The Stakeholder Advisory Group provides independent expert advice to our Board.
Suse Reynolds (Chair)
Suse is founder and Board member of Angel HQ, the Wellington region's angel network. She is currently an executive director on the Board of Angel Capital Association NZ and is an enthusiastic believer in the ability of angel investment to make the world a better place. She is the former Chief Operating Officer and GM Investment at Grow Wellington. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the business lobby group and the Trade Liberalisation Network. This followed a ten year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included working for the Foreign Minister and a posting in London representing New Zealand's trade and economic interests. She is an associate director on the NZUS Council and a committee member of the NZ Institute of International Affairs.
Tom is Chair of Park Road Post Productions and a former General Manager for Weta Digital Limited, which is widely known as the premiere visual effects house for large scale film productions including Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Adventures of Tintin. During his time at Weta Digital, the company diversified to provide digital effects for a wide range of directors and film studios. Prior to joining the film industry, he held senior leadership positions for a global consulting company specialising in business and technology strategy for a range of industry sectors. He is a Director for Booktrack and Papillon Group and former Chair of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Advisory Board.
Andrew is the CEO of the business growth centre ICEHOUSE and Director at High Tech Solutions NZ. He is on the investment committee for the Start-Up Fund, and is the current Chair of the Angel Association. He co-founded ICE Angels, a private network of angels investing in the New Zealand start-up market, and has built this group into one of the larger angel groups in Australasia, with 97 portfolio companies and $54m of investment.
Brett is former CEO of Comvita Limited, a current member of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Better by Design Advisory Board, and an Independent Director of the US-based specialty medical device and pharmaceutical company Derma Sciences Inc. He has significant international business development experience, including an international career spanning 20 years with world-leading food packaging company, Tetra Pak. He was Regional Managing Director of Tetra Pak’s eastern Mediterranean markets and prior to that was Commercial Director based in Saudi Arabia. He has held commercial and project management positions in the UK and Europe, run his own strategy consulting company and been an active angel investor supporting start-up companies in New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Food Technology from Massey University and a Masters of Business Administration from IMD in Switzerland.
Professor Claire Robinson
Claire is former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Operations) of the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) at Massey University, and former Head of the Institute of Communication Design. She was previously the Director of Public Diplomacy and Outreach in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is currently leading the national Value of Design project and previously led Openlab, Fablab, the College Enterprise strategy, the College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame, the Blow Creative Arts Festival, the design and opening of the new Creative Arts building Te Ara Hihiko, academic reform, internationalisation, the introduction of the new MFA, and the new CoCA website. Claire has received two Wallace Awards for her contribution to public understanding of New Zealand elections.
Charlotte is CEO of Dynamic Controls Ltd and a Director of Dynamic Controls, Cluster Ltd, Enable Services Ltd, Dynamic Suzhou Holdings NZ and Invacare Holdings New Zealand. She has been a consultant for Cluster Consulting – business strategy and mentoring and was previously Operations Manager at AEP Filmpac Auckland.
Updated: 9 November 2017