Seminars – Day 3

Day 1 – 20 Nov
Day 2 – 21 Nov
Day 3 – 22 Nov
Dr Neale G O'Connor
Dr Neale G O'ConnorProfessor of Accounting, Head Accounting and Finance, School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
Cost $60 + gst

9.30am – How to Maximise Your Supplier Negotiations to Get the Best Outcome

Learn about the three big areas of negotiation when sourcing from overseas suppliers in order to optimise your business. In addition, discover strategies that you can use to enhance your negotiations. You will also gain important knowledge for your future factory visits as well as the questions you should ask on the trade show floor.
Dr. Neale G O’Connor is Managing Director a China risk management consulting company based in Hong Kong.

Dr. Neale O’Connor is one of the foremost experts on technology and innovation in manufacturing in China. His speaking engagements and executive programs are in demand from international and mainland China managers. Neale has spent 18 years in Hong Kong where he researched the modernization processes of Chinese firms, examining issues such as performance measurement, order qualification, and trust. His ‘China 1000’ project is the largest ever survey of operational risk issues for foreign buyers and Chinese suppliers. Most recently he has been undertaking factory quality audits for multinational clients and advising on operational and marketing improvements as Director of Ricebox Ltd 

Neale is also a cofounder of China Sourcing Academy a complete training system for professional buyers seeking to source from China.  He is founder and editor of Tech Asia Youtube Channel with over 7500 subscribers.

Neale is the author of The China Casebook on Operational Risk, and The Management Control of MNCs in China. Neale has developed corporate business cases for a number of large multinational companies including HTC, PQI, Philips, Delphi, and Alpharma. His cases are used extensively around the world. Based on publications, citations and research grants, he is one of the leading management accounting researchers in Asia.

Dr Neale O’Connor is also Professor of Accounting at Monash University, Malaysia. He has previously taught at Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and The National University of Singapore. He has worked in the Petroleum and Insurance industries as well as an Accountant.

Facilitator: Melinda Tually
Facilitator: Melinda TuallyDirector, Ndless: The New Normal
Cost $40 + gst

11.00am – Trends in Ethical Sourcing and Sustainability

We are now retailing in the era of transparency. Traceable supply chains and sustainable fibre programs are fast becoming standard elements of apparel sourcing strategies. Learn what some of Australia’s iconic brands are doing to ensure visibility and empowerment of their supply base as well as the measures being implemented to address environmental impacts.

Melinda-TuallyMelinda Tually, Director NDLESS: The New Normal
Melinda is a responsible business strategist advising brands and retailers on ethical sourcing and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks, communications, partnerships and sourcing.


Sonya Rand, Group Sustainable & Ethical Sourcing Manager, Cotton On Group

Sonya joined the Cotton On Group as Group Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Manager in early in 2018, bringing with her extensive knowledge in the sustainability space gained from more than 20 years’ experience in retail, fashion and consumer goods industries. A chartered Chemical Engineer, Sonya has held advisory roles with the Australian Attorney General’s Office and DFAT, addressing issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Supply Chains and the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Specialising in stakeholder engagement, policy development and risk management, Sonya’s role sees her leading the growth of the Group’s existing sustainability programs and finding new opportunities to drive positive long-term change across the supply chain.


Shasta O’Loughlin, Group Purchasing Manager, Rip Curl Australia

Shasta is the Group Purchasing Manager and the Environmental Committee Chair at Rip Curl’s Global head office in Torquay. With over a decade of experience at Rip Curl across roles in purchasing, licensing and operations, in 2016 Shasta established the Social Responsibility and Sustainability programme for it’s global business. During this time she has been responsible for rolling out several initiatives to support the company’s founding values and principles. Shasta has a Bachelor degree in Business; Tourism and Hospitality Management from LaTrobe University and has a passion for the snow, having worked in ski resorts across Canada, Australia and the USA.


Lucy King, Sustainability Manager, Country Road Group

Lucy is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Country Road Group’s sustainability strategy. As one of Australia’s largest specialty fashion retailers and operating five differentiated brands: Country Road, MIMCO, Trenery, Witchery and Politix; the group is on a Good Business Journey to drive positive social and environmental change across its business operations and supply chain. With extensive experience in driving sustainability within fashion and food retail in Australia and South Africa, Lucy has previously played an advisory role to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme, and the ISEAL Alliance Stakeholder Council, on improving the quality and applicability of sustainability standards.

Clare Bradin
Clare BradinSenior Associate, Allens Australia
Cost $40 + gst

12.30pm – What Your Business Needs to Know About the Modern Slavery Act

This informative session will outline the Modern Slavery Act and how your business can prepare for the incoming legislation. Rachel will also outline the proposed model of the corporate reporting requirements and how it is expected that the Federal and NSW laws will interact.

Modern slavery is a high-profile issue in the fashion industry, with the Global Slavery Index 2018 finding that Australia imports over $US4b in clothes and accessories at risk of having modern slavery in their supply chain.

Don’t miss this important seminar to ensure your business is prepared.

Clare is a Senior Associate in Allens’ Disputes and Investigations team and specialises in litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. She has particular expertise advising on compliance and regulatory disputes involving global risk and compliance matters including anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, public and private sector whistleblowing, and environmental matters.

She also assists her clients with the development and implementation of policies and compliance programs to proactively address regulatory risk, including in relation to the incoming modern slavery reporting regime in Australia.

Nerisha Jairaj
Nerisha JairajExecutive Director, SAFLEC - South African Footwear & Leather Export Council
Cost – Complimentary

2.00pm – South Africa Rising

Experience South Africa, the production powerhouse of Africa known for it’s industrial capabilities.  Poised with stable infrastructure and innovative manufacturers, this seminar will uncover the partnership possibilities that exist between South Africa and your business.
Nerisha Jairaj Executive Director of South African Footwear and Leather. She has an  MBA in Organisational Behaviour and has achieved Honours in Business Administration. She has over 20 years export and procurement experience.
Day 1 – 20 Nov
Day 2 – 21 Nov
Day 3 – 22 Nov