Leadership Action Network


Join the LEADERSHIP ACTION NETWORK (LAN) for inspiration and connections to tackle your biggest leadership challenges

LAN meets for a breakfast once every two to three months with a different topic and speaker each time. Each session goes through our JumpShift DIAGNOSE - INSPIRE - YOUR ACTION process.

Some of our previous topics have included Tackling Leadership Gremlins, Kindness, Mindfulness, Storytelling for Leadership, Resilience for Change, Design Thinking For Leaders, Team Effectiveness, Leading Through Purpose, Leveraging Social/Digital Media for Leadership. 

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AUCKLAND - THURSDAY 29th AUGUST. 7:15am - 10:00am 


What's all the hype about Agile Leadership? Is it a new fad, or a new operating model for leading organisations? Does an approach born from software development really work across organisations? Are ‘scrums’, ‘tribes’ and ‘sprints’ new language that you and your leaders need to embrace, or are they just ‘BS Bingo’ words?

A number of fortune five hundred companies have a different way of thinking and it looks like agile leadership is here to stay. Et voila, the LEADAGILITY LAN. Find out what some of NZ’s leading agile advocates are doing with guest speakers from Spark, Mercury and ASB at this LAN breakfast. It’s your chance to hear what works and what may cause agile to fail. Get a sneak peek ‘under the bonnet’ for what’s really required for your organisation to go agile.



Kimble is as passionate about the power of learning to transforms lives as he was over 20 years ago when he started in his L&D career. Kimble’s team at ASB is focused on what leadership has to look like to cope with the VUCA environment we find ourselves in. Kimble works with ASB to provide capability uplift and development for 4,700 people across multiple areas - leadership and management development, risk culture, general skills development, strategic and technical skills capability frameworks, and so on.

Kimble is interested in exploring what learning is in a modern and ever-changing workplace, and redefining old models of top-down, centrally run learning functions. What is the role of a business learning function in this reality? And how does such a function support their organisation’s leaders to meet the new world head on? Answering these questions is the challenge we as professionals must rise to now.


Roxanne is well-known for bringing her business expertise into the technology sector. She is an influential and inspirational leader who has specialised in Digital Transformation across large enterprise, Strategy Development, Product Innovation, Disruptive Technologies and Emerging Markets. Roxanne has held leadership roles in the digital world in the banking, telecommunications and publishing industries including at ASB, Spark and ACP Media (now Bauer Media Group). Her expertise in transformation, innovation and disruption has been influenced by the changing economies of these industries. 

Roxanne enjoys translating the ever-changing face of technology (ICT) to other parts of the wider business and her anchor point has always been a fervent advocacy of the customer experience. Roxanne is an experienced public speaker and known as a high energy, talented communicator and motivator. She is also a passionate supporter of women in sectors where they are underrepresented.

NICK Mackeson-Smith

Nick is an expert in learning and organisational development with 16 years of experience within the financial services, management consultancy, technology and public sectors. He’s really interested in finding out what makes things tick, and is a skilled coach. His career started in the financial services sector in the UK with Barclays Capital, Lloyd's of London and later with Goldman Sachs, before relocating to New Zealand with his young family to make the most of life.  

Nick ran the Learning & Development function at Deloitte in New Zealand before moving to lead Organisational Development and Learning at Spark, - and is now the leader of the Learning Enablement function. Nick operates at the forefront of learning innovation, learning automation, and learning enablement platforms, and has recently led cutting-edge mindset transformation and development programmes for Spark’s agile transformation at scale.


In particular we will focus on:

- What is agile & why bother?

- Does it work and if so, how?

- What do most organisations get wrong / watch outs

- What do the successful organisations do that’s different?

And most importantly, what is the mindset shift required to lead within an agile environment?



AUCKLAND - FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER. 7:15am - 9:30am 


Join the Leadership Action Network and a community of like-minded leaders to raise awareness for mental health, reduce the stigma associated with it and support those around you that are suffering from mental distress. 6% of New Zealand adults have experienced psychological distress in the last four weeks alone. Get involved to learn more about this topic, spread the word and strive to listen and understand others each and every-day and especially this September for Mental Health Awareness week.

Discover the factors that lead to thriving at work despite the challenges you may experience and learn tools that you can apply to keep yourself calm and motivated from some of the highest impact, evidence-based research.



Jane has been working in the field of organisational psychology for the last 30 years. She was trained as an Industrial and Organisational Psychologist and spent her early career in the RNZAF before moving into the corporate world. Jane has worked in-house and as a consultant to many of NZ’s leading organisations. Her approach is a direct result of her psychology education, business background and practical, results-oriented attitude.

Jane is currently the Director of The Flourishing Institute, a consulting organisation which offers practical, well researched programmes that support people to thrive at work and deliver great performance, particularly in challenging times. She specialises in building change agility and resilience, along with supporting leaders to develop organisations where people can truly thrive.


Mathew is a Mental Health Ambassador who is passionate about sharing his story to help others in understanding the struggles of living through mental distress, breaking down the stigma and perceptions that surround Mental Health, and sharing a message of hope. Over the last few years Mathew has spent time building knowledge in Diversity, Inclusion and leadership as an individually experienced concept.

Mathew is an advocate for the Rainbow Community (LGBTTIQ) and is part of the Rakoa Roroa programme led by Changing Minds and the National Depression Initiative, a professional platform to talk about lived experience with mental illness.


This breakfast will explore:

- NZ based research on the likelihood of experiencing mental health issues and what factors can contribute to this

- How people are able to support people they know living through mental distress

- Tools that can be used to support mental health for yourself and others

- The factors that lead to thriving at work, despite struggle

- The highest impact, evidence-based strategies to keep yourself calm, focused and functioning well, despite the situation


Desiree Botica, CEO of Sysdoc has been attending JumpShift's Leadership Action Network from it's inception. Check out what she has to say about the value that these sessions hold for her. 


  • BENEFIT: Every event provides direct benefit
  • ACTION: We will build our success and network through doing worthwhile things, not just talking
  • ACCOUNTABLE: We hold other members of the Leadership Action Network accountable to do what we say we will

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