2019 CDES Health and Wellness Summit

The CDES Health and Wellness Summit will open your eyes to the incredible variety of career opportunities available to you, as health and wellness professionals!

Explore your future work life with New Zealander of the Year Mike King and employers from the health and wellness sector!

Date: Monday 1 July
Time: 9.30am - 3pm
Venue: Grafton Campus (locations to be confirmed)

Please RSVP on the event page on MyCDES.

View the schedule of events below, and check back for further updates.

University of Auckland staff are also welcome to attend (no RSVP required, just turn up on the day).

With keynote speaker and iconic Kiwi entertainer Mike King, employers from the health and wellness sector and informative panel sessions, this exciting event will allow you to discover the areas you could explore in your future work life! Exciting and meaningful industries such as pharmaceutical, rehabilitation, aged care, mental health, medical device, intellectual property, Māori and Pacific, health promotion, DHBs, funding and planning, fitness, nutritional supplements just to name a few!

With a range of employers from leading organisations you will be able to connect with employers directly, ask those curly questions you are curious about and learn more about the wide variety of opportunities available to you in the health and wellness sector.

This is a not-to-be missed event!


Time Event Venue
(Grafton Campus)
9.30 - 10.30am Keynote address: 2019 New Zealander of the Year Mike King AMRF Auditorium (505-011: Lecture Theatre 1)
10.30 - 11.00am Employers (stallholders) engaging with students
11am - 12pm Presentation: Future of Health AMRF Auditorium (505-011: Lecture Theatre 1)
12 - 12.45pm Employers (stallholders) engaging with students
12.45 - 1.45pm AMRF Auditorium (505-011: Lecture Theatre 1)
1.45 - 2pm Break  
2 - 3pm Panel event: DHB Management AMRF Auditorium (505-011: Lecture Theatre 1)

Employer Networking Stalls

Speakers: Future of Work presentation

Kate Reid - Director for Digital Health - Deloitte

Kate Reid is the Director for Digital Health at Deloitte. She is also Chair of New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) and previously was the  General Manager of Orion Health. Kate has expertise in pursuing partnerships to help improve healthcare outcomes for New Zealanders, and is passionate about the role of digital in driving precision healthcare. Kate was was deeply involved in an award-winning $38 million Precision Driven Health research partnership at Orion with Waitemata DHB and the University of Auckland.

Shannon Wolfe - Associate Director - Deloitte

Shannon Wolfe is an Associate Director at Deloitte specialising in the area of Strategy and Operations across both the public and private sectors. Her industry of expertise is healthcare, with a background in both the US and NZ health systems with a focus on
physician services, compensation modeling and redesign, operational assessments, process improvement, and workflow studies. She also has experience in strategic and business planning, facility planning, medical staff development and structure, hospital operations, and utilisation and resource need projections.

Speakers: R&D Panel Event

Iona Weir - CEO/Founder - Decima Health

Iona has over twenty five years research experience in both the academic and commercial arenas. She gained her PhD from the University of Auckland, comparing plant and mammalian apoptosis, and has received international awards for Outstanding PhD and Young Scientist. She worked as a Senior Scientist for Plant and Food Research for 12 years, establishing the flow cytometry screening platform, undertaking a Marsden-funded sabbatical at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, and as Chief Scientist for Aegis BioActives. In 2003, she became the Research Director for BioDiscovery NZ, a privately owned company focused on high throughput bioactives screening.

Iona has also been the Chief Scientific Officer for Phloe, the IBS treatment, and an Executive Director/CSO for Lypanosys and its oral pharmaceutical drug for eczema. Currently Iona is the CEO/Founder for Decima Health with its patented Atopis Treatment Skincare range to treat eczema, acne and rosacea for the US OTC pharmacy market.

Sarah Cross - Senior Associate - EverEdge

Sarah helps clients to develop and execute licensing and broader intangible asset strategies and policies. She is an experienced consultant who helps her clients realise the potential of their intangible assets and how they can best leverage them into the global marketplace. She has considerable experience in the health and biotechnology sectors. Her business acumen has helped many of her clients achieve greater commercial success through the proactive management of their intangible assets. Sarah has a Masters of Law, Bachelor of Science (Physiology) and Bachelor of Laws (Commercial Law and Intellectual Property) from the University of Auckland.

