Who's Going to be Speaking

We are proud of the excellence of the diverse and interesting guest speakers who address our monthly meetings.   Not only do they provide opportunity for learning and discussion on a wide range of topics, but they keep us up to date with what is happening in our ever-changing city and world.

Here are details of the upcoming speakers:


Monday, 8 August

Barbara Finlayson
“Life in the Military - Career Changes in Later Life”

Barbara Finlayson, B.Ed. PGDip. Dip.Tech, CELTA grew up in Invercargill, attended St Catherine's College  and went on to study at the University of Otago and Dunedin Teachers College graduating as a teacher in 1976.  She is the mother to four adult boys and grandmother to five grandchildren. In 2007 Barbara moved from a teaching role and Careers Advisor to training as an Officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. After completing six months of officer training Barbara graduated as an Education Officer. Barbara has served in the Sinai Desert and more recently in Timor Leste as an English Language Advisor to the Timorese Army and seconded to the Australian Air Force as an English language teacher serving at base Laverton for six months. Barbara has had the opportunity to participate in many Exercises and missions both at home and abroad. Currently Barbara is working in Defence recruiting specialist officers for the Army, Navy and Air Force.


Monday, 12 September

John Pickering
"A Scientist in Medicine - A Journey from Lasers and Birthmarks
to Machine Learning and Heart Attacks"

John is a mainlander who graduated a PhD in physics, but after a journey involving pastoral care work in Poland and with international students and migrants Christchurch, he returned to science 15 years ago, first with the University of Otago where he is now a Research Professor, and later working alongside Emergency Department physicians in Christchurch Hospital.  His current work is concentrated on evaluating and implementing diagnostic pathways for chest pain throughout the country utilising new measurement and data analysis techniques. For relaxation he takes his telescopes out to share the beauty of the heavens with anyone who cares to look.