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Arron
Wood

Sustainable business expert and Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

A sustainable future is a question of leadership.

Profile

Arron Wood is a sustainable business expert who is also Deputy Lord Mayor, chairing the Finance and Governance portfolio for the City of Melbourne, and is a News Ltd Telstra Micro Business Award winner.

At the pulse of what makes Melbourne an incredible city, Arron is council representative on the City of Melbourne's Audit Committee as well as CEO of the Employment Matters Committee. Arron is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and currently serves on the committee for Melbourne, the South East Water Board, Melbourne Art Trust and previously Chaired the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board and was a member of the Fisherman’s Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Current work

Arron is both an entertaining and informative keynote speaker and a highly capable emcee and event facilitator. With Arron as the face of your event you’ll rest assured that the event will be exciting, on schedule, high energy, deliver on your key event messages and generate excellent delegate feedback.

Arron's insight and ability to identify emerging green markets and risks to existing markets has seen him speak at the Australasian Mutuals Institute Annual Conference, the KPMG Graduate Induction and the Ernst and Young Human Capital Forum, to name but a few. He has been very well received by clients such as Sony Australia and emceed events for Commonwealth Bank, CPA Australia, business breakfasts and Microsoft.

Arron is the founder and Managing Director of Firestarter Pty Ltd, an environmental communication and education consultancy business. He initiated and runs the highly successful Kids Teaching Kids Program for students from around the world which has attracted $30 million in funding over the life of the project (single-handedly raised by Arron) and seen 135,000 students participate in the program. Kids Teaching Kids won the prestigious 2010 People’s Choice Banksia Award chosen from 55 finalists across 10 categories.

Previous experience

Awards: As the 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award winner Arron speaks passionately about the need for Australian businesses to be at the forefront of the new green economy to secure the nation as an environmental knowledge and technology leader. Whether it is advising 700 local government executives from around the world on how to see sustainability as an opportunity or speaking at the National Business Leaders Forum on Re-calibrating the Risk From Climate Change Arron's leading edge understanding coupled with global experience on sustainability issues results in constant demand for his talents across a wide variety of industries, community groups and government organisations.

Appointments: He's been a Board Member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, a Board Member of Sustainability Victoria, Chair of the 2017 World Ecocity Summit, and Chair of the Melbourne Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee.

Features: He's also been featured on the WME Magazine Leaders List in 2012, the same year he was appointed as the youngest Governor of University College (Melbourne University).

Radio: For many years Arron was the weekly environment reporter on radio 3AW and appeared fortnightly on Network TEN's morning show 9am with David and Kim and The Circle presenting a popular segment updating all things environment.

Author: He released his autobiography 'Billabong Boy' published by New Holland. Arron first book 'Inspiring the Next Young Environmental Leader. Kids Teaching Kids - Addressing Our Environment Crisis' has sold 5,000 copies.

Feature: He was been named among the Top Ten Education Leaders nationally in 2009 by The Weekend Australian Magazine.

Media
Expertise
Talking Points

Sustainability and Environment

Very popular with local government, community organisations and large state government department’s Arron has nearly 20 years’ experience in all aspects of the sustainability sector. His numerous Board positions and senior appointments at a relatively young age give him particular insight into how to make things happen and drive project success.

Building Resilience in Business

Arron Wood shares the personal battles he has faced by providing inspiration to anyone who has ever felt as though they’re unable to overcome adversity. From facing schoolyard bullies, battling low self-esteem and ultimately having to deal with depression and anxiety while running a business. Arron's path to his current success has been filled with obstacles that many people will have experienced themselves, however he has managed to turn his business (most people think should be voluntary charity) into social entrepreneurism with millions in annual turnover.

Future Business

A look at macro issues and the changing global economy and what that means for sound business strategy. How to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risk in periods of uncertainty, with specific insight into emerging industries.

Small Business

As a successful small business founder and Managing Director Arron relates very well to the SME sector and is a great addition to any business conference, industry breakfast or awards event. His presentations show empathy and affinity with really varied audiences. Arron has a unique way of understanding what your delegates or guests wish to gain from your event.

Master Of Ceremonies

Arron is a highly capable emcee with many years’ experience across varied topics and events. Arron ensures a headache free event for the event host or manager. On schedule, entertaining, informative and pre event workshopping of your conference or event program. Having run many events himself Arron understands the critical role of emcee, how to work with your presenters, sponsors and understanding your event objectives.
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Sustainability
  • Social Enterprise

Innovation

  • Future Cities

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
  • Entrepreneurship

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Politicians
  • Local Government
Feedback
Arron Wood is one of those remarkable people who, at 28, make you wonder what the hell you've been doing with your life. This environmentalist is a natural leader, chased by both ends of the political spectrum. He is best known for founding the International River Health Conference and environmental educational campaigns for children… The Weekend Australian
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