Dame Rosanne Meo
Dame Rosanne Meo the chair of NZX-listed Briscoe Group and the Real Estate Institute, a Director of Overland Footwear and James Dunlop Textiles and a Trustee of the Kelliher Trust and the Middlemore Foundation.
The first female president of the Employers’ Federation, she has previously chaired Television New Zealand and served on the boards of Mercury Energy, Sky TV, Ports of Auckland, Forestry Corporation and Baycorp.
Dame Rosanne is renowned for applying her business expertise to non-profit organisations such as the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Trust Board, Liggins Institute, South Auckland Health Foundation and the Kelliher Charitable Trust. She was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for services to business and the community, having been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
Sinead Boucher has been instrumental in making stuff.co.nz New Zealand's biggest news site, developing Fairfax's digital strategy and content approach, and launching products and services such as Stuff's mobile apps, Stuff Nation and Essential Mums.
Sinead began in 1993 as a reporter for The Press in Christchurch, before heading to the UK where she worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times 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, she returned to New Zealand to take up the role of Assistant Editor at The Press. Since then, her roles have included Group Online Editor, Group Digital Editor and, since 2013, Group Executive Editor.
Karen Silk has more than 20 years’ experience in Institutional and Middle Markets Banking in New Zealand and Australia.
Karen is presently General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional for Westpac New Zealand, responsible for products and customer engagement and the development and delivery of services to the bank’s Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients in New Zealand.
Previously, 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 led Westpac Australia’s Corporate and Institutional Property Teams.
Jamie Tuuta is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa, administers 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.
Jamie has held a range of governance positions in 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 and Taranaki Investment Management Ltd, and a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of New Zealand’s primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.
Frances Valintine is the founder of Tech Futures Lab, a partnership with Unitec Institute of Technology that aims to equip NZ’s workforce with skills relevant to the 21st century. She is also the founder and chair of The Mind Lab, a unique collaboration that is redefining professional development for teachers through the offering of an applied, progressive and blended postgraduate qualification specialising in digital and collaborative learning . She is also on the board of Education NZ, Talentnomics, a Washington DC initiative supporting women into leadership roles, and NZTech.Frances has a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne and is an alumna of Singularity University in the Silicon Valley.
Frances is a past winner of the Innovation category in the Westpac Woman of Influence awards and a former Next Magazine Woman of the Year. In 2014,
The Mind Lab was named ‘Best New Business’ in the Talent International Asia/Pacific Awards judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.
From technology evangelist to entrepreneur, mentor to commentator, emergency volunteer to business adviser – Ben Kepes is spreading his net wide to create a legacy through leadership.
He is driven to find ways to make a positive impact on the world, either directly or by helping others to realise their own innate potential. He believes creating a legacy is the most important thing anyone can do, and that leaders have an obligation to use their position to do so.
Ben is regarded as New Zealand’s go-to guy on Cloud Computing, is one of the country’s most active mentors and is a globally respected commentator in the technology space. He is also playing a part in rebuilding his home city of Christchurch in the earthquakes’ aftermath. The diversity of Ben’s interests brings a vital balance to his life - investing in companies, sitting on commercial and not-for-profit boards, being a firefighter, running ultra-marathons and helping to raise two teenage sons.