NZUWiL Alumni Regional Roadshow     

"Leading in Disruptive Times" 

The theme for this Regional Roadshow is Leading in Disruptive Times.
The 5th New Zealand Universities Women and Leadership (NZUWiL) Alumni Regional Roadshow will be held on the University of Canterbury campus, Christchurch on Thursday 14 November 2019, froom Noon to 6.00pm. This event is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University and organised by NZUWiL alumni.

Registrations for this event are closed.

The event will be hosted by Associate Professor Sussie Morrish, University of Canterbury and NZUWiL Alumni. 


Noon - 12.15pm      



Mihi Whakatau - Liz Brown, Deputy Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori


Opening Address and Welcome

Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Canterbury


Light Lunch

12.50 - 2.35pm

Session One – ‘Adaptive Leadership’

Panel Discussants                           

Amanda Derry, HR Shared Services Manager, University of Canterbury. Topic: "Juggling – not just a circus act - walking the talk of a flexible working environment."

Associate Professor Tammy Steeves, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. Topic: “Leading with kindness: I do not think it means what you think it means.” 

Associate Professor Amy Fletcher, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury. Topic: "Transforming Change: Women and Leadership in an Era of Disruption."

Associate Professor Roslyn Kerr, Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University. Topic: "How do we lead in a future where growth and expansion may no longer be the goal? Leaderships with a lens of environmental sustainability."

Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Ngāi Tahu. Topic: Leadership Reflections

2.35 - 3.00pm

Session Break

3.00 - 4.30pm 

Session Two – Theme: ‘Preparing for the Worst in Order to Respond for the Best’. Please note we will be discussing an earthquake related scenario in this session.


Facilitator: Interactive session 

4.30 - 4.35pm 

Closing Address – Dr. Lorraine Petelo Assistant Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Lincoln University

4.35 - 6.00pm

Networking ‘Drinks and Nibbles’ with Senior University Leaders, NZUWiL Stakeholders and other invited guests.

Welcome - Professor Bruce McKenzie Vice-Chancellor, Lincoln University

Participants and Guests 

The Regional Roadshow is for alumni of the NZUWiL programmes however Alumni participating in the roadshow can invite and host a colleague from their institution.

Do you have a colleague who would benefit from attending the NZUWiL roadshow and networking session? This might be someone in their early/mid institutional career demonstrating interest and involvement in departmental, faculty or service division initiatives. Alternatively they may simply be exemplary institutional citizens, contributing to and supporting women in leadership roles. Invite them to join us for the roadshow by registering as described under “Registration”.

Note: Numbers are limited so this +1 invitation will be for the entire roadshow event and assigned on a first come first serve basis.

Campus Map and Parking Information

Please check the UC Campus Map for venue location and closest parking. Pay and Display parking is available by purchasing a parking coupon obtained from a pay-and-display unit.

The NZUWiL programme exists to support, encourage, and contribute to the development of women who are, or aspire in the future to be, leaders within the tertiary sector. The goal of the programme is to increase women’s leadership capabilities and influence by enhancing their personal, professional skills and their national-level networks and contacts. This nationwide programme is endorsed by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara.

Karen Mather, University of Canterbury and NZUWiL Alumni, Nikki Gibbs, University of Canterbury, Professor Sonia Mazey, University of Canterbury and NZUWiL Alumni and Steering Group, Dr Lorraine Petelo, Lincoln University and NZUWiL Alumni, Paula Morrison, Lincoln University and NZUWiL Alumni, in liaison with the NZUWiL Steering Group.

We thank L’Oreal for their support and the Vice-Chancellors of Lincoln University and University of Canterbury for enabling this event.

Topics and Bios – Session one NZUWIL Regional Roadshow 2019


Tammy Steeves, University of Canterbury

Topic: “Leading with kindness: I do not think it means what you think it means.” To produce the best possible science outcomes, a science culture embedded with equity, access, diversity, and inclusion is needed – To achieve such meaningful change in the science system, deliberate, sustained and transparent leadership (from the top down and the bottom up) is essential.

Bio: Dr Tammy Steeves PhD is an Associate Professor of Conservation Genomics at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury where she co-leads the Conservation, Systematics and Evolution Research Team (ConSERT). Tammy’s research interests focus on the ecological and evolutionary processes that contribute to the formation and maintenance of species boundaries, and the application of this knowledge to enhance the recovery of species at risk. In partnership with mana whenua and in collaboration with conservation practitioners, her team uses genomic and non-genomic data to co-develop conservation genetic management strategies for some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rarest taonga species. Tammy is also a co-founder of the Kindness in Science Collective, a diverse collective based in Aotearoa New Zealand leading a culture shift in the science community that embeds kindness to achieve better science outcomes.


Roslyn Kerr, Lincoln University

Topic: “How do we lead in a future where growth and expansion may no longer be the goal? Leaderships with a lens of environmental sustainability.” Roslyn’s Faculty has a strong focus on environmental sustainability. Along with that comes an awareness that our current focus on economic growth is not sustainable, which runs counter to the way measures of growth (particular economic growth) have traditionally been used as markers of good leadership and success. Roslyn will discuss how we lead in a future where growth and expansion may no longer be the goal.

