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 2018 summit builds 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!
Sir John Key  
Sir John Key

Rt Hon Sir John Key GNZM AC was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office, New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

Sir John was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Among his portfolio’s he was Minister for Tourism and has a strong interest in the best that New Zealand has to offer both local and international tourists. He was the instigator of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Since retiring from politics, Sir John has been an ambassador for philanthropic Japanese billionaire Dr Haruhisa Handa, his International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS HANDA) and other agencies. He is also has a keen passion for golf.

In September 2017, Sir John will become a director and join the Board of Air New Zealand. He is excited about this role and is looking forward to contributing to their vision and continued success.

Sir John worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney. Sir John's positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.

He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001).
Dr Adrian Medhurst  
Nadia Lim

‘Nude Food’ advocate Nadia Lim is all about everyday simple, healthy, delicious food. 

As a budding young cook, (who’s idol was Jamie Oliver), when she was just 12 years old she came up with the idea of ‘Nude Food’, and it has been her mantra ever since. She wasn’t referring to cooking or eating in the nude, in case that’s what you were thinking! Rather, Nude Food signifies fresh, natural, real food, which is free from being dressed up in fancy packages, marketing and additives, a message she conveys to her audiences with her fresh, bright and tasty recipes.

It’s been a big ride for the Otago University qualified dietitian and former MasterChef New Zealand winner over the last few years. 

She has six best-selling cookbooks, is one of the founders of My Food Bag, a genius recipe and meal kit delivery service that has delivered over 30 million meal kits to households across New Zealand and Australia, has her own lifestyle Magazine 'Nadia' which was launched in October 2016 and is the proud mum of Bodhi!

She is also ambassador of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, a charity that supports schools and teacher training colleges in rural Cambodia, helping to re-build the education system after the atrocious Pol Pot regime.
Sir John Kirwan  
Sir John Kirwan

Humbled and honoured – they’re two words Sir John Kirwan (known to most as “JK”) often uses to describe how he feels about his contribution to a campaign to raise awareness about depression, but they’re also the same words he uses to describe his knighthood.

The former All Black and 1987 Rugby World Cup winner became a “Sir” in 2012, joining a list that includes other well-known former All Blacks.  However, unlike his fellow All Blacks, Kirwan was recognised as much, if not more, for his contribution outside of rugby; for services to Mental Health, having been for several years at the forefront of the campaign to heighten public awareness of depression, an illness he has suffered from himself.

“I’m certainly proud of the rugby stuff I’ve achieved but the work that I’m continuing to do with mental health is a very strong part of my life.  I never imagined this, but it’s a great thing for the people who are suffering from mental illness in New Zealand and I think it gives them hope.  That’s the big positive for me.  If receiving a knighthood helps some other people then I can get over the embarrassment.”

Tim Bean  

Known in London’s media as “The Merciless Mr Bean”, and the man at the front of The Hard Edge Executive Longevity Programmes, Tim Bean is called upon by business organisations and companies of all sizes to speak at their conferences, off-sites and corporate events.

Through his dynamic and entertaining presentations Tim Bean challenges, informs and inspires business audiences around the world with a simple, yet powerful, message – “Anyone can boost energy, engagement and performance by being in better shape. Leaders who are in better shape are less stressed, live longer and perform better. So do their teams – and so do their companies”.

Consistently ranked as one of the top speakers at international business events, his inspiring presentations draw crowds of business leaders to corporate conferences, meetings and off-sites around the world.

Tim has spent the last twenty years at the top end of the international health and wellness industry. He has presented on television programmes (“Turn Back Your Body Clock” – Channel 4) and hosted a weekly radio show on health, personal performance, training, nutrition, weight loss, de-stressing and de-ageing strategies.

Heralded as one of London’s Top Health Gurus by the Telegraph, Evening Standard, London Magazine, Tatler and The Times, he has also appeared on GMTV with Lorraine Kelly, Discovery Health Channel, Sky TV and a special feature on CBS News following some of the high profile clients he works with.

Tim, together with his business partner Anne Laing, authored the best-selling book “Turn Back Your Age Clock” (Hamlyn), a definitive guide to healthy active ageing, and their latest book, “The Wealthy Body in Business – Earn More Money by Being in Better Shape” is about to be released.

They are co-founders of London’s Institute of Physique Management and The Hard Edge, a no-nonsense corporate performance programme that takes executives and senior management teams through a customised health, wellness and personal performance challenge.
Nadine Higgins  
Nadine Higgins

News presenter and reporter Nadine Higgins has been appearing on screens for nearly a decade. She’s been a presenter for TVNZ, and host on Breakfast, Business, Seven Sharp and One News.

