Who We Are
John Hawkins - Chairman
John is a semi-retired businessman. Originally qualifying with a Diploma in Optometry from Auckland University, he spent ten years in private practise, eight of these as a partner. He then spent 23 years as MD of a start-up niche manufacturing business, growing this to the number two position in Australasia before selling in 2004.
He joined the NZSA in 2005, and was Auckland Branch Chair in 2009. After being invited to join the National Board of the NZSA, he took the role of Strategic Liaison Director with a brief to build professional relationships between the NZSA, government and other groups involved in corporate governance and the capital markets arena.
In July 2010 he was elected National Chairman of the NZSA following the resignation of Bruce Sheppard.
John is a director of a significant private property company, a committee member of the Westhaven Marina Users Association and former committee member of the Omaha Beach Residents Society. When time and weather permit, he enjoys sailing the Hauraki Gulf.
Chris Curlett - Secretary/Treasurer
Chris is a founding member of the NZSA and its Board filling the roles of Deputy Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. He has a strong interest in fostering improved corporate behaviour and accountability to company owners i.e. shareholders. With a philosophy of "get the basics right and the company will grow for the good of all" (including New Zealand as a whole) he believes executives (not just Directors) should be responsible for their results both good and bad and be accountable for these.
Chris has a background in commerce, Intellectual Property, new ventures and has worked in New Zealand and overseas.
Grant Diggle CA; FCIS; ANZIM - Research/Governance
Grant has over 35 years experience in governance, management, sales and marketing, production, finance and accounting. He has worked in both for profit and not for profit sectors. He has experience in both New Zealand organisations and large international corporations.
He began his career at the ASB Bank and then tempted by an opportunity to work in the motor industry, given his interest in motor sports, he joined NZMC Ltd the distributor for a number of manufacturers, as a financial and management accountant. Keen to further his career overseas he and his wife Glennis moved to the UK where he initially worked as a financial contractor to a number of businesses before joining Ricard Porter a firm of chartered accountants. He was engaged in a wide range of work from audits to account preparation and business advice to a large portfolio of clients across all business sectors.
On his return to New Zealand he was asked to rejoin NZMC Ltd and undertook a number of assignments as internal auditor and financial accountant. Grant expressed an interest in operations management and sales and marketing so he was given the opportunity to manage the retail and sales operations. He then moved to managing the warehouse and distribution function for NZMC Ltd.
Following the decision by Honda Motor Co. to take control of the Honda agency Grant was asked to join Honda and in the style of Japanese corporations undertook a number of roles across the company. He then moved to the retail sales operation of Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand for a period.
Deciding on a change of career Grant took the role of Chief Executive of Chartered Secretaries, the New Zealand Division of ICSA International. This long established global governance body qualifies people to govern across all sectors from government to public listed companies and private companies and the voluntary sectors. In this role Grant was responsible for the education programme, promotion of good governance, advocacy to government and its agencies and the support of members. He undertook research in governance and wrote a number of papers and articles that have been published both in New Zealand and internationally.
More recently Grant has undertaken governance assignments such as Board Secretary to the Royal Foundation of the Blind and advising the Parkinsons Society of New Zealand.
Grant is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries New Zealand and an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He is also a past President of Chartered Secretaries New Zealand. Grant is a member of the Board of the New Zealand Shareholders Association and the Board of the British New Zealand Business Association.
Grant is married with two adult children and lives in Auckland. His interests include politics and governance in general, classic motor vehicles, sport especially all forms of motorsport, old English architecture and gardens.
Gayatri Jaduram - Legal
Gayatri has been on the New Zealand Shareholders Association board since 2010.
She is a lawyer based in Auckland with over 25 years legal experience working in a large national law firm, a medium sized firm, a small partnership and had two short stints working in-house. She has a law degree and a Masters in Commercial Law, both from Auckland University.
She is also a Referee of the Disputes Tribunal at Auckland.
She has an extensive range of skills and interest in consumer law, commercial law, banking and financial services law, insolvency law and the new financial markets law. She has diverse experience across a number of other roles, including as a board member of not-for profit organisations (such as the Australian Banking & Financial Services Law Association Inc. and the Mount Albert Grammar School Board of Trustees), community groups, various law society committees and as a panel member on the Financial Markets Authority Consumer Advisory Panel.
As a member of the Legal and Regulatory subcommittee of the New Zealand Shareholders Association, Gayatri has been heavily involved in the new legislation, market rules and guidelines on New Zealand’s new financial markets conduct regime, writing submissions, appearing before the Commerce Select Committee and working with various regulatory and other government bodies.
Gayatri also very active in other areas of law reform including the Credit Contract and Financial Services Law Reform Bill, the criminalisation of directors’ duties under the Companies and Limited Partnership Amendment Bill and the Consumer Law Reform Bill. She has prepared and presented numerous seminars over the years.
Andrew has been the Auckland committee chairman for the last 3 years, and was co-opted on to the NZSA Board in June this year. Andrew has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Born in the UK, he held a succession of senior roles in Europe before relocating to New Zealand in 1995. Andrew held a range of positions at Fletcher Building culminating as CEO of the Building Products and Steel Group from 2001-2006. He subsequently held two senior CEO roles simultaneously at Rank Group. Andrew now does consulting work as well as pursuing his own private interests. Andrew is Auckland based.
I am a long term supporter of the NZSA and founding member of the Canterbury branch, being on the committee for eight of the last nine years.
Coming from a business background having had a major interest in a chemicals and plastics manufacturing distributing company I will be able to bring a sound commercial background to the NZSA along with being able to present a branch perspective to the national board.
Max has been an active investor in shares for over 40 years.
Martin Watson joined the NZ Shareholders Association Board in July 2012.
Martin has a background in agricultural science and agribusiness. He was formerly employed with Dow AgroSciences, for 17 years, in a range of research, commercial and strategic management roles in New Zealand and Australia.
Martin started investing in equities in the 1980s and has been actively involved in company analysis and investment ever since. In 2000 Martin made the decision to follow his passion and become a full time investor. Subsequent to this he established MJW Funds Management Ltd, a boutique financial service provider, building portfolios for separately managed accounts, focused on listed investments in New Zealand and Australia.
Martin is actively involved in a wide range of community and sporting groups. Martin has been activities coordinator for Waikato Branch NZ Shareholders Association since 2010.
Daniel Wong - Legal
Daniel is a co-founder and Director of Flacks & Wong Limited, a specialist corporate law firm based in Auckland. As a corporate lawyer, Daniel has:
- extensive experience advising listed and private companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups on a broad range of high-value corporate, capital markets and commercial transactions (including IPOs, private equity raisings, sales of businesses, joint ventures and shareholders’ arrangements);
- led teams of lawyers to successfully complete complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions; and
- co-presented (with one other) the two-day NZ Law Society “Introduction to Company Law” workshop to approximately 50 participants in each year since 2012.
Prior to forming Flacks & Wong, Daniel practised as a corporate lawyer for over 12 years in one of the world’s leading international law firms (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, in London) and one of New Zealand’s leading law firms (Bell Gully, in both Auckland and Wellington).
Daniel is actively involved, and interested in, governance through membership of:
- the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra;
- the Board of Trustees of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation;
- the Board of Trustees of Kohia Terrace School (a decile 9, full-primary school in Epsom), as well as its Asset Management Committee;
- the Auckland District Law Society Technology and Law Committee; and
- the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
As a corporate lawyer, Daniel regularly advises boards and executives on corporate governance matters.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (majoring in finance and management) from the Victoria University of Wellington.
Daniel is a member of NZ Asian Leaders, the leading professional organisation for Asian New Zealanders.