19 October | Lunch at The Canterbury Club

REVOLUTIONISE YOUR BUSINESS

Winning hearts and minds with a successful digital transformation

Join us for an exclusive lunch and hear from an esteemed group of panellists their experience implementing digital transformation in their organisations and the challenges they have overcome.

About the event

Digital transformation is an essential part of modern business, but it requires careful planning, skilled talent, and a willingness to embrace change to be successful. If you're looking to revolutionise your business and win the hearts and minds of your stakeholders, we invite you to join us for a complimentary, invitation only lunch event.

Our expert panellists will lead a highly interactive session that will explore strategies for successful digital transformation, sharing insights and best practices that you can apply to your own organisation. You'll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and learn from their experiences.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to engage with industry leaders, share your ideas, and gain valuable insights into how you can transform your business for the digital age. RSVP now to secure your place at the event.

When & Where

Thursday, 19 October 2023
12.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.

The Canterbury Club Inc.
129 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch 8140

Meet our panellists and moderator

Panellist

Brian Northern

Group Chief Information Officer at Fulton Hogan

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Panellist

Melissa Muirhead

Founder of The Great Work Lab / TEDX Speaker

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Panellist

Shane Evans

Chief Transformation Officer at SBS Group

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Moderator

Steve Griffin

Head of Sales at Assurity Consulting

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Shane Evans
Chief Transformation Officer at SBS Group

Shane Evans is a senior executive with over 20 years of global experience in leading brand, data, and digital transformation strategies. His passion lies in crafting strategic brand platforms to propel growth and foster innovation within organisations. After graduating from Otago University, his career journey started in Melbourne when he joined the Australia Postgraduate programme, specialising in Financial Services and what was at that time new frontiers – the creation of internet bill paying service. Following a period of travel, Shane spent valuable time working in advertising agencies in London, where he honed his skills in brand management and digital development.

This experience enabled Shane to lead the global rebrand of Aviva (quoted as the slickest re-brand in history by the Times) before returning to Auckland to lead marketing efforts at ASB where he finished up as Chief Marketing Officer. Shane has been recognised with 150+ global creative and innovation awards and was named New Zealand's Marketer of the Year in 2021.

In May 2022, Shane took on the role of Chief Transformation Officer at the SBS Group to drive the bank's ambitious growth plans, and to also have the opportunity to raise his family close to the family farm where it all began.

Melissa Muirhead
Founder of The Great Work Lab / TEDX Speaker

Melissa Muirhead is the founder of The Great Work Lab, a company that helps clients globally to create better workplaces. She specialises in Growth Mindset and Design Thinking, offering coaching services to leaders worldwide.

Melissa's 20 years of corporate experience include a Global HR Director role for Finance at Heineken, managing 5,000 people across 80 countries. She is a qualified coach, with accreditation in various psychometric and team effectiveness tools.

Melissa studied Design Thinking at INSEAD business school, which she has applied globally to organizations facing complex problems. She is an expert in Organisational Design using the HPO methodology, combined with Design Thinking to design future-fit organizations. Melissa's work is all about taking performance theory and research and making them practically applicable in the workplace. She believes in measuring effectiveness and using data to support real people development work.

Now based in New Zealand, Melissa enjoys working with fascinating organizations worldwide while gazing out at the beauty of Aotearoa's mountains.

Brian Northern
Group Chief Information Officer at Fulton Hogan

Brian Northern is a seasoned CIO with over a decade of experience leading IT teams and over 15 years as a trusted consultant. Brian started his educational journey at Massey University and earned a business studies degree before pursuing an MBA in London.

His consulting career took him across the globe, from Paris and Amsterdam to Ivory Coast and Kazakhstan. Brian's expertise spans continents, working on multifaceted assignments in diverse industries.

Returning to New Zealand, Brian continued his consulting journey and took on the role of Group CIO for Fulton Hogan, a prominent infrastructure construction and roadworks company across Australasia. At Fulton Hogan, Brian passionately drives digital transformation, leveraging data to enhance operational efficiencies, unlock new opportunities, and create innovative business models. Notably, Brian has been recognised as one of New Zealand's top 50 CIOs from 2020 to 2022.

With a focus on strategic objectives, Brian strives to empower organisations through digitalisation, spearheading change, and capturing value in the ever-evolving world of technology.

Steve Griffin
Head of Sales at Assurity Consulting

Steve is the Head of Sales for Assurity and collaborates with senior executives from both the public and private sectors. His primary focus is to assist them in reducing the risks associated with business change delivery and creating a lasting sense of confidence in the outcome. Before joining Assurity, he served as the Country Manager of Unisys (New Zealand) Ltd. Steve has experience working in senior executive positions at both Hewlett Packard and EDS, where he specialised in Service Delivery and Sales, with a particular focus on Government clients. Additionally, he has worked for a Strategic Management Consultancy in London. Steve holds an MBA from a leading European Business School, a BSc in Aeronautics, and a post-graduate diploma in Strategy.

Steve is an associate lecturer at Victoria University and specialises in leadership, program/project governance, and removing dysfunctional behaviour. He is a published author of ‘Don’t Be a Dick!’ which deals with removing bad behaviour through good leadership. His second book, Shadow and Light, deals with mental health and recovering from depression.

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Date & Venue

Thursday, 19 October 2023
12.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.

The Canterbury Club
129 Cambridge Terrace
Chirstchurch 8140

Agenda:
12-12.15p.m. Registration & Networking
12.15p.m. Lunch order to be taken
12.15-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Welcome, introduction and panel discussion
2.15 p.m. Panel discussion wrap up 
2.15-230 p.m. Networking

About Assurity

Assurity Consulting helps clients confidently innovate, transform, and grow their businesses. Over 150 consultants offer a wide range of expertise, including Business Analysis, Software Testing, Quality Assurance, and Education. Their customer-centric approach maximises value creation and reduces project risk by ensuring that only the ideal solution is developed and delivered right every time. Established in 2005, Assurity is proudly Kiwi owned, with offices in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Having completed over 2000 projects successfully for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations, Assurity has the expertise to help you boost productivity and thrive.

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