Today, she’s delivering news on Newstalk ZB, writing a regular column for the Sunday Star Times and is a popular fill in on TV3’s The Project.

An avid foodie, she’s also recently indulged her passion for cooking and has teamed up with her husband Dan Higgins and two friends to hit the streets with their food truck ‘Yeah Nann’. The popular food truck serves up tandoor-baked nann bread with all the delicious topping in Coxs Bay, Auckland.

Nadine has been an in-demand MC for several years, particularly for conferences that require a sharp and enquiring mind to tackle complex issues or a skilled interviewer for a panel discussion or moderated talks.

Sir Richard Faull  
Sir Richard Faull

Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull is Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research Excellence “Brain Research New Zealand”. Sir Richard Faull has an international reputation for his research studies on the human neurodegenerative diseases – Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neuron diseases – which was made possible through his establishment of a human brain bank in partnership with the community. He is committed to helping and giving hope through research to families and people who are touched by brain disorders.

His research achievements have been recognized by several awards: he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand; has been awarded New Zealand’s highest scientific award, the Rutherford Medal, the Liley Medal by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and received the Supreme Award in the 2010 World Class New Zealand Awards.

He was appointed Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland in 2012, the Sir Paul Reeves Lecturer in 2013, a 2016 Hood Fellowship, and appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to medical research in the 2017 New Year Honours.
Dr Adrian Medhurst  
Dr Adrian Medhurst

Adrian is a psychologist, author and co-founder of the work-life wellbeing business - Benny Button. He is on a mission to optimise performance and wellbeing for people and organisations. These days the performance push is so strong that many people neglect important aspects of their wellbeing. Over time, productivity and health suffer as people disengage and burn out.

We need wellbeing to perform at our best - no exceptions - and so both wellbeing and performance deserve our mindful attention and effort. Adrian firmly believes that when we mindfully live at the intersection of our optimal level of performance and wellbeing, we are on the path to discovering new peaks of our potential.

Adrian’s expertise has grown from a doctorate in organisational psychology, 12 years spanning corporate consulting and university lecturing, and dedicated ongoing scientific study and practise in performance psychology, wellbeing science, organisational innovation, mindfulness meditation and yoga. He's based in the coffee capital city of Melbourne, but his work has seen him deliver training programs, facilitated workshops, and keynote presentations right across Australia, Asia, Central and South America, the UK and our New Zealand neighbours. 

Adrian has worked with businesses at the big end of town, as well as NFP’s, Government departments, SME’s and startups. In his earlier years, Adrian was a dedicated Australian champion track and field athlete who competed in the 400m hurdles around the world - a career which gave him his first insights into the power of the mind in optimising performance and the crucial role of wellbeing.

Adrian is the lead author of "Meditate on This: The Science of Mindfulness” and has two entrepreneurial ventures - Benny Button and

Dr Aaron Jarden  

“I am passionate about driving engagement through ways of working. I believe in pragmatism, creative problem solving and having the courage to do the right thing for your people and customers.”

Anna Campbell is the Chief People and Customer Support Officer for The Warehouse Group. She is responsible for people, culture, communications and performance for the Group and holds several Advisory and Board positions. She’s well known for her passion for achieving commercial results through people, and an ability to innovate and make a difference.

Pragmatism, creative problem solving and having the courage to do the right thing for your people and customers are close to Anna’s heart. Anna was the first New Zealander to be awarded an Asia- Pacific Conscious Business Leadership award

Gerry Lynch  
Gerry Lynch

Gerry Lynch is General Manager of Mars New Zealand. He has been with the company for 11 years, three of these as Marketing Director and the last 8 years as the GM.  As part of this role Gerry also works with the other units in Asia Pacific to drive capability and collaboration in the area of sales across the region.

Just over a decade ago, Mars New Zealand had a forty per cent staff turnover and did not even make it into the top 100 Best Workplaces in New Zealand.  By 2016 however, Mars NZ was a finalist in the IBM/Kenexa Best Workplaces for the tenth year running, having won its category 8 times and been the supreme winner of all categories on two occasions. 

Gerry has been a board member of the Food & Grocery Council since 2012 chairing the Industry Relations group. In this capacity he set up a safety group involving all of the retailer and supplier representatives so as to drive progress on safety culture for the industry.
Gerry has also been on the Business Leaders Steering Group committee. This is a group of CEOs driving safety culture and leadership in New Zealand.

In his spare time Gerry enjoys trail running having competed in the Routeburn race, along with many other races, in 2015. He enjoys changing his work gear to become, among other characters, a skeleton, Dracula and a pirate. This is all part of supporting staff engagement during fun days at work.
Dr Aaron Jarden  

Dr Aaron Jarden is both a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute). He is a world expert on workplace wellbeing, and a 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, founder 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.

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