10 March 2016

Meet our Forum Keynote Speakers

  • Our Engineering Professions Forum speakers, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Sir Gordon Tietjens and John Allen.

This year, our Engineering Professions Forum theme is Achieving Success. Our speakers, Sir Gordon Tietjens, Melissa Clark-Reynolds and John Allen will be talking about how they’ve achieved it in their own careers and sharing advice with other engineers.

We’ll share videos of their presentations posted here after Forum.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds

Melissa has a reputation as an entrepreneur and professional company director. She is hooked on both big data and evidenced-based approaches to methodology. She has taken this thinking into software development with applications ranging from Workers Comp management, computer gaming and TV on Demand. 

She founded New Zealand's largest private ACC business, Fusion, which she sold to Southern Cross Healthcare. She has also been CEO on INTAZ, PayGlobal, MiniMonos and Looxie. She is now a Director of ACCURO, Radio New Zealand, and Software Education. She is Advisory Board member of Iron Duke Ltd, and a member of MPI's PGP Investment Advisory Committee.

Sir Gordon Tietjens

Gordon Tietjens has led New Zealand’s dominating run in the world of rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Gordon was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the Year for 2010, recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal. 

Gordon has been the New Zealand Sevens coach since 1994, guiding the team through a string of wins in tournaments from South America to Dubai. Gordon represented New Zealand in rugby Sevens in 1983 and played 86 games for Bay of Plenty between 1981 and 1989.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, Gordon was further promoted to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

John Allen

John Allen was appointed the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Racing Board in March 2015, having previously held the role of Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade since July 2009. He led a range of initiatives to drive growth in advance of declining mail volumes as Chief Executive of New Zealand Post.

John is an experienced company director and was co-chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum until April 2011. John is Chair of the New Zealand Police Assurance and Risk Committee; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Foundation; and Be. Accessible Charitable Trust. He is also a member of the Territorial Forces Employer Support Council.