Speakers

About Rod

Rod Drury is the CEO and co-founder of Xero and serves on its Board of Directors. As the visionary behind Xero he has been acknowledged by his international peers through many technology and business awards, including 2013 EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2012, member of the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, World Class New Zealander for ICT in 2008, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ. Before starting Xero, Rod was involved in a number of successful startups including Context Connect, Glazier Systems and Aftermail.

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About Magda

We all know Magda the comedian; now, it’s time to introduce Magda the author. Magda is one of Australia’s most beloved actors, having graced our screens for many years as Sharon in the sitcom Kath and Kim. She’s also appeared in the award-winning film Babe and its sequel, worked alongside Robin Williams in Happy Feet, and even appeared in a national tour of Grease: The Arena Spectacular. Magda has received many accolades throughout her career and none more so than for her autobiography ‘Reckoning’. In the words of Peter Craven in his review published in the Australian: ‘Reckoning is a riveting, overwhelmingly poignant autobiography by a woman of genius. It is an extraordinary hymn to the tragic heroism at the heart of ordinary life and the soaring moral scrutiny of womankind. Every library should have it; every school should teach it.’

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About Tim

Tim Leberecht is a German-American author, entrepreneur, and consultant with 20 years’ experience in marketing leadership roles and is the author of the international bestseller, The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself . He is also the founder of The Business Romantic Society, a global collective of strategists, advertisers, curators, artists, developers, designers, researchers, and data scientists with the shared mission to bring beauty and enchantment to business. Tim is a prolific writer and presenter. His TED Talk ‘4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of Machines’ has almost 2.5 million views.
www.timleberecht.com

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About Trent

Trent Innes has more than 18 years of experience growing and managing major businesses in the accounting and IT industries. Initially joining Xero as National Sales Director, Trent was appointed as Managing Director in 2016 to manage the company’s next phase of growth. Prior to Xero, Trent worked at Microsoft for six years as National Sales Manager of the Microsoft Business Group in Australia, managing company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) businesses. He started his career as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Trent’s experience includes business leadership, sales management, channel development, strategic planning and scaling software-as-a-service businesses.

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About Anna

Anna joined Xero in February 2016 as Managing Director for New Zealand, bringing a deep experience of online, financial services and operations. She has a strong passion for driving the success of New Zealanders and their businesses through technology. Formerly General Manager Internet Banking at ASB, Anna's leadership saw the launch of many digital world firsts across the Bank, including Virtual Branch, Facebook Payments and LikeLoan, along with awards recognising world class digital experiences. Her tenure at ASB also included leadership roles across Marketing, Innovation & Design, BankDirect, Contact Centre and Audit, and she was recognised globally as a Judge for the EFMA Innovation Awards over consecutive years. Most recently Anna was General Manager Digital First at Spark. She is a Capacity Partner with the Springboard Trust and is also an alumni from the Global Women 'Breakthrough Leaders' programme.

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About Craig

As Country Manager for New Zealand, Craig is a key member of the global sales leadership team, responsible for driving relationships with government, financial institutions, enterprise, and promoting the small business economy. Craig has been with Xero for several years, and returns to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, where he led Xero's entrance into Europe, the Middle East and South Africa markets.
Craig is a father of four and a successful former rugby player who spent more than eight years playing professionally in New Zealand, France, England, and Wales.

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About Kieran

Behavioural Researcher & Strategist Kieran is a speaker, author, educator and mentor who’s out to challenge the limits of our imagination – limits she believes are self-imposed. She’s the co-founder of The Impossible Institute, an innovation and engagement think-tank that challenges and redefines what is possible. Their specialisation is understanding the human behaviours and belief systems that drive and motivate us, and teaching others how to harness that power commercially. Kieran’s reputation as a rare leader in the Mad Men world of advertising, along with an entrepreneurial mindset and sharp humour have made her the go-to woman for publications like CEO Magazine. Together with business partner Dan Gregory, Kieran is on a mission is to turn ImpossAble Thinking into an epidemic.
www.theimpossibleinstitute.com

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About Dan

Dan’s official title is Behavioural Researcher and Strategist. He’s also an author, educator, speaker, consultant and social commentator – and co-founder of The Impossible Institute. The Institute is an innovation and engagement think-tank founded to challenge and redefine what is possible. They specialise in understanding human behaviour, and the many factors that inspire, drive and motivate us. Dan’s business acumen is matched by a rapier wit and extraordinary human insight, qualities that made him a regular on ABC TVs Gruen Planet and a captivating speaker. Together with business partner Kieran, Dan is on a mission to turn ImpossAble Thinking into an epidemic.
www.theimpossibleinstitute.com

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About Marty

Marty Wilson is a TED Speaker and international expert on using humour as your secret weapon in business to increase resilience, retention and revenue. He is a former Australian Comic of the Year and was a full-time Stand Up Comic for 8 years in the UK, but is also a registered Pharmacist so he balances proven scientific data with laugh out loud stories. This makes his programs and MC work incredibly human and instantly relatable to a wide variety of audiences.

