A networking and learning event for local government chief executives, sponsored by PwC.

  • 06 May 2021
  • 9:00 AM
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  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand
  • 400.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 550.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

Our 2021 PwC Chief Executives Forum will coincide with the Gala Dinner and will include a joint session with LG Leaders.

A networking and learning event for local government chief executives, sponsored by PwC. This year’s theme is focused on social and cultural well-being. There will be speakers from both central and local government and the opportunity for an open forum.

There is an opportunity for 'CE only time' where you can share with your fellow chief executives items that are top-of-mind in a confidential environment.

The Programme
Thursday, 6 May 2021

9.00am Welcome
Karen Thomas, Taituarā Chief Executive

Joint session with LG Leaders

9.30am Regional Partnerships
Debbie Power, Ministry of Social Development
Iona Holsted, Ministry of Education

The regional leads and the work their agencies are doing. The role and work of the 13 Leads across the country and the types of engagement we can expect with them.

10.15am Morning Tea

Chief Executives Stream

Jo Miller, Hutt City Council
Nigel Bickle, Hastings District Council
Wendy Walker, Porirua City Council

With New Zealand in the midst of a housing crises, the role of Councils to support housing in the community has taken on significant prominence. This panel session will explore the experiences of three Councils as they look to meet the housing needs of their communities - the relationships and approaches utilised and what they have learned from the experience.

11.30am A word from our Sponsor
TBC, PricewaterhouseCoopers

12.00pm Lunch

12.45pm Resilience in a time of crises
Sandy Graham, Chief Executive, Dunedin City Council

In February 2021, high levels of lead were discovered in the drinking water of several Otago towns. In responding to a crises, the ability of a leader to draw on their resilience and respond to both the immediate and subsequent need is paramount. Sandy will share her experience of responding to the water contamination crises.

1.00pm Well-being
Dr Tom Mulholland, KYND Wellness

An expert on workplace stress, emotional control, productivity, and psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Tom has given over 1000 keynote presentations on well-being to international clients like Google, Microsoft, and Hilton.

After touring Aotearoa for two years, Dr Tom and his team diagnosed hundreds of cases of dangerous, preventable illnesses. His resulting app – KYND – is designed for individuals to easily store and track their medical data. A simple traffic light system allowed patients to see where they had areas of risk.

Dr Tom will share his insights and expertise on workplace stress, emotional control, productivity, and psychoneuroimmunology and provide practical tips and tools on navigating your own well-being as a leader in local government.

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.15pm Open Forum - CEs only

4.15pm Close


Sandy Graham
Governance Manager/ Deputy Electoral Officer Read Profile
Karen Thomas
Chief Executive, Taituarā Read Profile
Jo Miller
Chief Executive, Hutt City Council Read Profile
Wendy Walker
Chief Executive Read Profile