Key Capabilities

  • Company governance, chairing and directing, the development and performance of boards
  • High performance – fundamentally improving the performance of businesses and other organizations, in the short and long term
  • Effective leadership and performance, particularly the roles of the CEO and chairman, people at all levels and teams
  • Thinking, strategic and tactical, innovative game-changing ideas, good solutions to challenging issues
  • Decision making, including on complex and very large issues
  • International business, competitiveness
  • Negotiation
  • Policy - economic, industry, resources, trade, energy, etc. 

Capabilities & Experience

  • Chief executive / managing director / senior executive since 1974
  • Listed company director since 1991, chairman since 1985; building and managing boards for best performance; best practice governance – the stuff you don’t read about!
  • Competitive industries, especially international - manufacturing, mining and mineral processing, aluminum, logistics, energy, forests and forest products, engineering and related professional services; and banking and venture capital, etc.
  • Bank governance, in good and challenging (GFC) times.
  • Developing and managing international JVs, in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, South East Asia and Venezuella.
  • Strategic analysis, planning and development.
  • Decision making, including risk; financial, economic, national interest and sustainability criteria; with large scale and complexity
  • Improving organizations and their performance, in the private and public sectors; developing high performance, innovative organizations
  • Safety, of people and activities
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures
  • Major negotiations
  • Leading and developing people and teams
  • Communications; crisis, critical incident and risk management
  • Public policy, domestic and international
  • International trade and relations
  • Environmental management and threatened species recovery
  • The strategic significance of Antarctica, for New Zealand and in terms of global politics, systems and sustainability
  • Expert witness on governance and other matters, dispute resolution
  • Chairing enquiries and processes – eg Savings Working Group, DOC after Cave Creek, Antarctic Science Strategy Review, Centers of Research Excellence 2013/14 funding review, etc.