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Workshop 2

The Future of Work: Developing productive, sustainable, and socially-inclusive work models in the face of rapid technological change and value shifts

7.30 - 9.30am, Thursday 13 June 2019, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

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The world of work is changing. Widespread connectivity, increased automation, and emerging technologies, together with shifting demographics and changing values, are disrupting individual roles, moving work practice boundaries, blurring the nature of work and traditional models of employment and rewards, and challenging established business strategy.

Our speakers will discuss:

• How rapid technological change and disruption is changing the workforce and impacting strategic planning and risk management

• Embracing and adopting technology and the digital culture, building capability, and promoting employee voice – opportunities and benefits for businesses of all sizes

• The evolution of workforces and workplaces, organising for the future, and navigating the transition

• Enhancing productivity and engaging and empowering your workforce across flexible work arrangements and distributed workplaces


Christine Brotherton
Head of People and Capability, Perpetual Guardian

Christine’s role is to develop innovative and inclusive people strategies in all aspects that relate to the company’s recruitment programme, organisational culture, employee relations and talent management.  For over 135 years Perpetual Guardian has been providing New Zealanders with estate plans and providing certainty for their legacies – with Wills, Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Investment Advisory or Philanthropic ventures.  The company’s 4 Day Working Week is an example of Perpetual Guardian’s wish to push the boundaries, and to challenge how we work. 

Christine previously worked in senior HR roles for global professional services and financial services companies in New Zealand, UK and Japan. 

Siobhan McKenna
CEO, Global Women

Siobhan has a broad background in business, including media, digital and utility sectors and was founder and CEO of MediaWorks Interactive. She has held leadership positions in a global management consulting company, working in a variety of international markets and has most recently been leading transformation initiatives in part of the education sector in New Zealand. Siobhan was also appointed a Future Director with Ports of Auckland in 2017.

Vincent Vuillard
Co-Founder & Director, FutureWork Studio

Vincent is the co-founder of FutureWork Studio, a company he started with fellow business leader Joanne Fair in response to the rapidly changing nature of work. Their aim is to create sustainable freelancing options for professionals while helping businesses upskill their workforce for the future. Vincent started his career as an Officer in the Armed Forces where he spent a decade leading teams in challenging situations. Vincent then transitioned to work for McKinsey & Company in New Zealand and Australia where his experience was applied in a number of large scale organisational transformations, with a particular focus on capability building and business execution. Vincent holds a Master of Science (MSc) from the Ecole Navale, an MBA from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Executive programme at Singularity University in California.


Kerri Dewe
Director, Lowndes

Kerri is a Director in Lowndes’ Corporate and Commercial team, with extensive corporate and commercial law experience gained in New Zealand and overseas. She has been recognised by leading legal directories – named a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018) and identified by Chambers as an ‘Associate to Watch’ (2014).

Kerri’s practice is focused on transactional M&A, business establishment and restructuring, and negotiating significant commercial contracts. Working with clients across a range of industries, from start-ups to SMEs to leading corporates, private and listed companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and professional services firms, she regularly advises on constitutional and governance issues, securities legislation, regulatory compliance, consumer law, and non-contentious employment matters. She also has experience in telecommunications and technology law.