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The WellingtonNZ board

Led by our Chair Tracey Bridges, the 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 WellingtonNZ’s strategic direction

Tracey Bridges

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Tracey works in strategy, leadership and behaviour change, with an international reputation for leadership in social marketing. In 2017, Tracey sold her shareholding in SenateSHJ, the trans-Tasman communication consultancy that she co-founded, to focus on a portfolio career combining business directorships and consultancy in the social sector.

She is a Trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, and a co-founder and director of The Good Registry. She is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, the Chair of the New Zealand Social Marketing Network, and a member of the Board of the Australian Association of Social Marketing.

Steve Maharey

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Steve Maharey has lived in Wellington for thirty years and is wild about the city.

He is currently an independent director working mainly in the areas of health, education and regional development.

From 2008 until 2016 he was the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. From 1990 until 2008 he was the Member of Parliament for Palmerston North and was a Cabinet Minister from 1999 until 2008 holding a wide variety of portfolios including Education, Research, Science and Technology, Employment and Social Development.

He served as a City Councillor in Palmerston North from 1986-1989 and established the Manawatu Economic Development Agency.

Earlier in his career he was a Junior Lecturer in Business Administration and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology specialising in social change.

He has contributed to all forms of media including eleven books.

He was awarded the Companion of New Zealand Medal (CNZM) in 2008.

Wayne Mulligan

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Wayne has a background in bio-technology and technology investment.

He is a professional director and is also trustee on a number of Māori and non-government organisations.

Wayne has been involved in start-up business as well as global licensing and technology transfer agreements.

Wayne is actively involved in Iwi matters in Wellington and Taranaki.

He is a director on Creative HQ, Edmund Hillary Fellowship Limited, Genomics Aotearoa, Anagenix Group, Tui Ora Limited, NZ Bio Forestry Limited and NUKU ki te Puku Limited.

He is a trustee on NZ Festival Trust and Tawhiri Trust.

Wayne is resident in Wellington and grew up in the Wairarapa. He is married and has two children.

Dave Gibson

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Dave established and ran the Wellington-based screen production company Gibson Group for around 35 years. The company produced television programmes, large scale interactives for museums and some films. After selling his shareholding he was the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission for four years from early 2014.

He has served on a number of boards related to the New Zealand film and TV industry and is currently a mentor or consultant for several screen and media-related businesses.

In 2012 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to the television and film industries.

Kylie Archer

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Kylie Archer-Byrne is the Chief Operating Officer for Expo 2020 in Dubai. This mega-event will provide a platform for New Zealand’s economic, trade and diplomacy objectives, with an audience of 25 million visitors from around the globe.

She previously led the Government’s International Investment Attraction Taskforce, New Zealand’s Major Events Development Programme and the Flag Consideration Project. Leadership roles in the private sector include Head of Marketing for Skycity Entertainment Group, and Director of Events & Sponsorship for the NZ Tourism Association.

Kylie is a member of the Institute of Directors and also serves as a Trustee for the philanthropic Te Papa Foundation, dedicated to supporting the work of the national museum and gallery.

Kylie lives in Roseneath with her husband David Byrne, a passionate fourth generation Wellington retailer, spending time with his two grown boys and their crazy dog Roxanne.

Thomas Pippos

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Thomas is the chief executive of Deloitte in New Zealand and a member of the Executive of Deloitte Asia Pacific that has Management and Governance responsibility for the Deloitte operations in Australia, China, Japan, NZ and SEA.

Thomas also sits on the Deloitte New Zealand board and has been a member of the WellingtonNZ (WREDA) board since late 2014.

As a Tax Partner, Thomas advised extensively on tax policy, international tax, tax controversy and mergers & acquisitions and provided corporate tax advice to some of NZ largest corporates. As a consequence, he is internationally recognised as a leading NZ tax advisor.

Throughout his career he has always aimed to make an impact that matters and create tangible results for my clients, the wider community and the business sector.

Thomas is a native of Wellington, and lives in Roseneath with his family. This provides ample opportunity to enjoy Wellington’s many outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking.

Matt Clarke

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Matt Clarke is the Chief Commercial Officer of Wellington Airport, responsible for airline business development, property and the airport’s other commercial activities. 

He has worked in Wellington since 2010 and has held executive roles spanning six airports in New Zealand and abroad.

Matt is an experienced, strategic leader in Aviation, Tourism and Property Development. He is a Director of Whare Manakitanga, the owner of Wellington’s newest Rydges hotel and Nelson Airport.

Professor Grant Guilford

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Professor Guilford took up the role of Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Victoria in March 2014. As Vice-Chancellor, he is Chief Executive of the University and is responsible for the University’s vision and strategy to be a world-leading capital city university and one of the great global-civic universities. Professor Guilford is accountable to the University Council for ensuring that the University carries out its statutory and contractual functions in teaching, research and engagement.

Professor Guilford was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland.

He has successfully led large and complex academic organisations, beginning with the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University.

Professor Guilford holds Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Veterinary Science degrees from Massey University and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis.

Earlier in his career, he undertook clinical, teaching and research roles at the University of Missouri, the University of California, Davis, and Massey University and qualified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Veterinary Scientists.

In addition to a successful academic and professional career, Professor Guilford has led many university-wide strategic initiatives, building projects and commercialisation ventures.

He is on the board of WellingtonNZ and is a member of the New Zealand China Council. His governance experience includes roles on the boards of numerous research organisations, joint ventures and companies. He is a strong advocate for sustainability and the public good role of universities in a global context (i.e. global-civic vs global-corporate universities).

In 2015, he was awarded the Australasian Green Gown Award for leadership.