Diane Berry - IT & Systems

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Joined the board: May 2020Diane Berry 33

Role: IT & Systems Director 

Length of time with the network: New member 2020

Diane is a leader in data science (machine learning and artificial intelligence), advanced analytics and engineering solutions.  Her career has focused on applied math and information technology (IT) across industry and academia. At present, she is the Senior Manager in Data Science at Bain & Company and leads the Advanced Analytics Delivery Group in London.

At Bain, she advises on data and analytic strategies, analytic use case process to learn, build and scale solutions, and leads engineering development of advanced analytics solutions with tangible results.  She ensures the right problems are solved and solutions are adopted. Diane regularly presents on advanced analytics topics.

Prior to joining Bain, Diane had an intervening period in academia at University College of London (UCL) in applying novel techniques in data science and statistics to medical research, which included investigating patterns in DNA. She has co-authored some 28 papers published in academic journals, such as Lancet and Nature Genetics.   

The first part of her career was 9+ years IT industry and where she gained extensive software engineering and database development experience. She has worked for JP Morgan Chase and HSBC as well as commodity derivatives trading house.

Diane’s personal mission is to motivate, inspire and keep women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. She believes this can be done through collaborating broadly, experience sharing and learning from all. 

Diane has a PhD in Statistics and MSc in Statistical Science from UCL, London and Bachelor of Technology in Information Engineering from Massey University, New Zealand.  She grew up in Tawa (on the flat), Wellington, New Zealand.  


Fiona Macdonald - Programme & Events

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Joined the Board: May 2020FionaMcDonald

Role: Programme & Events Director

Length of time with the network: 4 years

Fiona is an events and tourism specialist. As Senior Manager, Business Events at VisitBritain, Fiona delivers on the UK government’s strategy to grow international business events in the UK under the government-wide ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign.

Fiona leads an international marketing campaign a targeting the events industry which includes a busy event programme of international tradeshows and conferences and regularly speaking at events industry forums. 

At Reed Exhibitions – one of the world’s largest events companies and a FTSE-100 – Fiona delivered on an ambitious global growth strategy for the Travel Division with double-digit revenue growth. Through new launches and acquisitions, the Division doubled in size with 14 new events in 11 countries, including the international expansion of well-known events including World Travel Market, one of the UK’s largest trade events with 50,000 travel professionals. 

Fiona’s career started at the NZ Ministry of Tourism (now MBIE), giving tourism policy and research advice to the then Tourism Minister, Prime Minister John Key, working on a number of nationally-important tourism projects including the national cycleway.

Passionate about female empowerment and leadership, Fiona is excited to develop one of the most critical elements of the Network – its events and programmes – to enable the NZBWN community create powerful, personal connections.

Fiona grew up in Timaru, with a Bachelors and Masters degrees from Otago University. She’s lived in in London for nine years and loves travelling and the outdoors – especially snowboarding and mountain biking.


Our Stories: Hannah Wrathall and Alice Marsh

Written by Bronwyn Huband.

Social Experiment Alice L Hannah RWe recently met two inspirational Kiwis Hannah Wrathall and Alice Marsh. They both come from opposite ends of NZ but they’ve been brought together by a desire to help millennials succeed in taking actions on issues they care about, through creating social enterprises, leading transformational cultural change and platforms to bring issues to the forefront. Hannah gave us some insight into what they are doing to help inspire people to make their dreams a reality.

What did you want to for a career when you were young?
For most of my childhood I wanted to be an actress (it’s never too late, right?). Alice wanted to be an optometrist (she has never had great eyesight!) 

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