The ILANZ conference is well-known for its mix of inspirational speakers, great topics and its focus on in-house legal best practice. This year’s speaker line-up, in order of appearance is:
Caroline Beaumont (MC) - General Counsel, City Rail Link and ILANZ committee member
Caroline is the General Counsel for City Rail Link Limited, which she joined in September last year after over a decade at Coca-Cola Amatil. She holds a Masters Degree (LLM) from Queen Mary College, London, and has over 25 years of professional experience, with a career that started at Nabarro Nathanson in London.
Caroline, a native of England as well as a 5th generation New Zealander, qualified as a solicitor in England (and Wales) and later in NZ some time ago. Caroline is proud to claim her great, great, great grandfather, George Edge, as one of NZ’s very few convicts repatriated here in 1842.
Caroline is a current serving member of the ILANZ committee. Caroline was first appointed to the committee in 2016 and is honoured to contribute to the wider membership.
In her spare time, Caroline is a member of the New Zealand Football board, and accompanies her youngest daughter around the world pursuing her athletics dreams.
Annah Stretton - Founder and CEO, Stretton Group
Annah Stretton is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label, a successful New Zealand entrepreneur, (celebrating 25 years in the business of fashion this year,) an author of seven books and an in-demand public speaker.
With a strong digital platform and 15 retail stores, her philanthropic efforts provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand. She has also been the recipient of the coveted Veuve Clicquot business award, and has an Order of Merit for services to business, fashion and community. Annah also currently chairs the Waikato women's refuge governance board, and sits on the UNICEF NZ board.
In 2013 she set up her own foundation and from this came her first social venture - RAW (Reclaim Another Woman.) RAW, a national model, was launched in the Waikato in February 2014, where the first stage of the pilot looked to get change for socially disadvantaged women from the refuge environment. RAW is now in the second stage of their pilot working with incarcerated recidivist female offenders who society has not been able to re-integrate. To date she has had an 100 % success rate. RAW is a first for this country (and has now been fully endorsed by Corrections,) as Annah has made real inroads into the huge problem that this country has with repeat offenders. The strength of this work is such that, in September 2015, she was awarded the EY / ASB Social Entrepreneur of the Year and she was a semi-finalist for 2018 New Zealander of the Year.
In 2016 another charity Kia Puāwai was created to address wellness for New Zealanders, especially Māori, Pacific Islanders and people who do not or who are unable to prioritise their health. The focus is on editing a person's normal day rather than unsustainable diets or exercise regimes, to achieve improved quality of life, productivity and reduced burden on the health system.
Mick Sheehy - General Counsel, Telstra
Mick Sheehy is a recognised international leader in the field of legal innovation and transformation, having won numerous international legal innovation awards and with his work the subject of a case study for Harvard Law School. Mick is the founder and Chair of Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Australia, an industry body established to share best practice legal operations and innovation knowledge.
Mick is a member of the advisory board to Swinburne Law School, has an extensive commercial and M&A background and is about to finish a 14 year stint at Telstra where he is currently General Counsel.
Yazmin Juned - Associate General Counsel, Housing New Zealand
Yazmin Juned is an Associate General Counsel at Housing New Zealand. In recent months, Yazmin has been involved in an automation project, automating a range of contract documentation for Housing New Zealand in partnership with external provider LawHawk. Prior to that Yazmin spent 11 months as legal workstream manager for the Tāmaki transfer project which saw the transfer of 2800 Housing New Zealand properties to the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, the largest transaction of its type in New Zealand. She has a background in public law and qualified as a lawyer in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Yazmin holds an MBA from Warwick business school, part funded by an ILANZ award.
Katie Elkin - Chief Legal Adviser, Department of Corrections and ILANZ committee member
Katie has been the Chief Legal Adviser for the Department of Corrections since August 2016. The Department of Corrections is New Zealand’s largest core government department. It is a highly operational department with a broad litigation profile. Katie leads four teams of lawyers who advise across Corrections’ functions, including its significant commercial and procurement activities. Katie is also responsible for Corrections’ prosecution and privacy functions. Prior to this, Katie was the Associate Commissioner, Legal and Strategic Relations, at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner. In that role she led the organisation’s legal team plus the education, research and policy functions of the Office. Katie's move in-house followed a number of years in private practice advising government and statutory entities, as well as some of Australasia's leading companies. Immediately before joining HDC, she was a Senior Associate at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.
