Speakers

Master of Ceremonies

Greg Ward

Greg Ward is the most prominent business MC in the New Zealand conference and events market and is fast gaining recognition within Australia. Greg's approach is professional, well-prepared and engaging, commanding audience attention with sincerity an... Read more

Special Guests

Lloyd Scott

Lloyd retired in 2016 after a 53-year career embracing broadcasting, theatre and television. Radio has included early days at 2ZM in Wellington as a DJ, newsreader, radio drama actor and children’s show presenter, before a 13-year period as co-host o... Read more

Hon Tracey Martin

Tracey was first elected to Parliament as a New Zealand First list MP based in Warkworth, in 2011. A great believer in giving back to the community, Tracey spent the majority of her pre-parliament time on parent based fundraising and volunteer commit... Read more

Keynote

Colin James

Keynote Speaker - The 2020's will be different... Read more

Pauline Grogan

As a motivational speaker for over 25 years Pauline is excited about being part of AGE CONCERNS EYERYONE conference because she has witnessed the need for age- friendly communities to work together embracing individual and group strengths regardless... Read more

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Day One

Scott Figenshow

Scott has 23 years’ experience in the community housing sector across non-profit, government and private sector roles. He has advanced degrees in planning and housing finance and is passionate about affordable and social housing as part of a holistic... Read more

Julie Watson

Julie is addressing the invisibility of the LGBTIQ+ communities in aged care and how that population is about make itself known, increasingly and insistently, in the immediate future.... Read more

Diane Turner

Diane Turner will consider the challenges of supporting New Zealand’s ageing and increasingly diverse population and what it will mean for our communities, particularly in regional New Zealand.... Read more

Peter Oettli

Peter was elected to the Council of Age Concern Hamilton in 2005, serving as its Vice-President and then President for two terms. He is still a member of the Hamilton Council. After four years of service on the national Board of Age Concern New Zeala... Read more

Brian O'Connell

Brian joined the Homecare Medical team in Christchurch in August 2015 in a relationship management role where he developed and maintained networks for the National Telehealth Service. In September 2016 he was appointed Head of Partnerships for the So... Read more

Vicky Noble

Vicky is employed by the Department of Corrections National Office as Principal Health Advisor. She has extensive professional and clinical knowledge especially as it relates to contemporary nursing practice. Vicky has substantial experience working... Read more

Colin McGregor

My name is Colin McGregor and I’m the Director, Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa and I will be talking about the importance of Lifelong Learning especially for the older learner. I have spent most of my career in the Public Service in ed... Read more

Merryn Gott

Merryn Gott is from the UK originally, but has worked at the University of Auckland for nearly nine years as Professor of Health Sciences. She directs the bicultural 'Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group' (www.tearairesearchgroup.or... Read more

Mary Simpson

Dr Mary Simpson is a Senior Lecturer, Management Communication Waikato, with 15 years in health social work working primarily with elders and families. She brings expertise in qualitative research, and working with elders, kaumātua, and Te Rauawaawa... Read more

Maggie Owens

Maggie Owens is the Director Care Villages Australia and New Zealand for Bupa and is also part of the Executive Leadership team that runs Bupa Villages and Care in Australasia – a portfolio of 121 Care Homes, 8 Rehabilitation Sites, 36 retirement vil... Read more

Gill Hall

Gill has spent 28 years working in the health sector in both the UK and NZ and trained as a physiotherapist. Her current role is to lead ACC’s contribution to a national programme improving services for older people – falls and fracture prevention an... Read more

Caroline Budge

Caroline will be talking about the journey of AgeConnect Nelson Tasman – how a spark of a conversation led to great community connections, a new project and eventually a staff member solely looking at how Age Concern can help reduce social isolation... Read more

Amanda Morrall

Amanda Morrall is Head of Communications and Education for Simplicity KiwiSaver. Since moving to NZ in 2007 from Canada, Amanda has occupied a key place in the financial literacy and education space. Before joining Simplicity, Amanda was personal fin... Read more

