The Otago Business School's Board of Advisors provides an opportunity for business professionals (particularly Otago alumni) to contribute to the future direction of the School.
As part of the Otago Business School's commitment to close engagement with the wider community, the Board serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas between business executives and academics as they relate to advancing business education and research.
Please see below for an overview of the Board of Advisors’ functions and a short biography of each current Board member.
Current Taumata members
- Dr Sue Bidrose (Chief Executive Officer, Dunedin City Council)
- Sir Eion Edgar (Chairman Hawaiki Cable)
- Martin Enright (COO Ngāti Paoa Group Investments Ltd)
- Jonathon Gray J (CEO, Southwest Academic Health Science Network, UK)
- Duncan Hawkesby (Company Director)
- Gretchen Hawkesby (Vice Chair, Starship Foundation Board)
- Craig Stobo (Independent Director)
- Vanessa Stoddart (Independent Director)
Dr Sue Bidrose
Chief Executive Officer, Dunedin City Council
Sue started working in local government in Waitakere, Auckland, in 2005 after some years working in central government, primarily as a researcher, policy-maker and operations manager in the Ministry of Social Development. Her career has included time in the not-for-profit sector, and in the public sector. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, the USA, South Africa and the UK. Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Dunedin City Council in November 2013, Sue was the General Manager Services and Development at Dunedin City Council.
She completed her undergrad study at the University of Otago in 1992 and also attained her psychology doctorate there. Since being appointed Chief Executive Officer, she has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Sue has a passion for local government, and for promoting the ethics of public service.
Sir Eion Edgar
Chairman Hawaiki Cable
Sir Eion has extensive corporate experience in New Zealand, currently being Chairman of the Forsyth Barr Group Ltd, Edgar Olympic Foundation, NZ Dementia Prevention Trust, Queenstown Resort College and the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust. He is a Director of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon and a Life Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and Patron of Diabetes NZ, NZ Football Foundation, NZ Sports Hall of Fame, Queenstown Trails Trust and ShelterBox NZ. Sir Eion was formerly Chancellor of the University of Otago, Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He was also formerly a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Commission and Vero Insurance, and has been inducted to the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2004.
COO Ngāti Paoa Group Investments Ltd
Martin is COO for Ngāti Paoa Group Investments Ltd. He is involved in Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and in securing and developing a range of assets for the Ngāti Paoa Iwi in the Tāmaki-Makaurau region.
Martin’s currently involved in several tech start-ups in the banking and disabled education sectors. He is a board member of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and its Pacific subsidiaries and is chair of its Finance Audit & Risk Committee. He was formerly chair of Inspiring Stories Trust, a board member of Show Me Shorts Film Festival and Crosspower NZ, an Otara-based charity providing youth support in South Auckland. Martin also sits on the advisory panel of Otago University’s Auckland Alumni Chapter.
Martin has been active in advising local start-ups since returning to NZ in 2013, including on behalf of Callaghan Innovation. He has lectured and mentored on entrepreneurship and business matters for the last 18 years at universities in Australia and NZ. He has multiple degrees and is a qualified lawyer in several jurisdictions with particular expertise in business development, contracting, licensing and IP matters. He also has considerable commercial and not-for-profit board experience, having served on the boards of 18 companies, JVs and NGOs.
After graduating from Otago, Martin kicked off as a banking and finance lawyer in Sydney. This led to 25 years’ experience in deal making and strategy development, start-ups, partnerships and governance via senior operating roles in listed corporates and professional service firms (including Warner Bros., SKY TV, TAB Ltd, Telstra, Arthur Anderson, Westpac, Herbert Smith Freehills and Minter Ellison), start-ups and NGOs. He has worked in NZ, Australia, Asia, India, the Pacific and Hollywood. He has closed multiple billions in new deal revenues and secured financing transactions, and successfully launched new products and start-ups here and overseas.
Martin is a third generation graduate from Otago University along with three of his four brothers. His family is originally from sunny Central Otago.
