2017 Members' Retreat

The Members’ Retreat comes around only once a year. It’s your opportunity to connect with fellow Global Women members and be inspired by innovative thought-leadership and fresh vision.

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Breaking Boundaries

In fitting with this year’s theme of “Breaking Boundaries”, our impressive keynote speakers are internationally recognised experts in stepping outside the boundaries of traditional business thought—challenging the way we and our organisations operate and creating new thought models.

Take a look at the full Retreat Agenda to find out who you can expect to hear from over the weekend and the topics we'll be exploring, or take a look at our speakers below.

The location

Breakthrough thinking flourishes in new environments. That’s why we’re taking the 2017 Retreat to the new location of Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand.

The Retreat will be held in the recently renovated Napier Conference Centre, with dinners at Elephant Hill Vineyard and the Art Deco Masonic Hotel. You are also invited to an optional networking lunch on Saturday at Black Barn Vineyard.

Where to stay

We’ve organised some great accommodation options for you. Book your preferred room when you’re booking the rest of your retreat package.

Hotel Te Pania is directly across the road from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering reduced rates on 2 types of rooms:

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel is a 3-4 minute walk from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering reduced rates on 4 types of rooms:

These reduced-rate accomodation packages do not include breakfast.

Leisure Activities

Relax and recharge with other Global Women members while taking a closer look at the fabulous Hawkes Bay or soaking up Napier’s Art Deco heritage.

You could:

  • Ride a bike along Napier’s beautiful waterfront to Te Awanga. The two hour ride includes a refreshment stop at Clifton Cafe and return transport to your hotel. Avanti 21 speed bikes are provided. A shorter ride option is also available.
  • Take a tour of Napier City’s Art Deco quarter with a private guide. See some of Napier's most stunning examples of the architectural style that defined the 1920s and 30s.
  • Walk over Napier Hill to beautiful Port Ahuriri for afternoon tea.
  • Relax with a spa treatment

Book your spa treatment direct with Ocean Spa at 42 Marine Parade on (06) 835 8553 or info@oceanspanapier.co.nz.

You can register for the other activities on the Retreat registration page.

Book your flights

There are a few flights each day to Napier from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch but these flights fill up quickly. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Here's what past attendees have said

“It was a great event and I felt completely energised and inspired by the women I met and spent time with over the 3 days.”

“I loved the retreat. I was a new member and was warmly welcomed and embraced. I felt everyone had earned the right to be there and as a consequence it was a level playing field regardless of achievement. It was a unique experience. Thank you to the organisers.”

“I really enjoyed the meeting overall and am very glad to have attended. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet members, learn about their interests and experiences and make new friendships. And I'm looking forward to attending next year!”

Registrations for the Retreat are closed now. Please contact maria.protopopova@globalwomen.org.nz for enquiries

Starts at 5.00pm
Thursday 4 May 2017

Please RSVP by
Monday 10 April 2017

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Sue Foley
Director of Corporate Affairs, Westpac NZ

Sue is Director of Corporate Affairs at Westpac. In this role Sue is responsible for the protection and enhancement of Westpac New Zealand's corporate reputation. Her broad portfolio includes stakeholder management, media, internal communications, government relations, sustainability, community, sponsorship & events.

Sue is one of New Zealand’s most  respected corporate affairs executives and has held senior leadership roles in corporate affairs and marketing both in the corporate and public sector. Her previous roles have included Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, Massey University, General Manager Corporate Affairs of Toll NZ, Chief of Staff Leader of the Opposition, and Chief of Staff TV3 News. She was also Communications Manager for the 2000 America's Cup Village.

She has held Board positions on Paralympics NZ, Diversity Works NZ and is currently Chair of Sir Peter Blake Trust and a Trustee of Isport.


Speakers Name
Felicity Evans
GM Human Resources, ANZ NZ

Felicity Evans is the General Manager Human Resources for ANZ New Zealand,  ANZ Pacific and ANZ Retail Business in Asia , her career in Human Resources spans more than 25 years.

In this role, Felicity is responsible for leading the development and implementation of innovative HR strategies, programs and policies to support the employment and development of ANZ’s 9,000 employees in New Zealand and the Pacific. She is also responsible for ensuring ANZ has the right people and capabilities to support ANZ’s business performance and contributes to ANZ’s global HR strategy.

