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.
Rod's keynote is at 2:30 PM on Day 2
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.’
Magda's keynote is at 9:10 AM on Day 2
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.
Tim's keynote is at 9:45 AM on Day 1
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.
Trent's keynote is at 9:20 AM on Day 1
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 recognizing world class digital experiences. Her tenure at ASB also included leadership roles across Marketing, Innovation & Design, BankDirect, Contact Center and Audit, and she was recognized 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' program.
Anna's keynote is at 11:15 AM on Day 1
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.
Craig's keynote is at 9:20 AM on Day 1
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 behaviors 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.
Kieran's keynote is at 12:00 PM on Day 1
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 specialize in understanding human behavior, 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.
Dan's keynote is at 12:00 PM on Day 1
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.
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.
Adam's breakout session is at 11:30 AM on Day 2
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 recognized 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!
Heidi's breakout session is at 2:30 PM on Day 1
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.
Paul's breakout session is at 3:30 PM on Day 1
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 organizations 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.
Steve's breakout session is at 4:30 PM on Day 1
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.
Emma's breakout session is at 12:20 PM on Day 2
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.
Craig's breakout session is at 3:30 PM on Day 1
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.
Jo's breakout session is at 12:20 PM on Day 2
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.
Phil's breakout session is at 11:30 AM on Day 2
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.
Sarah's breakout session is at 4:30 PM on Day 1
Nathan Hood, co-founder of Carbon Group and managing partner of Carbon Accounting, assists small businesses with cloud-based solutions to enable them to run their business more efficiently. Teamed with expert strategic advice when it comes to tax accounting and structure, Nathan provides businesses with the tools to reach their goals and achieve growth. Carbon Accounting are Xero platinum partners, and have recently been awarded as Boutique Firm of the Year at the Australian Accounting Awards.
Nathan is part of the panel discussion at 3:30 PM on Day 1
Alex spent 20 years working in large IT companies, the last 10 of which were spent helping. Accountants streamline their invoicing, job management and document management.
She spent a year at Addon Success Events, presenting Xero to Accountants’ clients and it was then that she realized the enormous opportunity that cloud accounting provides to be able to offer full- service, real-time bookkeeping to SMEs that have neither the time nor the headspace to look after their books themselves.
Alex’s interests include voluntary work with the Brotherhoold of St Lawrence and golf; Although, by her own admission, this is unfortunate as she struggles to hit a ball.
Alex is part of the panel discussion at 2:30 PM on Day 1
Brett is the founder and CEO of Kelly+Partners. He has more than 20 years commercial and professional accountancy experience, specializing in assisting private clients, private business owners and families. In 2006, Brett founded Kelly+Partners with accounting businesses in North Sydney and the Central Coast, before building out the network to 16 businesses over 13 locations to date. Brett is also the best-selling author of four books, Collective Wisdom, Universal Wisdom, Business Owners' Wisdom and Your Money Your Choice.
Nathan is part of the panel discussion at 3:30 PM on Day 1
Jonathan Fryer is an Accounting & Outsourcing Solutions Partner at Mazars in Thailand. Jonathan is an ICAEW qualified chartered accountant focused on providing business advisory and outsourcing services to owner managed businesses and international organizations operating in Thailand and Asia. With more than 10 years of professional experience in accounting and audit in an international environment, Jonathan has a deep knowledge in international accounting, tax and business operations.
Jonathan is part of the panel discussion at 4:30 PM on Day 1
Mandy leads the Wholesale Center of Excellence at Deloitte Private, an operational hub overseeing the delivery of accounting & compliance services to large wholesale & franchise businesses. Mandy brings deep expertise working across a range of clients from large franchises to family office and international businesses providing a broad range of accounting & finance advice. Mandy has recently led a transformational finance implementation for a large franchise group,providing strategic delivery of a streamlined finance solution via Deloitte’s cloud accounting platform, Private Connect.
Mandy is part of the panel discussion at 4:30 PM on Day 1
A former Managing Partner of BDO Wellington and current Head of Advisory for BDO New Zealand, Adam has 35 years' experience in accounting and advisory services.
Adam specializes in business consultancy and works with a wide-ranging client base on high level business management, structuring, and tax planning. He edited the New Zealand sections of the CCH International Tax Planning Manuals for a number of years.
