Mark Darrow is an experienced businessman and professional director, specialising in corporate governance.
Mark has a number of Board roles including Ministerial appointments on New Zealand Transport Agency and Counties-Manukau District Health Board and Chairs the Finance & Audit Committeee for both those organisations. He is also chairs Armstrong Motor Group, Signum Holdings, Courier Solutions, Primary ITO and The Lines Company and is a Director for MTA and Balle Brothers Group. He previously held directorships with Sime Darby New Zealand, Charlie’s Group Limited, Motor Trade Group Investments Limited, GE Capital New Zealand Funding, the New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO), Dekra New Zealand, and several private interest companies.
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 (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 prior to the merger with Primary ITO.
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 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from Waikato University.
Richard is the Director of Business Development for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. Prior to joining Taratahi, he was the Director of Business Development for the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec).
Previous roles have included Co-founder and Director of Business Development for Thoughtplanters, a horticultural education and consultancy business.
Richard is currently the Chair of the New Zealand - China Agriculture Growth Partnership (Dairy Farmer Training Project). He was the Chair of the United States-based International Society of Arboriculture’s Exam Writing Committee (2012 - 2015) and is a Certified Director with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
He has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma in Agriculture Management (Arboriculture).
Robyn has over 20 years management and governance experience in the agribusiness and primary sector with a focus on Dairying, Sheep and Beef.
Robyn was formerly a Fonterra Shareholder Councillor, and both Co-Founder and past Chair of Dairy Womens Network. She is also a member of New Zealand Global Women (since 2010) and the Institute of Directors (since 2008).
Robyn is currently Trustee of a family Dairy Support and Drystock farm in the Waikato, a Board member of Agriculture Services Limited (ASL), and a Director of Basketball New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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, Board Chair of the Waikato Environment Centre, Chair of the Waikato Rabobank Client Council and member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum. She is a 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.
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 12 staff who are engaging with schools and universities promoting the Primary Industries pathway.
Trevor holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University.