Our board

Charles Finny | Chair

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Charles Finny is a partner at Saunders Unsworth Ltd.  He was CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2010, and prior to that he worked as a diplomat and trade official, including postings in China, Taiwan and Singapore.  He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.

Mr Finny is a member of the Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the New Zealand Film Commission and Kawarau Estate Limited. He is also a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council and a former Chair of the Local Government Forum.

Philip Broughton |Board member

PB1Philip Broughton (Ngāi Tahu and Kahungunu) has 35 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, mentor and business advisor. He is a consultant with the firm Polson Higgs with responsibilities for Māori business.

His governance experience includes roles as president of the Otago Southland Employers Association, Chairman of Well Dunedin Health Trust, Deputy Chair of the Advertising Standards Complaints Board, Member of Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru (Southern Māori Business Network), Immediate past President of Business New Zealand, board member of Kiwi Haka Ltd and past board member of Ngai Tahu Tourism Ltd.

Richard Leggat | Board member

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Richard Leggat has a varied background across business, marketing and e-commerce. He worked for apparel manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin before switching into the finance sector and working as a share broker in New Zealand and London.

Mr Leggat is on the boards of New Zealand Post, Snow Sports NZ, Cycling NZ, and is the Chairman of the NZ Cycle Trail Inc., Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Tourism Board, and Director of Development Auckland.

John Morris | Board member

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John Morris is a secondary education specialist with nearly 40 years' experience in the sector. John has held a number of leadership roles, including 20 years as Headmaster at Auckland Grammar School and 4 years as Principal of Takapuna Grammar School. 

John is founding Chairman of the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand and a member of the Partnership Schools’ Authorisation Board, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), a Director of Academic Colleges Group, and chaired the Transition Board of the Education Council of Aotearoa NZ. John is also a former Chairman of the Education Forum, an education lobby group and think-tank, and a former member of the University of Auckland Council.

In 1999, John was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship for Outstanding Educational Leadership and was honoured with the ONZM for Services to Education, in 2013. He currently runs his own education consultancy.

Victoria Spackman|Board member

VS1Victoria Spackman is Director Creative and Director Te Auaha at Weltec and Whitireia Polytechnics. Te Auaha is the polytechnics’ School of Creativity.  She is also a director and co-owner of the screen and visitor experience company the Gibson Group and was its Chief Executive.

Ms Spackman’s governance experience includes: board member of Screenrights, an Australian statutory company responsible for collecting and distributing audio visual royalties; committee member of FirstBoards, a working group of the Institute of Directors which encourages high quality governance in small to medium enterprises and new companies; twelve years with Bats Theatre; and the Screen Production and Development Association.  Ms Spackman holds qualifications in arts and law from Victoria University.

In 2012, she was awarded the LexisNexis Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year. In 2015 she received the Arts and Culture category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards.

In June 2016, as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List, Victoria was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television.

Karen Rolleston|Board member

Karen Rolleston3Karen Rolleston is the New Zealand Chief Executive for 3P Learning Ltd, a global Australian Stock Exchange online education company specialising in literacy and numeracy programs for schools and students.

Before this role she was the managing director of Manzana Ltd, the New Zealand reseller and distributor of 2Touch Technologies and other education brands. Ms Rolleston has held directorship roles with Limestone Risk Management Ltd, 2Touch Technologies and Interactive Whiteboards Australia Pty Ltd.

Dr Linda Sissons |Board member

Photo Linda Sissons3Dr Linda Sissons is a highly experienced chief executive in the tertiary education sector. Dr Sissons was recently appointed the Chief Executive of the Primary Industry Training Organisation.

Before that she was interim Chief Executive of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (2015-2016), Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology (2001-2015) and of Hutt Valley Polytechnic (1999-2001). Dr Sissons is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning.  

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