NZ Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress 2022

5th annual New Zealand Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

7-8 September 2022, Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington

The 5th NZ Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress is an incredible development and networking opportunity for public sector Executive Assistants. The evolving role of modern EAs is now a strategic one that requires an extensive skillset to keep up with the constantly changing tides and expanding list of responsibilities.

In a challenging time like this, being resilient is more important than ever. With a programme specifically tailored for public sector EAs, and an amazing line up of speakers, we are determined to bring you practical skills and empower you to thrive in your career.

Don’t miss your chance to join our excellent line-up of speakers on these inspiring sessions:

  • Enhancing leadership skills and leading without positional authority
  • Rethinking your role as an Executive Assistant to adapt and improve during times of uncertainty
  • Seeing your role through senior executives’ eyes and getting their professional advice
  • Engineering your mindset and developing emotional and mental resilience you can rely on
  • Building new capabilities to provide remote support to your executives
  • Enhancing your relationships in work and life with emotional intelligence


Senior Executive insights from: 

  • Suzanne Stew, Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
  • Russell Wood, Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Strategy and Capability Development, Fire and Emergency NZ
  • Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council
  • Rex Capil, Group Manager (Strategy and Governance), Thames-Coromandel District Council
  • Karen Thomas, Chief Executive, Taituarā

Meet our expert speaking panel:

  • Taylor Escott, Executive Assistant to General Manager Communications, Ministry of Justice
  • Ness Franks, Executive Assistant, Strategic and Corporate Services, New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Kasey Ainsworth, AAPNZ Administrative Professional Award 2021
  • Lisa Balneaves, Executive Assistant to the CFO, Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • Joanne Gallop, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council
  • Lisa Lowe, Executive Assistant to Mayor, New Plymouth District Council
  • Vicki Faint, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Patricia Ostate, Executive Assistant to DCE Academic, Otago Polytechnic
  • Francine McGee, Manager Student, Academic & Administrative Services, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Rachel Phillips, Executive Assistant to the CFO, Tairawhiti District Health
  • Carolyn Davies, Executive Assistant, Southland District Council
  • Sherie Pointon, Director, Admin Advantage
  • Debbie Warnock, EA and AdmiNZ member
  • Dorothy Raroa, Trustee, Tauhara North No.2 Trust
  • Tai Samaeli, ACE Sector Capability Manager, ACE Aotearoa
  • Anna Coleman, Principal and Director, Confidence Company NZ
  • Vicky Evans, Mindset Mentor, Productivity and Success Coach, Vicky Evans Coaching Solutions
  • Chris Macintosh, Managing Director, Priority Management NZ
  • Justine Parsons, Founder, Your Virtual Assistant
  • Kerene Strochnetter, Consultant, Mindful at Work

 Click here to have a look at the agenda and full list of speakers!

Some of the excellent feedback we received from past delegates:

Great advice from the panel discussions that is applicable to my role and everyday work. I have definitely obtained new skills and ideas. I look forward to implementing them at my organisation and within my everyday work, as well as improving my personal wellbeing.”

– Maryse Ropiha, Executive Assistant, South Taranaki District Council

“I learned some useful tools that I can take back to my workplace. Thank you for organising a fun and informative conference!”

– Sapphron Trower, Executive Assistant, Timaru District Council

‘The conference was put together really well. The content was really useful and it’s nice to know that EAs can come together and have fruitful opportunities like this.”

– Jordan Jansen, Executive Assistant, Ministry of Social Development

“It expanded my thought process on ‘how’ I can incorporate the learnings in my day-to-day work life & home. Great networking, meeting new people and thanks for the opportunity to be on a panel and sharing my ideas. Great conference! Thanks for organising!”

– Debbie Warnock, Executive Assistant, Ministry of Social Development

“It was well run—presenters were well chosen. Group size was great, would recommend to others.”

– Sue Slater, Executive Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington

Make sure to secure your place at the conference!

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