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About Keynote Entertainment

The Keynote Team are a passionate bunch, who really love what they do. That’s why they’re so good at it. And that’s why we love them. And it all starts with our fearless leaders. Here’s a sneak peek into what makes them great.

Leanne Lamb – Director

When you’re dealing with any business, you want to know that the person you’re dealing with gets it. You want to know that they understand what you’re after, that they’re on your side know how to get the job done, and that they’ll do it better than you expected.


That’s Leanne and she’s been doing it for over 20 years now. Relationships are central to Leanne’s success. And that’s not just about staying in touch and saying ‘hi’ and remembering your name. It goes a lot deeper for Leanne. Like understanding your expectations of value and service, and making sure she delivers on that. And when you deal with Leanne, you’ll quickly get the impression that not too many people know the industry as thoroughly as her.

With over 20 years experience, which covers Corporate Entertainment, Keynote Speakers, Event Management, Marketing and Sales, who would be surprised?  But, you see, that’s how Leanne has ensured her success in every endeavour – know your industry, know your people, know your job and do it well.

Oh, and when you meet Leanne, I think you’re going to love her!

Justin McNeany – Director

Justin is one of the key reasons why Keynote Entertainment is able to stand apart from the crowd. You see, there aren’t too many in the industry who have a broader experience base and skill set covering Keynote Speakers, High Profile Artists, Corporate Entertainment and Talent Management. And a quick trip through his working life is like a name-dropper’s heaven. Yet, one thing it does show is how Justin has always been involved with the best in the industry, and the undoubted talent he has constantly displayed.

It all started as a determined and eager 20 year old, culminating now (without giving too much away about his age) in almost two decades of being immersed in the land of Keynote Speakers, Entertainment and Talent Management. At just 21 years of age, Justin was made Manager at Pace Entertainment, which was the corporate booking agency for the Mushroom Group of Companies. His next move was into Talent Management, specializing in high profile radio personalities and celebrities, before combining this role with the role of Operations Manager at Premier Artists. It’s here that he gained valuable Management experience, while at the same time co-managing major tours for guys like Pete Murray and Jimmy Barnes amongst a bunch of others, and gaining invaluable experience in International Tours through the company’s association with Frontier Touring Company. Phew… take a breath!

It was then that Justin moved into the Keynote Speaking industry, taking advantage of his skills as a successful talent agent, manager and negotiator, on top of his expertise in Business Operations.

But you know the best bit? All this experience is now available to you through Keynote Entertainment.

Keith Harwood - Partner

Many people will have values that they’ll happily tell you about. And they always sound impressive, don’t they. You know what’s even more impressive? When you meet a person who doesn’t need to tell you what their values are – they live them everyday and it’s obvious.

We’re pumped to introduce you to Keith Harwood.

He’s that guy.

For the past few years, Keith has been making a big impression in the Sydney market, as the Managing Director of Inspire Speakers. And he built the business very much in the mould of himself – placing a strong value on relationships, a respect for effective communication and a serious love for what he does.

And that’s why we love him too. So much so that Keith’s business partnered with us under the Keynote Entertainment banner, to join forces and really make an impact in the industry. Operating out of Sydney, Keith lends a world of knowledge and expertise to the Keynote team. He’s so passionate about making Australia’s conferences and events entertaining, inspiring and relevant. It’s a passion that is evident in how he goes about it.

It’s a passion, too, that extends to the kind of service he provides for each and every one of his clients, with the aim of turning them into raving fans. And he’s done a bloody good job of it - his clients are more than happy to bang on about how impressive Keith is.

When you meet him, you’ll see why we’re so excited to have him on board.

Sam Bird – Account Executive

When you have 14 years’ experience in the entertainment industry, like Sam does, it brings with it a fair bit of knowledge. With much of that experience split between the entertainment and music industry, as well as the speaking industry, you’ll be pretty impressed with Sam’s understanding of all forms of live entertainment.