Adam brings a wealth of commercial experience to any business dealings and was Company Secretary and Head of the Accounting and Legal Functions of Sun Alliance Life Limited for five years.
Adam has expertise in governance, strategic and business planning, business growth facilitation and focus, business expansion and management, merger and acquisition negotiations, International and cross border taxation, trust and taxation structuring and restructuring. He set up BDO's national Strategic sectors group and is past Deputy Chair of BDO New Zealand.
Adam is part of the panel discussion at 4:30 PM on Day 1
Andrew was the first, and only, public school kid from Frankston to be admitted into KPMG's cadetship program straight out of high school. After 6 years at KPMG and various positions at other ‘typical accounting firms’, Andrew started illumin8 at the age of 26.
Although he doesn’t take himself too seriously, he is serious about helping small business owners experience new levels of freedom and passion as they pursue their personal and business goals. Father to two girls, Andrew is a huge fan of the Utah Jazz, whiskey and his beard.
Andrew is part of the panel discussion at 12:20 PM on Day 2
Karla is the owner of Infinesse, a Xero Award Winning Bookkeeping Practice. Prior to starting her own business she worked as an Accountant in a Large Regional Firm. Karla is a lover of all things technology (except when it’s not working), has a passion to help small businesses work smarter and is an advocate for the future of the bookkeeping industry.
Karla is part of the panel discussion at 2:30 PM on Day 1
Paul Meissner runs one of the original Xero firms, who have been 100% Cloud based for 8 years - before it was cool.
Paul Meissner is both an old and new Accountant. His firm, 5ways Group, is a traditional tax compliance firm yet operate 100% in the cloud using the latest technology. The death of compliance is a myth that Paul is always happy to talk about. He and his firm are active on social media, networking and sharing ideas with Accountants and bookkeepers around the world.
Paul also runs a successful Podcast for Accountants (From the trenches) and has created the "Freedom Accounting System" to help Accountants unlock the power of technology in your firm.
When Paul isn't shaming scaremongerers online, he can be found working from beaches around the world in true "Cloud Accountant" style."
Paul is part of the panel discussion at 12:20 PM on Day 2
Good Bookkeepers are hard to Find. Relax...you just found a GREAT one.
Ryan Gollan, Director of Cash Flow Management (CFM) Bookkeeping, leads a talented team of professionals who get a kick out of helping small business owners measure, manage and grow their business more successfully. Victoria’s first Xero Platinum Bookkeeping Partner and Bookkeeping Partner of the Year (2014), CFM Bookkeeping provide simple solutions for everything ‘numbers’ in your business.
Ryan Gollan, is a Registered BAS Agent, Qualified Accountant (MIPA), Certified Bookkeeper (MICB) and a member of the Xero Alumni.
Ryan is part of the panel discussion at 2:30 PM on Day 1
Sophie Andrews is an award winning business owner, mentor & author of The Creative Collection. Sophie is CEO of The Accounts Studio, which has been a finalist in the Australian Accounting Awards for the last 3 years. Established in 2005, The Accounts Studio has been voted as one of Anthill’s top 100 Coolest Companies, niching in working with creative, design and tech start-ups, providing cloud bookkeeping, cash flow and strategic advice. Sophie has also been on the Board of Directors of the Australian Bookkeepers Association since 2013.
Sophie is part of the panel discussion at 12:20 PM on Day 2
Melissa Browne is an author and serial entrepreneur. She is CEO of the award-winning accounting and advisory firm A+TA (Accounting & Taxation Advantage), CEO of the financial planning business for 28-48 year olds who want to financially grow up The Money Barre and Director of Business at the long-day early learning school for 3-5 year olds Thinkers,inq. She has written three books, More Money for Shoes, Fabulous but Broke and her most recent, Unf*ck your Finances. Melissa also writes a bi-weekly Money column for the Sydney Morning Herald & Melbourne’s The Age and is a regular media commentator, writing and speaking on everything from Cosmopolitan to CEO Magazine to Weekend Sunrise to Triple J. In 2016 she was named one of the Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.
Melissa is part of the panel discussion at 12:20 PM on Day 2