Bio: Dr Roslyn Kerr PhD is an Associate Professor in Sociology of Sport and the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University. Originally from Sydney, Roslyn moved to Christchurch in 2003 and begun working at Lincoln University in 2010. After almost four years as a Head of Department, she was appointed to the role of Faculty Dean at the beginning of 2019. As Dean of a very diverse Faculty with a strong orientation towards environmental and community sustainability, and a strong proponent of servant leadership, she is constantly challenged by the question of how to lead with care within a world where capitalist and patriarchal expectations continue to dominate.

Amy Fletcher, University of Canterbury

Topic: “Transforming Change: Women and Leadership in an Era of Disruption.”  AI and automation pose particular challenges and opportunities for women; Leading in an era of disruptive change requires new toolsets and mind-sets; Effective wellness initiatives will require both employers and employees to acknowledge the 'new normal' of rapid and systemic change in higher education.

Bio: Dr Amy Fletcher PhD is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, in the 1960s, when her father was a young engineer working on the Apollo project, she has been interested in the societal implications of emerging technologies since the cradle. Prior to moving to New Zealand, she completed her PhD at the University of Georgia in June 1997, and worked as a Legislative Assistant on Telecommunications and Technology issues for Representative Tillie Fowler (R-FL) in the United States Congress (1995/96). She is the Associate Editor of Politics and Life Sciences Journal (Cambridge University Press) and a Features Editor for Human Futures (World Futures Studies Federation). She recently completed the Professional Certificate in Foresight at the University of Houston (2019) and has current research interests in AI/automation/higher education and advanced biotechnologies for human health.


Amanda Derry, University of Canterbury

Topic: “Juggling – not just a circus act - walking the talk of a flexible working environment.”

Bio: Amanda Derry is the Shared Services Manager, HR and has worked at the University of Canterbury for 13 years. She currently leads a large and diverse team comprising of the HR Advisory, Employment Relations, Remuneration, Payroll, HR Administration and Recruitment functions within a shared services framework.  Her motivation is to lead and motivate others in innovative and inspiring ways. She believes in creating opportunities and environments where others are enabled to be as effective as they can be. As an experienced leader, she works alongside staff and managers, providing coaching, support and learning opportunities.

Amanda has significant experience in the education and tertiary education sectors and as an active member of the Institute of Directors and School Board Chair.
Amanda says “we are an active, cricket mad family so when we are not playing or watching the game, I am shuttling children to sports games and managing a local netball team! I love to crochet, am passionate about living sustainably, and spend much of my spare time crafting, upcycling and repurposing items.”


Arihia Bennett, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Topic: "Leadership Reflections." - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Chief Executive Officer Arihia Bennett will share her reflections on the key challenges she’s faced as a leader of an iwi organisation that serves 65,000 whānau members. Having been in the role for the past seven years, Arihia is uniquely placed to discuss some significant events that have impacted employees, whānau, the wider community, and the whenua we live on. She will reflect on the far-reaching challenges faced in the years following the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes, as well as the horrific terrorist attacks in Ōtautahi on 15 March 2019.  

Bio: Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) has been in the role of CEO since 2012. She and husband Richard have an adult son, Piri. Arihia lives at Tuahiwi alongside three generations of whānau and is an active member of her papatipu rūnanga.

The wellbeing of tamariki, whānau and communities is the motivation behind Arihia’s long career in social services initially as a social worker, and a trainer/educator for Child Youth & Family and then as regional manager Te Waipounamu for Barnados NZ. In 2011, Arihia was appointed Chief Executive of He Oranga Pounamu, the iwi mandated organisation responsible for health and social services in Te Waipounamu.

A passion for enabling and empowering whānau and communities to take control of their own lives, find their own voice and be the best they can be is a key driver for Arihia in her current role as she leads the organisation to develop the programmes and initiatives that will grow papatipu rūnanga and create a better tomorrow for Ngāi Tahu whānui.

Arihia has held advisory positions to government, including Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commissioner (CERC) following the September 2010 earthquake. She has also held governance roles within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, including as a director for Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation from 1999 to 2002, and chair from 2002 to 2005. Other former board roles include Barnados NZ and the Christchurch Women’s Refuge (now known as Aviva). She is a current member of the Global Women’s Network and the Tuahiwi Māori Women’s Welfare League.

In 2008, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and the community.

Topics and Bios – Session two NZUWIL Regional Roadshow 2019


Sarah Beaven, University of Canterbury

Dr Sarah Beaven is a Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk & Resilience, in the School of Earth and Environment. Her research field is disaster risk governance, and particularly the use of coproduction of knowledge, collaborative governance & participatory decision-making to achieve disaster resilience outcomes.


Matthew Hughes, University of Canterbury

Dr Matthew Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk and Resilience at the University of Canterbury, and is Co-Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Programme. Matthew’s background is in Earth and environmental science and climate change, and since the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence has focussed on the impacts of disasters on infrastructure systems and communities. A former volunteer fire fighter with more than 10 years of experience, Matthew was involved in the evacuation of coastal Christchurch during the 14th November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and tsunami event.