Kerridge & Partners Leadership Conference 2017

Event Description

Transforming the Leadership Landscape: People, Planet, Profit

After a successful inaugural event last year, we are delighted to announce that our Leadership Conference 2017 will be held on the 3rd of November at Mantells on the Water, Auckland.

In our volatile and complex world, it has become increasingly important for leaders to be aware of the megatrends impacting the social, economic, environmental and geopolitical landscape as these will have major implications on businesses and governments. At the same time, leaders are increasingly being asked to deliver sustainable value not just for their organisations, but for the community at large and to nation building.  With the increasing convergence of the roles of businesses, governments and society, leaders will need to learn to lead in the ‘new normal’.  

To discuss and debate this, we are very excited to bring together this year a truly illustrious and international group of leaders from global businesses, academia, and not-for-profit organisations, including our own captains of industries.To date, we have the following keynote speakers confirmed:

  • Dr. Jean-François Manzoni, President (Dean) – IMD (via interactive online video conference)
  • Margie Apa, Director of Population Health & Strategy – Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Jan Zijderveld, President – Unilever Europe (via interactive online video conference)
  • Christopher Luxon, Chief Executive Officer – Air New Zealand
  • Susan St John, Founding Member – Child Poverty Action Group
  • Kirsty Campbell, Director – Simplicity KiwiSaver
  • Nevil Chand, Founder – Evolve
  • Peter Reidy, Chief Executive Officer – KiwiRail
  • Dr. Michelle Johansson, Associate Programme Director – Teach First NZ & Creative Director - Black Friars Theatre Company

Event Details

Date: 3 November 2017

Time: 7.30am registration

Conference: 8.00am - 5.00pm

Drinks: 5.00pm onwards

Location: Mantells on the Water

Tickets: $1650 + GST

Space is strictly limited, please email us on [email protected] to book a seat.


Speaker Bios

Dr. Jean-François Manzoni: President (Dean) – IMD

Jean-François Manzoni is Nestlé Professor and President (Dean) at IMD. His main areas of focus are leadership, the development of high performance organisations and corporate governance. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching as well as for his research and case writing activities, including for his seminal book “The set-up-to-fail syndrome: How good managers cause great people to fail” (with Jean-Louis Barsoux). A citizen of Canada and France, Professor Manzoni holds a Doctorate from Harvard Business School and an MBA from McGill University. He was Professor for seven years at IMD (2004-2010) before coming back to the school in 2016. He previously also served on the faculty of INSEAD, in Singapore and in France.

Margie Apa: Director of Population Health & Strategy – Counties Manukau District Health Board

Fepulea’i Margie Apa’s career has spanned twenty years in the public sector in Wellington and Auckland, including five years as Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Health. She has also held roles at the Health Funding Authority, Capital & Coast DHB, the Labour Market Policy Group at the Department of Labour and the State Services Commission.

She is currently Director of Population Health & Strategy at Counties Manukau District Health Board. In this role, she is tasked with strategic planning and programme management, Māori and Pacific Health, Population Health, Intersectoral, Risk & Privacy and Organisational Communication.

She is also Chair of Presbyterian Support Northern – one of the largest social service providers in the upper North Island, Board member of World Vision New Zealand and an active member of the Presbyterian Church.

Fepulea’i carries an honorific (or chief) title from her home village of Sale'aula, Savai'i, Samoa

Jan Zijderveld: President – Unilever Europe

Jan has been at the helm of Unilever Europe and part of Unilever’s Leadership Executive since 2011. As President of Unilever’s largest geographical cluster, he has re-energised the business and brought the focus required to tackle the challenges in a tough deflationary context.  He built a more integrated and dynamic business and team, including a rejuvenated European headquarters in Rotterdam and turned it into the largest marketing hub in the Netherlands. With 64 nationalities, the Weena hub is recognized as a dynamic marketing & innovation powerhouse for Europe. He is committed to investing into talent, connected teams, and resilience. Under Jan’s leadership, Unilever has been chosen as number 1 employer of choice in over half of the markets in Europe. 

Jan joined Unilever in 1987 and experienced a truly global career to date, having held a variety of roles in Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and in every category of Unilever’s business. His wife Susan and two children have joint him on this journey, exploring the world and the seven countries where they lived.

Born in the Netherlands and educated in New Zealand, Jan graduated from the University of Waikato with a general management degree before joining Unilever as a brand manager.

He contributed to several management books and articles, including an opinion piece on “Reinventing growth in Europe: Time for business unusual” and a contribution to “Your Next Role: How to Get Ahead and Get Promoted,” by Niamh O'Keeffe.

