Thursday 7 April: Online

Forward Focus, Future Thinking
 is about having an emphasis on being flexible and keeping the human touch.  We must adapt to the new norm, look ahead whilst staying dynamic.  But where is it heading?

With communities as the common reference point and driving force for change, our sector needs to be innovative to overcome the challenges that hold us all back from our full potential. While New Zealand is a small country, we are made up of many communities and each of these have their own hopes and needs. 

While our personal impulse is to look at community initiatives that produce comprehensive change from the get-go, reality informs us that resources are limited, the political will is often weak,  organisational capacity is lacking and trusted leaders are often missing. We need to start smaller to go bigger – nailing those small ‘wins’ that build strength and our confidence that we can indeed make a difference.

This conference presents thought leaders, dreamers, doers, experts and dedicated believers that we can make a positive difference across the lives we touch. They will share their sense belief, their rationale, the skills, the tools and good oil – and we hope that they fire up your inspiration. The emphasis is on “doing” – rather than the endless talking and planning that sometimes dominates our lives. They will encourage you to be ruthless in who you run with and build a new can-do narrative.

We invite you to come, contribute and participate in what will be one of the most exciting events of 2022.   

Can't make all the sessions?  No worries, if you register you will have access to the recordings from the day.


9.00 am Welcome from Grow Director, Shaun Lines

9.10 - 9.55am
Melissa Clark Reynolds Trends, NFPs and Future caring organisations
This session will cover business model Innovation, future of payments and nature of the gifting & giving economies

9.55 - 10.40am
Mavis Mullins -  Embedding VUCA as our Norm
The comfortability of setting a plan with rigid milestones and hard wired timeframes, must surely be gone as the needs of our communities change and the globalised world we live in heaves and grinds.  How cool as we start to make things such as volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity a normal lens. And then as we overlay our cultural lens’ we find ancient tikanga, pukoro and waiata becoming part of our navigation toolkit to manage these interesting times!

10.40 - 10.55 am Morning break

10.55 -11.40am
Anthony Hefferna
n & Jamie Cattell - An XRB update on recent improvements to NFP Reporting Standards
Together with Jamie Cattell, will enlighten us on the XRB Update on NFP Financial Reporting Requirements

11.40 – 12.25pm
David Downes - Meaning over Happiness
David reflects on the life changing events that shaped his career, and reflects on why we don’t all just get high-paid jobs working in a bank… are we stupid, or do we see a bigger purpose?

12.25 - 1.00pm Lunch break

1.00 – 1.45pm
Aly Mc Nicoll - The Big Reset: leading hybrid teams through the big return to work
Teamwork already requires a great deal of co-ordination and collaboration. Having been plunged in to a virtual world, it is even more important for leaders to ensure people's efforts are aligned, that they stay engaged and work effectively ‘together apart’ as we navigate flexibly through this return to work phase.   This workshop will look at getting the balance right between the needs of the organisation, the team and the individuals, working remotely - setting people up to succeed, leading conversations about hybrid working arrangements and what to do when and where - using the office differently for the big return.

1.45 - 2.30pm
Moya Sayer-Jones - Learn to believe in the value of your stories
One thing that so often stands in the way of wanting to share a story, especially at work, is the fear that it just isn’t useful enough. Or interesting enough. So we keep our head down… and often kick ourselves for it later!

Want to change that? You can build confidence in the value of your stories with just 5 simple words. "And so I realised that..."  In this session, you'll learn Moya's simple way to get clear on the essential meaning of any story you want to share. This clarity will not only drive your story home, it will liberate others to share their voices too.

2.30 – 3.00pm
Rob Campbell - Trying to Rebuild a Flying Plane
This session will focus on the Pae Ora Health reforms. The interim bodies are reorganising governance and management of the public health system while that system continues both its normal and its pandemic services. There is never an ideal time to make substantive changes. Rob will discuss the challenges  and the principles being applied in this case.

3.00pm Questions, discussion time, thank you and close of day

Who should attend?

If your work involves vision development, building strategy, recruiting, managing or supervising teams and volunteers – then the National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference is an event you cannot afford to miss in 2022

The conference is designed for CEOs and senior managers, Board and Committee members, team leaders and volunteer managers . . . and anyone passionate about the NFP sectors success!

Our Speakers:

Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM works as a foresight practitioner and professional director, with over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. She has a particular interest in new business models. Melissa has been the founder and CEO of a number of high tech companies. In 2015 she was named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition for her services to technology.  Melissa currently sits on the boards of Atkins Ranch Lamb Company and Alpine Energy,  Daffodil Enterprises and the Future Bees Trust. She also provides a strategy service to a range of government agencies.

Melissa trained as a futurist at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto in 2016.  She is a sought after speaker on emergent trends and futures thinking.  Melissa sits on the NFP Boards of Birthright, Daffodil Enterprises and Future Bees. She tweets as @HoneyBeeGeek.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Melissa Clark-Reynolds
Mavis Mullins

Mavis Mullins

Business woman, Entrepreneur, Farmer Food Producer, Iwi Leader, Strategist, Governor, Mother and Grandmother.

