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The board

Led by our Chair Peter Biggs, the WREDA Board brings together leaders with a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise. All are passionate about Wellington's success, and are collectively responsible for setting WREDA's strategic direction.

Peter Biggs CNZM

Peter Biggs

Peter is Chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Board of Directors. He is also Chief Executive of Assignment, appointed after 15 years heading up Clemenger BBDO in Wellington and Melbourne, and Chair of the New Zealand Book Council. A former Wellingtonian of the Year, Peter is The Prince of Wales’ Charities Representative in New Zealand, and was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013.

Dr Helen Anderson

Dr Helen Anderson

Dr Helen Anderson is the former Chief Executive, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.  Her  governance roles include Chair of BRANZ, Massey University Council, Wellington Branch Committee and Institute of Directors. Dr Anderson also chairs the External Advisory Group, Department of Internal Affairs and the Risk and Assurance Committee, Land Information New Zealand.

Matt Clarke

Matt Clarke

Currently, Matt is the Chief Commercial Officer, Wellington Airport and Director of Nelson Airport.  He has held previous Director roles in various airport entities.  In 2006, Matt joined Infratil and was based in the UK as the CEO of Infratil’s Kent International Airport until 2010, when he returned home to New Zealand. He previously held the role of Chief Executive, Rotorua Airport.

Professor Grant Guilford

Prof Grant Guilford

Vice Chancellor, Victoria University.  Previously, he was the Dean of Faculty of Sciences, University of Auckland. He also served as Director on the Boards of UniServices, Genomics NZ and Landcare Research and AgResearch. Prior to this, Professor Guilford was the Head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University.

Richard Laverty

Richard Laverty

Currently the General Manager for Strategy, Performance and Partners, NZ Trade and Enterprise, having had roles with NZTE as Operations Director – ICT and Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, Richard was on the Fonterra/NZ Dairy Board and has held roles in regional and operational leadership positions. He is a member of Angel HQ Wellington.  

Paul Mersi

Paul Mersi

Former Chair of Grow Wellington and a former partner with PwC, Paul is an independent director (including of Ngāi Tahu's Whai Rawa Fund) and consultant, and was a Member of NZ Government-appointed Savings Working Group.

Thomas Pippos

Thomas Pippos

National Chief Executive, Deloitte, Director on the Deloitte New Zealand Board and member of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Leadership Council. Previously, he was Tax Policy Advisor to the Minister of Revenue and Finance.

Lorraine Witten

Lorraine Witten

Founder and Managing Director for Simply Security Limited.  She has been a Board Director for Positively Wellington Venues since December 2011 and Board member and Chair of the Programme Review Committee, NZTE and Health Benefits Limited. She chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for Capital Coast Health Limited. 

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