About the Future Centre
NZ Centre for the Future works with companies who want to create their own futures, and not be victim to changes beyond their control. Using evidence based methodologies, our practitioners work with senior teams to design deliberate and emergent strategies, and give them the best chance of success by embedding them into company culture.
Melissa Clark Reynolds ONZM, ChMInstD became a Foresight Practitioner and Professional Director after 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur and CEO of a number of Technology companies. She sits on the Boards of Beef and Lamb NZ, Little Yellow Bird, Jasmax, and Atkins Ranch. Melissa was previously a Deputy Chair of Radio NZ, the first independent Director of Beef & Lamb NZ and a Member of MPI’s Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel. Melissa has been part of the Te Hono Primary Sector Bootcamp at Stanford University, twice. She trained as a Foresight Practitioner with The Institute for the Future in Palo Alto and also with Clayton Christiansen in his approach to Disruptive Innovation through Harvard. She has also trained with Futurist Sohail Inayutollah in his approach to corporate narrative and content level analysis.
Melissa works with companies like AsureQuality, Kotahi, Lincoln University, the NZ Screen Sector, and BiosecurityNZ on Strategy and Foresight. Melissa has a particular interest in Platform and Subscription Business Models. She developed and teaches courses in Strategy, Digital Governance and Disruptive Business Models for the NZ Institute of Directors.
She recently featured on a podcast for The Australian Pork Industry – you can listen here.
Melissa’s Linkedin Profile is here: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/melissaclarkr
Judith Eastgate has worked with people for over 25 years in both the public and private sector in the Asia Pacific region. She is committed to impacting the future of NZ through working with leaders in our organisations. As a coach, she knows it’s solely the performance of her clients that is the measure of her success. In 2014 Judith trained at ‘Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership’ delivered by EJI in the US. Judith works with FutureCentre.nz clients on strategy to execution and developing alignment between Senior Teams and Boards. She has worked with AQ earlier in the year on Company Strategy. Judith has been working extensively with Lincoln University in 2018, aligning Values and Behaviours with Strategy. In 2018 she trained with Sohail Inayutullah in his CLA and Foresight Methodologies.
Judith’s LinkedIn profile is here: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/juditheastgate
Diana Burns is an experienced writer, broadcaster, trainer and facilitator. The thread that draws these together is human communication. She is an expert in drawing out people’s stories, and getting to the heart of a subject through the people who work on it. She loves interviewing people, and helping them to articulate what they do and why it matters. In a varied career, Diana has worked as: a journalist and broadcaster at RNZ National; a documentary maker for radio and television; a freelance writer; a parliamentary press secretary; a media and communications manager; and a trainer and facilitator. She has helped thousands of people write and communicate clearly and appropriately for their audiences through her work for Write Ltd (plain language specialists) and the NZ Film Commission. She is a fluent speaker of Spanish. She has worked with FutureCentre.nz on a Review of Governance for Lincoln University, and a report on Disruption in the Construction Sector for BRANZ.
Diana’s LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-burns
Pepper’s specialty is Graphic and Visual Facilitation – Scribing, event experience design, hub setup, and graphics services for strategy intervention, transformational, and facilitation events. She has worked with a number of our clients to provide WOW Factor to their events, as well as memorable visual and physical takeaways from workshop experiences. Pepper has worked with FutureCentre.nz on projects with Kotahi, AQ, Te Hono and other Primary Sector clients. Pepper has also been working with the NZIoD on a course about Disruption for Directors.
Pepper’s Linkedin Profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pepper-lindgren-streicher/
Chelo spent over a decade in the marketing industry doing sales promotion, events and campaigns for companies in the private sector. Now juggling working with FutureCentre.nz and homeschooling her young daughter, she has found new meaning in lending her experience and time doing volunteer work. Chelo recently gave her time to an organisation focussed on the resettlement of former refugees in New Zealand. Currently, she volunteers with Plunket as a communications and promotions coordinator. Chelo looks after our team, admin needs and customer service.
Grace Clark BA is a postgraduate student of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She is a keen Gamer, role-player and movie-goer. She likes thinking about the future and hopes for a career in speculative fiction. Grace undertakes research for projects for FutureCentre.nz. Her most recent project were on the future of secondary education spaces for the combined High Schools in Marlborough; the Future of Screen for the NZ Screen Strategy and a comparison of international trends in and approaches to Biosecurity.