Katie is on the ILANZ committee, having previously served two terms as President and one as vice President. She was a founding member and convenor of the Wellington Branch Health Law Committee, and has served on both the Wellington Branch Council and the Law Society Council. Katie is currently a member of the Public Prosecutions Advisory Board and has recently been appointed to the Board of the GLN.
Katie has degrees in law and in neuroscience from the University of Otago, and a PhD in law and public health from the University of Melbourne.
A proud Wellingtonian (despite the weather), Katie loves exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two sons, aged 12 and 15.
Mark Wilton - Principal Prosecutor, NZ Police and ILANZ committee member
Mark has 15 years’ experience working as an in-house lawyer and is currently the Principal Prosecutor and acting national Legal Advisor for the Police Prosecution Service, based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
Mark is an immediate past NZLS Vice President and Board member, as well as a past President of the Wellington Branch of the NZLS. He contributes as a presenter and author for NZLS CLE Ltd, including being a member of the litigation skills faculty. He is also the new convenor of the NZLS Courthouse Committee.
Mark is honoured to be elected to contribute to the profession as the ILANZ Vice President for the 2018-2020 term. He actively supports the three key areas of focus for the profession set out by the NZLS President, specifically Access to Justice, the promotion and retention of Women in the Law, and Practising Well.
Herman Visagie - General Counsel, TSB Bank and ILANZ committee member
Herman is currently based in sunny Taranaki, working as General Counsel for TSB Bank. In his role he acts as chief internal legal, board secretary, and head of regulatory affairs. He has had a varied career to date having worked in policy for central government as well as for a leading industry association.
In addition to his day-job he works in a number of not-for-profit capacities, including work with the Asia:New Zealand Foundation Leaders Network. He is also a registered marriage celebrant, and an enthusiastic member of the New Plymouth Operatic Society. He also has a love of travel and the outdoors.
As a relative new-comer to the inhouse role he is excited about the opportunity to engage with the wider profession, and to maybe bring a different perspective (and hopefully a few laughs) to the Committee.
Kirstie Marsh - Senior Legal Counsel, Xero
Kirstie Marsh is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Xero, advising on global legal issues. She has also been COO at Wipster (NZ SaaS company who created a leading video review and collaboration platform) and also General Counsel at Mind Candy (kids digital entertainment platform). Prior to this, Kirstie spent a number of years overseas working for some major players in the European tech scene, such as lastminute.com and Vistaprint, as well as working as a Private Secretary in NZ Parliament. Kirstie has experience across a range of environments from the public and private sectors, to corporates and start-ups, in both legal and business roles.
Sarah Taylor - Business Development Manager, Lexvoco
Sarah Taylor is the Principal Legal Advisor at Tasman District Council and Business Development Manager at lexvoco. In 2016 she was awarded the ILANZ scholarship to undertake research into flexible working in the legal profession and her paper was published by NZLS last year.
Sarah has worked as a lawyer since 1998 in NZ, UK, and Singapore. She is now based in sunny Tasman and is enjoying helping legal teams improve the way they work and providing a platform to connect great lawyers who want to work on flexible terms with in-house legal teams that need help on a flexible basis.
Stephen Mullins - Principal and General Manager, Lexvoco
Stephen is the General Manager New Zealand for lexvoco, a business dedicated to helping in-house lawyers. His background includes working as a barrister in New Zealand, in top tier law firms in New Zealand, Scotland, England and Australia and as General Counsel in Australia.
Stephen's legal experience spans litigation, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and corporate governance. He has also practiced as a mediator, and has significant general management experience. The purpose of Stephen’s role with lexvoco is to help in-house lawyers deliver what their clients need more effectively, more efficiently, differently – a job that he loves!