Christopher Luxon: Chief Executive Officer – Air New Zealand

Christopher Luxon has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2013 having previously held the role of Group General Manager International Airline for almost two years. Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Christopher was President and Chief Executive Officer at Unilever Canada. This was one of several senior leadership roles he held during an 18-year career at the multi-national that saw him work in roles in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. Christopher has a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

Susan St John: Founding Member Child Poverty Action Group

Susan St John (BSc, MA, PhD, QSO), is an honorary Associate Professor of Economics and the director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at The Business School, University of Auckland. Her area of teaching was macro and public economics. She is a founding member of Child Poverty Action Group, a nationwide charity that works for better policies to enable all children to thrive in NZ. She writes regularly on welfare, tax, poverty and retirement issues – see website:

Kirsty Campbell: Director – Simplicity KiwiSaver

Kirsty is an experienced commercial adviser and professional director who has held a range of senior roles in corporate finance, banking, law and regulation in the UK and NZ.

She is currently a partner at Catalyst Advisory Partners Ltd. Her previous roles include Head of Supervision at the Financial Markets Authority, where she led the team that licenses and monitors financial service providers. Prior to that, she was a senior manager at ANZ Commercial & Agri. She originally practiced as a solicitor before moving into corporate finance in London and then Auckland.

She is an independent director of Simplicity NZ Ltd (a KiwiSaver provider), a director of New Plymouth PIF Guardians Ltd (which manages the New Plymouth District Council’s perpetual investment fund), the independent chair of the compliance committee of a licensed MIS manager, a member of the investment review committee of SP Investment Group Ltd and a member of the Institute of Directors.

She has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Nevil Chand: Founder – Evolve

Nevil Chand is the founder of Evolve, a Social Enterprise business designed to give away profits from every interaction and he is also the founding member of The Evolve Foundation.

Nevil admits that he had an interesting journey through employment and also just life in general. From having worked in various retail and customer service roles after leaving high school, to moving overseas and pursuing the great OE. He returned to find employment in banking and other financial institutions, eventually having success as an employed Financial Adviser over a 5-year period, before deciding to break away from the mould 18 months ago.

Nevil is passionate about purpose and helping others find theirs. His journey into entrepreneurship started with finding his own reason for existence and then developing a way in which he could deliver that to the world by combing the skills and experience he has obtained throughout his working and personal lives.

Peter Reidy: Chief Executive Officer – KiwiRail

Peter Reidy commenced his role as Chief Executive, KiwiRail on March 1, 2014. He brings to KiwiRail a successful track record of leading and building service and infrastructure-based businesses in the logistics, energy, building products and asset management sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Previously Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Services with Downer Group in Australia, Peter held a number of senior leadership roles with Downer Group since joining them in 2006, both in New Zealand and Australia, including Board roles on the KeolisDowner Joint Venture operating Yarra Trams in Melbourne and Gold Coast Light Rail.

Prior to joining Downer Group, Peter held senior leadership roles with Fletcher Building, Todd Energy and Freightways in New Zealand.

Dr. Michelle Johansson, Associate Programme Director – Teach First NZ & Creative Director - Black Friars Theatre Company

Dr. Michelle Johansson is a Polynesian theatre-maker and mother, doctoral scholar and high school dropout. She serves as Associate Programme Director at Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu and she is the Creative Director of the Black Friars Theatre Company. South Auckland, decile one born and bred, she is proud to work in the spaces where Education, Equity and the Performing Arts meet for Young Brown Scholars.


Dr. Jean-François Manzoni
Dr. Jean-François Manzoni
President (Dean) – IMD
Margie Apa
Margie Apa
Director of Population Health & Strategy – Counties Manukau DHB
Jan Zijderveld
Jan Zijderveld
President – Unilever Europe
Christopher Luxon
Christopher Luxon
Chief Executive Officer – Air New Zealand
Susan St John
Susan St John
Founding Member – Child Poverty Action Group
Kirsty Campbell
Kirsty Campbell
Director – Simplicity KiwiSaver
Peter Reidy
Peter Reidy
Chief Executive Officer – KiwiRail
Nevil Chand
Nevil Chand
Founder - Evolve
Michelle Johansson
Dr. Michelle Johansson
Associate Programme Director – Teach First NZ

To learn more about Kerridge & Partners and how we are transforming the leadership landscape, please contact us or download our Integrated Reports:
Integrated Report 2017
Integrated Report 2016