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National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference 2019 Speaker Bios

Andrea Midgen, CEO SPCA
Andrea Midgen, CEO SPCA

Andrea is a proven leader with many years of extensive CEO and senior executive experience – both within and outside SPCA. Most recently Andrea has demonstrated her ability to successfully manage multiple stakeholders with her usual calm efficiency in her dual roles of Acting CEO of RNZSPCA and CEO of SPCA Auckland bringing the federated SPCA model to ‘One SPCA’. During this time Andrea has shown her passion and energy for ‘doing what is right for the animals’ and has been an approachable, future-focused leader for SPCA’s people.

Andrea will present a keynote on the SPCA: the journey so far and the journey ahead.

Dr. Angela Lim is CEO and founder of Clearhead, a tech startup in the mental health space, building a one stop shop to ensure mental wellbeing for all through improving access and choice. She believes that technology has the potential to deliver the transformative change required to improve outcomes. She was previously a doctor at Auckland Hospital, passionate about tackling inequality and left clinical practice in order to focus on developing scalable innovative solutions. She also feels strongly about good governance in solving complex problems, and sits on multiple governance boards both for the NZ government and Not-For-Profit sectors. She is currently the co-chair of the Inspiring Stories Trust. 

Angela will present the keynote on challenging expectations and democratising care with technology.

Angela Lim, CEO and Founder Clearhead
Angela Lim, CEO and Founder Clearhead

Annah Stretton, Founder RAW
Annah Stretton, Founder RAW

Annah Stretton, celebrating 25 years in the business of fashion in 2018, recipient of many awards, an author of seven books and an in-demand public speaker. Her philanthropic efforts provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand. Annah also currently chairs the Waikato women's refuge governance board, and sits on the UNICEF NZ board. In 2013 she set up her own foundation and from this came her first social venture: RAW (Reclaim Another Woman). The national model was launched in the Waikato in February 2014, the first stage of the pilot looked to get change for socially disadvantaged women from the refuge environment. RAW is now in the second stage of their pilot working with incarcerated recidivist female offenders who society has not been able to re-integrate. To date she has had a 100% success rate.

Hear Annah and some of the RAW women talk about how this model continues to change lives.

Terry is an author, motivational speaker, and expert on engaging people. A trainer and facilitator for over 25 years, he is also a columnist in ‘Employment Today’ magazine.

His book ‘The Brain-Based Boss’ takes psychological research and breaks it down, to make it interesting and useful for people wanting to improve their performance and engage the people they work with. In his latest book on motivating people ‘Getting Better Buy-In’ Terry presents practical things a frontline leader can do to make a difference. 

Performing in several NZ International Comedy Festivals, as well as the US, Australia and Asia, Terry is also a professional stand-up comedian.

Terry will present on doing 2 dangerous things a year. 

Terry Williams, People Engagement Expert
Terry Williams, People Engagement Expert

Vasa Fia Collins, Diversity Manager Diversity Works NZ
Vasa Fia Collins, Diversity Manager Diversity Works NZ

Fia is of Samoan heritage and was born and raised in West Auckland. She is a trained secondary school teacher of History, Social Studies and Gagana Samoa. She has previously worked in the State sector, community engagement roles and employment advocacy. Fia has expertise in designing and delivering cultural responsiveness and inclusion programmes for the workplace as well as mentoring young women. Fia is an active member of her local church and is married with one daughter. She holds the Samoan tulafale chiefly title of Vasa from the village of Puapua, Savaii.

Fia will facilitate the workshop on Cultural Intelligence - leading across cultures in the workplace.

Aly McNicoll, Director, LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership has been involved with not for profit leadership and management in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific for the last 18 years. She has been a part of the National NFP Sector Conference since 2006.
Her work with leaders, Boards and entire organisations is to ensure that they make the most of the greatest resource they have – their own people. Assisting not for profits complements her work as Director of the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre and she is a regular presenter at international conferences (American Society for Training & Development Conference, European Mentoring & Coaching Council Conference) where her specialist skills in peer coaching techniques have led to her spending increasing amounts of time working with clients in Australia, the UK and the USA. 

