Workshop Facilitators

Gilda Kirkpatrick

Creative Director Us&Co, Author of Astarons: Cosmic Guardians

Gilda Kirkpatrick

Creative Director Us&Co, Author of Astarons: Cosmic Guardians

Gilda has a Bachelor of Architecture and has used her design skills for past 15 years working on spatial design. She founded her advertising company Rascals seven years ago leading the company as the creative director. She’s the author of a super-hero science series called Astarons.

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James Polhill

Founder Us&Co

James Polhill

Founder Us&Co

James has over 15 years of advertising experience partnering with some of New Zealand’s largest blue-chip clients to transform their businesses with the power of ideas. Most recently he’s formed Us&Co, an independent full service advertising agency that uses creativity to help brands become more relevant in today’s fast paced digital culture. A place where the best thought leaders, creative thinkers and technology misfits work side-by-side acting instead of reacting. Founder of Us&Co Talent. Founder of Populr. Board member Kathryn Wilson.

usandco.co.nz

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Sharon Kenny

Entrepreneur

Sharon Kenny

Entrepreneur

Sharon Kenny’s story is compelling and inspirational; raised in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in New Zealand and now renown as the ‘Franchise Queen’ and ‘Serial Entrepreneur’ having founded three of New Zealand’s most successful franchise companies; Green Acres, At Your Request and Beauty On Demand

Sharon lives by her personal mantra; “its not the cards you are dealt, but how you play your hand”.

Julie Bartlett

Founder, Star Jam

Julie Bartlett

Founder, Star Jam

One of Julie’s first jobs was in a Swiss ski resort, as a horse and sleigh taxi driver. Previously only Swiss citizens, who were men had been allowed this job. Convincing her boss into giving her this job, proved to Julie that anything is possible. She then wanted to help make all sorts of things possible not just for herself but for others, working for organisations ranging from Save the Children to Autism NZ.

Julie has founded and led two social change organisations; StarJam – empowering young people with disabilities through performance and more recently Julie launched Sources Of Unconditional Love – SOUL, empowering girls, especially those who suffer because of prejudice and discrimination. Julie has been recognized widely for her 25 years’ of charitable work; she was named Supreme Winner of Next Woman of the Year Awards in 2012 and appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

Supt Tusha Penny

National Manager: Prevention, NZ Police

Supt Tusha Penny

National Manager: Prevention, NZ Police

Since joining the New Zealand Police in 1992 Superintendent Tusha Penny has worked in both provincial and metropolitan areas. Much of her career has been spent in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) investigating serious crimes including lead roles in several high profile homicides (Operation Lion a unique investigation involving a ‘makutu’ cleansing by whanau in Wainuiomata; and the killing of Karl Kuchenbecker by serial murderer Graham Burton). She has also worked as a country mentor to Tonga to assist them with establishing family violence units and as part of the New Zealand Police contingent that assisted with the Tongan riots in 2006.

She has been pivotal in the change management Police have gone through over recent years in respect of child protection and sexual violence. She was critical in identifying and bringing attention to the systemic failure of Police to address child abuse investigations in the Wairarapa. Following from that she led the implementation of a multi agency centre based in Wellington known as ‘Koru House’ which was significant in addressing a lot of the issues found in Operation Hope (the long term investigation of historic child abuse files). The first officer to ever take on the role of National Manager – Child Protection and Sexual Violence in 2011 she spearheaded a national change management programme to accelerate the Police response to the Commission of Inquiry.

Superintendent Tusha Penny is now in the role of National Manager: Prevention based at Police National Headquarters. She is currently working on a major Change programme within the Family and Sexual Violence area which she is very passionate about.

Tim Wilson

New Zealand's leading landscape artists

Tim Wilson

New Zealand's leading landscape artists

Born in Palmerston North, my first trip to the South Island was with my 5th form class during the August school holidays in 1970.
As a 16 year old I vividly remember my awe when travelling down the West Coast and through Haast Pass to Queenstown, thrilling at the power of the Landscape on my emotions.

As the panorama from the isthmus between Lake Wanaka & Lake Hawea came into view it burned an indelible impression on my soul. I knew at that moment my calling. The Haast has such variety of mood and form. The play of light on mists and the seasonal change within inspire such a wide range of emotions. It’s these emotions I aim to portray. I am not simply painting the landscape but the emotional response engendered by it.

My first trip into the Matukituki Valley was a very difficult one. It was as if I was trespassing and being warned to go no further. An incredible sense of oppression and sadness prevailed. I was being judged in this place, dared almost to continue. Pushing on I came to a bend in the road and was rewarded with such an extraordinary vista filled with incandescent light. The Gods were in this place and I, a mere awestruck mortal, agog at such beauty.

I found out not long after that this valley had seen much tragedy and wondered if that’s what I was sensing, knowing I would return to this place again and again to be tested. I feel welcome now, as though family.

Painting the Matukituki, Wakatipu, Manapouri, Te Anau, Wanaka and much more of this remarkable country has taught me so much about myself. I feel such a strong spiritual sense of belonging in these areas and am constantly drawn back to the fold.

I will be, when I am 90.

Holly Ryan

Retail, Innovation and Manufacturing reporter for the NZ Herald

Holly Ryan

Retail, Innovation and Manufacturing reporter for the NZ Herald

Holly has a BSc in Zoology from Otago University and a PGDip in communication studies specialising in journalism from AUT. She has previously worked at the Technology Investment Network, where she developed an interest in the business and technology sector.