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 - Kevin Bowler - My Food Bag Ltd

Kevin Bowler

My Food Bag Ltd

Kevin joined My Food Bag in June 2018 as Chief Executive.  My Food Bag provides recipe kits directly to Kiwi homes so customers can produce simple, healthy and delicious meals.  The business was founded in 2013 and has already provided Kiwis with tens of millions of meals.

Kevin was Frucor Suntory Chief Executive Officer New Zealand from 2016 to 2018. 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.

Prof Alister Jones - Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Waikato Management School

Professor Alister Jones

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato
Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Waikato Management School

BSc Otago, MSc PhD Waikato DipT MRSNZ

Professor Jones was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2011 and became Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2015. He was appointed as Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Waikato Management School in 2018. He is the former Dean of Education and was previously Research Professor and Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the School of Education.

He has managed and directed research projects that have informed policy, curriculum, and teacher development in New Zealand and internationally. His main areas of research are curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment, particularly in science and technology education.

He has acted as an international consultant in curriculum and assessment and building educational research capability. In 2000, he was awarded the NZ Science and Technology Medal for his significant contribution to the development of technology education both nationally and internationally.