Stella Black

Stella Black (BA/LLB, PhD candidate), is of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Whakatōhea descent and lives in Mount Maunganui. She has worked as a Researcher in the School of Nursing, since 2011 on a number of research projects in the fields of mental heal... Read more

Melissa Simpson

Melissa will be talking about the Health Care Home model of care, and the benefits and support it offers older patients. She’s delighted to be offered the chance to talk at this conference, as better supporting an ageing and older population was one... Read more

Jim Nicolson

Jim is with the Ministry of Health and is Manager, Healthy Ageing Policy, in the Ministry’s Strategy and Policy Business Unit. He heads the Ministry’s policy work in relation to the health of older people and has been in this role for a bit over 4 y... Read more

Helen Rigby

Helen is the Advance Care Planning Facilitator for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast Districts. The role was established in 2015 in order to help further embed advance care planning and processes into practice across the sub-region and alig... Read more

Sam Stubbs

Sam Stubbs, Simplicity’s founder, was most recently CEO of Tower Investments, a KiwiSaver default provider. Before that he was Managing Director of Hanover Group, and spent 10 years working for Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He previously w... Read more

Simon Wallace

Simon is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA). Simon is responsible to the NZACA Board for the leadership and management of NZACA’s strategy, policy, operations, membership and staff. It is Simon’s job to make sure... Read more

Rangimahora Reddy

Rangimahora Reddy (Raukawa, Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui, Ngati Rangiwewehi me Rangitane) Originally from Himatangi, Rangimahora has worked for Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust since 2010. Working with Kaumātua or those she describes as “nga ma... Read more

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Day Two

Tina Mitchell

Tina's session will give an overview of the types of banking issues the Banking Ombudsman is seeing that affect older bank customers, and the learnings from those cases. The focus will be on scam cases – we’re seeing some heart-breaking cases where... Read more

Dr Judith Davey

Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport, care and housing issues for older people, workforce ageing, equity release and intergenerational issues. She is a... Read more

Desigin Thulkanam

Desigin leads Age Concern New Zealand’s Policy and Health Promotion portfolios. With a background in human rights and participatory development, Desigin’s work seeks to ensure that older New Zealanders are treated with respect and dignity. This means... Read more

Craig Young

Craig is passionate about the communications industry and the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ) which as a member b... Read more

Dr Valerie Wright-St Clair

What’s known about older adult loneliness and social isolation in Aotearoa/New Zealand? This paper presents a systematic review of New Zealand research that has examined older people’s social isolation and/or loneliness.... Read more

Michele McCreadie

Michele McCreadie is the General Manager, interRAI Services at TAS, a health shared services agency. She is a Physiotherapist by background with many years’ experience in health and public sector management. Most recently, she led the transformation... Read more

Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam is the General Manager and a Director of Eldernet and Care Publications – New Zealand’s leading information providers about services relating to older people. Working in both digital and print media ensures Esther, and the rest of the... Read more

Dr Jed Montayre

New Zealand is rapidly becoming the host to an increasing number of ageing Filipino immigrants. Despite this sizeable population growth of ageing Filipinos in New Zealand, still very little is known about this ethnic group’s needs and living arrangem... Read more

Dr Kay Saville- Smith

Kay is the director of CRESA and has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments. She is curr... Read more

Dr Jackie Blue

Jackie is a Human Rights Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and has the Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights portfolio.... Read more

Malcolm Allen

Malcolm will be doing a brief talk with his ASB colleague Heather Woodard (Financial Crime Investigator) on the latest cyber security and financial crime trends the Bank is seeing effecting our more senior and vulnerable members in the community.... Read more

Gemma Wong

In my role at Age Concern New Zealand, I support the delivery of health promotion projects through local Age Concerns across New Zealand by providing advice on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of programmes that enable older people to increase... Read more

