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2017's World Class Speakers

Sir Graham Henry

Graham Henry needs no introduction to kiwis. What he achieved with the All Blacks and in his coaching and management career were all based on Graham’s approach to the people on his teams and the resultant culture he was able to create. The lessons and learning’s from how the All Blacks won the World Cup (and the other successes that Graham achieved) are hugely aligned to how you can run a better business with more engagement from your team and the creation of a fun and accountable culture. Learn the secrets from our nation’s master coach and run a better business and team.

Graham finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent.  As well as winning Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks held the Bledisloe Cup every year from 2003 to 2011, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.


Frances Valintine

Frances Valintine has been an educator for over 20 years, committed to shifting education practice and policy within the technology-driven global environment.  She founded The Mind Lab by Unitec, developed to empower students, teachers and principals with skills for today's world. In 2016 Frances launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology enabled businesses. In the past three years her organisations have taught over 100,000 school students, 2,200 teachers and worked with 250 New Zealand organisations.

Frances was named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the 2017 NZ of the Year awards and last year, was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, UK and was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education). Hot off the press, in 2017, Frances has just won the Flying Kiwi Award at the Hi-Tech Awards and was inducted into their Hall Of Fame!
Frances sits on the Callaghan Innovation, KEA and Washington based Talentnomics Boards and holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne


Daniel Flynn

At the age of 19, Daniel Flynn established a social enterprise called Thankyou Water. The aim of Thankyou was to launch a bottled water product that would exist for the sole purpose of funding water projects in developing nations. Today it also funds food and health and hygiene projects in 17 countries.
The startup journey for Thankyou encountered a lot of setbacks along the way. However, Daniel’s determination to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases has paid off. Thankyou products are now stocked in 7-Eleven, Coles, Woolworths and Australia Post, which has enabled Thankyou to give more than $4.1 million to help thousands in need.
You will be inspired and empowered by Daniel’s story as he shares the risks Thankyou took in pursuit of its big dreams and the lessons in overcoming challenges and obstacles, without losing sight of the end goal.
Among all of that, Daniel was also named 2014 Victorian Young Australian of the Year and in 2015 won the EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.


Kathryn Wilson

Kathryn Wilson has established herself as New Zealand’s premier footwear designer in just over a decade, growing from a fledgling designer to becoming an influential business woman with a brand that is in constantly high demand. Kathryn Wilson has emerged as one of the fastest-growing fashion brands in New Zealand. Stocked in over 100 local boutiques and with an ever-growing online market, the label is on the front foot in the fashion industry. Her acute business acumen has also meant Kathryn is in demand as a leader and brand ambassador, garnering the attention of global brands Volvo, Veuve Clicquot, Samsung, Nespresso, Dermalogica and Vodafone to become long-term supporters of herself and the brand. Awards Kathryn has won include the Newmarket Business Awards Employer of the Year 2016, Next Magazine Woman of the Year Finalist 2015, ANZ Young Business Person of the Year 2015, Metro NZ Best Shoe Shop 2014, Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award 2014 and the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014. In todays retail and fashion world, Kathryn is doing things very differently and stands out as a true market leader.


Sir John Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan (JK) played for the All Blacks for a decade from 1984 and holds the New Zealand record for most first class rugby tries totalling 199. In 1987 the All Blacks winger was the star of the World Cup campaign, running the length of the field to score against Italy.   

But JK’s story is about so much more than rugby and life as a professional sportsperson. He has opened up to New Zealand and shared his personal story of depression, resilience and hope after struggling with the mental illness as a player. His journey has led him to an active involvement with mental health awareness campaigns in New Zealand where he speaks openly about his battle. He has written two books, All Blacks Don't Cry and Stand by Me. 

JK is an amazing speaker. The feedback from those who attend is incredible and heart-warming. He literally saves lives. He is passionate about putting an end to youth suicide and influences thousands of school students in his role as a Westpac Ambassador. As the first rugby player to openly talk about depression Sir John Kirwan continues to prove himself as a true kiwi icon both on and off the field.


Linda Jenkinson

Linda Jenkinson is one of NZ’s most successful business women. She’s a serial entrepreneur who has built three multi-million technology-enabled services companies with successful exits of more than $740 million. Linda is the first New Zealand woman to take a company public on the NASDAQ Exchange. Her career has spanned being Partner in a global strategy consulting practice, a founder of several startups, running companies as CEO, and taking on director roles. Linda is a director Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ).

She has received multiple awards for her entrepreneurial efforts in the United States and New Zealand. Most recently Linda was named one of the most Influential Women in the Bay Area (San Francisco) and in New Zealand (by Westpac), a World Class New Zealander by KEA and Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and was the first women to be awarded The Sir Geoffrey Peren Award for most Distinguished Alumni from Massey University in New Zealand.

Linda co-founded WOW for Africa, an innovative business-based approach to SME development. Linda has an MBA from Wharton School. She resides in San Francisco and Wellington with her husband, son and daughter. Linda will be sharing her formula’s to be successful in business.


