Resilience in the Workplace Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Chief Officer People and Community, Sovereign Insurance

Sharron Botica 2As Chief Officer People & Community, Sharron leads the development and implementation of the human resources, people capabilities and diversity and inclusion strategy for Sovereign. Along with her team, Sharron provides strategic human resources advice and learning and development initiatives to all areas of the business. She is responsible for ensuring staff understand and are engaged in the company’s vision, purpose and values that form the underlying culture of the organisation.With more than 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s life insurance industry, Sharron has held a number of senior leadership roles across HR, operations and customer experience functions. Before taking on the role as Chief Officer People & Community at Sovereign, Sharron was GM Customer Experience; GM HR and Head of Customer Services.Sharron is a senior associate of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Of Maori-Pakeha descent, Sharron’s iwi is Maniapoto and Te Ati Awa.

University of Queensland Business School Brisbane, Australia

Martie-Louise VerreyneMartie-Louise Verreynne is an Associate Professor in Innovation and Leader of the Strategy cluster at the University of Queensland Business School in Brisbane, Australia. Her research in small firm innovation and resilience focuses on how these firms leverage capabilities and networks to gain a competitive edge. A current ARC Discovery grant broadens this to look at the processes and technologies of open innovation. Martie-Louise has published in leading entrepreneurship and strategy journals; interdisciplinary journals, including Nature Reviews Drug Discovery and Journal of Cleaner Production; as well as the three main small business journals.

Roundtable Speakers

University of Auckland

Bridgette Sullivan-TaylorBridgette’s research focuses on managing uncertainty and developing organizational resilience and hence, she has been working with the UK Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat since 2008 looking at establishing public-private partnerships in the context of extreme events. Her research has informed the development of UK policy as an advisor and through events she has held at the House of Commons and Number 10 Downing Street focused on national security as well as critical national infrastructure related concerns. She was involved in the review of the CCA 2004 and the development of the Organizational Resilience Standard (BS65000) and is a Fellow of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College in York. She now plans to extend this research and develop a UK/Australasia comparative research programme.

AUT Business School

Smita SinghDr. Smita Singh joined AUT University in 2013. Smita’s research and teaching interests lie in the area of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, qualitative research methods and strategic management. Smita is particularly interested in supervising post graduate students undertaking research in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.  Dr Singh’s Tedx Talk in Manukau featured food for thought on the process of failure and understanding around how people cope with failure.

University of Auckland Business School

Chris WoodChris is an Associate Professor  in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in the area of family business, SME growth, social entrepreneurship and Maori entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour. She is also part of the direction team for The ICEHOUSE Business Growth Programmes and facilitate on the Owner Manager Programme and the Agribusiness programme. Her consultancy work is with SMEs and Family Businesses in strategy development, learning and business growth.

WARN International

Lance BurdettLance Burdett has been consulting and coaching on communications and personal resilience since 2007.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, a Diploma in Policing (NZ) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. Heavily involved as a crisis negotiator for over 13 years, Lance became the National Advisor for all NZ Police Negotiation Teams.  He remains an instructor on the NZ Police Negotiation course, qualified on the FBI Negotiators Course and the Australian based Counter Terrorist Negotiators Course.  He ran numerous high-risk negotiations including the Napier Siege and the highly-publicised Paremoremo prison hostage situation.  Lance is the author of the recently published book – Behind The Tape.

Business Energetics

Wayne NealAfter 22 years in business, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Wayne's fascination with people and behaviour evolved into a new career direction. He recently launched Business Energetics, a company combining his business experience coupled with HeartMath's™ proven clinical research data and stress reduction techniques. The focus of Business Energetics is to expand human awareness and potential in order to maximise productivity, improve wellness and decrease energy loss as a result of environmental stress. HeartMath™ is recognised for their published, peer reviewed clinical research and evidence based stress and resilience solutions with over 25,000 medical professionals recommending the HeartMath techniques and technology. As a HeartMath Certified Trainer, Wayne is committed to share the life changing stress reduction techniques throughout New Zealand.

Workshop Facilitators

  Workshop 1
AUT, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies

Wendy WrapsonDr Wendy Wrapson has a background in health psychology, social psychology, and economic psychology. Wendy completed her PhD at the University of Auckland and since then has held Research Fellow positions in the UK, Australia and at the University of Auckland, before coming to AUT in 2013.  Wendy is currently employed in The National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research within the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies. Her work encompasses both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

AUT, Department of Psychology

Chris KragelohAssociate Professor Chris Krägeloh has a PhD in behavioural psychology from the University of Auckland. After a post-doc at the Liggins Institute, he came to AUT, where his research interests increasingly moved towards psychometrics and mindfulness. He is a founding member of the New Zealand World Health Organisation Quality of Life (WHOQOL) Group, which is involved in projects in a wide range of health and educational settings. Chris co-edited and currently co-edits books on student wellbeing, and has recently started a new book project on mindfulness research.

  Workshop 2
AUT, Department of Psychology

Aaron JardenDr Aaron Jarden is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. He is president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-founder of Heart of Wellbeing, co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing and Assessing Wellbeing in Education

AUT Business School

Anne MesservyAnne Messervy teaches in the areas of human resource management and strategic management across a range undergraduate and post-graduate papers at AUT.  Prior to joining academia, Anne held numerous corporate positions, including as strategic transformation consultant with CGNZ and Deloittes. Anne continues to consult in the areas of organisational development and change management.  Anne has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing-at-work as a means of building the change capability of individuals and organisations. She is the only Chopra Certified Yoga Instructor in New Zealand, having completed her teachers’ training with mind-body expert Dr Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing in California

  Workshop 3
AUT Business School

Marcus HoMarcus' research and teaching interests lie at the nexus of entrepreneurship and HRM.  Marcus has a background as an organizational psychologist and HR consultant and has consulted for a variety of small to large businesses.  His current research is in the area of wellbeing and resilience, examining how organizations build resilience from a systems perspective.

Future Auckland Leaders

Tim GilesTimothy Giles is the programme manager for the Future Auckland Leaders' Programme. Perhaps best known for his media work in print, radio and television, he is an accomplished communications practitioner and facilitator in the commercial and community sector.  In his own time Timothy is a trustee of Headway, the Brain Injury Association of Auckland and the Mankind Project NZ. But most of all he enjoys endurance sport, swimming, running and riding the beautiful and ideally quiet corners of Tamaki Makaurau.

Last updated: 09-Sep-2016 12.16pm

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