Judging Panel 2019
- Catherine Beard, Executive Director, ManufacturingNZ and ExportNZ
Catherine joined BusinessNZ in January 2010 to head up its ExportNZ and Manufacturing advocacy. The dual role involves representing the views of exporters and manufacturers to the Government to achieve the best regulatory policy environment for their success. In this role Catherine has taken a close interest in the economic opportunity presented by making it easier for suppliers to do business with the Government, emphasising whole of life value procurement and innovation.
Throughout the last 20 years Catherine has also worked as a lobbyist and advocate for several industries on issues ranging from climate change to sector-specific business challenges. Additionally, Catherine co-founded a design and manufacturing business that won national design awards for children’s furniture.
- Michael Boggs, CEO, NZME
Michael Boggs is currently the Chief Executive Officer of NZME. He joined NZME as the Chief Operating Officer in March 2015 prior to stepping into the role of CEO. Michael previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Tower, which saw him manage the group's multi-billion dollar assets, the company's Pacific Island operations and play a leading role in its earthquake recovery programme. He also played a leading role in the group-wide programme that resulted in the sales of Tower's life insurance, health insurance and investment management businesses. In March 2014, he was named the country's top chief financial officer at the New Zealand CFO Awards.
- Professor Jayne Godfrey, Business School Dean, University of Auckland
Professor Jayne Godfrey is the Dean of the University of Auckland Business School having joined the University in January 2017. In her role she is engaged in strategic leadership to develop management and business leadership capability within New Zealand, ensure student preparedness for a rapidly changing work environment, and increase business engagement and the Business School’s role in providing thought leadership.
Professor Godfrey received the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through business leadership, and has been a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. Jayne’s career spans company directorships such as Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation (TasCorp). It also includes governance and senior management roles such as Councillor of Monash University and Dean of Business and Economics at the Australian National University (ANU).
Professor Godfrey is regarded as one of Oceania’s leading accounting academics. Her research interests include analysing the role that accounting can play in determining economic outcomes. In particular her research has examined the relationships between accounting decisions and public policy, analyst forecasts, stock prices and returns and financing and investment decisions.
- Louise Aitken, CEO, Ākina Foundation
Louise is CEO of the Ākina Foundation, New Zealand’s principal intermediary for social enterprise, and the government’s strategic partner to develop social enterprise initiatives in New Zealand. Louise joined Ākina in 2016 as General Manager and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in October 2017.
Previously Louise spent 11 years with Fonterra holding various roles in both New Zealand and the United States. At Fonterra she led the ‘Milk for Schools’ initiative, New Zealand’s largest corporate social responsibility programme, providing nutrition to over 170,000 children across 1,400 primary schools. She also managed the KickStart Breakfast programme in partnership with Sanitarium which provides over 100,000 nutritious breakfasts to kids in 900 primary schools.
- Carolyn Tremain, Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Carolyn was appointed the CEO of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. MBIE is the New Zealand Government’s primary business facing entity whose purpose is to grow the economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders. Carolyn has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in large, complex service delivery organisations in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to her role at MBIE Carolyn served as the Chief Executive officer at New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) from July 2011 as the Comptroller of Customs. Carolyn has also held the roles of deputy commissioner for Service Delivery at Inland Revenue Department and the Head of Human Resources at Air New Zealand Group.