District9940 Conference 2023
 - Speakers -
Conference 2023 - Speakers
Lance Burdett
After a very successful career in the construction industry, Lance joined the NZ police. He spent 22 years policing and was the country's lead crisis negotiator. Lance provides courses on; managing vulnerable people, communication strategies, de-escalation, personal safety & security, risk mitigation, managing workplace violence, and emergency preparedness, as well as personal resilience, all designed to manage workplace stress and burnout.

With a vast experience in engaging with people in emotional situations, Lance offers coaching and keynote speaking on managing challenging people and situations.

Grounded in neuroscience, based on contemporary research, and combining emotional intelligence with positive psychology, along with plenty of practical experience, Lance tailors programmes to suit all organisations. Expect interesting, informative, and entertaining  sessions.

Lance specialised in suicide intervention, on predicting violent behaviour, and on managing high-risk incidents. He gained an in-depth understanding of human behaviour through practical experience and academic qualifications.

Attended the Australian Counter Terrorist Negotiators Course.
Masters Degree, (Terrorism, Safety and Security), a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, a Diploma in Policing and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. He is currently completing a Diploma in positive Psychology & Wellbeing.
John van Dalen
Currently I am a member of Whanganui North Rotary club and have been since 2006. I have been involved with the Art in hospital project since 2010 and more recently with the Tongan Orthopaedic surgical project since 2018.

I am happily married to Sue and have four grown children, three residing in Whanganui, as well as eight lovely grandchildren.

I was appointed an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Whanganui hospital in 1992, having graduated from Otago Medical school in 1981. I completed my Orthopaedic surgery training in 1991, four years in New Zealand and two fellowship years in Edinburgh and Norwich, United Kingdom. I currently have a job share with a colleague that allows me to work in Greymouth and Tonga as well as in Whanganui.

My additional interests are church, woodwork, swimming and reading as well as enjoying my wonderful family.
Livia Esterhazy
Programme Director, A Lighter Touch
Livia joined A Lighter Touch Programme in October 2022 as Programme Director.  Livia was inspired to take on this innovative collaborative programme as she wanted to apply the knowledge she’d gained to create significant positive impact to industry and the environment. She is hugely passionate the health of people and planet through food and this was a perfect fit. Prior to A Lighter Touch, Livia was the CEO of WWF New Zealand.

Katey Halliday
Rotaractor and Rotarian
RI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce member
Katey Halliday is a past president and a founding member of the Adelaide City Rotaract Club, chartered in 2012, and a member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light. She has served as a team leader, coordinator, and trainer for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), and was a participant in the inaugural RYLA Oceania Program.
Katey is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, initiating her District's first-ever participation in the local Pride March celebrations and as the Chair of her Rotaract Club's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) working group, designed to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by her district in 2019 for her vocational contributions to Rotary. In 2020, she was invited to join Rotary International's first 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce' which she has served on since. 
Professionally, Katey has worked as a Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Development Officer for South Australia Police where she worked on initiatives aimed at creating a diverse and inclusive organisation where all people are safe, respected and supported to reach their potential. She now works for the SA Department for Education managing professional learning programs for teachers and school leaders.

Mary Haddock-Staniland
There is something extraordinary about Mary. Mary Haddock-Staniland has garnered an impressive reputation for championing change and advocating for a more equitable world, sparking positive change, in the corporate world as a highly regarded thought leader and in social spheres as a committed advocate.
After a varied career spanning 20 years, Mary was appointed, in 2020, Chief People & Inclusion Officer, now the role is known as the Global Senior Vice President of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging) for EverCommerce, the parent company for business management software company, Timely Limited. Still, the first executive-level role of this nature in any New Zealand organisation.

Mary is an accomplished and highly sought-after keynote speaker, panelist and MC who brings the right balance of energy and insight to events of all sizes. She also holds a range of advisory and governance roles, and in 2017 was appointed an ambassador for charitable trust, Lifeline New Zealand.

Air Commodore, Darryn ("Digby") Webb

Assistant Chief of Defence, Strategic Commitments and Engagements

AIRCDRE Darryn Webb joined the RNZAF in 1990 as a pilot. During his flying career he had an operational tour on the Andover, three operational tours on the C130 Hercules as well as an exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force flying a number of different model Hercules aircraft. His flying career included a tour as a flying instructor, operational tours to Somalia, Antarctica, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has commanded operations in the Middle East and was Detachment Commander for the RNZAF response to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His flying career concluded with tours as Commanding Officer of RNZAF Flying Training and Number 40 SQN. He has accumulated over 6000 flying hours.
Throughout his career AIRCDRE Webb has held a range of operational and strategic positions. These include Officer Commanding 488 Wing and Senior Commander of RNZAF Base Ohakea, Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Component Commander, Assistant Chief of Defence for Capability, and Assistant Chief of Defence for Strategic Commitments and Engagements.
In 2020 AIRCDRE Webb completed a secondment with the All of Government response to COVID-19, culminating as Head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine responsible for the operational management of 32 isolation and quarantine facilities across New Zealand. He was awarded an MNZM in the 2022 New Year’s Honours in recognition for this role.
AIRCDRE Webb completed Junior Staff College in 2001, NZDF Command and Staff College in 2006 and attended the Defence and Strategic Studies Course in Canberra in 2015. He has a Master of Strategic Studies from Deakin University.
He is married to Donna with two adult children.

Sebastian Grodd
Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications
Life Flight Trust

Seb is a passionate fundraiser and has been involved in the Not-For-Profit sector for almost two decades. As the Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications he has the honour of stewarding Life Flight’s generous family of supporters. “Our donors, partners and volunteers are incredible and I love being able to share stories with them of a daring chopper rescue they have made possible or a baby they have helped save,” he says.

Seb says his dedicated and talented team is a pleasure to work with. A highlight was creating the top-rated ‘Life Flight’ TV ONE series, beaming the organisation’s life-saving work into the homes of 750,000 New Zealanders.

He holds a Bachelor of Communications from Auckland University of Technology and is a regular speaker on the conference circuit. When not fundraising he’s never far from the ocean, often seen paddling out for a dawn surf at local beaches or having a stroll along the coast to help his baby girl Lola drift off to sleep. When not at work, he enjoys gardening, staying active with a range of hobbies and spending time with his family. Everything we are able to do is thanks to our supporters, you make this all possible and your donations directly contribute to saving lives