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.


John Botica – Director of Market Engagement, FMA

John leads the FMA’s market engagement activities.

John is an experienced senior executive, director and consultant in the financial services industry. In previous roles he was co-founder of the Assure NZ Group, managing director at Guardian Trust and general manager wealth management at AXA.





Derek Grantham – Principal Consultant, Monitoring, FMA

Derek Grantham brings the AFA perspective into the work and thinking of the Financial Markets Authority, having become an AFA in late 2010 and with the FMA since 2012. Derek brings his experience as a financial adviser and as head of adviser services for a national advisory firm to his role as Principal Consultant within the FMA’s regulation team. He also drew upon that experience, and perspective, when leading the FMA’s contribution to MBIE’s FA Review.




 Nick Goodall - Senior Research Analyst, CoreLogic

 Nick has worked as an analyst across many industries for over 10 years, providing insights for telecommunications companies, government organisations and banks during that time.

As the Senior Analyst in CoreLogic’s Research Team, Nick produces in-depth analysis of the property market and regularly presents to a range of clients, including banking, regulatory, real estate and media organisations.

Nick looks beyond what you hear in the media and looks at the real things happening in the property market. This includes a fresh view on some of the public data as well as in-depth analysis of CoreLogic’s own unique datasets to provide a view you will never have seen before.





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.