All speakers are listed in chronological order according to the programme.


Carol Hirschfeld

Carol Hirschfeld delivered the nation's nightly news on TV3, with co-anchor John Campbell from 1998 – 2005. Before fronting TV3 news, Carol had spent much of her time directing and producing the program.

Over her time delivering the 6pm news, she became without a doubt one of New Zealand's most admired and respected news presenters.

Carol has worked in journalism for over 25 years now and is an accomplished editor, producer and reporter.

Before joining TV3, Carol spent twelve years with TVNZ – working as a producer for the "Holmes" show and presenting shows such as "Fair Go", "Assignment", "Frontline" and "Crimewatch". She became accustomed to working both behind and in front of the cameras.

Carol went on to be a senior producer and specialist interviewer for "Campbell Live", continuing her successful on-air relationship with John Campbell.

These days she is the Head of Programming for Maori Television.

Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley

Dame Jenny Shipley was Prime Minister of New Zealand's from 1997 to 1999 concluding a decade of Ministerial leadership which saw her driving a number of social, economic and pension reforms. Today Dame Jenny is a Director, Advisor and Keynote Speaker with a special interest in mega trends in business, economic and social development opportunities globally.

She runs her own consultancy and is the Independent chair of the Financial Services Council and a number of New Zealand companies including Genesis Energy, Momentum and Senior Money International. She will retire this year after serving 6 years as an independent director on Hong Kong and Shanghai listed China Construction Bank.

Peter Neilson

Peter Neilson was appointed as Chief Executive of the Investment Savings and Insurance Association of New Zealand Inc (now the Financial Services Council) in May 2011. He was appointed to build the influence of the sector organisation through evidence based research to help grow and protect the wealth of New Zealanders. 

Earlier in his life he was a Cabinet Minister with oversight of the financial sector, including insurance and monetary policy. He has been employed in the finance industry in corporate finance and worked initially after graduation in the public service as an economist.

Dr Andrew Coleman

Andrew Coleman is an economist who works at the New Zealand Treasury and the University of Otago. He specialises in intertemporal dynamics, with interests in taxation and public finance, housing, and storage and transport.

He previously worked at Motu Economics and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and taught at the University of Michigan for five years prior to returning to New Zealand. In 2011 he was a member of the Saving Working Group.

Stéphanie Payet

Stéphanie Payet is a private pensions analyst at the OECD Financial Affairs Division studying schemes like KiwiSaver. She is currently doing analytical work, including statistical and econometric modeling, on issues related to the coverage of private pensions, retirement savings adequacy, and plan design. She will bring an informed international perspecitive to the debate in New Zealand about retirement income policy.

She was recently a key member of the OECD team assessing the Irish Pensions System which has a number of features that are similar to New Zealand. She is also responsible for the OECD Global Pension Statistics (GPS). The GPS is a valuable source for measuring and monitoring the private pension industry, which permits inter-country comparisons of current statistics and indicators on key aspects of retirement systems across OECD and non-OECD countries.

Before joining the OECD, she was a statistical project manager for a consultancy firm in health economics. Stéphanie Payet has a Master of Science in Statistics from the French National School for Statistics and Information Analysis.

John Brogden

John Brogden is the CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC), which represents Australia's retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees. The FSC has over 130 members who are responsible for investing more than $2 trillion on behalf of 11 million Australians.

In August 2006 John was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in December 2008. From 2006 to 2009 John was the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia's credit unions and building societies.

From 1996 to 2005 John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, on his 33rd birthday, John was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role and lead a major political party in Australia.

John is the Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW, Chairman of Lifeline Australia, a Director of NIA Limited (health.com.au) and Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

Therese Singleton


Therese has held a number of senior legal and compliance roles in the financial services industry specialising in pensions and superannuation, with Irish Life Assurance plc. in Ireland, and Ernst and Young in New Zealand.

Since joining AMP in 2003, Therese led the due diligence for the acquisition of the AXA business in New Zealand, including the Commerce Commission approval of the transaction. She also led the first phase of the integration of the two businesses before returning to the ELC role for the merged entity. Therese acts as a director of all of the AMP Financial Services entities in NZ and is a director of the Financial Services Council.

Therese was born in Ireland, admitted as an Irish solicitor in 1994, as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1995, and in 2002 was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in New Zealand. Therese oversees AMP's legal and compliance functions.

Kate Armstrong

Kate Armstrong has been the Head of Investments and Insurance at Westpac since March 2013. Prior to joining Westpac's Private, Wealth and Insurance team Kate ran the legal team supporting Westpac Institutional Bank for 3 years.

Kate qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1995 and after a few years in New Zealand, worked in London for 10 years, mostly in institutional and investment banking teams advising on and managing complex financing transactions.

Kate has a particular interest in ensuring young New Zealanders receive the right financial education to equip them for their future.

Tamsyn Parker

Tamsyn Parker is Assistant Business Editor at the New Zealand Herald. She has worked at the Herald for six years and has been the banking, markets and finance reporter since 2010. Tamsyn has covered numerous issues around the introduction of KiwiSaver and its impact on retirement savings.

Ana-Marie Lockyer

Head of Retirement Solutions, ANZ Wealth

Ana-Marie is responsible for the strategic evolution and performance of the ANZ Wealth
KiwiSaver business and other retirement solutions, as well as ownership of the end to end
customer experience for the funds management business.

Ana-Marie is a Councillor for Workplace Savings and a co-opted member of Women in

Peter Conway

Peter Conway was elected CTU Secretary in 2009. For the previous 9 years he was CTU Economist and Director of Policy.