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About Adam

Dr Adam Fraser has been an educator and researcher in the area of human performance for the last 18 years! In this time he has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 4 years he has delivered more than 600 presentations to over 50,000 people in Australia, US, New Zealand and Asia. In 2005 he was runner up in the young investigator of the year for his PhD research.
In addition to this Dr Adam is the author of three best selling books, including his latest book ‘The Third Space’. Adam is a regular presenter on TV and Radio and has appeared on Mornings, Today Tonight, Sunrise, Today show, Kochie’s Business and What’s good for you! Also he has been profiled in the Australian Financial Review and BRW.

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About Heidi

Heidi is passionate about helping Australians develop a better relationship with money. When presenting for TV or radio, Heidi draws on her experience as a successful business owner, finance expert, lawyer and consumer advocate.
Following the sale of her successful business in home lending, Heidi was formally recognised in the finance industry as a leader who brings ideas to life. She was awarded Best Industry Thought Leader at the 2014 Australian Lending Awards and returned in 2015 as a panel judge.
Heidi uniquely incorporates all things money back to the everyday experiences we all face. Heidi is relatable, engaging and isn’t afraid of using the “L” word – even when it comes to money!

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About Paul

Paul Macpherson, Xero's Head of Security, manages a global team of specialists to keep Xero's customers and business safe in the cloud. He brings over 25 years experience in information security, compliance and risk management to Xero, in the finance, law enforcement and professional services industries.

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About Steve

Steve Vamos has more than thirty years experience in the Information Technology and on line Media industry and has lived and worked in Australia, the USA and Asia.
Steve serves as a non-executive Director of Telstra (appointed September 2009) and Fletcher Building Limited (appointed July 2015). Steve also serves as a non-executive Director and advisor to a number of organisations that span start-ups and larger established organizations.
Steve is an Adjunct Professor and member of the Business School Advisory Board at the University of Technology Sydney.
Steve was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not for profit think tank which operated from 2005 – 2014, to encourage and promote new and better leadership and management practices which enable innovation, productivity and sustainability.
The Australian Financial Review has twice included Steve in the top five listing of the most influential members of the Australian technology industry. Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.

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About Oliver

Oliver is the general manager for Commerical Small Business for Xero. In his current role, Oliver leads the teams bringing Xero's products and strategy to market successfully. Previously at Xero, Oliver served as head of product development for a number of Xero's products and has experience living and working across all of Xero markets.

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About Emma

Emma is our NZ Business Director, leading our NZ GTM Operations team. Emma started her accounting career with a global accounting firm before taking time out to deploy as a Military Police Officer to Southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick. She has gained valuable accounting, commercial and operational experience over the last 10 years, both in the military and civilian world.

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About Craig

Passionate about purpose, Craig (CA) works with the Xero HQ Product Team, and our much valued App Partner Ecosystem, to create intuitive and delightful integration experiences, seamlessly bringing together the next generation of tools Xero Partners will use to power their practice and service their clients.

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About Jo

Joanne is one of our liberated accountants who joined Xero after working in business advisory at BDO Auckland. As a chartered accountant, she has been a voice for our partners throughout her different roles at Xero. Now as NZ Product Director she works to align product strategy with the specific needs of the New Zealand market. 

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About Phil

Manager of the NZ Xero Partner Consultants, consulting to Accountants in the Practice management space for over 8 years. Last 5 years, at Xero, implementing XPM into NZ practices.

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About Sarah

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with more than 5 years experience working in public practice.  In May 2015 she transformed her career and became a Partner Consultant based in Xero’s Perth office. Over the past 2 years she has successfully guided, trained and converted hundreds of practices in Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory to Xero’s cloud based modern accounting tools.  Sarah’s passion and confidence empowers Xero Partners to streamline their workflows, implement change and help develop Xero Champions to deliver positive outcomes to a practice.

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