Chris Quin

Chris Quin is the Chief Executive of Foodstuffs North Island. Foodstuffs North Island is a co-operative representing New Zealand’s most iconic and loved grocery brands (including New World, Pak n Save, Four Square and Liquorland). Their stores serve over 1.5 million New Zealanders every week and are an integral part of New Zealand communities. Prior to this position, he spent twenty-three years at Spark NZ (previously Telecom NZ), serving Kiwi consumers and small businesses through call centres, online and a franchises network of 120 stores and business hubs. Mr Quin became CEO of Telecom retail in 2012, before becoming CEO of Spark Home, Business and Mobile in 2014. He has a strong track record in leadership roles, particularly in the IT, telecommunications and retail sectors.

Chris has some great learning’s for how you can take the best of what large companies do and apply them to your own medium to small business.


Justine Flynn

Justine Flynn is a visionary and co-founder of the trailblazing social enterprise, Thankyou Group. Driven by the single belief that global poverty can end in this lifetime, Justine, her husband, Daniel and the team designed and delivered a sustainable company that gives 100% of profits to help people across 17 countries.

Back in 2008 when the business started, Justine and the team were met with confusion, as the term ‘social enterprise’ wasn’t really a thing. Justine admits that maintaining the social enterprise angle while growing so fast can be difficult, but Flynn notes that Thankyou’s business model lends itself to sticking to these goals.

Combining her passion for business and people, Justine’s core role at Thankyou is establishing positive workplace cultures and driving effective marketing and communications activities to engage communities to contribute to social change. Justine will be sharing her learning’s in Fiji for you to be more successful in business.

In October 2014, Justine was named a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards in recognition of her efforts in establishing Thankyou Group.


Bernard Powell

Bernard is a kiwi entrepreneur who believes (with a passion) that ALL companies should put culture first!
Premier Group International amazingly won the overall best workplace in NZ 2016 award, the first year they entered! Bernard believes that creating a happy culture is the first step any organisation should take if they want sustained great results and growth! He believes that if you get it right, then everything else will follow! Things like great customer service, creativity, innovation, quality etc etc!!!

Premier Group has achieved very strong growth year on year for the last 6 years and Bernard would like to share as many of his secrets (as time allows) with you all! They recently won GJ Gardner supplier of the year award (NZs biggest home building company) - again thanks to the culture first approach! The company mission is: Deliver happiness, create raving fans, beautify the world!

At a personal level Bernard is very passionate about family, playing the piano and singing and keeping fit and healthy


Ben Reid

Ben Reid is one of Australasia’s leading brand designers. The biggest and the best companies turn to Ben and his team for guidance on how to make their brands stand out to resonate with customers more. Ben owns Milk, a multi award winning design agency. Ben and his agency have worked with companies like Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sanitarium, Colgate, Fonterra, Air New Zealand, Lion Nathan and Tip Top. Many of the brands that you are familiar with in your day to day life are courtesy of Ben and his design approach.


He has accumulated more than 15 years experience in the creative industries, working with industry leading design houses in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, developing award winning projects for local brands and international clients. Ben specialises in creative problem solving and showing commercially measurable success with creativity. Established in December 2004, Milk has been responsible for many award winning and disruptive category success stories, most notably in retail, identity and packaging design.We cannot wait for Ben to share his knowledge and experience with you.


Chris Lee

Chris spends much of his day helping SME owners deal with significant transactions (sale and purchase of businesses, commercial contracts and protecting IP), shareholding arrangements and disputes, and complying with directorsí duties. Chris has been practising law since he was a boy, both in-house in NZ and overseas; in London, he was the Director of Legal Services for a large listed multinational. Here's the bit you need to know: Chris' clients love him because his commercial experience assists them to grow profitably from SMEs to large corporates and beyond, through achieving better deals and better managing their legal risk.

Random facts: Chris started his professional life as a tax accountant and, in his younger years, he was a very good cricketer, playing for Auckland and professionally in the UK!


Dan Alpe

Fifteen years ago, Entrepreneur Dan Alpe saw a gap in the New Zealand market for good value car rentals aimed at the backpacker market. Together with his brother Tim, he bought 35 cars, leased a garage in Parnell, and started what is now New Zealand’s leading youth tourism brand, JUCY. Today, JUCY has more than 5000 vehicles in New Zealand, Australia, and the US – most notably including their signature range of green and purple campervans that the company still custom-build at their JUCY By Design Helensville factory. Whether it be through acquiring a stake in the disruptive YourDrive (JUCY’s peer-to-peer car sharing business), or launching the JUCY Snooze Pod-hostels chain, innovation is always the focus for JUCY’s passionate crew of 350 staff – with Dan and Tim still sitting at the helm.