Career achievements include contributing to ANZ’s role in supporting staff during the Christchurch earthquake, successful implementation of the ANZ Simplification project which aligned ANZ and National Bank’s core banking systems and brands following the merger of the two banks and taking a leading NZ corporate position in achieving greater Diversity and Inclusion.

Felicity is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), an Associate of the Bankers Institute of New Zealand and a Trustee of the ANZ Staff Superannuation Scheme.

Speakers Name
Dr Emma Parry
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Dr Emma Parry is a RANZCOG certified Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who is also a Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She originated for the United Kingdom, completing her medical degree at Guys Hospital, London. She subsequently moved to New Zealand and is based in Auckland at Auckland City Hospital: one of the largest maternity units in the country, where she is Clinical Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit.

Her research fields have included Preterm and term Labour, Health Informatics in Women’s Health and improving Maternal and Perinatal Health in the Developing World. Her first edited book has been published covering the role of Health Informatics in Women’s Health.

Emma has varied clinical interests, but is especially interested in complex multiple pregnancy, 3D scanning of fetal anomalies, information storage and retrieval and preterm labour.

Over the last two years Emma has successfully obtained government funding for a New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN). This was prompted by serious shortages in MFM services across the country and the need to provide care to all women to a high standard. She is the Clinical Director of the NZMFMN and has successfully implemented an Auckland based Fetal Therapy Unit. This included the introduction of Selective Fetoscopic Laser Photocoagulation (SFLP) for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome to New Zealand.

Emma has also been involved in setting up a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Service for the women of Bhutan – a small country in the Himalaya. Emma is a member of several committees both within Auckland City Hospital and New Zealand. She is a regular speaker and organizes conferences and workshops in New Zealand and Australia through several organizations.

Emma has recently received the Inaugural Next magazine Woman of the Year Award.

Speakers Name
Dr Claudia Wyss
CEO, Healthvision NZ

Dr Claudia Wyss, BHB, MBChB, MBA (Harvard, Dean’s Award & Honours) is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading health sector experts. She has over 20-years’ experience in the health industry, including as a manager for McKinsey & Company in the U.S. and U.K, medical doctor, hospital manager & expert adviser to governments, health systems, hospitals and start-ups.

Claudia is the current CEO of Healthvision NZ and has been responsible for leading major transformations in community care delivery, including via the application of new care delivery models and technologies.

Prior to this role, Claudia helped address major health sector challenges in New Zealand, the U.S. and the U.K. Her work included resolving major budget deficits and redesigning the national models of care for chemotherapy and stroke services for New Zealand.

Alongside her work, Claudia is an Angel Investor and founder of the Knitting Circle (a network for like-minded, professional women).

Claudia received her medical degrees at the University of Auckland & her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded a full merit-based scholarship and stipend. Claudia was ultimately awarded one of seven Dean’s Awards for her significant contribution to supporting the Harvard community.

Speakers Name
Dr Erica Whineray Kelly
Breast Cancer Surgeon and MD Auckland Breast Centre & Focus Radiotherapy

Erica is a breast cancer surgeon and advocate in Auckland. Erica co-founded and is the Managing Director of both Auckland Breast Centre (ABC) and Focus Radiotherapy. ABC is a leading tertiary breast centre providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive breast assessment, imaging and treatment to women from around New Zealand.

Focus Radiotherapy Ltd has introduced Intrabeam Intraoperative Radiotherapy to New Zealand as a New Zealand first providing single-dose radiotherapy at the same time as surgery to selected women - an innovation which replaces 3-5 weeks of daily radiotherapy in 6 centres in NZ. Focus Radiotherapy is the leading APAC site for this treatment.

As an advocate, Erica has worked closely with breast consumer groups, Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition in particular, to put Intraoperative Radiotherapy into the public system.

Erica is a consultant and national auditor for the Breast Screening Programme, and involved in multiple breast specialist groups within Australasia and the UK. Erica has previously been the Chair of the Advisory Board of the InZone Project (girls), she is a Fab50 Leader for Be.Accessible and is a mentor to a number of students. Erica is married and has two children.

Speakers Name
Dr Adele Whyte
CEO, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

Adele was born in Hastings and grew up in Napier. After completing her schooling, Adele went to Victoria University of Wellington and completed a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Ecology, Biodiversity and Genetics. 

In 2000, Adele was awarded the first of two prestigious scholarships to complete her Masters, and then her PhD research. Adele’s master’s research investigated the origins of Māori and Pacific peoples’ using DNA. For her PhD research she investigated the use of mussels as indicators of marine pollution. Adele is a long-term mentor for Te Rōpū Āwhina, whānau for Māori and Pacific students studying science at Victoria University. 

