Meet the speakers

We are pleased to announce acclaimed national and international speakers to the 2020 Leadership Conference. Check back regularly for more speaker and programme updates.

IOD Leadership: Jonathan Mason

Jonathan Mason

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Jonathan Mason has had an extensive governance career in the financial markets in both the United States and New Zealand for over 30 years, with a strong emphasis on emerging markets. He has held management positions in the oil and gas, chemical, forest products and dairy industries. In New Zealand, Jonathan has worked for Carter Holt Harvey and Fonterra and in the United States his career has seen him work for International Paper and ExxonMobil Corporation.  Jonathan currently serves as a director on the boards of Air New Zealand, Vector Limited, Westpac New Zealand Ltd and Zespri Group Ltd.  He holds an MBA, MA and a BA  and is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Management, focusing on finance. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, a member of the IoD's Auckland branch, a representative on the National Council and a member of the IoD’s Audit & Risk committee. 

IOD Leadership: Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball

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Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, executive director, and ethics advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. 

Catherine also likes to create businesses. A sought-after voice across the start-up and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating world leading conferences and events, to using drones to kill weeds on rocky cliff faces. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with technology and likes to demystify emerging tech. 

Catherine has been called a social architect and likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the non-military application of drone technology, also known as “drones for good”. As such, Catherine has co-created a new, global congress to be held annually in Brisbane starting in August 2017 www.worldofdrones.com.au. The World of Drones Congress runs annually and is the first significant global drone conference to focus on all parts of the drone economy, and the future of the industry. Catherine has most recently created “World of Drones Education” which is set to be the ‘Netflix’ of STEM resources for teachers, educators, corporates, and parents. It includes lesson plans on demand and a Podcast you can download from the Apple Store.

IOD Leadership: Curtis Barnes

Curtis Barnes

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Tom Barraclough and Curtis Barnes will present Deepfakes and synthetic media technologies: an emerging risk
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Director, Research Fellow, Brainbox Institute

Curtis is a researcher with expertise in law and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, His current research areas include synthetic media, deepfakes, biometrics, disinformation, machine-readable legislation, advanced analytics for legal services and computational law.

He is a fellow of the University Otago, a research affiliate of the Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, and of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy. He has been chair of the NZ Artificial Intelligence Forum Working Group on Law, Ethics and Society. He previously worked for the Department of Internal Affairs Policy Group.

IOD Leadership: Tom Barraclough

Tom Barraclough

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Tom Barraclough and Curtis Barnes will present Deepfakes and synthetic media technologies: an emerging risk

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Director, Research Fellow, Brainbox Institute

Tom is a legal researcher with particular expertise in health, disability and information technologies. His current research focuses on computational law, law as code and algorithmic analysis of case law. He is also an expert in synthetic media, deepfakes and disinformation.

Tom is a skilled policy advocate with experience handling government relations, legislative drafting and assisting on strategic litigation. He delivered a shadow report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities. His previous research has addressed health, disability, resource management and environmental law. He continues to work as an advocate for injured persons.

He is an affiliate research fellow of the University of Otago, and has been chair of the New Zealand Artificial Intelligence Forum Working Group on Law, Ethics, and Society.

IOD Leadership: Alison Barrass

Alison Barrass

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Alison Barrass will join the panel 'Culture Shift' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. join an experienced panel who will discuss how directors can lead cultural transformation in their organisations.

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Alison is a full time Professional Director and is on the boards of Spark (NZX 50), GWA (ASX 200), Lewis Road Creamery, Heilala Vanilla and Rockit Apples.  She was previously chair of Methven NZ and is currently Chair of  Tom & Luke ltd. 

Alison chairs the HRCC committee for Spark and has previously chaired remuneration and  health and safety committees across a number of boards.

An experienced executive across private and publicly-listed organisations Alison’s career has focused on significant marketing and business transformation roles, including CEO roles with both Goodman Fielder New Zealand and Griffins Foods.

Alison is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: Rob Campbell CFInstD

Rob Campbell CFInstD

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Rob Campbell will join the panel 'Culture Shift' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. join an experienced panel who will discuss how directors can lead cultural transformation in their organisations.
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Rob Campbell is a professional director and investor. His current directorships include chair of Skycity Entertainment Group Ltd, Summerset, Tourism Holdings, WEL Networks, Ultrafast Fibre Ltd, KingTide Asset Management and director of Precinct Properties and Serica Balanced Credit Fund (UK). He is also an investment committee member of Silverfern Co-Investment Partners (US), and advisory board member of VGI Partners (US, Australia).