CEO, Southwest Academic Health Science Network, UK
Professor Jonathon Gray joined the SW AHSN as Chief Executive on 1 October 2017. Jonathon is a passionate leader and brings significant experience as a clinician and an academic, an executive team member, and a director of local, national and international improvement and innovation.
Most recently, Jonathon established and led Ko Awatea (Maori for ‘First Light’), an institute for health system innovation and improvement in South Auckland, New Zealand. Jonathon trained as a clinical geneticist, as a public health practitioner with a Master in Public Health from Harvard, and as an improvement leader, through a Health Foundation Quality Improvement fellowship based at Boston with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Jonathon grew up in North Yorkshire, among steel works and the chemical industry, and was a beneficiary of a compassionate welfare state. He remains passionate about equity and a vision of establishing ‘great care everywhere’, not just in pockets.
Duncan gained a BCom from Otago University, majoring in marketing. In his final year at Otago, Duncan was accepted into the Lion Nathan Graduate Programme where he worked for two years. Duncan then acquired Nature’s Oven, a food manufacturing business, which he successfully grew before divesting it to Goodman Fielder.
Following this Duncan acquired Fliway Group Limited, where he has been the Managing Director since 2006. Fliway is a transport and logistics business, employing 400 people across New Zealand. It was listed in April 2015 on the NZX, and in 2018 it was acquired by a Singaporean based multi-national.
Married to Gretchen, with four children, Duncan currently lives in Auckland.
Vice Chair, Starship Foundation Board
Gretchen gained a BCom majoring in Marketing from Otago University in 1996.
Following Otago, she worked for Delmaine Foods, and then Caltex before joining her husband Duncan in their food manufacturing business, Nature’s Oven.
Gretchen joined Duncan at their next business, Fliway Group, shortly after having their fourth child in 2007. Gretchen then made the decision in 2009 to leave Fliway and concentrate on her work at the Starship Foundation. Gretchen was Chair of the Friends of Starship from 2009-2013 raising over $1.6 million for the Starship Foundation. After stepping down from the Friends of Starship, Gretchen has remained a committed trustee on the board of the Starship Foundation and has been the Vice Chair since 2014.
Gretchen is also involved in fund-raising at Auckland Boys Grammar school, for their Academic Endowment Fund and was heavily involved with a number of capital-raising projects at St Cuthbert’s College.
Gretchen is married to Duncan and they have 4 children ranging from 11 -16 years of age.
Craig was educated at Waitaki Boys High School (Milner Prize), Otago University (BA Hons First Class in Economics), and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (Advanced Management Programme).
He has worked as a diplomat for the New Zealand and Australian Governments; as an economist for DFC/Zealcorp; as an interest rates products manager for Bankers Trust NZ; and as CEO and Executive Vice President for BT Funds Management NZ Ltd after leading its establishment in 1992.
He chaired the Government’s Review of the Taxation of Investment Income in 2004, which lead to the PIE tax regime, which underpins the managed funds (including Kiwisaver superannuation) industry. He has also chaired the Government review of financial services exports in 2010; and chaired the Establishment Board of the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) prior to its incorporation in December 2011.LGFA is now the largest NZD bond issuer after the NZ Government.
Currently he provides corporate advisory services to domestic and global clients. He also has private equity and directorship interests in businesses including global equity investor Elevation Capital Management; national investment advisory firm Saturn Portfolio Management; oyster farmer and exporter Biomarine Ltd; and specialist Bannockburn grape grower Legend Terrace Ltd.
Vanessa is currently an Independent Director for Alliance Group, NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Financial Markets Authority. She chairs various Remuneration and Nomination Committees. She was previously Group General Manager of Technical Operations and People at Air New Zealand for almost ten years and a key driver of the cultural transformation at the airline. Vanessa joined Air New Zealand from Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia, where she was the Chief Executive.
Vanessa is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Directors; an honorary fellow of HRINZ, a Companion of IPENZ a member of MBIE and DOC’s audit and risk committee and Business NZ’s representative on the NZDFESC. She is also currently Chair of the Global Women Board and a member of the Kings College Board.