OUR BOARD –

TE POARI

Our board provides governance over our strategy and oversees organisational performance.

Board Profile Website Paul Brock
Paul Brock Chair ­­– New Zealand Story Advisory Board
Board Profile Website Paul Brock

Paul Brock

Chair ­­– New Zealand Story Advisory Board

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. 

Board Profile Website Brook Barrington
Brook Barrington Secretary and CEO – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Board Profile Website Brook Barrington

Brook Barrington

Secretary and CEO – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Brook has previously held roles at the Ministry of Defence (Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning) and the Ministry of Justice (two Deputy Chief Executive roles).

Board Profile Website Peter Chrisp
Peter Chrisp CEO – New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Board Profile Website Peter Chrisp

Peter Chrisp

CEO – New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

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.

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Dame Julie Christie Founder and former CEO of Touchdown Productions
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Dame Julie Christie

Founder and former CEO of Touchdown Productions

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. 

Board Profile Website Stephen England Hall
Stephen England-Hall CEO – Tourism New Zealand
Board Profile Website Stephen England Hall

Stephen England-Hall

CEO – Tourism New Zealand

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.

Board Profile Website Richard Jones
Richard Te Hurinui Jones Chief Executive – Poutama
Board Profile Website Richard Jones

Richard Te Hurinui Jones

Chief Executive – Poutama

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao & Tuhourangi

Richard has been Chief Executive of Poutama since 1999. He has turned the organisation into one of New Zealand's most networked Māori businesses. Richard has a strong focus on initiating and driving collaborative activities among New Zealand and International businesses.

Board Profile Website Michelle Hippolite
Michelle Hippolite CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri
Board Profile Website Michelle Hippolite

Michelle Hippolite

CEO – Te Puni Kōkiri

Michelle (Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) joined Te Puni Kōkiri as the Chief Executive in December 2012. She is the first Māori woman to lead Te Puni Kōkiri since its establishment 25 years ago.

Board Profile Website Grant McPherson
Grant McPherson CEO – Education New Zealand
Board Profile Website Grant McPherson

Grant McPherson

CEO – Education New Zealand

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.

Board Profile Website Steve Smith
Steve Smith Chancellor – Lincoln University
Board Profile Website Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Chancellor – Lincoln University

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.