Governance Group

Ian Fraser

Chair: Mr Ian Fraser

Ian is a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a former director of Beca, deputy chair of Transpower and Mighty River Power, and director and chair of the University of Canterbury QuakeCentre. Ian’s background in engineering and governance along with extensive knowledge of risk from natural hazards to infrastructure is important for providing oversight of the Resilience Challenge.

Parekawhia McLean

Ms Parekawhia McLean (Waikato, Ngaati Maniapoto)

Ms McLean has a background in social science and public policy and high-level experience in several central government agencies, including 5 years as strategic advisor to three Prime Ministers. She also has played a senior role within regional development organisations, especially in the Waikato region. With her current role as the CE of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc. Parekawhia is well placed to contribute high-level governance to the challenge well as oversight of Mātauranga Māori matters.

Greg Orchard
Mr Greg Orchard

Greg is by background an accountant, and over the past two decades has provided governance and high-level strategic leadership in organisations such as Wellington City, BRANZ, and the Housing Corporation, in particular for areas related to healthy, safe and socially accessible housing. In his current role as the Wellington City Council Chief Operating Officer he is responsible for improving the resilience of Wellington’s building stock. His experience places him in an excellent position to provide strategic local government-centred advice to the Challenge.

Steve Weaver
Prof. Steve Weaver

Steve  is the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) of the University of Canterbury, and is a member of the Board of GNS Science Ltd. Prof. Weaver has decades of experience in senior academic and research management roles at a national level in New Zealand, close experience of the Christchurch and Canterbury community, and a background in the geosciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ.

Bruce Wills
Mr Bruce Wills

Bruce has a background in commercial banking and finance for the agricultural sector and is the immediate Past President of Federated Farmers. He is currently a board director of Ravensdown Ltd., representative of NZ and international Farming and Trade forums, and an active farmer in the Hawkes Bay.  In addition to this role, Bruce sits on the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge board.

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Mr David Middleton

David was appointed CEO of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after a twenty year career in the insurance industry.  Since leaving EQC David has worked as an independent consultant at Kestrel Group. David is currently the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Natural Hazards Research Platform and Chair of the Strategic and Scientific User Advisory Panel that reports to the GNS Board.  In 2010 David was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and an Honorary Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.