United in Business – Business & Leadership Luncheon

April 29, 2019

United in Business – Business & Leadership Luncheon

United in Business is pleased to announce our next major event. The Business & Leadership Luncheon.

Join us at Crown’s Palladium to hear from our incredible guest speakers as they share their journeys with business & leadership. Enjoy a 2 course lunch & beverages as well as the chance to mingle with fellow United in Business members and associates.

When: Friday 21 June 2019
Where: Crown Melbourne, Palladium
Times: 11.30am-2.30pm

Early bird prices available until 27 May
$1,300 – table of 10 
$150 – individual tickets

After 27 May
$2000 – table of 10 
$200 – individual tickets 

Inclusions: 2 course meal & beverages 

Guest speakers:
Brendon Gale – Richmond Football Club CEO & Executive Director 
Dorothy Hisgrove – PwC Partner & Chief People Officer 
Scott Tanner – Former Bank of Melbourne CEO & Melbourne Business School Director


Brendon Gale – Richmond Football Club CEO & Executive Director 
In a professional athletic career spanning 12 years, Brendon played 244 games of AFL football with the Richmond Football Club from 1990 to 2001.

Upon retirement from professional football, Brendon practiced law with commercial law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques in the banking and finance practice.

In January 2005, Brendon was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association where he was responsible for representing the collective industrial interests of all AFL players.

In September 2009 Brendon was appointed as CEO of the Richmond Football Club. Brendon leads a diverse team of over 150 people, a budget of approximately $80 million and is responsible for the performance of all aspects of the organisation. Under Brendon’s leadership, Richmond’s iconic Punt Rd Oval headquarters has been transformed into an elite high-performance facility, and the Club has achieved record consumer and commercial growth year on year, resulting in well over 100% revenue growth since 2010. Further, with the establishment of Aligned Leisure and the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership Brendon has grown an increasingly diversified sports business.

Importantly, the Club has competed in five of the last six AFL Finals Series, including the drought breaking 2017 AFL Premiership – Richmond’s eleventh overall.

Brendon is a passionate diversity advocate and holds a number of directorships and also served on the Board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission from 2009-2013. He is also an active participant in the Male Champions of Change program.

Dorothy Hisgrove – PwC Partner & Chief People Officer 

An experienced executive and director, Dorothy has held senior leadership positions across a diversity of sectors with a focus on the development and implementation of growth and transformation strategies in large and complex businesses.

In her current role Dorothy heads up the people practice for PwC Australia’s 8,000+ employees where she is leading the redesign of the people function including the digital transformation of the workforce.  She is a member of PwC’s Global Human Capital Leadership Team.  

Dorothy’s most recent role was General Manager People, Customer and Community AFL. As a member of the AFL Executive, her portfolio included P&L responsibility for AFL State operations, Community Football, People & Culture, Brand, Marketing and Customer Experience. 

Acknowledged by the AFL Commission and CEO as “a driver of major industry-wide change that left an indelible mark on the game”, Dorothy delivered the first gender strategy to grow female participation which resulted in a 3-year funding commitment to invest in coaching, umpiring, a leadership development program for women in the industry and the establishment of 163 female football teams which saw a record surge in female participation and set the foundation for AFL Women’s.  She was Chair of the Board of AFL Tasmania and led the formation of AFL’s inaugural Indigenous Advisory Council.

Before joining AFL Dorothy held the role of General Manager Culture & Communications Australia Post leading Employee Experience; Culture & Diversity; Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Management throughout a period of major change in the postal sector.

Prior to Australia Post Dorothy was General Manager People Engagement & Change National Australia Bank with responsibility for the Groups’ Global Culture Program, Employee Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion.

At NAB, she also led Retail Bank’s Small Business Segment where she established the CVP for small business customers. 

Prior to NAB Dorothy led the Corporate Affairs function for several BHP businesses supporting global transformation programs, divestments and acquisitions across 90 countries.

She is a speaker and panelist at industry leading events, holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Marketing and Post Graduate qualifications in Marketing.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of Golf Victoria and a Director of Teach for Australia.

Scott Tanner – Former Bank of Melbourne CEO & Melbourne Business School Director

Scott Tanner is an experienced Chief Executive, Chairman and Company Director.

Scott is Managing Director of SMT Advisory Services, a Corporate Advisory business which he founded in 2018. 

He is the current Chairman of Committee for Melbourne having been appointed in February 2014.  Committee for Melbourne is a member organisation founded in 1985 that contributes policy suggestions to government and helps drive initiatives to ensure that Melbourne continues to be a great place to live and to do business.

Scott is Chairman of rapidly growing non-bank lender PropertyShares and is also Chairman of parking solutions company UbiPark.

Scott is also a Director of the Melbourne Business School.  He was previously a Trustee of Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, and a Director of Tennis Australia. 

In his corporate career Scott was most recently Chief Digital Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Westpac Group’s Consumer Bank division. 

Prior to this Scott was Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne. After relaunching the Bank in July 2011, he grew its presence throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. It has been heralded a local banking success story.

Before this Scott was a Director at global business consulting firm Bain and Company for 15 years. Scott opened Bain’s Melbourne office in 2000 and led the firm’s Asia Pacific Financial Services Practice for six years.

Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.