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Meet the Fab 50

Members of the Fab50 are invited to join the Be. Whanau to support its vision of creating a model accessible nation, to open doors, create new relationships and advise on the direction of the movement.

They are a network of access champions and here they are.

Adrian Sole - General Manager Efinity Digital

Adrian SoleAdrian is the General Manager at Efinity Digital and is privileged to lead the team that produces & designs websites, apps for customers and its own Cloud Based software for the Energy & Education sectors. Before this he was the GM for 3 years leading the Taranaki Daily News team.

He has a passion for our community, leadership and equality and is on the boards of the trust that provides Computer In Homes & Taranaki Golf Association, is married to his wife Melanie for 17 years. Adrian is looking forward in using his skills and energy to help achieve the foundation's goals.

Alex Hannant

Alex HannantAlex leads and works on a number of projects supporting innovation and enterprise for social impact. This includes working with Griffith University to establish their Yunus Centre for Social Business, and with the New Zealand SPCA on commercial partnerships and enterprise activity. He also serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and New Zealand and Pomegranate Kitchen, and also teaches on social enterprise at Victoria University of Wellington.

Previously, Alex was CEO at the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand's primary development organisation for social enterprise. Before that, when based in the UK, Alex was Director of Programmes at LEAD - a global network focused on leadership and sustainable development, and Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – a global initiative providing technical advice and services to decision makers in developing countries.

Alex describes himself as a creative and pragmatic person driven by doing things better and fairer.

Amanda Judd - CEO, Kai

Amanda Judd Amanda loves designing and manifesting an awesome presence on planet earth. She believes that all life can thrive when we intentionally design how we show up; socially, environmentally, and for personal happiness and wellbeing. Her involvement has covered a broad view of this kaupapa through business, social enterprise and charity, youth development, recycling, food, climate change, community development, and accessibility.

Amanda and Kai are setting out to accelerate the advent and access of healthy, sustainable food to all via platform technology. Currently Kai is generating healthy meal plans from as little as $3.00 per portion (including delivery), and dramatically decreasing waste (down from an industry average of 40% to less than 1%) – all while leveraging existing infrastructure and strengthening existing players. Kai is committed to opening up their technology so that this transformative platform – incorporating machine learning, big data, and systems science – can become accessible to movers and shakers throughout the food world.

Andrea Rickard - Technical Director Planning, Beca

Andrea Rickard Andrea is an environmental planner, and is a Senior Technical Director with Beca, a consultancy with offices throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia and Asia.  Andrea is passionate about the role that planners play in shaping our communities, and loves being an active part of a future focused profession.  She has led teams in the delivery of major environmental and engineering projects throughout New Zealand.  As a born and bred Aucklander, Andrea is privileged to be involved with the Auckland Unitary Plan process, the rule book that will influence the future of Auckland for the next decade.  Andrea’s interest in the work of the Be. Institute is influenced both from personal family experience, as well as from her 20+ year career as a planner influencing how our built and natural environment changes over time.
 
Andrea is a full member of the NZ Planning Institute, is on the Institute's membership interview panel and is part of the young planners mentoring programme; she is on the National Committee of the Resource Management Law Association, and is a member of the NZ Coastal Society.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in geography and Bachelor of Planning with honours from the University of Auckland.  Andrea has a strong interest in the role that visual arts play in enriching our society, and is a founding member of Te Ara art group which has a mandate to support emerging New Zealand and Pacific artists.

Andrew Hamilton - CEO, The Icehouse

Andy Hamilton Andy Hamilton is CEO of business growth centre, The Icehouse and has been since it was founded in 2001. Andy is active in the innovation space working with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them achieve the best they can in the growth of their business and themselves. He has been involved with groups like Anzatech that help Kiwi and Aussie tech companies to enter the Chinese and US markets, Incubators New Zealand and the Angel Association of NZ both of which he Chaired, Japan Business Council & the Pan Asia Business Angel Council. Andy is an active investor, member of angel investor network ICE Angels and board member of aspiring tech companies including eBus & FaceMe.

Andrew Krukziener - Principal, Krukziener Properties

Andrew Krukziener Andrew has been one of the leaders in the Auckland property development industry for nearly three decades. Founding Krukziener Properties in 1988, Andrew was the first person to convert commercial offices to residential inner city dwellings. Since that time he has created a rich portfolio of developments spanning commercial office, residential and retail properties, all with a strong aesthetic appeal and a keen awareness of the needs of the end user. Krukziener Properties has been responsible for the purchase and development of over 100 residential and commercial buildings throughout Auckland.

The goal of Krukziener Properties is to create buildings that provide a quality environment in which people enjoy living and working. This goal is reflected in the company’s completed developments which feature architectural beauty, innovative design and quality construction. Notable examples include the Metropolis building, the DFS Galleria, HSBC House One Queen Street and the former New Art Gallery in Wellesley Street. Making properties accessible to users of all levels of ability is central to Andrew’s conception of intelligent design and he is delighted to be a part of the Be. Accessible movement and the values it embraces.   

Anna Bounds

Anna Bound Anna’s portfolio of experience has comprised leadership of corporate services, strategic change management, organisational development, workforce planning including Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Indigenous Employment, performance improvement and leadership and management development. She has a successful track record in leading organisational change & strategy development including improving organisational structures, cultures and business effectiveness and has extensive experience in facilitation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Anna fosters the success of individuals and has a particular interest in the development of women, she is the founder and dedicated sponsor of the University of Waikato Women in Leadership Day which is now in its seventh year and attracts over 350 participants. Anna is passionate about building capability and capacity to create inclusive organisations. She has worked across a wide range of sectors including universities, government, not for profits and private enterprise.

Anna Stove - General Manager GlaxoSmithKline NZ Ltd

Anna Stove Anna was appointed General Manager, GlaxoSmithKline NZ Ltd in May 2012 and is a commercially astute and inspirational leader. Anna began her career as a nurse and has more than 25 years experience in leading and managing business within the pharmaceutical sector. She has held a variety of senior regional & global roles within New Zealand, Japan and Europe. 

