Mark Darrow is an experienced businessman and professional director, specialising in corporate governance.
Mark has a number of Board roles, including chair of Armstrong Motor Group, Signum Holdings, Courier Solutions, Primary ITO and The Lines Company. He is also a Director for Balle Brothers Group and Trustees Executors.
Mark has held a number of senior executive positions including as Managing Director for Sime Darby New Zealand and Continental Car Services, General Manager of Peugeot New Zealand, Executive Director for GE Money and CEO for PGG Wrightson Finance Limited.
Mark was heavily involved in the 2011 sale of Charlie’s Group Limited to Asahi Group, the mergers of MITO with EXITO and Tranzqual, the sale of PGG Wrightson Finance Limited to Heartland New Zealand Limited, the acquisition of Water Dynamics and Aquaspec by PGG Wrightson and the sale of a majority stake in Vehicle Testing Group to Dekra SE. He has been involved in around 30 M&A transactions in the last decade.
Mark is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and is a Justice of the Peace of New Zealand.
Chris has been the National Secretary of the NZ Dairy Workers Union Incorporated (DWU) since August 2012.
In this capacity, Chris is also a Director on several Boards including the Waikato Trade Union Centre Ltd and the Centre for High Performance Work Ltd. He also served as a Director on the NZITO Board for two years prior to the merger with Primary ITO. Chris is also a Trustee of the Workers’ Education Trust Incorporated since April 2017 and a Trustee of the Waikato Community Trust Incorporated (Trust Waikato) since July 2018.
Chris is an Associate Member of Governance New Zealand (formerly NZ Chartered Company Secretaries) and was the General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party from 2009 to 2012.
Chris has also worked as a private practice employment lawyer in law firms in both Auckland and Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from Waikato University.
Traci is an award-winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She currently Chairs Landcorp, FOMA the Federation of Māori Authorities, W3 Wool Unleashed PGP and the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women
She holds governance roles within a wide range of other organisations including the Waikato River Authority, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan NZ Forest Investments, Hineuru Holdings Limited and Predator Free 2050.
Traci is also an Honorary Advisor to the Asia NZ Foundation and a ministerial appointee on the Victoria University Council. She was reappointed to the Primary ITO Board in May 2019.
Jane von Dadelszen
Jane is an independent consultant providing advice and analysis to government agencies and educational organisations in New Zealand and internationally.
She is a Council Member of the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and a member of the HKCAAVQ task force reviewing accreditation criteria and standards and a member of the Boards of Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School, Te Whaea Services, and English Language Partners New Zealand.
Until December 2015, Jane was Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance, at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) responsible for regulating the quality of tertiary and vocational education and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Previously, for ten years, Jane led tertiary education policy at the Ministry of Education.
Jane’s government experience also includes gender issues, crime and justice issues, family violence, child protection, alcohol and drug issues, and climate change and natural resource management.
Jane is a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors and has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Otago University.
Pamela has been involved in the New Zealand primary sector for many years as Managing Director of a Waikato-based dairy farming enterprise, as well as holding senior executive and governance roles across a variety of industries.
Pamela is currently a Trustee of the Dairy Women’s Network, Director and Deputy Chair of The Good Collective, Chair of the Rabobank Upper North Island Client Council, as well as a member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum. She is a previous Chair of Go Eco, previous Board member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), Access HomeHealth, and the US-based Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership, as well as being a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
Pamela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (USA) and an MBA from University of Reading Henley School of Business in the UK.
Trevor has a strong governance background in the tertiary education, local authority and not for profit sectors including a range of advisory board roles at government and local authority levels in the education/employment areas.
Trevor was formerly employed in the Ministry of Education Youth Guarantee programme where he was involved in Primary pathway initiatives. He is currently the General Manager Pathways with the New Zealand Young Farmers, leading a team of 9 staff who are engaging with schools and universities promoting the Primary Industries pathway.
Trevor holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University.
Carla is an environmental and agricultural economist. She is currently an environmental economist with NIWA and was previously an economist with DairyNZ.
Carla is a director (and vice chair) for the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, a board advisor to Cycling New Zealand, and a committee member for the Waikato Institute of Directors. She is also an associate director with the Wintec council. She had previously served on a range of other boards including community trusts.
Carla was the 2018 Waikato Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award winner. She was a finalist in the 2017 Westpac Women of Influence awards in both the rural and young woman categories as well as a recipient of a Hamilton City Council 30 under 30 award.
She has a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Masters in Environmental Management from Massey University. Carla’s partner currently manages a sheep and beef farm on the East Cape where she spends much of her time.
Carla joined the Primary ITO Board in May 2019.
As chief executive of Horticulture NZ, Mike had a close working relationship with Primary ITO for a number of years before joining the Board in May 2019.
He has also been the chief executive of NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc and Kiwifruit New Zealand.
He was an inaugural Director Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated, and is currently the Deputy Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
A qualified lawyer, Mike previously worked for the Auckland District Law Society, the Commerce Commission and the Royal New Zealand Navy.