In 2019, Rob was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). He was also awarded the NZ Shareholders Association Beacon Award and the Deloitte NZ Chair of the Year Award in 2017.

Rob has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Economic History and Political Science, and Master of Philosophy in Economics. He was also Senior Scholar in his final year at Victoria University and a member of the University’s Professorial Board.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: ​Pip Dunphy CMInstD

​Pip Dunphy CMInstD

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Pip Dunphy will join the panel 'Ask a Chair' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. This Q+A breakfast session is your opportunity to hear first-hand from the 2019 Deloitte Top 200 finalists for Chairperson of the Year.

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Pip currently chairs Transpower, Abano Healthcare and First Gas, and is director of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund. She has worked as a non-executive director for the past 13 years in roles which include gas and electricity transmission, funds management and healthcare. Prior to her governance career, she worked in the NZ financial markets for over 20 years with a focus on capital raising and risk management.

Pip is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: ​Earl Eddings

​Earl Eddings

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Earl Eddings' session 'The inside edge - rebuilding trust at Cricket Australia' will examine how the organisation rebuilt its reputation after the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 and what governance lessons were learnt through the ethics review and recommendations.

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Earl Eddings is chair of Cricket Australia and has served on its board since 2008. He is a member of the People, Culture and Ethics Committee and co-chaired Australia’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Committee. He is also chair of “On a Roll 21” and advisory board member of the RMIT Graduate School of Law and MBA programs.

Earl founded ARK Consulting Group, a leading risk management consultancy in Australia, which BRW listed in 2005 as a Top 25 Startup and among their Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies. Earl was later the Asia- Pacific managing director of WSP Environment & Energy and ASX-listed Greencap Ltd, which was acquired by Wesfarmers in 2013.

Earl was appointed to the board of ASX listed MSL Solutions Ltd in May 2019. Earl has gained many years’ experience in consulting to public and private enterprises, and project managed some of Australia’s largest risk management and health and safety projects. He specialises in the design and implementation of strategic risk management programs that improve a company’s ability to manage risk and improve profitability and has worked across diverse industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, rail, local government, automotive, finance, health, food and transport.

IOD Leadership: Abby Foote CFInstD

Abby Foote CFInstD

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Abby Foote will join the panel 'Always on Duty' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. This Q+A breakfast session will be an interrogation of the recently published IoD and MERW paper on the future of boards.

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Abby is a professional director with over 12 years’ governance experience, including publicly listed and Crown companies. With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has covered both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions. Abby is Chair of Z Energy, and currently serves on the boards of TVNZ, Sanford Limited and Freightways Limited. Abby’s previous governance roles include Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Transpower New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA).

IOD Leadership: Maryscott Greenwood

Maryscott Greenwood

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A former American diplomat to Canada and a frequent media commentator and public speaker, Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood is an acclaimed business and public policy advocate, communications expert and political strategist to Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and nonprofit organizations.

Scotty launched the US business of Crestview Strategy, a Canadian-based public affairs consultancy. She is also the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council. She is a member of the board of directors of Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY) and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Art & Preservation in Embassies where she chairs the communications as a member of the board’s executive committee.

She has repeatedly been recognized by Canadian newsweekly The Hill Times which has named her one of the country's "Top 100 Lobbyists" (2017), "Top 100 People Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy" (2014) and "Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics" (2010).

In 2001, Scotty spent four years as chief of staff of the US Embassy in Canada, having been offered the diplomatic posting by President Clinton. During this time, she received the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award for her innovative outreach program to US governors and Canada's premiers to foster cooperation on issues of mutual concern. From 1993 to 1997, Scotty was director of intergovernmental affairs for the city of Atlanta, handling state and federal relations, including serving on the White House Interagency Task Force on Olympic Security and working on various other projects related to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in that city. Prior to that position, Scotty was executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

IOD Leadership: Lloyd Mander

Lloyd Mander

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Lloyd leads DOT Scorecard, a consultancy that works with boards, executive teams and other groups facing complex decisions to improve potential for wide-ranging diversity of thought and develop the decision-making culture that is required to realise diverse thinking.  

Lloyd has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship. He is the chair of Ministry of Awesome, a trust that is a force for growing startups and entrepreneurs in Christchurch. He is an advisory board member for Super Tyre, an innovative tyre solutions company. Lloyd also provides voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors New Zealand and the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Lloyd serves on the board of the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee.

