Inspirational Speaker, Ambassador – Matthew Ames BE (Env), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD

– Matthew Ames BE (Env), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD

Matthew Ames was 39 years old when what started as a sore throat resulted in the loss of all four of his limbs. He had contracted a streptococcal infection resulting in toxic shock and was never expected to survive. Following a long rehabilitation process, Matthew has beaten the odds, spurred on by the fact that he is the father of four children and husband of a very dedicated wife determined to grow old with him.

Matthew has a unique mix of professional and personal experience. With a grounding of almost 20 years in the energy and resources industry, he has found innovative ways to apply his knowledge following his illness. Matthew is involved in a variety of endeavours, serving on boards and steering committees for a number of organisations, including Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children, Queensland Health, the Australian Digital Health Agency and Centacare.


Founder & CEO – Michael Bungay Stanier, Box of Crayons

Michael Bungay Stanier, Box of Crayons

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of the WSJ-bestselling book The Coaching Habit, and founder of Box of Crayons, a company that believes coaching is an essential leadership behaviour. Box of Crayons partners with Fortune 500 companies to help transform leadership development and catalyze culture change.