Aly opens the Conference and facilitates a workshop on Leading the People side of change.

Aly McNicoll, Director LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership
Aly McNicoll, Director LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership

Moya Sayer Jones, Story Activist Only Human (Australia)
Moya Sayer Jones, Story Activist Only Human (Australia)

Moya Sayer-Jones is one of Australasia’s leading story experts. Her mission is to work creatively with organisations who are doing great things, to do more and be even greater. She draws on a past ‘story’ of her own to bring fresh perspective and skills to organisational challenges. In her notso-distant past life, Moya was well-known as a novelist, columnist, and screenwriter. These days she is focused on helping others tell their stories, especially in ways that make a difference to our lives and communities. For almost two decades, Only Human Stories has worked with visionary NFP organisations in Australia and New Zealand. We create spaces that inspire and empower our collective strength and human-ness… and usually (well, mostly)… stories seem to be involved. How much human-ness could there be, without them? 

Join Moya in the workshop on How to change the world with your story.

Dick Downing has 20 years of NGO experience in both New Zealand and the UK and is currently on the leadership team at Connect Supporting Recovery in Auckland. Dick’s role at Connect is as manager of their social enterprise, Changeability, a niche change consultancy that leverages Connect’s expertise in the human side of change.  Dick spent his early management years in the agricultural supply industry before moving into training and consultancy. After further management roles supporting large corporates to implement their CSR strategies, Dick emigrated to NZ in 2006. Since then he has been specialising in the people side of change and in helping NZ businesses to ‘implement change more effectively’.  

Dick will facilitate a workshop on change management and draws on up to the minute research in change management, psychology and resilience.  

Dick Downing, Manager, Changeablity
Dick Downing, Manager, Changeablity

Ngapera Riley, Deputy CEO, Figure.NZ
Ngapera Riley, Deputy CEO, Figure.NZ

Ngapera is the Deputy CEO of Figure.NZ a technology company set up as a Charity, which pulls NZ's public aggregate data sets together in one place and makes it easy to understand and accessible for everyone, for free. The aim being to democratise data with a view to reducing inequalities through access to data and a knowledge of how to use it, in order to make better decisions for Aotearoa. Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in NYC and Los Angeles, The Ministry of Health, The University of Auckland, and works closely with Maori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the Inzone Education Foundation, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust connecting Indigenous business efforts globally. Ngapera is passionate about working with young people to help give them opportunities to reach their potential.

Gerard Menses has over 30 years experience as a CEO leading complex NFPs including Vison Australia, Endeavour and Anglicare. From his background as a family therapist Gerard uses positive psychology, narrative and a strength-based approach to create inclusive and innovative culture. Using transformational strategy, he repositioned and revitalised all the companies led, giving them increased profile, revenue and community support. Gerard has significant experience in change management and is noted for creating a shared vision for change. He has driven some of the largest mergers in the NFP sector. Through his playful style he even created unicorns! 

Join Gerard for a workshop on Building an Innovation Culture

Gerard Menses, Change Agent and Maker of Unicorns
Gerard Menses, Change Agent and Maker of Unicorns

Cath Vincent, Consultant, Speaker & TV Host
Cath Vincent, Consultant, Speaker & TV Host

Cath spent over 20 years as a business consultant in change management before she emigrated to New Zealand and launched a brand new career as a motivational speaker. 

In a rapid time, she won the National Speakers Association Brightstar award, was invited to speak on Leadership at Tedx and she even went on to launch her own motivational television show. The Cath Vincent Show, now in its 4th season, airs on Sky TV. 
By her own confession, Cath spent most of her corporate career being nervous when speaking in public. She believes that EVERY person can be super-confident when they speak when they “unlearn” the patterns that made them nervous in the first place.
Never one to stand still, her latest Big Hairy Audacious Goal is the renovation of a distressed warehouse and former Meth Lab into a motivational hub. Studio 38 is fast becoming Auckland’s Most Inspiring Venue for Creative and Business Endeavour. 

Hazel Jennings - Bio to follow

Hazel Jennings, Owner Dale Jennings Associates
Hazel Jennings, Owner Dale Jennings Associates

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