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.