Anna is passionate about developing talent and also mentors emerging leaders in Asia Pacific. She believes that in order for organisations to be successful, we need diversity of thought to truly reflect the communities in which we operate. This will only be achieved by increasing the representation of people from different backgrounds & cultures on boards and in top management positions.

Barrie Sheers - Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand

Profile image of Barrie SheersMy passion is empowering both big and nimble Kiwi companies to achieve more. I don’t get up every day to watch the bottom line. I get up to enable our talented network of partners, and to drive the developer and start up communities in the hope we can take a small innovative idea and amplify it across the world.


And in everything I do I look to further our journey towards greater diversity and inclusion. Diversity is not an option, it’s an imperative, and I am very proud that our New Zealand Senior Leadership team is now sixty percent female.

I returned home in 2014 after more than 30 years away, with vast international experience of growing businesses across EMEA, Asia Pacific & Japan. The main thing I have learned over all that time is that my job is to be a curator of a great productive culture. Because once you have established a great culture, you can achieve anything.

Brett O'Riley - Managing Director, O'Riley Consulting Group Limited

Brett O'RileyBrett has worked on a wide range of start-up and major infrastructure and change projects, and developments in the ICT industry in New Zealand and internationally. He has held senior management positions for over 20 years in the private and public sectors.  This includes recent roles as Deputy Chief Executive, Business Innovation and Investments for the Ministry of Science + Innovation, and as the founding CEO of the NZICT Group which is made up of New Zealand’s leading information and communications technology companies.

Brett’s current governance roles include a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, and a trustee of Harbour Sports and Chairman of the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.  He is also a member of the Innovation Partnership Advisory Board.

Casey Eden - Founder and Managing Director, Neighbourly

Casey EdenCasey is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Neighbourly and has been a key part of other successful New Zealand tech start up's including Finda.co.nz, Sella.co.nz and GrabOne.co.nz.

Neighbourly's mission is to create an easy way for neighbours to talk and share online, creating more real world connections and ultimately growing stronger, safer and friendlier communities.

Casey has also played softball semi-professionally in the US and for the Black Sox in New Zealand.
 

Craig Fisher - Chairman and Audit Partner, RSM New Zealand Group

Craig Fisher Craig is an audit director of RSM Hayes Audit and Chairman of the RSM New Zealand Group. He is a licensed and qualified auditor, and an Approved Auditor of the Auditor General. While he has considerable experience with commercial and public sector clients, Craig is also a recognised specialist in the not-for-profit and charitable sector. Craig has a strong interest in good governance and holds a range of governance roles. These include being a member of the External Reporting Board’s New Zealand Audit and Assurance Standards Board, Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ, a trustee of Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust, being independent Councillor of the Auckland District Law Society, serving on the committee of the NZICA Auckland NFP Special Interest Group, a Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Charities and NFP Advisory Group member, a Massey University School of Accountancy Advisory Board member, and of course a Be Accessible Fab 50 member.

Craig Richardson - Managing Partner, l'azienda

Craig Richardson Craig Richardson is Managing Partner of l'azienda - consulting specialists in market assault strategies for technology-based companies. He has previously held CEO positions with global criminal intelligence software start-up Wynyard and enterprise technology company Jade Software Corporation, as well as CFO roles with multi-nationals Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, BlueScope New Zealand Steel and Vodafone Sweden.

Craig has held a number of private and public company directorships and was also a civilian member of New Zealand Defence Force governance board, and director of Crown entity Callaghan Innovation. Craig studied at University of Tasmania, Deakin University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a fellow of professional accounting organisation CPA Australia.

David Rutherford

David Rutherford David Rutherford was the Chief Human Rights Commissioner of New Zealand from 2011 - 2018. He is also a trustee of the Attitude Trust, a First Foundation mentor, a member of the Steering Committee of the Mega Sports Events and Human Rights Platform and an independent member of the Commonwealth Advisory Board of Sport.

Denise Cosgrove – CEO, Presbyterian Support Northern

Denise Cosgrove Denise has broad experience as an accomplished senior executive with commercial and public sector experience in New Zealand and Australia. Her previous roles have included being chief executive at the Victorian Work Cover Authority in Australia, a general manager at the Accident Compensation Corporation and an assistant auditor general. As well as contributing to various NGO organisations and actively supporting socially-minded entrepreneurs, Denise supports New Zealand’s contemporary art and design sector, especially new and emerging talent.

Derek McCormack - Vice Chancellor, AUT University

Derek McCormackDerek McCormack's academic background is in biochemistry. He worked at the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic from 1978 to 1986, when he became the President of the New Zealand Association of Staff in Tertiary Education – a role he relinquished in 1990. That period was one of extensive reform of the national tertiary education system and during it he served on numerous government committees and boards, including the establishment body of the NZ Qualifications Authority.

He joined AUT in the 1990's working in a variety of roles, finally becoming its General Manager. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the new Auckland University of Technology. Derek was appointed as Vice Chancellor in 2004 and, for the years 2010 and 2011, he was Chair of Universities New Zealand. He has served as chair or trustee of several community organisations including the New Zealand Academy of Sport, the New Zealand Stroke Foundation, the AUT Millennium Ownership Trust and the Auckland Theatre Company.

Dr. Jane Cherrington – Navigator, String Theory

Dr Jane CherringtonJane is the navigator at String Theory, a company delivering research, strategy and creative resources to businesses and brands. 'Navigation' encompasses her work as a researcher, strategist, writer and tool builder across private and public sectors; the objective always being to help catalyse positive progress. She has written and presented a fair bit about this stuff.

