Roger Partridge is chairman and a co-founder of The New Zealand Initiative, and is a senior member of its research team. He led law firm Bell Gully as executive chairman from 2007 to 2014, after 16 years as a commercial litigation partner. Roger was executive director of the Legal Research Foundation, a charitable foundation associated with the University of Auckland, from 2001 to 2009, and was a member of the Council of the New Zealand Law Society, the governing body of the legal profession in New Zealand, from 2011 to 2015. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the editorial board of the New Zealand Law Review and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Chairman, The New Zealand Initiative
Barbara Chapman CNZM
Deputy Chair, The New Zealand Initiative
Barbara Chapman was appointed as Deputy Chair on The New Zealand Initiative's Board of Directors in June 2019. Barbara served as Chief Executive and Managing Director of ASB Bank Limited from 2011 until 2018. Since 1994, she has held several diverse senior executive roles with the Commonwealth Bank Group of companies, having started her career with the Group as Chief Manager Marketing at ASB. Ms Chapman is the Chair of Genesis Energy and an Independent Director of Fletcher Building, IAG and Herald publisher, NZME. She was named the New Zealand Business Leader of the Year in 2017 and made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 New Years Honours Roll for services to business.
Chief Executive, Cooper and Company
Matthew Cockram serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Cooper and Company NZ. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at law firm Bell Gully, with the last 5 years as Chairman, specialising in construction, commercial property and major projects. He has been an independent Director of Tainui Group Holdings Limited since March 25, 2011.
Dr Oliver Hartwich
Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative
Oliver Hartwich is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative. Before joining the Initiative he worked for leading think tanks in London and Sydney as well as in the UK House of Lords. His research covers a broad range of policy issues, and his articles have been widely published.
Chief Executive and Founder, Rendeavour
Stephen Jennings is one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs. For more than 20 years, the Taranaki-born economist and investor has been living and working in emerging markets. A pioneer of capital markets in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, he is responsible for more than $200 billion worth of investment into these regions.
As the leader of Africa’s largest urban development company, Rendeavour, he now helps build city-scale developments in some of the fastest growing cities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Director, John Judge Ltd
Formerly a Chief Executive of Ernst and Young New Zealand, chairman of ANZ Bank, a director of Fletcher Building Limited and Fletcher Building Finance Limited and is a former Chairman of the Crown Organisation, Accident Compensation Corporation. He is also a member of the Otago University School of Business Advisory Board.
Linda was a Partner at Deloitte New Zealand from 2013 until 2020, when she established her own advisory firm. She continues to play a lead role in the delivery of public sector and infrastructure engagements, with particular emphasis on central government departments, the transport sector, education and housing. Linda is on the Boards of Weltec and Whitireia polytechnics, Studio Pacific Architecture and is a member of Women’s Infrastructure Network advisory board. She owns two childcare centres in Wellington, which were established as a lighthouse of best practice in early childhood education, and is a former trustee of Wellington Zoo.
Managing Director, Forsyth Barr
Neil Paviour-Smith is the Managing Director of Forsyth Barr, a leading New Zealand share-broking firm and investment bank. He is a Director of the New Zealand Exchange (NZX) and of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Council Member of Victoria University of Wellington.
Non-Executive Director, Brambles, Origin Energy and Woolworths
Scott Perkins is a Non-Executive Director of Brambles Ltd, Origin Energy Ltd, Woolworths Ltd. He is an active participant in the not-for-profit communities in Australia and New Zealand and has an extensive career in financial services. He was head of corporate finance for Deutsche Bank Australia and New Zealand.
Chief Executive, Foodstuffs North Island
Chris was appointed as CEO of Foodstuffs North Island Ltd in May 2015 and joined the business on 7 September 2015. Chris has since immersed himself in the unique world of grocery and works with the Foodstuffs Co-operative team and its 350 store owners to create a leading supermarket experience for New Zealand shoppers.
Prior to joining Foodstuffs, Chris was CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business and led the company through the very successful rebrand from Telecom to Spark. He was accountable for the performance of the company’s consumer and SME markets, which deliver around half of Spark’s revenue and earnings. From 2008 – 2012 Chris was CEO of the then Gen-i Australasia (now Spark Digital), and in 2012 he spent three months as Acting CEO of Spark Group.
Chris relishes his role as Chairman of business incubator The ICEHOUSE and is on the Board of Directors for Loyalty NZ. In July 2010 Chris was the recipient of an Emerging Leader Award at the annual Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards, and he received the Chairman’s Award at the 2010 TUANZ Innovation Awards.