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Organisational  development (OD) used to be long to the world of psychology. However in the last few years many HR and Learning & Development professionals have moved into OD roles. Our workplaces are also going through radical change with the next industrial revolution.

So what does this mean for what OD will and should be?

The OD (re) Design Conference 2019 will explore:

If you know your organisation will need to take a different approach to development in the future, then this is the event to attend.

Tickets are now closed for this event.


Gil Sewell

Executive Director, HR and OD, Waikato District Health Board

Liz Tibbutt

Director, Inside HR

Conference Agenda

Brad Norris


 Synergy Health

Fiona Hancock

Director / Registered Psychologist, Added Insight

Mel Rowsell


Wisdom at Work

Anita Kopacsy

Corporate Training Manager, Corporate Challenge

What makes this conference different?


Tickets and Venue

Ticket Details

Early Bird $1,295 - available until Friday 3 May.

Full price $1,595 - available until Friday 23 August.

Save 20% if you book

two attendees or are an Elephant VIP.

Save 30% if you work for a Not for Profit or public sector.

Out of town ticket - add an extra $245 for one nights accommodation at a nearby hotel and breakfast.

Venue: Rydges and SKYCITY, Auckland CBD.

Terms and Conditions

The OD (re) Design Conference is run by Elephant Group. Elephant Group reserves the right to amend the conference at any time if required. Once we’ve received your registration and payment, we will send you a confirmation pack .

If you are unable to attend and written notification is received by us 3 weeks in advance, you will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation fee. After that, no refunds will be issued. You can substitute your attendance with someone else up to 3 days before the conference. Photography may be taken during the conference in which you may be included. Please let us know if you do not consent to being in these photos.

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Using iterations and agile as an OD tool

There are a variety of models within the L&D world, however this session looks outside at the world of technology, design thinking and agile. You’ll learn what iterative design and iterations are, how they are used in technology companies and how OD can use it to make our learning frameworks more successful and engage learners in a new way.

Presented by Cain Duell, Principal Consultant, Double-O


Different approaches to OD and structuring your OD function

To start the conference we look at two different approaches to structuring and running an OD function and the challenges of building OD in your business - at Sovereign and Coca-Cola.

Presented by Faye Sanderson, Head of Learning and OD, AIA and Gil Sewell, Executive Director of HR and OD, Waikato DHB


Using Customer Journey Mapping as an OD tool

Learning measurement has been focused on using Kirkpatrick’s model. However in the future to design and measure learner engagement you need to know to know what your learners are experiencing at every stage of their learning journey. In this session you’ll find out how to use customer journey mapping for learning and hear a case study from Spark.

Presented by Jodie Armstrong-Downe, Track NZ


How OD can use Positive Pyschology

What is positive psychology? How can you tie this into your OD initiatives? Claire was recently involved in facilitating the largest ever rollout of a PERMA-based (positive psychology) wellbeing training for senior leaders across the civil service in the UK. She will share her case study.

Presented by Claire Le Grice


Your OD Challenges:


In this think tank session you will have a chance to discuss what OD challenges your business is facing, and share ideas and suggestions from our panel and from those at your table to come up with some possible solutions or further ideas to investigate.


Day 1 finishes


Registration and networking


Afternoon tea




Leading an OD function in these times of disruption

How can OD can create and deliver value for the business in these times of disruption? What does this mean for the new capabilities required of OD and learning especially when you are leading the function. Where are the intersect points for HR, Talent and Learning and how can you utilise those intersect points to deliver new value.

Presented by Pip Ball, Associate Director of OD, University of Auckland

Pip Ball

Associate Director of OD, University of Auckland

Faye Sanderson

Head of Learning and OD, AIA

Cameron Nott

Managing Director

CPP Asia Pacific




Engaging the un-engaged

Creating programmes that attract employees that are already motivated is easy. But how do you engage the un-engaged? Come and hear Synergy Health’s journey and learnings about how to engage people, and create the greatest opportunity to influence organisational performance. Most importantly,  how this applies to OD.

Presented by Brad Norris, CEO, Synergy Health


Pyschometric tools - the good, bad and the future

With so many tools available, how do you know what can work best for which situation? What’s the difference in each tool? Where will testing go in the future? Come and hear what is available out there and how these might be used better for next generation OD.

Presented by Fiona Hancock, Added Insight and Anita Kopacsy, Corporate Challenge


The Future of OD in your organisation

To finish the conference you will get the chance to discuss the future of OD in your organisation, as well as hear what leading edge companies are doing to use  technology and AI, and how this will be a game changer for learning curation and creation.

Faciitated by Liz Tibbutt, InsideHR and conference MC


Understanding and using positive pyschology principles

Positive pyschology is a newer field and something OD can use to design and influence development. You’ll hear how to use positive pyschology principles to create meaningful work and build positive work reflection for employees and leaders.

Presented by Dr Lixin Jiang, Lecturer IO Pyschology, Auckland University


Conference closes


Conference Start


Lunch and networking


Morning Tea


Developing Learning Wisdom in the Fourth Age

You can put the best OD frameworks and programmes in place but if senior leaders and managers are not resilient to manage changing teams and priorities, OD initiatives can fail. This session will focus on how you can build learning wisdom in your organisations for resilience, collaboration and leadership.

Presented by Mel Rowsell, Founder, Wisdom at Work




Meeting Intelligence

More and more meetings are happening in the workplace, requiring significant investment and resources. Loss of meeting information and intellectual capital, poor meeting practices and inadequate recording and information retrieval mechanisms result in meeting group memory often being compromised and very expensive. So how can you use meeting intelligence in your organisation?

Presented by Dr Mandy Lacy

Dr Lixin Jiang

Lecturer, IO Psychology, Auckland University

Cain Duell

Agile Consultant,


Jodie Armstrong-Downes

Planning Director, TrackNZ

We also have 5 copies of Mel’s new book to give away after Mel’s session.

Kate De Marco

Senior CMR Planner,


Claire Le Grice Founder, Be More Awesome

Dr Mandy Lacy

IO Psychologist and Consultant

Tickets are now closed for this event.