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  • 11 Jun 2020

Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor

Massey University

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley was, until recently, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Massey University. He is the author or editor of 27 books, the most recent being "Rebooting the Regions" (2016). He is currently writing two books, one on social and demographic change in New Zealand while the other concerns the extreme right in this country. He is a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity on Aotearoa (MBIE, 2014-2020, $5.5 million). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was granted the title of Distinguished Professor by Massey University in 2013. He was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, most recently in 2019. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015. He is member of the Marsden Fund Council.

Pamela Cronin


BRIDGE Associates

Presenter, Facilitator, L&D Specialist, Innovator, Consultant, Mentor

Pamela’s workshops are relaxed, fun and packed with current thinking, rich discussion and engaging activity. With 20 years of experience as a learning and development specialist, Pamela is a sought-after consultant and facilitator, working with large and small clients throughout New Zealand. Pamela majored in Innovation and New Ventures, and Service Management as part of her MBA and she is the inaugural author of the NZ Guide to Training and Development (Brookers).

Mel Unstead


Mel Unstead Coaching

Leadership Capability Partner and Mindset Coach Mel Unstead is a specialist at ‘getting stuff done’. She has devoted her 15 year career to helping people be great leaders. She honed her skill as a highly sought-after Executive Assistant across three continents; in the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. Her highly organised approach and understanding of service, coupled with her love of challenge led her grow her expertise into a focus on developing others. Mel’s experience is in customer service and event management.

Jamie Rosemergy

Coach and Facilitator

Ripple Coaching and Facilitation

Jamie is passionate about helping others achieve their goals by facilitating learning that is relevant, providing accountability through coaching and giving his audience the opportunity to share their knowledge and ideas. His natural flair and talent for engaging groups of people, multiple generations and cultures have seen him reignite the professional development within a global HR solutions provider and government departments. His training and experience come from his time as an Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy as well as coaching businesses to achieve their objectives through his work with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. He has coached and trained individuals, SME businesses owners, and large corporations. Covering a wide range of topics such as time management, sales, leadership, planning, R&D funding, identifying training needs and recruitment processes. His training sessions are always engaging and encourage group participation whilst challenging participants to make positive changes. He believes in the principle of matching his style to the development level of the participant to encourage an optimally motivating environment for that participant to succeed.

Caroline Saufoi

Executive Assistant

The Warehouse Group

Spanning a career supporting Senior Executives across fast paced and complex organisations Caroline brings her enthusiasm, energy and drive to support the creation of a high performing and thriving culture in her workplace. Caroline was awarded New Zealand's EA of the year 2019, and is a graduate from The Warehouse Group Aspire programme, designed to develop Women in Leadership. A proud ambassador for The Warehouse Group, Caroline is currently facilitating an internal Lean In Circle to support, develop, and empower women within the community. A regular content creator on LinkedIn, Caroline shares her expertise with local and international Executive Assistants while maintaining a supportive and comprehensive network through relationship building, mentoring, networking and speaking at industry events.

Agness Stowers

Head of Engagement, Membership & Executive Administration

Alexandra Park

Agness Stowers is an advocate for the modern age of the ‘EA to CEO’ role. As the current Head of Engagement, Membership & Executive Administration– Agness has a unique approach to her role as a strategic productivity partner with her Executive and in Business. Agness has been employed by some of the biggest corporate companies in NZ and has had direct access to reputable and respected Executives across multiple industries. In a career spanning over a decade, a member of the Global Trib. network and tribNZ, Agness wants to empower other current and aspiring Executive Assistants, that you don’t need to fit the mould when it comes to C-Suite support.

Carol Pito

Executive Assistant


Carol Pito is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Client Officer at AMP New Zealand. She brings 10 years’ experience in the administrative field having worked in a range of industries including Local Government, Tertiary, Recruitment and Financial Services sector. Carol has a degree in International Business and has started her study towards a Governance Board qualification. Carol’s passion for the EA role has seen her facilitate and organise many EA/PA network events, having most recently been appointed to the Chair of Trib NZ network, empowering the administrative community to stay relevant and strategic in a role that is continuously changing.
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