So that you and your colleagues don't miss the attractive Early Bird registration discount for our Annual Summit, on in Auckland from 21 to 23 September, a reminder that this discount is available only till Friday, 19 August.

Also finishing on 19 August is the 'register five, receive one free' offer, a fantastic opportunity for councils wanting to get the maximum from the Summit experience.

Registration information is in the Summit website here where you'll also find our Summit programme and more information on our inspiring presenters including:

Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor General of New Zealand

Lyn Provost is guaranteed to provide food for thought as she addresses the Women in Local Government Breakfast on the morning of 22 September. From being the first female non-sworn Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand Police to becoming the country’s first female Controller and Auditor General there is no doubt she is an inspiring leader.

Lyn’s career with the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) started in 1978 as an Assistant Auditor, and after spending time in the United Kingdom and South Africa she returned to OAG in 1985 as the Director of Professional Services and five years later became an Assistant Auditor-General.

Among the notable achievements across Lyn’s term as Controller and Auditor General include leading improvements to biosecurity, investigations into Maori Education and the Canterbury earthquake recovery process, as well as being presented an award for lifetime achievement in public service by Sir Bob Geldof in 2015.

P.S – This breakfast is for both men and women!

Phil O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Public Policy and Business Consultancy, Iron Duke Partners

Phil will provide the opening keynote (3 pm, 21 September) at our Summit, with a presentation entitled 'Inspiring Leadership for Successful Communities'.

The former chief executive of BusinessNZ, representing thousands of New Zealand businesses, Phil has a background in industrial advocacy and leadership roles in banking, publishing and media. He chaired the Green Growth Advisory Group, and has contributed as Chair or Member of several public and private advisory boards in areas as diverse as manufacturing, exports, tertiary education, trade, tax, retirement, R&D, innovation, employment, child poverty, health and safety, skills, government procurement and sustainable business. He was appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Among his international business connections, he is Chair of the Board of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD in Paris, and Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.

Phil is an insightful and entertaining speaker, facilitator and spokesman, negotiator, change manager, entrepreneur, advocate, promoter and business leader and his presentation is not to be missed.

Harold Hillman, Managing Director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group

Harold's keynote (9.45am, 22 September), The Imposter Syndrome is based on the theme of his first book of the same name, which was Whitcoulls' Business Book of the Year in 2013.

Harold earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). With a strong belief that the best leaders are also the most skilled learners, he coaches business leaders and executive teams around the world to explore what is really required to drive deeper levels of engagement. To get a taste of what you can expect at the Summit have a listen to Harold’s weekly leadership commentary on Radio Live’s Sunday Morning and view his regular contributions to the NZ Herald’s business online edition.

Our Annual Summit is just one of the events currently in our calendar - events available for registration can be found in our Event Calendar here. The list includes our popular annual Community Plan Forum which is on next Monday and Tuesday (15 & 16 August) in Auckland.