After graduating in 2006, Adele was employed by Victoria University as a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Biological Sciences, teaching courses in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Marine Conservation. During this time she was also acting as a Technical Advisor to the Kahungunu Ki Uta, Kahungunu Ki Tai steering group. Adele is extremely pleased that she has been be able to utilise her qualifications to contribute to her iwi development, by working on this exciting and important kaupapa. As a result, Adele was instrumental in the establishment of the Fisheries & Environment Unit within Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and led this mahi as the Director for the Unit from 2010. During 2013, Adele was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc, upon the departure of the previous Chief Executive, Ms Meka Whaitiri. Early 2014 Adele was officially appointed Chief Executive for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

Speakers Name
Anna Pierard
Creative Director, Festival Opera, and Founder, Project Prima Volta

Based in Hawkes Bay, Anna is the Creative Director of Festival Opera and an opera singer with a hugely successful worldwide career. Returning to New Zealand in 2013, Anna founded Project Prima Volta which supports up to 30 Hawkes Bay teenagers per year to find a voice through music, opening up a new world of hope, opportunity and shared experience. The programme empowers young people, who are often disengaged with state education, to believe in themselves, dream big and seize opportunities to thrive into adulthood. Read more >

Speakers Name
Justin Ferrell
Director, Stanford University Institute of Design (the d-School)

As the director of the d-School fellowship programme, Justin Ferrell helps entrepreneurial professionals learn and apply design thinking to organisational design, creating and spreading behaviour driven systemic change. Read more about Justin >

Speakers Name
Dr Beth Altringer
Faculty, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Dr Beth Altringer runs Harvard’s Desirability Lab, using design and psychological research to help innovators embed desirability in to the product experiences they create, and manage the inherent challenges of interdisciplinary creative work. Read more about Beth >


Speakers Name
Jo Doolan

Jo is an Chartered Accountant and an independent director and advisory board member for a number of companies. Jo studied at the University of Virginia where she gained a degree in Business, and then at the University of Auckland where she studied management. Previous Jo was a partner with EY and also has worked at a Marac Finance, Nestle and the Inland Revenue Department. She has also during her time with EY spent seven years working in Australia.

Special interest areas include providing assistance to international companies, and start up-businesses. Jo is keen to make a difference in New Zealand and is actively involved in numerous areas that provide assistance and support to start-up businesses and charitable organizations. She is also the Independent Executive Director of the EY Darden Executive program that has now been running for 24years and seeks to bring business leaders, Government and Unions together to make a difference to New Zealand via its two week course of intensive learning.

Speakers Name
Silvana Schenone
Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Silvana is a corporate partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, experienced in advising clients on a range of corporate matters, including acquisitions, takeovers, private equity investments, securities offering and corporate governance matters. 

Silvana has a remarkable international background, having practiced law in New York, Chile and New Zealand. In 2016, Silvana was appointed by the Governor General to the board of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel.

Silvana is the author of Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand, a leading book referred to by the directors’ community in New Zealand, and is ranked as a leading M&A lawyer in the most prestigious international directories.

Silvana holds a Master in Laws from Harvard University, with distinction in corporate law and governance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in connection with M&A, corporate governance, takeovers and foreign investment in New Zealand.  

Speakers Name
Ranjna Patel
Founder & Director, Nirvana Health Group and Global Women Board Member

Founder and Director of Nirvana Health Group, a management company for East Tamaki Healthcare, West Auckland Healthcare, Mt Roskill Healthcare , Work wellness Systems, Qualitas, City Doctors and White Cross.

The company delivers Primary Healthcare to communities across Auckland. There are 35 Clinics serving a population of 190,000 registered patients.

Ranjna is actively involved in many wider community groups, Women’s group and a Hindu Temple. She sits on numerous advisory boards including Lotteries, CM Police, Middlemore Foundation and Kootuitui Papakura  . Ranjna has recently established a residential facility for perpetrators of Family Violence hoping to work in an innovative way with men.

She is the executive Trustee of Total Healthcare and ISSO Hindu Temple, and Director on Bank of Baroda.

Ranjna has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal and ONZM in the New Years Honours list 2017. She has also been inducted into the Co of Women NZ Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs, won EEO Diversity Awards Walk the Talk and IBA Best Business Women of the Year, a finalist for Westpac Women of Influence in Business and Entrepreneur for three years Master category for EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Deloittes 200 Visionary Award

Nirvana Health Group has also won many awards including Westpac Supreme Business Award, Supreme Indian Business Awards and EEO Positive Inclusion Award.

