The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-05T03:51:24Z Melbourne-based commercial broker recognised as industry top performer 2020-06-05T03:51:24Z melbourne-based-commercial-broker-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (5 June 2020) – Perry Finance’s Cameron Perry has been included in the annual Mortgage Professional Australia Top 10 Commercial Brokers list, sponsored by La Trobe Financial. Regarded as the industry benchmark for excellent performance, this prestigious list spotlights the highest-performing brokers in Australia and highlights the contributions they have made to the industry and within their own communities. “After last year’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers report, in which many brokers talked of longer turnaround times and tightening credit appetite, 2019 seemed to turn itself around. The last few months have obviously changed things yet again, and brokers are facing new challenges as they cope with shifting appetites and an uncertain economy,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “The commercial finance space has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic: many businesses across Australia have been forced to close their doors to customers, and while some are able to continue serving in a reduced capacity, there are those that are struggling to keep up with overheads and supply costs, and many have decided to close up completely.” “Commercial finance brokers have an incredible role to play here, as more businesses will undoubtedly seek financial help. MPA’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers talk about some of the ways in which they have seen businesses affected, and how they are preparing their own businesses to deal with these changes.” As the director of Perry Finance, Perry gears up for multiple challenges ahead and his main focus is supporting clients who are facing hardship. Rising two places from last year and increasing his loan value by 15%, Perry says he has been very fortunate to have great support around him. Over the past 12 months he has invested time and resources into structuring his business and building his team. Alongside Perry Finance, which handles residential and commercial mortgages, Perry launched a new brand called Melbourne Finance and Equity Group for private lending and development funding, which he says helped him clarify his o­ffering in the market. The current environment presents many challenges for brokers. To prepare his business for the coming months, he says he has consolidated the lenders on his panel that are still open for business and are formulating products for the likely scenarios ahead, such as existing loans rolling over and projects being delayed. “We are also focused on servicing our existing client base and making sure any of our clients that are facing hardship are well looked after,” he says. Read the full report in issue 20.05 of Mortgage Professional Australia, out now or find out more about Perry HERE.   -ENDS-   Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Melbourne-based HR professional recognised as Rising Star 2020-05-27T02:11:40Z melbourne-based-hr-professional-recognised-as-rising-star St Leonards, NSW (27 May 2020) – A Melbourne-based HR professional has been recognised in a prestigious list showcasing the future leaders in the HR field. Asurion’s Ashley Ferris has been included in Human Resources Director’s annual Rising Stars report. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 report highlights emerging talents with fewer than 10 years of HR experience, who are able to demonstrate success in executing progressive HR initiatives. Ferris commenced as Head of HR for ANZ in 2019 and took on the massive task of assisting Asurion with its full-scale transformation that year. The revamp saw Asurion consolidating three sites to one, restructuring all functional business areas, retrenching 55% of staff, and re-hiring 50% into its new HQ. Ferris played a crucial role in making the transformation a success, capably managing the changes and helping people through it, both exiting and entering. Through careful communication, engagement, and a robust outplacement program, the departing staff were quickly rehired. Ferris also successfully faced up to the unique challenges of revitalising morale within the existing staff and providing stability to the new talent by focusing on the areas of community and leadership. He implemented several initiatives such as a new corporate volunteerism strategy, team-building programs, and a regular cadence of events to enable staff to have fun at work. He also helped build a new leadership team and set up a new people leadership program. Ferris gives back to the HR community by mentoring other HR professionals.      “HRD has once again showcased the HR industry’s most promising talent, with 33 emerging leaders making the grade this year,” says the editorial team at Human Resources Director. “This year’s winners came from a variety of industries, including hospitality, healthcare, ICT, technology, financial services, beauty, education, public services, transport and logistics, and retail.” To view the full online report and to find out more about Ferris, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Australian Catholic Superannuation named Employer of Choice 2020-05-11T04:33:36Z australian-catholic-superannuation-named-employer-of-choice Australian Catholic Superannuation has just been recognised in Human Resources Director’s annual Employer of Choice report. This prestigious list spotlights the organisations that demonstrate outstanding contributions of best practice and leadership. “In the unprecedented conditions of 2020, it’s never been more important for HR professionals to remain on their toes when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. This means they must be an employer that provides outstanding initiatives such as career paths, suitable learning