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Name: Jon Bridges
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Industry: Producer, Writer, Blogger

After a career of 20 years in media, Jon Bridges is currently the producer of the award-winning TV3 comedy programme 7 Days. After earning his Masters degree, Jon escaped Palmerston North and began a TV career, appearing in shows such as Away Laughing (1991), ground-breaking youth programme IceTV (1995-2000) and Would I Lie to You. Bridges has many writing, directing and producing credits to his name leading up to 7 Days.

In a varied media career he has been a regular Listener columnist, a breakfast radio DJ for Channel Z, a blogger for (the very popular 2012-2014 blog We’re Building a House) and has published four books including 2012’s Easy Rider – A Kiwi’s Guide to Cycling and 2014’s No.8 Rewired202 New Zealand Inventions that Changed the World.

Jon is an avid cyclist and lives in Three Kings with his wife Gemma and their boy Zeno.


Name: David Johnson
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Industry: Publishing

David has an extensive background in advertising and radio that dates back to the 1970s. As well as establishing his own advertising agency specialising in co-operative advertising, he had a major shareholding in Radio Pacific in the 1980s. In 1982, with partner Gordon Dryden, David formed the Dryden Johnson Group. As Group Managing Director with a 50% holding in the company, he grew the business into a substantial marketing and publishing company, and established the Trends series of titles. These high-quality publications were initially designed for the Home Interest market, but were soon extended to include the Commercial Design market.


Name: David Sharp
From: New Zealand
Industry: Construction

David Sharp joined BPIC (Building Products Innovation Council)  in January 2008 following  21 years with BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand)  to lead an ambitious project to establish a uniform method in tracing the life cycle of various building products as part of the AusLCI (Australian Life Cycle Inventory) project.

David returned to New Zealand and BRANZ in early 2010.

David originally trained as a builder and his formal qualifications are in Construction Management. His experience with BRANZ included building forensics, management of BRANZ Appraisals Group, Business Development and establishing BRANZ presence in Australia.

In 2006 David established BRANZ Sustainability Team in Sydney, and was involved in the “Study into the Suitability of Sustainability Tools as Part of a National Implementation Model” for the ABCB (Australian Building Codes Board).

In 2010 David Chaired the ABCB National Construction Code Working group tasked with incorporating the plumbing code into the National Construction Code that was successfully released in May 2011.

David has been involved with BRANZ reconnaissance team following the Canterbury Earthquakes and assisting MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment with the roll out of Product Assurance Framework. David was a member of the reference group that recently completed the review of CodeMark in Australia being undertaken by the ABCB.

David recently led and completed a research project for Forest and Wood Products Australia that developed a prefabricated timber flooring system for residential construction.

Currently David is part of the BRANZ team that is developing an Acceptable Levels of Workmanship Guide for MBIE to support changes to the Building Amendment Act.


Name: Mike Hutchenson
From: New Zealand
Industry: Business

Mike has co-founded a number of companies in New Zealand including leading advertising agencies and culminated his career in Auckland as Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi.

He set up the Lighthouse Ideas Company in 2003, an innovation start-up incubator. In between times he was also busy
with setting up a national building franchise - Replica Homes and a Real Estate Agency.
Mike is now the Executive Director of Image Centre Group, a multi-channel communications company who also publish
and print.

Mikes presentation will be about business creativity and how in a world of rapid technological development, everything
changes yet stays the same, as well as what creativity really means and how to build the best teams to develop ideas and make them work in practice.

Mike comes with rave reviews about his relevance, story telling and wicked sense of humour.



Name: Rob Hamill
From: New Zealand
Industry: Sport

“Anything is Possible”
“An extraordinary mental and physical effort - something very, very special” is how the late Sir Peter Blake described Rob Hamill and the late Phil Stubbs’ incredible achievement in winning the Atlantic Rowing Race in November 1997. Marathon rowing champion Rob Hamill represented New Zealand in international rowing for 16 years. Rob’s numerous rowing achievements include a silver medal at the World Championships, gold at the Commonwealth Regatta and a world record on the Concept 2 rowing machine.

Rob represented NZ at the Atlanta Olympics then teamed up with Phil Stubbs and captured headlines around the world winning the grueling Atlantic Rowing Race in 41 days, 2 hours and 55 minutes. Rob believes that with vision and passion anything is possible and says “Find out what you enjoy, find out what you’re good at and don’t let anyone say you can’t do something.”

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