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Ana Bidois

Partner, Equity Practice Lead, PwC New Zealand

Ana is a Partner in Consulting and leads our National Equity practice. Ana has over 17 years experience working in the public and private sectors, including six years with Dame Tariana Turia as her Health Advisor. She is an expert in policy development and analysis with experience in leading contemporary Māori health issues such as health equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims. Ana also led the Crown/Ministry of Health response to Wai 2575 up to March 2019. Ana is also experienced in working with multi-level stakeholders in the public sector.

With her background in law, social policy and philosophy, Ana’s advisory skills balance idealistic thinking with objective realities. Ana is also a Professional doctorate candidate, studying towards designing a Māori health system based on concepts of Te Ao Māori.

Ana is of Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāti Ranginui and Cook Island descent.

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Keriana Brooking

Partner, PwC New Zealand

Keriana (Ngāti Pahauwera me Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) joined PwC in October 2022, after 34 years in the Public Service with more than 20 years in health. Keriana has worked in all aspects of the health continuum and has held leadership roles in community, primary care and hospital delivery, government policy and regulatory functions, and most extensively in commissioning. These roles have seen her work very closely with iwi/hapū and communities particularly in Te Tairāwhiti and Te Matau a Māui. The primary focus of recent work is to create systems and culture within her domain to provide different and better access, experience and outcomes for whānau pounamu, our most precious people, who need our systems and services the most.

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Yulia Carter

Assistant City Manager, City of Pacifica

Yulia Carter brings 20 years of extensive experience in local government, currently serving as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Pacifica in San Francisco Bay Area. In her role, she oversees Economic Development and all Administrative functions including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Risk Management. Additionally, she manages special projects and initiatives for the City Manager’s Office and serves on multiple boards of directors, representing the City in a number of local and regional organizations. She is passionate about community-building, organizational development and collaboration.

Ms. Carter is currently leading the Vision 2025 & Beyond Fiscal Sustainability Plan designed to outline Pacifica's future and align with the City’s strategic vision. This initiative has resulted in the launch of the City’s Marketing Plan, introducing programs like Shop Pacifica and Workation. She also spearheaded the Economic Opportunities Study to provide a comprehensive assessment of the City's commercial economy, current and future economic opportunities and potential economic growth in each business zones.

Ms. Carter’s professional journey includes various executive roles in multiple California public agencies. Before Pacifica, she held positions such as Assistant City Manager for the City of Sausalito, Deputy City Manager for the City of Half Moon Bay, and Administrative Services Director for the Town of Los Altos Hills.

She has managed and implemented award-winning operating and capital budgets with an emphasis on financial transparency, cost allocation plans, and rate studies, economic development strategic plan implementations, including marketing and branding campaigns, revenue and tax studies, consolidation and shared services initiatives, classification and compensation studies, and special projects.

Ms. Carter holds an MPA from Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, Park University and is a graduate of the Berkely Goldman School of Public Policy and Stanford University Local Government Institute Executive Leadership Programs.

In her leisure time, Ms. Carter enjoys travelling, exploring new places and coffee shops, spending quality time with family, and watching classic movies. An avid PSG fan, she appreciates any opportunity to watch a good football match.

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Judith Cheyne

Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Judith is a senior associate in Simpson Grierson’s planning and environment group, based in Christchurch. She recently re-joined Simpson Grierson after several years as part of the in-house legal team at Christchurch City Council. Judith specialises in local government issues, advising on decision-making, consultation and conflict of interest matters, official information and privacy, rating issues, bylaws and policy development. She also has significant experience with local government regulatory issues, including Building Act, Dog Control, Sale and Supply of Alcohol and Health Act.

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Beverly Hendry

CAMA President

Bev Hendry has dedicated her entire 35-plus year career to the local governance sector, starting as a student with a number of roles at the City of St. Catharines. She began her full-time career with the Province of Ontario, spending the majority of her 19-years working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and finishing her time there as Regional Director for Central Ontario. She gained valuable experience in policy development, program administration, strategic planning, stakeholder and government relations, provincial planning, communications, and issues management. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Science in Management and Economics from the University of Guelph and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Bev is a strong leader and community builder, with a focus on good government. Since 2005, she has held the top civil servant position at the Township of Scugog, the City of Oshawa and has been with the Township of West Lincoln since 2018 . In these roles, she has spearheaded advancements in modernizing service to residents and businesses, developing inclusive communications for increased public engagement, implementing new financial strategies and comprehensive growth plans with all stakeholders and has fostered an environment of cooperation that can be held to increased standards of accountability and transparency. She has a high level of integrity and trust and is committed to the Municipal CAO profession.

Bev is also a Past President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association.

