Dame Rosanne Meo
Dame Rosanne Meo is a prominent New Zealand businesswoman. In 1991 she was the first female president of the Employers' Federation and in her time as a public director, has chaired Television New Zealand and sat on the board of Mercury Energy, Sky TV, Ports of Auckland, Forestry Corporation and Baycorp.
She currently chairs Briscoes and the Real Estate Institute, is a Director of Overland Footwear, James Dunlop Textiles and a Trustee of Kelliher Trust and the Middlemore Foundation. Dame Rosanne is renowned for bringing her business expertise into non-profit organisations such as the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Trust Board, Liggins Institute, South Auckland Health Foundation and the Kelliher Charitable Trust.
She was awarded a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for services to business and community and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
Sinead Boucher has been instrumental in growing stuff.co.nz to become New Zealand's biggest news site, developing Fairfax's digital strategy and content approach, and the launch of products and services such as Stuff's mobile apps, Stuff Nation and Essential Mums.
Sinead Boucher's history with Fairfax Media began in 1993 as a reporter for The Press in Christchurch. She moved up the ranks in her six-year stint, before heading to the UK on her OE. She worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site, FT.com, before moving to Reuters' London bureau, where she was a general correspondent responsible for reporting on terrorism in the UK post 9/11.
In 2004, however, she returned to New Zealand and to Fairfax Media to take up the role of Assistant Editor at The Press, charged with developing the online presence for press.co.nz. Since then, her roles have included Group Online Editor in 2007 and a title change to Group Digital Editor in 2011, followed by Group Executive Editor in 2013 - reflecting her wide responsibilities across the group's online editorial products and product development.
Karen has more than 20 years’ experience in Institutional and Middle Markets Banking in both New Zealand and Australia.
Karen is the General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional for Westpac New Zealand responsible for products and customer engagement and the development and delivery of services to our Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients in New Zealand.
Before returning to New Zealand Karen held a range of senior roles within WIB Australia, her last being Managing Director and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. She was also inaugural Chair of the Westpac Group Property Risk Forum and prior to this lead Westpac Australia’s Corporate and Institutional Property Teams.
Previously Karen has been responsible for leading Institutional and Middle Market segments at both Westpac and Credit Agricole in New Zealand.
Jamie is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.
Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and is a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business and was a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.
Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of the Māori primary sector.
Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.
Sam Johnson is the Director of WeMobilise. As Former Young New Zealander of the Year and Sir Peter Blake Trust Awardee, Sam regularly works with non-profits, corporate groups and government agencies on team motivation, community mobilisation, strategy development and crisis management.
Sam specialises in carefully curating diverse teams of people to achieve outcomes for clients and partners and has spent the past five years heavily involved in socially conscious entrepreneurial and resilience movements throughout the Asia/ Pacific region. His journey started in founding the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army following the Christchurch earthquakes that mobilised 11,000 volunteers to clean up the city.
He is also Trustee of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Foundation, Chair of the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute and Advisory trustee of the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust. He has a BA in Politics and Community and Professional Engagement from the University of Canterbury and and has recently been appointed an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership.
The founder of Tech Futures Lab, Frances is also the founder and chair of The Mind Lab. The Mind Lab is a private-public partnership with Unitec delivering programmes in digital and collaborative technologies for school students and teachers. Tech Futures Lab is a boot camp for business leaders and boards to develop an understanding of technological enablers and emerging technical threats that are redefining the rules and foundations of contemporary business.
Frances has a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne and is an alumni from Singularity University in the Silicon Valley.
In 2015, she was awarded the Westpac Woman of Influence – Innovation, and the Next Magazine Woman of the Year – Education. In 2014, Idealog Magazine rated her as one of the top 10 most Innovative people in New Zealand.
In 2014 Frances's business won the ‘Best New Business’ in the Talent International Asia/Pacific Awards judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.
She is on the board of Education NZ, Talentnomics, a Washington DC initiative supporting women into leadership roles and NZTech.