November 7 – The Transformation of Leadership

PwC Herald Talks – The Transformation of Leadership

Becoming a modern leader

Auckland – 7th Nov (SKYCITY Theatre)


We’ve seen a drastic shift in today’s leaders; built on personal values, individual strengths and authenticity. Learn to harness this modern leadership style to motivate, inspire and challenge the norms.

Join us and of some of NZ’s prominent leaders, as we delve deeper into the benefits of becoming a successful modern day leader.



Alia Bojilova – Associate Director, Sheffield 

Alia is an experienced, industrial and organisational psychologist with a career spanning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), in both senior roles in organisational development and also operational line management roles, prior to moving into the corporate sector, as Group Manager Talent for Frucor Australasia/Suntori Group. She was awarded the New Zealand Defence Force Meritorious Service Medal in 2014.
The combination of her leadership experience and the depth of her technical knowledge and experience in Organisational Development enables Alia to bring a great depth of personal knowledge and expertise to her consulting work. She has a particular passion for organisational and talent development as well as leadership and resilience, working both one on one and with teams to lift performance and capacity.
Alia’s recent experiences include developing a talent strategy and philosophy and creating an integrated talent approach within Frucor Australasia, as well as working to propel individuals and teams to peak performance. She has also worked in the well-being and resilience area, with senior executives and Olympic level athletes


Simon Moutter – Managing Director, Spark New Zealand

As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and management of Spark New Zealand, through its various business divisions and the brands that provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses. Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark, to better reflect the fast-changing new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, his ambition is for Spark to help all New Zealanders to live more amazing lives and build more successful businesses, through the power of digital technology. Simon returned to the company in mid-2012, having managed most parts of Telecom as Chief Operating Officer during the years 2003-2008. In the intervening years, he led Auckland International Airport for a period of four years in which he transformed the customer experience and delivered a significant uplift in its growth trajectory. Simon also spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry including as chief executive of Powerco (1992 to 1999). Simon has a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Massey University. He lives with his wife Sophie and two of his children, Ben and Jack, in Auckland. Together they are into school activities, sports, fishing and travel, and sometimes the family indulges Simon’s interest in race horses.

Dr Suze Wilson – Senior Lecturer, School of Management at Massey University

Dr Suze Wilson is a senior lecturer and leadership scholar at Massey University. Her research challenges heroic notions of leadership, while her teaching is focussed on equipping emerging or established leaders to practice leadership in ways better geared to 21st century realities of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Suze has an extensive practitioner background prior to taking up her academic career, having held senior roles in organisations such as the SSC, NZ Post, MPI and the Ministry of Education, as well as consulting to a diverse range of organisations on people and strategy-related issues. Dr Wilson also works as an executive coach.

Cameron George – Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Warriors

Hailing from Casino, in rural New South Wales, Australia, Cameron George moved to New Zealand in 2006, working in the integrity sector of horse racing and was later the CEO of Auckland Racing Club for several years.
While CEO of Auckland Racing, Cameron was also on the Board of the Vodafone Warriors for 2 years prior to moving on from Auckland Racing Club in July 2017. Cameron had a very short stint as the Vodafone Warriors Chief Operating Officer before moving into the role of CEO in September 2017.
The focus at the Vodafone Warriors for Cameron in his first season has been to turn the club around and create a winning culture and to get fans back to the stadium. In 2018 the Club returned to play in the NRL finals for the first time in 7 years and increased average crowds by 130% YOY which, was a driving factor to a very strong turn around in the Club’s commercial performance. In addition, the Vodafone Warriors this year have expanded their number of teams by introducing a Woman’s NRL team which played in the inaugural 2018 NRL Competition.
Cameron has significant leadership experience in the sports, entertainment and integrity industry.

