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 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 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
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
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.
Angela Buglass - Antidpodes Water Company
Chief Executive Officer
Antipodes Water Company
In May 2019 Angela joined the Antipodes Water company as Chief Executive Officer.
Angela was previously CEO of Trilogy International Limited (NZX:TIL), which comprises of high-performing consumer brands: Trilogy Natural Products, ECOYA Home Fragrance and Goodness Superfood Skincare, alongside subsidiaries CS&Co Beauty Distribution and Lanocorp Skincare & Bodycare Manufacturing.
Having spent 15 years in the United Kingdom, Angela returned to New Zealand in 2014 and joined Trilogy Natural Products as Managing Director. Her last role in the United Kingdom was Vice President Marketing for LF Beauty, part of the global sourcing giant Li & Fung, with a core focus on brand growth and development within the United Kingdom, USA and Asia.
Angela's career began in New Zealand after studying a BMS at Waikato University and includes roles with leading FMCG companies Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Estée Lauder encompassing strategic leadership, change management, sales, brand marketing, communications, product sourcing/new product development, and new market expansion.
Assoc Prof Eva Collins
Assoc Prof Eva Collins
Associate Dean - Research
Waikato Management School
Eva Collins is Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Waikato, Associate Dean of Research at Waikato Management School, Chair of the University's Environmental Sustainability Committee and a recent (2016-2017) Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in the U.K. Her research is focused on the tensions and paradoxes related to management and sustainability. She is a key researcher on a $2.8 million research programme funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which is entitled, 'People, Cities and Nature: Restoring indigenous nature in urban environments'.
Garth Dibley - WEL Networks
Chief Executive Officer
With extensive experience in the generation, retail, transmission, and distribution sectors of New Zealand’s electricity industry Garth took up the position of Chief Executive at WEL Networks in September 2014.
He previously held leadership roles at both Transpower and Meridian Energy. Appointed as General Manager Grid Performance at Transpower in 2010, he led operations and asset maintenance functions of the national grid.
Prior to this, he was based at Meridian Energy, working as General Manager Markets and Production and then General Manager External Relations.
Garth has an MBA from Waikato Management School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury. He has completed executive training programmes at Kellogg and INSEAD business schools of management.
Tony Falkenstein - Just Life Group Limited
Chief Financial Officer
Just Life Group Limited
Tony Falkenstein is Founder and Chief Executive of Just Life Group Limited and a director and shareholder of PureSEO Ltd.
He has been prominent in business education, establishing New Zealand’s first Business High School in 2003, as a precursor to ‘business’ becoming a subject in the New Zealand Curriculum.
Tony was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2008, was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2010 and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland in 2011. In 2012 Tony received a KEA World Class New Zealand Award for ‘New Thinking’. In December 2012, Tony was the first New Zealander to be inducted into the international ‘Beta, Gamma Sigma’ Society, in recognition of his professional achievements.
Brett Hewlett - Priority One
Chairman Priority One
Blue Lab CorporationTauranga
Brett is a professional director and consultant. He is an Independent Director and Chairman of Comvita Ltd (NZX:CVT), Independent Director and Chairman of private company BlueLab Corporation Ltd, Independent Director of Quayside Holdings Ltd., and Chairman of Priority One, Tauranga and Western BOP’s economic development agency.
From 2005-2015 Brett was the Chief Executive Officer of Comvita. Prior to Comvita, he held a number of senior roles with global packaging firm Tetra Pak. Other former Governance and Advisory board roles include: Derma Sciences Inc. (DSCI:Nasdaq), SeaDragon (SEA:NZX), Enterprise Angels, NZTE’s Better by Design Advisory Board and Member of the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group.
Brett has a Bachelor of Food Technology from Massey University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland. He has also completed advanced management programmes at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Brett is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Veronica Jacobsen - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
Policy Director, Science, Innovation and International branch
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
Veronica Jacobsen is an economist and lawyer and has a wide background in public policy, covering science and innovation, the environment and natural resources, minerals, justice, labour and social policy. She joined the New Zealand public service after a career as a systems analyst, academic and economic consultant.
She is currently a Policy Director at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. She has previously worked for the New Zealand Treasury, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Her specialist area of economics is the Economic Analysis of Law. She has been President of the Law and Economic Association of New Zealand (LEANZ) and is currently the Chair of the Government Economics Network (GEN).
Nikki Johnson - NZ Kiwifruit Growers
NZ Kiwifruit Growers
Nikki Johnson has been CEO of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) since April 2016. NZKGI is the representative organisation for New Zealand kiwifruit growers which works to advocate, protect and enhance their commercial and political interests. In addition to this position, Nikki has served as an Associate Board member on the Agcarm board since 2012. Prior to her position at NZKGI, Nikki was Executive Manager of NZ Citrus Growers Incorporated and was co-Director and co-owner of advisory company Market Access Solutionz for 14 years.
Parekawhia McLean - NZ Transport Agency
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.
