New directors appointed to Auckland Council CCOs

Publish Date : 13 Sep 2019

Auckland Council has appointed nine new directors to the boards of its council-controlled organisations.

The council’s Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee (APRVM) has approved appointments to Watercare, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), Panuku and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

This follows a rigorous selection process that sought directors who were highly qualified and experienced in a range of industry, technical, and specialist skills and abilities.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who chairs the APRVFM Committee, has welcomed the appointments.

“I am impressed by the calibre of each of these new directors,” he says.

“They bring significant expertise from a range of backgrounds and will be a valuable addition to the boards.”

The APRVM Committee is responsible for all appointments to the boards of council-controlled organisations, in accordance with the council’s Appointment and Remuneration Policy for Board Members and the Local Government Act.

In February, the Committee decided on the council’s 2019 board appointment programme to fill vacancies that would occur during the year. This was due to some existing directors reaching the end of their board tenures.

Following the selection process, the Committee made appointments to the boards of Watercare, Regional Facilities Auckland and Panuku in May and July and ATEED in August 2019 respectively.

The new directors will begin their roles from 1 November 2019 for a three-year period until 31 October 2022, except for Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua who commenced 1 August 2019.

About the new directors


Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua, who is Ngāti Mutunga and Waikato, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  She is also a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and Māori.

Hinerangi has significant experience in investment, financial management, and governance. She was Chief Financial Officer of Tainui Group Holdings Limited and Executive Director Operations at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Her governance roles include Chair of Parininihi Ki Waitotara and Director of Tainui Group Holdings, Sealord and Aotearoa Fisheries Limited. 

Frances Valintine (CNZM), is a thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies with 20 years’ experience across business, technology and education. The CEO and founder of Mind Lab and the Tech Futures Lab, she is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the technology sector.

In 2017, Frances won the New Zealand Flying Kiwi Award and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame. She is a board member of Callaghan Innovation and Mind Lab and a former board member of Education New Zealand and NZTech.

Dave Chambers is a highly experienced business leader with a background in large-scale customer-centric organisations. He was Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises NZ and Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia and has held various operations leadership roles. Previously he was a board member of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.

Regional Facilities Auckland

Jennah Wootten has extensive experience in leading and delivering commercially successful mega events. She was Chief Executive of the highly successful World Masters Games in 2017 and has worked on some of Auckland’s most high-profile events.

Jennah is currently General Manager Partnerships and Communications at Sport New Zealand. Her earlier roles include General Manager, Destination and Manager Major Events at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) with a lead role in Auckland’s Rugby World Cup 2011 programme, the FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup bid and developing Auckland’s first Major Events Strategy.

Panuku Development Auckland

John Coop has practiced architecture in Auckland for 20 years and has been involved in teams spearheading major projects across the city. He is the Managing Director of Warren and Mahoney, Director of Warren and Mahoney Limited, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

John has been the President of the Auckland Architecture Association, Chair of the Auckland Council City Centre Advisory Board and a member of the committee of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Property Council.

Victoria Carroll has in-depth residential housing sector experience. She is Deputy Chair of Nga Potiki Treaty Settlement Trust, a voluntary trustee to Community Housing Aotearoa and was a long serving trustee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation.  

The Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Limited, Victoria was a former treaty settlement negotiator for Nga Potiki a Tamapahore and legal practitioner in the areas of resource management, Māori land law and Treaty settlements. 

Victoria is Nga Potiki a Tamapahore, Ngati Uenukukopako, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahugnunu.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

Ziena Jalil is an award-winning business and public sector leader with nearly 20 years working in New Zealand and Asia, supporting the growth of New Zealand’s leading businesses. She has held roles as the Regional Director (South & South East Asia) for Education New Zealand, as New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and Head of North Asia Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Ziena is an Advisory Board Member of New Zealand Asian Leaders, an established member of Superdiverse Women, member of Global Women, the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and Asia 21.

Carol Cheng is a business adviser and China business specialist with 20 years of accounting, auditing and advisory experience in New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. The Managing Director and Founder of Hong Consulting Limited, previously she was an Executive Director at PwC and a partner of Grant Thornton China.

Carol is an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the New Zealand China Trade Association, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She was the winner of the 2017 Emerging Director Award of The Institute of Directors New Zealand, Auckland Branch.  

Dan Te Whenua Walker is an experienced leader in business development and relationship management with an extensive background in the IT and tech sector. He has a particular passion for how tech can be utilised for Māori and Pasifika economic development.

Dan is the Deputy Chair of NZ Māori Tourism, Pou Tuarā of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Chair of Whānau Mārama Parenting Charity and a variety of community trustee roles around Auckland.

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