David Clapperton

David was appointed Chief Executive of Horowhenua District Council in 2013. This followed 12 years in Local Government where he held senior roles in two different Councils. His unique leadership style offers an innovative and fresh perspective to Lo... Read more

Debra Waters

My presentation is a brief overview of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and currently funded research projects including the SUPER study. I will also talk about the Well Balanced exhibit. This will be followed by highlights of my own rese... Read more

Dr Ruth Large

Working as Clinical Director of Thames Hospital from 2012-2018 Ruth has found addressing the inequities of rural practice challenging. She has had a keen interest in Telehealth since her outback days and has been the Chair of the New Zealand Teleheal... Read more

Dalton Kelly

Dalton Kelly was appointed Chief Executive of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network in December 2014. The Network is the only nationwide membership based organisation to represent the specific interests of rural health.... Read more

Chris Lawton

Chris Lawton will be covering issues of crime and victimisation of the Seniors of New Zealand. In particular he will be considering what agencies are currently doing to meet the security needs of the aged. He will be considering the questions of; How... Read more

Mark Eager

Mark Eager has a background in nursing, he has worked in the commercial sector, and has been Mobile Health’s Chief Executive for ten years. Mobile Health brings healthcare closer to home with the mobile surgical unit. The ‘bus’ travels on a five-week... Read more

Bronwyn Groot

Bronwyn will talk about the latest frauds and scams targeting New Zealanders of all ages, and how they are becoming increasingly sophisticated as they grow in number globally. She will share her tips on how to spot scams, and how to protect yourself,... Read more

Heather Woodards

Heather is a Financial Crime Investigator for the ASB Bank. ASB is committed to helping the community protect themselves from fraudulent activity and scams. As part of Heathers role she goes out in the community to help educate people on fraud aw... Read more

Gerald Minnee

Gerald Minnee is the Policy Director, Labour Market and Immigration, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In his presentation he will discuss the labour market trends affecting older workers – and the opportunities and challenges which ar... Read more

Michelle Brett

Michelle has worked in health and social services for the past 25 years and with St John for the last seven years. Currently Michelle works for St John as the Right Care Advisor Hauora Māori this is a national role; she has been in her current role f... Read more

Hanny Naus

Hanny has worked with Age Concern New Zealand since 2013 with a focus on Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention and some local Age Concern community activities. Her mahi is inspired by the workers throughout the country supporting older people who have e... Read more

Margaret Pittaway

Margaret completed her nursing training at Balclutha Hospital and then moved on to further her career, beginning with gaining a Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing at Wellington Hospital. A three year stint overseas involved her in ICU work in Edinburg... Read more

Garry Wilson

Since Garry's retirement, he has built up a varied portfolio of directorships and has continued his interest in mentoring senior executives.... Read more

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is the Head of Community Innovation at Mycare, Chair of the Student Volunteer Army and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury. Most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army af... Read more

Paul Jarvie

Paul has researched and delivered a wide range of products and services for EMA members. Paul is constantly being used by Government agencies in their planning and implementation of national strategic plans and programmes, in the occupational health... Read more

Richard Wagstaff

Richard Wagstaff was elected NZCTU President in 2015. Richard began working as a full time paid union official in 1988 as a researcher. Later, during the introduction of the Employment Contracts Act he became a full time union organiser working in th... Read more

Scott Miller

Scott has been Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand for three years. Scott is a regular speaker nationally and overseas on volunteering, democracy, and open government. Prior to this role, Scott traversed a variety of professional roles includ... Read more

Kim Jacobs

Kim has worked in the charitable services sector for the past 30 years in the community, aged care and health fields. She is passionate about community led development, in particular, assisting transport disadvantaged communities to find solution... Read more

Fiona Alpass

Fiona Alpass is Professor of Psychology at Massey University, Palmerston North. She co-leads the Health and Ageing Research team in the School of Psychology. She is also PI of the longitudinal Health, Work and Retirement study.... Read more

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Day Three

Louise Rees

My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90.... Read more

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