Strength in Diversity - API National Leadership Series Table of 8 (S190815)

7:30am Thursday, 15 August 2019
9:30am Thursday, 15 August 2019
Stamford Plaza Adelaide
150 North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

In 2019 the National Leadership Series will focus on the theme Strength in Diversity. The API aims to support and encourage diversity, growth and leadership within the property industry by exploring the fascinating journeys of professionals in a range of industries and across business models and sectors. Presented as a breakfast panel discussion, speakers will share the stories of their career paths and what diversity means to them. 

South Australian Presenters

  • Dr Niki Vincent - SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
  • Iain Kemp - National Managing Partner - Industry, Grant Thornton
  • Justin Lokhorst - Director - Business Surveys Transition Lead, Australian Bureau of Statistics
More about the Presenters
Dr Niki Vincent

Dr Niki Vincent - SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Dr Niki Vincent is the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.

Her functions are to receive, investigate and conciliate complaints of discrimination, foster and encourage informed and unprejudiced attitudes amongst members of the public, with a view to eliminate discrimination; institute and promote or assist in research, data collection and dissemination of information relating to discrimination and to make recommendations to the Minister as to legislative or other reforms that she believes will further the objects of the Act.

Niki holds two University Medals (for her PhD and Honors in Psychology). She has also received an Australian Leadership Award. A mother of four adult children and grandmother to 9, Niki also is a weekend respite foster mum to a 16year old girl from Liberia.

Iain Kemp

Iain Kemp - National Managing Partner - Industry, Grant Thornton

Iain Kemp is the Office Chair of Grant Thornton in South Australia. He enjoys working with a team of diverse and enthusiastic professionals, who are as equally excited about helping Mid-Sized Business achieve their growth ambitions.

Having worked in Johannesburg, Moscow and Sydney before relocating to Adelaide in 2015, Iain has experienced a number of cultures, both professionally and in his personal journey. Leveraging these experiences, Iain leads and drives an inclusive culture in the Adelaide office as part of Grant Thornton’s national leadership team.

Iain is recognised by his clients as someone who has a pragmatic and practical approach, and is passionate about working with businesses and exploring their growth opportunities with them.

Justin Lokhorst

Justin Lokhorst - Director - Business Surveys Transition Lead, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Justin Lokhorst is a Director at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Adelaide and has over 20 years experience in a variety of technical and leadership roles.  His current role as Director of Construction Statistics Section sees him responsible for collection of key national statistics on building approvals and building activity.

Justin is recognised for his pragmatic, customer-focused delivery of outcomes in conjunction with his inclusive leadership of staff. He has built large high performing and diverse teams through a focus on inclusion and workplace adjustment.

Justin has bilateral severe hearing impairment and uses his own experiences to shape his leadership of others.  In 2017, he was awarded the Australian Public Service Commission individual award for Diversity and Gender Equality, recognising his effort in providing a safe workplace for staff that caters to their individual professional and personal needs.  

Charity Partner: Project Independence

As part of our National Leadership Series and our ongoing commitment to supporting our local community, we will once again be supporting a charity partner for this event. Our 2019 charity partner is Project Independence, and $5 per ticket sold will be donated towards this important cause.

Project Independence (PI) is an innovative social housing development for people with an Intellectual Disability (ID). It represents a new and unique model of homeownership, not only in Australia but also internationally. PI was developed and rolled out in Canberra and provides people with an ID the opportunity to acquire equity in a property, using just their government Disability Support Pension (DSP), whilst learning the life skills and Supported Decision-Making abilities to live as independently as possible. It empowers them to use PI as a stepping stone to move to truly independent living in the broader community and grow beyond social housing as they move up the homeownership ladder.


7:00amRegistration opens 
7:30amBreakfast commences
9:30amExpected finish

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Table of 8$600  (5% discount)
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