Waikato Branch

Waikato Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Waikato Branch Committee

  • Simon Lockwood, MBA, CMInstD

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    Simon has a degree in International Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a MBA from Leicester University. He has worked in insurance for 20 years in both the UK and New Zealand. Simon is currently Branch Director of Crombie Lockwood Hamilton, Deputy Chair of the Enrich+ Board, Chair of Enrich+ Spectrum Energy, Member of the Finance and Risk Committee of Habitat for Humanity CNI Ltd, Trustee of Wintec Student Residential Trust.  

  • Paul Bennett CMInstD

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    Paul is currently CEO of Braemar Hospital Ltd (BHL). He has strategic and operational oversight of one of the largest private surgical hospitals in New Zealand. He has recently led a two stage $45million land acquisition and hospital construction project. Paul has held CEO or general manager positions in several different industries, both profit and not-for-profit, in New Zealand and Australia. His experience covers plastic manufacturing and exporting, the export meat industry, public and private health sectors, and the cordage industry. In those roles he has reported directly to the board and gained a wide perspective of governance issues. Paul has completed the Governance Development Programme, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and deputy chairman of the Waikato branch of the IoD. Other governance roles in the health sector include: Director of Linkage Ltd, Director of Keys Social Housing Ltd (both part of the Wise Group), and Chair of Enrich +, Chair of Work Outcomes GP Ltd, Deputy Chair of Enrich+ Spectrum Energy.

  • Robyn Hallam-Reid

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    Robyn holds the role of National Service Centre Manager for Farmline, which is a division of ASB Rural. Born and raised on a dairy farm, Robyn attended Waikato University and holds a B. Soc Sci degree with Honours. Robyn commenced her working career as a Banker under a graduate intern program, and since then Robyn has held a number of different positions in different organisations in Banking. She has been with ASB Farmline since 2013 and her current role sees her overseeing a Support Centre which remotely services rural client’s all across New Zealand and assists with their total financial requirements. Robyn is an Associate Member of Finsia (Financial Services Institute of Australasia), a member of the IoD and has been actively involved in Waikato Diocesan School Association. Robyn is a Dairy Women’s Network Member and has served 2 years on the Conference Committee. Robyn comes to the Waikato IoD Branch Committee both as a passionate individual who seeks to be more involved, and as the representative of ASB as part of their commitment to the National Partnership between IoD and ASB.

  • Andrew Johnson CMInstD

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    Andrew is the Managing Director of IT Partners Group, which has investments in a number of technology companies. Andrew’s business background has included two appointments as acting CEO with the entities involved in farming, forestry and tourism. Andrew has held the position of alternate director on the board of Greenlea Group Ltd and was on the NZ advisory board to The Westervelt Company.

    Between 2008 and 2011, Andrew attended a number of executive education courses at Harvard Business School focusing on strategy and technology. In 2014 he graduated from the University of Waikato with a Batchelor of Electronic Commerce. He is a member of the Institute of Directors with Provisional Accreditation in 2010 and Chartered Member status in 2015. Andrew joined the Waikato Anglican College Trust Board in 2011, and is chair of the Finance and Building board sub-committees. He is married to Sarah Morton-Johnson, and they have two young children, Isobel and Alexander.

  • Mark Renner LLB, MInstD

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    Mark is a Partner of Tompkins Wake Lawyers who specialises in corporate and commercial law. With experience in New Zealand and the United States, Mark has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of public and private debt and equity financing, structuring and complex commercial agreements.

  • Carla Muller

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    Carla Muller is an environmental economist who is actively involved with the NZ primary sector. She is an elected director and vice chair for the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management. Carla was the 2018 winner of the Waikato IoD Emerging Director Award and is spending a year as an associate director with Wintec as part of this. She has previously been a trustee on local not for profit groups. Carla is a previous finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards and a recipient of Hamilton City Council’s ‘30 under 30’ awards. 

  • Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau MInstD

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    Rachel is an experienced independent strategic and business director for FaceNorth Promotions overseeing key relationships across the Pacific region and internationally in both the public and private sectors in the various governing roles she holds. Her broad commercial experience includes numerous projects between New Zealand and the Pacific region concerning trade and investment promotion and facilitation, international research expeditions, public relations, marketing management, government and NGO advisory. Rachel delivers consultative management services to a national NGO raising the awareness of child abuse and neglect across New Zealand and is also currently delivering social direction advisory for a significant residential housing development in South Auckland. She currently sits on the boards for Pacific Island Trade and Invest, Pacific Business Trust, NZ Christian Network and was recently appointed the South Pacific Regional Director for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Women’s Commission and Vice Chair for the bilateral NZ Tonga Business Council. Rachel holds a Masters of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

  • Jason Cowan, MInstD

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    Jason is a Corporate Manager with BNZ, responsible for managing the Bank’s largest clients in the Waikato. Jason was raised in Waihi and graduated from Wintec Business School in 2004. Jason commenced his career with BNZ Waihi in 1996 as a Retail Banker which laid a great foundation to his current role in Corporate Business Banking. Jason has worked around the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty before settling in Hamilton in 2003.  Jason is a Member of the IoD and is an Associate Member of Finsia (Financial Services Institute of Australasia). Jason is enthusiastic and is looking forward to bringing new ideas & energy to his role on  the Waikato IoD Branch Committee. Jason has a partner who is a Midwife and two children aged 11 and 15.

  • Natasha Harvey MInstD

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    Natasha Harvey is a Chartered Accountant with a professional career spanning accounting and commercial finance across a variety of sectors. She is also actively involved in the not-for-profit sector and is currently chair for the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust and director with Habitat for Humanity Greater Auckland. Natasha was a participant on the IoD Mentoring for Diversity programme in 2017.

  • Earl Rattray CFInstD

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    Earl Rattray is a Charted Fellow of the IoD. Mr. Rattray is currently an independent non-executive board member of several medium sized companies in agribusiness, rural infrastructure construction and agri tech sectors. He is currently serving as independent chairman of Animal Breeding Services (NZ) Ltd and is a non-executive director at Inframax Construction Ltd, Dairy Farms NZ Ltd, Waikato Innovation Park Ltd,  and Dairy Farms of NZ. Mr Rattray holds interests in several medium and large scale dairy farming companies, in New Zealand, Chile, USA, Australia and India. He is managing director at Dairy Link Ltd in New Zealand, a private dairy industry consultancy, specialising in New Zealand and Asia dairy sector insight and analysis. He was a founding board member of Fonterra, and chaired the New Zealand Dairy Companies Association from its establishment in 2003 until 2008. Mr Rattray has previously served as an external monetary policy advisor at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. His professional background is in agricultural economics, farming and agribusiness governance. 

  • Ken Williamson OStJ, QSM, JP, CFInstD

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    Ken and his partners built Law Mooney Williamson into one of the largest New Zealand owned general insurance brokerages. They sold to Crombie Lockwood in 2007 and Ken is now employed in their Hamilton office. Ken is a trustee of the Lion Foundation, Waikato Diocesan School Proprietors Board (also chairing their Foundation), the University of Waikato Foundation, the Order of St John Ambulance Central Region, the McKenzie Centre, and chairs Te Rau Aroha Papakainga Trust. He is a life member of St Peters Tennis Club, a Justice of the Peace, and a founding trustee of MS Waikato. He is a director of the Rezlab Group, Magic Netball and of several property companies. Ken is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and is a strong advocate for SME’s creating boards with independent directors.

  • Margaret Devlin BA (Hons), Ch Enviro, FIWO, CFInstD

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    Margaret is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and a member of the Waikato Branch Committee. Margaret is Chair of Watercare, Lyttleton Port, Women in Infrastructure and Hospice Waikato. She is a director of Hamilton Airport, IT Partners, Aurora Networks and Met Services and a Ministerial Appointment to Councils of the University of Waikato and WINTEC.

    Margaret has extensive governance experience with a particular focus on audit and risk, and is a passionate advocate of the value of diversity and inclusion.