Tim Boyne - Head of Product and Operations, LawVu
My LawVu journey began during my work in the IT and Operations functions inside law firms.
In particular, I worked to merge matter management with project management and more sophisticated analytics in an effort to improve profitability, reduce write-offs, and transform the client experience.
During this process, I witnessed first hand some of the structural issues that lead to good lawyers delivering bad service, and the opportunity to fix that break down in communication and misalignment of incentives provided some of the inspiration for LawVu.
I'm always wanting to expand my network, especially with those of you wanting to innovate in the legal space so please feel free to connect.
Sam Kidd - CEO, LawVu
Sam Kidd is the CEO of legal operations software company lawvu.com.
Sam returned to Tauranga, New Zealand from Cork, Ireland in 2013 where he was living for over 20 years. While in Ireland Sam was a director and shareholder for over 7 years with SAAS Project management company - Teamwork.com.
Since returning to NZ Sam Co-founded LawVu in 2015. LawVu is a cloud based SAAS product that provides a centralised way to manage and view all matters across an entire organisation. The system makes it easy to get a clear picture of legal issues past and present via dashboards and metrics and can quickly highlight where legal issues are arising how the work is progressing along with making it easy to engage with vendors to keep track of costs.
Sam has also mentored at over fifteen Startup Weekend events throughout New Zealand and is an active member of the Enterprise Angels network in New Zealand as an early stage investor and company director.
Charlotte Parkhill - Partner, Kensington Swan
Charlotte is a partner in Kensington Swan’s employment team. She helps her clients deal with complex employment issues, and carries out workplace investigations into bullying, fraud and harassment. Charlotte assists a wide range of international companies, New Zealand corporates, SMEs and other organisations on any issues that arise with their employees, including personal grievances, restraints of trade and restructures. She has extensive experience with assisting clients with compliance with the Holidays Act and issues that arise under the Human Rights Act. Her background as a criminal prosecutor also provides specialist expertise in carrying out investigations into matters such as fraud, bullying, harassment and theft. Charlotte is committed to achieving commercial outcomes to difficult employment issues through understanding her client’s business objectives and how they want to manage their people.
Hayden Wilson - Partner, Kensington Swan
Hayden is a specialist in commercial and public law litigation, and advises on compliance with regulatory obligations. His advice spans the entire public sector, from government ministries, crown entities, state owned enterprises, regulatory authorities, and local government authorities.
Hayden specialises in helping government agencies and private sector organisations that work closely with government to resolve complex disputes. He also helps clients in highly regulated sectors to comply with their obligations. Hayden leads Kensington Swan’s Wellington litigation practice, and is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial mediators. With 18 years’ experience, Hayden brings strategic insight into his work for his clients, helping them to manage (and where appropriate, resolve) complex disputes efficiently and effectively. He was a finalist in the New Zealand Law Awards Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year Awards in 2016. In April he was named vice-chair of Resolution Institute, the largest membership organisation of mediators and dispute resolution professionals in the Southern Hemisphere.
Roopa Raj - Director, Risk Advisory, Deloitte
Roopa has over 15 years’ of experience in the Financial Services sector focusing on risk, regulatory and compliance, audit and assurance activities. Her experience spans across a number of geographic regions, including NZ, UK, Australia and Asia. Roopa’s focus is to help Financial Institutions to identify and manage their risks from an operational, cultural and reputation perspective.
John Edwards - Privacy Commissioner, Privacy Commission
John Edwards was appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014 after a more than 20 year career practicing law. He has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. He chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee, and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice, and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters. In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, he held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga.
In October 2014 John was elected as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.
Dr Farah Palmer - Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Massey University
Dr Farah Palmer is a lecturer in the Department of Management at Massey University and a former captain of New Zealand's women's national rugby union team, the Black Ferns. In December 2016 Farah was appointed as the first female board member for Rugby New Zealand.
The undisputed champions of women's rugby over the past decade, New Zealand's Black Ferns have a winning record second to none in international Rugby Union. The New Zealand team swept all before them during the 2002 World Cup Tournament in Spain, beating England 19-9 in the Final at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium to retain the title they also won during the 1998 World Cup in Amsterdam.