Peter has been active in unions since 1977. For a period he was also Coordinator of the Hounslow Trade Union Support Unit and Centre for the Unemployed in London. Peter's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and an MA in Economics. He was a director of Auckland's Yellow Bus Company in the 1990s, is currently Deputy Chair of Oxfam NZ and spent over 6 years on the Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Diane Maxwell

Diane Maxwell was appointed Retirement Commissioner in June 2013 for a three year term. Her previous role was Head of Stakeholder Management at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) where she worked on: the role of regulation locally and globally post GFC and the relationship between compliance, regulation, an informed investor, improved disclosure and product innovation.

Prior to FMA Diane was Head of Brand and Corporate Affairs at Bank of New Zealand overseeing media and government relations, complaints, sustainability, events, marketing and sponsorship. During that time she worked on financial literacy and responsible lending, alongside privacy breaches, product development, and legislative and compliance changes including: FAA, AML, review of CCCFA, Securities Act and Consumer Law.

Previous roles have included Partner at Michaelides and Bednash in London, Media Director at Saatchi and Saatchi NZ, and trans-Tasman consultant delivering research and analysis for the banking, media and telecommunications sectors.

Diane has been a weekly contributor on New Zealand radio and on BBC Radio 5 in the United Kingdom on consumer trends, and is an experienced public speaker.

Sue Chetwin

Sue Chetwin is the Chief Executive of Consumer NZ.

At Consumer, Sue is responsible for the organisation's research, publishing, campaigning and commercial activities. In addition she is the Consumer's public spokesman on
consumer issues and its representative on a number of industry and government organisations.

The principal aim of Consumer is to collect and disseminate information
and in so doing, advance the interests of its subscribing members and those
of consumers generally.

This is achieved through research, the publication of Consumer magazine,
consumer.org.nz, powerswitch.org.nz, telme.org.nz and consumerbuild.org.nz

Sue joined Consumer six years ago, after more than 25 years in news journalism.
She has edited all three of the country's Sunday newspapers.

Sue is currently studying Commercial Law part-time at Victoria University.

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is Programme Manager Whai Rawa and Direct Distributions, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and has been responsible for the day-to-day management of Whai Rawa, Ngai Tahu's saving programme since its inception in 2006. Whai Rawa was established as a means of growing the overall wealth and wellbeing of Ngai Tahu whanau, through development of a savings culture and as a vehicle for distributing tribal profits to members.

Whai Rawa allows withdrawals for tertiary education, first home purchase and 'retirement' (from age 55). With over 18,500 members, Whai Rawa now has over 1/3 of all registered Ngai Tahu including over 60% of those aged under 16. Most of its adult members are also members of KiwiSaver.

Alongside Whai Rawa, Andrew and his team are responsible for a range of financial education initiatives and grant programmes that complement Whai Rawa.

Tim Bennett

Tim Bennett was appointed CEO of NZX in May 2012. He has extensive capital markets and commodity market development experience in Asia, the Middle East and North America. Prior to joining NZX, Tim was a partner at Oliver Wyman in Singapore, and previously was a partner with the Boston Consulting Group in Asia and Australia.

Tim holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B Comm in Computer Science and Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington.

Phil O'Reilly

Phil O'Reilly is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand's leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes.

Mr O'Reilly and his Wellington-based team work with companies, organisations and political and other decision makers, advocating for New Zealand's success through sustainable economic growth.

His background includes industrial advocacy and leadership roles in banking, publishing and media.

Phil O'Reilly is Chair of the Board of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and is New Zealand's employer delegate to the International Labour Conference.

In New Zealand he chaired the Green Growth Advisory Group, and is Chair or Member of several public and private advisory boards in areas as diverse as manufacturing, exports, trade, tax, retirement, R&D, innovation, employment, child poverty, health & safety, skills, government procurement and sustainable business.

Milton Jennings

Milton Jennings is the CEO of Fidelity Life Assurance, the largest New Zealand owned Life Insurance Company with six offices and over 250 employees.

He has been CEO since 1986 and is the longest serving CEO in the life industry. He is also the longest serving director on the Financial Services Council Board.

During his tenure, Fidelity Life's assets have grown from $145m to over $800m under management. Dividends per share have risen from 20c to $3,000 and shares have risen in price by over 500%. Milton was involved with the purchase of Lumley Life and Farmers Mutual Group. He saw off a hostile takeover attempt by Tower and two years later took them over.

Milton is heavily involved with the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Trusts and has personally raised over $100,000 through participating in "Shave for a Cure", the "Fireman Sky Tower climb" and six"Marrowthons" (100 holes of golf in one day).

Susan St John

Associate Professor Susan St John is co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at Business School at the University of Auckland. She has worked in the field of Superannuation policy, pensions and annuities since the 1980s, including various taskforces and more recently contributing to Treasury's long-term fiscal position panel on issues of sustainability.

In particular she has recently written about the choices in design of New Zealand Superannuation to save costs in a fair way so as to improve inter and intra generational equity. She is currently working on decumulation approaches that could resolve market failures issues in both the annuities market and the long-term care insurance market; retirement villages and residential care facilities; the design of KiwiSaver; and resolution of issues raised by the application of section 70 of the Social Security Act for those with overseas pensions.

Ralph Stewart

Formally Chief Executive of the Accident Compensation Corporation and AXA New Zealand. He is currently leading a feasibility study into the potential for developing a unique annuity based product to supplement New Zealand Superannuation.

Ralph has a Diploma in Business Administration from Victoria University and Master in Business Administration from Manchester University.


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