Workshop presenters 2018


Patrick rottiers

An internationally experienced management consultant and outspoken keynote
speaker, Patrick is a well-known senior lecturer in business schools and management
development programs in New Zealand and overseas. Patrick is founder & CEO of PROConsulting International Ltd., a management consulting firm specialised in technology commercialisation, with headquarters in New Zealand.

Patrick is an experienced executive coach and sits on various advisory boards. Patrick is also the trade commissioner for the Belgian government in New Zealand, supporting business development and investment  Patrick’s amazing international multi-lingual career spans 25+ years on 4 continents - he has held numerous senior commercial management roles in Europe, Africa and USA, in IT, HR, aviation, international marketing & durable goods.

TOPIC: Business strategy


Mark Godenho has over 17 years’ experience in marketing, brand development and creative thinking. He has worked in advertising and digital marketing both in New Zealand and in the UK. He has worked as both a creative director and strategic marketing manager, dealing with a variety of firms from SMEs right through to local government and corporates.

As well as consulting in the personal-branding space, Mark has also spent considerable time in the start-up arena, particularly in the area of value proposition development and pitching. He is a CDC Amplifier Cluster member, Business Mentor for the Lightning Lab, and Board Member for Actually Useful, the consortium of marketing and branding consultants. He currently runs Simplify & Amplify Ltd; an outsourced marketing and branding company. Simplify & Amplify is also his philosophy for cutting down on jargon, simplifying messaging and delivering superior results. 

TOPIC: Marketing to compete in a digital world



Lisa began her career as a Marketer; fascinated by consumer/human behaviour, innovation and entrepreneurship. Since then she has completed a Master of Commerce Degree on the adoption and resistance of new technologies and ideas, coached and started multiple business, and developed an innovative entrepreneur development programme while GM of a Business Incubator. Her experiences and studies have led her to believe that "mindset" is at the heart of business and entrepreneurial success; and that traditional thinking around business and leadership must be challenged.

Today Lisa engages in short term projects in companies which drive progress, change and innovation. She also coaches and advises, writes, facilitates and speaks on how to navigate change and transition at both the individual and business level. Her mantra - if we want the "adaptor factor" - we must change how we think about change. Her approach and style is thought provoking, and at times controversial; such as when she challenges that a "happy culture" is not necessarily a good one. 

Lisa primarily works primarily with business leaders to create and shape business environments and cultures which are highly adaptable and innovative

TOPIC: Innovation as a growth factor, culture eats strategy


John O’Hara has deep experience, in the New Zealand High tech sector growing and taking offshore New Zealand companies with innovative hardware products, software and services. Governance experience, at CEO, Chairman and board level in public and private companies in New Zealand, USA and UK markets and  across businesses ranging from startup to established in the $1-5m, $10-50m and over $200m revenue ranges.

John is an Angel investor in twenty primarily high tech businesses. He is Chairman of SaaS company Ask Nicely, a Director of the government agency ESR which does the Forensic work in NZ for NZ Police and a director of Spidertracks an aircraft tracking  hardware company. He is also an adviser to Airways International for its offshore businesses and software company SnapComms.

TOPIC: Commercialising innovation


Nigel has spent over 30 years solving all kinds of problems as a general manager for multinational and privately owned companies. This experience spans service industries, retail industries and manufacturers. Nigel has grown $1 million companies into $12 million companies and has always tried to do it "with heart". Nigel’s approach is people-focused, but he will also help you master the numbers. He always looks at professional success and personal success together. 

He believes “culture eats strategy for breakfast” meaning that even the smartest business ideas are useless without the right team to pull them off. Financial success is one thing, but an enjoyable workplace is just as important.

Nigel is an experienced business coach and mentor, a Rotarian, a money coach as well as a voluntary budget advisor.

TOPIC: DISC Profiling - Who do you think you are!


Peter Couchman epitomises the “real world” business experience required under the Dale Carnegie® philosophy, which states that we must earn the right to share our knowledge. Peter’s “real world” traverses government instrumentalities and private sector roles, where he was involved in governance, compliance and performance criteria. As evidence of his business acumen, Peter recently led a team of 11 FMCG sales professional team and was responsible for circa $20 million per annum. 

Peter attributes his success to understanding the importance of self-awareness, having an appreciation of others, and to developing the leadership skills that encourage others to follow. With these beliefs, there was an obvious attraction to Dale Carnegie ® Corporation, where he has excelled as a training facilitator for 15 years, influencing the lives of thousands and the success of hundreds of businesses.

