IMNZ, in partnership with Stuff, is proud to present the Doing more with less: Leadership in difficult times webinar series.

Are you looking to get practical advice from successful leaders with first-hand experience? These sessions provide access to hear leaders talk about their experiences as well opportunities to upskill free of charge with an IMNZ leadership expert.

Speakers – 26th August

Dr Troy Coyle, CEO of HERA, Director and Chair, Innovation & Transformation Specialist

Topic: Doing more with less – Leadership in difficult times

When: 9.00 – 9.30 am, 26 August 2020

The NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) is led by CEO Dr Troy Coyle, who brings 20 years’ experience in innovation management covering the private sector, not-for-profits, government and academia across a range of industries including materials science, medical radiation physics, biotechnology, sustainable building products, renewable energy and steel. She is a scientist with a PhD from the University of New South Wales with training in journalism and communications.

Join Dr Coyle’s session to hear about her journey to becoming HERA’s first female CEO and how she has led her team through difficult times.

Christine-Wattie IMNZ Leadership Summit

Christine Wattie, Leadership Expert & IMNZ Facilitator

Topic: Leadership and building resilience during times of change

When: 9.40 – 10.10 am, 26 August 2020

Chris is the Co-Founder and Director of Aroha Leadership. She is responsible for strategy, leadership, facilitation, coaching and organisational consulting. Chris has over 30 years’ experience across many different contexts in NZ, Australia and globally. Chris works with her clients to co-create exceptional results. Her background includes qualifications and training in facilitation, coaching, education, counselling, science, and professional membership of NZAC.

Known for her warmth, passion and collaborative approach, Chris motivates individuals and teams to unlock their potential and get transformational results. Chris’ excellent communication skills enable her to work in partnership with any business and at all levels. Combining powerful business acumen with an engaging style, Chris adds real value to every client she works with. When Chris isn’t working she loves spending time with family and friends, recharging in nature, engaged in various sports, reading a good book or relaxing with a glass of wine.



Sinead Boucher, Chief Executive and Owner of Stuff Ltd

Topic: Bold leadership – why authenticity wins

When: 10.20 – 10.50 am, 26 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.

Speakers – 2nd September

Campbell Barry, Mayor Hutt City (Youngest Mayor in New Zealand)

Topic: How to balance your natural leadership style with your teams’ needs

When: 9.30 – 10.00 am, 2 September 2020

Campbell Barry was elected as the 20th Mayor of Lower Hutt in October 2019, and is the youngest Mayor to be elected in New Zealand’s history.

He previously served as a City Councillor for six years representing Wainuiomata, and has also worked for the Independent Police Conduct Authority and in various other public sector roles. Campbell’s vision for Lower Hutt is for it to be the best place in New Zealand to grow up, raise a family and thrive.  He is passionate about empowering local people and working alongside communities to support them in achieving their aspirations.

In Lower Hutt, Campbell is leading the Hutt City Council in an effort to get back to basics and invest in the infrastructure and services required to support the city’s people and its growth.  At the top of his agenda is rebuilding Naenae Pool, introducing a modern kerbside recycling service, and investing in underground water infrastructure. He is also focused on working regionally in tackling issues around housing, transport, the state of local infrastructure, and climate change.

Campbell is an active rugby referee and plays club cricket in his spare time.  He lives rurally in Wainuiomata with his wife Laura and their array of farm animals.



Nic Preddle, Leadership Expert & IMNZ Facilitator

Topic: How to lead a team, influence others and provide constructive feedback

When: 10.00 – 10.45 am, 2 September 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.

Sinead Boucher, Chief Executive and Owner of Stuff Ltd

Topic: Bold leadership – why authenticity wins

When: 10.45 – 11.15 am, 2 September 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.

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