Catherine Beard is Executive Director of Export NZ and Manufacturing NZ, divisions of Business NZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes.
The Business NZ group includes four large regional business associations, the Major Companies Group, Export NZ, more than 70 affiliated industry associations and Buy NZ Made.
The group’s goal is New Zealand’s prosperity through successful business.
Catherine works with government and other key decision makers on issues of concern to exporters and manufacturers.
Catherine has spent the last 20 years as a lobbyist and advocate for a wide range of industries on a wide range of issues, including on climate change issues for the energy intensive sector, all aspects of the fire and general insurance sector and the agricultural sector (dairy focus). Catherine has participated in Prime Minister led trade missions to Indonesia and China and represents BusinessNZ at various international meetings.
Catherine was also a co-founder of a start-up business designing and manufacturing children’s nursery furniture, for which two products won national design awards.
Keynote Address 2 (7 Dec):
David Chuter – CEO and Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC
David Chuter is CEO and Managing Director at the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) (www.imcrc.org), based in Melbourne. David is an experienced senior executive with a strong industry record in leading strategic business growth, operational management and change in the manufacturing sector. He is passionate about local industry and creating a stronger platform for Australian manufacturing through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than thirty years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this gained in the global automotive industry.
David joined the IMCRC in June 2016. Prior to this, he was CEO of MHG Asia Pacific from 2014, and a member of the Futuris Automotive executive leadership team from 2001.
David is a member of Australia’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, responsible for the research and innovation and digital business models workstreams. He is a Director of the CRC Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David holds a first-class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Bath (UK), and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Dinner Address (7 Dec):
Brett O’Riley – CEO, Employers & Manufacturers Association
Brett O’Riley is the Chief Executive of the EMA, having commenced in that role in January 2019. He is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, with post graduate qualifications from MIT (Boston) and Singularity University (San Jose).
Brett returned to New Zealand from Australia in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years dedicated to the goal of growing the New Zealand innovation eco-system, as founding CE of NZICT, founding deputy CE of the Ministry of Science+Innovation, and recently as Chief Executive of ATEED, Auckland’s economic growth agency until September 2017. Prior to that Brett worked in the telecommunications and IT sectors for 20 years in New Zealand and internationally.
Prior to joining the EMA Brett worked as a Director and Advisor to organisations with a common goal , connecting them with international markets and opportunities. Brett will continue to be involved with some of these including directorships of Dotterel Technologies, Wine Grenade and the New Zealand Film Commission, and he also serves as the independent chair of the Hapi Brewing Success PGP project.
Keynote Address 3 (8 Dec):
Rebecca Percasky – CEO, The Better Packaging Co.
With a micro biology degree under her belt, Rebecca began her career working with multinationals (Vodafone, HP and IBM) to deliver complex tech implementations involving numerous moving parts including the management of people.
As COO of StarShipIT, Australasia’s highest-rated eCommerce shipping software company, she was responsible for partnering with courier companies and expanding its market penetration.
Working so closely with the rapidly expanding eCommerce industry, Rebecca became cognisant of the growing repercussions for packaging waste. When researching alternatives to plastic, Rebecca was highly inspired to do packaging ‘better’. That was the genesis of her collaboration with Kate Bezar and The Better Packaging Co. was established in March 2018.