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Creating a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing

Thursday 1:20pm - 2:20pm, Keynote Presentation

Mental health and wellbeing experts join those with first-hand experience managing their own mental health to talk about how to ensure a workplace culture that supports mental wellbeing in the tech sector. Featuring clinical psychologist Jacqui Maguire and Mindfulness coach Kerene Strochnetter alongside tech education researcher Caitlin Duncan and IT consultant Rob England.


Rob England

Teal Unicorn

Rob England B.Sc., MIITP, CITP is an independent IT management consultant, trainer, and commentator based in Wellington, New Zealand. Rob is an internationally-recognised thought leader in DevOps and IT Service Management (ITSM) and a published author of seven books and many articles. He is best known for his controversial blog and alter-ego, the IT Skeptic. He speaks regularly at international conferences.

Rob labels himself a "DevOps anticryptoequinologist". (He's interested in DevOps for horses not unicorns.)

Rob is an acknowledged contributor to The DevOps Handbook, and to ITIL (2011 Service Strategy book). Rob was awarded the inaugural New Zealand IT Service Management Champion award for 2010 by itSMFnz, and made a Life Member in 2017.

Jacqui Maguire

Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director, Umbrella

Jacqui Maguire is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of Umbrella Ltd, NZ's leading workplace wellness and resilience training provider.

As part of her registration as a clinical psychologist, Jacqui’s postgraduate research investigated the relationships between emotion, attention and memory; specifically, how emotion states influence memory recall and contribute to improved attention. This research knowledge is highly relevant to improving work performance in complex organisational environments, and has fostered Jacqui’s deep understanding of organisational culture and systems.

A regular on TVNZ Breakfast, Jacqui has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for Capital and Coast District Health Board, Kapiti Youth Support and Umbrella Ltd and holds a Masters Degree in Psychology.

Jacqui now works with companies to understand the unique needs of their organisation and people around workplace mental health wellness and resilience, creating a customised plan to maximise performance.