Her own corporate innovation story is Good Books, the digital bookstore that gives all its profits to charitable projects through Oxfam. It has been operating for 10 years as the world’s only zero-expenditure charity, raising funds for key projects in developing communities. String Theory has received a series of global awards for its wildly creative pro-bono Good Books campaigns.

Drew McGuire - CEO, Capability Group Ltd

Drew McGuireDrew is currently a Director and owner of Capability Group, an organisational development, change management and learning technology consultancy. Over recent years he and his team have been applying design thinking and lean start-up strategies to organisation development initiatives to build more adaptive people and organisations. Drew's passion for the vision and work of Be stems from his interest in driving mindset shift and behaviour change in a variety of contexts.

Also, the Capability Group team are passionate about making a difference and giving back and have developed a "one-for-one" business model when a share of profits from each project go towards supporting building capability across not for profit organisations.

Erica Whineray Kelly - Breast Cancer Surgeon

Erica Whineray Kelly Erica is a breast cancer surgeon and advocate in Auckland. Erica co-founded and is the Managing Director of both Auckland Breast Centre (ABC) and Focus Radiotherapy. ABC is a leading tertiary breast centre providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive breast assessment, imaging and treatment to women from around New Zealand. Focus Radiotherapy Ltd has introduced Intrabeam Intraoperative Radiotherapy to New Zealand as a New Zealand first providing single-dose radiotherapy at the same time as surgery to selected women - an innovation which replaces 3-5 weeks of daily radiotherapy in 6 centres in NZ.

As an advocate, Erica has worked closely with breast consumer groups, Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition and NZBCF, to put the Intraoperative Radiotherapy application onto the work-list for assessment to place this technology in the public health system, which is being considered now. Erica has also worked in the accessibility space identifying the issues for patients accessing her clinics services, and breast cancer services in general.

Erica is a consultant and national auditor for the Breast Screening Programme, and involved in multiple breast specialist groups within Australasia and the UK.

Outside of this, Erica is a mentor to a number of students. Erica is married and has two children.

Fiona Fenwick - Consultant, Fifteen Minutes

Fiona Fenwick Fiona has a career spent in public relations and communications ranging from corporate and individual crisis and reputation management through to consumer and sports media and public relations. She has managed the communications for several NZ Olympic teams as well as managing and mentoring many of NZ’s elite sporting teams and individual athletes.

Fiona, who has a M.A (Hons) in Political Studies, provides strategic communications advice and stakeholder engagement support to a variety of clients at Leadership and Board level. She currently serves on the Boards of The Professionelle Foundation, Baseball New Zealand and Saltire Ltd , as well as being past Chair of Women on Boards NZ and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Fiona is a mother to three successful daughters and lives vicariously through their exciting lives. She is a passionate 'kiwi of choice' having moved to New Zealand in 2001, and enjoys a rural lifestyle north of Auckland.

Gael Surgenor - Director Community & Social Innovation, Auckland Council

Gael SurgenorGael works for Auckland Council as Director of Community and Social Innovation for the Southern Initiative which aims to mobilise strategic and transformational social, economic and physical change in South Auckland. She introduced a design led innovation approach to the community development Unit at Auckland Council to tackle youth employment and skills, homelessness and community safety.

Immediately before joining Auckland Council Gael worked for the State Services Commission on a public sector innovation project focused on innovation generated after the Canterbury earthquakes. Between 2004 and 2012 Gael held senior roles at the Ministry of Social Development including pioneering and leading innovative parenting behaviour change and family violence prevention campaigns. Gael led the development and delivery of the Family Violence It's Not OK campaign which has twice won the IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Prime Ministers Award in 2010 and 2012.

In 2009 she received a Public Sector Leadership Development Centre Fellowship to study public and social innovation in Canada and the UK. In 2007 Gael was the only public servant invited to be a member of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship which is a group of 15 community leaders and innovators.

Before becoming a public servant she worked as a lawyer and for a number of community and social enterprise organisations.

Kate Daly - Group General Manager, Fletcher Building Ltd

 Kate DalyKate Daly is the Chief People and Communications Officer at Fletcher Building Limited, Australasia’s largest building materials group.

Fletcher Building has five divisions and operates more than 50 businesses in hundreds of locations throughout Australasia, the South Pacific, the Americas and Asia. The Company has annual sales of around NZ$9 billion and has more than 18,000 employees.

Kate joined Fletcher Building in June 2011. Prior to joining Fletcher Building, she was General Manager Corporate Affairs, People and Performance for Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ). She has also worked for Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, ABN AMRO and Greenwich Healthcare Trust in London.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (majoring in Economics and International Business) and a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Pharmacology) from the University of Auckland.

Kathryn McPherson - Chief Executive, Health Research Council of NZ

Kathryn McPherson Kath McPherson is Professor of Rehabilitation at AUT, a post part funded by the Laura Fergusson Trust Auckland for over 10 years. She is Director of a research centre investigating "Person Centred" approaches to understanding disability and - informing rehabilitation interventions and measures of outcome by those understandings.  She works with a range of health and social care professionals (as well as academics from design and business and members of the community) to 'rethink' disability and rehabilitation.  

She agrees with the author Ian Rankin who said in his recent novel 'The Children Act' that ‘Wellbeing is a mutable concept…. What sufficed a generation ago might now fall short’. Her focus is on enhancing supports for 'wellbeing' for disabled people, and people with long term conditions and works closely with a number of organisations such as the Accident Compensation Corporation, Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Health to do this better.  In January 2015, Kath takes up the post of Chief Executive of the Health Research Council of New Zealand. 

Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive Wellington City Council

David Lavery Kevin Lavery is the Chief Executive of Wellington City Council.  He joined the City Council in March 2013.
 
Kevin began his career in English local government.  This included CEO roles at the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and Cornwall Council.  Kevin has also worked for a range of private sector organisations – a consultant with Price Waterhouse, a MD with BT and Enterprise PLC and CEO roles at Agilisys and Serco.
 
