Who We Are
Oliver Mander - CEO
Oliver brings a broad suite of leadership and functional experience to the NZSA. Including strategic planning, implementation, technology & digital and finance functions. His strength is as a strategic thinker, focused on transformative solutions, developing and implementing business strategies so that they come to life for organisations. He believes that a strategy means nothing without delivery.
At heart – he loves to solve problems!
Oliver has previously worked for Wellington Water, Chorus and BP Group, with whom he had a long international career. He has had a long-held interest in NZ equity markets and investment, most recently appearing as a regular columnist in the NZ Herald. He is also the current chair of Wellington Repertory Theatre and a member of the Scout Youth Foundation Investment Committee.
Oliver lives in Wellington, is married to Gillian and is father and stepfather to three teenagers. He is excited to be starting as CEO, NZ Shareholders’ Association and is looking forward to maintaining the strong reputation that NZSA has created amongst the retail investor community.
Andrew Reding - Chair
Andrew was elected as Chair of NZSA in November 2020. Previously, Andrew was Chair of the Auckland branch as well as being a director on the NZSA board. 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.
Samantha Sharif - Deputy Chair
Samantha was elected as Deputy Chair of NZSA in November 2020. Samantha is a professional director and investor with 20 years of experience in governance, CEO and leadership roles in NZ, Australia and globally, including significant experience leading industry associations with a member-centric mission - similar to NZSA. She has been a member of NZSA for a number of years and looks forward to contributing to its future success.
Current board roles include:
- Motor Trades Association Group - Sole Independent Director, Chair Audit & Risk Committee, Member Investment Committee
- NZ Institute of Safety Management - Independent Director and former Chair
- Flirtey Ltd - NZ Director and NZ Country Lead
- NZ Standards Approval Board - Member
- Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) - Director
- Institute of Directors - Wellington Branch Committee
She has post-graduate qualifications in finance, law and governance and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She won the first IOD Wellington Aspiring Director Award in 2005 and was selected for IOD's Mentoring for Diversity Programme.
Samantha also has a First Class Honours Degree in Law and has practised as a senior commercial lawyer in NZ, Australia and the UK.
Chris Curlett - Secretary/Treasurer
Chris is a founding member of the NZSA and its Board filling the roles of 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.
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.
Matthew is a Chartered Accountant, in public practice in Wellington since 2002. Prior to that he held interesting roles over a number of years in the Treasury side of Banking, Retail Banking, Finance, Sharebroking, Project Management, Process Management and consulting, including IT consulting. This has included working in a diverse range of organizations in setting strategy, getting organised and achieving results.
Matthew believes in contributing to the community and has done so in a wide range of voluntary organisations over the years. Being a founding member of the NZSA and the Wellington Branch he has seen the NZSA grow from a fledging Association to one that contributes to the financial stability of the individual and New Zealand as a whole.
Martin Hawes is an Authorised Financial Advisor and lives in Christchurch. He has written over 20 books including Family Trusts – A New Zealand Guide and Twenty Good Summers. As well as working as a financial adviser, Martin is a Director of variable annuity provider Lifetime income, Chair of the Summer KiwiSaver Investment Committee, and is a member of the Code Committee for Financial Advisers. Martin is a speaker at conferences and gatherings around the country and frequently makes comment in the media. He is long-term member of NZSA.
Jerry He - Board Associate
Since its creation, Jerry is Chairman and Board Member of the Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition (AMTC). The AMTC is a coalition set up in 2016 to help MSMEs to trade more across borders, facilitate their internationalization through more permissible trade policies and serve as a data repository for the common challenges faced by MSMEs.
Jerry is the former Deputy Convenor of The Small Business Council & Small Business Development Group (SBDP), which advises the New Zealand Government on issues affecting SMEs and helps government agencies communicate more effectively with them. In his position as the Chairman of the New Zealand Green Industry Association, Jerry also receives regular trade updates and speaks with CIQ officials from Chinese Customs. Jerry also advises New Zealand Asia Initiative, Business School University of Auckland on Asian topics.
Jerry is founder of Olivia Premium, Sales Director at New Zealand Green Wave Limited, the Chairman of the New Zealand Green Industry Association and a Director at Feel Good Corporation. Olivia Premium Food aims to provide 100% NZ made products to children all around the world at reasonable prices. Over the years, 65% of their trade has been made through eCommerce and Wechat channels, involving major players from China.
Grayson Cobb - Board Associate
Grayson joined the New Zealand Shareholders Association as an associate director in July 2020.
Born and raised in the United States, Grayson completed her undergraduate degree in marketing and communication management at Trinity University, Texas. She immigrated to New Zealand in 2012 and found her professional niche in health media. Grayson recently completed a post-graduate diploma in business from the University of Auckland and is thrilled to contribute to the business community through NZSA.