Better Business 2018 Keynote Speakers

Here are some of the keynote speakers you will hear in the morning session of the Better Business Conference. Details of other speakers and panellists will be included here soon.


Tony Alexander – Chief Economist, BNZ

Tony Alexander graduated from Canterbury University in 1984 with a Master of Arts (Economics) degree with first class honours and after briefly working in Sydney then with Westpac in Wellington from 1987 joined the BNZ in 1993 and was appointed Chief Economist in 1994. He spends considerable time researching and writing about the New Zealand economy with special attention to SMEs, housing, and the role of Auckland in the NZ economy and speaks at numerous functions around the country advising businesses on what the future is likely to hold.

He has five children, his wife undertakes research into early childcare, and spends his spare time maintaining a lifestyle block north of Wellington.


Nick Goodall - Senior Research Analyst, CoreLogic

Nick is the head of Research at Corelogic NZ, a leading property information, analytics and services provider which regularly deals with and informs Government organisations such as the Reserve Bank of NZ as well as banks, real estate agencies and consumer groups.

Nick is a self-confessed numbers geek, but has a knack for passionately telling a story based on the facts and figures to inform a wide range of audiences.




Sharon Corbett - Principal Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Sharon Corbett is a Principal Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s Financial Markets team. She has been leading the Ministry’s review of New Zealand’s financial advice legislation since the review commenced in 2014.




 Angus Dale Jones - Financial Advice Code Working Group

Angus is chair of the Financial Advice Code Working Group and runs an independent consulting business. He was educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa, where he started his career as a Chartered Accountant. Moving to Australia, he worked with ASIC as a financial services regulator for 17 years including four years as West Australian Regional Commissioner. In New Zealand, he spent three years at the then Securities Commission as director responsible for the implementation of the Financial Advisers Act. He served as an independent board member of the Professional Advisers Association from 2012-16.

Since 2011 Angus has consulted on compliance, conduct and regulatory affairs, with a particular focus on helping businesses think differently about conduct.


 Trevor Slater - Client Director, Financial Dispute Resolution Service

As Client Director, Trevor manages the scheme and leads a team of facilitators, conciliators, and adjudicators who are experts in resolving complaints in the finance sector.

Trevor is a highly-experienced dispute resolution practitioner specializing in the financial sector. He holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from La Trobe University, a Diploma of Business – Frontline Management from the Australian Institute of Management and is an accredited mediator. Trevor also has qualifications in accounting and adviser compliance.

Trevor is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Institute of Insurance and Finance and an independent Board member of the Professional Advisers’ Association.


Paul Watkins

Paul has helped grow the practices of financial advisers for over two decades, through business planning workshops, one-on-one consulting and marketing reviews. This has allowed him to see the good, the bad and the ugly of prospecting and generating client loyalty. The landscape has changed dramatically for both consumers and advisers in recent years, mainly due to technology, and he has seen first-hand what works and what doesn’t work now.