Dr. Richard Harris OAM

Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has worked in anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia.

His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures.

Harry and his colleagues have explored caves to 245m depth, and shipwrecks to over 150m, in dives lasting over 16 hours. He is an enthusiastic UW photographer and videographer who is now also building a career in documentary films.

Harry has a professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services locally he has been preparing for such an event. The 2018 Thailand cave rescue was an opportunity to put this training to work.

In 2018 he received the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest civilian award for bravery, and the medal of the Order of Australia for his role in the Thailand cave rescue.

Harry was the 2019 Australian of the Year for South Australia and the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Craig Challen.

Alison Hill

Ali is a registered Psychologist and co-founder of three-time AFR Fast 100 company, Pragmatic Thinking. Pragmatic Thinking is a behaviour and motivation strategy company that helps organisations build better leaders by building better people.

Awarded Educator of the Year in 2018, business woman and international keynote speaker, Ali’s work has made its way into businesses you may have heard of... Virgin Australia, Suncorp, PepsiCo, Siemens, McDonalds, Bond University and Heritage Bank to name a few.

On top of all this, Ali’s found the time to author three best-selling books; ‘Dealing with the Tough Stuff: How to achieve results from key conversations and Stand Out: A real world guide to get clear, find purpose and become the boss of busy, and Work From Anywhere. She’s also the host and producer of one of Australia’s top podcasts, Stand Out Life where she digs into the stories behind some of the world’s greatest thought leaders and talents who lead truly awe-inspiring lives.

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Smokeball Spark
Friday, 23 February, 2024
W Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour
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Smokeball are pleased to announce the return of our annual flagship conference, Smokeball Spark! As one of our inaugural conference supporters, we are pleased to extend to you an exclusive pre-sale offer, as well as early insights into our 2024 Spark event, including our keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Harris OAM.
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Spark 2024 will be hosted the The W Hotel Sydney. This new luxury lifestyle hotel offers direct access into the heart of Darling Harbour waterfront precinct as guests step out of the hotel.
Introducing our amazing keynote speakers
Dr. Richard Harris OAM
Anaesthetist, Cave Diver - Thai Cave Rescue Mission
2019 Australian of the Year 
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Alison Hill
Co-Founder, Pragmatic Thinking
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What to expect at Spark 2024

Conference Streams Dedicated to Your Needs

Choose from three unique content streams and design your own conference experience dedicated to the specific needs of your firm.

Inspiration & Experience

Connect with industry peers in an immersive event space featuring live music, exciting activations, innovative technology solutions, and memorable experiences.  

Exclusive Post-Event Function

Following an action-packed day at Spark, we invite you to carry on your conference experience at an exclusive post-event function accessible only to Spark ticket holders.

5+ CPD Points Available

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On-Demand Access

To ensure that no key learnings are missed, all Spark delegates will receive on-demand access to all recorded sessions following the conference.
Thank you to everyone who made Spark 2023 so special!
But don’t take our word for it! Here’s what we heard from you all
I LOVED so much about this event. It was very lively and the event decoration was beautifully unique. Eg. the campfire! So well organised, food and bev was great, excellent attendance & areas were well laid out. - Joanne K
It was fantastic - so impressive and well organised. Great energy. I felt like I'd joined a groovy tech start up for a day! Spark is so much more than just a legal conference. - Kayte L
The conference speaker mix was exemplary and focussed squarely on the audience needs and interests - well done. - David L
I really felt that I walked away with some "ah-ha" moments and inspiration to get moving on many of the projects that are buzzing around in the back of my head. The quality of speakers that were at the conference was a testament to Smokeball's desire to make the conference a truly captivating experience and also made me, as a firm owner feel valued." - Claire-Louise M 
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