Waikato Management School Business Advisory Board

Functions and membership of the board

Our Business Advisory Board is made up of 12 - 20 appointed senior leaders from major local, national and international organisations, as well as the Dean and Associate Dean Research of Waikato Management School.

The Board is a key advisory body that helps ensure the School understands the education and research needs of business.

The Board's purpose is to provides guidance on the School's strategic direction, discuss new trends in business education, future market positioning of the School, and commercial and funding opportunities. It also acts as sounding board for any specific proposals the School is considering, and reviews the impact of recent changes.

Changes in the board membership are important to bring new insights and experiences to discussions of the School’s challenges and opportunities in the dynamic global economic environment.

Please contact the Dean if you would like more information about the Business Advisory Board.

Current board members

Chair of board - Kevin Bowler - Frucor Suntory

Kevin Bowler

CEO New Zealand
Frucor Suntory New Zealand Ltd

Kevin joined Frucor Suntory as Chief Executive Officer New Zealand in Nov 2016. Frucor Suntory supplies approximately one in three packaged non alcoholic drinks New Zealanders buy, owning iconic brands such as Just Juice, V, Mizone, Fresh Up, Simply Squeezed, etc, and is the license holder for Gatorade and Pepsi brands in New Zealand.

Prior to Frucor Suntory, Kevin spent seven years as Chief Executive at Crown Entity Tourism New Zealand. Kevin brings broad senior business leadership experience from a diverse range of industries including travel, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications and media, both in New Zealand and internationally.

During his time with Tourism New Zealand, Kevin contributed to the industry's growth to become New Zealand's largest export sector by value. He built an advanced digital approach to marketing while growing the agency's reach to new regions and to new traveller segments.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato (1986) and in 2013 completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys the outdoors – biking, paddle boarding, surfing and running. In 2016 he completed the Queenstown Half Marathon.

Linda Cooper - Livestock Improvement Corporation

Linda Cooper

Chief Financial Officer
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)

Linda has come full circle, having grown up on a small dairy farm in the Waikato, obtaining a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from Waikato University, and then as a qualified Chartered Accountant working for many years in various finance and management roles for Fisher and Paykel Appliances Ltd, including 12 years in the USA.

She then returned to the Waikato and a job at Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), a cooperative owned by NZ dairy farmers that focuses on genetics, herd improvement, software and automation products.

Her role includes supporting LIC strategy and ensuring the health and sustainability of LICs finances, legal risk management and procurement. Financial health includes compliance aspects, reporting internally and externally and ensuring the right capital and resources are available to support the co-operatives strategy and its farmers.

She has a strong interest in animal welfare and travelling beyond NZ shores.

She is an alumni of the Agri Womens Development Trust Leadership Programme, Board member of Government Science for Technological Innovation Programme and is an ex Chair of Waikato SPCA.

Parekawhia McLean - NZ Transport Agency

Parekawhia McLean

Director Regional Relationships, Central North Island
NZ Transport Agency

Parekawhia has been with the Transport Agency since September 2016 after five and a half years as the Chief Executive Officer of Waikato-Tainui/ Te Whakakitenga o Waikato.

Parekawhia has more than 15 years of public policy and public sector management experience including being an advisor to three prime ministers during her time at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She brings significant stakeholder management and governance experience to the Transport Agency. Parekawhia is also involved in the Transport Agency’s diversity project, developing diversity and inclusion policies for the workplace. For almost seven years she was director of her own company dedicated
to advancing the creative potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources.

Parekawhia has Masters’ degrees in Social Sciences from the University of Waikato and in Public Administration and Development Policy from the University of Wisconsin. In 2014, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato and in 2016 was a finalist in the Board and Management
category for the Westpac-Fairfax Women of Influence Awards.