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Abby Foote
Professional Director

Abby is a professional director with over 12 years' governance experience, including publicly listed and Crown companies. With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has covered both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions.

Abby is Chair of Z Energy, and currently serves on the boards of TVNZ, Sanford Limited and Freightways Limited. Abby's previous governance roles include Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Transpower New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA).



Adrian Orr
Governor, Reserve Bank New Zealand

Adrian Orr was appointed Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in March 2018.

Previously, Adrian was Chief Executive Officer at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. During his time there he won many awards including the Deloitte IPANZ Improving Performance through Leadership Excellence award in 2016, and Asian Investor's Individual Contribution to Institutional Investment Award in 2017. Prior to that he was Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability for the Reserve Bank. Read more...


Andrew Grant
Senior Partner and Global Board Member, McKinsey & Company

Andrew Grant currently based in Auckland, leads McKinsey & Company's Global Public Sector Practice. He has been a member of McKinsey's Global Board for 12 years and is currently Chairman of the Firm's Knowledge and Capability Committee.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was Managing Director for Greater China from 2005-2010, based in Shanghai. He was based in Tokyo, London, Santiago, New Zealand and Sydney prior to this. Read more...



Angela Mentis
Chief Executive Officer, BNZ

Angela Mentis was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) in January 2018. She has been a Director on the BNZ Board since December 2016. Angela has extensive business, retail and institutional banking and wealth management experience, spanning more than 29 years. Angela was previously Chief Customer Officer - Business and Private Banking with BNZ's parent company, National Australia Bank (NAB), a position she held from August 2016. In this role, Angela was responsible for leading NAB Business, supporting customers across the Agriculture, Health and Government and Education sectors, along with Business Direct and Small Business, Private Wealth and JBWere. Read more...


Carl Tannenbaum
Executive Vice President/Chief Economist, Northern Trust (USA)

Carl Tannenbaum is the Chief Economist for The Northern Trust. In this role, Mr. Tannenbaum briefs clients and colleagues on the economy and business conditions, prepares the bank's official economic outlook and participates in forecast surveys. He is a member of the bank's investment policy committee, its capital committee, and its asset/liability management committee.

Mr. Tannenbaum publishes weekly commentaries and is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters. Read more...


Craig Stobo
Chairman, Director Independent BA (Hons) First Class Economics

Educated at the University of Otago and Wharton Business School, Craig Stobo has worked as a diplomat, economist, investment banker, and as CEO. He has authored reports for the Government on "The Taxation of Investment Income", chaired the Government's International Financial Services Development group in 2010, and chaired the Establishment Board of the Local Government Funding Agency in 2011. Read more...


David McLean (LLB Honors)
Chief Executive Officer, Westpac

David joined Westpac in February 1999 to head the Debt Capital Markets group in New Zealand. He was appointed Head of Westpac Institutional Bank New Zealand in January 2004 and in 2009, he was also appointed as GM for Private, Wealth and Insurance. In 2012 David transferred to New York as a Head of the Americas for the Westpac Banking Corporation. In June 2014 David returned to Westpac New Zealand Ltd to take up the role of acting Chief Executive Officer. Read more...


Professor Ian Williamson
Head Victoria University of Wellington Business School, and international authority and speaker on human capital formation and development.
Incoming Dean for the University of California Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business.

Ian O. Williamson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand). Prior to joining Victoria University, he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institute Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). Read more...


Rt Hon Sir John Key
38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
Chair, ANZ Bank NZ

Rt Hon Sir John Key was the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to December 2016, successfully leading the National Party to 3 election victories before retiring from politics at the end of 2016. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. Read more...


Karen Silk
Co-Chair The Aoteroa Circle & GM Experience Hub, Westpac

Karen Silk was appointed GM for the Experience Hub in January 2020. She has been at Westpac New Zealand Ltd since November 2012. Prior to this she was GM Commercial, Corporate & Institutional Bank.

