Profiles of speakers presenting at the
2021 ALGIM Conference

Sean Audain

Sean is City Innovation lead at Wellington City Council in New Zealand. Sean’s background is in urban planning and has worked for the past decade exploring and implementing Digital City concepts to improve Wellington’s Digital Inclusion, Resilience and deliver smarter local government. Sean has been recognised with national and International awards including Harvard Tech City Innovator for 2020 and ANZ Smart City Public Sector Leader of 2020. Sean serves on several governance bodies understanding and advancing our relationship with technology including the Open Government Partnership and World Economic Forums Global Futures Council.

Associate Professor Catherine Ball, ANU

Dr Catherine Ball appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau 

Associate Professor, Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, company and director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world leading conferences and events, to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

Having been called a ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time and energy on.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities.

Catherine is the only Australian on the International Advisory Board of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which follows her work as a judge on the Ocean Discovery XPrize. A proud #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of Women Who Drone, and a regular mentor to many rising stars across the STEM fields in Australia and abroad, Catherine believes in actively paying it forward.

An Associate Professor at the Australian National University and Honorary Associate Professor at the 3AI Institute; Catherine is leading national conversations around technology and its place in the current and future challenges in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Catherine’s latest business ventures include the internationally renowned World of Drones and Robotics Congress, established in Brisbane in 2017 and the free community resources of World of Drones Education, established in 2018. Catherine is a board director for Aviation Australia; and is on the international advisory board for the Ocean Impact Org, a not-forprofit ecosystem for businesses working towards a healthier ocean.

Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and two sons.

Emma Barrett

Emma is the Public Services Director for Microsoft, New Zealand

Emma is responsible for growing Microsoft's solutions and services across the public sector in New Zealand. Focused on driving transformation within Microsoft's government customers, she works in pursuit of Microsoft's mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. Emma is an active supporter of diversity initiatives and particularly passionate about encouraging more young women into IT careers as well as supporting women to succeed in business leadership roles.

Chris Ben

Chris Ben, the man with two first names, hails from Nintex – an organisation dedicated to improving the way their customers work through process management and automation.  He works as a Senior Solutions Engineer for them. He’s always seeking better, more efficient ways of working and making this available to the people that count – the ones at the coalface.  You will almost certainly hear Chris advocating for an exceptional user experience because he believes there is no point in delivering something that people will struggle to use. Chris is excited to take you on the journey with him to find better ways of working.

Bonita Bigham

Bonita is an uri of Ngāruahine and Te Atiawa iwi and has lived most of her life in Taranaki. A former three-term South Taranaki District councillor and current community board member, Bonita also chairs Te Maruata, the national collective of Māori elected or appointed to governance roles within the local government sector.

She sits on Local Government New Zealand’s National Council and other LGNZ committees. Bonita is an accredited RMA commissioner, has completed her Masters in Fine Arts, finished a Masters in Māori Visual Arts in 2020 and intends to go on to doctoral study. She is also an appointee to the Oranga Marae Committee and was a trustee for Ngāruahine through their settlement process. Bonita has been a trustee on school boards, community organisations, marae and hapū committees and currently works for Ngāruahine within iwi relationships. She is a weaver, painter, sculptor and instillation artist and has a general passion for the visual arts. Bonita is on the National Geographic Board.

Paul Brislen 

Paul has been a technology commentator and journalist for 20 years, working for a number of specialist IT publications, television and radio. He's worked in corporate public relations and as a lobbyist for the telco users and today he runs his own consultancy, working with clients such as the Institute of IT Professionals, Datacom, Paymark and many others.

Rebecca Chenery

Chief Digital Officer for Auckland WaterCare Services.

Anne Cornish

Anne Cornish is an accomplished records and information management professional with over 35 years’ experience in most aspects of the industry working with various tiers of government and large private industries in Australia. Anne’s credits include  winner of the RIMPA Contribution Awards on two occasions and has been recognised for her mentoring skills. Providing high level advice to management teams and government executives on how to improve and effectively manage information, Anne is a respected professional within the records and information management industry and currently holds the position of General Manager of RIMPA. Anne’s experience provides attendees with an opportunity to listen to many stories on how to make your colleagues listen to us as records and information specialists.

Vic Crone 

Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.

Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.

Vic is Chair of the Stats NZ Advisory Board and Figure NZ Board. She has also been an independent director on the boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust

Phillipa Day

Philippa is the Director of Business Connect and has taken the platform from concept to operational with more than 40,000 registered users in just two years.  Philippa's background is in project management and her strength is in delivering systems that enable better customer services.  


Katherine Deacon

Katherine Deacon is a 365 Implementation Lead at Information Leadership. She has extensive experience in public sector and local government working with existing EDRMS and Microsoft365. This includes working with city, district and regional councils.

Marion Dowd

Chief Information Officer for Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Vice-President of ALGIM. Marion is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of Information Technology, Business Solutions, Web and Digital Services, GIS and Information Management/ Records at Council. Marion recently completed her MBA at Waikato University. She has been on the board of ALGIM since 2004.  

Michael Dugina 

Michael Dugina, Executive Director Customer and Corporate Services, City of Greater Geelong has over 20 years’ experience in finance and technology, in particular supporting and delivering major organisational change programs across the education, health, not for profit and government sectors. Michael is currently Executive Director Customer and Corporate Services for the City of Greater Geelong and is responsible for the delivery of the City’s digital modernisation and civic accommodation projects the outcome of which is to transform both customer and employee experience.

Joanne Fair

Jo is the Co-founder of FutureWork Studio, a Tech and Consulting Company established to help organisations navigate the rapidly changing work-scape by equipping them with practical tools to thrive now and in the future. To support organisations to transform, FutureWork Studio deploys their award winning Hiveapp solution, a peer-to-peer opportunities platform which unlocks new ways for people to work and learn together.

Jo brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles across New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, working with a number of well-known organisations both domestically and globally.  Jo is a former Trustee of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, a former Director of Kotahi Logistics, and currently sits as an Independent Member for the NZ Army Leadership Board, on the HR Advisory Board for Parliamentary Service, and as an Advisor to the University of Auckland Business School.

As an experienced leader working at the interface of the future of work and technologies,  Jo brings a deep understanding of the challenges leaders face in delivering todays results while preparing for the future.

Ben Forman

Ben is the founder or Wrestler, a creative agency that works with international brands like Allbirds, Niantic - the makers of pokemon Go and local organisations like NZ Police, MSD, DOC, ENZ and many more. Ben is passionate about values led creativity and using the power of advertising to influence positive change. Ben sits on the board of TVNZ as a future director, is an advisor to EV start up FTN and was named in the illustrious Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Alex Gelbak

Alex has spent 15 years helping innovation & technology leaders in councils across Australia, New Zealand and U.S. re-imagine how they engage and serve their communities. Alex is passionate about sharing the stories and learnings from the incredible people around the world, shaping the future of digital government experience.

Dr Dan Harvey 

Dan is (probably) New Zealand’s foremost expert on rattlesnakes, having completed his PhD on how the creatures adapt to the cold in his native Canada. Having found few snake-related opportunities on moving to New Zealand, he has leaned into his interest in data science and digital systems, eventually finding a home at the Ministry for the Environment working on monitoring of the RMA. He is currently looking at ways that digital technologies and associated practices may need to shift in response to changes to the RMA.
In previous roles Dan has assessed the impact of small business ICT adoption on productivity, estimated insulation rates across New Zealand, developed a database for home build guarantees, and built primers to identify traces of DNA in water. He is motivated by a desire for greater visibility and understanding of the consequences of decisions made about the natural and built environment. 

Bridget Hewson

Bridget is the Deputy Ombudsman at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Colin Holden

Colin Holden is General Manager System Strategy and Initiatives in the Digital Public Service Branch at Te Tari Taiwhenua, the Department of Internal Affairs. He leads the Branch’s work on system and strategic initiatives, which are aligned with the Strategy for a Digital Public Service. The Strategy sets the direction to modernise and transform the public service, putting citizens and businesses at the centre of government services. It’s committed to the unified Public Service, and focuses on the people, behaviours and government system settings that will enable a modern public service to implement, adapt and grow in a rapidly changing environment.  


Kurt Janssen

Kurt Janssen is a geographer and geospatialist by trade, with a passion for emerging technology and just about anything to do with data. Kurt has an BSc Hons (Geography) from the University of Canterbury and was the 2016 NZSEA Young Professional of the Year. He worked for central government and private companies in New Zealand and the United States before establishing award-winning geospatial consultancy Orbica in February 2017.  

