Evan Bateup

Chief People Officer, Vista Group

Evan is Vista Group’s Chief People Officer with responsibility for leading the team supporting Vista in our continued focus on attracting, engaging and rewarding our great talent globally. Prior to joining Vista in 2016, Evan’s experience ranged from large listed organisations (SKYCITY Entertainment Group) and start-ups (Sovereign Insurance) as well as international experience with Pfizer (United Kingdom). While his career has primarily been in People and Culture he has also held positions in marketing, sales, programme management, change management and operations. 

Andrew Boyd

Head of People and Capability, Airways New Zealand

Andrew joined Airways as Head of People and Capability in October 2016, bringing more than 20 years global Human Resources experience from across multiple industries.

Over his career Andrew has had extensive experience in delivering cultural change that supports business strategy. Prior to joining Airways, he was Executive General Manager People and Culture at Airservices Australia, the air navigation services provider for Australia.

Andrew's career in HR has included leading the HR function at CSR Ltd and Multiplex Group (now Brookfield Multiplex) in Australia, and extensive experience in the aviation and banking industries in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago.

Stu Cooper

General Manager, Certus Insurance Brokers

Stu Cooper is the General Manager of an independent Fire and General Insurance business located in Auckland, focused on providing professional advice to Local Businesses and Families to help protect their assets. After spending over a decade working and leading in the Insurance Industry for billion dollar companies, medium sized firms and small locally owned and run business, Stu has experienced first-hand many times the conversations people have with team members about career progressions, developing leadership skills, and gaining experience for people to progress their career. Having worked with people in all stages of their careers, he has realised it’s about tapping into the emotional side of what millennials want to achieve, not mastering the new HR buzz word that drives the conversation forward.

Prior to joining the Insurance industry Stu studied to be an educator, and it is this lifelong desire to help people learn and grow that drives his philosophy, believing that it is truly through shared knowledge and experience that people get the chance to develop and grow to be where they would like to be.

Wendell D’Cunha

Principal Remuneration Advisor, Auckland Council

Wendell D'Cunha is currently on the committee of New Zealand Remuneration Network (RemNet) and the Principal Remuneration Advisor at Auckland Council. He is responsible for Remuneration and Benefits strategy for the main council and many of the council controlled organisations as well. Previously having worked for Hay Group, he has worked with many multinational clients across various sectors and countries in implementing their Reward strategies.

Although Remuneration is his passion, he has worked with various organisations on issues like Talent Management and Employee Engagement. This has given him the opportunity to learn about various aspects that impact employee performance. He believes that the key to a great organisation is empowerment and building manager capability which can only be achieved with trust and transparency.

Marc Figgins

General Manager – People, Air New Zealand

Marc is currently GM People Revenue and Employee Experience at Air New Zealand covering revenue businesses in both New Zealand and across the globe. He joined from ANZ where he worked for 12 years primarily in Asia, where he was Regional Head of HR across Asia Pacific – helping ANZ grow from 1,000 to 14,000 FTE across 28 countries. Prior to ANZ Marc had a background in consulting both here in the region and in the UK including HR advisory for PwC in both public and private sectors. A qualified lawyer, Marc is currently playing a lead role in the transformation of people practices at Air New Zealand in the face of digital disruption, and heads up their Employee Experience, Future Workforce Planning and analytics programs.

Kathryn Greene

Global People Operations Director, Orion Health

Kathryn is a passionate global HR leader who is focused on delivering an outstanding experience across the employee life cycle. She has a particular interest in the development and delivery of best practice remuneration initiative, system implementations and process improvement. This has led to her involvement in the professional association for remuneration professionals, taking the position of Chairperson of the New Zealand Remuneration Network (RemNet). During her career Kathryn has worked in both specialist remuneration and generalist HR roles across the software, FMCG, manufacturing and healthcare industries

Simone Guy

Group Manager – Talent, Auckland Transport

Simone is a a senior leader passionate about all things HR, in particular designing people strategies that are fit for business, increase staff engagement and lead to a sustainable future workforce and business. She has previously held senior leadership roles at ANZ New Zealand, and her current role is as GM Talent at Auckland Transport where she is responsible for leading the Talent Acquisition, OD, Learning and Strategy portfolio. As a mum of three small children, Simone is also driven to supporting women at work through career development, parental leave support as well as enabling flexible working for all.

