Board of Directors

Henry Tait

Chair
Family Director

Sir Bill English KNZM

Independent Director

David Flacks

Independent Director

Nick Olson

Independent Director

Andrew Reid

Family Director

Emma Stein

Independent Director

Rebecca Turner

Family Director

Tom Whyte

Family Director

Bruce Wood

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.

Sir Bill English KNZM

Independent Director
BCom, BA (Hons), Hon. DCom, Hon. LLD

Sir Bill was appointed to the Board following the AGM in May 2021.

Bill is a director of Wesfarmers Limited (a large Australian listed conglomerate), Manawanui Support Limited (disability services and support), The Instillery Group Limited (technology) and Chair of Impact Lab Limited (technology) and of Mount Cook Alpine Salmon Limited (food).

Bill was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand from October 2008 to December 2016 and Prime Minister until the change of government in October 2017. He retired from parliament in March 2018 after guiding the New Zealand economy through the global financial crisis. He initiated tax reforms, capital disciplines for the public balance sheet and financing the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2010 earthquakes. As Minister for Infrastructure he oversaw significant investment in digitalising government and improving customer experience of public services.

Bill was Minister of Health from 1996 to 1999 and has also held ministerial roles in education, housing, and revenue since his election to Parliament in 1990. He has long-term interests in economic restructuring, sound microeconomic policy, and social policy reform.

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 to 2017. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2011 to 2016. Over the last five years David has become a professional director and is chair of AFT Pharmaceuticals and Suncorp New Zealand group of companies and on the board of Harmoney Corp, Zero Invasive Predators and Project Janszoon Trust. David was deputy chair of the NZ Venture Investment Fund.

Nick Olson

Independent Director
BEng, CA

Nick was appointed to the Board in July 2022, holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and is a Chartered Accountant.

Nick has served in senior finance roles at Todd, where he was Group CFO for six years. He was previously the CFO of some of New Zealand’s most substantial and complex businesses, including Transpower (acting), Telecom, and Fletcher Building. He was 2012 CFO of the Year (New Zealand).

Nick has a background in debt capital markets and leveraged finance and worked for both Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan Chase Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001. In his corporate career Nick has significant mergers and acquisitions and debt raising experience in the New Zealand and international markets. In addition, he has led the end-to-end transformation and reorganisation of a number of substantial finance functions.

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.

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.

 

Rebecca Turner

Family Director

Rebecca was appointed to the Board in 2021. She has over 20 years’ experience as a principal in property development, and as chair or trustee in primary processing and local government reorganisation. Rebecca has a particular interest in sustainability and in community based advancement initiatives and is experienced in leading community interaction with local, regional and central government.

Rebecca has been involved in governance roles in the Todd family at many levels. As Chair of the Family Council from 2008 to 2010, she was involved in the establishment of the Todd Family Office. She was a member of the Family Council from its inception until 2010. Appointed Chair of the Todd Foundation in 2020, she has been on the board since 2015. Rebecca also provides volunteering, mentoring and leadership support to a number of New Zealand charities, particularly focused on youth, community development and sustainability.

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. 

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.