Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
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The Corporate Health & Wellbeing 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. Photos and bios of confirmed speakers are shown below:

Another exceptional summit with fantastic speakers. Well done!
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.

Nigel Latta  

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.

Nigel Latta  

Kash Thomson has 20 years’ experience as a psychologist and leader of professional teams.  Kash is Director at YES Psychology & Consulting and has three years serving on the Executive of the EAPAA (Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australasia), as President in 2016 and currently the Representative for Queensland.

He has extensive knowledge of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), employee wellbeing, critical incident management and management consulting. Kash is passionate about resilience, mental health and wellbeing and has grounded experience in developing, delivering and reviewing such programs across a range of industries and organisations in Australia.

Dr Aaron Jarden
Dr Aaron Jarden
Dr Aaron Jarden works half time as a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, and half time as a wellbeing consultant and social entrepreneur. He has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter.

Dr Jarden consults to many of New Zealand and Australia’s top companies and organisations (such as Sovereign Insurance, Open Polytechnic, AUT, Vodafone, Infosys, Tafe), and both governments (such as NZ Treasury, NSW Mental Health Commission).

He is also co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-founder of Heart of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for companies Work on Wellbeing, Assessing Wellbeing in Education, and Plus Wellbeing.


Shaun Robinson
Shaun Robinson
Shaun is a father, partner, musician, gardener, sometimes surfer and organisational leader. His professional passion is developing organisations into high performers in the delivery of social good and social change.

Shaun has worked in social and health services for over 30 years. With degrees in business and community work, he has held four other CEO positions in not-for-profit organisations, addressing issues from care and protection to HIV and AIDS. He has also been a management consultant to public hospitals, developed a successful training business and been a policy advisor to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. He has served on commercial and not-for-profit boards and on a range of government working parties and advisory groups.

Shaun says it is a privilege to contribute to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders, and to the flourishing of our diverse communities.



Shaun Robinson
Sharron Botica
As Chief Customer Officer, Sharron leads the end to end customer operation and strategies for Sovereign. Spanning all parts of the insurance value chain from acquisition (new business/underwriting) to servicing and critically Claims Management.

Sharron provides vision and strategic focus to her team (of over 350 employees), ensuring the customer is at the heart of all operations and actions, ensuring Sovereign delivers on its vision of being the difference in life's moments of truth.

She is responsible for ensuring staff understand and are engaged in the company’s vision, purpose and values that form the underlying culture of the organisation.

With more than 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s life insurance industry, Sharron has held a number of senior leadership roles across HR, Corporate Responsibility, operations and customer experience functions. Before taking on the role as Chief Customer Officer , Sharron was interim CEO, Chief Officer People & Community at Sovereign, GM Customer Experience; GM HR and Head of Customer Services.

Sharron is a senior associate of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Of Maori-Pakeha descent, Sharron’s iwi is Maniapoto and Te Ati Awa.

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