Throughout his business career, Christchurch born, Shane Spiers has survived through three major UK and global economic recessions: 1990-1992 when there were extremely high interest rates responding to inflation, the dot com recession of 2001 and the Credit Crunch recession of 2008 when the subprime mortgage crisis infiltrated the British banking sector. Shane has also had to manage through some sector or locality specific crisis including SARS (2003), London Bombings (2005) and the Syrian Refugee crisis (2013) as well as several major property fires and political disruption that affected the economy and disrupted business activities.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic we face challenging times at the moment and we could all use a little guidance and reassurance from a fellow Kiwi who has experienced similar challenging situations and can share some tips on how good leadership, planning and behaviour management can get us out into the light again.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Canterbury University and since then has spent over 30 years working with the UK’s leading architects on many award-winning buildings and structures. He is one of three directors responsible for running the WSP Structures Team in London. Preferring to work across a wide range of sectors and building types he enjoys applying this diverse range of experience to new projects. His current projects include a new office development for Sellar at Paddington Square and 1 Undershaft, the next ‘tall tower’ in the City of London.
David Gregson is a past Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation which is transforming East London following the 2012 Olympic Games. More recently David was Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association which is responsible for tennis in Britain. David is a member of the Advisory Boards of Phoenix Equity Partners who have been responsible for funding several property development projects in London and over the course of his career he has been director or Chairman of some thirty companies or charities. David is a Scot by birth but has a kiwi connection through his two year teaching stint at Rathkeale College in Masterton following his graduation from Cambridge University.
Ticket includes NZ craft beer and NZ wine all night, tasty bbq food, rashuns, burger rings, jaffas, pineapple lumps, jet planes, minties and groovy kiwi tunes up high on an outdoor terrace in the City. Our famous summer BBQ is back - compulsory Hawaiian shirts and dancing jandals required! Big thanks to Osborne Clarke for hosting us on their amazing terrace and to Sweet Sounds live for putting together the awesome kiwi playlist.
Rachel Carrell is the founder and CEO of Koru Kids, a fast-growing tech company dedicated to building the world’s best childcare service. Originally from Invercargill, Rachel holds a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has received numerous awards including ‘Inspirational Mother’ and ‘Best Businesswoman in Tech’, and was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of her work. Rachel is also the mother of two young children. She was CEO of a multinational healthcare company when she had her first baby, experienced first hand how difficult and expensive it was to arrange childcare, and decided to found Koru Kids.
Founding Transformation and IT Consultancy Sysdoc after working on the computerisation of the London Stock Exchange, was a natural step for Katherine who was trained as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. The principles of aviation on which the company is built underpin its philosophy to this day.
UK New Zealander of the Year 2015 and twice named EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Katherine’s entrepreneurial energy is contagious. The mum of 4 and newly minted 'oma' led the way in family practices in business when she founded the company 33 years ago. Continuing on the innovation theme, Sysdoc is about to launch a new platform and tool set for Change Management.
Josh Bayliss has been CEO of the Virgin Group since 2011. He is responsible for the Group’s strategic development and licensing of the Virgin brand globally, and the management of direct investments on behalf of the Branson family in various branded and unbranded companies around the world. Under Josh’s leadership the Group has extended its branded investments into the Hotels and Cruise industries, and its non-branded investment portfolio into technology, renewable energy and space-related businesses. Josh was born in New Zealand and holds both NZ and British citizenship. He is married with two children. His interests include cycling, skiing, wine and reading.