At Your Fingertips: Distinguished Alumnae leadership panel

Date Tuesday 2 November 2021
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where Watch our livestream
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Admission Cost Free but registration is essential


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Knowledge-sharing is available At Your Fingertips with five University of Waikato Distinguished Alumnae who will be online for a learning and Q&A event. These top alumnae will discuss governing through tough times and leading in a fast-changing world and will answer questions from alumni using their own experience in leadership and governance.

The panel

Liz Coutts 

Liz Coutts (ONZM) has been on the board of key New Zealand organisations across a diverse range of sectors for more than two decades. Her ability to work within complex and challenging environments and her attention to detail has made her an outstanding asset, particularly on risk and audit committees, often as chair. Liz was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.

Miriam Dean

Miriam Dean (CNZM QC) is a Queen’s Counsel with more than 38 years of experience in dispute resolution and 25 years in governance. She was the first woman president of the New Zealand Bar Association. Miriam is known for her strength in strategic issues and negotiations. Miriam was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.

Theresa Gattung

Theresa Gattung is a business woman with inspirational leadership and innovation. She has extensive experience as a CEO and Board Chair and was named as one of the world’s most influential women on the Forbes’ list. She has a particular interest in making a difference in the lives of women in New Zealand and around the world. Theresa was one of the inaugural recipients of a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.

Parekawhia McLean

Parekawhia McLean is the Chief Executive for the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Previously she has been a strategic advisor to three of New Zealand’s Prime Ministers. She has widespread experience as a director, chief officer and within a number of agencies. Parekawhia was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.

Tania Simpson 

Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson holds directorships at Tainui Group Holdings, Reserve Bank of NZ, Meridian Energy and Auckland International Airport. She has vast experience in governance within a range of iwi, commercial and public entities and has always had a strong vision for iwi development and recognising Māori values within business. Tania was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.

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