Keynote Speakers

Marian Johnson

Marian Johnson is an experienced business growth leader and strategic thinker with specific emphasis in business development, account planning, marketing, and operations. In her career, she has bootstrapped at local tech startups like FluentIQ and ZoomGroup but also enjoyed the executional power and resource of multinationals like Universal Entertainment and Discovery Networks.   Although very process driven, she has a passion for creative thinking, the arts, and the beautiful optimism and energy of this innovative 21st Century.

Sir Mark Solomon

Tā Mark Solomon is committed to the betterment of his iwi, kotahitanga for Māori and the wider well-being of people and the environment.  He is a strong advocate for the Māori economy and was instrumental in setting up the Iwi Chairs Forum (2005).  He was the elected Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 1998 to December 2016 and represented his local Papatipu Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura from 1995 to December 2016.
In 2013 he was awarded Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and Business.  In April 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln University as Doctor of Natural Resources, recognising his enduring interest and concern for our natural environment. 

Stuart Heal

Stuart has worked in business all of his life and was CEO of the largest agricultural supply cooperative in New Zealand for 20 years. On retiring from that position he has focussed on governance roles and has a number of directorships across many sectors.  In one of these roles (chairman of the NZ Cricket Board), Stuart oversaw the successful co-hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In June 2016 Stuart was honoured by the Queen with Membership of the Order of New Zealand for services to business, cricket and the community.

Stuart has held significant roles with Rotary in New Zealand and was appointed a director of Rotary International from 2010 to 2012.

Jill Atkinson

Developing strategy and cultivating high performing individuals and teams are two of Jill’s passions. Jill has been in an executive leadership role for the past 10 years, leading the Strategy, Planning and Policy Group at Environment Canterbury. She has extensive knowledge and experience of developing organisational strategy, change management and navigating complex, multi stakeholder relationships.

Matthew Mark

After a number of years in the corporate world, Matthew became CEO of Ronald McDonald House South Island.  In this role Matthew thrived being on the ground and engaging with the families. In 2017 Matthew took on a new role as City Missioner for the Christchurch City Mission where he promised to take with him that same ethos "I certainly plan on being in there boots and all". 
As well as his ongoing involvement in Christchurch City Mission and Ronald McDonald House South Island, Matthew is actively involved in a number of community initiatives including the RSC Property Trust and the Aspiring Youth Development Trust.