Coming out of Covid-19: The change remains constant (NZ Webinar)

12:30pm Thursday, 18 June 2020
1:30pm Thursday, 18 June 2020

Covid-19 and the steps taken by the New Zealand government meant organisations needed to change how they operate, where their staff work from, how we communicate and in some cases if they can still work at Alert Level 4 or 3.  As we move through the Alert levels the change will remain constant.

Join the Auckland chapter to hear from a panel of business leaders on the approach taken by their organisations and how they plan to sustain this into the future. The Auckland chapter continues to utilise digital ways to keep our change community connected. This webinar brings together an exciting leadership panel from Auckland and Wellington to provide insights into their approaches and experience transitioning through the Covid Alert Levels.

In our recent history, New Zealand organisations collectively have not faced a challenge like Covid-19.  This virus and the steps taken by the government to save lives, has seen all organisations across New Zealand change – how they operate, where their staff work from, how we communicate and even if they can work at Alert Level 4 or 3, and now Level 2.  Every organisation and sector has been impacted – listed companies, privately owned, government, not for profit, sporting and so on.

In an environment of disbelief, confusion and conflicting opinions organisations are navigating these waters both domestically and internationally. Like all change, this is about the impact on people as individuals and how we support them the best we can. 

This event is a chance for us to all learn from others so we can more effectively help the organisations, communities and people we are connected to.

We want this session to be highly interactive and relatively informal – we have no doubt there will be some great questions for our panel during this webinar. This is a safe and pragmatic way for us to continue to ‘meet up’ and keep connected in these uncertain times.

We look forward to your active participation! 

About our Facilitator 

Leah McKerrow, Chief Engagement Officer + Founding Director
ON-Brand Partners (NZ) Ltd

Leah McKerrow is Co-founder and Director of ON-Brand partners, a change agency that works with organisations to build capability and understanding of complex change challenges. 

Leah has a background in both Government and banking prior to setting up her business. She is an energetic and considered facilitator, who is embracing the new world of on-line engagement.

About our Panel

Vicki Caisley, Chief People & Strategy Officer
Southern Cross Health Society

Southern Cross Health Society is NZ-owned and not-for-profit with over 860,000 members and accounting for 73% of NZ’s private health insurance claims. Vicki joined Southern Cross in 2013 and is their Chief People & Strategy Officer – taking on the people, internal communications, wellbeing, strategy and business transformation responsibilities.

Before joining Southern Cross Vicki was Head of People & Culture for professional services firm Grant Thornton.  Prior to this Vicki was self-employed for 7 years as an HR Consultant working across the Not for Profit, health, banking & finance and FMCG sectors.  Vicki was the New Zealand Human Resources Manager for AMP Banking, followed by several years at the Auckland District Health Board, managing HR for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Outside of Southern Cross Vicki was Board Chair of a 1,000-student primary school for 7 years until 2019. She completed a two-year Executive MBA (Dist) with Massey University in 2013 and held a governance role as a Commissioner on the Board of the New Zealand Fire Service for five years until March 2016.

Wendy Paul, Director of Purpose
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Wendy is currently the Director of Purpose for Fonterra, focusing on the change journey towards becoming a purpose- led Co-operative. She takes a human-centred systems approach to the way change needs to be embedded for generations to come.

Wendy’s career spans over 25 years, having worked across multiple industries and held a number of diverse roles. Originally trained as a marine ships Captain, she has diversified into senior leadership roles in supply chain, customer services, sales, risk management, crisis response, governance, reputation management and global transformational change.

Wendy played a significant lead role in two of Fonterra’s food safety and reputational crises and is currently leading the People/Wellbeing workstream in the COVID-19 response. She is well versed in what it takes to lead through a crisis, maintain focus and resilience and turn the opportunities that arise during these times of uncertainty into sustainable positive change.

Wendy prides herself in having a people-focused mind-set with an exceptional ability to solve “wicked problems” in delivering value and  improving stakeholder experiences. She is passionate about allowing people to reach their full potential and believe in aspirational goals. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Transport Economics and Private Law and is a graduate of the Global Women Leadership programme.

Cain McLeod, Head of Business Partnership and Organisational Change

Cain is an enterprise leader who delivers strategic business outcomes with a pragmatic, people centred approach.  He is known for his capability in supporting significant organisational change and for building leadership effectiveness. Cain joined ACC in late 2012 as a Human Resources Business Partner and since has expanded his functional accountability for leadership of:

  • Change Management
  • Employment Relations
  • Organisational Design
  • Strategic Business Partnership
  • Talent Management; and
  • Union Bargaining 

Prior to joining ACC, Cain held the role of Human Resources Manager at New Zealand Rugby. Most importantly, Cain is a proud father of two young boys and married to his amazing wife Shirley McLeod.  When not being a father or working, he likes to socialise and try to surf or skate. 

Event details 

  • This is a FREE event for members and $10 for non-members. Members should login to claim the discount. 
  • Times are: 18th June 12.30pm NZST, 10.30am AEST | 17th June 8.30pm EDT

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