Better still, Sam’s intricate knowledge means you’ll always get the best advice, the best solution and the best outcome. And fast. Real fast. Exactly the kind of fast you needed when you found yourself in that bind.

And you don’t last that long in the industry if you don’t seriously love what you do. The speakers and her clients can all see it – that’s why they love her.

So when you want a result… and we don’t mean just any old result, we mean the kind of result that you hadn’t quite dreamed of yet, you can be sure that Sam has thought of it already, and is ready to deliver on it… yesterday. 

Simone Pipito – Account Executive

OK, so you’ve got an event on the cards, and you need to find a speaker. Scrap that. You need to find the most perfect speaker that you can’t even imagine.

Good news. You don’t need to imagine who that would be. That’s what Simone does. And she’s an absolute guru at it.  

You see, for the last 10 years, since joining the speaker industry, Simone has spent all of her energies on making sure that her expertise in speaker engagement is second to none. What this means is that her knowledge of speakers is so vast and comprehensive, that she can tailor the perfect speaker – indeed tailor the perfect program – for your event to make sure it’s exactly what you couldn’t imagine.

Imagine that!

What makes Simone so fabulous, is that she’s spent the last 20 years at the forefront of event management, coordinating events as large as 1500 delegates and as small as 30 people. That’s why we love having her at Keynote, and that’s why we know you’ll love her too.

Angela Robertson - Event & Finance Manager

At the end of your event, you’ll be sitting back with a celebratory drink in hand and a smile on your face, thinking ‘that all just ran so smoothly.’ Well, we can now reveal just how it all ran so smoothly.

Her name is Angela. And she’s got it covered. All of it.

From the very moment your booking is confirmed with us, Angela wheels into action, getting the contracts out, booking flights, getting the run sheets to the speakers, organizing intros and event logistics, and anything else that anyone else wouldn’t have thought of.

In fact, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is finding something else to worry about. With more than 10 years in the industry, Angela has developed an eye for detail that is matched only by her work ethic. And no one is happier than Ange when it all comes together so seamlessly, and you haven’t even raised a sweat.

So here’s cheers to Angela. We’re reckon you’re going to love her.

Nicola Ruitenberg - Event Manager

It’s all the little things. They turn your ‘To Do’ list into a ‘To Do’ booklet, they send the stress levels right up to the eyeballs, and they can bring you and your event undone quicker than you can say ‘Did you remember the…’

And they’re exactly the things that Nicola eats for breakfast.

You see, Nicola has dealt with more of these kinds of ‘To Do’ lists than you’ve had hot dinners. So she knows exactly what needs to be on them, and exactly how to get them done. She’s been doing it in the industry for years and we’re stoked that she’s now doing it for us here at Keynote. Business strategy. Tick. Brand analysis and creation. Tick. Booking management and logistics. Tick. Social Media management and strategy. Tick.

Nicola has done it all. And no matter how big or small – or stressful – the task at hand, you’ll notice that she’s still smiling at the end. We’re guessing that’s because she knows how good it feels when you tick that last thing off your ‘To Do’ list. And with Nicola’s commitment to the cause, she’s always ticking that last thing off.

So here’s your ‘To Do’ list for your next event: 1. Get Nicola on the case.

Tick. That does feel good.

Stephanie Haines - Event Manager

Every great business has one. One of those people that you can rely on to get things done without a fuss. One of those people who has already done it before you even thought about it. One of those people that has their finger on the pulse of everything.

Our ‘one of those people’ is called Steph.

Having built a career in government agencies, schools and private industry, Steph has developed an enviable ability to have everything running like clockwork – and keep it that way. Office technology, IT systems, social media, diary management – Steph has experienced it all, and mastered the art of making sure she’s all over it.

And when Steph’s all over it – it means we don’t need to even think about it. So next time you’re working with Keynote team, and ever wonder how everything seemed to run so smoothly, you can bet it’s got Steph’s finger prints all over it.