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JOAN WITHERS, CHAIRPERSON (AUCKLAND)
Joan Withers has a career in media spanning 30 years which includes holding the Chief Executive roles at both The Radio Network and Fairfax Media. She is a professional director and is currently Chair at Mighty River Power and is a director of the ANZ New Zealand bank. She sits on the Advisory Board of The Treasury and is a trustee of The Tindall Foundation, the Louise Perkins Foundation (Sweet Louise) and chairs a steering group in South Auckland which is focused on helping Maori and Pacific Island students attain careers in the health sector. Joan has an MBA from Auckland University, and is the author of "A Girl's Guide to Business" published in 1998. She was the 2009 recipient of the CAANZ Media Excellence Award, the winner of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association 2014 Beacon Award and an Auckland University Distinguished Alumni and winner of the Supreme Award at the Women of Influence Awards in 2015.

 

DAME THERESE WALSH, DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON (WELLINGTON)
Therese is a director of NZX Limited, ASB Bank, Air NZ Limited, a trustee of Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, and a member of the Victoria University Council. She also chairs MFAT's International Development Advisory and Selection Panel, is a member of the Major Events Investment Panel. Previously she was the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited, the company established by the NZRU and the New Zealand Government to deliver the Rugby World Cup Tournament in 2011. She has also been a member of the Executive Team at the New Zealand Rugby Union, and held a senior role with KPMG. Most recently she held the role of Head of NZ for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Limited.

 

ABBY FOOTE (CHRISTCHURCH)
Abby is a professional director with experience as a director of both NZX and Crown companies.  With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has spanned both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions.  She has a breadth of experience in a number of diverse areas including mergers and acquisitions, treasury and structured finance transactions, telecommunications, management of large projects and strategic development and implementation. Abby is also a director of Z Energy Limited, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), BNZ Life Insurance Limited and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited (LGFA).  She chairs the Audit and Risk Committees of each of those companies.  She has also served on the boards of Transpower New Zealand Limited, Diligent Corporation and Mike Pero Mortgages Limited.


TOKO KAPEA (WELLINGTON)
Toko is a Wellington-based commercial lawyer and director. He’s currently director of Tuia Group Ltd and a partner in Tuia Legal. Tuia Group provides business consulting, commercial law and economic development services. He’s previously worked for Chapman Tripp, BNZ, Meridian Energy, St George Bank NZ, ANZ and Powershop. Toko has developed his governance skills through appointments to a number of Māori Trusts and incorporations including Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation and Ngati Apa Developments Ltd and Bathurst Resources Ltd. He also sits on a committee in Perth as part of the Banjima Direct Benefits Trust, where he oversees the distribution of land royalties to Aboriginal individuals and communities.

 

KEVIN MALLOY (AUCKLAND)
Kevin has extensive experience in advertising and marketing in New Zealand, New York, Hong Kong and London. He was with the global media agency Starcom for 29 years, including the role of Global Client Director on both Coca-Cola and P&G. Kevin also held the role of Chair for Australia/New Zealand for Vivaki (the trading arm for Publicis Groupe, who own Starcom and Zenith Optimedia). Kevin is currently on the Board of St Peters College in Auckland, the Halberg Trust and the Graham Dingle Foundation, having previously completed 8 years on the Board of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

JULIA RAUE (AUCKLAND)
Julia is an Independent Director for Z Energy Limited, Southern Cross Medical Care Society, Jade Software Corporation, and is a Member of the Risk & Audit Committee for the Treasury. Previously Julia was the Chief Information Officer of Air New Zealand (2007-2015). She was awarded the New Zealand CIO of the Year award in 2009. Passionate about growing the number of females working in technology, Julia works with a number of institutions to drive awareness of IT as a career.

 

BARRIE SAUNDERS (WELLINGTON)
Barrie retired from government relations consulting in March 2015 and as a director of Saunders Unsworth, the firm he co-founded in 1994. His earlier career included seven years as a journalist, some of it overseas in public radio and television. He was the NZ Meat Producers Board’s North American Director based in New York and in the mid 1990’s served on the board of Housing New Zealand. He was also a trustee of the Wellington City Mission and President of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

SUSSAN TURNER (AUCKLAND)
Sussan has been in senior leadership roles for the past 25 years, including Managing Director Radio Otago - a publicly listed company; CEO Radioworks and Group CEO MediaWorks NZ Ltd. Experienced in both business acquisitions and amalgamations, she is currently acting in advisory roles for various companies within New Zealand. Sussan has recently been appointed to the board of AUT and is also director of the Well Foundation and Organic Initiatives.