Tourism is in Dan’s blood, having spent his childhood weekends cleaning motorhomes for his father’s business, Maui. Despite starting his love affair with New Zealand so young, he can still be found travelling his favourite NZ spots with his wife and two kids. You’ll love Dan’s learning’s and secrets that he shares to help you take on the world!


Mark Steed

Mark leads a team of more than 420 commercial and agribusiness specialists who work closely with clients across the length and breadth of New Zealand. The team supports industries ranging from tourism to telecommunications, and from start-ups to mature, established enterprises.

 With extensive experience in Corporate, Property, Finance, Commercial and Agribusiness in New Zealand and the UK, Mark has a firm grasp on what businesses need to do to stay a step ahead of their competitors. He understands that constant adaptation is crucial to success, and that businesses need to be nimble when negotiating the social, economic, technological and environmental challenges of our time. He and his team empower customers to harness emerging digital technologies, but Mark also recognises that financial services is an industry built on relationships and trust.
 His team is heavily involved in the Westpac Business Growth Grants, which support the expansion of small and medium enterprises. The six finalists from the 2017 programme are attending Nurture Change as part of their mentoring.


Amy Ellis

Amy is a partner in PwC's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, and for the last ten plus years she has specialised in advising private company owners selling their businesses. She's had the privilege of working alongside a stream of incredible New Zealand businesses, names you might otherwise not hear about - understated Kiwi success stories. She loves that so many New Zealand businesses are killing it locally and out in the global market, leaders in their field, unassuming Kiwi owners at the helm leading with instinct and strong values.

She will share some practical tips to help you lift your line of sight up to think ahead to the end game.


John Kirkwood

John is a highly experienced commercial and trust lawyer with more than 25 years in private practice.

He has extensive experience across a range of business law specialisations including trusts, joint ventures, business sales and purchases, property, financial services, banking and insurance law and the many other legal areas affecting individuals and businesses on a day to day basis.

John's particular interest is in SME businesses and family businesses and the people who own and operate them. He is experienced in dealing with the wide range of legal issues affecting their personal, trust and business affairs including business and trust structuring, succession planning for individuals and exit and transition planning for the businesses they own.

John's experience is that while most business people are focused and driven when it comes to their businesses, they often let their personal affairs drift. This leaves private wealth assets exposed when these might have been well protected by allocating some time to deal with them appropriately.


Chantel Hutnan

Chantel is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, an accredited Pharmacist, and holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Health Practitioner, from the Kresser Institute, the only functional medicine and evolutionary health training company. 

Chantel specialises in a functional medicine approach to optimising peoples health, through nutritional and lifestyle based solutions.

She has identified during her work as a Pharmacist a huge gap in the current medical care system. Her mission is to bridge the gap between medical care and self care in order to bring a person from living with dis-ease back to a state of ease. 

Chantel finds malfunctions overlooked by the current medical model and recommends functional lab guided, health building strategies that include behaviour modifications and an ancestral based lifestyle which supports the body’s innate healing ability through nutrition, movements, mindset, stress management and supplementation if needed. 

She has the utmost respect that no two people are the same.

Chantel will seek out healing opportunities and work with you and your bodies innate ability and desire to be healthy.

Michol Dalcourt

Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognised industry-leading expert in human movement and performance. He is the Founder and Director of IoM Health - a progress organisation, which deals with Prevention Health - he is the inventor of the fitness tool “ViPR” and co-founder of PTA Global - a certification for fitness professionals. Michol is based in San Diego, California. 

As an international lecturer and educator, Michol has authored numerous articles on human design, function and health. He has served as Faculty for the School of Health Sciences for NAIT College as well as the University of San Francisco.  

Michol sits on the Equinox Health Advisory Board as well as Nike’s Performance Council, informing these brands about aspects of Health and Performance.  

Michol will share with you how to have the best chance of performing physically and mentally at your peak.


Jan Hutnan

My name is Jan and I am a Programming Officer at the Institute of Motion, creator of EvoPrime Fitness and believer in dreaming big.

With the overwhelming amount of information available, most trainers get lost in it and struggle to be the leaders they want to be. I create a plan which creates clarity, sustainability and positive outcomes. When they follow this plan people start feeling better, trainers are happier and relationships improve. They start enjoying what they do for longer. 

My mission is to elevate the consciousness of health and fitness in Australasia and around the world. 

I have always been involved in the physical world. For the first half of my life as an ice-hockey player and for the second part as a personal trainer. Over the last few years I became more interested in the deeper side of the human body. How our system works as a whole, how to improve not just muscles and tissue but also promote neural and cell health.

The most important question I ask myself is not how we can perform on the highest level but how we can perform on the highest level for as long as possible. In order to make this happen we need to create the right environment for neural health, cell health and justify our training and movement actions from mechanical and metabolic stand point. 

In keeping with this holistic philosophy, in 2014, Jan and his wife Chantel, created EvoPrime Fitness, a specialised health studio that combines both of their professional knowledge, skills and experience to offer a complete approach to health.

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