2020 Speakers

Chaired By: Fran O’Sullivan

Managing Director


Fran O'Sullivan is a high-profile columnist for the New Zealand Herald and a frequent business commentator on radio and television. 

Fran is Head of Business for NZME she also acts as  executive editor of the Herald's annual Mood of the Boardroom CEO Survey which she founded. 

She has a strong interest in New Zealand's international success and has attended all partnership forums between New Zealand and the United States, China and  Australia. 

Dr Alan Bollard


NZ Infrastructure Commission

Professor of Practice at the School of Government

Victoria University

Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Victoria Business School, and newly-formed Infrastructure Commission,  He is NZ Governor of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. 

From 2012 - 2018 Alan was the Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore. 

Prior to joining APEC, Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012.  

From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury.   

From 1994 – 2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.  Prior to this from 1987 to 1994 he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. 

He wrote a best-selling account of the GFC called Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse.  He has published several novels: The Rough Mechanical and The Code-cracker and the Tai Chi Dancer. He has also written a biography of famous economist Bill Phillips, and a popular economics book Economists at War. 

In 2012 he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is a Fellow of the NZ Royal Society. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Auckland and Massey University. 

Anna Davis



Anna is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Teknique, a computer vision and artificial intelligence company providing innovative vision solutions to major technology companies and emerging industries for computer vision applications in Europe and USA. Previously Anna was Finance Director at Rocket Lab USA, an American aerospace manufacturer that develops lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. At Rocket Lab Anna was responsible for the global finance and business application teams. Anna has also held senior finance roles with Spark New Zealand, Landcorp Farming and in professional services with KPMG and Findex. Anna is a board member of YWCA Auckland and a member of the CA ANZ Auckland leadership team. Anna is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand, a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Law degree from the University of Wellington. Anna was also the Emerging Financial Manager Award winner at the NZ CFO Awards 2016.

Cecilia Tarrant

Establishment Chair

New Zealand Green Investment Finance

Cecilia Tarrant is the Chair of New Zealand Green Investment Finance Limited, a company established by the New Zealand Government to accelerate low emissions investment in New Zealand. She is a professional company director with a background in international banking and finance. In addition to New Zealand Green Investment Finance, she is a Director of Seeka and Payments NZ, a Member of The University of Auckland Council and a Trustee of The University of Auckland Foundation.  Cecilia is also active in early stage angel investing. She is the Chair of ArcAngels, an angel investment network that focuses on investing in, and supporting, women-led companies, and a member of ICE Angels.

Colart Miles

Managing Director


A specialist in accelerated delivery practices such as Agile, Scrum and Lean, Colart is also heavily involved in the local startup ecosystem. Alongside pursuing his passion for helping kiwi organisations to speed up innovation and build a more sophisticated ecosystem, he also grows an amazing moustache. 

Colin McKinnon

Executive Director

New Zealand Private Capital

Colin is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Private Capital Association. In the role since May 2008, Colin is responsible for driving the strategy for development of the New Zealand private equity and venture capital industry, communications with members, sponsors and industry participants, coordinating the NZ Private Capital active government lobbying programme and supporting the Council Chairman and members.

Previous roles included Chief Advisor for government involved with policy development for capital markets, issues of “access to finance” for fast-growth businesses and the commercialisation of innovation. With a background in corporate banking and strategic marketing for National Australia Bank and Bank of New Zealand, Colin has held leadership roles in business development, digital transaction management tools and institutional banking relationships with many of New Zealand’s largest corporations.

Colin is an Economics graduate of Canterbury University and holds a master’s degree in management from Auckland University.

David Smith

Head of Corporate Governance, Asia Pacific

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Singapore)

David Smith is Head of Corporate Governance based in Singapore. His main responsibility is to lead engagement with members of the board and management of Aberdeen’s investee companies in Asia. In this role he also spearheads public advocacy on Environmental, Social and Governance issues. He represents the company at the Asian Corporate Governance Association and leading international organisations dedicated to improving corporate best practice. He has appeared frequently at regional conferences, industry round tables and has written for various Asian newspapers and professional publications. 

 Day-to-day David is an integral member of the regional equity team and works closely with the head of stewardship in London. His expertise is deep: before joining Aberdeen in 2011 he worked for ISS as head of Asia (ex-Japan) research. David is a CFA charterholder and gained a PhD in Corporate Governance and an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He graduated with a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Wales. 

