Sir Kenneth Stevens KNZM

Sir Kenneth Stevens KNZM Chairman

Sir Kenneth is the founder, owner and Executive Chair of Glidepath which produces computerised airport baggage handling and security, cargo handling and parcel sorting systems. Glidepath has manufacturing facilities in the US and subsidiary companies in Canada, Latin America and Australia, along with manufacturing operations in its Auckland head office.

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Kirk Hope CEO, BusinessNZ

Kirk Hope is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand's leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes.

Before joining BusinessNZ, Kirk was CEO of the New Zealand Bankers' Association. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation, the industry body representing the non-bank sector. He has previously held a range of senior positions at Westpac, including Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

A qualified barrister and solicitor, Kirk holds a Master's degree in law, focused on regulation of financial services, and a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Honours degree in political science. For five years he was a member of the Commercial and Business Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Catherine Beard Executive Director

Catherine Beard joined BusinessNZ in January 2010 to head up its ExportNZ and Manufacturing sectors.

The dual role involves overseeing considerable changes to our services as we expand our manufacturing and international trade functions. These will be reflected in our online presence and training.

Catherine has a wealth of experience in government relations and communication on behalf of industry associations, and is a champion for New Zealand manufacturers and international traders.

Catherine comes from the Greenhouse Policy Coalition where she was Executive Director providing strong advocacy on behalf of industry to communicate their business challenges to politicians, policy makers, the media and the public.

Phone: 04 496 6560
Mobile: 027 463 3212
Email: cbeard@businessnz.org.nz

Dr Helen Darling

Dr Helen Darling Board Member

Helen completed a PhD in Public Health at the University of Otago. After a career in health and education Helen was one of the founding Directors of Oritain Global Limited, a Dunedin based company that proves the origin of food and other products based on their natural geochemical profiles.

Helen has held a number of trustee positions in health and community organisations and is currently a Board Member on the Otago Southland Employers Association, John McGlashan College, Forensic Solutions Limited and Oritain Global Limited. Oritain operates nationally and internationally and has an office in Washington DC.

Helen has a particular interest in international supply chain issues and in developing collaborative networks to strengthen these across borders.

Alan Koziarski

Alan Koziarski Board Member

Since early 2015 Alan has led NZTE's Sectors and Coalitions team. This team helps coalitions of companies who want to grow their international business by working together. It is currently working with a portfolio of around 40 Coalitions.

Previously Alan lead NZTE's customer teams across the South Island from September 2012. Prior to that, he was NZTE's Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia based in Singapore, where he led New Zealand's trade development in South and Southeast Asia, and oversaw offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and India.

As Director, Globally Competitive Firms, where he led a major initiative focusing on accelerating the growth of New Zealand firms in international markets.
Alan, who joined NZTE in 2001, has also been responsible for developing and implementing the clusters and networks programme. The programme provided support and advice to established and new industry clusters, including biotech, forestry, food and ICT. 

Prior to NZTE, Alan was involved in the start-up of two communications companies and as an international cluster development consultant. His role in cluster development gained international recognition as Vice-President (AP) of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) in Barcelona. He has an MA (Hons) in Political Science from Canterbury University, New Zealand.

David Boyd

David Boyd Board Member

David is an experienced executive and company director with a background in specialised manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products – all focused on international markets.  He has particular expertise in international branding and European markets.

David has been a director of a number of New Zealand-based companies, as well as Orthopaedic Synergy Inc, a United States-based orthopaedic company which has three subsidiaries – Christchurch-based Enztec Ltd, Omni Life Science Inc. of Massachusetts, USA, and Praxim SA in France. He is the founding shareholder of Foot Science International, the producers of Formthotics, and is still actively involved as the director of exports sales.

Based in Canterbury, David is also a member of NZTE's NZ Beachheads Advisory Board.

Stephen Jacobi

Stephen Jacobi Board Member

Stephen Jacobi is Managing Director of Jacobi Consulting Ltd, a consultancy which offers advice to corporate and government clients in the fields of international trade, government relations and industry development.

Jacobi Consulting's principal clients are the New Zealand United States Council Inc and the New Zealand International Business Forum.

Mr Jacobi provides advice to the three New Zealand members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), as well as BusinessNZ in respect of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum. He  has had extensive diplomatic, industry, trade and government experience, and was formerly Chief Executive of the New Zealand Forest Industries Council.

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Nick Kirton Board Member

Nick Kirton joined Zespri in 2014 and holds the position of External Relations Manager. In this role Nick is responsible for building Zespri's relationships with key stakeholders including the New Zealand Government. Nick is also responsible for Zespri's corporate social responsibility programme, ensuring Zespri delivers on its commitment to build a strong and healthy community; foster a skilled and innovative industry; and contribute towards a sustainable environment.

Prior to working for Zespri he worked in a variety of roles in the public sector, focusing on international trade agreements, economic development, and the primary sector. His most recent role was as the Ministerial Adviser to successive Primary Industries Ministers – Hon David Carter and Hon Nathan Guy.

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Philip Turner Board Member

Philip Turner brings over 16 years of dairy industry experience, combined with an earlier career in government, to the role of Director Global Stakeholder Affairs.

Philip leads the development and execution of Fonterra's strategies for sustaining strong relationships with its key stakeholders around the world including Governments, regulators, industry associations and representatives from the many communities who have a stake in Fonterra's success. .

Previously, Philip was a diplomat with the New Zealand Government in Tokyo and Brussels. He has a Master of Arts, first class, in history from the University of Auckland, speaks fluent Japanese and French and some Mandarin.

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Kristy Grant  – Board Member

With an international export trade development and marketing background, Kristy is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and has held several executive management positions - including running an export manufacturing and marketing company, so understands the unique advantage that the NZ story has to offer to the world.

As a fervent Wellingtonian and a very proud New Zealander, Kristy is passionate about supporting and developing NZ business and has her own consultancy company that traverses several industries including the film and creative sector in Miramar.

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Lance Sheppard Board Member

Lance has had an extensive and successful internationally focused career in the areas of market and opportunity identification and validation, network development, creation and implementation of market growth and channels to market strategies and JV and partnership establishment, across the marine, aviation, telecommunications and energy sectors. He has provided and been involved in implementing business development and growth initiatives for and with private companies, local authorities, central government agencies, both locally and internationally, international corporates and the US Homeland Security Procurement Division in a career that has spanned Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.

Lances career has seen him fill roles as a New Zealand Trade Commissioner in the US tasked with establishing NZTE's successful Beach Head initiative, project initiator and lead for the conversion of a NZ military Air Force base back into local council and private hands, founder of 2 internationally focused business, one which won the Supreme Exporter of the Year award, and currently is responsible for identifying, structuring and delivering market opportunities in Indonesia and across the ASEAN market in the Renewable Energy sector.  Lance has also served on boards for corporate and international organizations.

Mike Leddy  – Board Member