was responsible for successfully incorporating the SKYCITY Wharf Casino business into the existing SKYCITY Queenstown Casino business in July 2013. Michelle relocated to Hamilton in April 2014 to take up the position of General Manager SKYCITY Hamilton and has overseen a number of positive changes to the Hamilton business achieving strong financial growth.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury. She was a Board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce from 2012 – 2013 and was on the Executive Committee of the Hamilton Central Business Association from 2015 – 2016. Michelle is currently a Trustee of the SKYCITY Hamilton Community Trust and joined the Board of Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia in November 2018.
Executive General Manager – Human Resources, Crown Resorts
Alicia’s extensive background in Human Resources spans over 20 years to include work in both the public and private sector and has also served as a Commissioned Officer with the Australian Army. Currently, Alicia is also a Board Member of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board and the Crown College Institute of Higher Education.
In 2014, Alicia was awarded Executive of the Year at the CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards and in 2015, she received the prestigious Industry Pride Award at the annual International Women of Gaming Awards.
Alicia’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Chief People & Performance Office – The Star Entertainment Group
Kim Lee commenced at The Star Entertainment Group in January 2015, and brings with her more than 18 years’ experience in successful Human Resource roles across sectors in Australia and Internationally. As a Senior Human Resources Executive, Kim has an extensive track record in public and privately owned FMCG, global packaging, building supplies, consumer aftermarket automotive, and forestry product (Pulp and Paper) markets in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, most recently serving as Group Human Resources Director of Rank Group Limited from 2006 to 2014.
Kim is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a Bachelor of Biological Science, Microbiology & Biochemistry from Latrobe University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Victoria University.
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Aristocrat
David Ronson is Aristocrat’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region, responsible for the creation and implementation of the regional business strategy, with a strong focus on building a high performance culture, creating a great customer experience, leading product portfolio development and commercial strategy. He has been with Aristocrat since 2010 and has held several senior leadership positions during that time, including the role of Managing Director, ANZ and Sales Director ANZ. He has an MBA from Macquarie University and prior to Aristocrat, held several senior roles in the liquor industry. David is a passionate, people focussed leader of the Aristocrat team and is based out of the company offices in North Ryde, Sydney.
Alison Smith, MBA, GAICD
Group Executive, External Affairs, Queensland, The Star Entertainment Group
Alison Smith has been with The Star Entertainment Group since mid-2015. Her role covers government, industry and media relations for the group and its properties in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.
She is a senior media and corporate relations executive with experience at Rio Tinto’s coal and uranium businesses in Australia, Africa and Canada. Alison has worked in the public and private sectors in ICT, transport, energy, police and corrective services.
Her background is journalism, having worked in newspapers, radio and television, and as a former senior media advisor in the Queensland Government.
Alison is a director on the Brisbane Festival board; an executive committee member of the Committee for Brisbane; Vice President of the Queensland Futures Institute Corporate Affairs Council, a member of the Queensland Advisory Panel for the Accommodation Association of Australia, and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Qld Tourism Committee.
Group Finance Transformation Manager, The Star Entertainment Group
Kimberley has extensive experience across the hospitality industry, holding senior roles in both operations and finance. Commencing with The Star Entertainment Group 9 years ago, Kimberley initially joined the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre team before moving to the Star Group Finance team.
Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and a Masters in Professional Accounting. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a qualified member of CPA Australia and is a member of Women on Boards.