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Jo Miller

Taituarā President | Chief Executive, Hutt City Council

Jo came to New Zealand in July 2019 to join Hutt City Council as Chief Executive and became President of Taituarā, Local Government Professionals Aotearoa in October 2023.

A UK qualified lawyer by trade, Jo’s local government career spans 30 years. Jo has worked at a local, regional, and national level.

At Hutt City Council, Jo is overseeing record external and internal investment, whilst realigning the Council to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next 30 years.

Prior to living in Aotearoa, Jo held one of the most high-profile government jobs in the UK, with a track record of motivating people, creating solutions, and brokering agreements in major housing, economic regeneration, and capital investment schemes.

As Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, Jo was recognised for exceptional organisational turnaround, city growth and a return to optimism, putting the city in the top 10 for UK growth. Jo was elected President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives in 2017, consequently named as the third most influential person in local government by UK Local Government Press.

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Hinewai Ormsby

Chair, Ahuriri/Napier | Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Hinewai’s strengths lie in organisational leadership and governance. She currently holds a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council seat for the Ahuriri - Napier constituency and has served as a director on Hawke’s Bay Tourism Ltd. Hinewai is the Chairperson of the Waiohiki Marae Board of Trustees and a Trustee on many other Māori Land Trusts that manage and administrate Marae and land development including capital / infrastructure and operational delivery of assets. Additionally, she is the Chairperson of the regions Environment and Intergrated Catchments Committee. In 2017- 18 she was instrumental in the 5 house Papakāinga planning and build, that she now resides in with her whānau at Waiohiki. Hinewai has solid business acumen, being a director of two co owned businesses with her husband Cameron. She has a knowledgeable view on local and national environmental and political issues and is effective in managing various and differing interfacing relationships. She is versed in Te Reo Māori me ngā tikanga which she values as an improtant aspect to various roles she holds. Hinewai is qualified as a RMA Commisssioner willing to contribute towards decision making particualrly with a local Mātauranga Māori focus. As a former science secondary school teacher, Hinewai has developed a highly effective communication and facilitation approach that she readily applies to her leadership and governance work.

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Matt Prosser

Dorset Council Chief Executive | UK SOLACE President 2023 & 2024

Matt Prosser has worked in local government for over thirty years and was Chief Executive of the groundbreaking Dorset Councils Partnership serving; North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council before taking up his current post of Chief Executive of Dorset Council in 2018 – one of two new unitary councils in Dorset.

 Matt has a wide experience within local government, having worked as a management consultant and regional programme manager for the then Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), part of the Local Government Association. Here he supported local government improvement across the board; but specialising in developing strategic top teams, working with both elected members and officers. In 2018 Matt led the Dorset Councils Partnership bid to win the MJ Award for Transformation.

 Matt is passionate about ensuring council services are focused on the customer, putting a great emphasis on supporting elected members in their roles, developing employees and communities whilst transforming council services. He is committed to using technology and digital solutions to the best effect for the benefit of customers and the business and is the former national lead policy spokesperson on Leadership & Learning for SOLACE, and before that Digital Leadership. He was elected President of SOLACE, taking up the role in January 2023 and will serve a two-year term, where he will focus on developing and diversifying the leadership pipeline as well as SOLACE’s support to its 1600 CEX and Senior Officer members.

Matt was the Chairman of the Dorset Chief Executives Group (2015 to 2018) and the Executive Programme Sponsor for the work in Dorset around Local Government Reorganisation (LGR). The two new unitary councils were successfully created in April 2019 and are now delivering against the business plans established. In 2020 Matt along with his colleague Chief Executive, Graham Farrant from Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council, led the successful bid to win LGC’s Business Transformation Award, for the creation of the two unitary councils.

In his ‘spare’ time Matt likes to run (half-marathons) or ride his Triumph motorbike!

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Mike Wakefield

Partner, Simpson Grierson

Mike is a partner in Simpson Grierson’s planning and environment group, and specialises in local government and environmental law. His practice involves all aspects of the regulatory functions of local government (including under the RMA), strategic policy development (under the LGA and other legislation) and the decision-making and governance requirements of local government. He regularly appears at Council hearings and before the courts, and has appeared before a number of specialist tribunals.

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Harvey Brookes

Executive Director, Waikato Wellbeing Project

Harvey Brookes is Executive Director at the Waikato Wellbeing Project, New Zealand and has over 30 years’ experience in public policy, environmental management, infrastructure, economic development and community wellbeing. He has worked at local, regional and central government levels, in private consultancy and in academia. Harvey has led regional economic development programmes across New Zealand, including Auckland, where he led the development of the region’s first economic development strategy and the Waikato, where he designed and implemented the region’s first regional economic development agency. He has taught at the Schools of Geography, Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. Harvey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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Nedra Fu

General Manager, School of Innovation, Creative HQ

Nedra Fu is the General Manager of the School of Innovation at Creative HQ in Wellington. The School of Innovation offers immersive learning experiences to support organisations and individuals to build their capability, connections and confidence to innovate. Prior to joining Creative HQ, Nedra has work and voluntary experience across government sectors, educational institutions, NGOs and social enterprises in New Zealand and internationally. Nedra was a Board member of the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) from 2007 to 2018.

