Speakers

Jim Bright

Jim is a registered Organisational Psychologist and Professor of Career Development at Australian Catholic University National. Jim is an accomplished author and has published over 11 books including Brilliant CV; Getting a Brilliant Job: A Student’s Guide; and the Chaos Theory of Careers (co-authored with Robert Pryor). His books have been published in over nine different languages and are used in a variety of countries around the world. Jim is also known for his award-winning work in research and he has over 500 peer reviewed scientific research articles published in some of the leading international journals in his field.

Apart from his research and authoring work, Jim also works as a consultant and has pioneered the use of complexity theory approaches to career development and in particular the Chaos Theory. Click here for more information about the Chaos Theory.
He has over 27 years of international consulting experience specialising in career development, psychology and training.  He works with individuals & organisations, transition processes, coaching, training; and medico-legal vocational capacity assessments.
Among his many other portfolios, Jim is also the Director of Research and Impact for the leading Australian careers education organisation, BECOME Education. Jim is also a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a past Chairman of the National Executive Committee of the Australian Psychological Society College of Organisational Psychologists. He is also known for his public speaking and media work in the field of careers. He broadcasts on the topic of careers regularly and was the employment expert for Australian radio network, ABC radio 702. His television work includes appearances on a variety of Australian TV networks and he has written several newspaper columns in leading Australian newspapers on the topic of careers.

Jim Bright

Nathan Fa'avae

Nathan lives in Tasman Bay near Nelson with his family. Adventure has been the common theme of his life since his early years and he has maintained a life- long passion for the outdoors and adventure sport since his teenage years. He has represented New Zealand in four different sports and attended 15 World Championships. He led the New Zealand Adventure Racing Team to 6 world championship victories as captain. Nathan’s autobiography, ‘Adventurer at Heart’, was the grand prize winner in the 2016 NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival. Nathan is an accomplished public speaker and also coaches aspiring athletes in a variety of sports with the aim to self-coach themselves long term.

Nathan’s long and successful sporting career started at the age of 16 with him competing in marathons and endurance triathlons. This was followed by a successful stint of 6 years of focusing on mountain biking during which he won many championships and competed in competitions across the world. 

He then switched to Multisport and in 1999 he won the Southern Traverse Adventure Race which launched him into a career in the sport. He has been both a semi-professional and full - time professional athlete for the past 18 years. 
Perhaps what makes Nathan’s story exceptional, is his battle with ‘Atrial Fibrillation’, a Heart Condition that has seen Nathan undergo three corrective surgeries throughout his adult life. He is a true example of someone who has combined both passion and grit to achieve his career goals and we look forward to him addressing us at conference this year.

 Nathan Fa'avae

The Honourable Minister, Chris Hipkins

Chris was born and raised in the Hutt Valley. He later became Head Boy at Hutt Valley Memorial College (now Petone College) before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. Here he served as student president for two years. He worked in a number of positions after graduating, including working as a policy advisor for the Industry Training Federation and a training manager for Todd Energy in Taranaki. He also served as a parliamentary advisor to both Trevor Mallard and Helen Clark. 

His political career only grew from there with him being elected as the Labour MP for Rimutaka in 2008. He increased his winning margin in Rimutaka over the next several years and he became the Chief Whip of the Labour Party in 2011. During this time, he also held several portfolios such as that of the spokesperson for both State Services and Associate Education. 

In 2017, Chris was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour-NZ First coalition government supported by the Greens. He was assigned the role of Minister of Education. Chris is passionate about creating opportunities for every New Zealander to reach their full potential in life and believes that a quality education should be available to every child. These values have been at the heart of his work as Minister of Education over the course of the last several years. In 2020, he was also appointed as Minister for the Public Service and Minister of  the NZ Covid-19 response.

The Honourable Minister, Chris Hipkins

Tristram Hooley

Tristram is a careers expert based in the UK with a particular interest in how careers interact with politics, policy and technology. He holds an impressive number of positions in his field. He is the chief research officer at the Institute of Student Employers; Professor II at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences; Professor of Career Education at the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby and a Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Tristram has been an editor for the NICEC journal and he reviews for several journals, including the British Journal of Counselling and Guidance. He has supervised a variety of doctoral research projects and theses with topics ranging from parental involvement in career education to careers and the gig economy. He is also a director of NICEC (National Institute of Career Education and Counselling, England & Wales); a Winston Churchill Fellow and an editor of the Career Guidance and Social Justice website. He is the Chair of Adviza and on the board of the Career Development Policy Group as well as the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. 