Kevin has held non-executive positions with English Housing Corporation, Northumbria University and the Prince’s Trust for Yorkshire and Humberside. He is also Vice President of the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).
 
He is married and has two sons.

Kevin McCaffrey - Executive Director, EY

Kevin McCaffreyKevin is the Managing Director of Effective Governance New Zealand, a privately-owned consulting firm that delivers advice on corporate governance to clients in Australasia. His areas of expertise involve facilitating strategic plans and linking them to measurable outcomes, reviewing governance structures processes & procedures and governance training.

Previously Kevin was the lead partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting NZ, specialising in Strategy Development, Change Management and Human Resources.


Lauren Merritt - xone and Innovation Manager, Vodafone NZ

 Lauren MerrittBased in Christchurch, Lauren is the Innovation Manager at Vodafone xone - an NZ-based Innovation Lab and Startup Accelerator helping to bring the best startup and corporate ideas global. Previous to this she led Ministry of Awesome as the Chief Awesome Officer where they supported early stage entrepreneurs to take the first steps in developing their ideas for startups, businesses and social enterprises. This work focussed on building the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem in a post-earthquake context. 

Inspired by her sister with cerebral palsy, Lauren's passion is in supporting people to live a life they love. She managed the southern branch of StarJam working with young people with disabilities in performance, resettled refugees in the US and leads leadership programmes for a personal and professional development company.

Laurence Sherriff - Director, Align

Laurence Sherriff Laurence believes that accessibility is at the heart of everything. Laurence has a strong interest in accessibility for personal and professional reasons, and believes in applying the principles of universal design to urban planning. Laurence founded Align Limited and grew it from a one-person operation to an established nationwide consultancy (Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch) with six service offerings (town planning, property negotiations, urban design, landscape architecture, GIS and project management). He has also recently started a software company that provides a stakeholder engagement and team collaboration software application called LineUp. Prior to this, he worked in the electricity, merchant banking and agriculture sectors.

Laurence is a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and Resource Management Law Association. He holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Planning (Massey University), a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering (Massey University, Distinction) and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Otago).

Ludo Campbell-Reid - General Manager, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council

Ludo Campbell-ReidSought out by Mayors, Cities and Governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and keynote speaker with over 24 years’ public/private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is a globally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press.
 
Ludo is currently the Design Champion for Auckland, a role he has held since 2006. Prior coming to Auckland, he was Founding CEO of Urban Design London, a pan London organisation established to lift urban design quality in London.
 
Described as "the lightning rod for transformation" by The Property Council of New Zealand 2016 Auckland Property People Awards, Ludo is credited with transforming Auckland’s City Centre and lifting urban design to new heights.
 
In 2015 he was described by the influential Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 most influential Aucklanders.
 
A recent Paperboy article described him as the "Design Champion with an unshakeable faith in Auckland."

Malcolm Johns - Chief Executive Christchurch Airport

  Malcolm JohnsMalcolm joined Christchurch Airport as Chief Executive in January 2014.

Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive of InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd for nine years and Deputy Chair of Tourism New Zealand for six years to November 2013. He was appointed director of Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand in December 2013.

He worked as a sales manager for the Mt Cook Group, a management consultant at Croxley Stationery and as managing director of Canadian-based Discover Holidays.

Christchurch Airport is the South Island’s only long-haul international airport, so the gateway to the South Island and its busiest and most strategic air connection to the world’s trade and tourism markets. It is a major driver of the southern economy and the island’s largest single site of employment, generating more than 6000 jobs.

Martin Fenwick - Director, Altris

Martin FenwickMartin Fenwick is a Change Agent and Leadership coach, operating through his TheChangeFactor and Altris business. He has been part of the Be. journey since its inception, supporting the essence of the organisation as well as acting as a coach for both Minnie and the Be. team. His commitment to Be. has seen Altris Limited, become the first coaching business to get Be. Gold certification – an accolade the whole business is proud of.

He has been passionate about leadership since his corporate days with BP in Europe, where he was appointed to deliver a global programme for leadership development and, through this, developed a sound understanding of the value of effective coaching.

As part of his desire to see the improvement of leadership in New Zealand, Martin also holds a number of leadership and governance positions in the leadership and sports sectors and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds, ONZM - Professional Company Director & Digital Specialist

Melissa Clark-ReynoldsMelissa Clark-Reynolds is a professional company director, and on the Boards of Radio NZ, Attitude TV, Software Education and the Ministry of Primary Industries' PGP Investment Advisory Panel.

She had a previous career as a technology entrepreneur and in 2015 received a Queens Honour for services to Technology.

Michael Boersen

Michael Boersen As the former CEO of Yellow®, Michael led a 400-strong national team working to cement Yellow as New Zealand’s choice to find, match and manage.

Michael was previously CEO at Radius Health and has a breadth of business experience across high profile organisations such as Mainzeal, Freightways and the Auckland District Health Board.

Outside of work, he can be found with his family at the bach.

Michael Boulgaris

Michael BoulgarisMichael Boulgaris is a company owner of a boutique Real Estate office specialising in the sales of luxury property.

Michael became a house hold name in the 1990's for hosting one of the first reality TV programs for New Zealand - Location Location Location. On the success of this programme Michael was involved in a series of other television documentaries and mentoring shows.
 
Michael is an active sports person, with a particular interest and passion within the equestrian world. When Michael is not selling Real Estate, he relaxes by swimming and participating in triathlons.
 
Recently Michael suffered a serious injury from a fall, which landed him temporarily in a wheel chair. This experience has given him an insight into the difficulties and daily challenges faced by people living with disabilities. As a result of his accident and the frustrations and sense of isolation he experienced during this challenging time, Michael decided to go public and express his feelings and anguishes. This life changing experience has allowed Michael to open his eyes and has given him a desire to support a more accessible society for all. 

