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Over the past few weeks, we have seen unprecedented disruption at all levels of sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
Women in Sport Aotearoa and our partners at Trans-Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect are delighted to bring you a free series of live interviews with key leaders.
Time: 13.30 (dial in from 13.25)
(To avoid long queues in the waiting room on the day we do recommend you register in advance)
Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, Microbiologist, Auckland University
We are delighted to welcome sports reporter Rikki Swannell as our moderator again.
Over the past six weeks, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles has been a mainstay in living rooms across Aotearoa New Zealand. With her pink hair and her sound and sensible advice, she has demystified COVID-19 daily for kiwis struggling to adapt to lockdown and in the process, cemented her place as one of New Zealand’s most admired female leaders. Commentators worldwide have commended the clarity with which the New Zealand government has communicated around COVID-19 and Siouxsie’s commentary across mainstream media and through columns in The Spinoff certainly contributed significantly.
In particular, Siouxsie will talk about:
– Her personal journey and her role as a prominent leader during New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
– What sport and recreation may look like in future, as we drop down through lockdown levels.
– The practical impacts of social distancing and contact tracing on sport and recreation participants.
– The possibility of long-term behavioural changes in the sport and recreation sector and our society.
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but to many she is “that pink-haired science lady”. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford. She spent almost a decade at Imperial College London, before relocating to Aotearoa New Zealand as a Health Research Council Hercus Fellow in 2009. Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at Auckland University, where she combines her twin passions to understand infectious diseases and to find new antibiotics. Siouxsie also has a keen interest in demystifying science; she is a tweeter, blogger, podcaster, and media science commentator, and has worked with artists to make living works of art for various exhibitions in Aotearoa and overseas. In 2017 she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’, and recently collaborated with her daughter to make a kid’s show about microbiology. Siouxsie has won numerous awards for her research and science communication efforts, including the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs prize, the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, and Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Callaghan Medal. She was one of three finalists for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of Year award and in 2019 was appointed a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication.  
Leadership from Lockdown is a brand new series designed to:
– Listen to the stories of a varied range of top leaders from across sport and active recreation
– Explore the major decisions they have made (or reacted to) and their decision-making processes
– Understand the practicalities of managing staff, stakeholders and volunteers through significant change
– Find out about the process of redeveloping an organisational strategic plan and budget “on the fly”
– Learn about opportunities and challenges unique to their particular position or type of organisation
– Hear authentic insights about the journey they have been on personally, as they lead from lockdown