Recent DirectorSearch appointments

We are pleased to announce that the following appointments were made through DirectorSearch.

Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon, a Chartered Member of the IoD, has recently been appointed to the TripleA Advisers Association board as Independent Chair. Mary brings broad knowledge and experience in the financial services, management consulting, health, architecture and E-commerce sectors, both in NZ and overseas. Based in Auckland, Mary is currently CEO of Horizon Radiology.

TripleA is a fully independent representative body for financial advisers with a national network of nearly 200 members. They have an elected board and have a number of strategic and business partnerships with a range of major players in the NZ financial services sector.

Hamish Bell and Louise Ward have recently been appointed to the East Care Ltd board. Based in Botany, Auckland, Eastcare is a key provider to the community and has a strong GP, specialist and health provider network in the East Auckland region. It also comprises a 24 hour ACC accredited accident and medical facility.


Louise WardLouise Ward is a Consultant and Independent Director with experience across a range of sectors including health, retail and more recently residential social and affordable housing. Louise is also currently the Chair of major capital works programmes with Housing New Zealand and was recently a board observer with Auckland Transport over a 12 month period.  



Hamish BellHamish has a wealth of experience in both the private and listed company space, gained over a 28 year career in New Zealand and Asia. Since beginning his career as a qualified Accountant, he has worked as a financial analyst, in stockbroking, investor relations, marketing and public relations, banking, corporate finance, accounting and private equity.  His current directorships also include Ritchies Transport, Pedersen Group, Boffa Miskell, Martin Aircraft and Te Arawa Group Holdings (also appointed via our DirectorSearch service).

Nicki Crauford Dr. Nicki Crauford has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission via our DirectorSearch service. The NZ Fire Service falls under the control of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, a Crown Entity that reports to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne.

Nicki brings extensive governance experience combined with specific sector knowledge through her previous role as Chair of the Wellington Rural Fire Authority. Other directorships include Chair of GNS, Director of Watercare Services and Orion NZ. She is also a director of the EPA and Wellington Water.

Michael Ahie was appointed as a Member of the Inland Revenue Risk and Assurance Committee in May 2016, through our DirectorSearch service. the Risk and Assurance Committee provides independent advice to the Commissioner on carrying out his statutory responsibilities and accountabilities. This Committee has an independent chair and includes independent members. An experienced director based in Wellington, Michael brings his commercial skills and expertise to this role, adding to his extensive governance portfolio. Michael’s other governance roles include Pro-Chancellor of Massey University, Director of FMG, Chairman of Plant & Food Research and ComplyWith and founding partner of his leadership and business coaching consultancy.

TelferYoung, New Zealand’s largest independent property valuation company, welcomes David Edwards on to its board as an independent director. David is a self-employed management consultant after previously being with Deloitte over many years. He has particular experience in change and complex project management as well as developing strategy at both a global and national level. He has broad governance experience across a number of sectors and brings this knowledge and experience to his new role with TelferYoung.

TelferYoung provides professional and confidential advice on all types of residential, rural, industrial, commercial and specialist property assets. They have 11 independent valuation practices nationwide.

One of New Zealand's oldest family-owned wineries, Babich Wines, has recently appointed a new Independent director to their Advisory Board. Ondine Waddle, a highly experienced, strategic and brand marketer is joining the board at an exciting time as the company prepares for their centennial celebrations throughout 2016.

The company now has 11 vineyards and is sold in 40 countries. Just this year, Joe Babich was recognised for his services to the wine industry with an ONZM and Peter and Joe Babich inducted into the NZ Wine Hall of Fame.

Ondine brings a wealth of marketing knowledge, particularly in the FMCG space and brings extensive international branding experience across multiple markets. She has recently become Owner/Operator of Mitre 10 MEGA in Whangarei.

Grant Jeffrey

Chartered Member Grant Jeffrey has recently been appointed by Fiber Fresh, a world leader in fibre nutrition for calves and horses. The global company currently employs around 50 staff and exports from its New Zealand manufacturing base to a growing number of countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. Grant is an experienced Tauranga director who brings more than 20 years’ sales and manufacturing experience, both domestic and international. Mr Jeffrey was also appointed to the board of Jenkins Group Ltd via the IoD DirectorSearch service in 2014.