Board of Directors

Henry Tait

Chair
Family Director

Mike Todd

Deputy Chair
Family Director

Paul Baines

Independent Director

Tom Campbell

Independent Director

Andrew Reid

Family Director

Bruce Wood

Independent Director

Emma Stein

Independent Director

Tom Whyte

Family Director

David Flacks

Independent Director

Henry Tait

Chair
MA (OXON)

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 Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia (now Jarden & Co), 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 a Director of Fresh to Go (food processor), Connovation (conservation), Snowplanet (leisure, CEO 2010/11), and the Sparkbox Venture Group, a leading angel investment and advisory group. Henry also has investments in forestry, insurance, consumer brands and football.

Mike Todd

Deputy Chair and Family Director

Mike was appointed to the Board in 1996. He has had a diversified career, mainly in marketing.

Mike holds a business degree in Marketing from Victoria University. His early career 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.

He 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. Formerly he was a Director of Dolbel Estate and subsidiary companies with interests in forestry, farming and commercial property.

Paul Baines

Independent Director
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 Jarden) 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 Chair of Chamber Music New Zealand Foundation, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute and IHC Foundation. He has been a Board member of Barnardos NZ (Chair), Chamber Music New Zealand, Comalco NZ, EDS NZ, Fletcher Challenge, Fletcher Building, Gough and Hamer, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, 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 Campbell

Independent Director
BSc (Hons)

Tom was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is currently Chair of Electricity Invercargill and a Director of Ports of 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 include Venture Southland, Chair of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, GNS Science, Comalco and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters’ joint ventures with Japanese and American companies.

Andrew Reid

Family Director
MBA (Dist)

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 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 is a past Chairman of International Strategic Development Solutions, which specialises in reconstruction project management, community engagement and capacity building in Afghanistan. He is currently Chairman of the New York-based VII Foundation, a 501(c)(3) focused on media education, with Academies in Arles, France and Sarajevo, Bosnia. Andrew is also Chairman of LiveSailDie.com, an NZ-based media business which covers sailing events worldwide. He holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Canterbury and is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Bruce Wood

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’ 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. 

He is a director of Winegrapes Australia, a McLarenVale grape growers cooperative, and Chair of offshore service provider TEK Ocean Group.

 

Emma Stein

Independent Director
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 Adelaide Brighton Cement, Infigen Energy, Cleanaway Waste Management and Alumina. Emma has been a Board member of Programmed Maintenance Group and Diversified Utilities Energy Trust and Transgrid.

Emma holds Australian and British citizenship and resides in the Sydney region.

 

Tom Whyte

Family Director
BCom

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. 

David Flacks

Independent Director
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), St John’s College, Cambridge University

David was appointed to the Board in 2020. David was born and raised in the UK. After graduating in law from Cambridge University, he worked in London for seven years for two law firms including well-known Slaughter and May.

David moved to New Zealand in 1984 and began working for Bell Gully in its Wellington office on corporate law matters. After nine years at Bell Gully, David accepted the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary at Carter Holt Harvey (CHH), at the time New Zealand’s second largest company. While David enjoyed his four years at CHH, he returned to private practice at Bell Gully in Auckland in 1997, where he stayed for the next 17 years until retiring from the firm in 2014. His work during this time was mainly in mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory and initial public offerings.

While at Bell Gully David became member of the NZX Markets Disciplinary Tribunal in 2008, which he Chaired from 2014-17. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2011-16.

Over the last five years David has become a professional director and is chair of AFT Pharmaceuticals, Suncorp New Zealand group of companies and Harmoney Corp and on the board of Zero Invasive Predators and Project Janszoon Trust. David was deputy chair of the NZ Venture Investment Fund and is currently chair of the NZX Regulatory Governance Committee.