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 Pro Vice-Chancellor - Management 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 a sounding board for any specific proposals that 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 Pro Vice-Chancellor - Management if you would like more information about the Business Advisory Board.

Current board members

Chair of board - Hon Steven Joyce - Joyce Advisory Limited

Steven Joyce

Joyce  Advisory Limited

Steven Joyce was a senior economic Minister in the recent three term National-led government of New Zealand.  Over nine years in the cabinet, he served as Finance Minister, Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister of Transport, Minister of ICT, and seven years as Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

During his time in Government, he led the government’s economic growth programme, the Ultrafast Broadband fiber to the home rollout, and the country’s biggest highway building programme in decades.

He was also the Campaign Chief for the National Party’s five highest election results under MMP. Prior to entering politics he was a successful radio entrepreneur, starting his first station Energy FM  in New Plymouth, and building it up to become RadioWorks, New Zealand’s second-largest radio company.  He is also a trained zoologist.

Steven now runs his own advisory firm, Joyce Advisory Limited, providing strategic policy and commercial advice across Australia and New Zealand.  He conducted the recent “Strengthening Skills” report on vocational education reform for the Australian Federal Government, and now chairs an expert panel to advise Canberra on the implementation of the reforms.

Steven lives on a lifestyle block north of Auckland, with his young family, assorted ducks, Gemma the Retrodoodle, and Marlow the cat.

Matt Bolger - Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Waikato Management School

Matt Bolger

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Waikato Management School

Matt Bolger was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor in August 2020. He joins the University from a successful career in the corporate world, rising up the ranks in Fonterra since joining as a graduate 18 years ago. He is currently General Manager Capital Strategy and has held various senior leadership roles in the company over that time in New Zealand and the United States.

Matt is known in the New Zealand business community as a dynamic and influential leader and he has a proven track record in strategy and innovation, leading large teams and delivering successful commercial outcomes in a global environment.