Farah holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Physical Education (First Class Honours) from Otago University.
Farah holds the following leadership roles – Acting Director for Te Au Rangahau, the Maori Business Research Centre within the College of Business at Massey University; Executive Board member of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (Centre of Research Excellence) at the University of Auckland; and Member of Te Mata o te Tau, Academy for Maori Research and Scholarship at Massey University.
Other governance roles she holds in the community include – University Sport New Zealand Executive Board (co-opted member); Sport and Recreation New Zealand Sports Disputes Tribunal; Academy Trust Inc. (Academy for talented Maori in sport and music) Trustee member, Te Wananga o Raukawa; Council of Clubs Representative, Manawatu Rugby Union; and Palmerston North Girls High School Trust member.
Farah was previously a Member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Sport, Fitness, and Leisure (2001).
She has won several awards and scholarships including Maori Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2002 and Women’s Rugby Player of the Year at the 1998 New Zealand Rugby Awards.
Dr Harold Hillman - Managing Director, Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group
Harold Hillman is the Managing Director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group, a company he launched in December 2006. Sigmoid specialises in tools and frameworks that help executive teams lead their organisations through major change with a collective sense of ownership and commitment to strong results. Since change really is the only constant in business, developing the capability to lead it, rather than be led by it, is the true hallmark of successful and enduring organisations.
Over the past two decades, as both a senior executive and external coach, Hillman has coached a number of prominent chief executives and their teams in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Hillman's client organisations include Kraft Foods, Fonterra, Genesis Energy, Sealord, Refining NZ, Bank of New Zealand, National Australia Bank, TVNZ, Auckland Council, Foodstuffs, RD1, Air New Zealand, New Plymouth District Council, Southern Cross Healthcare, University of Melbourne, Duke University (USA), and FMG.
Hillman's career highlights include:
- Assistant Professor and Director, Leadership Programs at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado
- Dean and General Manager, Amoco Marketing University, Amoco Corporation, Chicago
- Vice President, Executive Development, Prudential Financial, New York
- Corporate Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, Prudential Financial, New York
- Global HR Director [interim] and Director, Talent & OD, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Auckland
Hillman earned a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). With a strong belief that the best leaders are also the most skilled learners, Hillman coaches business leaders and executive teams to explore what is really required to drive deeper levels of engagement.
Hillman is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches and presentations at conferences in the arena of leadership, talent and human capital. His first book, The Impostor Syndrome, was named Whitcoulls Business Book of the Year 2013. Hillman's second book, Fitting In, Standing Out, was published in August 2015. The Six Elements of Effective Listening was Hillman's third book, published in 2016 as an e-book through Smashwords.
Hillman frequently provides leadership commentary on Radio Live. You can also view his regular contributions to the NZ Herald's business online edition.
Kathryn Beck - President, New Zealand Law Society
Kathryn Beck is the current President of the New Zealand Law Society. She was elected to the position in 2016 having served as Vice President of the Law Society and as a Council member of the Auckland branch of the Law Society.
Kathryn specialises in employment, health and education law. She has had more than 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand legal community and advises a range of entities, from large corporates to charitable organisations. Kathryn also acts as a mediator and facilitator.
She is based in Auckland and is a partner in a specialist employment law firm.
Erin Judge - Chief Legal Officer, Ministry for Children and ILANZ President
Erin is the Chief Legal Officer at Oranga Tamiriki - Ministry for Children. In this role she is responsible for a large legal team which includes a central team in Wellington and many lawyers around the country.
Previously Erin worked as a Senior Advisor for the Government Legal Network team in Crown Law, a National Legal Advisor for the Police Prosecution Service, a Senior Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitors' Office and a Prosecutor.
Erin has been on the ILANZ committee since 2014 and her roles have included President, Vice-President and Conference Director. This year she is standing down to make more time for her family and Oranga Tamariki role.
Erin lives in Wellington with her husband, their 8 year old daughter, 5 year old twin sons and her 21 year old sister who is studying design.
