Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Leading and mentoring for the next generation, the Copland Leadership Program is CEDA's professional development program for leaders ready to take the next step in their careers by preparing them with new skills, awareness and knowledge to elevate their leadership performance.



Blair Comley PSM, Partner, EY Port Jackson Partners
Amy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Investment NSW
Jane Carland, General Manager of Castrol for Australia and New Zealand, BP
Dr Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Accenture
Lee Hickin, Director National Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia
Shanti Rama, General Counsel, Indigenous Business Australia

Event Overview

As we move on from a pandemic, strong leadership is more critical than ever. Over three non-consecutive days over 5 weeks, participants are provided with access to some of Australia’s top business leaders, who will share their insights and industry experience in highly interactive and informative group sessions. The program has a limited number of participants to ensure an exclusive and personalised learning experience, and will be delivered face to face. Click here for more information.

  • Be mentored by Australia’s top business leaders, learn from their insights as they guide you in your leadership transition
  • Hear from some of influential leaders from a diverse cross-section of industries and career journeys
  • Peer-to-peer support and networking
  • Learn to lead with confidence and adapt to change
  • Gain new and fresh perspectives on modern business challenges
  • Develop critical thinking skills needed to solve complex business problems
  • Gain new perspectives and insights into current critical leadership challenges.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in your career
  •  Build your confidence and obtain the skills required to become an effective leader.
  •  Manage stakeholders and build high-performing teams in the physical and virtual world
  • Learn to understand your blind spots and lead with empathy and influence.

Opening keynote address

Blair Comley PSM
Partner, EY Port Jackson Partners

Blair joined EY Port Jackson Partners in January 2018 following a distinguished public sector career. Regarded as one of Australia’s foremost senior public servants, Blair joined the Commonwealth Treasury in 1994.
His most recent role was Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the NSW Government. In this role, Blair had extensive engagement with Commonwealth State relations, including reform of the Federation. Blair played a critical role as a member of COAG Senior Officials in all aspects of policy. including climate change and energy efficiency.

Blair holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Master of Economics from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Australian National University and lectures in the Department of Economics at Monash University.

Meet the speakers

Amy Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Investment NSW

Amy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Investment NSW. She is passionate about enabling access to opportunities for individuals via a strong economy, healthy communities, and high-quality government services. Amy also believes in the power of partnership between Government, the private sector, NGO’s & educational institutions to drive outcomes and deliver value for taxpayers. Amy has held the role of Deputy Secretary and head of the Strategy and Delivery Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet – responsible for providing expert commercial, strategic and economic advice to the Premier on major and complex whole-of-government policies, programs and projects. She has also been a Partner in the Sydney office of PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Business, worked in infrastructure finance at NSW Treasury and as an infrastructure lawyer in a number of top tier law firms.


Jane Carland
General Manager of Castrol for Australia and New Zealand, BP

In her role as General Manager of Castrol for Australia and New Zealand, Jane leads a large and diverse team across manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, working across most aspects of the value chain including Operations, Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Business Development and management.   Jane has had the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and energy transition initiatives and prior to her current role, led the development of LNG as a fuel across Asia Pacific.  This entailed leading infrastructure projects in the gas to power/industry sectors as well as securing investment for downstream LNG opportunities in the marine & transportation sectors. Jane has extensive experience in managing stakeholders and enjoys nothing more than delivering innovative deal structures that meet the needs of each party.

Dr Andrew Charlton
Managing Director, Accenture

Andrew Charlton is a Managing Director at Accenture. He has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. Commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group, he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he was senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. Andrew’s academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Lee Hickin
Director National Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia

As the National Chief Technology Officer, Lee advises businesses and governments on their digital transformation journey, focusing on the adoption of capabilities such as AI and machine learning. Lee has over 28 years’ experience in the IT industry. Passionate about positive and responsible innovation in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Space domain awareness technologies, Lee has worked in Asia, the UK and Australia. Lee also heads the Microsoft’s Office of Responsible AI for Australia and guides organisations through the cultural transformation needed to embrace responsible AI implementation. 

Shanti Rama
General Counsel, Indigenous Business Australia

Prior to starting in 2015 at Indigenous Business Australia, Shanti had worked in private practice in Sydney and in‐house with the Northern Land Council in Darwin where she represented land‐owning Aboriginal groups in major project negotiations.  Shanti has significant commercial experience for a diverse range of clients, from Aboriginal groups to listed and private companies in a range of different sectors including property, government, energy, mining, retail and tourism. Shanti’s recent areas of focus have been banking and finance, and funds management with a key role in the establishment of IBA’s Indigenous Prosperity Funds. Shanti has a strong commitment to working in areas where she can contribute to driving positive public outcomes.  
Shanti has degrees in medical science and law (with honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Meet the facilitator

Dr Melinda Muth
Copland Leadership Program Facilitator

Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in organisation development, team effectiveness and organisational culture, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She is a facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of executive education programs in Australia and has worked in Asia and the USA. She is Managing Director of Streamwise Learning, and education faculty facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Melinda is an active thought leader and writer on governance issues, and is working on a new book "Ten Big Workplace Myths: a guide to feeling happier and more engaged at work.”


Welcome Event
Monday 8 February 5:00pm
  • Blair Comley PSM, Partner , EY Port Jackson Partners
Venue: CBD Sydney to be confirmed
Leadership Essentials
Wednesday 9 February 9:00am
  • Amy Brown, Chief Executive Officer , Investment NSW
  • Shanti Rama, General Counsel , Indigenous Business Australia
Venue: KPMG, Level 26, Tower Three, International Towers 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Shaping the Future
Wednesday 23 February 9:00am
  • Dr Andrew Charlton, Managing Director , Accenture
  • Lee Hickin, Director National Chief Technology Officer , Microsoft Australia
Venue: KPMG, Level 26, Tower Three, International Towers, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Peak Performance
Wednesday 2 March 9:00am
  • Jane Carland, General Manager of Castrol for Australia and New Zealand , BP
Venue: KPMG, Level 26, Tower Three, International Towers, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

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