Bhav, a well-known community leader, is a qualified MBA with strong management and leadership credentials, in business and community organisations. He is the Managing Director of CEMIX, an iconic Kiwi brand manufacturing innovative construction products for over 35 years. He is also on the board of six other companies having varied interests in media, publishing and property. Bhav is the Hon Consul of India with jurisdiction over Northland, Aukland and Waikato. He is also the Chair of There's a Better Way Foundation which works alongside NZ Police, Auckland Council and other like-minded organisations for creating pathways for positive change among kiwi youth at risk of gang culture and drugs. Bhav is passionately involved in the India-NZ relationship and is the former Treasurer of India NZ Business Council. He is the also the Chair of the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame and the Publisher of The Indian Weekender, NZ's weekly newspaper for the Kiwi-Indians. Bhav is of Indian descent and has been living in NZ for nearly 17 years, prior to which he was in Singapore. He currently lives in Orakei with his wife Ruby and two lovely teenage children.
Chris has been in the communications business throughout his working career and has successfully owned several advertising agencies. His interests include pre-European Māori history, protecting and enhancing the Hauraki Gulf and restoration of the flora and fauna of New Zealand. He has initiated native plant restoration programmes at Meola Creek in Western Springs, Auckland and the planting of over 20,000 native trees on retired farmland in Opito Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. The majority of these plants were propagated from eco sourced seed from the area. In addition, Chris and his team carry out mammalian pest and weed control on the above sites. Also at Opito Bay he has carried out dune restoration with his conservation team, this being an ongoing programme. Since 2011 Chris has been on the Executive of the Bluegreens and is a committee member on the Nature Heritage Fund. Chris is married to Annie and they have one adult son.
Naisi Chen is the director of a business consultancy firm specialising in employment relations and HR matters and one event management and concert promotion company. She is the Vice President of the youth wing of the NZ Labour Party- Young Labour and also sits on the Advisory Board of the New Zealand China Council. After coming to New Zealand at the age of 5 she has been an active promoter of cultural diversity and conversation between all culturers. She founded the Chinese Committee at her High School before going on to the University of Auckland to study Law and Music. At university Naisi successfully organised the Public Meeting against Violence towards International Students which lead to the new International Students Well-being Strategy. Naisi is a choral conductor, former President of the New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association, an alumnus of the Office of Ethnic Communities Young Leaders Program, and recipient of the 2017 ANZ Community Spirit Award.
Brian Corban CNZM, QSO
A professional Company Chairman and Director, businessman and community leader, Brian has served on boards of many companies and community organisations in New Zealand. He has a broad range of commercial and governance experience and has been at the forefront of change in many sectors both commercial and non-commercial. More recent chairmanships have included Radio New Zealand (2000-2008) and Genesis Energy Ltd (1999-2009). He is currently the Chair of West Auckland Trust Services and Deputy Chair of Kiwirail Ltd. Brian has a keen interest in the community and chairs the Corban Estate Art Centre, Melanesian Mission Trust, the Navy Museum and the Graeme Dingle Foundation. In 1990 Brian received the Commemorative Medal for his service as the foundation Chairman of TVNZ. In 1995 he was made a Companion of the Queen’s Services Order and became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 New Year’s Honours. He is married to Lindsay and they have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.
Mel is a professional director, Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and Accredited Investment Fiduciary. She is an Independent Director of Fidelity Life Assurance, Simplicity NZ, Trust Investments Management, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia, and Domain Name Commission. Mel chairs the Nominating Committees for the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Waikato-Tainui Group Investment Committee. She is a trustee of Auckland Foundation and an Independent Member of the FINDEX Advice Services NZ Investment Committee. Mel is a former Chair of Centre for Social Impact. Previously Mel spent 18 years, both in London and New Zealand, in senior roles in financial regulation, investment management, risk and compliance, including at the Financial Markets Authority, AllianceBernstein and ANZ bank. In 2013 she was appointed to the Crown’s independent evaluation panel for the selection of default KiwiSaver providers. Mel was formerly New Zealand’s representative on the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives Australasian Socially Responsible Investment Committee. Mel has degrees in business (MA, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan), economics and Japanese (BSocSci, University of Waikato) and is a student of Te Reo Māori. Mel and her husband Nigel live in Mission Bay, Auckland and are proud parents of three adult children.