and development opportunities, and appropriately acknowledging a job well done,” says the Human Resources Director team. “This year, HRD received a huge number of nominations for the organisations that demonstrate excellent contributions of best practice and leadership. HRD is pleased to present those 23 organisations that made the shortlist and would like to thank all those who submitted nominations this year.” Australian Catholic Superannuation hold staff morning teas once a month where the CEO disseminates information to all staff. These “campfire sessions” provide all staff insights into what is happening at an executive and level, and also enable them to ask questions. This simple, open communication method is a great example of the strong and effective communication methodologies at Australian Catholic Superannuation. Moreover, their Mindfulness Program focuses on decluttering the mind and maximising employee innovation and creativity. It also creates much-needed white space to support employee wellbeing. This program was launched in 2016 as an eight-week initiative and was so well received by staff that they now run a mindfulness session monthly at no cost to the employee. Australian Catholic Superannuation also has an Employee Wellbeing Framework to ensure their work environment is conducive to the wellbeing, motivation and satisfaction of their employees. Monthly Wellbeing focus provides monthly wellbeing themes, resources and information to staff. Topics include, but not limited to, mental health, good food mood, R U OK, men’s health and women’s health. They also centre staff events such as monthly morning teas around these wellbeing themes. To view the full online report and to find out more about Australian Catholic Superannuation, click HERE.   -ENDS-   HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Adelaide-based insurance professional recognised as industry top performer 2020-04-02T06:05:32Z adelaide-based-insurance-professional-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (2 April 2020) – An Adelaide-based insurance professional has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top-performing brokers. Guardian Insurance Brokers’ Evan Jackson has been included in Insurance Business magazine’s annual Elite Brokers report, spotlighting 20 of the country’s best and brightest brokers working in the industry today. At Guardian Insurance Brokers, Jackson maintains the quality and relevance of insurance products by keeping abreast of any legislative changes that might a­ffect the industry. While Guardian doesn’t advertise, the referrals continue to roll in – so it’s evident that Jackson’s approach, combined with his unsurpassed passion for insurance and client advocacy, has been yielding dividends during his time at the head of the company. He has built his expertise in providing insurance and risk-related solutions based on a keen understanding of the client’s unique requirements; each insurance solution is designed and negotiated based on extensive market research. These days, Jackson is increasingly focusing on mentoring up-and-coming new brokers. As part of this role, he works to provide leads and opportunities for new CRMs within the organisation to help them build their own book of leads. “Elite. It’s a word that conjures images of success beyond the norm, of standing out above the rest of the pack. Indeed, not just anyone can be an Elite Broker. To be marked out as ‘elite’ is an impressive badge of honour,” says the Insurance Business team. “For the last eight years, Insurance Business has been scouring the industry to pinpoint the brokers who truly are elite. For 2020, this resulted in an impressive crop of talent - a mix of returning and fresh faces, from those who are expanding their influence on the future of the industry to those who are making their mark for the first time. The 20 names that are included on this year’s list are the brokers to watch and learn from in the coming years. For the full report see issue 9.02 of Insurance Business magazine out now. To view the list and to find out more about Jackson click HERE. -ENDS- Insurance Business is the leading independent business magazine and website for insurance brokers and advice professionals. A key business resource, Insurance Business provides daily breaking news, cutting-edge opinion and in-depth analysis affecting the industry. Insurance Business also offers a series of industry reports that recognize the achievements of key individuals and businesses as well as providing the latest in business best practice in a continually evolving industry. Part of the global Insurance Business suite of publications, IB reaches a wide readership in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA, Canada and UK. ICD Property named innovative HR team 2020-03-12T02:02:44Z icd-property-named-innovative-hr-team St Leonards, NSW (March 12, 2020) – Melbourne-based ICD Property has been selected for the annual Innovative HR Teams list released by Human Resources Director. The prestigious list features the companies at the forefront of change and innovation in the HR space. Following a nationwide call for nominations, thirty companies were selected for their unique and exciting ideas that have set their organisations up for a bright future ahead. ICD Property’s career map initiative was created as an innovative way to deliver a well-defined path for employees to achieve their career goals whilst integrating personal milestones. The approach was simple, the main questions asked were “where would you like to be in three years’ time and how do you want to get there?”. Thus, an individual tailored approach was created. ICD used several resources, including benchmarking, learning and development providers, mentors, industry networks, career pathways and much more. ICD emphasised that it is invested in employees’ future but ultimately their development will be dependent on their willingness, grit and determination. Through this initiative, ICD was able to gain significant insights into the goals and ambitions of their employees and align them with the strategic direction of the company. 