Our board provides governance over our strategy and oversees organisational performance.
Paul Brock was the Kiwibank Group Chief Executive from 2010-2017. He was Co-Founder of the bank which was launched in 2002. As Group Chief Executive Paul led the Kiwibank Group through a period of rapid growth and diversification into business banking, wealth management, insurance and asset finance.
He has a strong background in governance, management, growth business development, brand development and marketing. An extensive background in the financial services industry has also included senior management positions with Westpac and Trust Bank.
Paul has been Chairman of Gareth Morgan Investments Ltd and Kiwibank Investment Management Ltd and a Director of Kiwi Insurance Ltd, New Zealand Home Loans Ltd, Kiwibank Custodial Services Ltd, AMP Home Loans Ltd, Kiwi Capital Securities Ltd, Kiwi Capital Funding Ltd and Kiwi Wealth Management Ltd.
He is also a member of the Massey University Business School Advisory Board.
Peter has been Chief Executive of NZTE since October 2011. Before NZTE Peter was based in Sydney as Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, manufacturing newsprint for New Zealand, Australia and Asian markets. He was also previously General Manager of Tasman Paper in Kawerau and Senior Vice President for Norske Skog International at the global headquarters in Oslo.
Dame Julie has extensive governance and industry experience in media, business development, hospitality and sport. After 25 years leading an international television production company, Dame Julie served on the Boards of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Rugby World Cup 2011 and Mediaworks. She is currently on the Board of Tourism West Coast, Trustee of Development West Coast, is on the Steering Group for New Zealand's participation at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, as well as chairing the Board of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism-New Zealand rugby joint venture, The All Blacks Experience. She also now works as a business strategy, media and performance consultant.
Julie was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Governance and the Television industry in 2017.
Stephen joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive in April 2017. Before joining Tourism NZ, Stephen was CEO of Loyalty New Zealand, the company behind New Zealand's loyalty and data coalition, Fly Buys and the analytics business LAB360.
Stephen has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in the UK and North America.
Stephen is also a Board member of the Tourism Industry Association and sits on the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and Significant Economic Benefits Verification Panel.
He is a trustee and Board member of New Zealand data charity Figure NZ, a founding member of the Data Futures think tank and served as a member of several Cambridge University Advisory Boards.
Stephen holds an MBA from Cambridge University.
Grant McPherson leads Education New Zealand on its mission to take New Zealand's "education experiences to the world for enduring economic social and cultural benefits".
Grant's previous experience includes roles as Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager, Strategy at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), following extensive experience as Regional Director, South/South East Asia and Group General Manager, Business Solutions on the NZTE Leadership Team.
Dave Samuels is the current Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) in New Zealand.
Prior to his current appointment he was the Deputy Director-General, China Relations based in the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing, leading the Ministry for Primary Industries’ team in China. Prior to that he was the Consul and Regional Agriculture Counsellor for the Ministry for Primary Industries at the New Zealand Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for maintaining and expanding primary industry trade with the Middle East and North Africa.
Dave has held numerous policy and operational leadership roles with the Department of Corrections, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry for Primary Industries. He began his career as an infantry officer in the New Zealand Army and has led New Zealand soldier’s in Singapore and Malaysia and seen operational service in Lebanon, Syria, Bougainville, and East Timor.
He holds a Master of Public Administration degree (with Merit) from Victoria University, Wellington and a Master of Philosophy degree (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University.
His tribal allegiances are Waikato-Tainui and Te Whakatōhea. He is married to Marguerite and has seven children.
Chris has spent the last five years (2013-2018) as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Australia. He first joined MFAT in 1985. Chris was Deputy Secretary for the Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group from 2008-2013. His earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner.
Chris also spent some time in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning from 2004-2008.
In addition to a number of roles in Wellington, Chris has served with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands, the New Zealand delegation to the UN General Assembly and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ray Smith is Director-General at the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). He leads a workforce of 3,000 people in over 70 locations in New Zealand and around the world.
MPI works to enable and partner with primary industries to continue growing and protecting New Zealand. Ray joined MPI on 1 November 2018 and is proud to be given the opportunity to work in a sector that has so much potential to influence both the standard of living and positive environmental outcomes for New Zealanders and for our children and future generations.
As the Functional Lead for Health and Safety across the public sector, Ray is responsible for increasing the capability for smart health and safety practice across the public sector. He is a member of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum Steering Committee alongside a number of leaders across the government and private sectors.
Steve is Managing Director of LandbaseWineNZ Ltd, General Partner in Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates, and since 2017 has been Chancellor of Lincoln University. He co-founded Craggy Range Vineyards and led the company from 1999 to 2016. Since 2012 he has been involved in a number of agri-food sector initiatives including the Te Hono movement and on the advisory panel of the Primary Growth Partnership. Steve is a passionate crusader for anything of New Zealand with a strong commercial, export and marketing background.