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Alison Howard

Manager Climate Change Response, Wellington City Council

Alison is Manager Climate Change Response at Wellington City Council, empowering Wellington to create a zero-carbon future now.

Alison started out as an engineer designing wind farms, before moving into corporate climate action working at Meridian Energy as their Head of Sustainability, and leading Deloitte’s sustainability services practice. Through these experiences, Alison has a wide range of practical knowledge and experience in how organisations can accelerate the pace of change, and use climate action to create fantastic outcomes for themselves and others.

Alison’s passion for sustainability has only grown since becoming a mother of small children, and she hopes communities and businesses are inspired and empowered to create the change New Zealand needs for a sustainable, net zero carbon future.

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Pip Loader

Pip Loader is a speaker, trainer, facilitator and mentor to leaders, teams in the private and public sectors across New Zealand & Australia.

With over 20 years of Leadership experience under her belt, including 10+ years in local government, she now helps leaders build their communication capability and strengthen their messaging muscles through the power of storytelling - creating more meaningful and impactful narratives.

Pip believes that the more we shift towards being a Story Led organisation, the greater our ability will be to connect, engage and inspire our staff, stakeholders and our communities.

When organisations invest in developing a 'Story Movement' in their organisation and make a shift from 'telling and informing' (the What) to 'sharing and moving' people (the Why) they create more engaged, empowered and effective organisations.

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Amon Martin

Asset Planning Manager, Thames Coromandel District Council

Amon Martin (Ngāti Kahungunu) is an asset and planning manager who leads effective adaptation planning. He has 20-years’ experience in managing the risks associated with climate related hazards, including management of flood protection infrastructure. He has a focus on big picture planning to create resilient and socially vibrant communities as our world changes.

Amon is currently at Thames-Coromandel District Council (New Zealand), an area with over 400km of coastline. He led Council’s coastal adaptation project through to adoption in September 2022 and is now guiding its implementation. This was a three-year project which empowered communities to plan for the impacts of climate change. The project recently enabled Thames-Coromandel District Council to receive the national Environmental Leadership award from Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa. Amon provides a hands-on practitioner’s perspective on engaging communities through the use of Dynamic Adaptive Pathway Planning.

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Dr Jeremy Mayall

CEO, Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato is an independent non-profit strategic regional capability building organisation working towards a Waikato region that thrives with diverse and transformative creative activity. The team work to develop, support and champion Waikato arts, culture, creativity and ngā Toi Māori by understanding the unique needs of our bold and ambitious creative ecosystem. Collaborating with national and regional organisations, individuals, councils, and communities to drive positive change, opportunity, and growth in arts, culture and creativity throughout our mighty region. They are all about creativity, wellbeing and people.

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is the CEO of Creative Waikato. Jeremy is an advocate for arts, culture and creativity and the role that they play as an essential part of community wellbeing. He is a composer, musician, artist, producer, academic and researcher who is committed to making the world a more interesting place.

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Julia McMaster

Team Leader Digital Innovation | Wellington City Council

Julia manages Wellington’s Digital Innovation Programme. She is responsible for driving opportunities to leverage innovative solutions across the city’s priority areas including transport, resilience, urban development, community safety and asset management. Julia previously held the position of Innovation and Engagement Lead at Smart Docklands - a unique smart city testbed in Dublin. With a background in Community Development and Emergency Management, she has a passion for exploring how we can harness the power of innovation, collaboration and technology to better understand and address complex societal problems.

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Catherine Proffitt

Inquiry Director, Productivity Commission

Catherine is an Inquiry Director at the New Zealand Productivity Commission | Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa and led the process for the Commission’s inquiry into economic inclusion and social mobility – A Fair Chance for All: Breaking the cycle of persistent disadvantage.

She has a background in policy and strategy, with over 14 years’ experience working in and consulting to the public sector. Prior to joining the Commission, Catherine was Head of Policy at FrankAdvice, where she led a range of policy consulting work across different areas including health, education, working conditions, pay equity and local government. Before that, Catherine led the strategic planning and performance function at Pharmac. Catherine holds a Masters in English Literature (first class Honours), Bachelors of Arts and of Business, Commerce and Administration, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Management, all from Victoria University of Wellington.