We are now leading in the most turbulent times.

Adapting and responding to change requires next generation leadership.

This is because we are now influenced by constant change, geopolitical volatility, technological disruptions, economic and political uncertainty, climate change, and a growing social conscience.

Our steel industry is under increasing pressure to respond. We are seen as low-tech, carbon intensive and unattractive. How can we respond to improve public perception? Ensure we attract and retain staff? Or, be genuine leaders in the construction and manufacturing sectors?

This Future Forum is about navigating the change and dramatic evolution required to be a ‘Next Gen Led’ business that understands:

  • how to respond to the carbon accusations of timber vs steel;
  • the decarbonisation journey for steel;
  • how industry 4.0 technologies impact our industry- this year with a focus on digital twinning;
  • how to engage with Māori in a te ao Māori way, and why that is important for our industry; and
  • likely global economic impacts on the steel industry.

Who should attend?

This event is for staff of all levels (we are all leaders) wanting to get a handle on the big issues impacting our industry and how the industry is and should respond.

This event will give you an overview of the key issues that will require “Next Gen Leadership” in the steel industry, and how you can prepare for them.

This is for anyone working with steel – including welding, design, fabrication, research, study, manufacturing, construction and recycling.

Welcome Drinks

Thursday 4th May 2023, 6.00pm

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Join us for arrival/welcome drinks and nibbles in the Crossings Lounge.

Next Gen Leadership

Friday 5th May 2023, 8.30am to 5.00pm

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
188 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch 8011

Seven speaker sessions delivered from leaders in industry exploring ideas of Industry 4.0, succession planning, global economics, sustainability, and Mātauranga Māori – and what that means and looks like through the lens of next generation leadership in the steel industry.

Nation Dinner

Friday 5th May 2023, 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
312 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City

Join us for a night of recognition, celebration and connection as we come together to reflect on the achievements of our members and wider industry at HERA’s Industry Awards. Let’s relax and reconnect as an industry and celebrate the achievements we are making that everyone needs to know more about!

Conference Speakers


Wairangi Jones – Tūtira Mai, Pou Matua, Cultural Advisor & Founder

Te Arawa | Ngāti Tuwharetoa | Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga | Ngāti Maniapoto | MC for the day

Hilary West-Reeve

Hilary West-Reeve – Phoenix Metalman Recycling, Executive Director – Chief Sustainability Officer

Circular economy


Gretta Stephens – Bluescope, Chief Executive – Climate Change & Sustainability


Hillmare Schulze

Hillmarè Schulze – BERL, Director and Chief Economist

Global economic issues and megatrends for future consideration


Will Hawkins – University of Bath, Lecturer Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

Carbon comparisons and how biogenic carbon is dealt with – particularly in relation to Module D


Jannat Maqbool – Ecosystm, Principal Advisor

Digital twinning and Industry 4.0


Teresa Poli – Aurecon, Senior Consultant

Intersection between Mātauranga Māori, sustainability and construction with focus on steel fabrication and steel design


Raed El Sarraf – WSP, Technical Principal



Cam Wallace – Bellingham Wallace, Director; James Macmillan – REDE, Senior Broker; David Wallace – Armillary Private Capital, Joint Managing Director

Advisory panel on succession planning