Board of Directors
Geoff Ricketts CNZM
Chair and Independent Director
LLB (Hons), LLD (honoris causa), FInstD
Geoff was appointed to the Board in 1988 and appointed Chair in December 2011, succeeding Sir John Todd. Geoff has extensive experience in New Zealand and Australia as a commercial lawyer and partner at Russell McVeagh, investor and company director.
He is also Chair of NZX listed company Heartland Bank and Suncorp Group New Zealand and its subsidiaries. Formerly he was a director of Spotless Group and Chair of Lion Nathan. He is a Director of a number of private companies. In 2008, Geoff was named the Deloitte/New Zealand Management Magazine Chairperson of the Year.
Geoff chairs The University of Auckland Foundation and is also chairing the University’s “Can We...” Campaign which has the objective of raising $300 million for The University of Auckland.
Deputy Chair and Family Director
Mike was appointed to the Board in 1996. He has had a diversified career, mainly in marketing.
His early business experience was in advertising in New Zealand followed by a period in the UK as Marketing Manager for a group of four companies involved in industrial and domestic heating.
Mike joined Todd Motors in 1979, and held various product development and sales positions before becoming Divisional Manager, Marketing. After the sale of Todd Motors in 1987, Mike undertook partnership ventures in hospitality and property management. He is currently a Director of G E Stock Investments and subsidiary companies with interests in forestry, farming and commercial property. Over the last 20 years he has directed the development of the farm station and vineyard.
Henry was appointed to the Board in 1997. He gained a wide range of experience in the investment banking sector with Fay Richwhite in New Zealand and CS First Boston in Australia, where he specialised in financial institutions' restructuring, and investment in a wide range of industries.
Currently, Henry is Principal of Tingwall Capital, which provides capital for companies, products and management. He is Chairman of Fresh to Go (food processor), Connovation (conservation) and Snowplanet (leisure, CEO 2010/11), and a Director of the Sparkbox Venture Group, a leading angel investment and advisory group. Henry also has investments in forestry, insurance, consumer brands and football.
BCA, MPP (Dist), DCom (Hon), FCA, FInstD, INFINZ (Cert)
Paul was appointed to the Board in 2007. He was a sharebroker and investment banker with Jarden & Co and Credit Suisse First Boston NZ (now First NZ Capital) for 20 years until the early 1990s. During this time he held leadership positions in research and investment banking and was CEO from 1987 to 1993. Since then Paul has been a professional director.
Paul is currently on the Board of Chamber Music New Zealand, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (Chair), IHC Foundation, and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. He has been a Board member of Barnardos NZ (Chair), Comalco NZ, EDS NZ, Fletcher Building, Gough Gough and Hamer, New Zealand Post, New Zealand School of Music (Chair), The New Zealand Treasury, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Telecom NZ, Todd Family Office (Chair), Tower Funds Management (Chair), Young Enterprise Trust (Chair) and Wrightson.
Tom was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is currently Chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), Electricity Invercargill and Southern Regional Development Strategy and a Director of Port Otago, PowerNet, Southern Generation GP and Roaring Forties Energy GP.
Tom had a distinguished career in New Zealand and internationally with the Rio Tinto Group, including serving as Managing Director of Comalco’s operations in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, and Global Head of Research and Technology for Rio Tinto Alcan based in Montreal.
Tom also worked in Australia, Chile and Venezuela with Rio Tinto. Other governance roles included Chair of GNS Science, Comalco and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters’ joint ventures with Japanese and American companies.
Andrew was appointed to the Board in 2011. He has had a 20 year career in aviation in New Zealand as a commercial helicopter pilot and instructor and as a founder/operator of a nationwide aviation business, the Christchurch Helicopters/Pacific Jets Group. Prior to his aviation interests Andrew was a Paris based photojournalist and specialist war photographer with Gamma Presse.
Andrew has been, or is involved in, the development and/or governance of a number of businesses.
He currently chairs NZ based International Strategic Development Solutions, which specialises in reconstruction project management, community engagement and capacity building in Afghanistan and other failed states. He holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Canterbury and is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Australian Institute of Company Directors, SPE, Independent Director
BE (Mining Hons)
Bruce joined the Board in July 2012. His background is in the upstream oil and gas industry, with more than 30 years of experience in technical, commercial and executive roles in Australia, Europe, the United States and Central America.
He spent his early career with BHP Petroleum and Shell, where he trained as a Petroleum Engineer. He then progressed through a range of technical and commercial roles with Triton Energy companies. Bruce joined Santos in 2000 where he held the positions of Vice President, Strategic Projects and President of Santos USA. Other executive roles have included being CEO of Delhi Petroleum Pty, and Managing Director of AWE, an Australian oil and gas production company.
BSc (Physics Hons), MBA, FUWS, FAICD
Emma was appointed to the Board in December 2012. She has worked in the international energy and aggregates sectors, in operational and general management roles, and held board roles in downstream energy, upstream exploration, mineral resources, industrial services, tertiary education and the infrastructure sector.
Emma worked for the global aggregates company Redland Plc before becoming the Managing Director of Gaz de France’s UK downstream energy business.
After moving to Australia in 2003 she took on a number of directorships and currently serves on the boards of TransPacific Industries, Alumina, Programmed Group and the Duet Group.
Emma holds Australian and British citizenship, and resides in the Sydney region.
Tom was appointed to the Board in March 2017.
Tom has considerable experience in the investment industry, having worked for a hedge fund in the United Kingdom where he was involved in equity and bond derivatives and foreign exchange. He also spent several years with Westpac Institutional Bank in New Zealand. Tom resides in Marlborough where he has viticultural and horticultural interests.
Tom is a Director of Todd Family Office and previously was Chair of the Todd Family Council. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Otago University and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.