Dr Peter Reynolds - GM Domin Lead ANZ Bank
Dr Peter Reynolds
GM - Domin Lead - Banking Services
ANZ Banking Group
Peter has over 25 years experience as a senior IT executive and digital transformation director spanning commercial companies (in particular retail banking, commercial banking, and wealth management) as well as government.
He has held roles as Head of IT, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Innovation Officer and Digital Transformation Director. He has been part of CEO and IT executive teams in both line management and consulting roles, working across the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia- Pacific. He has set up multiple teams between 40 and 400 people (across customer insight, data scientists, agile software development and day-to-day IT management) and managed budgets of up to $350m affecting IT budgets of up to US$1.2bn per annum.
Peter Reynolds has been a researcher with the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR) since 2009. He has led research on digital transformation, digital innovation, human-centred design and business/IT alignment. He has run workshops and advised business and IT executives across the USA, Europe, and Australia on projects to drive business value from digitisation and data analytics. In his role with MIT, he has worked with 90+ sponsors globally, including those in Australia: AMP, ANZ, Australian Tax Office, Commonwealth Bank, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Reserve Bank of Australia, and Westpac.
He is currently retained as an expert witness on global internet banking and wealth management platforms for a matter with one of the top Australian Banks.
Peter's digital roles include:
- Digital Transformation Director, Capita PLC, the UK’s largest provider of business solutions with 74,000 staff, building digital capabilities and delivering digital transformation across private and public sector clients. In this role, he scopes and shapes digital transformation deals across sectors, including financial services.
- Executive Director and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for one of the UK’s new elite technology innovation centres focused on smart cities (applications of new technologies including Big data, IoT, and mobile technologies/data).
- Chief Technology Officer, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), responsible for the architecture and product selection for CBA’s on-line banking platform. He later worked for the Head of Business Strategy and Head of Institutional Banking planning, executing key components of CBA’s $1.4bn IT-based business transformation replacing front-end service and sales processes.
Peter was awarded the global prize for best doctoral dissertation in his field in 2010 for his PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) titled "Aligning Business and IT Strategy in Multi-business Organizations".
He was also recently awarded the UK Management Consultancies Association (MCA) award for best ‘Digital & Technology Project of the Year' 2017 and the Agile award for Best use of Agile in the Public Sector 2016
Kelvin Whiting - Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest High School
Kelvin was appointed Principal of Hillcrest High School in 2003, and is about to complete 40 years in the teaching service.
Gaining a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours from the University of Waikato, Kelvin attended Christchurch Teachers College, before beginning his teaching career at Hillcrest High School in 1981 teaching Geography, History and Social Studies. He then spent time at Matamata College as HOD History and Social Studies, followed by Howick College as HOF Social Sciences and then Assistant Principal, and Pakuranga College as Deputy Principal prior to returning to Hillcrest High School.
Kelvin has been a member of the Secondary School Principals Association (SPANZ) Executive on two occasions and is currently a member of the Board of School Sport NZ, as well as Chair of the Waikato Secondary Schools Sports Association. He is also a member of the Management Advisory Group for beginning Principals. One of the highlights of Kelvin’s career to date has been the awarding of a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2009 acknowledging his leadership. Kelvin spent 11 weeks touring the UK, Europe and the USA visiting schools and attending Harvard University’s Principals’ Leadership Programme. Kelvin is married to Karen and they have three adult children, all of whom were educated at Hillcrest High School.
Wayne Tainui - PWC
Head of Manukura Māori Business Team
Wayne has over 20 years business and commercial experience with PwC in Advisory and Assurance roles, including 4 year’s experience with PwC based in the United Kingdom, and has also worked in several other territories. Wayne’s passions include the Education and Maori sectors.Wayne leads the PwC Waikato’s
Deals team and works with a range of clients to maximise business value and solve business problems. His areas of specialisation include transaction services providing pre and post deals support, buy side and sell side due diligence and strategic and business planning. Wayne is also the National Leader
of the PwC Mānukura Māori Business team and is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato-Tainui descent. Wayne has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato (1995) and is a member of the Institute of Directors. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys a variety of sports activities, travelling and
precious time with his family.
Prof Peter Wolnizer
Prof Peter Wolnizer
The University of Sydney, Australia
Peter Wolnizer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business from 1999-2010 and Professor of Accounting until his retirement at the end of 2011.
Professor Wolnizer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his service to higher education in business and economics as an academic and administrator.
He has extensive international experience of chairing accreditation reviews of business schools and universities for AACSB International, EQUIS and government agencies. Under his leadership, the faculty was twice accredited by AACSB International and EQUIS, and also chosen as the Australian member of the prestigious CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education.
Prior to returning to the University of Sydney, where he lectured for more than 11 years, Professor Wolnizer served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University from 1991 to 1998, following his appointment as Foundation Professor of Accounting and Finance in 1989.
He served on the board of directors of AACSB International (2006-2011), the Council of the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools (2004-2010), and as President of the Australian Business Deans Council (2004-2005). He was a member of Australia's Corporations and Securities Panel 1994-99.