Kurt is Chief Executive of Orbica - a company inspired by his passion for thinking outside of the box and combining technologies to create better, more innovative solutions with location data.  

Glenn Johnstone

Glenn is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Vodafone’s Information and Communications Technology practices. He is passionate about curating an ecosystem to build the secure cloud, collaboration, communication, IoT and cybersecurity propositions that can help businesses reimagine how they connect with their world. 

Before Vodafone, Glenn was the CEO of WorldxChange. He has a background in modern communication technologies, financial valuation, commercial contracts, and large acquisitions & capital projects with a Business Degree majoring in Finance. Glenn has also volunteered as a Chairperson and Board member for organisations like Doc Edge and Auckland Coastguard respectively.

Dr Christopher Laing

Dr Christopher Laing is a business leader, technologist, and expert in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in companies of all sizes, from the coal face of agile startups to executive roles in multinational corporations. He is currently the Director of AI and Data Science at Qrious, New Zealand's largest firm of data specialists, working to build the New Zealand AI economy. 

Allan Lightbourne

Chief Digital Officer for Tauranga City Council and Vice-President of ALGIM.

Sasha Lord

Sasha is on a mission to put the customer at the centre of Government.  Sasha is the Manager Citizen Connect at Manningham Council, responsible for the development and implementation of a customer experience program.  Sasha has considerable experience in leading teams, and has a strong customer, people and performance focus.  

Mike Manson

Mike is Chief Executive of ALGIM.

Jacqui Maguire 

Jacqui Maguire is a clinical psychologist on a mission to make gold standard psychological evidence and strategies accessible to all New Zealanders. As a prominent mental health thought leader, she harnesses her exceptional  communication skills, traditional media and modern technology to promote wellbeing and fight against our nation’s mental health crisis. Jacqui draws attention to challenges that could otherwise remain invisible in public discussion, and provides clear pathways for meaningful change.

Her professional career has been anchored in corporate wellbeing; providing wellbeing and mental health support across the public and private sector. 

She is TVNZ's go-to psychologist and a regular contributor to Stuff, NZ Herald, Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB. She is also the founder of the #1 ranking Mind Brew podcast, where she has interviewed some of the world's leading psychologists.

Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh

Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh is the Director of Women in Technology and a Senior Lecturer at AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. With a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, she is heavily involved in researching and developing high-level AI strategy in contexts such as the future of work and digital disruption. She is on the Executive Council for AI Forum, and is a board member of NZ Tech representing government and education, and on their sub-board for diversity and inclusion. She was also recently appointed to the board of Variety – the Children’s Charity, an organisation dedicated to supporting children and young people in need across New Zealand. She is an external technical advisor on AI strategy to a few New Zealand SMEs. Mahsa is also the founder and director of charitable trust She Sharp, which aims to encourage more girls to study STEM fields. She was one of ten finalists for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. In 2019 she was the Champion Award winner of the YWCA Equal Pay awards, and in 2020 presented with the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award for community service.

James Mowat

James is the Engagement Lead at LINZ, responsible for the major Landonline and property system external engagements including the programme to modernise Landonline. James is a land administration professional long involved in electronic land registration and associated services. During 2013 to 2015 James led the business case approval processes to future-proof the delivery of New Zealand's Land Title and Cadastral Survey system. Whilst a land lawyer by training he takes an interest in all aspects of the property system, including cadastral, property data, and council land development processes.

Keri Niven

Keri is the Digital Practice Leader for Aurecon New Zealand.  Responsible for the strategic direction and growth of digital capability, Keri is a passionate believer in the power of collaboration and human centred design.  With a background in delivering major projects and creating high performing teams Keri is helping transform an engineering, design and advisory firm into an organisation of diverse, innovative and creative thinkers.

Stephen Nott

Steve joined Desktop Imaging in 2015 and bought with him 20 plus years of industry knowledge and experience. Initially working in the banking and finance sector before moving into other corporate environments which lead to specialising in digitisation and workflow activities. As Customer Relationship Manager, he plays an active role setting up and providing ongoing support to all Desktop Imaging customers with special emphasis placed on continuous improvement and change management.

Jim Palmer

Jim is Chair of the Local Government Reform Committee.

Wendy Shaw

Wendy is Secretary of New Zealand Geographic Society, Land Information New Zealand, Toitū Te Whenua Wendy Shaw is the Secretary for the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aoteraroa, an independent statutory body of government administered by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. The Board's role is to make place names official in New Zealand, its continental shelf and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica. 