Mike Chunn - CEO, Play It Strange Trust

Mike Chunn Mike Chunn brings to his role at Play It Strange a wealth of contemporary song experience. From his time with Split Enz & Citizen Band to his years running APRA the songwriters' association.  They provided him with a detailed overview of what needs to happen to foster and celebrate the songwriting talents of young NZers. Play It Strange carries that vision.

 

Niamh McMahon - Partner, McMahon Butterworth Thompson

Niamh McMahon Niamh is a partner in the firm of McMahon Butterworth Thompson. Niamh practices primarily in the commercial law area. Niamh is a graduate of University College Galway, Ireland. She holds an LLB (Honours) and a master’s degree in commercial law with 1st class honours from Auckland University.

Niamh has been an elected member of the PLS Executive Committee of the New Zealand Law Society since 2013. Niamh is also a member Standards Committee 5 (Auckland), a costs assessor, investigator and a regular presenter for NZLS.

Niamh is honorary lawyer for the Irish Consulate, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Business Network NZ.

In her spare time, Niamh participates in cross fit and she is a keen scuba diver. She says diving is very similar to the practice of law in that there isn’t a lot of air time, it’s important not to get out of your depth and there are a fair number of sharks to watch out for.

Olivier Lacoua - General Manager, Novotel Christchurch Airport

Olivier LacouaOlivier has recently been appointed as the General Manager of the Novotel Christchurch Airport due to open in 2018. Prior to joining the Novotel Christchurch Airport, Olivier worked 7 years for CQ Hotels Wellington and was very active in many local organisations and community services. Olivier was honoured in 2012 by the French Government, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order of Merit of France).

He is an experienced hospitality leader in Hotel management who has worked in France, United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Olivier also worked for AccorHotels NZ for 6 years, managing the IBIS Wellington, MERCURE Wellington and 12 years for LOUVRE HOTELS in Europe.

Olivier has two daughters, Ophelie and Gena-Lee and has recently moved to Christchurch with his Cantabrian wife Samantha. Olivier has a passion for long distance running and discovered that the motivation to run Marathons would be greater if it was associated with charities. Since 2005, he has participated in numerous sporting events and helped raise money and awareness for multiple Charities such as Cantine Australia, Cure Kids NZ & Fiji, Cystic Fibrosis and the New Zealand Red Cross to name a few.

He is currently running 100 Marathons in an effort to raise funds for the New Zealand & International Red Cross. In 2017, Olivier completed the 32e Marathon Des Sables in the Southern Moroccan Sahara; it is described as the Toughest Footrace on Earth, 250km over 6 stages. His 100th Marathon will be in Paris in 2020.

Paula Rebstock - Chairperson, ACC

Paula RebstockPaula Rebstock is an Auckland based economist and company director. She is Chair of the ACC Board, Chair of the Work and Income Board, Deputy Chair of KiwiRail, and Chair of the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Commission. Paula is also a member of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board, a member of the Synergia Limited advisory board and a director of Auckland Transport. She is also a lead reviewer for the Performance Improvement Framework for the State Services Commission. Paula has been chair of the New Zealand Commerce Commission (2003-2009) and a member of the Commission for 11 years.

Other past roles include director of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, and Health Benefits Limited, general manager with the Department of Labour, as well as economic adviser positions with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the New Zealand Treasury. Paula has also worked in the private sector in the United States in the 1980s.

Penny Hulse - Auckland Councillor

Penny HulseAs chair of the Auckland Development and Auckland Plan Committees, Penny has led some of the most important aspects of Auckland Council's programme including successfully leading the challenging Auckland Unitary Plan process. The Unitary Plan is the blueprint for the way Auckland will develop and grow over the next 30 years.

Penny is a fierce champion of the youth employment movement and is highly respected by a wide range of community and business sectors.  She has been involved in community safety and the prevention of domestic violence initiatives for many years.

During the election campaign to select the first, new council, Penny was described by some as an 'iron fist in a velvet glove'.  An incredibly popular and friendly woman, Penny was the highest polling candidate in the election for councillors and second highest after the successful mayoral candidate.

Peter Hughes - State Services Commissioner – State Service Commission

Peter Hughes Peter Hughes started at the Ministry of Education in February 2013. He has had a career of more than thirty years across the state sector, and returned to the public service to take up the job of Secretary of Education. Peter describes his job as the best job in the country. He says he can’t think of another role like this where you get to spend the entire working day helping kids to be the very best they can be in their lives. Education transformed Peter’s life and he believes it has the power to transform the lives of others too.

Peter was Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development for ten years, and before that was Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General Health. Peter was named Government Department CEO of the year by TransTasman Magazine in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and in 2013 was voted Wellingtonian of the Year in the Government category.

Peter Kerridge - Partner, Kerridge and Partners

Peter Kerridge Peter Kerridge is the founding partner of leadership advisory firm Kerridge & Partners. Peter's work experience has extended from global multi-nationals through to not-for-profit organisations in the developing world. His passion for the work of the Be. Institute is fuelled by his own experiences working as a volunteer and later as a manager, with an organisation in the UK that served with people with disabilities. To this day, he sees this as one of his most formative experiences.

 

Peter Reidy - Chief Executive Kiwi Rail

Peter Reidy Peter Reidy commenced his role as Chief Executive, KiwiRail on March 1, 2014. He brings to KiwiRail a successful track record of leading and building service and infrastructure-based businesses in the logistics, energy, building products and asset management sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Previously Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Services with Downer Group in Australia, Peter held a number of senior leadership roles with Downer Group since joining them in 2006, both in New Zealand and Australia, including Board roles on the KeolisDowner Joint Venture operating Yarra Trams in Melbourne and Gold Coast Light Rail.

Prior to joining Downer Group, Peter held senior leadership roles with Fletcher Building, Todd Energy and Freightways in New Zealand.

