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05 September 2017

Lance Hockridge, the Former Managing Director and CEO of Aurizon Holdings will address the next QUT Business Leaders’ Forum on September 5 at the Hilton Brisbane.

WHAT:    QUT Business Leaders’ Forum – Lance Hockridge, Aurizon Former Managing Director and CEO

WHEN:    Tuesday, September 5, 2017, noon-2pm

WHERE: The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Brisbane


Mr Hockridge led rail giant Aurizon as CEO for six-and-a-half years until December 2016. In that role, he transformed the state-owned behemoth into one of Australia’s strongest performing companies.

He has more than 30 years’ of experience in the transportation and heavy industrial sectors in Australia and the United States.  While at BHP Billiton he was a lead in BlueScope Steel’s successful demerger from BHP, and then as President of BlueScope Steel’s North American operations drove a major turnaround in performance.

He is a former member of the Business Council of Australia’s Efficient Regulation policy committee and was part of Q20, the business advisory group promoting Queensland investment as part of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014.

At the Business Leaders’ Forum, which will be moderated by leading journalist Kerry O’Brien, Mr Hockridge will speak about his journey from a farming community in Tenterfield, NSW, to being recognised as one of Australia’s top business leaders, and will outline the leadership qualities that have successfully driven fundamental change in some of the nation’s major corporate enterprises.

He will also discuss his fervent belief in diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. He is a founding member of Queensland’s “Male Champions of Change” group and, on behalf of Aurizon, signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.  In 2016 he received a coveted Women’s Empowerment Principles Award in New York for advancing and empowering women in the workplace and the community. Aurizon is the first Australian company to win this award.

The QUT Business Leaders’ Forum this year marks 20 years of providing members of Queensland’s business and political community the opportunity to hear from speakers who are eminent in their fields.

For more information visit the QUT Business School.

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05 September 2017
12pm - 2pm
The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Brisbane
$175 per person or $1,650 per table of 10 (inc. GST).
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Lance Hockridge, Former Managing Director & CEO of Aurizon, will address the next QUT Business Leaders' Forum


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