As Director of the various companies which make up The Nakhle Group as well as being a director of Fairway Resolution Limited and the Auckland Racing Club, Daniel is involved in a wide range of industries and community initiatives including early childhood education, property development and investment, horse racing, breeding and training, hospitality, dispute resolution and quarrying and has been actively involved in social and affordable housing. As a graduate of the University of Auckland in Law and Commerce (Finance major) he has not only a comprehensive commercial background but also legal and financial experience. Through his business and social activities, Daniel has gained many friends and contacts in a variety of circles. With his key strengths of sound organization and effective interpersonal skills combined with an analytical, decisive and practical approach he embraces all people, projects and problems with an open mind. He is a dedicated and passionate person with a real zeal for both business and the community. Daniel's personal interests include spending time with his family and friends, horse racing, soccer, tennis, horse breeding, reading, travel and organic gardening. Married to Sybelle and with three young children, he lives on a small farm in Ardmore, Auckland.
Ngaire began her working life with the Family Planning Association as a sexuality educator and was on the management committee of the innovative Peer Sexuality Support programme. After seven years at FPA she moved to the Northland DHB to work with Health Promoting Schools. She is the Health Promotion Manager for Manaia Health PHO (since 2004) and Te Tai Tokerau PHO (since 2014, when she completed her Masters in Public Health with a focus on health promotion and community development). Ngaire is the current chair of Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau, an active member of Whangārei Child Poverty Action Group, and since 2007 has been involved with the Collective of Tryphina House Women’s Refuge, as a committee member and crisis line volunteer. Ngaire has lived all her life in Northland, raised in the beautiful seaside village of Waipu Cove. Her Scottish and English ancestors arrived in Aotearoa / New Zealand from the early 1840s through to early 1900s. She is married to Richard Pehi and together they have two adult children and three mokopuna. She was the founding chairperson of Parihaka Waka Ama Club, and sits on the board of Waka Ama New Zealand. Ngaire has represented New Zealand in the sport of Waka Ama, and was a member of the Master Women’s team who won the inaugural World Distance Championships in Tahiti in 2017.
Maxine is an accomplished community and business leader that brings 25 years of governance and senior management experience to non-government and not for profit organisations particular to Maori, Health and Education. Maxine also has an interest in philanthropy and natural environments. She is an independent director and an appointed board member of the New Zealand Lotteries Grant Board, New Zealand Conservation Authority, and Waitangi Ltd. She is also an elected member with the Netball New Zealand Board. Maxine is also a member of the New Zealand and Australian Institute of Directors and has a Master in Management (business and research). Maxine is a founder of two family companies. She resides in Bay of Islands, Northland.
Pramjit Rai Suchdev QSM, JP
Pramjit Rai (Jeet) Suchdev has called Aotearoa New Zealand home since 1987. He founded the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in 1995, since when it has become one of the largest multi-ethnic South Asian community organisations in Auckland, offering a wide range of services from elder support and children’s programmes, to rest homes and migrant services. He is Chairperson of the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, Akarana Community Trust and Roskill Together and sits on the boards of Roopa Aur Aap Charitable Trust, Auckland Indian Diaspora and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Non-Violence. Jeet has also served on the Lottery Grants Board, COGS Auckland, Auckland Council’s Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel and as a Board Member of Auckland Regional Migrant Services Trust.
Michelle is a qualified actuary with over 25 years' experience in the actuarial and investment consulting industry with a mix of client advisory, business management and quality control experience. She is a member of the Nominating Committee for the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Michelle also has a keen interest in integrating culture. She is a trained intercultural and executive coach providing intercultural training and coaching programmes, and has volunteered to deliver a programme at a local school to help integrate immigrant parents into New Zealand society. Michelle is a Fellow of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, holds a Diploma in Occupational Psychology from the University of Leicester (UK), and a BA degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge (UK). Originally from Hong Kong, Michelle studied and worked in the UK and has lived in New Zealand since 2002. She lives in St Heliers with her husband David and two school age children.
