Fran O’Sullivan

Judging Panel Convenor

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 chairs the NZ US Council’s Advisory Board, is a member of the NZ China Council’s Advisory Board and deputy chairman of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZ) board. She is a regular participant in NZ’s partnership forums with the United States, Australia and China. Fran also chairs the Metropolis Body Corporate.

She is a former editor of National Business Review 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 Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland.

Neil Paviour-Smith

Neil Paviour-Smith has over 25 years’ experience in various roles in New Zealand capital markets. He is Managing Director of Forsyth Barr Limited, a leading NZX sharebroking firm and investment bank.

Neil is Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, chair of the NZ Regulatory Board and past director of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), director of The New Zealand Initiative and former director of NZX Limited. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ (INFINZ) and former chair of the NZ Society of Investment Analysts.

Neil was an inaugural recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2005.

Ross George

Managing Director of Direct Capital, the leading private equity fund which has invested in over 75 companies in New Zealand and Australia over the last 25 years. Ross has been involved in the private equity industry in Asia, Australia and New Zealand since 1987 and played a key role in establishing our private equity industry.

Ross is currently a director of Bayleys, Perpetual Guardian, Qestral and Beca.

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 companies of Ngati Mutunga and Ngaruahine iwi. Hinerangi is on the board of Watercare Services Ltd, Taranaki Iwi Holdings Ltd and Te Puia Tapapa (the Maori Direct Investment Fund). Her iwi are Waikato and Ngati Mutunga.

Young Executive of the Year Award Judges

Joan Withers

Joan Withers spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions at both Fairfax NZ Ltd and The Radio Network and she also has significant corporate governance experience.

Her current governance roles are as Chair of The Warehouse Group Ltd and she is a director of ANZ NZ and Sky Network TV Ltd. She has previously held Chair positions at Auckland International Airport, Mercury NZ Ltd and TVNZ. She has also held directorships on the boards of some of New Zealand’s largest companies including Meridian Energy Ltd and Tourism Holdings Ltd. Prior to her appointment as CEO of Fairfax NZ Ltd, Joan was a director on the Australian board of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd.

Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector. She is a shareholder and director of On Being Bold Ltd.

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 the Health New Zealand Interim Board, SkyCity Entertainment Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited, WEL Networks Limited, 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 Masters of Philosophy in Economics.

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award Judges

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.

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, Mental Health Foundation Middlemore Foundation, Co of Women, Global Women, NZ Police National Ethnic Forum, CM Police advisory Board and Director of Bank of Baroda. She was past chair of the NZCIA Women’s Group, President of the Manukau Indian Association, Lotteries distribution committee, vice chair of NZAL and ministerial committee of NACEW.

Royal Reed

Royal Reed is a Partner at Meredith Connell and Founder of Prestige Law. She is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and a social media influencer and On Being Bold founder. Royal completed legal studies in New Zealand, international policy studies in China, and negotiation skills and professional service firm management in America. She also qualified as a mediator via LEADR NZ, Arbitrator in Republic of China, legal interpreter, and a Certified Agile Coach.

She has been the source of Asian market insight for many organisations such as Kea New Zealand – where she serves on the Global Board. She also advises Luxury Network, Auckland Art Gallery, Land Information New Zealand, and many other private companies both locally and internationally. She is a well known face and name for most Chinese migrants in New Zealand through her public speaking and media influencer career. Her vlogs, social media platforms, and livestream appearances have enjoyed high volume of loyal fans.

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 works as Board Member and Operating Partner to three privately owned companies – Smart Environmental Ltd, Agility CIS Ltd and Intellihub Ltd. He steers the Management Teams of these companies to help accelerate their growth. In addition, Simon is a Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Chairman of fashion start-up, Designer Wardrobe.

Sustainable Business Leadership Judging Advisor

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

Katie Beith

Katie joined Forsyth Barr in November 2021 as the Head of ESG. Katie was previously with the New Zealand Super Fund as a Senior Investment Strategist for Responsible Investment. In that role she was a key contributor to driving the Fund’s Climate Change, revamped Sustainable Finance Strategy and international engagement programme.

In addition, Katie has extensive experience in the international ESG community. She currently serves on the External Reporting Board’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel (XRAP) and is a member of the NZ National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.