2020 marks the fifth iteration of the report, which has been sponsored by Maxxia since its inception. In his introduction to this year’s report, Andrew Daly, group executive customer development said: “The HRD Innovative Teams List shines a spotlight on the organisations leading the way in HR innovation. By recognising those who are pushing the boundaries and thinking bigger, the awards help set new benchmarks for the Australian HR industry. Whether it be in recruitment, culture, data, benefits, health & wellbeing, engagement or diversity, we can all learn from their innovative thinking.” “Maxxia is proud to sponsor these awards for the fifth year running and, on behalf of Maxxia, I congratulate and applaud the award recipients for their efforts in creating great experiences for their employees.” To view the full online report and to find out more about ICD Property, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. C.H. Robinson named innovative HR team 2020-03-02T02:04:09Z c-h-robinson-named-innovative-hr-team St Leonards, NSW (March 3, 2020) – Port Melbourne-based C.H. Robinson has been selected for the annual Innovative HR Teams list released by Human Resources Director. The prestigious list features the companies at the forefront of change and innovation in the HR space. Following a nationwide call for nominations, thirty companies were selected for their unique and exciting ideas that have set their organisations up for a bright future ahead. In 2019, C.H. Robinson Worldwide launched “Good Conversations”, a performance management approach focused on having a good conversation. Performance management, in the company’s view, should be about having a good conversation between managers and staff where feedback is given and received openly. Whilst they may use performance management to inform other processes (e.g. talent or reward), these often take away from the core purpose of feedback. For goal setting, they asked People Leaders to provide them with a copy of the goals agreed. They wanted to ensure accountability, so they published percentage completion by Branch/Department and shared this publicly with the Senior Management Team. This created dialogue and follow up and they went on to achieve a completion rate of 73% of all staff goals being saved in their central repository. 2020 marks the fifth iteration of the report, which has been sponsored by Maxxia since its inception. In his introduction to this year’s report, Andrew Daly, group executive customer development said: “The HRD Innovative Teams List shines a spotlight on the organisations leading the way in HR innovation. By recognising those who are pushing the boundaries and thinking bigger, the awards help set new benchmarks for the Australian HR industry. Whether it be in recruitment, culture, data, benefits, health & wellbeing, engagement or diversity, we can all learn from their innovative thinking.” “Maxxia is proud to sponsor these awards for the fifth year running and, on behalf of Maxxia, I congratulate and applaud the award recipients for their efforts in creating great experiences for their employees.” To view the full online report and to find out more about C.H. Robinson, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Barangaroo-based mortgage broker recognised as rising star 2020-02-04T01:52:27Z barangaroo-based-mortgage-broker-recognised-as-rising-star St Leonards, NSW (February 3, 2020) - A Barangaroo-based mortgage broker has been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top rising stars. Dot Financial’s Loui Daoud has been included in Mortgage Professional Australia magazine’s annual Young Guns report, sponsored by ING, spotlighting the 25 up-and-coming brokers aged 35 or under who have joined the industry and are already making names for themselves. According to Connective’s broker support manager, Kavish Kamal, “Daoud is one of our most promising brokers to emerge out of Connective. Since taking over as his broker support manager earlier this year I have got to know him and his business in great detail. Since coming out of CBA as one of their top performers and opening his own broking business he has cemented himself as a top performer. He achieves phenomenal results for his clients based on his astute knowledge of lending and structuring deals, use of technology in streamlining his processes and workflow, and 100% commitment to clients, which is demonstrated in customer testimonials, all of which give glowing feedback.” “Starting out in any new industry can have its challenges, but joining one that’s under such scrutiny and has experienced such uncertainty as the broking industry comes with additional hurdles. Despite that, the brokers featured on this year’s list have not only made it through but have done so with tremendous success,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “Each of the 25 brokers who made it into this year’s Young Guns list began their journeys in 2018, when the royal commission hearings were in full swing and there was a significant threat to how brokers got paid. This has not stopped these new-to-industry brokers from achieving impressive volumes, building their client base and achieving a spot among the Young Guns for 2020.” For the full report see issue 20.01 of Mortgage Professional Australia magazine out now. To view the list and to find out more about Daoud click HERE. -ENDS- Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Australasian Lawyer and New Zealand Lawyer launch new sleek websites 2020-02-03T03:01:50Z australasian-lawyer-and-new-zealand-lawyer-launch-new-sleek-websites Australasian Lawyer and New Zealand Lawyer are thrilled to announce the launch of its new websites, which offers improved navigation and additional features that enhance the reader’s online experience. With an improved design, streamlined navigation, and easily accessible information, the new sites continue the publication’s delivery of the industry’s latest news and in-depth features. The launch of the new websites also coincides with a new look for Australasian Lawyer, as the brand adapts with the times and to Key Media’s growing global portfolio of leading titles. “The legal sector is continually evolving, and we want to make sure we stay abreast of the latest technological trends in our industry,” said Justin Kennedy, managing director of Key Media.   “We have worked extremely hard in designing the best user experience for our clients and our top priority is to grow our service and product offerings to drive greater value to the customer experience. Every feature of the new website has been designed for lawyers to easily access as much information as they need.” The new responsive website provides visitors with a well-designed format, which is clean and intuitive and offers more accessible information via the Resources Pages. For more information plus news and insights on all aspects of the legal industry, visit www.thelawyermag.com/au and www.thelawyermag.com/nz --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Australasian Lawyer is Australia’s leading independent legal online publication. Chosen by senior legal professionals for its unrivalled legal editorial expertise, it is widely read by managing partners, partners, lawyers, in-house counsel and business leaders across Australia & New Zealand. Australasian Lawyer concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing today’s legal professionals and the industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters. Australasian Lawyer also features high-level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with domestic and international industry leaders as-well-as leading newsmakers in the field.  Our goal is to publish content that is highly engaging, timely, relevant, innovative and entertaining – ensuring it’s without questions the website of choice of the country’s most influential legal professionals.  Our editorial team speaks with the people who have the most significant impact on the industry, we draw on their experience and philosophies to ensure Australasian Lawyer is the most relevant online resource in the market for senior legal and business professionals.  We guarantee that Australasian Lawyer is read by those industry professionals in decision-making roles, making the website the perfect vehicle for advertising your company’s products and services. As ANZs leading legal magazine & website, Australasian Lawyer can play a very important role in your marketing strategy." Ravenswood School for Girls named innovative school 2020-01-06T03:47:24Z ravenswood-school-for-girls-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (January 6, 2020) - A Gordon-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the top schools in Australia. Ravenswood School for Girls has been included in The Educator’s fifth annual Innovative Schools report, spotlighting 44 schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australian K-12 education. “The Educator would like to congratulate the winners on making the Innovative Schools 2019 list,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “The inspirational programs and initiatives showcased in the report prove that quality teaching is alive and well in Australian schools,” Henebery said. “It should be noted that the report only offers a small snapshot of the ground-breaking work being done in these schools to improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Australia’s young people.” Ravenswood School for Girls is an educational pioneer across a variety of domains, with a particularly groundbreaking approach in the areas of Positive Education and STEM, including a leading-edge program that combines the two in dynamic and engaging ways. In 2019, their Principal Mrs Anne Johnstone, was the only woman in the world to be recognised among just five global educational leaders, for her pioneering work, contribution and leadership in Positive Education by the University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowship Trust. In another world-first, a group of Year 10 Ravenswood students and staff are collaborating with Professor Seligman on a Positive Education English curriculum program, called Our Story, that will not only enhance the students’ wellbeing and academic development but collect valuable data, with the potential to inform the work of Positive Education schools globally. In 2020, Ravenswood will open a leading-edge Senior Learning Centre, designed to facilitate powerful 21st Century teaching and learning experiences. To view the full online report and to find out more about Ravenswood School for Girls, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Shellharbour-based broker recognised as industry top performer 2019-12-19T07:17:49Z shellharbour-based-broker-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (December 19, 2019) – Connected Finance’s George Mihalopoulos has been included in the annual Mortgage Professional Australia Top 100 Brokers list, sponsored by Suncorp. This prestigious list recognises the best brokers in Australia and is widely regarded as the industry benchmark for top performers. “With the challenging lending environment of the last two years, brokers’ figures for 2019 have taken a hit, but those who made it into MPA’s Top 100 have prepared their businesses to succeed,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “In the past, the Top 100 list has been based on the value of loans written over the past 12 months. But this year we have changed the criteria to take into consideration some of the other factors that show a broker’s success. While loan value still makes up most of the weighting, conversion rate, number of loans and growth in value have also been included.” Speaking to Mortgage