ITx Rutherford 2019 Programme

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Technology and the Future of Work

Friday 1:30pm - 2:40pm, Keynote Presentation

Panel talk and Q&A about the changing face of work in the next 10-15 years as a result of advances in adoption of technology.


Anthony McMahon

The IT Psychiatrist

An IT professional with experience in Service Management, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Risk, Anthony's passion is helping businesses get their mindset right when it comes to managing their technology in order to help enable and support growth.

With a previous career in corporate, Anthony has lived through the hype that comes with emerging technology and the fear surrounding it and takes a historical view on why things aren't going to be as bad as they would have us believe.

Helena Cilliers

Content Development Manager, Via Afrika

An educator at heart, Helena is both energised and inspired when she's able to guide others towards “learning tough stuff the easy way”. Helena views this process of upskilling and empowerment in terms of people’s skills sets, personal growth, attitudes towards change, and their use of technology as life-changing for all parties, including herself.

Over the past fifteen years, Helena has trained and done presentations to small and large groups of teachers, principals, corporate participants, and governmental officials at local and national level in topics such as e-learning, educational and emerging technologies, and online courseware creation.

Helena has a Master’s degree in Education and specialised in Educational Technology. She started her career as a high-school and primary-school teacher, then moved to educational publishing and is currently a Content Development Manager at Via Afrika, a Southern African publishing house developing print and digital learning and training materials that make a difference.

Dave Heatley

Principal Advisor, Productivity Commission

Dave Heatley is a principal advisor at the Productivity Commission, currently working on the Technological change and future of work inquiry. He joined the Commission at its inception in 2011 and has worked on five inquiries: international freight transport, trans-Tasman economic relations, services sector productivity, social services, and tertiary education.

Dave recently completed Growing the digital economy and maximising opportunities for SMEs - a joint project with the Australian Productivity Commission. This fell into his “sweet spot”: he has lived and worked in both countries, and – prior to studying economics – spent 25 years in the computer industry. He has worked for, managed and owned small businesses. He launched successful (and not-so-successful) software startups in the 1990s and 2000s. His most successful startup was Echoview software, winner of the 2018 Australian Digital Export Award.

Before joining the Commission in 2011, Dave was a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation at Victoria University of Wellington. He has an MBA (with distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Science (computer science) from the University of Tasmania.

Outside of work, Dave volunteers for bird conservation projects in Fiordland and for land search and rescue in Wellington. He is a keen skier, tramper and runner and irregularly post at

Sam Mann

Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic