Meet the speakers

We are pleased to announce acclaimed national and international speakers to the 2021 Leadership Conference. Check back regularly for more speaker and programme updates.

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 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

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


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: Mark Conelly CMInstD

Mark Conelly CMInstD

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Mark is an Independent Director and Chair for several commercial entities, he is the Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities and of the largest independent school in NZ. Mark also provides part-time CFO services for a number of businesses and is currently the Interim CFO for Trademe.  Mark has held a number of senior finance positions, including CFO at several large NZ retailers. He has 30 years’ experience in Governance roles within the NFP sector (including CanTeen and the Child Cancer Foundation – he was recognised with Life Membership awards with both).

Mark is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ. 

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.


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: Julia Hoare CMInstD

Julia Hoare CMInstD

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Julia is a professional independent director and Vice President of the IoD Council. She is deputy chair of The a2 Milk Company Limited, and director and chair of the Audit and Risk committees of Auckland International Airport Limited, Port of Tauranga Limited, and Meridian Energy Ltd.  She is also a member of XRB External Reporting Advisory Panel and of the Sustainable Finance Leaders’ Forum.

IOD Leadership: Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and President of the IoD’s National Council. He has extensive experience governing and leading businesses and sporting organisations throughout his career. 

Alan was chair of KPMG for 10 years - until 2006, former chair of New Zealand Cricket and former president of the International Cricket Council.  He currently chairs the New Zealand Community Trust, is a director on the boards of Murray Capital GP Ltd and Selacs Insurance Ltd.  He is also a director on the boards and chairs the Audit & Risk committees of Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Skellerup Holdings Ltd, Scales Corp Ltd/SCL Ltd and the Wellington Free Ambulance.  Alan’s current community sporting roles include chair of the Basin Reserve Trust and serving as a trustee on both the Wellington Cricket Trust and the Brierley Cricket Foundation.  He is a Fellow Chartered Account and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

IOD Leadership: Jackie Lloyd CMInstD

Jackie Lloyd CMInstD

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Jackie is a Chartered Member of the IoD, Wellington Branch committee chair, a representative on the National Council and chairs the IoD Human Resource committee. Having a life-long interest in the relationship between human behaviour and business performance led Jackie through an executive career as the global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, to consulting and governance.  She is currently Chair of Kiwi Group Holdings Limited, a director of AgResearch, New Zealand Cricket and Naylor Love Enterprises Ltd and a board member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.  Jackie is also chair of the Wellington Museums Trust (Experience Wellington), and a trustee of the Lion Foundation.  Jackie holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Otago University, is a graduate from the University of Virginia Executive Development Programme and a member of Global Women.

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 National Council and Canterbury Branch Committee.

IOD Leadership: Colin Mayer CBE FBA

Colin Mayer CBE FBA

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Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is a member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, and he was a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India.  He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and is a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours.  He leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation” and his most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.

IOD Leadership: Dame Rosanne Meo DNZM OBE CFInstD

Dame Rosanne Meo DNZM OBE CFInstD

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Dame Rosanne Meo has been a director and Chairman of Briscoe Group Limited since May 2001.

Rosanne is also Chairman of AMP Staff Superannuation and a Director of AMP (NZ) Administration Ltd, and Rosanne Meo Consulting Limited.  In the 2012 New Year Honours List Rosanne became a Dame for services to business.

Rosanne is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

IOD Leadership: Carol Scholes CMInstD

Carol Scholes CMInstD

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Carol is the Chair of CanTeen New Zealand, Auckland University Students Association Advisory board, Health Connections Ltd and two other small company boards.    

With over 30 years of management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia and eight years in CEO roles, Carol has now specialised as a governance and leadership consultant.

Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), and Certificate IV in Executive Coaching, is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques, is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master Coach, Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach.

Carol is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

IOD Leadership: Hillmarè Schulze

Hillmarè Schulze

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Hillmarè Schulze is the Chief Economist at BERL.  She draws on her experience, being a practising economist for more than 30 years across the globe.  She has worked in multilateral and bilateral organisations, private and government sector. She is currently heading BERL, and values the credible and independent voice that the team brings to the economic and policy dialogue in New Zealand. BERL has been in business for more than 60 years, and prides itself on being a private economic consultancy, supporting central and regional government, private companies as well as various Māori and iwi entities by providing a credible evidence base and economic analysis to support good decision-making. She is a strong supporter of regional economic development, the Māori economy and making sure that the next generation has the tools to be productive global citizens.

Prior to joining BERL, Hillmarè worked for Te Puni Kōkri and the then Department of Labour. She moved to New Zealand in 2016, from the World Bank, where she worked as a senior economist focussed on 47 African countries. 

She believes that economic development is a means to an end, and definitely not the end itself.  Economic development should support families and communities to grow and thrive.

IOD Leadership: Dr Corinne Seals

Dr Corinne Seals

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Corinne Seals is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, focusing on qualitative approaches to applied sociolinguistics. Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on heritage language and language policy research, with integrated learning programs in Washington state, and with forensic linguistics in Washington, DC.

Corinne is also the Primary Investigator of the Wellington Translanguaging Project and its resource branch Translanguaging Aotearoa ( Based on interactional data collected through an ethnographic approach, the Wellington Translanguaging Project investigates translanguaging in multilingual educational centres. Based on the findings, they create teaching materials and run workshops to further support the successful use of translanguaging in education and in the home. The current focus of this research also includes how translanguaging can contribute to language reclamation work.

IOD Leadership: Scott St John CMInstD

Scott St John CMInstD

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Scott is Chair of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Chancellor of the University of Auckland and a director of Mercury Limited, the NEXT Foundation and Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited. Scott was Chief Executive Officer of First NZ Capital from 2002 to 2017. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals of New Zealand.

IOD Leadership: Riria (Missy) Te Kanawa

Riria (Missy) Te Kanawa

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My work focuses on simplifying the complex so clients are better placed to make clear focused and guiding strategic choices, map the pathway to achievement, and most importantly execute. In a world of constant change, I help them to challenge their own status-quo and bring a customer rather than process centric lens to their work. I’m passionate about working with Māori and considering how business approaches and measures of success can better reflect our Māori world view as we pursue the perfect balance between people, planet and putea.

I'm a management consultant and qualified chartered accountant with a strong interest in design thinking as a valuable tool for rethinking and reimagining not only products and services but strategy, culture, organisation design and approaches in general. I then draw on that experience for my work in governance roles.