The Board's role is to make place names official in New Zealand, its continental shelf and the Ross Dependency of Antarctica. Wendy manages a small Secretariat to support the Board's mahi. This includes advising, processing and consulting on place name proposals to help the Board make standardised, consistent and accurate decisions that are informed, robust and enduring, and which benefit all New Zealanders. 

Anna Stokes

Anna Stokes is Director – Global Product Management at Enghouse Interactive, managing of one of Enghouse’s eight contact centre portfolios. Previous to COVID, Anna travelled extensively in ANZ and Asia, Europe, UK and the Americas visiting customers and channel partners and learning how different organisations manage the challenges of CX delivery across the globe. With over 15 years in the telecommunications industry, managing contact centres, implementing product developments, and creating innovation in contact centre and mobile environments, Anna loves the challenge of meeting new industry needs with innovative technology and bringing this to the global contact centre market.

Scott Tansley 

Scott is a geographer at heart but somehow crossed over to the dark side of IT about 15 years ago.  He spent ten years working within Local and Central government in the UK and was a GIS user/developer for eight.  As a technologist, he specialises in Esri technology.  He loves breaking technology down into language that people can relate to through stories, analogies and pictures.

Having lived in NZ for over ten years, he primarily supported Central Government as an employee of various consultancies and has worked for Stats NZ.  His customers included MPI, Stats NZ, NZTA, CERA, LINZ, MfE and others.  Scott previously worked for the North-South GIS, e-Spatial and Eagle.  In each, he spent time on client sites growing capability and relationship.

Scott formed geoworx in 2019 and has since worked with several Local Government clients.  He uses his past experiences to understand their pain point and find appropriate solutions that empower their GIS operations.  Having managed vendors, technology and upgrade cycles as a customer, Scott strives to help his clients get future-ready and not be burdened by the complexities of upgrades.  As geoworx, Scott holds the Esri speciality for being release ready.

Sir Ian Taylor

Ian’s story is a fascinating journey, from growing up in a house without electricity in the 1950s, to being part of a company recognised globally as being at the leading edge of technology and innovation.

A former television presenter for TVNZ children's programmes like Play School, Spot On, and New Zealand's Funniest Home Videos, his very public life started when he joined the band Kal-Q-Lated Risk in 1967 as lead singer. After a stint in the army in the 1970s Ian went on to complete an LLB degree from the University of Otago before setting up Taylormade Media, a television production company in 1989.

The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.

Its' sports division, Virtual Eye, provides award winning graphics globally across a wide range of sports. This year marks almost 30 years since they developed the first graphics for The America’s Cup back in San Diego in 1992. In 2014 they won a prestigious Sports Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches to Sports Coverage, and they have been recognised by the New Zealand Hi Tech Trust with a special Life Time Achievement Award.

At a personal level. Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazines 2010 New Zealander of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of IT Professionals (HFIITP) in 2010 (under its former name New Zealand Computer Society), the top honour of the tech sector in New Zealand.

In the 2012 New Year Honours, Taylor was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business. In 2013 Taylor was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.

On 13 February 2019, Taylor was named Innovator of the Year at the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards. Awards organisers cited Taylor's business intuition and expertise as an exemplar of innovation in New Zealand.

In 2020 Taylor was named the Deloitte 200 Visionary Leader of the Year. What fewer people may know is that it hasn’t all been plain sailing.

Karen Thomas

As the Chief Executive at Taituarā, Karen is a significant player in the debates around 3 Waters Reform. 

Richard Winterburn

Richard has been in the technology industry for over 20 years, working in different roles from IT, Professional Services to Account Management. As Business Development Manager at Enghouse Interactive he uses his extensive knowledge of the CX industry to help customers to define and achieve their CX Strategy.

Dave Wild

As a Creative Futurist living on the edge of the world in New Zealand, Dave has presented on stages and screens across the globe from South Auckland to Sydney to San Francisco. Unique to his approach is a Futurist focus on the new, which he applies when facilitating strategy sessions and coaching Futurework skills for clients such as Microsoft, Xero, Auckland Council, Wellington City Council, Department of Internal Affairs and ALGIM. 

As a Futurist Dave Wild can show you how to see the future more clearly.

How? First by detecting the signals of the future that are all around you. Then innovating to shift from predicting the future to creating it.

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