Who we are
Meet our interim governance team who have helped bring this to life. They are currently seeking additional governance team members to join in the ongoing leadership.
The Aotearoa Circle:
Sir Robert Fenwick is an environmental entrepreneur who has demonstrated that business can put conservation at the centre of business practice. He co-founded the national organic composting business Living Earth Ltd and is owner of Te Matuku oyster farm. He sits on advisory panels for Fonterra, Ministry of Primary Industries, Air NZ, Westpac and Waste Management NZ Ltd. His conservation leadership roles includes the Predator Free 2050 movement, saving the kiwi from extinction, co-founding the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and governance roles in Antarctica.
Vicky Robertson is the Secretary for the Environment, appointed in April 2015. Before her appointment, Ms Robertson was a key member of the Treasury’s senior leadership team, where she held Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Secretary and Chief Executive positions.
Fraser Whineray is currently the Chief Executive of Mercury NZ Ltd, a renewable electricity company, where he has worked for ten years. His background covers the dairy, forestry, investment banking and energy sectors both in New Zealand and overseas, in a combination of executive and governance roles. Fraser is a keen advocate for astute long-term decisions that leverage New Zealand’s competitive advantages, including enhancing the country’s energy security, human capital and long-term water quality
Stephen England-Hall is currently Chief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, the agency responsible for growing the value of international visitors to New Zealand. Prior to joining Tourism New Zealand Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty New Zealand. He has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in the UK and North America. Stephen is also a founding member of the New Zealand Data Futures think tank.
Malcolm Alexander is currently the chief executive of Local Government NZ. Malcolm is a qualified lawyer and has practiced law in New Zealand and London. Before LGNZ, he was active at senior levels in the electricity industry for over 12 years. He has served on the boards of Infrastructure NZ and the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum. He is presently a member of the Victoria University School of Government Advisory Group.
Jane Taylor is a barrister, professional director and independent hearings commissioner, with a 40 year career in law, accountancy and finance.
Jane is currently Chair of Orion New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research New Zealand and Predator Free 2050 Limited. She is a Director of Silver Fern Farms, Silver Fern Farms Co-operative, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan New Zealand Forest Investments, Port Otago and the Aspen Institute New Zealand. Jane is also Deputy Chair of the External Reporting Board.
The Aotearoa Circle:
Vicki Watson is the new Chief Executive of The Aotearoa Circle. Prior to joining, she was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI) and then Director, when it merged with the University of Auckland. Other roles as Chief Executive of the New Zealand Events Association and the Sir Peter Blake Trust have provided Vicki valuable experiences and networks across a wide range of organisations and stakeholders.
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International support from Sir Jonathon Porritt
Sir Jonathon Porritt is a leading British environmentalist and writer. Porritt frequently contributes to magazines, newspapers and books, and appears on radio and television. Jonathon Porritt founded Forum for the Future in 1996, a sustainable development charity offering advice on sustainability planning to multinational companies including Ikea and Unilever. Forum for the Future has helped New Zealand businesses such as Air New Zealand, Fonterra and Vector with their own sustainability strategies.