September 4 & 5 – The Experience Economy

PwC Herald Talks – The Experience Economy

Taking a fresh approach to customer engagement

Wellington – 4th Sep (Shed 6)

Auckland – 5th Sep (SKYCITY) – SOLD OUT


Customers today expect fast, convenient, personalised and consistent brand experiences. For your business to succeed and cut through increasing competition and digital noise, customer engagement must be at the forefront of your strategy. A great experience leads to growth in sales, brand and loyalty. Welcome to tomorrow’s economy!

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Caroline Rainsford – Country Director, Google New Zealand


Caroline is the Country Director for Google New Zealand where she is responsible for driving Google’s overall business operation and is focused on helping NZ businesses grow and transform in the digital age. Prior to joining Google, Caroline served as Marketing and Product Director for Latitude NZ (previously GE Capital) as well as Brand Director for their broader AU/NZ region. Before her return to New Zealand in 2013, Caroline worked for Philips Royal Electronics across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. When she’s not helping customers, Caroline spends her time with her husband chasing two young children around the parks and beaches of Auckland. She also loves tennis and is an enthusiastic skier.


Gareth Parry – Partner, PwC New Zealand


Gareth brings arm waving, visualisation, strategic thinking, relentless enthusiasm, and an unwavering focus on great user experiences to PwC digital’s clients. He’s a firm believer that organisations differentiate themselves by the experience they offer employees and customers — and the only way to improve those experiences is through human-centred design.

Gareth has spent his working life in the broader design community. He started with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and has since been a graphic designer, consultant, account director, manager, Chief Infographer, CEO, and chair of a district cricket association.

Gareth works with organisations to understand problems, uncover opportunities, shape strategies, and implement solutions that deliver useful, usable, delightful experiences. His leadership, visual communication, facilitation, and design-thinking skills help project teams deliver meaningful outcomes for their organisations and customers. He is also a design coach with Better by Design and the Auckland Co-Design Lab.

Christine Bennett – General Manager Government Information Services, Department of Internal Affairs


Christine’s work experience spans both the private and public sectors. She has a successful track record in marketing, analytics, strategy, product and channel development for small start-ups as well as in the banking and telecommunications industries. Christine joined the Department of Internal Affairs in 2011 working for the Service Delivery and Operations branch of the Department as Director of Branch Development and Support, where (amongst other things) she introduced a strong focus on the citizen through evidence based decision making, user centred design and an agile approach to delivery. In her role as General Manager in the Government Chief Digital Office, Christine uses this passion combined with digital, to support the public sector to deliver great outcomes for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Colleen Ryan – Head of Strategy, TRA 


Colleen Ryan is the experienced Head of Strategy at TRA. Founder of UK agency TRBI, a pioneering international research and planning agency, where she championed the implementation of insights to guide creative and innovative strategies for clients. Latterly as Head of Strategy for TRA, Colleen continues to incorporate advancements in knowledge into insights practice and activation.

Dr Marilyn Giroux – Senior Lecturer, AUT 


Combining her graduate studies in marketing and her professional experience, Dr Marilyn Giroux is interested in how consumers’ identities influence the development of brand relationships. The emphasis of this research is to examine how brands can influence and strengthen their connections with consumers. Marilyn is particularly interested in the impact of relationship norms and ambivalent emotions in the development of brand relationships. In addition, her other research projects examine sponsorship effectiveness, consumers’ empowerment, retailing, sustainability and the creation and management of human brands. Prior to her academic career, Marilyn had experience in brand management, sales management and sponsorships within the sports marketing industry.

Kris Nygren – Partner, PwC New Zealand


Kris is obsessed with the value of the human experience in our digital-physical lives and in all his time has never met a whiteboard he didn’t agree with. His deep desire to understand the customer underpins his role as Digital & Customer Leader at PwC.
Kris joined PwC as part of the acquisition of Optimal Experience and for the past 15 years has held leadership roles within the digital and innovation landscape working with clients from around the globe.
He believes that he is creating a better future by the work he does and has been ultimately responsible for delivering over 300 human-centred digital and service design projects. Kris is hands-on and actively supports the start-up and tech communities as an investor; he’s Executive in Residence at The Icehouse, and a judge on the HiTech Awards panel.

July 24 & 25, Aug 1 2018 – Millennials Move Up, Gen Z Move In

Wellington, 24 July – Shed 6 (7-9am)

Auckland, 25 July – SKYCITY Theatre (7-9am)

Christchurch, 1 Aug – The Piano (7-9am)


Harnessing tomorrow’s talent, the next generation is entering the workforce! Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, make room for the next generation set to hit the work force, Gen Z; a diverse, digitally-driven generation who are socially conscious, committed and practical. Understanding them will be critical to businesses wanting to succeed in the next decade and beyond.  Our exciting line-up of speakers delved into the generation change set to transform the way we do business tomorrow.

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Sam Stuchbury – Creative Director & Founder, Motion Sickness


Sam Stuchbury is the 28-year-old Founder and Creative Director of Auckland-based creative agency Motion Sickness.

Sam Stuchbury founded award-winning creative agency Motion Sickness in 2014 while living in his student flat in Dunedin during his final year of study, whilst completing a marketing and design degree at the University of Otago. The now Auckland-based company works on delivering unique creative campaigns and content, using social media and high quality production. Their unique and fresh approach to advertising has landed the company a suite of New Zealand and international clients such as Les Mills International, Icebreaker, Oxfam and Blunt Umbrellas.

In March Sam was also selected to be on this year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list of creative ‘disruptors’, the only kiwi to make the list in 2018.


Komal Mistry – General Manager, Fonterra Ventures


Komal is the General Manager of Fonterra Ventures responsible for building new revenue streams globally for Fonterra. This involves generating future growth opportunities for the business through a diverse range of sourcing levers such as external partnerships, pursuing strategic investments and building internal ventures.

Komal has been with Fonterra since 2011 and previously held roles in the Co-operative’s consumer business in New Zealand. Prior to joining Fonterra, Komal worked for Deloitte across both the London and New Zealand offices. She has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Waikato. Komal is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand as well as a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

She was named New Zealand’s Young Executive of the Year in the 2017 Deloitte Top 200 Awards.

Sam Johnson – Head of Community, Mycare


Sam Johnson is the Head of Community Innovation at Mycare, Chair of the Student Volunteer Army and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a social enterprise that can connect generations for mutual benefit. His venture joined forces with Mycare in 2017 to help recreate mutually beneficial models of community and new types of peer to peer social infrastructure. Sam has been previously named a Young New Zealander of the Year award and Communicator of the Year. He is a board member of Westpac’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Prince’s Trust New Zealand.

Robert Stewart – Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Mycare


After seeing the struggles of family caring for aging grandparents Robert Co-Founded Mycare; a social enterprise that matches people who need help, with workers or volunteers in the local community. With a belief that through technology there must be a better way to support our aging population to live where they want to; in their own homes, supported by people they have meaningful relationships with. Mycare is creating jobs and training opportunities for young people, strengthening generational ties, all the while supporting communities to develop their own solutions.

Robert is passionate about applying technology to enable and enrich people’s lives, with over 12 years’ experience working with businesses and government agencies in both Australia and New Zealand.

Nuwanthie Samarakone – CEO, ICE 


Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future.

She believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality that we will begin to witness emerge over the coming years. Due to this phenomenon, it is critical that organisations look forward towards future thinking that both aligns and proofs their strategic talent schemes.

Moving beyond the traditional graduate processes and explore new alternatives for how we can develop emerging young professionals in this constantly changing world of work is critical. Approaching these issues holistically has enabled the development of having offices across 6 markets with the team of specialist thinkers, designers and consultants. Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and across Government Agencies here in New Zealand and overseas.

Lauren Merritt – Head of xone and Innovation, Vodafone


Lauren is the Head of xone and Innovation at Vodafone – 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.
Lauren’s passion is in supporting people to live a life they love. Previously, 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.