Directorships - Current

  • National Army Museum,Board of Trustees 2012 -
  • NZ Institute of Economic Research Board/ Deputy Chairman 1988 - 2018
  • Australia New Zealand Business Council Life Member (Past Chairman)

I had a personal target for withdrawing from listed company boards, which I achieved . It partly reflected the age related phobia of some shareholders and commentators. I now do much more project assignment work.

Directorships - Past

  • Opus International Consultants Limited 2007 -, Chairman 2008 - August, 2017
  • Powerhouse Ventures Limited Chairman 2014 - January 2017
  • Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd ‑ director 2007 ‑ 2012; Advisor ‑ 2014
  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited, director, 2011 ‑ 2015
  • National Australia Bank, Overseas Chairman, 1997 ‑ 2004
  • National Australia Bank, Adviser to the Board, 2004 - 2005
  • National Australia Bank, director 2005 - 2008
  • National Equities Limited, director 2005 - 2008
  • Bank of New Zealand - Director 1991, Chairman 1996 - 2008
  • Bank of New Zealand Investments Limited - Chairman 1996 ‑ 2008
  • BNZ Wellington Region Partners, Chairman 2012 - 2016
  • Oceana Gold Limited, Chairman 2003 ‑ 2006, Vice Chairman - 2012
  • GRD New Zealand Limited ‑ Chairman
  • Ports of Auckland Limited ‑ director, 2002 ‑ 2007
  • Antarctica New Zealand - Governing Board 2003 - 2009
  • Gough Gough & Hamer Limited - director, 2000 ‑ 2007
  • Carter Holt Harvey Limited, director, 1996-2006, Board committee chairman - Audit, Risk and Committee of Independent Directors
  • I-lign Limited, Chairman 2009 - 2012
  • Strategic Value Limited ‑ Principal 2000 - 2012
  • A CRA/Rio Tinto Managing Director, 1988-2003
  • Comalco New Zealand, Managing Director, then Executive Director and Deputy Chairman, 1988 ‑ 2003
  • Comalco Aluminium Limited, Australia; MD, Energy, Environment &External Affairs, Member of Executive Committee, 1988 ‑ 2000
  • Comalco Power (NZ) Ltd - Chairman & Executive Director, 1988-2002
  • Comalco New Zealand Retirement Fund, Chairman, 1989 - 2000
  • New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited, 1988 - 2003
  • Tiwai Stevedoring Limited, Chairman
  • Dux Industries Ltd - director, 2001 ‑ 2005
  • GPS Power and GPS Energy-Queensland, Chairman
  • Gladstone Power Station JVMC, Chairman
  • NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc ‑ Director, 1976 ‑ 1981; 1988-2017
  • Electric Power Generation Limited, Chairman 1991-2002
  • Advanced Dynamics New Zealand Limited ‑ Chairman, 2003 ‑2007
  • Owens Group Limited & Australian Advisory Board, 2000 ‑ 2003 

Other - Business, Government, Not for Profit

  • Japan New Zealand Business Council, Chairman
  • Australia New Zealand Business Council, Chairman/Life Member
  • Foreign Direct Investment Advisory Board, Member
  • State Sector Standards Board, Chairman
  • NZ Universities Rugby Council, Patron
  • University of Canterbury Foundation, Patrons Group
  • World Wildlife Fund, New Zealand; Board of Trustee 2007-2011
  • New Zealand Business Parliament Trust - Trustee & Board Member 2005-2009
  • Trans Power Establishment Board, Deputy Chairman
  • Electricity system studies/reviews- various
  • New Zealand Representative, APEC Business Advisory Council (1996-98) - Co-chaired the Trade development (EVSL) committee
  • Prime Minister's Enterprise Council, Member
  • Prime Minister's APEC Committee, Member
  • Review of Germany’s Aid Policy in Indonesia
  • Institute of Directors, Wellington Chairman, National Council, NZ President
  • CEDA Research and Policy Committee, 1981 - 1988
  • Commonwealth Enquiry on Immigration, Business Observer, 1987
  • Member of the 4-person Australian Mission to Japan, following the acrimonious early 1980's  coal price negotiations, hosted by MITI
  • Wellington Manufacturers Association, Board member
  • Antarctic Mining Treaty, Australian mining industry Observer
  • ASEAN Plus Trade Workshop KL - Learning from CER, Industry Representative/speaker
  • e-Government Advisory Board
  • Governments Savings Working Group 2011 - Chairman; a comprehensive review of NZ’s economic performance, position and prospects, with particular regard to Savings and related issues and policies
  • NZ University Centers of Research Excellence Funding Review 2013/14, Chairman
  • Chaired the Department of Conservation Oversight Group (after Cave Creek), which achieved a strong capable DOC
  • Kakapo Recovery Project, Chairman (by rotation) 1991 ‑ 2003
  • Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum ‑ founding New Zealand Chairman 2004 ‑ 2006 - co-chaired its first 3 annual Australia/NZ meetings
  • Australian Mining Industry Council, Economics Committee
  • Interim Grid Security Committee, Member
  • Ministry of Social Services (pre MSD) IT Governing Board, Chairman
  • Marsden Point Thermal Power Station project - Chairman

Economic studies

Regional development, ports/shipping , major mining and mineral processing projects in Australia and New Zealand, the economics of R&D , urban development and transportation, roading and road safety, international trade, Australia-Japan economic relations, bauxite/alumina/ aluminium, the Australia-Japan coal trade, NZ economic policies and development, energy/coal electricity industry, restructuring, hydro and thermal electricity generation projects, resource-based industries, etc.

Other work

  • Governance - building good boards/ teams, chair/ director  development performance, the theory of practice and governance, etc.
  • Improving the performance of organisations and people
  • Expert witness/ advisor
  • Strategy/ major projects including science and R&D
  • Policy reviews & recommendations
  • Risk assessment- project & countries