Debra (Debbie) Birch
Debbie Birch (Chair) has 30 years of financial markets experience including managing global investment portfolios in Asia and Australia. Previously, Debbie was the general manager, commercial investments at Te Tumu Paeroa (the Māori Trustee). Debbie is chair of Taupo Moana Group Ltd and a director of Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited, White Island Tours Ltd, Tourism Holdings Ltd, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited, LGNZ IAB (Independent Assessment Board) and Trees that Count. Debbie is also a trustee of the Wellington Free Ambulance, Lake Taupo Forest Trust and Ngati Ruakawa Ki Te Tonga, as well as a member of the Port Nicholson Block Settlements Trust steering committee and DOC CEO Advisory Panel.
Lindsay Crossen (Deputy Chair) comes from a civil engineering background and has extensive experience in leadership and governance roles. He has worked in design, local government infrastructure and contracting disciplines in the infrastructure industry. Lindsay was chief executive officer for Fulton Hogan (NZ) for 10 years. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management-South. Lindsay is currently chair of Network Delivery Alliance, delivering UFB network to Christchurch and a Project Control Group Expert Chair for three new University of Canterbury replacement buildings for Colleges.
Linda Robertson (Chair of the audit and finance committee) is a professional director with over 15 years of governance experience, having served on the boards of several companies including; New Zealand Post, Kiwi Bank, Speirs Group, Hunter Downs Development Company and the Earthquake Commission. Linda also has over 30 years’ management experience in the New Zealand banking and energy sectors, holding various senior management roles encompassing treasury, credit management, audit, risk management and insurance. Linda is currently a director of Dunedin City Holdings Limited, Dunedin City Treasury Limited, King Country Energy Limited, NZPM Group Limited, Auckland Council Investments Limited, NZ Local Government Funding Agency Limited and NZ Registry Services Limited. She is a member of the audit and risk committee of the Ministry of Social Development, a member of the technical advisory committee of the New Zealand Export Credit Office and chair of the audit & risk committee of the Central Otago District Council.
Chris Kelly (Chair of the remuneration committee) is the former chancellor of Massey University, was chief executive officer of Landcorp Farming Limited from 2001 to 2013 and is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agriculture. Chris has held a number of significant agribusiness Board positions over the past decade. He is currently chair of Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics Limited and the Primary Growth Partnership programme: Transforming the Dairy Value Chain, as well as a director of the Deep South National Science Challenge
Michael Webb is a commercial barrister, specialising in corporate, banking, financial markets and regulatory law. He has extensive governance experience on the boards of New Zealand and Australian companies and Crown entities, including the Financial Markets Authority where he was a member of the Board from 2011 to 2016. Michael is the vice chair of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council, a non-executive advisor to the Board of Deloitte New Zealand and a shareholder and former director of Fulton Hogan Limited.
Graeme Sutton has an extensive background in farming. He is a former chair of Irrigation New Zealand and a former director of Waimakariri Irrigation Limited and a number of agribusiness companies. Graeme is chair of Patriarch Vineyard Limited Partnershipand Provelco Co-op Limited. He is a director and shareholder of Inniskillen Dairy Limited, Larundel Dairy Holdings Limited, Callura Dairies Management Limited, Callura Holdings Limited and Patriarch Vineyard Management GP Limited. Graeme is also a shareholder of Waimakariri Irrigation Co-op Limited, Fonterra Co-op Limited, Ravensdown Co-op Limited and Amuri Irrigation Co-op Limited.
Murray Gribben’s investment experience spans New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. He was previously a director of leading property development and investment firm Willis Bond where he was responsible for capital raising and property investment. Prior to that Murray was managing director of AMP Capital Investors, New Zealand’s largest funds management firm. His responsibilities there included infrastructure, property and private equity investment in New Zealand. He has also held senior roles with Henderson Global Investors in the United Kingdom.