Dennis Secor

Former CFO

Torrid, Fossil Group, Guess?, Inc (USA)

Dennis Secor has served as a senior financial executive with several international companies – both listed and private-equity backed.  From 2018 until 2019, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Torrid, a woman’s fashion apparel retailer with nearly 600 stores located throughout North America.  From 2012 until 2017, Dennis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ-listed Fossil Group, a global design, marketing and distribution company that specialises in consumer fashion accessories - primarily fashion watches and wearables. From 2006 until 2012, Dennis served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NYSE-listed Guess?, Inc and from 2004 until 2006, Mr. Secor served as VP and CFO for Electronic Arts (Canada), Inc. Prior to that, Dennis held various financial management roles with other global companies and was based in both the United States and in various parts of Europe.

Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds an accounting degree from the University of San Diego.

Jonathan Mason

Non-Executive Director


Jonathan has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, with an emphasis on emerging markets. Before joining NZAM in December 2014, Jonathan was Fonterra Co-operative Group’s Chief Financial Officer. 

He joined Fonterra in 2009 from US-based chemicals company Cabot Corporation where he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this he was employed as the Chief Financial Officer at forest products company Carter Holt Harvey and also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper. He is a director of Air New Zealand, Vector Limited and Zespri and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in international finance.

Katrina Ell

Assistant Director and Economist

Moody’s Analytics Asia Pacific  (Australia)

Katrina Ell is an assistant director and economist in the Sydney office of Moody’s Analytics. Katrina manages the Asia-Pacific edition of Economy.com and is responsible for the research, analysis and forecasting of economies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  

Katrina is regularly quoted by international media such as CNBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She previously worked as an analyst at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Katrina received her bachelor’s degree in economics (honours) from Macquarie University and is completing her Masters of Applied Economics at Macquarie University.  

Matt Crockett

Transformation Director and acting CFO

Vodafone NZ

Matt Crockett is currently Transformation Director at Vodafone New Zealand overseeing company strategy and transformation planning and execution. He is also currently acting CFO of the company.  Matt has deep industry experience in telecommunications, infrastructure, technology and digital media coupled with experience in multiple transformation programs both as Chief Transformation Officer and as a divisional line executive.

Prior to joining Vodafone NZ Matt was Chief Transformation Officer at Optus in Sydney, Australia. Over the 15 years before joining Optus Matt held a variety of senior executive and director roles in New Zealand and Australia. This experience includes time as Chief Executive of Fletcher Building’s Building Products Division, Chief Development Officer at APN Media (then parent company of NZME) and almost ten years at Spark NZ where he most recently was Chief Turnaround Officer, and prior to that was CEO of the Wholesale and International Division.

Before this Matt worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in both their Sydney and Auckland offices.  He initially studied and worked as a mining engineering in Western Australia before being awarded a Rhodes scholarship for postgraduate study at Oxford University, where he completed a Master of Philosophy in Management.

Nicola Taylor


Tax Traders

Nicola Taylor is co-founder and Director/CEO of Tax Traders, one of New Zealand’s most innovative and fastest growing fin-tech companies, which is now used by over 500 different accounting firms across New Zealand. Tax Traders was founded upon transparency and the belief that clients should have a clear view on the value they are receiving from their transactions. This value of transparency flows strongly through the work and culture Nicola has co-created with her team.

Nicola has over 20 years' experience in commercial law, governance and leadership roles, including in the not-for-profit space. In addition to her strategic and technical expertise, Nicola brings a commitment to building human-centred workplaces and has a driving belief, that ‘the work we do every day, can be the greatest force for good in the world’. She has a Masters of Law with First Class Honours from Auckland University, and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Richard Dellebarca

Chief Executive

NZ Venture Investment Fund

Richard is NZVIF's Chief Executive. He has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America. He has extensive investment banking experience, working in Australian and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, Harmoney and the Blues. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. Richard is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand. 

Rob Campbell



Rob Campbell was appointed Chairman of the SKYCITY Board effective from 1 January 2018 following Chris Moller’s retirement from the Board. Rob Campbell is currently the Chair of Summerset Group Holdings Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited and WEL Networks Limited and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in capital markets and is a director of or advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America. Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Economic History and Political Science and a Masters of Philosophy in Economics. 

Dr Ross McDonald

Professional Teaching Fellow - Economic Justice, Sustainability and Economic Development

University of Auckland

Dr Ross McDonald is a multiple-award winning teacher working in the areas of economic justice, sustainability and economic development. He has worked on educational advancement with the United Nations, on the economics and psychology of wellbeing with the OECD and played a significant role in the development of Bhutan's unique approach to development in the form of gross national happiness.  Ross was an inaugural teaching fellow at the University of Auckland Centre for Learning Advancement and Research and teaches courses in organisational ethics and sustainability. 