Speakers Name
Caren Fox
Deputy Chief Judge

Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox (nee Wickliffe) was appointed in 2000 as a judge of the Māori Land Court resident in the Tairawhiti and Waiariki districts. She was also appointed as an alternate Environment Court judge in 2009. She was then appointed deputy chief judge of the Māori Land Court in February 2010.

Judge Fox has been the presiding officer for numerous historical and contemporary claims in the Waitangi Tribunal – one of which contributed to the Kaingaroa Forest Settlement with the Central North Island Tribes and another led to the first national Aquaculture Treaty Settlement.

A specialist in international human rights, Judge Fox was a Harkness Fellow to the USA from 1991 to 1992 and a Pacific Fellow in Human Rights Education employed by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation from 1997 to 1999. For her work in human rights, she won the New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2000 Millennium Medal.

In addition to her work, Judge Fox has been a Board Member of the International Oral History Association, a member of the NZ Women Judges’ Association and a member of the Māori Law Society currently working on establishing a Women’s Division within that organisation. She is also asked to speak frequently at national events and occasionally at international events – such as in January 2016 to the Global Centre for Indigenous Language Excellence in Hawaii.

She is a competitive outrigger canoeist and was on the Board for Wakaama NZ for two years as it transitioned from a club led organisation to a professional sporting body.

Speakers Name
Rebecca Stack
Clinical Director, CDHB Eye Department; Partner, Southern Eye Specialists

Rebecca is a senior doctor for the Canterbury District Health Board and the current Clinical Director of the eye department. She was the founding chairperson of Christchurch Eye Surgery, a day surgical facility designed, built and operating to provide the South Island with the highest quality eye surgery. The facility has been recognised with a number of architecture, building and business awards since its opening in 2014.

Rebecca works in private practice as a partner at Southern Eye Specialists, the largest ophthalmology group practice outside Auckland. Here she specialises in cataract surgery and oculo-plastic surgery. After completing her ophthalmology training in NZ, Rebecca was selected to undertake further Fellowship training in oculo-plastic surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, one of the world’s most prestigious ophthalmology
training centres. Here she developed her expertise in surgery of the lids, tear drainage systems and orbit including peri-ocular skin cancer surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery and thyroid eye disease.

Rebecca enjoys an additional role teaching junior eye doctors (registrars) and is a member of the RANZCO (Royal Australia and NZ College of Ophthalmologists) board of examiners. She is also a board member of Ophthalmology NZ, an organisation established to promote the medico-political interests of its ophthalmologist members, to improve practice management and to assist members' commercial interests.

As a volunteer surgeon for VOSO (volunteer ophthalmic services overseas) Rebecca has participated in cataract surgery missions in Fiji, leading a team of volunteers to deliver eye care in remote locations.
Rebecca is also invited to speak regularly at international conferences sharing her ophthalmic expertise and enjoys using these opportunities to promote diversity and leadership opportunities for women.

When she does have some spare time, Rebecca enjoys helping her husband on their farm or exploring the outdoors with her young family. She enjoys trail running, mountain biking and skiing and spending time with friends over a glass or 2 of wine.

Speakers Name
Wynnis Armour

After holding senior management positions in both the public and private sectors (and after four years of blue water sailing in the Pacific) Wynnis enjoyed a very successful career with the world’s largest recruitment conglomerate.

She then co-founded one of New Zealand’s largest - and multi award winning - staffing solutions companies specialising in temporary workforce provision.

She has twice developed, taken to market and sold – very successful businesses - one being a complex internal sale and the other being the largest trade sale (in that industry) to a New Zealand listed entity.

She is now mentoring and advising a group of businesses around growth, exit strategy, entrepreneurial activity and governance.

On various formal and advisory boards, Wynnis is also establishing an ongoing fund that will support a variety of philanthropic interests (the majority of which are women and women-in-business centric.)

Speakers Name
Vanessa Stoddart
Vice Chair, Global Women

Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for Alliance Group, NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank, The Warehouse Group, Financial Markets Authority and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission.  She Chairs various Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Vanessa was previously Group General Manager of Technical Operations and People at Air New Zealand for almost ten years and a key driver of the cultural transformation at the airline. Vanessa joined Air New Zealand from Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia, where she was the Chief Executive.

