Conference speakers

Introducing our conference speakers

  • Julie Chapman MInstD

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    Julie is the CEO and Founder of the KidsCan Charitable Trust. Julie started the charity from her home garage in 2005 after becoming aware that thousands of Kiwi kids were missing out on the basics she took for granted as a child. Julie leads a dedicated KidsCan team and is responsible for the day to day management and strategic direction of the organisation in line with its objective of ensuring the basic needs of children living in poverty are met, so they can get to school in a position to learn. Julie’s dedication and compassion has seen her recognised as a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2008 and named Next magazine’s 2013 Woman of the Year. Julie was also named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander in 2015. 

  • Seth Goldman

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    Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Acquired by The Coca Cola Company in 2011, Honest® Tea is the US’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the top-selling organic children/youth beverage, available in over 100,000 outlets in the US; from 2016 in Europe. In 2016, Seth became TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands, and Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, where he’s been a board member since 2012.  Beyond Meat provides plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat. Honest Tea was the first company to launch an organic bottled tea (1999) and a Fair Trade Certified bottled tea (2003).  In 2015 Seth was named #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year; inducted into the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame and recognised with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape.

  • Dr Toby Heap

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    Dr Toby Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm and fintech accelerator. He is a non-executive director of fintech hub Stone & Chalk, equity crowd funding platform Equitise, the Cancer Council NSW and is the non-executive chair of contemporary dance company Shaun Parker and Company. Prior to this Toby had significant experience founding, leading and investing in high growth startup companies. Toby has a Masters in Commerce (finance major), a PhD in thermal physiology and artificial neural networks, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, all from the University of Sydney.

  • John Kay

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    John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists, with a career spanning academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. John has been a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford since 1970, and has held chairs at London Business School, the University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. John is a director of several public and private companies. He is the author of many book and articles, and has contributed regularly to the Financial Times for over 20 years. He became Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours List of 2014, was awarded honorary degrees by Heriot Watt University, and his alma mater the University of Edinburgh.   

  • Ross Buckley MInstD

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    Ross Buckley is the Executive Chairman of KPMG in New Zealand and a member of KPMG’s Asia Pacific Board and KPMG’s Global Council. During his 33 year career with KPMG he has managed the firm’s Audit and Tax practices in addition to the firms’ People, Performance and Culture function. Ross joined KPMG in 1983 after graduating from Massey University and became a Partner in 1994, after working in KPMG’s Amsterdam, Toronto, International and Wellington offices and is now based in Auckland.

  • Alison Barrass MInstD

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    Having transitioned into governance full time in January of this year Alison currently sits on the boards of Spark, New Zealand’s leading telecommunications company, Methven, Callaghan Innovation, Gough Group and Heilala Vanilla.   Alison has come from a successful and enduring career in the fast-moving consumer goods sector built on strategy and brand development and culminating in CEO roles at Goodman Fielder NZ and Griffins Foods.  Alison has also worked with a number of not for profit organistions most notably as chair of the Breast Cancer Research Trust, on the board of the The Parenting Place and as a sponsor for the Te Whakaora Tangata program that restores at risk families in South Auckand.

  • Guyon Espiner - MC

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    Guyon Espiner has been a leading journalist in print, television and radio for more than 20 years. He has an intimate knowledge of politics, having spent 15 years covering Parliament, mostly for Television New Zealand, where he was Political Editor. Moving to Auckland in 2012 Espiner worked for TV3, firstly as an investigative reporter for 60 Minutes and then launched two current affairs programmes, which he also co-presented: Third Degree and The Vote. In 2014 he switched to radio becoming co-host of Radio New Zealand's Morning Report. Espiner has a strong interest in business, economics and governance and in 2017 completed the IoD's Company Directors' Course. Espiner is an established MC for business, leadership and public policy events and continues to write profiles on leading figures in business and politics for the Listener magazine. 

  • Roger Dennis

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    Roger Dennis works in the continuum between foresight, strategy and innovation.  In 2007 he co-led the Shell Technology Futures programme for the GameChanger team in The Hague, is a core team for Future Agenda - the world’s largest foresight programme - and has worked across a range of industries. His thinking has been referenced in numerous publications in including the FT and Scientific American.  Roger is a frequent speaker at events around the world, and presented on cities, data and climate change at the 2015 Nobel Laureate Symposium in Hong Kong. 