Jacqui Maguire - Managing Director, Umbrella Health
Psychological expertise, coupled with a prior career in business development, ensures that Jacqui provides relevant and effective wellbeing interventions for all our clients.
Jacqui is a registered clinical psychologist with a particular interest in lifting organisational performance by developing the resilience and wellbeing of employees. Jacqui’s passion is to work closely with our clients to understand the unique needs of their organisation and develop tailored programmes to best fit. She draws on both her psychological and business expertise in this process, making sure all Umbrella services are both effective and delivered to a high standard.
Jacqui personally achieves measurable results for our clients through her expert facilitation and consultation with senior leadership groups. Jacqui is able to bring her scientific knowledge of wellbeing to life, engaging a diverse range of people including those who may be sceptical of the benefits of psychological interventions. Her business acumen is widely appreciated, enabling her to collaboratively work with people to practically implement resilience and wellbeing strategies to enhance their productivity and performance. She is also a successful conference speaker due to her genuine ability to captivate while informing.
During her postgraduate research, Jacqui investigated the relationships between emotion, attention and memory; specifically, how emotion states influence memory recall and contribute to improved attention. This research knowledge is highly relevant to improving work performance in complex organisational environments and has fostered Jacqui’s deep understanding of organisational culture and systems.
Hēmi Rolleston - General Manager Sectors, Callaghan Innovation
Hemi Rolleston is the General Manager of Sectors at Callaghan Innovation. Prior to this role Hemi served as an Interim Chief Executive at Callaghan Innovation from August 1, 2016 until 2 March 2017 and was employed as General Manager Maori Economy in 2015. Hemi left Te Awanui Huka Pak Limited where he served as Chief Executive 2006 to 2015. He served a range of senior roles with Waikato University and Tauranga District Council.
Hemi has sound governance experience in a range of Maori and economic development organisations including Te Awanui Huka Pak Co-operative, Priority One, Community Growth Limited, Bay of Connections and Grow Rotorua. He has iwi affiliations to Te Arawa, Ngati Ranginui and Ngai te Rangi. Hemi has a business management degree and a post graduate qualification through Waikato University and has studied at Lincoln University and Stanford University.
Michael Cameron - Legal Manager of Advice and Legislation, Department of Corrections
Michael Cameron is legal manager of advice and legislation for the Department of Corrections. In 2016 he won the Law Foundation's International Research Fellowship for his project on "Realising the Potential of Driverless Vehicles". His report for that project was released on 19 April 2018 and contains recommendations for law reform. Michael has many years of experience advising on, developing and implementing legislation in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in a number of different subject areas including public health, drinking water, flood protection and climate change adaptation, public/private partnerships, debt recovery, regulation of monopoly providers, public adoption of private infrastructure and compulsory acquisition, powers to compel telcos to provide customer information, and corrections/justice legislation. In 2015 he won the ILANZ Chapman Tripp Public Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year.
Michael Singleton - General Manager Corporate Affairs, Christchurch International Airport
As General Manager Corporate Affairs, Michael sits on the CIAL Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for regulatory strategy and compliance, government relations, wider industry issues and insurance together with fulfilling the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary with oversight of CIAL's legal team and all legal aspects of CIAL's activities. Michael has responsibility for CIAL's Digital Solutions and Technology team with a focus on how emerging technologies provide an ever expanding set of opportunities to disrupt and reshape all aspects of CIAL’s business. This includes leadership of CIAL’s autonomous vehicle project.
Grant Pritchard - Strategic Sourcing Manager, Spark NZ and ILANZ committee member
Grant is a “recovering lawyer”, currently a strategic sourcing manager and workplace mental health advocate at Spark – New Zealand’s leading telecommunications and digital services company.
Before moving into a strategic commercial role at Spark, he spent over a decade in senior legal roles in Australia and New Zealand, winning Australian Young In-house Lawyer of the Year before returning to Auckland in 2015. Grant has spoken at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and India about topics like legal innovation, emerging technology and workplace mental health. Experiencing the heartbreak of losing a close workmate to depression and suicide led him to become a staunch advocate for workplace mental health and a champion for change in this area. In 2017, Grant took up an informal role spearheading Spark’s vision and strategy for workplace mental health – developing a grassroots mental health movement which has evolved into a company-wide mental health initiative, aimed at delivering better mental health outcomes for Spark people.