Michelle Hannan-Brown

Process Engineering Manager, Westpac

Michelle is a Processing Engineering Manager at Westpac New Zealand where her main focus is on project management, process improvement and new technology. She is experienced in using and coaching Lean, Agile and Six Sigma methodologies and has been facilitating Westpacs Robotic Process Automation journey for the last 2 years. Michelle has been in the finance sector for over 10 years and is passionate about advocating for great customer experiences and simple processes.

Jo Healey

General Manager – Global Services, IBM

Currently leading Global Technology Services for IBM New Zealand, and previously as Chief Executive for Dimension Data and Fujitsu, and in prior roles, Jo has led teams and organisations to deliver great experiences for clients and their customers, and for the teams that have underpinned this. Jo is currently on the Ministerial CyberSkills Taskforce, and has previously been on the Board of NZTech, is an engaged mentor and coach, and a strong supporter and contributor for the Schools that her three sons attend.

Fiona Hewitt

Managing Director, Grafton

With a career spanning over 20 years in senior management and executive roles working for high profile New Zealand consulting,insurance, non-for-profit, sporting and human behaviour organisations, Fiona has honed her skills in strategy, people and performance and organisational transformation and change which has supported her passion to work with and for organisations committed to high performance in a fast moving and dynamic marketplace. A background in a number of different market segments has given Fiona the ability to directly influence, support and build organisations, business services and people to be “future proofed” for the new working world.

Simon Lapthorne

Partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley

Simon began working at the firm in 2015 and joined the partnership in May 2017.

Simon has particular expertise in employee relations and dispute resolution, disciplinary investigations, performance management, restructuring and redundancies, restraints of trade and confidentiality. He also has significant litigation experience, including health and safety prosecutions.

Simon heads the firm's immigration team. He is experienced in providing immigration advice to employers in relation to intra-company transfers and seconding employees from other countries to live and work in New Zealand.

Simon has gained extensive in-house experience, while on secondment both at a large multinational employer, and a local authority, and he understands the commercial and employee relations issues faced by employers.

Simon is solution focussed and provides pragmatic, commercial advice to multinationals, PLC's, SME's and individuals.

Simon is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Melanee Macphee

Head of HR, Cigna Life Insurance

Mel MacPhee is responsible for the HR function for New Zealand. This includes recruitment and selection, remuneration, reward and recognition, organisational and leadership development, talent management, health, safety and wellbeing, HRIS management and reporting, HR policy and programme development, change management, employment relations, consultancy advice, terms and conditions of employment and legal compliance.

Mel joined CLINZ in June 2012, originally in a temporary contract role as the Senior Human Resources Advisor. Prior to joining CLINZ, Mel held a Human Resources Manager role for an international healthcare organisation, and worked for several years as a Consultant to a cross-section of NZ businesses across various industries on matters relating to human resource management, industrial relations and employment law.

Mel has over 10 years’ Human Resources experience, and prior to HR had a 6 year career in the travel industry.

Mel has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Victoria University, Wellington.

Mel enjoys running, tramping, mountain biking, and spending time with her three children.

