Simon Bridges is a New Zealand leader and household name given his time in politics and his high media profile over many years. A lawyer turned senior National politician and MP for Tauranga, Simon held a raft of senior responsibilities in New Zealand politics, including as Leader of the National Party and of the Opposition. As a Minister in the Key/English governments Simon held a wide variety of Ministerial portfolios including Economic Development, Transport, Communications, Energy & Resources, Labour, Associate Finance and Leader of the House. Prior to Parliament, Simon started his career in a national law firm and was then a Crown prosecutor for several years conducting many serious criminal jury trials.
Simon has an LLB (Hons) and BA from Auckland University where he received a Senior Law Prize, and a Bachelor of Civil law from Oxford University (where he met his wife, Natalie). In addition, Simon has studied at the London School of Economics and interned at the British House of Commons as part of a Chevening-Hansard Society Fellowship. In 2021 Simon’s personal memoir, National Identity, became a best seller, and received significant critical acclaim. It is a heartfelt wide-ranging book of self-reflections and on what it means to be a New Zealander.
Simon retired from politics and today in addition to his commercial and media work is husband of Natalie and dad to Emlyn, Harry and Jemima. At home he enjoys board games and getting out and about with his kids. He also plays the drums (enthusiastically but not so well these days) and likes red wine, podcasts and reading.
Topic: Embracing Change: The Relevance of Adaptability for our Profession
In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, internal auditors must be prepared to adapt to change to remain effective in their roles. As technology advances, regulations shift, and risks change, the demands on internal auditors continue to grow.
In this keynote speech, Simon Bridges will explore the importance of embracing change and adapting to new challenges in the profession of internal auditing. He will share insights on how internal auditors can stay ahead of the curve, including the need to develop new skills, harness emerging technologies, and foster a culture of innovation.
As we navigate a world of constant change, career transitions have become the norm rather than the exception. Simon Bridges, former Leader of the National Party in New Zealand and a seasoned lawyer and politician, brings a unique perspective to this topic.
In his keynote address, Bridges will share insights from his own career transitions, including his journey from a successful legal career to politics, and his experience leading one of New Zealand’s major political parties. Drawing on his experience as a “compassionate conservative,” Bridges will discuss the importance of adaptability, resilience, and strategic thinking in today’s rapidly changing world.
Bridges will also explore the role of individuals, organisations, and governments in supporting career transitions, and share practical strategies for navigating these transitions successfully. He will touch on topics such as upskilling, reskilling, and lifelong learning, and the need for individuals to take ownership of their career development.
This keynote address is ideal for individuals who are navigating career transitions, as well as leaders, managers, and HR professionals who are responsible for supporting and managing career development in their organisations. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the changing world of work, the challenges and opportunities of career transitions, and practical strategies for pivoting their careers in a rapidly changing world.
Join us to learn how to stay relevant and succeed in the changing world of internal auditing.