He was previously a co-founder and the managing director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider.

Lloyd has masters degrees in Audiology and Business Administration. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Institute’s Canterbury Branch Committee.

IOD Leadership: Graeme Milne CFInstD

Graeme Milne CFInstD

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Graeme Milne will join the panel 'Ask a Chair' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. This Q+A breakfast session is your opportunity to hear first-hand from the 2019 Deloitte Top 200 finalists for Chairperson of the Year.

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Graeme Milne is a professional Waikato-based director. With extensive experience, his career in the dairy industry has seen him working in New Zealand, Australia and Europe where he has held several senior executive roles including CEO of Bay Milk Products, CEO of New Zealand Dairy Group, CEO of Bonlac in Australia and CEO of Richmond Ltd.

Since 2000 Graeme has been a professional director and held governance roles with a range of organisations. He is chair of Synlait Milk Ltd, PF Olsen Group Ltd, and Terracare Fertilisers Ltd and chairs advisory boards for Pro-Form Ltd and Rimanui Farms Ltd. He is also a director of Nyraid Ltd, Alliance Group Ltd and Elviti Holdings Ltd. He was previously a director of Genesis Energy and FMG Insurance, and was the chair of the Waikato DHB.

Graeme is a council member of the University of Waikato and has a Bachelor of Technology (Biotech) with first class honours from Massey University. Graeme was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: David Pilkington CFInstD

David Pilkington CFInstD

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David Pilkington will join the panel 'Ask a Chair' as part of the AirNZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. This Q+A breakfast session is your opportunity to hear first-hand from the 2019 Deloitte Top 200 finalists for Chairperson of the Year.

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David Pilkington is chair of Port of Tauranga, Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Rangatira. He was previously a director for Restaurant Brands, Zespri, and Balance Agri-Nutrients.

David spent nearly 30 years in the dairy sector, holding senior executive positions with Fonterra and the NZ Dairy Board.

He has a BSc and a BEng (Chemical) from the University of Canterbury, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University. 

David is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: Dame Therese Walsh CMInstD

Dame Therese Walsh CMInstD

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Dame Therese Walsh will join the panel 'Always on Duty' as part of the Air NZ Power Breakfast sessions on day 2 of conference. This Q+A breakfast session will be an interrogation of the recently published IoD and MERW paper on the future of boards.
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Dame Therese Walsh is chair of Air New Zealand Ltd. She is also a director of ASB Bank Ltd, Contact Energy Ltd, and Antarctica New Zealand and Pro Chancellor of Victoria University.

Previously, she was chair of TVNZ Ltd, a director of NZX Ltd, NZ Cricket and Save the Children NZ, and a trustee of Wellington Regional Stadium. She was also the head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the CEO for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited, CFO at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host RWC 2011. Prior to this she was an auditor at KPMG.

Dame Therese Walsh is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: Amy Wilkinson

Amy Wilkinson

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Amy Wilkinson is founder and CEO of Ingenuity, lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of "The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs."

She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success. Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She served in the White House as a senior policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and is a White House Fellow.

The Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation awarded Wilkinson a grant for her groundbreaking research on high growth entrepreneurs, a project which included interviews with the founders of Airbnb, LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Yelp, Dropbox, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Chipotle, Under Armour, Spanx, Jetblue, and Revolution Food.

A regular keynote speaker she has spoken at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Consumer Electronics Show, NASSCOM (India’s Leadership Forum), Microsoft, IBM, TD Ameritrade, National Governor’s Association, and Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is an expert for The Wall Street Journal and has been featured by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

IOD Leadership: Su-Yen Wong

Su-Yen Wong

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Su-Yen is an internationally recognised thought leader who helps audiences around the world navigate the intersection of technology, strategy and leadership. Recognised for leadership on strategy, organisation development, and the future of work, Su-Yen's perspectives are shaped by a unique blend of experience at the board and C-suite in technology, business, and human capital, gleaned over 25 years across Asia Pacific and North America.

She is chair of Nera Telecommunications, and independent director at Yoma Strategic Holdings, MediaCorp, NTUC First Campus, and CPA Australia.  Previously, she was chief executive of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, chair (Singapore) for Marsh & McLennan Companies, senior partner and managing director Southeast Asia at Mercer, and Asia managing partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman.

She is a Fellow and member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors, and is an active member of Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents’ Organisation.