Speaker Date Topic
Phil McCarthy Apr 04, 2023
The Men's Choir
The Men's Choir

My background is in journalism and communications. My wife Sarah and I have run McCarthy Media and Communications since 2016.

The Men's Choir is the first choir I've been in since faking illness to get out of one in Form 2 at Rosedale Intermediate. My background is in journalism and communications. My wife Sarah and I have run McCarthy Media and Communications since 2016.


Andy McFarlane Apr 18, 2023
Fonterra Director - Governance of Food Processing and Manufacturing
Fonterra Director - Governance of Food Processing and Manufacturing

FONTERRA – Director, June 2018 - Present
BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES Elected Director, Chair of the Co-operative Relations Committee, Member of the People, Culture and Safety Committee and the Governance Development Programme Committee, and Fonterra appointed Director of FSF Management Company Limited

Andy was a farm management consultant for 38 years and is a past President of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM). He is a Director of ANZCO, chairs the SFFF Plantain Project and Edgewater Hotel Lake Wanaka and is a member of the International Farm Management Association (IFMA). Andy is a previous Director of Ngai Tahu Farming Limited and AgResearch, past chair of Deer Industry New Zealand, and served on the council of Lincoln University for 12 years.
Andy and his wife Tricia commenced farming in 1989 and live near Ashburton. 
His shareholding interests are in Canterbury. He has a strong interest in the governance of food processing and manufacturing, research and development, and strategic use of technology in the farming sector.


Paul Henderson May 02, 2023
Maxim Institute
Maxim Institute

Paul is Senior Research Fellow at the Maxim Institute and his background is education.  He taught for twelve years, working for departments of education in Europe, Africa, and Asia.  He has written education policy and designed and tested tertiary sector and national curricula.  Working from DPMC, under John Key, he was secretary to a cross-party committee tasked to review school choice and educational reform. 

Paul is an award-winning teacher and former national debating coach.  He has authored five books. 

He holds degrees from Aberdeen, Cambridge, and Laidlaw College, and a PhD from Australian Catholic University.  His research focuses on human and artificial intelligence. 

Paul has a long association with the Institute which goes back to its origins as the New Zealand Education Development Foundation.  Paul is married and has three daughters.

Ali Undorf-Lay May 23, 2023

Ali is the Industry Liaison Manager at Sanford in Bluff and is passionate about the sea and keen to take the mystery out of what happens when a vessel disappears behind the horizon line and starts catching fish. Ali says "if people know where we work and why we do things the way we do, and that our industry is science based and sophisticated, it’s not such a big jump to think we take the challenge of responsible fishing seriously."   While not born into a fisher family, Ali cares deeply about the coast and the wellbeing of our communities supported by the sea.

In her job as Industry Liaison Manager at Sanford, a large New Zealand seafood company, Ali is a conduit between Sanford's people, the ocean environment and other marine users – officials, seafood companies, eNGOs, dolphins. Sanford’s goal is ocean leadership; to be the world’s best seafood company which means continually striving for excellence, looking beyond the first solution to find the best.

Sanford is New Zealand's oldest and largest seafood company - they farm salmon and mussels and hold 19.7% of New Zealand commercial fishing quota. Sanford has been listed on the New Zealand stock market since 1924, and is focused on sustainability and on maximising the value of the resources gathered from our oceans, enabling long term value creation from oceans teeming with life. Sanford sites can be found in 13 locations around New Zealand and they are a team of 1,400 staff and sharefishers across the country.  Committed to innovation, our scientists are on a mission to find new ways to make the most of the life-enhancing properties of seafood, from anti-inflammatory supplements to skin-nurturing collagen.