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Paul is the founding director of the Lincoln Institute and is a highly sought-after executive coach, facilitator and keynote presenter with a focus on stimulating organisational team and individual leadership potential. Paul is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, the Royal Military College Duntroon and was awarded the prestigious Sasakawa Leadership Scholarship by the Australian Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA program. As a former infantry officer Paul has seen international service in five foreign countries, culminating in leading an international military observer unit in one of the words harshest environments. Paul has safely lead teams out of crossfire, negotiated the release of hostages, reopened international borders that had been closed due to hostile acts and provided humanitarian relief to communities suffering oppression. Paul has served as the CEO and Board Chairman of Australia’s fastest growing company (BRW # 1 in their Fast 100) after an approach by the board to ‘lead a substantial change’. Paul’s capacity to lead this change in a highly competitive and complex market (electricity sector) is testimony to his ability to ‘walk the leadership talk’. Paul has over 30 years of leadership experience across all socio-economic and geopolitical boundaries making him highly sought after as an instructor and facilitator to all levels of business.

Francesca is a veterinarian who graduated from Massey University in the class of 1998. Since graduating and gaining experience in clinical practice she moved to education and then leadership in Allied Veterinary professional education, at both Otago Polytechnic, as the Head of the School of Veterinary Nursing and nationally as the Chair of the Educational Standards committee for Allied Veterinary Professionals. Over her career she has seen first-hand and through her network of colleagues in the industry (both vets and Allied veterinary professionals) the significant challenges faced to personnel. Back in 2015 on completing a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice which she entered focussed wanted to fix the environmental issues in veterinary practice it became clear that until we can meet people’s needs in veterinary practice trying to engage individuals and the industry as a whole in environmentally sound practice is going to be an uphill battle. This led to her enrolling in a Master’s in Professional Practice with a research focus on socially sustainable practice and asking the question – can we be socially sustainable in veterinary practice in New Zealand while still meeting the financial bottom line.

Fiona has been a leadership trainer with Dale Carnegie for nearly 20 years during which time she had been recognised in the top 1% of trainers worldwide. Fiona has also been working in the vet industry for over 15 years, helping practises achieve greater business results through the development of their people and the implementation of processes that drive performance. Having contracted to Masterpet for the last 15 years in the HR and L&D space, she has been instrumental in creating a culture within the business that has seen them recognised as finalists three years running in the Kenexa Best Workplaces of New Zealand. As leaders in their field she has collaborated with Masterpet having delivered a series of 12-month bespoke Leadership programs training well over 500 people from the vet industry, with incredible results. Her passion for people continues with her involvement in Year 5 and Year 1 vet students at Massey University and she has volunteered for over 10 years teaching communication skills and sales skills which are now vital in today’s environment. Her insights, experience and personality result in high energy, humorous and yet deeply thought-provoking workshops. An NLP practitioner, Dale Carnegie trainer and above all a Pet Passionate, Fiona is a well sought-after speaker and trainer in our industry.

Liz joined the ANZ economics team in 2018. Liz started her career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, where she worked in the areas of financial stability, forecasting and monetary policy analysis, contributing insights for policy deliberations. In 2016 Liz seconded to the Reserve Bank of Australia for two years, where she helped build a model of the Australian economy, and provided direction on its development and implementation. Liz’s day-to-day activities include monitoring economic developments, producing economic forecasts, and contributing to the publication of key outputs, including Morning Focus, Weekly Focus, Property Focus, and Quarterly Economic Outlook. She has a particular research interest in the housing market. Liz holds degrees in economics and mathematics. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her young family, get active, read a novel, or cook something delicious, with a glass of pinot noir on the side.

A Yorkshire farmer's daughter, Alison qualified from Liverpool University in 1989. She worked in practice for several years before pursuing a career with Hills Pet Nutrition and MARS, discovering the customer experience passion that her award-winning company, Onswitch, is renowned for today. Established in 2001, Onswitch promotes customer-centred practice so pets, horses and livestock receive better care; providing research, marketing, CPD and business consultancy with an effective, innovative, straight-talking and client-led approach. Alison is Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. She is published widely and regularly speaks at key international veterinary congresses and events.

Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in New Zealand and Australia and sits in the top 7% of speakers worldwide. A media columnist as well as best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the acumen of over one million individuals around the world through her presentations, quick-tip newsletters, articles, books and videos. You are going to love her entertaining and practical, plain talking technology quick tips. She is known as Ms Productivity not just for her work – Debbie is also a mother of six children including twins and triplets and is also the proud owner of long-haired Chihuahuas Gremlin and Bella.