Professional Australia about overcoming last year’s challenges, particularly tighter lending restrictions and deeper assessments being completed by the lender, Mihalopoulos believes that this was warranted and is actually a good thing for both the broker industry and consumers. However, this had an impact on lender turnaround times. “We were already in the habit of providing a detailed submission to support any application, therefore deeper assessments being completed by the lender did not really affect our business and processes. With longer turnaround times, it was all about setting the right expectations with the clients from the first meeting and providing detailed updates during the process through to approval and so in the customer’s eyes, this was the norm in any case.” Read the full report in issue 19.12 of Mortgage Professional Australia, out now or find out more about Mihalopoulos HERE.   -ENDS-   Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Kingston-based broker recognised as industry top performer 2019-12-05T11:47:43Z kingston-based-broker-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (December 5, 2019) – More Than Mortgages’ Deanna Ezzy has been included in the annual Mortgage Professional Australia Top 100 Brokers list, sponsored by Suncorp. This prestigious list recognises the best brokers in Australia and is widely regarded as the industry benchmark for top performers. “With the challenging lending environment of the last two years, brokers’ figures for 2019 have taken a hit, but those who made it into MPA’s Top 100 have prepared their businesses to succeed,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “In the past, the Top 100 list has been based on the value of loans written over the past 12 months. But this year we have changed the criteria to take into consideration some of the other factors that show a broker’s success. While loan value still makes up most of the weighting, conversion rate, number of loans and growth in value have also been included.” Speaking to Mortgage Professional Australia about going through last year’s challenges, particularly with The Banking Royal Commission Recommendation, Ezzy is very grateful that she’s doing what she loves to do and highlighted her resilience and drive “to continuously strive to be the best I can be.” “Thankfully, both sides of the government decided not to implement the RC recommendation to broker remuneration, however there was 6-8 weeks of ‘not knowing’ if the career path I had chosen (and loved) would even exist in 12 months’ time. This has been the biggest challenge I have ever faced in my career. I was forced into thinking of new ways to service my clients. As a result, there are a few things that I have planned to implement in future. When you have something like your livelihood almost ripped away from you overnight, your perspective on things change. I’ll never take this wonderful career and industry for granted, that’s for sure. Making it through this time has given me the resilience and determination I didn’t know I had.” Read the full report in issue 19.12 of Mortgage Professional Australia, out now or find out more about Ezzy HERE.   -ENDS-   Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Genazzano FCJ College named innovative school 2019-11-20T04:28:10Z genazzano-fcj-college-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (November 20, 2019) - A Kew-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the top schools in Australia. Genazzano FCJ College has been included in The Educator’s fifth annual Innovative Schools report, spotlighting 44 schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australian K-12 education. “The Educator would like to congratulate the winners on making the Innovative Schools 2019 list,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “The inspirational programs and initiatives showcased in the report prove that quality teaching is alive and well in Australian schools,” Henebery said. “It should be noted that the report only offers a small snapshot of the ground-breaking work being done in these schools to improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Australia’s young people.” The Genazzano Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences is a unique and progressive innovation to promote an understanding of brain function and health for improved learning and living. Genazzano Institute has committed to embracing the latest knowledge about the brain to help our community understand the most purposeful, scientifically proven ways to optimise learning. Teachers can use their expertise in teaching to translate and apply these neuroscientific principles to different contexts for enhanced learning outcomes. Genazzano Institute has also partnered with educational and industry bodies to develop this work including Deakin University, The University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Foundation and the Australian College of Educators. In 2019/2020 the College will launch a campaign to promote neurodiversity in education and to develop individual student learning profiles. It is also establishing a Brain technology Centre – a learning hub for employing technology for optimal learning, and a centre for research excellence. To view the full online report and to find out more about Genazzano FCJ College, click HERE.   -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Brisbane-based insurance professional recognized as rising star 2019-10-01T02:27:35Z brisbane-based-insurance-professional-recognized-as-rising-star St Leonards, NSW (September 23, 2019) - A Brisbane-based insurance professional has been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top rising stars. Gallagher Bassett Services’ Heather Sippel has been included in Insurance Business magazine’s annual Young Guns report, recognising 25 up and comers aged 35 and under who are taking Australia’s insurance world by storm. As the catastrophe operations manager at Gallagher Bassett, Sippel is able to influence and encourage her staff, customers and clients daily to achieve positive outcomes. Her competitive nature ensures she is constantly pushing her team to provide customers with the best service and outcomes. Having entered the industry at the age of 16, Sippel is quick to recommend an insurance career. “With the variety of insurance products in the market and associated specialist roles available, no industry comes close in being able to offer such diversity, support and guidance for new entrants,” she says. “Insurance is a field that breeds intense loyalty among its adherents. But although insiders are already aware of its charms, the industry must always be thinking about what – and who – is coming next. Insurance needs more exposure to younger professionals – and who better to promote it to the next generation than the industry’s Young Guns?” says the Insurance Business team. “In this issue, 25 up-and-comers – all 35 and younger – were named by their colleagues, managers and mentors as symbols of excellence in the field despite their young age. They are the future of the Australian insurance industry, with up-to-date knowledge that industry veterans can benefit from and leadership skills that will make them role models for the brokers of tomorrow.” For the full report see issue 8.05 of Insurance Business magazine out now. To view the list and to find out more about Sippel click HERE. -ENDS- Insurance Business is the leading independent business magazine and website for insurance brokers and advice professionals. A key business resource, Insurance Business provides daily breaking news, cutting-edge opinion and in-depth analysis affecting the industry. Insurance Business also offers a series of industry reports that recognize the achievements of key individuals and businesses as well as providing the latest in business best practice in a continually evolving industry. Part of the global Insurance Business suite of publications, IB reaches a wide readership in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA, Canada and UK. Daisy Hill-based educator recognised as industry top performer 2019-10-01T02:25:17Z daisy-hill-based-educator-recognised-as-industry-top-performer-1 St Leonards, NSW (September 18, 2019) - A Daisy Hill-based educator has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top professionals. John Paul College’s Karen Spiller has been included in The Educator’s fourth annual Hot List report, report, sponsored by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, spotlighting the 50 individuals deemed as the movers and shakers of Australian K-12 education. Not only does Spiller inspire and influence the staff of John Paul College to achieve great things, but she also challenges the hearts and minds of its students. Just 18 months into her principalship, Spiller has helped dramatically turn around the primary school’s results; its 2018 NAPLAN results landed JPC as one of the most improved schools in the country.  Spiller has held national and state leadership roles in significant educational bodies and remains the state chair of Independent Schools Queensland. She has presented at national and international conferences and is well recognised and respected for her powerful and dynamic presentations, professional knowledge, and collegiality, as well as her desire to make a difference for students and staff alike. In 2018, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contributions to the education field. “Education professionals around Australia continue to push ahead with the critical responsibility of ensuring that all students have the highest-quality educational experiences,” says The Educator editor Brett Henebery. “We were once again inundated with excellent nominations from across Australia for this year’s Hot List. Spiller and all the individuals recognised this year truly represent the cutting edge of educational excellence in Australia.” To view the full online report and to find out more about Spiller, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Brighton-based educator recognised as industry top performer 2019-09-05T04:58:09Z brighton-based-educator-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (September 5, 2019) - A Brighton-based educator has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the industry’s top professionals. Brighton Grammar School’s Dr Ray Swann has been included in The Educator’s fourth annual Hot List report, sponsored by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, spotlighting the 50 individuals deemed as the movers and shakers of Australian K-12 education. As Deputy Headmaster and Head of the Crowther Centre, Swann has embarked on a generational change program at Brighton Grammar School, using his background and PhD in medical education to inform measurable programs. Swann is helping to transform the school from a place of learning to a centre of community support and a place of exchange to develop healthy and balanced social, emotional, physical, and intellectual habits for students, parents, and teachers. Swann was instrumental in his work on the MoU that led to Bio-Dash, a world class program being funded and implemented in partnership with Melbourne University’s Centre for Positive Psychology, in the application of mindfulness to improve wellbeing outcomes for students. “Education professionals around Australia continue to push ahead with the critical responsibility of ensuring that all students have the highest-quality educational experiences,” says The Educator editor Brett Henebery. “We were once again inundated with excellent nominations from across Australia for this year’s Hot List. Swann and all the individuals recognised this year truly represent the cutting edge of educational excellence in Australia.” To view the full online report and to find out more about Swann, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com.