The Future of Employment

James Pearson and Dave Oliver
ACCI CEO and ACTU Secretary
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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James PearsonJames was appointed to lead, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australia’s largest and most representative business advocacy group in April 2016.

James held senior roles in the private and public sectors before joining the Australian Chamber.

He led the Shell Australia team responsible for creating business value by building and leveraging brand and reputation; making a positive impact on the communities in which Shell works; and being the eyes, ears and voice of the company in its relations with government.

As Chief Executive of the peak employer group in Australia’s fastest growing State, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Australia, he was a public advocate for Western Australian business and a campaigner for economic and social reform.

As a diplomat, and trade and investment negotiator, he represented Australia in Africa, the Pacific and China. He helped Australian and international companies win markets and develop projects at home and abroad.

James represented the petroleum industry in Western Australia and the Northern Territory; led the industry’s national productivity improvement and local content initiatives; and was responsible for lobbying, workforce communications and corporate social responsibility for a multinational energy company in Australia and Asia-Pacific.

James has an MBA from Victoria’s Deakin University, an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is married with three adult children, is a keen sailor and supports the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL.

Dave OliverDave Oliver was re-elected as Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary at the ACTU Congress in May 2015, a position he has held since 2012.

Prior to that, Dave was elected National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union in 2007.

Dave began his working life as 15 year old apprentice at JR Simpson Engineering in Botany, NSW where. Upon completion as a fitter, he then worked for Johns Perry Lifts (later Boral Lifts).

He first became a union site delegate while working on the construction of the elevator in the new NSW Industrial Relations Commission building at 80 William St, Sydney.

After 10 years in the industry, and as a union activist with a passion for safety and asbestos issues, Dave became an organiser with the AMWU in 1988.

As a NSW Branch official, Dave led campaigns to protect workers’ entitlements from company collapses, before moving to Victoria as the Assistant National Secretary and then becoming Victorian Branch Secretary in 2002.

As AMWU National Secretary, Dave played a key role in the Your Rights at Work campaign and the Manufacturing: Australia’s Future campaign, as well as several government taskforces on apprenticeships, skills and the resource sector.

He is a director of Australian Super and a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing.

Dave is married with four children and lives in Melbourne. He is a member of St Kilda Football Club and in his spare time likes to escape on his touring motorbike.