Peter Townsend - CNZM

Peter Townsend Peter Townsend is the former Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, resigning in 2017 having held that position since 1996. Peter holds several corporate directorships including being a Board member of Otakaro Ltd and Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd. He is also a member the Air Force Museum Trust Board and the Board of The Hillary Institute of Leadership. He serves on the Callaghan Innovation Grants Committee and is involved with a range of community groups and initiatives in this region. Since 4 September 2010, and especially since 22 February 2011, Peter continues to be actively involved in earthquake recovery issues.


 
Peter is the Honorary Consul for Chile for the South Island, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. In December 2013 Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2014 was accorded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce by Lincoln University in recognition of his contribution to the business community.

Phil O'Reilly OMNZ - Managing Director, Iron Duke Partners

Phil O'Reilly Phil O'Reilly ONZM is Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington based Public Policy Advisory Firm. He is a global business leader and advocate.
 
He is Chair of the Board of Business at OECD, based in Paris, which is the representative of businesses in OECD member states. Until recently he was a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation based in Geneva. He is involved in the work of the B20 - advising G20 leaders. He is also a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council.
 
He has acted in a governance or advisory capacity to a number of New Zealand and overseas organisations in areas as diverse as trade, sustainability, diversity, pay equity, manufacturing, tertiary education, child poverty and the future of work.
 
He was previously Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes.

Red Nicholson - Year 9 Dean, Onehunga High School

Red Nicholson Red is a Year 9 Dean at Onehunga High School, a disability advocate, a husband and a Dad.

Red is a voracious consumer of podcasts and Donald Trump's tweets, and enjoys hip hop and green tea (preferably at the same time). He definitely doesn't suffer from cerebral palsy.

 

Robyn Scott - Director, Ministry of Youth Development

Robyn Scott Robyn Scott is the CEO of Age Concern NZ; the national organisation for a federation of 33 Age Concerns located around NZ.  She joined Age Concern NZ in 2014 after previously leading Philanthropy NZ for 10 years followed by as spell as the Education Manager for the Commission for Financial Capability.  She has 20 years experience of Not for Profit Leadership which follows extensive experience in the Education sector where she held teaching, management and  contracting lecturing roles.  She has a passion for making a difference which drives her commitment to the NGO sector. She has held a number of governance roles including that of Families Commissioner and a member of ACART ( Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology) and various other Ministerial Advisory Committees, and is an alumni of Leadership NZ.  She lives in Wellington with her husband David and two almost adult children.

Sam Johnson - Social Entrepreneur

Sam JohnsonSam Johnson is one of New Zealand’s most inspiring young citizens. His relentless energy to mobilise people around ideas has a magic ability in building movements that matter! Farm boy turned social entrepreneur, Sam’s work is on the leading edge of using the collective to overcome the bureaucratic – shifting our belief system about what is possible when teams, organisations and communities authentically connect and build empathy.

Sam became a household name in New Zealand when he started what has become New Zealand’s largest volunteer movement – the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army. The movement has 3000 tertiary members and most recently 29,000 Primary School members across 976 Schools. What started as a small social media page after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes has continued to be mirrored across the globe as a movement for impact, not an organisation for ego.

Awarded Young New Zealander of Year for his leadership, Communicator of the Year for his honest media commentary and a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award to remind him never to rest on success; in Sam’s world, there is no moment worth missing out on.

Sam’s latest venture, WeVisit, takes the Student Volunteer Army to the next level by connecting younger and older people to share value – hoping to change everything we currently understand about ‘care’ and ‘helping.’

Sam is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list, a member of the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership board, Westpac Sustainability Advisory Board and Secretary of the International Association of Volunteer Effort.

Sarah Trotman - Director of Business Relations, AUT University

Sarah Trottman Sarah is a well respected New Zealand business leader. She is Director of Business Relations and Executive Education at AUT University’s Business School.

Sarah oversees the prestigious AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards, their student leadership initiatives, ENGAGE magazine and other industry engagement strategies.

Prior to joining AUT University Sarah ran her own businesses for 18 years. Sarah was CEO of the Business Mentor Programme and has been an advocate for the nation’s business owners. Sarah is also committed to the social fabric of New Zealand.

Sarah mentors a number of business owners and individuals, an ex Territorial Soldier, she is a Director on a number of Boards including the NZ Business Excellence Foundation, Leadership New Zealand and the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Scott Pickering - CE, Accident Compensation Corporation

Scott PickeringScott Pickering took up the role as Chief Executive of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in May 2013 following a 25-year career as an executive in the global insurance industry. This included being the regional CEO for the world’s third largest insurance broker, Willis, for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Willis, Scott worked for Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (RSA) as Regional CEO for Asia and the Middle East based in Dubai and held senior leadership roles at ACE Insurance, including Chief Executive of its South African operations and at CIGNA.

Scott’s driving philosophy is to ensure the organisations he leads always deliver quality customer service.

Sean Gray - CEO, NZ Artificial Limb Service

Sean GraySean is the CEO of the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service (NZALS) which believes all amputees should lead independent and productive lives. NZALS delivers on this belief through the provision of prosthetic and rehabilitative services to 4,300 amputees.

NZALS' strategy puts their life long relationship with amputees at the centre of everything they do. It includes building an expert workforce that embraces technology and strives for equity for all amputees.

Sean has over 15 years change management experience within health, disability, NGO and medical device organisations. Roles include General Manager at Diabetes Australia-NSW, CEO of a medical device start up, acting Executive Director at Life Without Barriers and President of The Rocks Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon Hunter - Director, Hunter Powell Investment Partners

Sharon Hunter Sharon has a highly entrepreneurial style; evident in the breadth of her experience ranging from business start-ups to directorships of public companies. She is one of New Zealand’s most well known and respected business women having achieved significant public profile when at only 22 she co-founded PC Direct, New Zealand’s largest and most successful home grown computer brand.

Since selling PC Direct in 1998, Sharon has held Directorships in a broad range of private and public companies, including Charitable Trusts, demonstrating her breadth of talent as a Business Leader and Professional Director.

