Past Government Appointments

  • Institute of Directors NZ Inc, President
    Not for profit membership organisation with 9,000 members and revenue of approximately $10 million.
    Chartered Director pathway implemented in 2014 to change to a professional organisation.
    Goal was to improve governance standards in New Zealand during the two-year term.
  • Inland Revenue, Chair Risk and Assurance Committee
    Revenue of approximately $700 million.
    Role is to provide external advice to the Commissioner and oversight of key risks including business transformation project.
  • Health Funding Authority, Director
    Revenue of $7 billion and 400 staff.
  • Ministry of Health, Chair Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
    Ministry of Health and District Health Boards took over the Health Funding Authority responsibilities.
    Chair Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.
    Roles undertaken over 11 years.
  • Public Trust, Deputy Chair
    A Crown Entity with revenue over $2 billion fund under management.
    A new capital structure was implemented from that of a corporation sole to a Crown Entity.
    The key activity was building a sustainable business model providing trusted and financial services and estate administration.
    Chair Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Monetary Policy Committee Member, Monetary Policy Advisor
    Role is to provide advice to the Governor on monetary policy matters. Involvement both pre and post the global financial crisis.
  • Pharmaceutical Management Agency (Pharmac), Board Member
    Managed $700 million of government expenditure of pharmaceutical subsidies.
    Chair Audit Committee.
  • Sports & Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), Board Member
    New crown entity established to take over responsibilities of the Hillary Commission and Sports Foundation.
    Substantial increase in funding to $70 million.
    Chair Audit, Finance and Risk Management Committee.
  • Earthquake Commission, Commissioner
    Revenue $200 million and reinsurance $1.5 billion
    Offshore reinsurance was successfully placed. This diversified risk from investment in New Zealand Government Bonds. The positive impact of this strategy on New Zealand following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake was substantial.
    Member Audit Committee.
    Member Reinsurance Committee.
    Member Research Committee.
  • Commerce Commission, Commissioner
    Aim is to ensure compliance with Commerce Act, Fair trading Act and Energy Industry Reform Act.
    Involvement in decisions of a number of major acquisitions including South Island Dairy Cooperative Limited and the dairy companies mega-merger arrangement and telephone numbering and portability.
    Involvement with the establishment of processes and initial decisions under the Electricity Industry Reform Act.
    Chair Audit and Finance Committee.
  • Industrial Research Limited, Chairperson
    Crown entity with revenue of $ 60 million and 400 staff.
    Changes in government funding required downsizing of the organisation and asset sales.
    Significant effort to commercialise technologies.
    Chair Audit Committee prior to Chair role.