Tristram is a regular public speaker in the field of careers.He believes that career guidance can be used in a powerful way to bring about social justice and that careers education should be a central part of the education and employment system.

Tristram Hooley

Brad Hurndell

Brad was a well above average student at Marlborough Boys’ College. He did not have to put much thought into his career plan as he knew that the Air Force was for him. He was accepted but soon realised that this was not a great fit. Brad then worked for the PowerBoat centre in Christchurch repairing high performance engines. From there he went to the University of Canterbury and studied Mechanical Engineering. Throughout the course, Brad showed an aptitude for creative thinking, problem solving and leadership. He was the team leader of the New Zealand University Solar Powered Car Competition winning team and represented New Zealand in Australia.

 
On graduation, Brad worked for InFact in Christchurch before he was head hunted by the founder of Shotover Camera Systems. Since moving to this young fledgling company, Brad has been instrumental recruiting and retaining a large team that is both highly skilled and creative. The company has an international profile and their clients are worldwide. Brad and the team’s efforts were rewarded in 2018 when they received the Academy Award for Scientific and Engineering for the "concept, design, engineering and implementation" of their $NZ664,000 K1 camera system. This recognised the innovation in providing a stable platform for filming when the system was mounted below a helicopter as well as the camera design.
The team has continued to problem solve and innovate. Their latest project was camera work for the America's Cup. Brad combined his knowledge of boats to make a stable and reliable platform on the water to provide audiences around the world with high quality footage of the event. They also provided the camera and platform for the helicopter footage. The camera systems are used in the movie industry ( Credits for https://shotover.com/credits ) as well as sports events like  the 2021 Super Bowl , wildlife documentaries and public service activities such as traffic management and the safe inspection of high voltage power lines.
This year, Brad has undertaken further study to increase his knowledge of accounting and finance systems.

Brad Hurndell

Shirley Johnson

Shirley is the director and lead trainer of COMET Auckland’s national youth employability initiative. She works closely with employers, industry leaders, government agencies, educators, and youth service organisations across New Zealand and is a strong advocate for diverse and inclusive communities and workplaces. 

Shirley is also the convenor of Youth Employability Aotearoa; a national system change initiative. Her motivation to take on this role was to be part of a dynamic group of people committed to creating a joined up, equitable and collaborative system in which reliable data and good practise was shared, policy was fit for purpose and positive narratives about young people and their place in the labour market became the norm.  

Shirley Johnson

Zeena Khan

We are excited to introduce Zeena Khan, our MC for the 2021 CATE Conference.

Zeena, a Leader, Speaker, Author has worked in the Contact Centre Industry for over 20 years across four sectors - Finance, Manufacturing, Utilities and Education. From South Auckland now based in Wellington, she is the Training Manager, Customer Contact Group at the Tertiary Education Commission. As a former Area Director, Toastmasters NZ, she advocates communication and leadership through public speaking.

Zeena loves art, calling it her 'zen' which led her to publish her first poetry book in December 2020.

Connect with Zeena on LinkedIn

Zeena Khan

Nigel Latta

We are delighted to have Nigel Latta as a Keynote speaker this year.

Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology. He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.

Nigel Latta

Mandy McGirr

Mandy is a consultant working in policy research and advice for government officials, advising tertiary training providers, and SME mentoring. Clients include the Ministry of Education, CareersNZ, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT), and Oxfam NZ.

As Managing Director of McGirr Training, she has led a private training establishment through a rapid growth phase, managed 25 staff and up to $4.5 million p.a. in government funding. This PTE was the largest provider of Workplace Literacy and TEC foundation education programmes in Wellington.

She co-designed and oversaw a national pilot training scheme for 500+ Pacific seasonal workers, funded by MFAT (NZAID) and was the Chairperson for Pacific Family Budgeting Service.

Over the years Mandy has managed, designed, delivered and reviewed education and employment-focused programmes.

MoE and MBIE Have jointly commissioned Mandy to conduct a rapid evidence review and write a report including policy recommendations, from a cross-agency perspective. The scope of the project is analyse 'what works' and 'what matters' for programmes to support NEETs and other Youth At Risk of Limited Employment outcomes (YARLE). The report has implications for education, careers, welfare, and active labour market programmes working to improve the employability and/or employment outcomes of youth overall but especially for YARLE or NEET youth.

Mandy McGirr