Sian Wingate - In-house Lawyer, Powerco and ILANZ committee member
Sian has been an enthusiastic and committed member of the ILANZ committee for the past year. As president from May 2018, she will work with her fellow committee members to realise the strategic goals set by ILANZ. These are to connect, support and lead our in-house community in New Zealand.
Sian is an in-house lawyer for Powerco Limited, a gas and electricity distribution company that services customers across the north island. She works from New Plymouth in Taranaki and supports Powerco’s staff across their Wellington, Tauranga and Palmerston North offices.
Sian enjoys the diversity of the in-house profession. Her primary legal areas of focus are construction, commercial and technology law. She also actively seeks out opportunities to build relationships with internal colleagues. She also loves to develop improved processes between legal and other parts of the business to work better together, reduce risk and improve legal compliance.
Working in a regional centre from New Plymouth enables Sian to consider the different ways in which members need to connect and support each other. Use of social media, regional catch-ups and accessible CPD events are some of the methods Sian champions to connect our in-house community across NZ. She is an active contributor to the development of the annual conference programme to deliver an event that bridges all the various areas of in-house legal challenges and development.
Outside of work Sian is a keen mountain biker. She lives in a beach town just outside of New Plymouth with her husband and two children aged 5 and 3.
James Hassall - General Counsel, Auckland Council
James works with a team of around 60 legal professionals to provide legal advice to Auckland Council's departments, elected members, CCO's (excluding Watercare and Auckland Transport) and statutory entities. Approximately 3400 new instructions are opened every year and the team completes 80% of them in-house. The team is supported by a panel of external providers who deal with the remaining instructions. The breadth of the work is enormous and ranges from dog prosecutions and community leases through appeals against resource consent decisions and debt recovery to advice on a regional fuel tax and arrangements to fund and construct the Central Rail Link and America’s Cup base. The team is split into 4 groups: Property & Commercial, Public Law, Regulatory Litigation and Civil Litigation.
James is also responsible for the Risk and Insurance team which provides strategic risk advice to Council and manages Council’s insurance arrangements.
Jackie Floyd - General Counsel, Group Functions and Farm Source, Fonterra
Jackie Floyd joined Fonterra in June 2017 as General Counsel, Group Functions and Farm Source. Jackie and her team support a wide range of group level functions across Fonterra, including the future focussed Velocity and Innovation business unit, as well as Farm Source, the milk supply and farmer facing business unit.
Jackie started her legal career at Chapman Tripp in 2000 (having taken a few years off to travel post law school), where she worked in the Commercial and Corporate Team for 10 years before making the move to an in-house role at Vector Limited. She then spent 6.5 years at Vector, during which time she received the ILANZ 2016 Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year award. Jackie used the scholarship package from that award to help pay for the Authentic Leadership Development course at Harvard Business School later that year. The course was remarkable, not only for the quality of presenters and content, but also for the diversity of attendees, from over 30 countries and representing a wide array of industries and roles.
Gilbert Enoka - Mental Skills Coach and Manager to All Blacks
“My set of values is simple – my word is my honour and I seal things with a handshake.”
Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. He has been with the All Blacks for over 200 tests and during that time the team has won back-to-back Rugby World Cups, one Laureus Award (for the best team in the world), 13 Bledisloe Cups, three Grand Slams, seven Tri Nations and four Rugby Championships.
Gilbert’s reputation has also seen him work with the Black Caps, Silver Ferns, Crusaders and most recently with WRC Champion Haydon Paddon. However, his expertise is not limited to the sports field but was also integral to his 12 years as general manager for New Zealand’s largest real estate firm, Harcourts International.
Gilbert is a sought after speaker, giving insight into the psychology behind individual and team success in world-level sport and how this can be applied to any walk of life. He has been invited to be keynote speaker throughout the world at over 100 events, talking about leadership, performing under pressure, mental management, strategic planning, effective business management and building thriving cultures.