Prior to joining EverEdge, Sarah spent time working in Germany for a multinational company in international sales, marketing and category management. She also spent time working in the primary health sector in New Zealand. The skills developed in these roles have since been applied to a large number of diverse projects at EverEdge ranging from strategy development to contract assessment and deal negotiations.

Patrick Geals - International Business Advisor - New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Patrick spent over 15 years in the UK with multinational pharmaceutical companies including Forest Laboratories (now Allergan), Sandoz (now Novartis) and Glaxo (now GSK). His roles included sales and marketing management and business development in the UK, Europe and USA. In 1994, Patrick came to New Zealand where he became Managing Director of Novartis New Zealand. In 2002, he became General Manager of the global Fonterra Health and Nutrition business unit, that commercialised and marketed value-added functional ingredients and contract manufactured nutritional powders. He was also a Director and Chairman of Lactopharma, the R&D Joint Venture between Fonterra and University of Auckland's Uniservices. Patrick then moved to be CEO of the New Zealand Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative, and its subsidiary Organic Dairy Ltd.

For the last 5 years Patrick has been an International Business Advisor at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE).

Tim McCready - Development Manager - BioPacific Partners

Tim McCready is experienced in international business development and capital raising in the food, health and agriculture sectors. Through his role at BioPacific Partners, Tim works with offshore multinationals, assisting them to collaborate with, invest in and acquire New Zealand and Australian innovation. Tim is a regular contributor to the New Zealand Herald‘s special business reports, with a focus on New Zealand's key trading relationships, investment and innovation. He is an independent assessor for the Government’s MBIE Endeavour Fund and on an expert review panel for Callaghan Innovation. He has previously worked for NZ Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) helping New Zealand businesses enter new markets and expand international revenue, and was most recently a Regional Investment Manager based in London, leading Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment activities. Tim has a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Bioscience Enterprise (Hons.) from the University of Auckland.

Speakers: DHB Management Panel Event

Justin Kennedy-Good - Programme Director Performance Improvement, Director Ara Manawa - Auckland DHB

Justin Kennedy-Good is a performance improvement specialist at Auckland DHB and director of the Auckland DHB design lab, Ara Manawa. Ara Manawa has designers available to improve experiences for patients, their families, visitors and staff. In addition Ara Manawa works with the design schools of New Zealand universities to offer meaningful problems for students to solve.

Jacob Toner - Director, Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) - Auckland DHB

Jacob Toner has worked across the New Zealand public sector supporting projects and programmes to be successful, and is now the Director of the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) at Auckland DHB. In his current role, Jacob helps the DHB to decide which initiatives to undertake and then works with the project teams to ensure meaningful results are delivered for New Zealanders. Jacob is currently completing a Master of Public Policy at Victoria University.

Denise MacDonald - Portfolio Manager, Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) - Auckland DHB

"I started my career at the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington and most recently worked for the lottery fund and rail industry in the UK. My roles have focused on project governance, stakeholder management, implementing legislation, process improvement, working with subject matter experts to define and deliver successful projects/programmes, and supporting executives in decision making."

Ian d’Young - Outpatients Programme Manager - Auckland DHB

Ian d’Young is an Improvement Programme Manager at Auckland District Health Board, leading the Outpatients strategic programme. He has a background as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, joining the Performance Improvement team at Auckland DHB in 2013. Ian is the recipient of multiple national and international awards for his work on health improvement initiatives and is the former national president of Physiotherapy New Zealand.

Julie Helean - Assistant Director Strategy - Auckland DHB

"Tēnā koutou katoa. Over the past 30 years or so I’ve worked mostly in health and local government, firstly in community development then in planning and strategy. I trained as a community psychologist where I learned sensible and effective ways to channel my passion for the Treaty of Waitangi, women’s right and LGBTI rights into work that makes a difference. I’ve now developed a more sophisticated understanding of how to effect social change and have a range of methodologies to achieve this. It’s possible to be an agent for change within a large bureaucracy, even at a new entry position. It’s the potential to make a difference that keeps me hooked on a career in health. In 2008 I completed a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland and find that writing skills are both rare and highly valued in the health sector, especially writing which genuinely tries to engage the reader rather than bog them down in technical terms and bureaucratic pomp."

Sarah Devine - Patient Experience Manager - Auckland DHB

Sarah Devine is ADHB’s Patient Experience Manager, a role within the ADHB Participation and Experience Team. Sarah leads ADHB’s Patient Experience online survey programme and an online community panel. Sarah has worked in Allied Health in both hospital and community settings, and a range of quality and risk roles within ADHB.