Judging panel

EY Business Journalism Awards

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EY - Rob McLeod Rob McLeod
Chairman, EY New Zealand

Rob was appointed EY’s Oceania Managing Partner and CEO in 2010. Early this year, he returned to New Zealand to a new appointment as EY New Zealand’s Chairman. He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and international tax, and has held a number of high profile roles in New Zealand including Chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable. He has been appointed to numerous government committees, the latest ones focusing on defence, infrastructure and Maori economic development.”

EY - Alan Judge

Alan Judge
Partner, EY New Zealand
Government and Public Sector Leader





    EY - Nicola Legat

    Nicola Legat
    Award-winning feature writer and former editor of Metro magazine, now publishing director Random House NZ.

    Nicola has been the publishing director of Random House NZ, this country’s largest book publisher, since late 2005. During her tenure, Random House has won the Local Publisher of the Year award for several consecutive years.

    Before moving from journalism into book publishing, Nicola had a long career in magazine writing. She spent 15 years with Metro magazine, eventually becoming its deputy editor before moving to North & South as a senior writer in 1996. Nicola returned to Metro in 2000 as deputy editor and was appointed the magazine’s editor in 2001. She is a trustee of the Auckland Writers Festival and sits on the Publishing Association of New Zealand Council





    EY - Reg Birchfirld

    Reg Birchfirld
    Former owner of Profile Publishing (Management magazine) and now a consultant on management, leadership and governance.

    Reg began his career in journalism in 1963 at The Dominion newspaper. He worked as a journalist in Australia and Britain in the mid-1960s and returned to work as an industrial reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for The Dominion and as a senior journalist with The Sunday Times.

    In 1971 he co-founded Fourth Estate Holdings, established to publish the National Business Review. He was variously managing editor, publisher and CEO of Fourth Estate until November 1983.

    Reg established Profile Publishing, publishers of Management magazine and a range of other professional magazines and books, in 1984. He now writes and consults on management, leadership and governance. He is a member of the Magazine Publishers Association, of which he was a founding director. He received the Qantas Media Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Print Media in 1999.