Date and Time

London time: Thursday 29 April 2021, 7.00pm–7.45pm

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Cost: Free, but registration is essential.

RSVP:  Registrations will close on Thursday 27 April 2021. For security reasons, only those registered will be provided with the Zoom webinar link.


About the event

Technology is rapidly changing the way the world is doing work and business today. Due to COVID-19, technology is accelerating the way people keep engaged and connected. Networking is changing too.

What are the trends in networking, conferences, symposiums and community services? And how do we want to engage as a community – now and post lockdown?

About the panellists

David Young

David is an Associate Partner at EY. He holds an MBA from the UQ Business School and has 16 years’ experience in search and leadership consulting in Australia and the UK.

David was previously a company Director at The River Partnership, working within the Professional Services, Financial Services and Energy Markets globally from a head office in London. David’s teams partnered with leading brands such as McKinsey, Blackrock and Rio Tinto primarily within the Risk, Strategy and Digital functions.

Being part of the UQ MBA Industry Consulting project for EY is one of David’s favourite memories from his time at UQ. He worked with John Steen, Tim Kastelle and Partners at EY in a Management Consulting collaboration which involved a Customer Experience Strategy Transformation for their $58+ billion client.

David encourages new graduates to always seek out new opportunities for learning and networking.

In his leisure time, he enjoys running, reading, soccer and swimming.

David holds a MBA '17 from The University of Queensland.

Charlotte McMillan

Charlotte is an experienced lawyer, manager and leader with over 15 years’ experience in senior legal and business affairs roles within law firms and corporates. She was a partner at leading law firm SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons). After that she was Assistant General Counsel and Acting Director of Competition and Regulatory Affairs at Virgin Media and then Interim Head of Legal, Corporate and Commercial at Channel 4.

Charlotte’s areas of expertise include media law, broadcasting, film and television production, financing and regulation, and copyright. Her career highlight was having a personal credit in the end titles of ‘Alexander’ which she describes as ‘Oliver Stone’s mega-budget turkey starring Colin Farrell wearing a ridiculous blonde wig’.

She advises new graduates to ‘follow your interests. Your working life is long, make sure you do something you enjoy.’ Charlotte’s favourite memory from UQ is having lunch in the Great Court. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and three sons and her interests include art, music, film, theatre and gardening.

Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts 1991 and a Bachelor of Laws 1994 The University of Queensland.

Paul Kelly

Paul is a senior financial services professional, currently at HSBC Private Bank leading the design and implementation of the Global Next Generation Client Proposition for their millennial clients.

Paul has a background in management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) having worked with senior management and finance teams to deliver multi-million dollar strategic productivity and financial initiatives across a diverse range of sectors including banking, investment management, healthcare, government and utilities.

He arrived in the UK in 2014 to undertake the Master of Finance at the University of Cambridge. During this time, he delivered investment management strategy projects for the UK Government Cabinet Office and BNY Mellon, including a globally published report on the millennial generation’s investment, financial education and social finance preferences.

Paul advises new graduates to choose a career path that they will find fulfilling and to network widely.

His fondest UQ memories include walks by the UQ Lakes and in the Great Court, his macroeconomics lectures and hot chocolates at the BEL Faculty Rooftop Café.

He enjoys reading, investing and travelling in his leisure time.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Bachelor of Business Management '08 from the University of Queensland.

Sophie Morgan-Short

After graduating with a dual degree in Communications and Arts from UQ, Sophie started working in marketing and communications at a charity in Brisbane. She then moved to London where she managed member acquisition/growth for a tech start-up. After two challenging and interesting years, Sophie moved on to KAU Media Group, one of the fastest-growing digital agencies in the UK, where she is now Head of Paid Social.

Sophie’s areas of speciality include digital marketing, social media and business growth. Her career highlight to date was substantially growing the member base of an App from 10k at the time Sophie joined the company to over 500k by the time she left – a feat Sophie described as “a steep learning curve, but a huge achievement”.

Her advice to new graduates is, “Focus on your short-term goals and work really hard at whatever’s in front of you. Don’t stress too much about achieving your dreams or following a career path. Life changes quickly—and your dreams do too. Be open to new opportunities, and follow your gut instinct!”

Some of Sophie’s favourite memories of her time at UQ include interesting, thoughtful professors such as Professor Eric Louw, who she says impressed students by delivering entire lectures from memory. She also fondly remembers lunch at Wordies – “best place on campus!” – and evening walks along the river with her friends.

In her free time, Sophie enjoys reading, travelling and snowboarding.

Michelle Morton

Michelle started her career in Brisbane in Private Wealth Management before moving to London.

Michelle has spent the last ten years working in the Middle East and London in Asset Management and she is currently working for BlackRock as a Real Assets Product Strategist focused on capital raising.

Michelle enjoy the cultural diversity of London and the access to unlimited sporting, music and cultural events the city has to offer.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Finance) '09 from the University of Queensland.


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