A Filipino by birth, Romy has lived in Auckland for 12 years. He spent the majority of his adult life living and working as an expatriate in different countries. He is an experienced community organiser, media person, public speaker, and business management practitioner. Romy is known in the community for his commitment to social justice and service. His advocacy on migrant settlement takes him around New Zealand. He has been a resource speaker with Auckland Regional Migrant Services over the last six years and was a community representative to the Auckland Diocese Pastoral Council for five years. Romy is a Registered Financial Adviser, and holds an MBA from Waikato University and a Masters in Forestry from the University of the Philippines. He has a strong governance and executive leadership background, having served as director in different community organisations and business management boards. He is married to Fritzi Ann, they have two children, and they enjoy going on long drives locally to see the beauty of New Zealand.
Vanushi is the Manager of the Advisory and Research Team at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. She is also a Director of Cogent Law and The Current, a social impact consulting company. She has over twenty years of experience in the not for profit and community sector, both in governance and management. She was formerly the General Manager and Supervising Solicitor at YouthLaw Aotearoa, and sat on the international board of Amnesty International for six years, after holding the position of Vice Chair of the New Zealand board. She has worked in organisations such as Greenpeace, the Auckland Refugee Council and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, as well as in private practice, in the public sector, and on projects as an independent consultant with not for profits in the Philippines and Mongolia. She holds an LLB(Hons) and a BA in political studies from the University of Auckland and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She has an interest in the use of design methodologies to tackle ‘wicked problems’ as well as the measurement of meaningful social impact. She has published on the role of not for profits in improving the realisation of economic social and cultural rights. As a Sri Lankan New Zealander, Vanushi is particularly passionate about the value of individuals and communities developing cultural intelligence competencies. She lives in Titirangi with her husband, three young sons and an indispensable grandparent support crew close by. When her head is not in social impact work she can be found joining in the kid’s fun – building blanket forts, leading the charge on ice cream Fridays, battling at pea-knuckle war or instigating a karaoke ukulele session.
Walter is a company director for Taura Kaha Limited specialising in professional advice and services to the government, community, and private sectors. He has extensive background in Maori Development having worked for Te Tira Ahu Iwi (former Maori Affairs), Maori Trustee, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri with 10 years’ in senior leadership and management positions. He is an experienced Trustee and Director with interests in Iwi Governance and Asset Companies, Chair of a Regional Sports Organisation and served as a Ministerial appointee to a community advisory forum providing advice and advocacy on community social and wellbeing issues and advocacy for emerging opportunities. He has served on the Ngāti Kuri Trust Board since 2008 where he is the current Deputy Chairman and a Director on Te Urungi O Ngāti Kuri. He brings a high degree of working knowledge of the machinery of government and policy development from 30 years’ experience in the public and private sector. His professional work experience provides widespread networks. His tribal affiliations are Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngātiwai. He resides in Whangārei where in his leisure time he loves fishing and diving throughout Te Taitokerau.
David has been involved at a senior level in the financial services industry for over 4 decades in three countries. On arriving in New Zealand, after a brief time with Countrywide Bank, David was appointed as Sovereign’s first Business Development Manager, rising to the company’s first General Manager (Sales). On moving to American International Group”s life insurance company in NZ (AIA), he built the organisation up to a leading position in the market, with a strong emphasis on Information and Communications Technology initiatives. Moving to Australia with AIA David was appointed Managing Director of AIA Australia and the focus on technology accelerated the organisation’s growth in the highly competitive Group market with industry super funds, private and wrap investment management platforms. Since returning from Australia, David has established his own consultancy providing governance and strategic planning services to a number of high profile clients including the NZ Government, Fidelity Life, Sovereign, the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Current private clients include Lifetime Group Ltd with over NZ1bn funds under management, Strategi Group -a leading tier 1 Private Education Provider in the financial services industry, and Brightsideco Insurance, a specialist general insurer. David is retained as the Chair of these companies David is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, has a postgraduate Masters Degree in Management from Massey University, and a postgraduate qualification in Corporate Governance from Waikato University. Spare time is taken up with golf, reading, and keeping a discrete eye on his grown-up tamariki.