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Recorded webcast: Talent (no) show - how is your board enabling people & culture?

Watch this recorded webcast. Join our panellists as they discuss the issues facing business leaders and directors in the midst of a talent shortage.

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Terry Copeland, Ben Reed, Leeann Watson, Leanne Crozier
5:00pm — 6:00pm, 31 October 2022
$30.00 incl GST

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He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

What ultimately determines the success or failure of a business is undoubtedly its people, they are the architects and implementers of almost every facet of its operation. Companies that genuinely value their employees - employee-oriented businesses that provide fair pay, equal opportunity and engender a positive work environment - reap the benefits in terms of productivity, performance and profitability.  

What businesses are currently facing, is possibly the biggest talent crisis in modern history. Worker and skill shortages combined with unprecedented numbers of people who are reconfiguring what their careers look like - shifting roles and industries, chasing better pay, benefits and work arrangements, pursuing career growth, or simply looking for companies that are more aligned with their values. Employees globally are looking for new opportunities and in New Zealand the percentage of workers with ‘high turnover intentions’ is on the rise. For employers, this sentiment is frightening.   

In a volatile talent market, attraction, retention and engagement are the primary levers to ensure you have the human capital required to deliver on strategic imperatives. Reshaping how you construct a role and hire new talent, developing the talent you have, managing performance, building leadership capability, innovating reward and recognition, prioritising good organisational design, fostering a healthy workplace culture, and creating a strong ESG proposition, are all actionable drivers on the minds of leadership today that demand fresh thinking. 

Should a board be part of this conversation? Absolutely.


Terry Copeland

Terry Copeland is the Chief Executive of Federated Farmers, having been in the role since August 2018. This role is responsible for 65 staff, across 10 offices who provide the delivery of advocacy and policy development on behalf of farmers, continuing the development of the benefits of membership for 13,000 Federated Farmers members and for influencing rural leadership and community resilience. 

For the previous five years, Terry was Chief Executive of New Zealand Young Farmers whereby he rejuvenated this next generation membership organisation into a talent attraction provider to the Primary Industries, specialising in school engagement and career focus as well as showcasing agricultural excellence to the wider New Zealand audience. 

Since May 2021 Terry has chaired the Food & Fibre Leaders Forum Chief Executive Group, 13 primary sector organisations with key issues of commonality to support engagement with Government Ministers. 

For most of Terry’s career, he spent more than two decades in the wine industry working on wine quality improvement and developing key export markets. Terry has also been a highly respected and experienced international wine judge since the late 1990’s.

Ben Reed

Ben originates from the UK where he studied Mechanical Engineering and worked for 20 years prior to coming to New Zealand.  The majority of this time was spent with Caterpillar developing diesel engines and transmissions for heavy duty equipment.  He climbed the ranks to Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager level before being tempted away to New Zealand in 2013 to work for HamiltonJet. 

After a few years running product development for HamiltonJet, Ben was offered the job of replacing the retiring Managing Director.  Since then he has lead this global export business in the commercial and military marine industry, growing the workforce to 480 and introducing significant advances in marine propulsion as the business transitions to be a technology-lead company.   

In addition, Ben is a director for Eco Central, the Christchurch City Council owned recycling business, and a trustee of Learning City Christchurch.  Ben is passionate about growing and developing skills so that New Zealand can grow. 

He has a wife and 4 teenage children and lives on a lifestyle block in rural West Melton.

Leeann Watson

Leeann is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber), the largest and most progressive membership business support agency in the South Island with approximately 2,600 members, representing over 60,000 employees. Leeann is a strong voice for Canterbury business and creating a thriving economy that contributes to the quality of life for the people of Canterbury.  

Leeann is currently leading a significant transformation programme across the Chamber to redefine their business model, reposition their brand and ensure the organisation is fit for purpose and relevant to their members and customers in the rapidly changing world. 

During 2019 Leeann was a Government appointee to the Small Business Council and Trade for All Advisory Board and in 2020 was appointed a Small Business Advisor to Government. She is a Director of the Westpac Champion Business Awards which recognise business excellence, on the Board of Trustees at Christchurch Boys’ High School and a Board member of the Canterbury Cricket Association. Leeann interfaces with the business community at all levels and across all sectors and has many years’ experience in working in partnership with both Local and Central Government.

Our panel discussion will be facilitated by:

Leanne Crozier

Co-founder and director of Decipher Group, a market leading recruitment and human resources consultancy based in Christchurch, Leanne Crozier is a highly respected leader, strategist and advisor, who works alongside senior leaders and boards to uncover and shape the right people solutions to support overall business strategy and objectives.      

An experienced keynote speaker, presenter, and facilitator, Leanne openly shares her wisdom and life lessons, focussed on the belief that being a good leader requires courage, decisiveness and passion. As well as presenting to organisations and industry groups, Leanne is increasingly providing her support in a governance capacity for other businesses. 

Mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and business owner, Leanne's talent is her ability to connect emotionally with people. A champion of emerging talent, Leanne is a leadership development specialist, using her skills to coach and inspire people at all stages of their career.  

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