Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien

MC & moderator

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage.

He has been a journalist for 49 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam.

For ABC-TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and at Lateline for six years. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, as well as many influential figures in the arts, science and business. For 20 years he was also the face of the ABC’s election night coverage.

Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015.

 Robert Adams

Robert Adams


Robert has a deep understanding of the skill needs of industry and the challenges that face stakeholders in the sectors supported by AIS. He has extensive senior management experience in Human Resources in the brewing, rail, and road transport industries. At TNT, he was responsible for developing and executing a range of human resource strategies, focussing on organisational and leadership development, helping the company win national HR awards in 2007 and 2010.

Robert became a Board Director of the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) in 2006, moving into the role of Board Chair.  He was appointed CEO in 2011, and successfully led the company’s transition to AIS as a Government appointed Skills Service Organisation.

As CEO, Robert has been closely involved in VET policy development and implementation. He holds a Diploma of Adult Education and completed the Value Based Management Program and the AICD Company Directors Course.