James McCulloch

James is the director of leadership development at Inspire Group. He is one of those unflappable sorts with a constant smile on his face – and he loves to turn big leadership challenges into a positive.

Having travelled the world as a leader and CEO in the public, non-profit and advocacy sectors, James has now made New Zealand and Inspire his home, and he can think of no greater place from which to change the face of leadership development globally!

He is a positive, engaging and determined guy who leads by example every day – whether in growing the Inspire Group leadership, enticing his 2 boys away from the screen and into the outdoors, or in his latest crazy road cycling challenge!
Because who said leadership development only applies to organisations?… James believes it starts with how you lead yourself!

Michelle Gapes

Michelle Gapes leads the Northern consulting team at Strategic Pay. Her focus is on CEO and directors’ fees advice, reward strategy development, design and implementation of performance pay systems and market analysis of senior management roles.

Michelle was invited to join Strategic Pay in 2004 due to her extensive use and knowledge of the legacy PwC job evaluation methodology. Her background includes managing the New Zealand and Pacifica remuneration surveys across different sectors and levels of jobs. Her most recent experience prior to Strategic Pay has been as a Remuneration Manager for ANZ.

She also has expertise in remuneration system audits, management of the remuneration review process, the facilitation of training workshops, and the project-management of job evaluations and remuneration systems.

Sandy Thompson

A belief in the power of strong communities has led Sandy to pursue a career as a trainer, consultant and coach in the community and not for profit sector.

She is currently one of the Directors of the Centre for Not for Profit Leadership, a consortium of similar minded community focused professionals. Prior to this Sandy was one of the team delivering the Unitec Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, a role she took on after her 10 years as the founding leader of the National Association for OSCAR. Obvious success in a previous life has resulted in Sandy often working in the Pacific Islands, where she helps to build and deliver leadership development programmes for community leaders.

Her core voluntary roles are as Chairperson of ChildAlert an organisation that fights commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the Pacific representative on ECPAT International who do the same work at an international level. Sandy is also a member of the Trust Board of Hui E! – New Zealand’s national organisation promoting, strengthening and connecting the Community Sector

Jared Mullen

Jared Mullen is currently New Zealand’s Deputy Chief Censor. This role exposes him to the best and worst in people – reflected in the media that New Zealanders produce and consume. He believes that public services can only be successful through engaging with the communities they serve and that authentic client engagement is a great antidote for the growing alienation of the public from their government.

Prior to his current role, Jared worked on the review of Child Youth and Family led by Dame Paula Rebstock and held senior project and policy roles at the Ministry of Social Development. As Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, Jared led the Justice Sector recovery response after the Christchurch earthquakes and headed Justice’s policy, legal and treaty settlement teams through a challenging and busy period.

He has also had senior leadership roles at the Department of Internal Affairs and the Department of Corrections.

Dr Suzanne Henwood

Dr Suzanne Henwood

Dr. Suzanne Henwood is the Director of ‘mBraining4Success’, a company dedicated to teaching people how to use their multiple intelligences in leading, coaching and managing.

She is a health care professional by background, working for over 20 years in development, education and research to improve health service delivery. Her PhD explored professional development and the impact on practice.

She is a qualified mBIT master coach, an academic and has authored numerous books and articles in her field.

Vincent Naidu

Vincent Naidu was a Commercial Partner in two well known Auckland law firms – a long established medium-sized CBD firm and a city-fringe boutique commercial & corporate firm. He now spends much of his time advising boards, negotiating and drafting contracts and assisting corporate clients in transactional, compliance, and other legal matters.

A large part of Vincent’s work involves advising not-for-profit organisations, including health and community trusts, charities, clubs, associations and societies, and religious institutions, many of which operate successful business ventures generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. He actively advises on strategic governance matters, and continues to work with a number of charities that are based internationally.