Prior to heading CHH's packaging business, Vanessa was the company's General Manager Performance Improvement and prior to that held change management and legal positions. She is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Directors; an honorary fellow of HRINZ, a Companion of IPENZ a member of the MBIE and DOC audit and risk committees and Business NZ’s representative on the NZDFESC.  She was a member of the Better Public Services Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the Global Women Board and Kings College Board.

Speakers Name
Sue Sheldon
Chair, Global Women

Sue is a professional company director, currently Chairman of Freightways, and a director of Contact Energy and Real Journeys.

Sue is a former president of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business. She was the establishment Chairman of Chorus and has previously held directorships in Telecom, Meridian Energy, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Paymark and Christchurch International Airport, and is the former chairman of the National Provident Fund

Speakers Name
Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson
Global Women Board Member

Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi

Master of Mātauranga Māori, B.A Māori, AFInstD

Tania is a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Tainui Group Holdings, Ag Research and the Deep South National Science Challenge.  She is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and an accredited fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors.  She recently established Moko Club New Zealand.

Tania is founding director of Kōwhai Consulting, and a member of the Māori King’s Advisory Council.  She is the Chair of Radio Maniapoto, Trustee of Waitangi National Trust and a founding trustee of Tui Trust.  In 2014 she published her first book – The Last Maopo.  Tania is an alumna of Waikato University and Te Wananga o Raukawa.  She also studied Negotiations at Harvard Law School.

Speakers Name
Honourable Ruth Richardson

The Honourable Ruth Richardson was New Zealand’s Finance Minister from 1990 to 1993. She made her name by driving New Zealand’s reform agenda forward and laying the basis for the subsequent turnaround of New Zealand’s growth and employment performance.

Ruth was first elected to Parliament in 1981. When National won Government in 1990, she earned a reputation for clear thinking, forthright speaking and resolute reform. When Ruth was appointed Minister of Finance she inherited an economy in deep recession, a budget forecast to blow out massively and a credit downgrade from an international credit rating agency. Within weeks of taking office Ruth took decisive corrective action with an economic package involving: a major fiscal correction, deregulation of the labour market, a recommitment to price stability and the 0 - 2% contract with the Central Bank [Reserve Bank], early initiatives in redesigning social policy.

Ruth is the acknowledged architect of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994, landmark legislation applauded around the world for its success in taming budget deficits and changing the nature of the fiscal policy debate. She was the first Minister of Finance in the world to issue the sovereign accounts in compliance with GAAAP standards in 1992.

Ruth is currently the Chairman of the Kula Fund, Kiwinet, Syft Ltd, New Zealand Merino Ltd and a director of Synlait Milk Ltd, and Bank of China [NZ]Ltd.

Her previous directorships have included: director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand [New Zealand’s Central Bank], a director of Wrightson Ltd, a director of the Centre for Independent Studies, Chairman of the British Telecom Health Advisory Board, a director of LECG Corporation [a NASDAQ listed company], a director of Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards Ltd, and Chairman of Jade Software Corporation.

Lincoln University conferred the Lincoln Medal on Ruth in 2008 for services to the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. The University of Canterbury conferred an honorary doctorate on Ruth in 2011 for her services to public finance and the private business sector. The Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala) conferred an honorary doctorate on Ruth in 2016 for her services to public policy reform.

Speakers Name
Miranda Burdon
CEO, Global Women

Miranda Burdon has an outstanding career background with general management know-how across various high profile New Zealand businesses and more than 17 years of governance experience.

Miranda’s most recent role was as General Manager of Global Marketing for Pernod Ricard NZ and she currently sits on the boards of Lotto NZ and Meadow Mushrooms Ltd.

Miranda studied at Harvard University (USA) as the recipient of the Trade New Zealand Export Award in 1999 and is a current member of the Institute of Directors.

Speakers Name
Francis Valintine
Education Futurist; Founder, The Mind Lab

Frances Valintine is an Education Futurist committed to shifting education practice and policy to contextualise it within a contemporary global environment. She is the founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec and Tech Futures Lab.

Frances has been an education leader for the past 20 years with a focus on technology and innovation and the alignment between education and industry. Frances has been recognised by multiple awards for her contribution to Education and Business including 2015 Woman of Influence Award (Innovation), 2016 Blake Leadership Award, and 2016 Top 50 Global Innovators in Education. Frances sits on the Callaghan Innovation, KEA and Washington based Talentnomics Boards. She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.