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: ​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: 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.