  • Jeff Gramm

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    Jeff Gramm manages Bandera Partners, a value-oriented hedge fund, and teaches value investing at Columbia Business School.  His recently published book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism, has been praised as "a terrific read" by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, "a revelation" by the Financial Times, "a grand story" by The Wall Street Journal, and “an engaging and informative book” by The New Yorker. Charles Schwab wrote about Dear Chairman, “It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or manager.”

  • Emma Herd

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    Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), a collaboration of Australian and New Zealand investors focusing on the impact that climate change has on the financial value of investments. Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a non-executive director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. 

  • Dan Pallotta

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    Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the creation of the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3 Days which raised over half a billion dollars in nine years; this model now employed by dozens of charities raising in excess of $1.5 billion more. In the last five years alone, Dan has given over 250 talks on philanthropy and innovation in 34 states and eight countries. His iconic 2013 TED Talk has been viewed more than 3.9 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. He is the author of  Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. His newest book is, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World.  Dan is the Chief Humanity Officer for Advertising for Humanity and  the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council.

  • Dr Anna Campbell

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    Anna has a strong scientific background from which she has transitioned into business leadership and governance. She is now Managing Director of AbacusBio, an agri-technology company where she leads a team of over 30 specialised consultants and several graduate students. Anna has significant international experience, having worked in Asia, Australia and New Zealand with companies and research organisations to implement technology programmes. She is passionate about New Zealand organisations capitalising on opportunities associated with technology in emerging economies. Anna is also a Director of Otago Innovation Limited, the commercial arm of the University of Otago, a Director of the Grow Dunedin Partnership, an agri-technology advisor to Powerhouse Ventures and a Trustee of Otago Boys’ High School.

  • Simon Mackenzie

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    Simon Mackenzie is passionate about the power of technology to transform the energy industry, and consumers’ lives. As Group Chief Executive Officer, Simon has expanded and driven Vector’s portfolio of businesses to embrace innovative technologies and strategies to deliver efficient, sustainable energy solutions to consumers. Simon was appointed Vector’s Group Chief Executive Officer in 2008. His tertiary qualifications include engineering, finance and business studies, and the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Workshop speakers

  • Zoe Attwood GAICD, MBA, MInstD

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    Zoe has over 15 years’ experience as a director and chair, holding positions in a wide range of state-owned enterprises, private and publicly-listed companies, and not-for-profit organisations. Zoe is a science academic and had an extensive global executive career in science and technology innovation and commercialisation. She has worked in industries including the dairy, food, veterinary, packaging, wine, and forestry. She is currently deputy chair of Dairy Food Safety Victoria in Australia, and a director of both PrimeSafe and Quantum. Zoe is also a member of two scientific committees, two risk, audit and finance committees, and a governance committee.

  • Sheridan Broadbent

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    Sheridan has been the Chief Executive of electricity lines company Counties Power since June 2014, is on the Board of the Electricity Networks Association and one of the management committee of the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum.  She has been on the Board of Kordia Group since 2014, where she sits on the Health and Safety and Audit committees. Sheridan has worked in NZ, Australia and the South Pacific in a variety of infrastructure and utility roles including roles as GM Strategy and Business Technology for Genesis Energy, GM Downer EDI Engineering in NZ and EGM of Downer’s Telecommunications business unit in Australia.  Sheridan’s early career also includes management roles with Telecom New Zealand, Compass Communications and Ericsson Communications.  Sheridan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.

  • Harold Hillman PhD

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    Harold Hillman is the Managing Director and founder of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group, which specialises in tools and frameworks that help executive teams lead their organisations through major change. Over the past two decades, as both a senior executive and external coach, Hillman has coached a number of prominent chief executives and their teams in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. These include Kraft Foods, Fonterra, Genesis Energy, Sealord, Bank of New Zealand, National Australia Bank, TVNZ, Foodstuffs, RD1, Air New Zealand, Southern Cross Healthcare, University of Melbourne, Duke University (USA), and FMG. Hillman earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). He has written three books, his first The Impostor Syndrome, was named Whitcoulls Business Book of the Year 2013. 

