The Judges

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Suzanne Snively, ONZM, is managing director of MoreMedia Enterprises and chairs the Agri-women Development Trust. She is member of the Ministry of Transport’s Performance and Risk Advisory Group and director at Transparency International. Her other directorships include the Health Research Council, WelTec and Whitireia Community Polytechnic.
She is patron at Vincents, Wellington community-based initiative providing access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition and materials within supportive environment.

Sandy Maier is an independent director with strong track record in management consulting. Educated at Harvard Law School and Yale University, his current positions include director at Ngai Tahu Holdings and independent chairman at Learning Media. He chairs Radius Property, Pathfinder Asset Management and GEON Group. His roles as an independent director span Click Clack, Ultimate Health Care Group, Perpetual Capital Management and McConnell Group. He is also an independent director at Fronde, Mighty River Power and Taranaki Investment Management.

Neil Paviour-Smith has over 20 years’ experience in various roles in domestic equity markets. He is managing director of Forsyth Barr, having previously been research director, following portfolio management and research roles with Westpac Investment Management and National Mutual Funds Management. He is director of New Zealand Exchange and of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ Inc and formerly chairman of the NZ Society of Investment Analysts 1999-2001. He is also member of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries NZ and the CFA Institute.


Reg Birchfield is business journalist and publisher. As founding director of Fourth Estate Holdings in 1971, he was editor and publisher of National Business Review, the NZ Business Who’s Who, Capital Letter and other publications. He established Profile Publishing, publisher of NZ Management and other magazines, in 1984. He is now director of RJMedia and Life Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Jo Brosnahan is the founding chair of Leadership New Zealand. She is also chair of Landcare Research and Northpower Fibre, and director of number of companies and organisations, including carboNZero.
She was CEO in local government for 14 years, initially of the Northland Regional Council, and then, from 1996, of the Auckland Regional Council.

Hamish McBeath is general manager, Pacific Coil Coaters, business unit within one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies Fletcher Building. He has worked in range of management roles across the Steel Division of Fletcher Building over the past 10 years. Prior to joining Fletcher Building he was lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Navy. McBeath was Young Executive of the Year for 2011.

Claire Szabó has recently returned from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she completed Masters in Public Administration. Previously she spent five years as CEO at English Language Partners New Zealand leading programme of change in the country’s largest organisation working with migrants and refugees. At this time, she undertook research into non-profit leadership earning herself Masters in Commerce and Administration (Distinction, Victoria). She has also run an education consultancy in Budapest and studied education management at Trinity College, Dublin. Her undergraduate training is in performance cello (Auckland). Szabó was named Young Executive of the Year 2010.


Doug Matheson MNZM has over 20 years’ experience in wide range of governance positions in New Zealand and overseas. He is member of the NZIM Foundation Executive and member of the Massey University Graduate School of Business Advisory Board. He is Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Life Fellow of NZIM.

Rodger Spiller has extensive experience and doctorate in responsible investment and business. He heads Money Matters and is wealth management adviser. Spiller also presents keynotes and training on leadership and increasing ROI from training. He is director of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia and Oxfam (NZ).

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