Keynote speakers

Sir Graham Henry

People Business and Growth

Coach of the Year a record five times, leading the All Blacks to glory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Graham finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time.

Sir Graham will share his insights and experience in building an environment of high performing teams, growing a culture of motivated, engaged and committed members through development, and leadership.

Ian Taylor

Innovation and Technology

Change, innovation, and growth has been a constant in Ian’s life, founding Animation Research Ltd (ARL) on nothing more than a handshake. Today, ARL covers sports events all over the world developing solutions from innovation.

“We didn’t discover the digital world – it discovered us. Someone invented the internet, and they gave us our highway to that world. We have been travelling it ever since.”

Shayne Currie

Media, Community and Environmental Engagement

Shayne has been a journalist for 25 years, starting as a crime reporter in Wellington – and briefly, New York – before taking up newsroom leadership roles. From printer’s ink to the digital revolution, Shayne has overseen major change and innovation in newsrooms throughout New Zealand. A former news editor and deputy editor of the Sunday Star Times, Shayne moved to APN in 2004 to help launch the Herald on Sunday. He became editor of that paper in 2005 and of the NZ Herald in 2011.

In 2012 he led the editorial project to transform the Herald into award-winning compact format. As NZME Managing Editor, Shayne oversees more than 400 journalists and content across the company’s newsrooms. In 2016, Shayne took up a 10-week scholarship to Wolfson College at Cambridge University in the UK, studying audience patterns in the digital age – and how quality journalism can survive in the era of social media and clickbait.

Richard & Elina Ussher

Personal Wellness

The Coast to Coast to epic multi-day team adventure races, they have spent more than a decade racing, training and travelling around the world, all while maintaining their marriage. Between them they have amassed 13 world titles and have victories in some of the biggest endurance events in the world.

Learning to work co-operatively as a couple and within a larger team has been a key aspect of their success and ensuring that they keep an element of fun in everything they do.