In the area of corporate governance, Vincent’s work involves advice on implementing and maintaining good governance processes, liability issues, effective decision-making, and membership issues. He actively works with clients on legal compliance and procedural matters, developing strategic plans and governance charters. He is often asked to advise boards on matters relating to autonomy, control, conflict of interest, authority to act, and powers of board members.

Jo Nicholson

Jo is the Director of Social Value Aotearoa Network and enjoys connecting people and organisations working to tell the story of and measure their social impact.

Social Value Aotearoa, (SVA) a membership network, is building a community of practice for organisations across all sectors who want to understand, communicate and manage the impact of their work.  As the NZ National Member of the global Social Value International network, we promote the Principles of Social Value, and support our members to build their capacity, share and refine best practice

She is also the Project Lead of Nga Pou o Te Whare o Waipareira a placed based Collective Impact initiative known as #tātou in West Auckland supporting whānau to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle (focus on weight and wellbeing and improving their health literacy).  Key to #tātou is the ability to measure and share the story of progress towards long term behaviour change for #tātou whānau and reporting on the initiative’s overall outcome progression and impact.

She brings 20+ years’ experience in Change and Transformation, Workforce Development, Tertiary Teaching and Management and implementing and embedding evaluative frameworks.    She believes in leading by example and is passionate about preparing people to manage and react to change positively.

Aaron McIntosh

Aaron is an HR and Health, Safety & Wellbeing practitioner with more than 20 years experience working in the People space of organisations in a number of industries and business ownership models. He has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Human Resources and is a Professional Associate – Human Resources with the Association of People Professionals.

Aaron currently consults as a People Concierge helping clients to improve their people practices and drive the success of their business. He enjoys moving in the space of transformational HR – the success of HR is tied to its ability to be diverse.

With his extensive experience with Health, Safety & Wellbeing, he has designed and run Health & Safety management systems and sees HR and Health, Safety & Wellbeing working together to be a key driver of a productive business culture. Employee wellbeing is important to ensure you have an employee at their best when they are at work. He is currently involved with projects around managing bullying and harassment and mental health in the workplace.

Tony Lindsay

In a long career now spanning 40 years Tony has worked as a technology supplier and fundraiser for many international charities including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Oxfam and NZ Red Cross. Tony has combined two careers to build great tools for fundraisers while also practising as a fundraiser. As Founder and CEO of Vega.Works Tony brings a lifetime of experience and case studies in success, from working in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

In Vega.Works, Tony has realised a life-long ambition to bring the very best world class fundraising technologies and techniques  and make them available in New Zealand at a fraction of their previous cost.

Tony conceived of and co-wrote “Paradise Saved – The Incredible story of New Zealand wildlife sanctuaries and how they are stemming the tide of extinction”, published by Random House New Zealand and Tony has just completed “Effective Fundraising in the age of Social Media” which is due for publication in early 2017.

Tony’s role in Vega is to help charities get the most from their move to a next generation platform like Vega through helping them achieve record setting results. Tony will share case studies from this experience.

Shane Gorst

Shane Gorst is the General Manager of Art Deco Trust, a multi-channel social enterprise tasked with the preservation, restoration, promotion and celebration of Hawkes Bays Art Deco Heritage.  Having migrated with his family from Auckland in 2016 after 15 years working across the Retail and Social Profit sectors, Shane has been in his current role for just over a year.  Prior to this Shane was the CEO of Make-A-Wish New Zealand, a role which had followed a ten year stint in sales, management and L&D for a national retail chain.

Joining the Trust at a critical turning point, Shane is focused on working alongside his team to change the relationship between his organisation and the community at large, and in turn changing the way people think about and engage with heritage.  To achieve this, the internal environment has to evolve and develop new ways to communicate, engage and activate relationships across multiple stakeholder groups whilst maintaining its focus on the mission, vision and values on which the organisation was founded over 30 years ago.

Can an organisation centred in the past be truly forward thinking and focused on the future, without losing its core purpose?  This is the question Shane will be exploring on the 19th of February at the GROW National NFP Sector Conference.