Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2017 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2016 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
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Auckland Corporate PA Summit 2016 - New Zealand's biggest and best conference for Executive Assistants (EAs) and Personal Assistants (PAs)
Conference speakers

The Corporate PA Summit attracts a fantastic mix of inspirational speakers and successful case study speakers. The 2017 summit promises to continue to build upon this tradition, with an agenda packed full of exceptional speakers. The speaker line-up is currently being confirmed, with photos and bios of confirmed speakers shown below:

I found this Summit really enthralling. Brilliant speakers. I learned a lot. EA, Napier City Council
Bruce Cotterill  
Bruce Cotterill describes his career as a 'vertical learning curve'. He is a 'transformation leader' with extensive experience across a range of industries, including real estate, media, financial services, technology and retail, and a variety of ownership models, including both public company and private equity.

As CEO, Bruce has led real estate group Colliers, Kerry Packer’s ACP Magazines, and iconic New Zealand sportswear company Canterbury International. In 2008, he was asked by shareholders to step in as CEO of Yellow Pages Group to lead the company through a period of dramatic change, including the restructure of the company’s $1.8 billion of debt.

At just 34, Bruce was appointed to lead Colliers, Australia’s number one commercial real estate organisation. He subsequently developed the Seven Principles of Profit concept and embarked on a new journey, speaking to corporate audiences and sharing his thoughts and ideas with executives and business owners. Since then, he has taken on three further CEO roles as well as countless directorships and consultancy programs. Although the experiences change, those seven headings are just as relevant as they ever were.

Bruce is a passionate leader of change, and is genuinely interested in business performance improvement. He is a lifetime leader, who focuses on clear objectives, enhanced personnel engagement and improved customer orientation. He has continuously delivered vastly improved results through his involvement in organisations.

He is now a professional director and advisor, and is a highly regarded business communicator, assisting organisations to maximise their performance and profitability. He is one of Australasia’s leading conference keynote speakers and a wonderful storyteller who adds humour and inspiration to his presentations. His recent consultancy activity has included assisting Telstra in identifying more than $100 million of profit improvement opportunity and advising the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In his 'spare time', he is a husband, father, lifeguard, ageing triathlete, competitive ocean swimmer and frustrated golfer.

Dr Jenny Brockis  
Dr Jenny Brockis

As a doctor, speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Jenny is passionate about all things 'brain'. Her mission is to become the Jamie Oliver of brain health fitness, empowering others to create their own brain that is fit, healthy and optimised to help them work at their best.

Dr. Jenny has devoted her career to the health and wellbeing of others. Concerned by the alarming increase in the amount of stress, stress related illness and mental health problems she was witnessing in society as a whole, she realised the need to promote brain health to elevate mental performance and wellbeing. 

As the Director and Founder of Brain Fit! she works with those who seek to thrive in our increasingly complex world, translating the complexities of the neuroscience into easily understood strategies that can be readily integrated into our busy lives. 

Dr Jenny is featured regularly in the media, has authored three books including the best seller Future brain (Wiley) and is a keen blogger and writer.

As a wife and mother to two young adults, when not writing, researching or presenting, Dr. Jenny loves to spend her time travelling and challenging her long-standing fear of heights.


Nigel Latta  
Nigel Latta

Born and raised in Oamaru, Nigel first attended Otago University, where he completed an MSc in Marine Science. He then moved to Auckland where he trained as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Master of philosophy with 1st class honors in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Nigel has worked for the last two decades in a number of agencies including Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Family Therapy agencies, Child Youth and Family, Probation Services, and extensively in private practice.

He continues to work as a clinical psychologist in private practice consulting with organizations and agencies from throughout the country, and has lectured on a number of senior courses at the New Zealand Police College.

He has written a novel and seven non-fiction books which are now published in nineteen countries and ten languages. He presented the critically acclaimed television series “Beyond the Darklands”, which was based on his work as a forensic psychologist. “Beyond the Darklands” ran for five seasons in New Zealand. It has screened in Australia, Sweden, Spain and recently in several Latin American countries. He presented the top rating “Politically Incorrect Guide to…” Series which has run for three seasons in New Zealand, and in 2012 presented the same series for Channel Nine in Australia. In addition to this Nigel has also presented documentaries on how to help children cope after the Christchurch earthquake, and how parents can help teenage drivers stay safe on the road.

Nigel’s recent projects include a documentary series which screened on TVNZ in 2014 and investigated some of the important issues within our society including, alcohol, education, sugar/obesity, poverty and inequality, child abuse, crime and punishment. His most recent project, a six part popular science primetime series titled “Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up”, screened in 2015 TVNZ.

In 2012 Nigel was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Psychology as part of the Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Toni Street  
Toni Street

Toni Street is one of the most popular television personalitioes in New Zealand and the co-host of "Seven Sharp".

Toni joined (TVNZ) in 2006 on a six-month internship. In 2008 she was presenter for TVNZ's coverage of ANZ Championship and international netball. Toni was part of TVNZ's commentary team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2010, TVNZ Toni moved into a senior role with One News, as a head sports reporter and substitute presenter for the sports bulletin.

In September 2011, TVNZ established Saturday Breakfast, a weekend version of Breakfast, and Street was appointed co-presenter. In 2013, she was appointed as permanent co-host of the weekday Breakfast, alongside her former Saturday Breakfast co-host Rawdon Christie. In 2014, Toni joined Mike Hosking as co-host on the high rating "Seven Sharp" at 7.00pm weekdays.

