Wayne Bennett has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 AIMS Conference.
Wayne Bennett AM (born 1 January 1950) is an Australian professional rugby league coach who is the head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, and since 2016 he has been head coach of the England national team. He is also a former rugby league footballer. He has also been head coach of Australia, in 1998 and from 2004 to 2005, and was an assistant coach of New Zealand in 2008. Widely regarded as one of the sport's greatest ever coaches, he holds Australian coaching records for most grand final wins (7) and the most seasons with a single club (24 with the Broncos).
As a player, Bennett was an Australian international and Queensland interstate representative winger or fullback of the 1970s. He also worked as a Queensland Police officer before becoming a coach.
As a coach, he won the Brisbane Rugby League premiership with Souths and in the 1980s earned selection as Queensland's State of Origin coach. After starting his NSWRL Premiership coaching career with the Canberra Raiders, Bennett was appointed the inaugural coach of the new Brisbane Broncos club in 1988, later winning six premierships with them. He has since coached the St. George Illawarra Dragons (with whom he won the 2010 NRL Premiership) and the Newcastle Knights.