Karen first joined Westpac New Zealand in 1987 as part of our graduate program. She has held various senior positions at Westpac and Banque Indosuez in New Zealand, leading businesses in both the institutional and middle market segments. Read more...



Matt Whineray
Co-Chair The Aoteroa Circle & CEO NZ Super Fund

Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Guardians in July 2018. He is responsible for the general management of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund under delegation from the Board. Matt first joined the Guardians in May 2008 as General Manager, Private Markets. In 2014 he became Chief Investment Officer, overseeing the Investments Group, responsible for the Funds portfolio construction and investment activity in listed and unlisted markets, both directly and through investment managers. Read more...


Michelle Edkins
Managing Director, BlackRock Investment Stewardship

Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director in BlackRock's Investment Stewardship team of over 45 specialists covering the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific. The team engages companies and others in the investment stewardship ecosystem to promote the governance and business practices aligned with long-term value creation by the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Read more...


Dr Oliver Hartwich
Executive Director, The New Zealand Institute

Dr Oliver Hartwich is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative (www.nzinitiative.org.nz). Before joining the Initiative, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, the Chief Economist at Policy Exchange in London, and an advisor in the UK House of Lords.

Dr Hartwich holds a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Law from Bochum University in Germany. His articles have been published by major newspapers in Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.


Rob Campbell
Chair and Independent Director

Rob is currently the Chair of SkyCity Entertainment Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited and WEL Networks Limited and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited. Rob has over 30 years' experience in capital markets and is a director of or advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America. Read more...



Rob Everett
Chief Executive, Financial Markets Authority

Rob has been Chief Executive of the FMA since February 2014. After working as a capital markets lawyer at international law firm Allen & Overy, Rob spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch in London, Hong Kong and New York in a variety of senior roles (including General Counsel and COO for Europe, Middle East & Africa). He also spent a year as a director at regulatory consultants Promontory before moving to New Zealand at the end of 2013.

Rob holds a law degree and Master of Arts in Law from Cambridge University.



Dr Rod Carr
Chairperson

Dr Carr has extensive experience in both public and private sector governance and leadership. He served as Chair and non-executive director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and served as Deputy Governor and for a time Acting Governor of the Bank.

Dr Carr was the founding Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and for over a decade was a non-executive director of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce. He led the University of Canterbury as Vice Chancellor for ten years, and holds a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management, an MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, an MBA in Money and Finance and honours degrees in law and economics.


Sarah Sinclair
Chair and Partner, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Chair of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts partnership, Sarah is a highly-regarded infrastructure and construction specialist. With extensive experience acting for both Government and private sector clients in large-scale, complex delivery programmes and infrastructure projects, Sarah is known for providing commercially pragmatic, strategic advice on infrastructure delivery models, legislative frameworks, procurement strategies and contracting structures. Read more...


Sharon Zollner
Chief Economist, ANZ NZ

Sharon joined the Economics team in 2010 and became Chief Economist in late 2017. She started her career as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1998, and has also worked at the Central Bank of Norway. Sharon created the Truckometer in 2012.

She has a particular interest in Big Data and machine learning and its potential applications in macroeconomics.


Tina Wilson
Te Tumu Whakarāe / Director, Māori Partnerships and Capability, Te Taurapa Tūhono | NZTE

Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa, Muaupoko, Rangitane, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rārua Atiawa

Tina leads NZTE's Māori strategy development, capability uplift and strategic partnerships with NZ Inc and Te Ao Māori. She is based in Auckland. She will take up the international post as New Zealand Trade Commissioner - Taiwan at the end of 2020. Read more...


Vittoria Shortt
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, ASB Bank Limited

Vittoria Shortt is the Chief Executive of ASB Bank Ltd, having commenced her leadership of the Bank in February 2018.

Her appointment to Chief Executive follows a substantial career with the Commonwealth Bank Group, having held several senior positions within ASB's parent company, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Read more...



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