Shelley Campbell - CEO, Sir Peter Blake Trust

Shelley Campbell Shelley Campbell is currently the CEO of Sir Peter Blake Trust and is responsible for implementing its leadership development and environmental programmes throughout the country. Prior to taking up her role in 2010, Shelley was overseeing the health business cases for the Minister of Health’s reforms in Auckland. She is a former Chief Executive of Waikato Primary Health that provided health services to 315,000 people across the central North Island.
 
Shelley is Board member of the Halberg Foundation, Te Pou and Pacific Inc. She is a member of Cancer Council NZ and Chaired the Minister’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. She was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the World Health Assembly in 2008 and has examined health systems in Canada, the US and the UK.
 
In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader award for New Zealand and was the first person of Maori descent to ever win the award. 

Simon Power - GM Consumer Banking and Wealth, Westpac

Simon Power Prior to Simon’s current role, he was Managing Director, Private Wealth and Insurance and before that, Head of Private Bank for Westpac New Zealand Limited. Simon joined Westpac in 2012 following a 12 year career as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

He served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Commerce, Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for the Law Commission and Deputy Leader of the House between 2008-2011. During that time he led significant reform and change in financial market oversight and regulation in NZ and was heavily involved in the Single Economic Market initiative between Australia and New Zealand.

A graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, Simon has degrees in both Law and Politics. As well as having completed courses at the Australian Graduate School, he is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institure of Directors and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

In 2010 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and in that capacity attended Harvard University in Boston in 2011.

Simon sits on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), is Chair of the NZUS Council and is a Trustee of the Asia NZ Foundation.

Simon Tong - Executive General Manager, Technology, Innovation and Payments, ASB

Simon Tong Simon Tong was appointed Executive General Manager, Technology, Innovation and Payments at ASB in 2017. A proven leader with a track-record of achieving business goals. Simon's previous roles include three years as Managing Director for Fairfax Media New Zealand, seven year as Chief Executive of New Zealand 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.

Sir Bob Harvey KNZM QSO - International Auckland Champion

Sir Bob HarveySir Bob Harvey is the Champion for Auckland, responsible for International Investment. He was recently Chairman of Waterfront Auckland – tasked with delivering a world class waterfront for Auckland city. He is the Auckland ambassador for the Lee Kuan Yew Award.
 
He is Chairman of the Telecom Spark Foundation, Chairman of BNZ West and holds the position of Vice President of Mayors for Peace. He served 6 terms as Mayor of the city of Waitakere, retiring in November 2010. He was awarded, with six international Mayors, the United Nations Award for Peace in 1997 and the United Nations Life Time Achievement Award for the Environment in 2007. He was recently honoured by Local Government with the 2015 Excellence Award for the outstanding contribution to Local Government.

Sir Bob was awarded a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for 2013 for services to local body affairs and the community.

Stephen Town - CEO, Auckland Council

Stephen Town Stephen Town is the Chief Executive of Auckland Council where diversity and inclusion are strategic organisational priorities. Under Stephen’s leadership the council has established a Diversity Council of senior leaders and is developing a broader strategy. Improving diversity and inclusion outcomes for Auckland’s 1.5 million citizens and customers is a key focus for Stephen, and he supports many initiatives aimed at creating a better accessibility journey, including the Disability Advisory Group, Universal Design Forum, and active employee support networks such as No. 8 Wire for employees with disabilities.

Prior to becoming the Chief Executive of Auckland Council, Stephen was a Regional Director of the NZ Transport Agency, the Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council, and the Chief Executive of the Franklin District Council. He began his career in the education sector at the Wanganui Education Board and took up his first Chief Executive position in 1994, at the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic.

When he’s not working, Stephen spends all of his time with his family - six kids and three grandkids keep him very busy!

Steve Ellingford - Centre Manager, Bayfair Shopping Centre

Steve EllingfordSteve Ellingford is a leading light in his advocacy for the betterment of our society, and has proven his weight in platinum.

Passionate and dedicated to any cause he gets behind, Steve's leadership prowess has seen him initiate numerous nation-leading initiatives in the areas of sustainability and accessibility.

Before turning his focus to accessibility, Steve's commitment to sustainability in his decade behind the drivers wheel at Bayfair, the Bay of Plenty’s largest shopping centre, has been the impetus behind a series of green achievements to reduce the centre’s waste output, and water and energy consumption. Market-leading initiatives have included ushering in a new era for foodcourts with the removal of all public waste bins (diverting 70% of waste from landfill as a result); installing a grey and rainwater harvesting system (reducing consumption of potable water by 60%); a full-centre retrofit of LED lighting; to, the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

Steve has a long association with the Sustainable Business Network – he was a member of the Regional Advisory Board from 2009 – 2013 and was the Chairperson for Regional Advisory board Chairman in 2011 – 2012 and currently holds a seat on the National Sustainable Business Network Board. Steve also held a seat on the Regional Awards judging panel in 2010 – 2012.

Steve's advice is sought after, and his phone often rings from businesses across the globe seeking support for their own green initiatives. While sustainability runs through Steve's veins, he believes he has a major role to play in ensuring that his centre is accessible to everyone, and that Bayfair can be used as a platform to advocate for positive change.

Steve teamed up with Be.Accessible in 2015, and started Bayfair on its accessibility journey. Before long, Bayfair became the first business in the country to achieve the ultimate accessibility rating of Platinum. As a Fab 50 member, Steve is a champion for our cause, and has been instrumental in sharing our vision and encouraging other New Zealand businesses to begin their accessibility journeys.

Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala - CEO, Sudima Group

Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala is the owner and CEO of HIND Management and Sudima Hotels & Resorts. The Sudima Group’s business interests span Asia Pacific, and in 2001 Sudesh moved to New Zealand to manage an extensive commercial and industrial property portfolio, which he has developed into one of the country’s most successful and progressive hotel groups, alongside HIND Management’s operation as a national hospitality management company.

