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The Hub September 2015 speaker bios




Geoff Simmons

Geoff is an economist and General Manager of the Morgan Foundation - an independent foundation that uses evidence to provoke public debate. He has co-authored four books with Gareth Morgan, and his research spans topics as varied as nutrition, water quality, and cats. He has over ten years expereience working as a senior analyst for NZ Treasury and as a manager in the UK civil service. 



Bankers' panel


Jonathan Pringle
Head of Enterprise Payments, Westpac New Zealand Limited

Jonathan has over 20 years experience at a senior level in banking in New Zealand - both institutional (principally in the areas of capital markets, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions) and retail (principally in the areas of corporate development, strategy and payments). In his current role, Jonathan is responsible for Westpac's payments operations, infrastructure and processes, industry interoperability, regulatory engagement, strategy, product support and innovation. Jonathan is also a Director on the Payments NZ Board.




Charles Duke
Deputy CEO, TSB Bank Ltd

With 35 years of experience as a software engineer, Charles joined TSB in 2005 in the role of IT Manager. In 2010 he was appointed Deputy CEO, a role which encompasses most aspects of the operation and future direction of TSB Bank with a special focus on payments, third party relationships and industry coordination. Charles is also a Director on the Payments NZ Board, is on the Board of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union and a Board Member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce.




Russell Briant
Senior Manager Payment Strategy, Bank of New Zealand

Russell joined BNZ in the mid ‘80s and became involved in payments from the beginning. During that time Russell has been actively involved in successive waves of payments change. Those include the rise of ATM, EFTPOS, credit cards, e-commerce, multi-currency, internet payments, mobile payments and the use of payments data to derive customer insights and many side alleys and connections in between. Russell is presently the Senior Manager Payment Strategy within the BNZ Product team and sits on the Semble Stakeholder Sponsor Group.




Dave Murdoch
Head of Current Accounts, Payments & ATMs, ANZ New Zealand

Dave has 15 years of product management and commercial experience at a variety of blue chip organisations. He has been with ANZ for five years and looks after current account products, the ATM channel and domestic payments propositions across personal, business and corporate segments. The scope of Dave’s role includes product and proposition lifecycle management, business leadership of domestic payments projects and management of product driven expenses (card plastic/personal, paper statements, and cheques).



Quick-fire masterclass presenters


Marc Potter
CEO New Zealand, Internal Consulting Group

Marc is a founding global partner with Internal Consulting Group (ICG), and CEO of the New Zealand business. He is a former Partner with Booz•Allen&Hamilton. Marc has worked with boards, C-suite executives, division and general managers on issues of strategy, innovation, competitive position, M&A, cost and supply chain performance, executive performance and organisation design. His work spans many industries, including banking, insurance, resources, transport, agribusiness, aerospace, FMCG, media, metals, manufacturing, building products, infrastructure maintenance, and government. He has experience with clients in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. Marc is keenly interested in the areas of innovation, knowledge management and customer experience.

Marc’s recent work has focused on digital transformation strategies and capability models, helping clients accelerate their innovation cycles and improve their digital effectiveness.




Tracey Bridges
Managing Partner, Senate SHJ, New Zealand

SenateSHJ is a leading strategic communications consultancy, with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney. The company specialises in reputation management – planning and executing powerful communications for clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Tracey specialises in strategy, issues management and social marketing. In her work with senior management teams and communications teams, Tracey helps clients find the essence of their story, and identify the most powerful way to communicate that with the audiences that matter to them most. She also contributes to SenateSHJ’s capability building work, providing training in clear writing, media engagement and presentations, leadership and influence.




Melissa Jenner
Head of Design & Innovation, Grant Thornton

Melissa joined Grant Thornton in 2014. Previously she enjoyed a long international marketing career working in New Zealand, London & New York in executive leadership roles for organisations such as Saatchi & Saatchi, NZX, Microsoft, Cantor Fitzgerald & Barclays. Melissa returned to New Zealand in 2012 with a passion to help New Zealand companies grow, becoming the Director of Better By Design at NZ Trade & Enterprise. Whilst there she worked closely with Stanford Design School and IDEO and learned some world-leading innovation methodologies. In addition to working for Grant Thornton, she is a Design Thinking Coach on the Global Women Programme and the Auckland Co-Design Lab, and curates design events in Auckland to help businesses understand the value and complexity of innovation.



Keynote speaker


Richard Miller
Strategy Director, Deloitte

Richard is a Strategy Director in Deloitte's Financial Services practice in Melbourne. He has 20 years advisory experience working with organisations ranging from start-ups to global financial institutions. Richard focuses on projects related to strategy, growth and innovation, disruption in the payments space, regulation and operating model design. He has also co-authored two reports: ‘B2B Payments: 2015 Australia and New Zealand Research’ and ‘Digital Transaction Banking: Opportunities and Challenges‘ on digital disruption and the rise of Fintechs.

Prior to Deloitte Australia, Richard was a banking executive at NAB as well as an external consultant with Deloitte Canada and The Boston Consulting Group. 


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