Mavis Mullins MNZM is a recognised leader in Aotearoa’s primary industry. She is chair of Ātihau Whanganui Inc and a patron of Agri-Women’s Development Trust (AWDT), facilitating leadership and mentoring for rural women.

Beginning her career as a fourth-generation farmer and shearing contractor, Mavis is a passionate advocate for innovation and mentorship with a sharp focus on equity and environmental issues. She currently holds many roles in governance including UNICEF Aotearoa, Moana NZ, Hawkes Bay Rugby Union, Stock X and Rangitane Iwi.

Her contribution to New Zealand business has seen her recognised with many honours and awards, including Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZMN) in 2002 for services to the wool industry. In 2017 Mavis was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame and the same year awarded Outstanding Māori Business Leader of the Year from the University of Auckland.

Jamie Cattell is a project manager at the External Reporting Board (XRB) and the current chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee. His recent work has been focused on the post-implementation review of the Tier 3 and Tier 4 Standards used by registered charities and other not-for-profits.

Prior to joining the XRB in May 2020, he worked as a Senior Accountant at the Department of Internal Affairs – Charities Services. This role included helping registered charities understand their financial reporting obligations, assessing compliance by registered charities with the financial reporting standards, and providing financial advice to support charity registration decisions.

Jamie is also the current chair of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Trans‑Tasman Not-for-profit Advisory Committee. 

Jamie Cattell
Jamie Cattell

Anthony Heffernan
Anthony Heffernan

Anthony from 2016 has been a Director at the External Reporting Board (XRB), leading the staff of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board (NZASB) in its role of developing and issuing accounting standards.

Anthony has over 15 years of professional accountancy experience, providing audit, internal audit and business advisory services across the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector.
Prior to joining the XRB, Anthony held senior leadership positions at his predecessor firms providing assurance and technical advisory services, specialising in IPSAS™ and IFRS® implementation and interpretation.

Anthony has been the Technical Advisor to the New Zealand Board member on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) from March 2016.  He is also a member of Technical Advisory Group to the International Financial Reporting for Non Profit Organisations initiative (FR4NPO). The initiative is a five-year project to develop internationally recognised financial reporting standards and guidance for NPOs. 

David has had a successful career in the private and public sector, with senior roles at organisations such as Microsoft, and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. David is a published author on New Zealand Innovation, with two highly successful books–No.8 Re-wired, and No.8 Recharged. He’s an ex-comedian, TV and Radio actor, semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, and a genetically modified organism who documented his battle with cancer in his book A Mild Touch of the Cancer. 

David co-founded Spend on Small a not-for-profit initiative to help cafes and other small businesses during covid-19. It quickly became a huge hit and to date has sold over $2millionin vouchers for over2500 small businesses. David released a new book, Silver Linings in March 2021, and continues to act as a consultant for government and industry, as well as a director on a number of boards, including as chairman of The Icehouse, the Hi-Tech Trust and the Well Foundation. David is now CEO of The New Zealand Story, an ambitious organisation  marketing New Zealand to the world

David Downs
David Downs

Aly McNicoll

Aly McNicoll

Aly McNicoll is a Director of both the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre and LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance & Leadership. She has been involved with coaching, mentoring and leadership development in New Zealand and Australia for the last 15 years and works equally across the business, public and not for profit sectors. 

Prior to her corporate training role, Aly has led leadership and management programmes at Unitec Institute of Technology where she was a senior lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management. Aly is a regular presenter at international conferences (American Society for Training & Development Conference, European Mentoring & Coaching Council Conference) and her workshops are lively, engaging and great value for time. 

Moya Sayer-Jones is one of Australasia’s leading story experts and teachers. For over two decades, her creative biz,  Only Human Stories, has inspired NFP leaders, and other great humans, to trust the power and value of their own stories. And to use them to boost their impact, partnerships and reputation.

In her first career, Moya was well-known in Australia as a novelist, columnist  and screenwriter. 
Only Human clients include:  NZ - Volunteering New Zealand; DIA, YWCA Auckland, Literacy Aoteroa AU - Family and Community Services, Veterans Affairs, NSW CancerCouncil, Queensland Health

Moya Sayer-Jones
Moya Sayer-Jones

Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell CNZM for services to governance and business, has been a wandering minstrel in corporate, government, union and social boardrooms for over 40 years. He currently is Chair of interim HealthNZ, Environmental Protection Authority, Auckland University of Technology, Ara Ake, Tourism Holdings, Waikato Electricity Network and NZ Rural Land. He works with other social agencies.

Virtually every company he has chaired has seen substantial growth in performance, shareholder returns and employee engagement levels, and wider recognition in New Zealand society. Mr Campbell has led diversity in the governance community and promoted sustainability issues in business.

Pricing and Registration

$200.00 inc GST per person
$150 inc GST per person for multiple (3 or more) bookings from one organisation.  

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 027 204 0425 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:
The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.
Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact
What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Face-Face Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Change in Delivery from face-face to online

Please note: Owing to the current COVID 19 situation and uncertainty around future COVID Alert Levels, GROW Ltd reserves the right to offer this face-to-face event via a ZOOM meeting on the same dates shown above due to Ministry of Health advice. Should this occur, we will advise you appropriately and provide you with a refund for the venue and catering costs. The above Cancellation Fees will apply if you wish to cancel.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.


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