Through Sudima’s long-time partnership with Be Accessible, each hotel in the group has achieved an accessibility rating and two of the hotels are rated gold and continues to make improvements to upgrade ratings. The group maintains a range of philanthropic, social change and community support initiatives around New Zealand, such as supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation, free lunches for school children in Rotorua, and Sudima Auckland Airport becoming the first carboNZero hotel in the country.

Sudesh is a member of the board of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and one of Be Accessible’s Fab 50 group of business leaders, who are leading by example to create social change in New Zealand businesses and public spaces.

Tara Pradhan - Director Government and International Relations, and Chief Executive Officer Middle East, Greenstone TV

Tara Pradhan Tara Pradhan is a strategy, partnerships and stakeholder engagement specialist with a focus on social change. Tara has held roles as Communications and Stakeholder Manager at the NZ Transport Agency, and was formerly the Head of Vision Partners at World Vision New Zealand. Prior to this she was with Auckland Council as the Manager of International Relations and her background in local government includes roles in economic development, strategy, creative industries and major events.

Tara is an alumnus and trustee of Leadership New Zealand and a mentor for the Be. Employed programme. She has a Masters of Arts from the University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University.

Tenby Powell - Director, Hunter Powell Investment Partners

Tenby Powell Tenby Powell’s experience spans the private business sector, Government Entities, Not-For Profit and the Military.

Tenby was educated at the University of Waikato (awarded Distinguished Alumnus in 2010) and Harvard Business School. He has held senior management positions in Fletcher Challenge and Skellerup Group, prior to forming his own company, Hunter Powell Investments Limited, with wife and business partner Sharon Hunter.

Hunter Powell Investments is the largest non-institutional shareholder in the New Zealand Rental Group, New Zealand’s market leading equipment rental and distribution group comprising, cornerstone business Hirepool, together with Hirequip, Henderson Rentals, Rhodes Rentals, Port-a-Loo, Castles Marquee Hire, and Barricading Solutions.

Tenby is also Chairman of Waikato Link Ltd, Chairman of Aldera Ltd, Chairman of the Governments appointed Small Business Development Group, Director of Antarctica New Zealand and Director of The Icehouse.

Vanessa Sorenson - Enterprise Director, Microsoft New Zealand

Profile image of Vanessa Sorrenson Vanessa joined Microsoft New Zealand in 2017 as Enterprise Director, overseeing a large sales team and portfolio of business customers. She previously spent 19 years at Spark, most recently as General Manager.

Vanessa has been on an extraordinary career journey, one filled with many lessons including Diversity, wins/losses and ultimately learning what drives her and she actively mentors others to become the best they can be.

Vanessa is passionate about driving initiatives to improve gender and cultural diversity in technology and leadership, particularly through education. She has been married to Chris for more than 25 years and they have two children, Grace 11 and Jack 8.

Victoria Crone - CEO, Callaghan Innovation

Victoria Crone Vic is a 42 year-old, mother of two, passionate Kiwi, proud Aucklander and a multi-sport competitor. Vic has over 20 years' business experience at the forefront of the IT and communications sectors and has been a candidate for Mayor of Auckland.

In 1995 Vic graduated with a Masters of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and began working for Telecom.

From her very first job, Vic has been ambitious, collaborative, and unafraid to challenge the status quo. Prior to her CEO Position at Callaghan Innovation, Vic was CEO of Xero and has held senior management roles in sales and marketing at Chorus and Telecom.

Vic has extensive business experience managing large teams, high-growth portfolios, and billion-dollar revenue streams and is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Contact Energy.

Vic is actively involved in the not-for-profit sector where she serves as the Chair of Figure.NZ. Vic is also a director of Aura Information Security, Creative HQ and is a trustee of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust. In addition to these roles, she is also a member of NZ Global Women.

In the community Vic has always found time to give back. She is the current President of the Eastern Suburbs Local Gymnastics Club and was a coach of the New Zealand Special Olympic Soccer team.

Vivien Bridgwater

Vivien has extensive executive and governance experience - board member of Television New Zealand, co-founder and General Manager of the high-rating youth radio station Mai FM88, and General Manager of Radio Bureau (a national radio sales organisation). She was an executive member at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) for 14 years, working as General Manager of University Relations and managing marketing and communications, corporate and government relations, student recruitment and enrolment, student support services, graduation, alumni, and AUT advancement.
 
A passionate Aucklander with a strong marketing background, she believes in the power of telling stories and was at the forefront of rebranding and transforming AUT as it changed from a polytechnic to university. Vivien is of Ngati Whatua descent (local Auckland tribe), a mother of three and is presently a board member of Save the Children New Zealand and a board member of Save the Children International. Vivien has served as a member of the Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development (ATEED) board, and as the General Manager Destination and Marketing within the organisation.

Wayne Besant - Lead, AIA Vietnam

Wayne Besant Wayne has spent more than 25 years working for two of Asia-Pacific's largest financial services brands - ANZ Bank in the banking sector; and AIA Group in the life insurance sector, where he is currently CEO of AIA in New Zealand. Wayne has travelled extensively within New Zealand and across the region, and worked with an enormous variety of people, communities and cultures.  He believes wholeheartedly in the value that diversity can bring to New Zealand business and society, and fosters this actively in his own organisation. Under Wayne's direction, AIA is leading the life insurance sector in providing greater access to insurance for under-served migrant and indigenous communities.  

Born and bred in a small New Zealand town, Wayne remains passionate about all things Kiwi. Every year, through AIA's sponsorship of Marae DIY, Wayne and his staff participate in marae rebuilds across the country.  He also contributes to the wider business community - previously as a board member of Tennis NZ and currently as an independent director for Master Build Services, a subsidiary of Master Builders Association of NZ.