Learn to be an outstanding leader even in difficult times in our free virtual series. Are you a first-time leader and don’t know where to start? Or are you a little more experienced and simply looking for some practical advice from successful leaders across a range of industries?

Join us on 19th August at 9am for our free virtual summit on leadership in difficult times – doing more with less.

It’s a critical time for businesses and their people. Now more than ever leaders need to know how to take the ball and run with it when team members are injured or on the bench. In this online leadership series, you can expect to learn about:

  • Stepping up after a crisis
  • How to deal with conflict and high-pressure situations
  • How to balance your natural leadership style with your team’s needs
  • What a world class head-hunter looks for in a ‘first time leader’

…and plenty more!

Please note there has been a change in the speaker line up. Sadly Jack Parsons can no longer make the event, but we’re proud to have Sinead Boucher, the new Chief Executive Owner of Stuff Ltd, speaking in his place.

Do you have any questions you’d like us to cover in the live Q&As? Feel free to send them to us via marketing@imnz.net.nz.

Speakers19th August

Andrew Barnes, Innovator, Philanthropist & Architect of the 4 Day Week

Topic: What I would tell my younger self – harnessing lessons from the past to lead into the future

When: 9.00 – 9.30 am, 19 August 2020

Andrew is a self-made, down-to-earth, charismatic powerhouse. While he is rumoured to have spent a summer playing guitar for a pint in local pubs in his youth, his career has seen him hold positions of influence across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

He has made a career of market-changing growth and innovation. And, a few years ago, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries in New Zealand, leading to his conception of the 4 Day Week – a global flexible work revolution. The book The 4 Day Week: How the flexible work revolution can increase productivity, profitability and wellbeing and help create a sustainable future was published by Piatkus in early 2020.

Andrew is passionate about digital innovation, a lover of the arts and a well-versed businessman.

Join his session to learn about the lessons he learnt along the road towards success.

Sinead Boucher, Chief Executive Owner of Stuff Ltd

Topic: Bold leadership – why authenticity wins

When: 9.30 – 10.00 am, 19 August 2020

Sinead was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stuff in August 2017 and in 2020 completed a management buyout of the company from previous owner Nine Entertainment Ltd.

Prior to becoming CEO, Sinead held the position of NZ Group Executive Editor for four years. In this role she was responsible for NZ’s largest newsroom, a significant stable of newspapers and magazines, and number one domestic website Stuff.

Sinead started her career as a reporter for The Press and gained international experience in London working as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site and as a general correspondent for Reuters’ London bureau. After a brief stint back at The Press upon returning to New Zealand, she became Stuff’s first digital editor, leading the growth of the young Stuff site into the powerhouse digital news brand it is today.

Sinead is an authentic leader with a passion for equitable, inclusive and diverse workplaces.

Under her watch, Stuff has grown to record audience numbers driven by the organisation’s reputation for award-winning, local journalism. As the media landscape has changed over time, Sinead has driven significant organisational transformation to create a sustainable future for journalism, and defined innovative ways to fund it through new businesses that leverage Stuff’s scale and audience.

Dhruv Dhir, Principal Engineer, ASB

Topic: Becoming a manager for the first time – practical tips to succeed

When: 10.30 – 11.00 am, 19 August 2020

Dhruv has worked for some of the best organisations in New Zealand and across the globe, including Xero, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, PwC, Google and now ASB. At 26 Dhruv was the youngest engineering manager at ASB and within eight months was offered an early promotion to Principal Engineer. A versatile and hands-on leader with experience in leading a team from within as well as managing multiple engineering teams, he now provides guidance to over 600 engineers and helps shape the technology strategy at one of New Zealand’s leading banks. His growth mindset is to continuously strive to build his capability and new skills be it through taking on professional certification challenges or at meetups. He is embarking on his MBA journey later this year.

Join Dhruv’s session as he shares some practical tips on becoming a first-time leader.

Chlöe Swarbrick, Green Party MP

Topic: Stepping up – How courage and ethical leadership can create change

When: 11.00 – 11.30 am, 19 August 2020

Chlöe grew up in an Auckland family who raised her on a diet of robust and challenging discussion, and in a community that showed her that inequality and injustice were a daily reality for too many New Zealanders.

She has been a law student, journalist, business owner and a community project leader. In 2016 she cut her political teeth running for Mayor of Auckland and was elected as a Green Party MP into Parliament in 2017.

She is the youngest MP in Aotearoa for over 40 years. She entered parliament to show people that politicians can look a little different, sound a little different, do things a little different, and to drive home the message that politicians work for people.

Chlöe is the Green Party spokesperson on issues that she can really get her teeth into: Education (including Tertiary), Internal Affairs, Sensible Drug Law Reform, Local Government, Arts Culture & Heritage, Small Business, Broadcasting and Youth.

Join her session to hear how courageous leadership can change lives and make a meaningful difference.

Dr John Peebles, International Executive Head-Hunter

Topic: What a world-class executive head-hunter looks for in a first-time leader

When: 11.30 am – 12.00 pm, 19 August 2020

As a sought-after international head-hunter and company director from an HR and process improvement background, Dr John Peebles knows what is required of first-time leaders.

Hear from the man who wrote the book on governance (Parsley on Fish) and has held numerous board roles with NFP organisations such as the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, SOE’s such as the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand, Maori organisations such as  Indigenous Corporate Solutions Ltd and other private companies such as Premier Lifestyle Villages.

Dr Peebles places board directors and executives in top jobs here and offshore and has been named as one of the most influential global headhunters by Newsweek (USA).

Angela Vale, Life Coach, Leader and CEO

Topic: Stepping up after a crisis – and developing your AQ

When: 12.00 – 12.30 pm, 19 August 2020

Angela is a charismatic, motivational life coach as well as leading the charge at Footprint – a world-first provider of a digital subscription service offering Wills and financial literacy solutions as part of employee benefits packages.

A self-made woman, Angela is passionate about the financial wellbeing of Kiwi employees and believes that everyone should have access to vital financial planning recourses. With more than 15 years’ experience leading sales and operational teams through transformation and business growth, Angela peppers aspiration with real, hard-hitting examples.

She believes the wellbeing revolution has firmly inserted itself into the psyche of most New Zealand businesses, so now is the time for evolution. This is why Angela is using digital innovation to help improve financial literacy and change lives.

Join her session to hear what leaders should know about adaptability and emerging from a crisis.

Nic Preddle, Leadership Expert & IMNZ Facilitator

Topic: How to build trust, lead authentically and create genuine connections

When: 12.30 – 1.15 pm, 19 August 2020

Nic brings a wealth of practical experience to his work as a facilitator, coach and trainer. He spent two years practicing law before he decided to follow his real passions in outdoor education and improvisation, training as a sea kayak instructor and joining the Wellington Playback Theatre Company. Combining these skills, Nic founded Clued Up, an NZ-wide events company specialising in team building programmes and experiential training events.

Over the past 20 years, Nic has honed his skills as a trainer and coach working with business teams, community groups and sports teams. He has a natural, grounded enthusiasm and spontaneity that draws people together and ensures everyone has a great time while at the same time meeting their learning objectives.


We’ve answered all your questions on how this free, online event series will work. From system requirements through to how to ask questions, we cover it all.

A bit about IMNZ

The Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ) is a not-for-profit that transforms talented people into valuable managers and visionary leaders.

We’ve built up a credible reputation over the last 70 years, by keeping our training hands-on, focused on the real world and human-centric. Through this approach, we’ve helped create a legion of professional leaders and managers throughout the country.

We’re excited to be joined by Stuff as media partner for this leadership summit.