FLINT is our Future Leaders programme for individuals at the beginning of their careers usually within a TUANZ members or other supporting organisations.  Our Vision for this programme is to facilitate the development of knowledge and exposure of members to senior people and ideas within the industry so that in years to come FLINT members will be in executive roles with communication technology responsibility.

Want to join FLINT?  There's an form to join us at the bottom of this page...and scroll down for news events that are coming up. 

Where did FLINT start?

Back in 2013, four recent graduates who were working at Chorus and Vodafone, had the thought that it would be great if there was a forum where people like themselves could share experiences and learn about the industry they found themselves working in.  This led to the launch in October 2013 of the Future Leaders in Telecommunications (or FLINT) group which was all about creating opportunities to meet, talk, and be inspired about the future leaders of a diverse, dynamic and exciting industry.  

Over the first year in 2014, FLINT hosted a number of events where graduates, apprentices and school leavers within the industry came together.  Unfortunately over 2015, FLINT was unable to maintain the momentum although there was a continued commitment to the concept.  That year, TUANZ began trialling a leadership programme which was aimed at aspiring leaders with our member organisations.  Earlier this year (2016) both groups decided it made sense to bring FLINT in under TUANZ and utilise our resources to ensure the programme continues to develop.

The Relaunch

Since TUANZ has taken over running FLINT, a leadership group made up of 10 young leaders working with the CEO of TUANZ, have developed the relaunch of the programme.  FLINT members are also able to attend TUANZ events at member rates while they are part of the group.

The FLINT programme was formally re-launched on Monday 4th July 2016 at an evening event hosted by MyRepublic.  Nearly 200 students, young leaders and TUANZ member representatives attended the evening and heard Vaughan Baker (MD of MyRepublic) and Sophie Stanley (Head of Rural at Figured) talk about their leadership journeys and the lessons learned along the way. 

FLINT Auckland Leadership Group

The current Auckland leadership group in is made up of the following volunteers:

Karen Myburgh - Chorus

Mikhael Afon - Downer

La'Sasha McCutcheon - UCG

Miria Royal - Vodafone

Rohit Tiwari - Chorus

Adele Good - Vibe Communications

Alex Powell - Vodafone

Evan Fong - Vodafone

Joshua Nicholson - Vodafone

Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ

FLINT Wellington Leadership Group

The current Wellington leadership group is made up of the following volunteers:

Maryann Robertson - InternetNZ

Nicola Brown - MBIE

Sarah George - InternetNZ

Thomas Mitchell - Hunchbuzz

Dylan Connolly - Domain Name Commission

Michael Baughen - Chorus

Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ

Daniel Madley - MBIE

Ferne Cheetham - KPMG

Francis Powley - MBIE

Laura Turnball - InternetNZ

Christel Chapman - Young Farmers NZ

Nina McKenna - TAIT

Lorraine Oloitoa - Spark

Upcoming Events

While FLINT members can attend the more general TUANZ events, there will be a number of specific to FLINT events over the next 6 to 9 months:

  • End of Year Celebration
  • Wellington Launch
  • Team Challenge Day


Join FLINT today!

Fill in this form below to let us know that you'd like to join the group in your city (only Auckland and Wellington at this point) and you'll receive a welcome email within a couple of days!

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