Steven Mullins

Director, New Zealand Defence Force

Steve Mullins has a post grad tertiary qualifications in Strategic Management, Business Administration and Organisational Psychology. Steve is regarded as a recognised specialist in the area of positive Organisational Change & Strategic Management, Wellness, Injury Management, Work Health & Safety. Steve has worked internationally in varying positions across major industries including mining, industrial, health and government. Steve began his employment in the private sector before entering the government where he is presently an Executive Director with the New Zealand Defence Force. Previous government roles within Australia include roles with Primary Industries, Industry & Investment, Trade & Investment and Corrective Services. In 2007 he was awarded the Corrective Services Commissioners Commendation, and 2013 saw Steve receive the highest honour in NSW government by being a finalist for the annual prestigious Premiers Awards for “Excellence in the Public Service”. Presently Steve is successfully implementing Health & Wellbeing programs for NZ government, providing innovative, value adding education and awareness programmes and events, that address holistic health and lifestyle related risk factors.

Paul Rataul

Founder, Millennial Mindset

Paul is a 25 year old consultant and coach, and the CEO and Founder of Millennial Mindset. His vision is to empower high-achieving millennials with the skills and mindset to transform their own life and career, and achieve ‘true success from the inside-out’. Having secured numerous elite investment banking and management consulting offers, Paul instead decided to coach young high achievers to land their dream jobs and pursue a fulfilling career, based on a deep understanding of their authentic self and purpose.

For the last 2 years, Paul has coached over 50 talented millennials to land their dream jobs across four continents. Paul also consults and delivers workshops to organisations seeking to recruit and retain top millennial talent, having presented his insights at three conferences last year.

Paul graduated in 2017 from the University of Auckland with a BCom/BA degree, and was recognised as Senior Scholar across the Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Arts. Paul serves on the Board of Auckland Microfinance Initiative, a charity empowering youth to make a difference through microfinance. 

Charlotte Robertson

Senior Associate, Brookfields Lawyers

Charlotte specialises in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insurance law. She acts in a wide range of insurance disputes, as well as civil and commercial disputes, employment disputes and statutory prosecutions. Charlotte acts for a range of clients, from individuals, small and large businesses, to multi-national insurance corporations. She has appeared in a number of tribunals, the District Court and High Court, as well as assisting in the Court of Appeal.

Charlotte has acted on a number of matters involving territorial authorities, including defending Councils for breaches of the Resource Management Act and advising on how to resolve issues arising from resource or building consents. She has also been involved in a number of applications relating to modifications or removal of covenants.

Charlotte has particular experience in all areas of litigation relating to insurance, including professional indemnity claims against a broad range of professionals and statutory liability claims. She has also been involved in a large number of construction disputes, particularly in relation to 'leaky building' claims. Charlotte has handled a number of complaints to disciplinary bodies including the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal and the New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee. She also advises clients in respect of prosecutions under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, where she has had some excellent results.

Gillian Service

Partner – Employment, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Gillian is an experienced advocate with a pragmatic approach that is highly valued by clients. She helps clients manage risks and protect business proprietary interests. Gillian negotiates executive severance arrangements and represents clients in personal grievance claims through all levels of the New Zealand court system.

Her broad employment practice includes advising on restraints of trade and protection of confidential information; industrial relations and collective bargaining matters; restructuring programmes including outsourcing, redundancy and consultation processes; and health and safety matters.

Gillian is an internationally recognised employment law specialist, with significant experience practicing in top tier law firms in New Zealand, Scotland and England.

Tony Seto

National Construction Manager – Corporate Risk Solutions, Willis Towers Watson

Tony Seto has recently been recognised by ANZIIF as the 2017 Young Insurance Professional of the Year. Tony joined the insurance industry at 22 years old, as broker support for global accounts at Willis Towers Watson. In only eight years Tony has progressed his career and is now the youngest industry leader representing New Zealand in the wider Willis Towers Watson global construction community, as National Construction Manager.

To date, Tony has progressed his insurance and risk studies, joined various construction industry and regulatory bodies and has taken an active role both within Willis Towers Watson and with his clients to ensure that all those he engages with have a complete understanding of the risk and insurance issues facing the New Zealand construction industry. Tony is committed to further research, growth and development in his career that will contribute to value and success for his clients and peers.