  • Richard Jones

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    Richard Te Hurinui Jones (Tribal Affiliations - Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Maniapoto)

    Richard has been CXO of Poutama since 1999. In a happy coincidence, Poutama is a family name several generations back in Richard’s whakapapa which gives his present position an extra resonance for him. He has focused Poutama’s efforts on consolidating and growing Maori businesses including; driving the development of the Maori tourism, food and beverage and digital sectors, and initiating collective and cooperative activity amongst Maori asset holding entities as well as taking Maori businesses international www.poutama.co.nz. A keen practitioner of practicing what he preaches Richard is an owner in a start-up beverage business, Taha Beverages www.tahabeverages.com. The nature and extent of Richard’s work has enabled him to build strong networks and relationships with crown entities, private sector businesses and also make international connections. Richard resides in Otorohanga.

  • Martin Lewington

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    Martin is the Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies New Zealand and the CEO of Mercer New Zealand. He is responsible for Mercer’s Wealth, Health and Career businesses and has over 30 years’ experience in advisory services to corporates and individual wealth, career and HR consulting.

  • Mavis Mullins

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    Mavis has a primary sector background of sheep, beef, dairy and apiary commercial activities for both private enterprise and large corporates. She is a wool classer by trade and has a deep passion for wool, a sensuous natural fibre. With Chinese, Irish and Maori whakapapa Mavis easily straddles boundaries of gender, culture and belief systems. She is a founding member of The Super Diversity Council. Mavis is an experienced and sought after director and currently holds positions as Chairman of Taratahi, Atihau Whanganui Incorporation, Poutama Trust, and PSGE Rangitane Tu Mai Ra. She is Patron of AWDT, a board member of Nga Whenua Rahui and Accelerate 25. Past board positions include Landorp Farming, Massey University, Hautaki and 2 degreesmobile. She has been recognised twice as Maori Business Woman of the Year in 1998 and 2015, Rural Woman of Influence 2016 and in 2017 will be inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame. Mavis is married to Koro and they have 4 adult children and 14 precious mokopuna.

  • Ben Stevens

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    Ben Stevens is the Chief Executive of Risk Dynamics, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and holds an Executive MBA. Ben has a broad base of industry experience gained from his work at Tyco, Warner Music International, and CME (Central Media Enterprises). While at Warner Music, Ben completed an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School in the UK (one of Europe’s leading business schools), and was awarded a distinction for the research he completed into the impacts disruptive technology has had on the recorded music industry. At CME, as Vice President of Internal Audit, Ben led a large team of internal auditors in Central and Eastern Europe. Since returning to New Zealand Ben has held a variety of senior roles in industry and practice including working as a director at PwC, CFO at Smartpay (NZX/ASX listed), and more recently Global COO for Leading Edge Group where he was responsible for IT, Finance, HR and the legal functions across New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

  • Simon Tong

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    Simon Tong was appointed to the ASB Executive team with responsibility for Technology, Innovation and Payments in March this year. For the previous three and a half years, Simon was Managing Director of Fairfax Media New Zealand. During his time at Fairfax, Simon led the company through a period of unprecedented business model disruption driven by digital innovation from local and global challenges and the fast changing habits of New Zealanders. A proven leader with an impressive track-record of achieving business goals, Simon’s 20-year career in the technology, media and now banking industries includes seven years as Chief Executive of electronic payments provider Paymark, and senior executive roles at Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard. Simon holds a Master of Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University, and is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

  • Richard Westlake MA, CFInstD

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    Richard began his international governance advisory business in 2001, with the purpose of building boards into leading teams. He has facilitated programmes for the IoD for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years’ experience as a director and board chairman. He is based in Wellington and is currently chairman of Careerforce Industry Training Organisation, as well as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Limited and a director of RCBC Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines.

    Richard was a founding independent director of Kiwibank Ltd for ten years and has chaired several other organisations, including Intergen Ltd, Standards New Zealand, two SOEs, the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum and Canterbury Opera. In 2013, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation published a book it had commissioned Richard to write, ‘Guidance for the Directors of Banks’, aimed principally at directors of banks in developing countries worldwide.

  • Scott Bartlett

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    Scott was appointed CEO of Kordia Group in August 2016. He previously served as CEO of Kordia’s New Zealand operations since 2013. As Kordia Group CEO, Scott’s role is to lead the business as it becomes the leading Australasian provider of mission-critical technology.  In addition to his role at Kordia Group Scott is an advisory board councillor of the Pacific Telecommunications Council. In January 2006 he was appointed CEO of Orcon, the first in New Zealand to unbundle the local loop.  At Orcon he also oversaw the launch of Orcon Genius, New Zealand’s first mass market VoIP service. Scott led Orcon to become one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing, and most innovative, telecommunications providers. Outside the office Scott has been a director of the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) and the Number Administration Deed (NAD), an industry-based mechanism for the centralised and independent administration of New Zealand’s telecommunication numbering resources. In addition, he has been a councillor for Internet NZ.

  • Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, MInstD

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    Melissa became a Professional Director after 25 years experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of a number of Technology companies.  She was awarded the ONZM for Services to Technology in 2015. Melissa is a Governor of Radio NZ, sits on the Boards of Jasmax Architects, Softed and Kiwi Insurance Ltd.  Melissa is a Member of MPI's Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel and Chairs the LINZ Risk & Audit Committee.  Last year she has took courses at Stanford, Harvard and became certified as a Foresight Practitioner with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley.  Melissa works with companies to execute transformational strategies, through futurecentre.nz She tweets as @HoneyBeeGeek.

  • Rangimarie Hunia MCom, MInstD

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    Rangimarie Hunia is of Ngāti Whātua descent and CEO of Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia, the hapu’s development arm that drives the social, cultural and environmental aspirations of the hapū.

  • Anna Kominik MInstD

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    Anna is a specialist in strategic internal and external communications and reputation management. A former award-winning journalist, she has held high profile communications roles in both the public and private sectors, including the New Zealand Rugby Union and Telecom New Zealand. Anna was press secretary to two New Zealand Prime Ministers. She has also worked as a government relations consultant and has provided media relations support to the Commonwealth Secretary General. Anna is one of the founding partners and a director of Ideas Shop Ltd, providing advice and support to boards and CEOs for organisations in Australia and New Zealand. She has a Masters degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and is a member of the IoD. She holds current directorships on three boards in the business, private and not-for-profit sectors.

  • Catherine McDowell CFInstD

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    Catherine has over 30 years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry in senior executive and advisory roles, working with executive management and boards.  She has over 10 years’ board experience with not-for-profit, listed and non-listed companies. With international, commercial banking, markets and investment experience, she has a track record of achievements.  She spent 10 years on Wall Street in New York, 15 years in London with extensive International responsibilities, three years in New Zealand and five years in Australia.  Catherine is currently an independent director for ASB (Auckland, NZ) and National Provident Fund (Wellington, NZ). Previously she was chair, Guardian Trust (T/O Complectus) and an independent director for The Trust Company (T/O Perpetual Dec 2013) (Sydney, Koorie Heritage Trust Board (NFP, Victoria) and E*TRADE (wholly-owned subsidiary of ANZ).

  • Marcus Pearson

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    Marcus was recently appointed as the new Country Head for Marsh New Zealand and brings 27 years’ experience in the insurance broking industry. During this time he has managed the risk and insurance needs for some of Australia’s largest entities.

  • Murray Strong MInstD

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    Murray is an independent chairman and professional director. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in both the public and private sector including CERA, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild as the independent chairman of three of the anchor projects. He has held a variety of Crown appointed roles, including Crown Commissioner and as a director on Crown entities. He has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors over the last 20 years. He's also actively involved in TEDx in both Queenstown and Christchurch as MC and speaker coach and speaks regularly on leadership in a range of executive programmes.

  • Pahia Turia

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    Pahia Turia is from the Ngā Wairiki, Ngāti Apa, Whanganui and Nga Rauru iwi. He is the current chairperson for his iwi go Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa. Pahia holds a number of directorships across both the commercial and social sectors and has been actively involved in both pre and post-settlement entities. Pahia and his wife Njela have a number of business interests in Whanganui where they have three children and three mokopuna.

  • Che Wilson

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    Che Wilson was raised as part of a large extended whānau at the foothills of Mount Ruapehu and has extensive governance experience in the Māori-Iwi sector. Che is currently self-employed and is the Chief Negotiator for his iwi Ngāti Rangi.  Che is also a board member on Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation (41,000 hectares) that produces red meat, dairy, fibre and manuka honey and is the chair of Te Reo o Whanganui, a board focused on the revilatisation of the Whanganui dialect. He has chaired his iwi rūnanga and iwi trust and been a member of several other boards including government and philanthropic appointments.  Che has also worked for other tribes to help him take the learning back for his own people, he was part of the first delegation of Te Hono Movement in 2013 to Stanford University and been on a number of Ministerial and private delegations aboard. Che is married to Riria Te Kanawa and they have two children: Hinerauhamoa and Te Kanawa.  They have recently moved from the South Island to Wellington.

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