GOVIS 2018 Conference - What would Darwin think?

Finale Speakers

Aaron McDonald, CEO, Centrality


Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with experience leading teams across all aspects of a technology company. Aaron has held leadership positions in large technology companies managing portfolios over $1b in value across engineering and architecture, product management, product development, marketing and sales.

Carmen Casagranda, NZ CIO, Cigna


Carmen is driven by a passion for using Agile thinking to design and deliver customer focussed solutions that enable connectivity, collaboration and innovation using technology.  This is driven with a strong focus on digital innovation and its role in transforming business models.  Carmen joined Cigna NZ in 2010 as a Programme Manager before moving to the National IT Manager position in 2011.  

Carmen was appointed Cigna NZ CIO in April 2015.  Prior to this Carmen held Senior Programme Manager roles in the London Market at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Allianz and Beazley Furlong and Senior Consulting roles at KPMG and Customer Intelligence Consultancy ClarityBlue (now Experian). In both 2017 and 2018, Carmen was judged in the top 20 of New Zealand’s 100 most innovative CIOs as part of CIO Magazine’s CIO100 Report.

Carmen and her family will shortly be moving to Hong Kong, where she has just been appointed Cigna CIO, Asia Pacific.  Carmen will have overall responsibility for Cigna’s technology and digital strategies and operations across the International Markets group for Cigna’s Asia Pacific countries.

Martin McMullan, Connected Journey Solutions Director, NZ Transport Agency


Since July 2016, Martin has led the Transport Agency’s approach to innovation and new technology. He is passionate about using data to provide smart solutions that connect people, services and infrastructure.

Martin joined the Transport Agency in 2014 as Zero Harm manager. Working with industry partners, Martin led the introduction of new technology and data analytics to support the government’s objective to reduce workplace fatalities and serious harm by 25 percent.

Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry.  He has also established two technology start-up businesses.  He sits on the Construction Safety Council Board of Directors and holds an executive role with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative. Martin is also a registered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Victoria McLaughlin, Director Strategy Development, Ministry of Justice


Victoria McLaughlin is the Director Strategy Development at the Ministry of Justice, supporting the modernisation of courts and tribunals.  Prior to this Victoria was an Advisory Partner at EY, supporting government across a range of reforms and organisational transformations.  Victoria’s career has seen her moving between the private and public sector; working in four large government departments: Justice, Health, Education and Inland Revenue, and in three professional firms.
Victoria specialises in how you design and implement change to achieve outcomes for New Zealanders.  She has been involved in the development of government policy, behavioural and system design, and the implementation of transformational change.  Change initiatives Victoria has been involved in range from how you think about the prevention and management of chronic health conditions through to how you create a virtual working environment, where all members work from home.  

Shaun Hendy, Director, Te Pūnaha Matatini


Shaun Hendy is Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland. Te Pūnaha Matatini is a national research network that uses methods from complex systems to solve problems for business and to develop better economic and environmental policies. Shaun teaches in both the Department of Physics and the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland.  

In 2012, Shaun was awarded the Callaghan Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize for his work as a science communicator. In 2013 he co-authored Get Off the Grass with the late Sir Paul Callaghan, and his most recent book, Silencing Science, was released in May 2016.  


Brenda Ratcliff - MindMeld Coaching

Brenda is an experienced MC, presenter trainer and leadership coach. She uses neuro-linguistic programming techniques to unpack the actions of successful communicators, and helps her clients apply these skills to get their message across, from one on one to large group interactions.

In 2016 she travelled to the International School in Brunei where she was the guest author for their Book Week. Brenda ran over 20 workshops with children and staff on Story Telling as a resilience tool. Once you place yourself as the Hero in your own story, then you can take action to overcome obstacles, find the treasure in your life, and return home triumphant.  Brenda recently published her third book on Amazon, called ‘Fabulous Presentations’, as she felt compelled to collect all her favourite presentations coaching tools and put them all in one place.

To spread a little love in the world, Brenda is also a Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant, specialising in themed weddings (sci-fi especially).

Brenda is certified coach, and an approved provider on the All of Government and Leadership Development Centre coaching panels.


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