Who you’ll hear from at the

Leaders’ Forum 2023

Meet the Speakers

Themed ‘Shaping the Future’, this year’s Forum will be a fantastic opportunity to join fellow leaders and directors at the brand new PwC Experience Centre in Christchurch for a day packed with insights, discussion, debate and networking.

Here’s some of the thought-leaders attendees can expect to hear from during the day.

Nicola Willis

Deputy Leader of the National Party and Finance Spokesperson

Nicola Willis is a List MP based in Wellington, having entered Parliament in April 2018, and being re-elected in October 2020. She is currently National’s Deputy Leader, Spokesperson for Finance, and Social Investment. She is a member of Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and  the Intelligence and Security Select Committee, and has previously served on the Environment Select Committee, the Education and Workforce Select Committee, and the Regulations Review Select Committee.

Leeann Watson

Chief Executive, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

Leeann is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber), a not-for-profit membership-based service organisation that has been the home and voice of business in the Canterbury region since 1859. Comprised of over 2,700 member organisations that represent over 60,000 employees, The Chamber’s purpose is to connect, inspire, empower and inform to create a thriving business community.

Leeann is a strong voice for Canterbury businesses. Leeann is a Small Business Advisor to Minister Anderson. Leeann engages with the business community at all levels and across all sectors and has many years’ experience in working in partnership with both local and central Government.

Peter Chambers

Partner, Food & Fibre Leader, PwC New Zealand

He leads NZ’s operations, supply chain and procurement practice and works with organisations across the country. Pete has had a portfolio career with roles in industry and consulting at a senior level as well as an earning an MBA.

Dr Ganesh Nana

Chair, Productivity Commission

Ganesh is a first-generation New Zealander, born, bred, and educated in Te Whanganui a Tara. He was appointed to his role as Chair of the Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa in December 2020 following 22 years as a Senior Economist at the consultancy Business and Economics Research Limited (BERL).

Ganesh believes economics is fundamentally about people and their communities, and is best reflected in our collective role as kaitiaki o taonga.

Peter Harris

Chair, Interflora Pacific Unit

An independent Director and Chair with a focus on co-operative business. Peter is a Chartered Independent Director, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and recipient of RICS Lifetime achievement award 2021. He is currently leading the transformational Government Office Accommodation Programme at Government Property Group.

Keith McLaughlin

Managing Director, Centrix

Keith McLaughlin has built a career in finance. During his 30 years’ as managing director of Baycorp Holdings Ltd, Keith oversaw significant expansion of the business throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s – including the successful expansion into Australia in 1998. 

After building Baycorp and spending some well-deserved time overseas, Keith returned to New Zealand to begin Centrix – the country’s leading credit bureau. Over the last decade, he has built a team to provide credit information to consumers and businesses alike to inform credit decisions.

Bindi Norwell

CEO, ProCare

Bindi is a visionary leader with more than 25 years’ experience working across a range of sectors including health, property, professional services and telecommunications. 

Bindi holds an MBA with Monash University and is currently a Director for CareHQ and 100% Appliances. She is the Chair of the Fresh Minds Board and Deputy Chair of the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors. Previously she has held governance roles with Whakarongorau Aotearoa, the EMA, the Warehouse Group (Future Director) and the Marketing Association. 


Carl Taylor

Chair, Combined Building Supplies

Carl has been building across Canterbury since 2001. Carl co-founded and is currently Chairman of CBS Co-operative – think Farmlands for tradesman, with over 800 shareholders and growing. The group is close to becoming one of the largest purchasers of building materials in New Zealand. 

Carl is actively involved in several different areas of the construction industry in both New Zealand and Australia, including ATF Vision and Harcourts and is passionate about seeing builders be successful and getting the most out of their businesses.



Murray Taggart

Chair, Alliance

Murray farms sheep and arable crops with his family in North Canterbury. He was a Nuffield Scholar in 1996 and has been heavily involved across the primary sector with past roles as National Meat and Fibre Chair of Federated Farmers and as a director of Ballance Agri-Nutrients and CRT Society. In addition to Alliance he currently chairs Taumata Plantations and is a director of FMG Insurance.


Linda Venables

Chief Supply Chain Officer, PwC Australia

Linda is an international executive with 35 years’ experience building and leading teams across Retail, FMCG, Industrial and 3rd Party Logistics sectors. She is well-versed in business transformation, technology integration and automation deployment, logistics and end-to-end Supply Chain. She is curretnyl the Chief Supply Chain Officer for PwC Australia. 

Alex Wondergem

Partner, Treasury, PwC New Zealand

As an experienced treasury professional, Alex has considerable experience in advising on the management of currency, interest rate and commodity price risks, as well as debt and funding risks for New Zealand businesses.

Melissa MacEwen

Circular Economy Expert, APAC Centre of Excellence. Director, Sustainability & Climate Change NZ, PwC New Zealand

Melissa joined the Auckland PwC office from Chatham House international policy institute in London, where she led the growth of the circular economy practice – advising international governments and stakeholders on the benefits and trade-offs of a transition to circularity, including for people, the environment and the economy.

Her and her team’s work has been incorporated into the European Commission’s circular economy strategy, and she has advised on the implications and applications of the circular economy across sectors and in all regions of the world, including applications in finance, food systems, renewable energy, critical raw materials, waste management and manufacturing. Melissa is now engaged in supporting the circular economy transition in New Zealand and the APAC region, as PwC’s circular economy subject matter expert.

Nathan Wylie

Partner, Assurance, PwC New Zealand

Nathan is a PwC Board member and an Assurance Partner in our Canterbury office. He has over 20 years experience in external audit and assurance services for PwC in New Zealand and the United States.

With significant experience across all aspects of assurance, Nathan’s areas of expertise cover a wide range of industries including retail, consumer goods and manufacturing. He also has a particular focus on innovation and high growth companies.

David Ross

CEO, Kotahi Logistics

As Chief Executive of Kotahi, David has extensive international markets experience and a deep understanding of the importance of an efficient end to end supply chain in enabling customer growth. 

Prior to joining Kotahi, David spent almost 20 years working offshore with Fonterra and its subsidiaries in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the UK, with the last 12 years of his career spent mostly in company leadership roles. 

Murray King

Chair, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)

Murray (2002 Nuffield Scholar) serves on a number of boards including LIC, Cawthron Institute and Waimea Irrigators in addition to management, governance and investment in a number of dairy farming operations and fast-moving consumer goods business. 

Roz Henry

CEO, Cooperative Business NZ

Roz Henry was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in August 2019. As CEO, she is developing and implementing a strategy to take Cooperative Business New Zealand into the future.

Previously Roz was Head of Operations at ATEED. She has also worked as a Management Consultant for a number of firms in New Zealand and internationally as well as spending time at the New Zealand Dairy Board, now Fonterra, in roles including Supply Chain Director.