Dame Silvia Cartwright
Dame Silvia was born in Dunedin and she graduated with a LLB from Otago University in 1967.
After several years in private practice, she embarked on a judicial career that culminated in her appointment to the High Court - the first woman in New Zealand to achieve this.
In 1987 and 1988, Dame Silvia chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the Treatment of Cervical Cancer and Other Related Matters at National Women's Hospital (the Cartwright Inquiry).
She was a member of the United Nations committee monitoring compliance with the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 and received the Queen's Service Order in 2006.
After completing her tenure as Governor-General in August 2006, she took up a position as a trial judge on the United Nations Tribunal investigating war crimes in Cambodia.
Gina Dellabarca was appointed General Manager of Human Resources in May 2015 and this grew to include Corporate Affairs in late 2016. She is responsible for leading Westpac New Zealand’s people strategy, with a strong focus on building employee capability and advocacy. Her team is also responsible for internal and external communications and reputation, including sustainability and social media.
Since joining Westpac in 1998, Gina has held a number of senior leadership roles. Her past experience across HR included being responsible for the strategic planning of both Employee Relations and Remuneration functions. She was Director, Customer Experience & Service before becoming Westpac’s Regional Manager Retail Banking, South Island, and then Regional Manager Commercial Business, South Island.
In her most recent roles of Regional Manager South Island, Gina was responsible for leading a professional team delivering measurable financial results, developing employees’ capability, and improving customer experience. During her time in these roles, she was awarded Westpac’s Senior Leader of the year (2011) and was the overall winner of Westpac’s Woman of Influence Award across Australia and New Zealand (2013).
Gina holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and is an accredited Organisational Coach recognised through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. She is also a member of the New Zealand Global Women network.
Sinead was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stuff in August 2017. Prior to this she held the position of Fairfax Media’s New Zealand Group Executive Editor since September 2013. In this role she has overseen the largest newsroom in the country, responsible for the editorial teams behind Fairfax’s stable of newspapers, magazines and New Zealand’s biggest domestic site Stuff.
Under Sinead’s watch, Stuff has grown to record audience numbers and was recently named as New Zealand’s most influential publishing brand. She has driven significant organisational transformation whilst in this role, creating an award-winning newsroom equipped to serve audiences and their modern ways of engaging across the country.
Sinead brings a sharp focus on quality, innovative journalism that serves the interests of New Zealand communities. From leading her team through challenging natural disasters such as the Kaikoura earthquake through to special long-term investigation projects like Faces of Innocents, the global chart-topping podcast series Black Hands and the video-led investigation unit Stuff Circuit, Sinead’s passion for driving word-class results is endless.
Sinead has a long tenure with Fairfax. She began her career with us in 1993 as a reporter for The Press, before heading to London where she worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site, FT.com, and as a general correspondent for Reuters' London bureau. In 2004 she returned to New Zealand to be the Assistant Editor at The Press, where she was charged with developing and editing the online presence at press.co.nz. She went on to further prove her digital development skills and newsroom leadership in group-wide online and digital roles.
Jamie is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.
Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and is a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business and was a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.
Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of the Māori primary sector.
Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.
With a wide range of interests and skills, Ben Kepes has had a variety of vocations over the years. A one-time high school dropout and electrician, Ben went on to be a co-founder of a successful workwear and outdoor equipment brand.
Juggling full-time work along with studying business, management, and commercial law, Ben also found the time to build his own house, qualify as a paramedic, raise two sons and undertake significant work in the community, emergency services, and not-for-profit sectors.
A career change saw Ben become a technology analyst, commentator, and consultant and, over the past decade and a half, he has built up a significant following as a globally-recognized subject matter expert in the areas of cloud computing, enterprise technology, and digital transformation. Ben’s commentary has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian and he has been invited to speak at a large range of technology, business, and general interest conferences.
Ben has been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology startups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He has served on the advisory boards of a number of technology startups in New Zealand, Australia, the US, and the UK.
Ben is an experienced board member and currently sits on the boards of a number of non-profit, privately held and listed companies in New Zealand and the UK. He has won a number of accolades including being a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2016.
Mary A. Sewell is a Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Auckland where she studies marine invertebrates with a focus on how the environment influences early development. At the university she has participated herself in the “Women in Leadership Programme”, and the “Future Academic Leaders Programme”, and acts as an official and unofficial mentor for women at all stages of their academic careers (from undergraduate to senior academics).