Board of Directors

NZX's Board is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of NZX. It appoints the CEO and delegates the day-to-day operation of NZX’s business to the CEO.

JAMES MILLER

BCOM, FCA

James

James Miller, NZX Chairman, was appointed to the Board in August 2010. James is a director of Mercury (formerly Mighty River Power), ACC and Auckland International Airport. He was previously on the ABN AMRO Securities Board, INFINZ Board, and Financial Reporting Standards Board. James brings 14 years’ direct experience in the New Zealand capital markets with Craigs Investment Partners, and prior to that ABN AMRO and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. James is a qualified chartered accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand, a Certified Securities Analyst Professional and an accredited director of the Institute of Directors in NZ Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and is a graduate of The Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School (USA).

James is a member of NZX's Human Resources Committee, and an ex officio member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

NEIL PAVIOUR-SMITH

BCA, FCA, AFA, ACIS, FCFIP, MSAA

Neil

Neil is Managing Director of Forsyth Barr and a director of various related companies. He is also a director of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Councillor of Victoria University of Wellington.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand securities and funds management industries.

Neil is an NZX Advisor and an Authorised Financial Adviser, a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ Inc (INFINZ) and former Chairman of the NZ Society of Investment Analysts. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, an accredited Master Stockbroker of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia and a member of the Institute of Directors, Governance New Zealand and the CFA Institute.

Neil is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee.

ALISON GERRY

MAPPFIN, BMS (HONS)

Alison

Alison Gerry became an NZX director in February 2012. She has been a professional director since 2007 and is currently on the boards of Spark, Infratil, Vero and Wellington Airport. Alison has more than 20 years' experience working for both corporates and financial institutions in Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London in trading, finance and risk roles. Alison was also a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney for 12 years until 2011. Alison has a first class honours degree in Management Studies from Waikato University and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Alison is Chair of the Board of wholly owned NZX subsidiary New Zealand Clearing and Depository Corporation Limited, a member of the Regulatory Governance Committee, and a member of the Human Resources Committee. 

DAME THERESE WALSH

DNZM, BCA, FCA

Therese Hr

Dame Therese Walsh joined the Board in February 2013. She is a professional director and is currently Deputy Chairman of TVNZ, a director of ASB Bank Limited and Air New Zealand Limited, a Trustee of Wellington Regional Stadium, and is a Victoria University Council Member. She also sits on a number of Government panels, including the Major Events Investment Panel. Previously she was Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011. She has been a director of New Zealand Cricket and Save the Children NZ, a member of the New Zealand Rugby Union executive team, and held a senior role with KPMG.

Dame Therese is a qualified chartered accountant, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.

She is a member of NZX’s Audit and Risk Committee, the Regulatory Governance Committee, and Chair of the Conflicts Committee.

JON MACDONALD

BE (HONS)

Jon Hr

Jon joined the Board in May 2013. Jon is CEO of NZX/ASX listed Trade Me Group. Jon has a background in engineering and technology. He joined Trade Me in 2003 and was appointed CEO in 2008. Prior to joining Trade Me, Jon worked in London for HSBC Investment Bank in a variety of technical and management positions, and has worked for Deloitte Consulting with a focus on telecommunications and financial services. He is a Trustee of NZ Technology Training Charitable Trust.

Jon has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

Jon is Chair of NZX's Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Conflicts Committee and the Regulatory Governance Committee. 

DR PATRICK STRANGE

BE (Hons), PhD

Patricks

Dr Patrick Strange joined the Board in May 2015. Patrick has spent 30 years working as a senior executive and director in both private and listed companies, including more than six years as Chief Executive of Transpower, where he oversaw Transpower’s $3.8 billion of essential investment in the National Grid. Previously, he had also been Chief Executive of Vector. 

Patrick holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Auckland, and worked in increasingly senior roles in Europe and the USA before returning to New Zealand.

Patrick is Chair of Chorus, a director of Mercury (formerly Mighty River Power), Auckland International Airport and of Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy in Australia.