Shane Sampson

Chief Financial Officer


Shane has been CFO at NZX-listed Pushpay Holdings Limited for over four years. Pushpay’s revenue has grown strongly over that period from just over US$1 million for the year to 31 March 2015 to US$98 million for the year to 31 March 2019. Shane has over 27 years’ experience in finance, commercial and leadership roles, including at NZX-listed Vector for around five years, of which two and a half he served as Acting CFO and at Spark in various positions including General Manager Finance and Commercial for Gen-i. In addition to his technical expertise Shane brings strong commercial acumen and a broad strategic outlook to Pushpay’s senior management team. 

Sheridan Broadbent

Co Chair



Transpower, Timberlands

Sheridan is an independent director.  She is deputy chair of mission-critical communications provider Kordia Group; a director of Timberlands Ltd, manager of the Kaingaroa Forest; a director of national electricity transmission provider Transpower; and is on the management committee of the NZ Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.     

Sheridan has worked in NZ, Australia and the South Pacific in a variety of infrastructure, energy and ICT in roles including most recently as the CEO of lines company Counties Power, GM Strategy and Business Technology of Genesis Energy, EGM of Downer’s Telecommunications business unit in Australia  and GM of Downer EDI Engineering in NZ.   

Sheridan has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland, is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme and is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.    

Silvana Schenone

Partner & Head of Corporate


Silvana leads the Corporate team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts and is experienced in advising clients on a range of commercial and corporate governance matters. Silvana is known for her ability to get the most complex and innovative deals done in a pragmatic way. Skilled at getting to the heart of the matter and delivering excellent results for her clients, Silvana’s expertise is recognized in a number of international directories as a leading adviser in the M&A and corporate governance fields.  Silvana is a Board Member of the NZ Takeovers Panel, evidence of her expertise and experience in the capital markets’ sectors locally and internationally. Silvana is the author of ‘Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand’, a highly acclaimed text referred to by the directors’ community in New Zealand. She has a remarkable international background, having practiced law in New York, Chile and New Zealand, and is a frequent speaker on forums discussing corporate governance and leadership. 

Simon Frew

Country Manager


As New Zealand Country Manager for Blackline, based in Auckland, Simon is responsible for accelerating the company’s sales momentum and developing Finance transformation strategies with customers & partners to deliver value-based outcomes. Simon joined BlackLine with more than 25 years’ of IT experience including almost two decades of experience in enterprise software sales and support. During this time, he worked for other global vendor organisations, including SAP and Hewlett-Packard.

Stefan Geertsema

Chief Operating Officer

The Comfort Group

Stefan is the COO at The Comfort Group, Australasia’s largest polyurethane foam and mattress manufacturer.  In this role he overseas finance, IT, HR, Digital and Innovation. Prior to this he was the CFO at The Comfort Group for 4 ½ years.  In both roles he has worked across the business to drive and support key change projects including the group manufacturing footprint strategy culminating the publicised Ohinewai development of Sleepyhead Estate.  Before joining The Comfort Group Stefan held various roles with Deloitte in the Corporate Finance team and in Canada managing M&A activity for a TSX listed company.   Stefan is a qualified CA and CFA charter holder and studied at the University of Otago graduating with a BCom (Hons) and BSc. 

Vangelis Vitalis

Deputy Secretary of Trade and Export Group

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Vangelis returned to Wellington in 2017 having been New Zealand’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva since August 2015. In addition to his role as Deputy Secretary, Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP), which enters into force on 30 December 2018. 

Before his posting in Geneva, Vangelis was Ambassador to the European Union, NATO and Sweden based in Brussels and has had postings to Canberra as Deputy High Commissioner and before that in Moscow. From 2008-2011 Vangelis was the Chief Negotiator who led the conclusion of the regional ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the separate FTA with Malaysia. He was also part of the negotiating teams for the FTA with China and the precursor to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Pacific-Four FTA. 

Vangelis has worked at the OECD from 2001-2004. In addition to chairing the agriculture negotiations at the WTO, Vangelis was also elected to chair the OECD Committee on Trade and the Environment (2008-2016) and the OECD Global Forum on Trade and Climate Change. Vangelis helped establish the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment (2016-2018), and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network on trade issues. He is also the New Zealand Special Envoy for the Small Advanced Economies’ Initiative.