Jamie Simpson

Insurance Broker, Crombie Lockwood Limited

Jamie Simpson is currently a Commercial Insurance Broker with New Zealand’s largest Insurance Broker, Crombie Lockwood.

Jamie looks after numerous Business owners and Building owners right across New Zealand.

Jamie graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Double Degree and started his career working for Fraser Macandrew Ryan (later renamed FMR Risk).

In 2011 FMR Risk was acquired by Crombie Lockwood. Jamie has been a Broker there for 12 years.

While working in the industry Jamie also completed a Diploma in Financial Services (Insurance Broking).

Jamie is a Senior Associate of the Australia New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, a Certified Insurance Professional and Qualified Insurance Broker.

Jamie is a former President of the New Zealand Young Nationals.

Previous Governance experience includes having been Chairman of Life Education Trust Canterbury and Board Member of the NZ Alcohol Advisory Council.

Jamie is currently on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency – The HPA is a Crown Entity whose function is to promote health and wellbeing, encourage healthy lifestyles, and prevent disease, illness and injury.

Jamie is currently President of the Young Insurance Professionals in Christchurch.

In his spare time, Jamie likes to get outdoors – running and mountain biking.

Laurent Sylvestre

Chief People and Culture Officer, Beca

Laurent Sylvestre joined Beca in 2009 in a GM HR role where he first established a 'people review' process to identify and nurture top talent. He became General Manager People & Culture for the New Zealand business in 2013 and spent the next 3 years leading the transformation of Beca's NZ HR team into People & Culture as strategic business partners. He also implemented tools for leaders to develop their self-awareness and their capability to create a culture where all our people are able to be their best and now oversees. Last year he was appointed Chief P&C Officer and joined Beca’s Executive Leadership Team.

Roz Urbahn

Chief People Officer, Livestock Improvement Corporation

A recent arrival to the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) team Roz joined as the Chief People Officer and is a key member of the LIC Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to this appointment Roz was with Fletcher Building for 2 years in senior HR roles. As well as Fletcher Building Roz has held senior roles at blue chip organisations such as Vodafone Australia, Foxtel, Frucor, Hudson Global Resources and Lion.

Roz has worked across many different, fast paced industries and is driven to help others succeed. Creating high performing teams, driving for results and bringing on great talent is what she is passionate about. Roz brings a strong leadership background, extensive people management, broad commercial experience teamed with a cheeky sense of humour.

Mark Van Zon

General Manager – Performance and Reward, Fonterra

Mark leads Performance and Reward for the Fonterra Co-operative. Fonterra’s Performance and Reward function covers Benefits, Recognition, Remuneration, Performance Management and Mobility across the Co-operatives globally diverse business units and serves 23,000 employees. Mark is based in Auckland.

Mark has spent many years overseas in a variety of HR related roles in the Netherlands, UK and the USA. Mark has extensive international experience in reward, having led regional and international reward functions across a varieties of industries, including logistics, consulting and retail. Mark has a background in Organisational Behaviour and is very interested in how reward can be made more effective in organisations that are increasingly required to develop broader value propositions to multiple groups of employees.

Katie Williams

Head of HR Centre of Expertise, Vodafone

Katie is the Head of HR Centres of Expertise at Vodafone New Zealand, and is responsible for
leading the Human Resources team to create an engaging and inclusive workplace. Katie joined Vodafone New Zealand in 2008 and has held a variety of roles including HR Business Partner, Head of Organisational Development, and Talent and Capability Manager.
Prior to joining Vodafone New Zealand, Katie has worked across Australasia and Europe in a
range of industries including agri-chemicals, petrochemicals, finance, law, manufacturing and
retail. Katie has a Master’s degree in Science with honours, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Organisations Psychology with distinction from the University of Canterbury.
Outside of work, Katie is a keen yoga enthusiast, and enjoys spending time at the beach with her
husband and young family.