TOPIC: Sales - Converting leads into sales


David Boyd is an experienced executive and company director with a background in specialised manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products - all focused on international markets. He has particular expertise in international branding and the wider European markets. 

David is a director of a number of New Zealand-based companies and a past director of Orthopaedic Synergy Inc, a United States-based orthopaedic company which has two subsidiaries – Christchurch-based Enztec Ltd and Omni Life Science Inc. of Raynham, Massachusetts, USA. He is also the founding shareholder of Foot Science International, the producers of Formthotics, and is still actively involved as a Director as well as managing their R&D program. He is currently an NZTE Beachheads advisor.

TOPIC: International markets & distribution channels

madeleine hawkesby

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Madeleine qualified as a lawyer in 1996 and since then has gained extensive experience in New Zealand and in the UK in employment law and human resources, including recently teaching employment law at MBA level.

Madeleine specialises in employment law advice and HR management for employers. Her approach is pro-active and pragmatic and grounded in the values of working in partnership with her clients. She is a trusted advisor for a wide range of clients in a variety of sectors.

TOPIC: HR - People Growth and People Leadership

Matt hannah


Matt has over 10 years’ experience working with privately held businesses. He is passionate about developing strong relationships with his clients, and works with them to cultivate sound strategies to achieve their aspirations and growth ambitions. In addition to traditional accounting advice, Matt’s extensive expertise includes delivering value added services which help businesses deal with challenges and operate efficiently.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton New Zealand, Matt held senior positions with two big 4 firms. He also spent two years working as a Financial Analyst with The Canterbury Development Corporation, where he implemented business improvement programmes for high growth potential clients, and a project management office for delivering the Christchurch Economic Development Strategy. 

He has in-depth industry experience in specialist manufacturing, professional services, construction, hospitality and property. 

TOPIC: Finances - Changing gears in your business and cashflow management

scott houston

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Chief Technical Officer at Seequent (ARANZ Geo), driving product development strategies and platform integration.

Founder of GreenButton, a high-performance cloud orchestration platform and global leader in PaaS (Platform as a Service), enabling the secure running of software applications in the cloud with unlimited computer power, the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2014.

Established the super computer platform for Weta Studios’ productions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Chief Technology Officer.

Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur award in 2013. Nominated as an innovation hero by the Innovation Council in 2015. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachheads Advisor helping New Zealand Companies with export strategy since 2015.

Specialties: team building, strategy, export markets, cloud, platform services, product development

TOPIC: Capital for growth: Capital raising in current markets

jane huria

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Jane Huria has broad-based commercial experience including law, insurance, market research and the financial markets. Directorships over the past 25 years in the electricity, technology, business development, health, education, insurance, property development and sports / recreation sectors have resulted in many years of governance, strategy and organisation development experience. As well as having been a professional director on numerous boards, including a number of Crown entities, Jane has worked with a wide variety of businesses and organisations in the commercial, Iwi Maori and Pacific sectors. Through board roles on At Work Insurance, Transpower, ACC, Sport NZ and as Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission, she has some understanding of the Crown sector. 

Jane is Ngai Tahu, affiliates to Ngai Tuahuriri and participates in her Marae at Tuahiwi.

Jane's current roles include Chair, Unimed; Board Member, Court Theatre; Board Member, Fortuna Group Limited; Board Member, Naylor Love Enterprises Limited; Board Member, Pegasus Health; Member, Greater Christchurch Partnership, and she serves on a number of Panels.

TOPIC: Governance and advisory boards

Graham Scown 

Graham is currently Programme director for the Return On Science programme a position he has held since 2012. 

Return on Science is a national research commercialization programme, focused on bringing new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies.

TOPIC: IP - Unlocking the intangible IP in your business

Shaun ryan


The majority of Shaun’s career has been with SLI Systems as their founding CEO for 14 years, leading the company from a start-up through to an IPO on the NZX in 2013. SLI provides site search and recommendation services to online retailers around the world and has recurring revenues of over $30m

Shaun was CTO at GlobalBrain, overseeing the development of the core learning search technology, much of which is still used at SLI Systems.

Much of Shaun’s early career involved contracting for Dynamic Controls, a world leader in wheelchair control systems. Projects included working on a collision avoidance system, specialty controls interface (including a sip and puff controller), and a servo steering controller. He was programming mainly in assembler.

Shaun completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Canterbury. Shaun is on the board of SLI Systems and chairs the boards for RedSeed, Fleetpin & Archipro.

TOPIC: Forward your future - Embracing technology from robotics to AI