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.


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.  In 2015 TUANZ began trialling a leadership programme which was aimed at aspiring leaders with our member organisations.  In early 2016 FLINT became part of TUANZ combining the volunteer leadership with the resources of TUANZ to ensure FLINT continues to grow.


For more than 25 years, The Skills Organisation has been helping train up the next generation of tradies and professionals. They work closely with industries to ensure that qualifications provide them, and employers, with the right skills.  


As the largest telecommunications field services provider in Australasia, Visionstream provides innovative, whole-of-life solutions from design, supply and construct to operations and maintenance.


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. 

Auckland Leadership Group

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

Adele Good – Vibe Communications
Alex Powell – Vodafone
Caitlin Gosling – Spark
Clayton Balle – Westpac
Evan Fong – Vodafone
Holly Cushen – Chorus
Karen Myburgh – Chorus
Mikhael Afon – Visionstream
La’Sasha McCutcheon – UCG
Rohit Tiwari – Chorus
Ryan King – Vodafone

Shilpa Ranchhod – Vodafone
Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ



The FLINT programme was formally launched in Wellington on Monday 5th December 2016 at an evening event again hosted by MyRepublic.  Nearly 75 young leaders and TUANZ member representatives attended the evening and heard Vaughan Baker and Rohulla Mehri (of MyRepublic) and Anna Guenther (at PledgeMe) talk about their careers and the importance of being involved with groups like FLINT and TUANZ.

Wellington Leadership Group

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

Daniel Madley – MBIE 
Dylan Connolly – DNC
Ferne Cheetham – KPMG
Laura Turnball – InternetNZ
Lorraine Oloito’a – Spark
Maryann Robertson – InternetNZ
Michael Baughen – Chorus
Nicola Brown – MBIE
Nina McKenna – TAIT
Olivia Schultz Duffy, Vodafone

Sarah George – InternetNZ
Thomas Mitchell – HunchBuzz
Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ


On the 26th September 2017, the FLINT programme will be launched in the Waikato at an evening event hosted by UltraFast Fibre and MyRepublic.  

Waikato Leadership Group

The current Waikato leadership group in is made up of the following volunteers:
Dana Hussey – KPMG
Daniel Wright – Fonterra
Hayden Megchelse – KPMG
Karen Nibungco – UltraFast Fibre
Ken Yew – KPMG
Kyle Devey – Hill Labs
Reid McKenzie – Chorus
Stephanie Gleeson – Chorus
Travis Corrie – UltraFast Fibre
Zoe Buckley – Chorus


Other cities where we are looking for expressions of interest are Christchurch and Dunedin.   If you are based in those areas, sign up below to receive information about the upcoming launch. 


Fill in this form below to let us know that you’d like to join the group in your city (or indicate interest in the cities we have yet to launch in) and you’ll receive a welcome email within a couple of days!