Fran O’Sullivan

Fran O’Sullivan is Head of Business (Content) for NZME and a high-profile business columnist for the New Zealand Herald. She has a strong interest in New Zealand’s international business success and is a frequent television commentator and public speaker.

Fran is executive editor of the Herald’s influential Mood of the Boardroom – the premier CEOs survey in New Zealand. She also chairs the NZ US Council’s Advisory Board and is a member of the NZ China Council. She is a regular participant in NZ’s international partnership forums and chairs the Metropolis Body Corporate.

Fran is a former editor of National Business Review, is an INFINZ fellow and has an award-winning track record in business journalism.

Jonathan Mason

Jonathan Mason has over 30 years of experience in financial management roles in the oil, chemicals, forest products, and dairy industries with an emphasis on emerging markets.

Jonathan was CFO of Fonterra Co-operative, CFO of Cabot Corporation (a Boston based chemical company), and CFO of Carter Holt Harvey. Jonathan also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper from 1990-2000.

Jonathan is currently a director of numerous large organisations and an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Auckland.

Neil Paviour-Smith

Neil has over 30 years’ experience in various roles in New Zealand capital markets. He is Managing Director of Forsyth Barr, a leading New Zealand wealth management, sharebroking and investment banking business.

Neil is a Director of The New Zealand Initiative and has significant governance experience including roles as Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, a Director of NZX and Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) and Chair of the NZ Regulatory Board for CAANZ.

Neil is a Chartered Fellow of the IOD was an inaugural recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2005.

Gavin Lonergan

Gavin Lonergan is a partner in leading private equity firm Direct Capital. The firm has raised more than $1.7 Billion in capital and invested in over 80 private companies since its establishment in 1994.

In his 27 years with the firm, Gavin has served on a number of Direct Capital’s portfolio company boards, and he is a previous chair of the New Zealand Private Capital Association. He is currently a director of Qestral Corporation and Caci Group.

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua

Hinerangi Raumati is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is an experienced governor with a focus on post settlement iwi entities and Maori commercial entities. Hinerangi has a particular interest in driving Maori economic development and creating models of governance that capture tikanga and matauranga as an appropriate lens for doing business in Aotearoa.

She is the current chair of Tainui Group Holdings Ltd and the iwi investment company of Ngati Mutunga. She is on the board of Genesis Energy, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Taranaki Iwi Holdings and Pouarua Farms GP. Her iwi are Ngati Mutunga and Waikato. Hinerangi was also a member of the Tax Working Group in 2019.

Young Executive of the Year Award judges

Susan Peterson

Susan is a prominent figure in New Zealand’s business landscape, focusing on innovation, technology, and sustainability. As the Chair of Vista Group and an Independent Director on the boards of Xero, Mercury, and Arvida, her work emphasizes sustainable growth and technological advancement.

With a rich history in leadership, including a tenure at ANZ where she led major divisions towards innovation and efficiency, Susan’s influence extends through her roles in significant investment and advisory boards. Recognised for her dedication to corporate governance and sustainability, Susan’s career is marked by her commitment to driving change and fostering a sustainable future.

Liam Dann

Liam Dann is Business Editor at Large for the New Zealand Herald. He has been a journalist nearly 30 years, covering business for more than 20 . He writes news, opinion pieces and commentary covering markets, economics and politics. He is host of the Market Watch video show and Money Talks podcast series. He has also worked in the banking sector in London and travelled extensively.

Rob Campbell

Rob is currently the Chair of Ara Ake Limited and NZ Rural Land Company. He also holds the position of Chancellor at Auckland University of Technology. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in capital markets and has previously been a director of or advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America.

In 2019, Rob was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2019 (CNZM) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University of Wellington.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Economic History and Political Science and a Master of Philosophy in Economics.

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award judges

Juliet Tainui-Hernandez

Juliet Tainui-Hernandez (Ngai Tahu, Te Whakatohea) has 25 years’ experience across varied executive leadership and governance roles in the professional advisory, financial services, and iwi spheres. Juliet returned home in October 2020 after two decades offshore to take up a directorship on the board of Ngai Tahu Holdings and an executive leadership role at Te Putea Matua, the Reserve Bank of NZ, where she served as an Assistant Governor until April 2024. She is now a full-time professional director.

Juliet is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, people and organisational well-being, and integrating te ao maori as a means of creating a stronger and more prosperous Aotearoa. She qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Aotearoa in 1999, in Australia (NSW) in 2001, and in England and Wales in 2007 and has also worked in risk and regulation, conduct and culture, business transformation and change, strategy and innovation and broad leadership and people-related roles.

Ranjna Patel

Ranjna, with her husband Kanti, set up the East Tamaki Healthcare Business in 1977. Tamaki Health has 50 clinics serving over 260,000 registered patients, and is the largest Private Primary Health care Provider in NZ. In 2014 she founded Gandhi Nivas, a Family Harm initiative that has seen some amazing results in non-recidivism in men.

Ranjna has extensive involvement in charitable and community groups for which she received a QSM in 2009 and ONZM in 2017. She sits on many advisory boards –Diversity Works NZ- Dep Chair, Mental Health, ISSO Swaminarayan Temple , NZ Police National Ethnic Forum, CM Police advisory Board and Indian Ink. Over the years she has been on NACEW, Lotteries Distribution Committee, Middlemore Foundation, Co of Women, Global Women, and Director of Bank of Baroda. She was past chair of the NZCIA Women’s Group, President of the Manukau Indian Association and vice chair of NZAL.

Simon Moutter

Simon is best known from his time as Managing Director of Spark New Zealand between 2012 and 2019. Simon was responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of Spark, through its various business divisions and brands which provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses. He led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark, to better reflect the fast-changing new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, he embodied Spark’s purpose of helping all of New Zealand to win big in a digital world.

Today Simon is a Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is Chairman of three privately owned companies – Les Mills International Ltd, Smart Environmental Ltd and Designer Wardrobe Ltd. He works alongside the Management Teams of these companies to help accelerate their growth.

Sustainability Leadership judging advisors

Due to the specialty nature of the Sustainable Business Leadership Award, the Top 200 judging panel receive advice from external experts in this space. 

Katie Beith

Katie has been in the Responsible Investment industry for almost 20 years, with the first part of her career spent overseas, predominantly in the UK. On returning to New Zealand in 2015, she joined New Zealand Super Fund as a Senior Investment Strategist for Responsible Investment.

In November 2021, Katie joined Forsyth Barr as the Head of ESG where she is responsible for incorporating ESG (environment, social and governance) principles into Forsyth Barr’s firm-wide operations and investment process, including assisting advisers with specific client needs.

Katie currently serves on the External Reporting Board’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel (XRAP), is Deputy Chair of the NZ National Advisory Board for Impact Investing and is also on the Investment Committee for NZ impact investor, Purpose Capital.

Kate Wilson Butler

Kate is a leading New Zealand voice on sustainable business. As the Director of Chapman Tripp’s Climate, Sustainability & ESG practice, Kate specialises in the intersection between climate and sustainability policy, law and strategy. She regularly speaks and advises on global and local developments in climate and ESG, including corporate climate action, target setting, disclosures and transition planning.

Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, Kate was Head of Climate Action at the Sustainable Business Council, where she worked with some of New Zealand’s largest companies to build a more sustainable future. Kate’s previous roles include climate change negotiator at the UN climate talks and Private Secretary to the Minister of Climate Change.