We are bringing together a range of speakers from the SME community, large firms, Young Professionals, keynotes, Ministers, and more. This year, we are offering concurrent sessions to address the specific needs of our various member markets and invite you to explore those who have confirmed their place below.


His Worship David Trewavas, Mayor of Taupo

 Bio to come.


Daniel Batten

Daniel Batten is a serial entrepreneur and CEO coach "From Ingenuity to Invincibility". Daniel, a successful hi-tech entrepreneur, now coaches a growing number of CEOs to NZs fastest growing companies. Each company has grown significant commercial results by growing the founder.
Daniel graduated from Auckland University with a MA in English, having written a groundbreaking thesis (1994) on the human impact of online communication. Daniel instead pursued a career as an actor – appearing multiple times in America’s top rated TV episodic, and on stage alongside Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Over the next decade he became a successful serial-entrepreneur – taking part in three leadership teams that launched three successful international products, and achieved valuations between $10Million-$120Million.

He returned to the media spotlight after becoming New Zealand’s 1st CEO to successfully raise angel investment-group capital (2004). His company launched one of the two most successful software products for University scientists worldwide, improving how 100,000+ molecular biologists did research. Over the next ten years he launched a third career – this time as a high-performance coach/ author and speaker. He is author of three business books including “The 6 Secrets of Authentic Influence.” As a speaker he has achieved inspirational results (not to mention standing ovations) by combining his unique blend of business intelligence and dynamic stage energy.

Daniel has helped clients achieve results that only the very top echelon of coaches globally can create. His mid-sized clients achieve an average 31% increase winning contestable business, an average staff engagement increase of 13%, and an average profit increase of more than 200%. His small business clients’ results include a minimum revenue increase of 257% and a 100% success-record raising investment capital (average capital-raise: $1.28Million).

Daniel has achieved these phenomenal client results by developing a unique method to implant the cultural, leadership and mindset innovations the All Blacks made from 2004-16 into any business to create explosive growth, a more valuable brand, and very few losses.

Daniel's first book "To change the world with one pitch" will be released in June 2017.


Dr Tom Mulholland

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Physician at Auckland Hospital, a lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Auckland clinical school, teaching medical students, and founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute. 

His research interests include workplace stress, emotional control, productivity and psychoneuroimmunology. The Healthy Thinking Institute developed the psychometric test for attitude profiling. His books on Healthy Thinking are translated into 12 languages and have made the best seller list in places like India. He consults on stress and attitude globally to some of the world's largest corporates. He is passionate about Healthy Thinking and how to diagnose and treat attitude illness.

When he is not working as a doctor or on the speaking circuit, Dr Mulholland enjoys extreme sport and expeditions. He was awarded a New Zealand Defence Force Special Services medal for his medical work in the Boxing Day Tsunami and had a stint as the doctor on a Russian Icebreaker in the Southern Ocean. 

Dr Tom's newest book and keynote is Live Fast Die Old and have a good looking corpse, how to perform better from the bedroom to the boardroom (and stay out of my Emergency Department). In this keynote you will laugh, cry, be entertained and educated by an experienced doctor both in the clinic and on the stage. 


Doug Johnson

Based in Auckland, Doug Johnson is Tonkin + Taylor's Managing Director and an engineering geologist with more than 30 years’ experience. Before becoming Managing Director in 2010, Doug managed the company's largest team - Geotechnical.

Doug holds an MSc (Hons) and has published several papers on risk assessment and the evaluation and design of quarry and mine slopes using quantitative risk methods.

Doug’s specialist skills include engineering geological mapping, site investigation, soil and rock assessment, slope stability, groundwater and natural hazard assessment. He worked on many large civil engineering, mining and quarry projects throughout New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific.


Kathryn McDonald

Kat is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with 10 years’ experience in environmental management, environmental science and sustainability. Kat achieved her accreditation as an Environmental Practitioner in 2012 and is a member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ). Kat has two distinct leadership roles within Opus. In 2013 she was appointed as Chair of the Sustainability Professional Interest Network, a role that oversees the technical wellbeing of over 200 professionals worldwide. In 2014 she was appointed as the Company Sustainability Leader, a global role with a strong strategic focus involving policy development, strategy and planning, and sustainability reporting.  

Kat is committed to developing her leadership skills outside the organisation with participation in the Sustainable Business Council Future Leaders Program in 2013, the Sustainability Business Network Authentic Leadership Program in 2014 and also in her role as the Auckland Branch Coordinator for the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.



Andrew Read

Andrew is a chartered professional electrical engineer with a broad experience base, enthusiastic approach and an aptitude for realising the bigger picture. Andrew is a director of the company, Pedersen Read. He frequently has a leading role on large and complex projects in which his positive attitude, communication skills, and engineering expertise has been widely recognised and valued by clients. Andrew has particular interest and expertise in areas such as strategic infrastructure planning, “intelligent building” and IT services, and security analysis.

Andrew enjoys the “people” aspect of engineering and is a prominent contributor in many professional forums and organisations, including being actively involved with ACENZ as a Past President, INNOVATE Judge (and Past Convenor), and FIDIC New Zealand representative. Andrew is also a Life Member with ACENZ.

Andrew lives in Christchurch with his wife and two children. He is a keen fly fisherman and enjoys snow skiing, camping, cycling, and the outdoors in general. He is very family and community oriented, and has active involvement in the interests of his children through sports coaching, Scouts and Guides assistance, and as a PTA member.


Ian Fraser

Ian is a hydrogeologist with more than 27 years’ experience in environmental assessments, contaminated site remediation, water resource evaluations and civil engineering design.  While Ian has spent the majority of his career in New Zealand, he also lived and worked in the United Sates for an extended period and his work has been in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, the USA and Mexico.

For the last 12 years Ian has held senior management positions, while maintaining a key role in major pursuits and technical oversight of significant or high risk projects.  Ian has lectured in hydrogeology at Auckland University and more recently in applied civil engineering at Canterbury University.  Ian is also currently a board member of the New Zealand Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ). He has been the OCM for New Zealand for the last two years and has recently taken on the role of GM Asia Pacific. 

Ian has four sons, with two still at home in Christchurch.  Ian loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity to spend time skiing, cycling,  kayaking and more recently hunting in the South Island High Country.


Graham Chapman

Bio coming soon.

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