Speakers for Dairy & Tourism Sectors Announced

The Dairy Sector’s Strategic Response, October 15, 2009

The October 15 session will consider the Dairy sector’s strategic response. The two guest speakers will be Tim Mackle, chief executive of Dairy New Zealand, the industry research organisation and John Penno, chief executive of Synlait, a large South Island dairy farming business that has built its own milk drier and processing plant in its drive for higher value, more customised products.

The Tourism Sector’s Strategic Response October 22, 2009

The October 22 session will explore the Tourism sector’s strategic response. The two guest speakers will be Graeme Osborne, chief executive of Tourism Auckland and Ed Sims, general manager of Air New Zealand’s international operations.

The DoMM forum representative for the Tourism session will be Dr Ken Simpson.

Ken Simpson is a senior lecturer at Unitec’s Department of Management and Marketing, joining the tertiary educator after a lengthy period of tourism industry employment and self-employment in both the UK and New Zealand. He has a particular interest in regional tourism planning and marketing, and undertook doctoral research study into the planning processes used by New Zealand local authorities to develop a tourism strategy for their own communities. He has acted as a technical adviser and mentor to the Waitakere Ranges Preservation Society, along with a number of small West Auckland tourism businesses, and carried out marketing research projects at such organisations as Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, the Matakohe Heritage Museum, and the Matakana Wine Precinct. Despite a primary involvement with more generic management studies (he is currently programme director for the Department’s Master of Business degree), he continues to maintain a keen interest in the development of both domestic and international tourism in New Zealand.

Guest Speaker Bios are over here. Rod Oram is the chair at each of the 3 events.

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