Breakfast event

Create what matters. Test what counts.

Explore the methods and tools designed to purposefully create what matters in organisations

Create what matters. Test what counts.

You’re invited to join us on 28 October at The Wellington Club to explore the tension between design process and quality assurance. Often considered at different ends of the delivery spectrum, human centred-design (HCD) and quality assurance are seldom thought of as companion disciplines.

During this event, you will:

  • Engage in a lively discussion on how these two varied disciplines can be integrated to accelerate software delivery and create beautiful customer experiences that count
  • Learn methods to effectively ‘close the loop’ for you inside your organisation, ensuring customer insights are seamlessly transferred into delivery cycles to unlock the optimal value
  • Gain insights that matter to your development teams so they truly understand the moments that matter the most to your customers
  • Understand what happens when the rigour of quality assurance is embedded into fluid HCD processes
  • Hear practical case study examples of applied disciplines in action and discover unique insights to help propel your organisation forward


7.30am Registration

8.00am Breakfast served

8.30am Presentation by Simon Holbrook and Russell Ewart

9.15am Q&A

9.30am Event ends


Tuesday 14 September


The Wellington Club, Level 4/88 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011



Simon Holbrook, Head of Design and Innovation, Assurity

Simon is a futurist, strategist and innovation leader sought out for his creativity and vision. His expertise is the application of human-centred design and design-thinking processes to deliver commercial results. Simon’s passion is unlocking innovation through the exploration of user experience and early-stage prototype development.

Simon has years of experience putting design-led thinking to use in a diverse range of industries and possesses detailed, real knowledge in how to apply design-led innovation to businesses, start-ups and organisations. His unique approach to innovation, adapted design-led thinking methodologies and coaching skills dedicated to disruptive product and service innovation. Simon is curious about big data, life-logging and thinking machines, with an interest as to how these might combine to create a new era of artificially intelligent services.

Simon’s extensive commercial and academic background spans both the public and private sectors. He is a highly-skilled facilitator and has coached executive education for Stanford University’s school.



Russ Ewart, Head of Digital Delivery, Assurity

Russell Ewart is an experienced Senior IT Delivery Lead specialising in delivering quality change on large-scale transformation programmes – experience that has spanned assignments across Europe and New Zealand in the banking, financial services, telecommunication and government arenas. As Head of Digital Delivery at Assurity, Russell is accountable for developing market offerings that enable our clients to accelerate delivery through innovation.

For the last four years, he has been part of the biggest IT programme in the Southern Hemisphere – Inland Revenue’s successful business transformation journey. As Digital Portfolio Test Manager, Russell delivered cloud-based quality assurance to enable Inland Revenue to protect its border while delivering continuous change to its core systems.

Who should attend?

An exclusive breakfast event for leaders driving human-centred design and quality assurance inside organisations.

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About Assurity

We believe that our clients’ future depends on better meeting their customers’ needs. At Assurity, we use our skills and extensive experience to help our clients develop their business and make their future in a fast-changing digital world. We partner with the country’s largest organisations and government agencies collaborating with them and guiding them on their digital transformation journeys, delivering proven capabilities to enable them to innovate, delivering complex projects with quality and speed and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations.

We take a human-centred approach to everything we do and co-design the right outcomes with our clients. We achieve this through the formation of unique solutions teams from our analysis, testing, DevOps, design thinking, intelligent process automation, agile, customer experience and education service lines. Visit us at

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