Confirmed Speakers

Wednesday 18 September

Mike Arlidge
On the Spot Group Manager, Foodstuffs

Mike is the Group Manager for On The Spot Group, a banner group of Foodstuffs South Island, and is responsible for 108 stores across the South Island. Mike has worked in the FMCG industry for 25 years, been employed at Foodstuffs SI for 12 years and has been the On the Spot Group Manager for 2½ years.

Ruth Riviere
Country Manager, Mastercard

Ruth joined Mastercard UK in 2012 and has held various roles across the organisation. Ruth’s most recent role at Mastercard was as Director of Social Impact at the Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth, where she designed and directed the Centre’s global philanthropic programme work to support sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion. This included programmes in Indonesia, Romania, Mexico, Egypt, Rwanda, Nigeria and the US. Prior to Mastercard, Ruth worked in financial services consulting at Oliver Wyman, and helped to build an innovation and growth consultancy, recently acquired by Deloitte.

Peter Morton
Director, Herbert Morton Chartered Accountants

Prior to his career as an Accountant, Peter was a Director and responsible for the management of three service stations and workshop repair businesses. Peter founded Herbert Morton in October 1985 with his partner Keith Herbert and the firm now has 21 team members in three different areas in the North Island. Peter is highly regarded in the service station industry and has contributed heavily to the success of the Motor Trade Association (MTA), serving as a Director for several years. Peter was one of the driving forces behind Automotive Solutions, a group of professional Automotive Repairers throughout New Zealand. Peter works tirelessly for his clients, is a well-known speaker and industry advocate, and fully deserves the recognition of MTA Life Membership

Thursday 19 September

Karina Hellyer
National Operations Manager, Night ‘n’ Day Foodstores

In her role as National Operations Manager at Night ‘n’ Day Foodstores, Karina says she never has a dull moment. Karina worked part-time with Night ‘n’ Day while at high school, and after graduating Otago University moved into a management role within the company’s Dunedin-based head office. Karina’s responsibilities are many and varied, including new store setups, employment and training, security, process and systems, compliance, store layouts and new product roll-outs, franchisee support and inventory management. In 2012, 2013 and 2018, Night ‘n Day featured in New Zealand’s Deloitte Fast 50 companies and a Franchise Association NZ finalist in the 2018 Franchise System of the Year.

Ali Hamza
General Manager, Bluebird Foods

Ali has responsibility for the snacks business and its portfolio of successful brands including Bluebird, Delisio, Copper Kettle, Le Snak and Doritos. Ali has been leading Bluebird Foods since January 2017 and has vast experience in fast moving consumer goods across multiple markets. Ali was previously Chief Financial Officer for Bluebird Foods and has 16 years’ experience in business consulting, transformation and strategy. Ali is part of the executive committee for PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand and has worked and lived in New Zealand and Pakistan. Ali is passionate about people and culture, driving category expansion through product innovation and delivering long-term sustainable business growth.