Louise Thompson  
Louise Thompson

Louise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After seventeen successful years on the commercial side of senior media management a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhall and a brand new direction. As a life coach, and the first Martha Beck accredited coach in New Zealand, she loves nothing better than to help her clients get inspired, get happy and make their own rules for a connected, passion-fueled life with her trademark VIP “Happiness Hacking” coaching programme, and her thriving group coaching community of Wellbeing Warriors.

A national newspaper columnist since 2012 her popular weekly wellbeing column is published in The New Zealand Herald each Monday at the back of BITE magazine. Her first book “The Busy Woman’s Guide to High Energy Happiness”was published by Penguin in January 2014 and is motivating people with practical solutions to step up and live their best lives. She is also a regular on the couch on TVNZ’s  “Breakfast” as well as various other radio and TV shows including Radio Live with Mark Sainsbury and The Paul Henry Show, and is the resident weekly lifecoach on #SaturdayFresh show with Carly Flynn.

A qualified yoga teacher she also runs her own yoga studio “Positive Balance” on Auckland north shore as well as leading corporate wellness seminars with forward thinking kiwi companies who are serious about improving employee wellbeing. Always fascinated about what makes people tick Louise specialises in insanely practical tools and techniques that are easily integrated into every day life – small changes that make a big impact on happiness and health levels. Louise is passionate about all things wellbeing and her thriving weekly blog “Wellbeing Wednesday” can be found at She loves to trail run, box, cook and dance, and is an incurable travel junkie. 

Sacha McNeil  
Sacha McNeil

Sacha McNeil is a highly respected Kiwi news presenter and journalist.

There are few TV news roles she hasn’t had in her nearly two decades as a journalist for both Mediaworks and TVNZ.

A familiar, trusted and credible broadcaster, Sacha has fronted innumerable breaking news stories, conducted live interviews with newsmakers and politicians up and down the country, as well as reporting on natural disasters across the globe.

Passionate and hardworking, with the invaluable knowledge only acquired through working at the top of the media industry, Sacha is an asset to any corporate event.

With keen interests in the arts, travel, health and lifestyle, Sacha is married with two children and is an ambassador for Oxfam New Zealand.
Lisa O'Neill  
Lisa O'Neill

Lisa is a well known speaker, presenter and MC. With 20 years experience in the fashion industry Lisa knows a thing or two about personal presentation and how to look your best.

She is passionate about people living big happy lives and regularly speaks and mentors people around the importance of their personal brand.

A former fashion editor, t.v presenter, stylist,  and brand manager, Lisa’s latest book is called Juggling in High Heels. 

As a busy mother of 4 children, Lisa offers practical advice and inspiring tips for living your life well and on purpose.

Zoe Robinson  
Zoe Robinson Zoë Robinson has over 18 years’ experience of Executive Support and is the 2016 Winner of Executive PA Magazine’s PA of The Year Award; the oldest and most established awards for Personal & Executive Assistants and the only PA & EA awards that are run globally.

Born in London, Zoë has worked in different corporate environments in both the UK and New Zealand and has built trusting, professional relationships throughout her career. Sound judgement, being open and friendly and an inclination to problem solve has helped shape her career as an Executive Assistant. Zoë’s exceptional organisational and time management skills ensure key duties are performed flawlessly, and combined with her positive attitude, have been key in making herself indispensable to her team, her colleagues and her CEO.

Zoë currently works as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at nib nz, the second largest health insurer in New Zealand. Established in 1952, nib provides value for money and affordable health cover to more than 1.1 million people in Australia and New Zealand. With over 60 years' experience, nib is a Trans-Tasman business that offers innovative products and services, and great value for customers.


Amy Scott

As a trusted adviser, high growth entrepreneur and business leader with over twenty years international experience working on some of the world's best retail and consumer brands, Janine Garner is one of Australia's most thoughtful experts on leadership, belief and collaboration. An author, speaker and motivator, Janine is passionate about the return to open and transparent corporate relationships, the power of commercial collaboration in future proofing careers and businesses and the opportunity that exists when we network to build transformational connections that will drive influence, personal positioning and impact.

Janine is a Partner at Thought Leaders Global, the founder and CEO of the LBDGroup helping women in all walks of business, thought leaders and entrepreneurs connect, contribute and collaborate to build their commercial success.

Janine spent 20 years working across the world in corporate marketing roles for some of the world’s best brands including Ralph Lauren, Oroton, Jaeger, Sainsbury’s Homebase and Citizen Watches. Her corporate career saw her launching, rejuvenating and driving business growth and shareholder value along with award winning marketing campaigns and strategies.

She is the author of the Wiley internationally published book, “From Me To We – Why commercial collaboration will future proof business, leaders and personal success”, a practical handbook filled with tools, ideas and suggestions for opening up to a smarter way of business thinking which will position you well for future commercial success.

With a Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Administration, Janine is the winner of an International Stevie Award, a Top 10 finalist in the DARE Magazine Daredevil Awards and was listed in 2013 as one of Australia’s “Most Inspiring Women” by Madison Magazine. In July 2016 Janine travelled to the UK to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from her university.

Janine is a sought after keynote speaker, mentor and advisor. She writes every week for her own blog and is a regular commentator in the business print and on-line media, including The Huffington Post, CEO Magazine, Success Magazine, BRW, Women’s Agenda, AIM and The Australian and regularly appears on TV and radio. Janine is also the founder of Australia’s first gift giving circle, the First Seeds Fund, committed to reducing the impact of poverty and abuse in Australian communities with a focus on women and children.

Her client list is wide-ranging and diverse and includes the IT, banking & finance, law, retail, property and fitness industries. Examples include Hewlett Packard Australia, CBRE, Clayton UTZ, Servcorp, Fernwood Fitness, Bras ‘n Things, Scentre Group and APSMA.

Janine is currently writing her second book which will be published in early 2017.

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