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Member from 21 July 2015 (current chair)
Barry Brown is one of New Zealand’s leading corporate lawyers and has advised on many of the country’s biggest deals over the past 30 years. Barry joined Chapman Tripp in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. Barry is now a consultant in Chapman Tripp’s corporate and commercial team, which advises New Zealand and multi-national clients on mergers and acquisitions, as well as securities law. During his time with Chapman Tripp, Barry has been Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner of the firm’s Wellington office. Barry is a director of the New Zealand Racing Board, the Auditor Oversight Committee of the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority and a former member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange’s Market Surveillance Panel. Barry holds a law degree with honours from Victoria University of Wellington.
Member from 29 June 2018
Fenton is a Councillor of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, and has represented the Wairoa constituency since 2009. Born in Waipukurau and educated in Frasertown, Wairoa and Hastings, Fenton has worked most of his life in the Wairoa district. He farms a 235ha sheep and beef property with his wife Sue and is Chairman of the Wairoa Community Development Trust, a trustee of Predator Free New Zealand and a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council councillor.
Member from 18 January 2017
Mike is a company director with extensive governance and executive experience. His executive career includes CEO of Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) for eight years and senior executive roles for companies including Port of Tauranga, Fonterra, NZ Dairy Group and Elders Pastoral. His governance background includes six years as a shareholder and director of NZL Group Ltd, seven years on the Transpower Board and more latterly a Ministerial appointment to the University of Waikato Council. He is currently Chairman of BNZ Partners Waikato Region and is a Director of Kiwirail, NIWA, Panuku Development Auckland and Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings. Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants with an Executive MBA from IMD Lausanne in Switzerland.
Member from 11 December 2015
Lesley has more than 20 years’ experience in the primary production sector. She brings vast experience in working with government agencies and ministers, and an ability to lead change and manage diverse and complex industry stakeholder interests. Lesley is currently the chief executive of Commercial Fisheries Services Limited (FishServe) and is also a director of FINNZ, a subsidiary consulting company of FishServe. Lesley’s areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, budgeting, cost recovery processes, policy development and preparation of legislation, and converting legislation into operational systems.