Who We Are
Michael Midgley - CEO
Michael graduated in law from the University of Canterbury and worked in private practice in Christchurch and Wellington before taking up a role as a lawyer in government. He then moved to senior management roles in commercial and professional publishing and was active in the introduction of digital production and delivery.
Michael has considerable experience in administration and marketing and is accustomed to working with voluntary organisations.
Michael was an active member of the Canterbury branch of the NZSA for some years and on its committee before being appointed as chief executive.
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.
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.
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. Flacks & Wong is independently recommended for Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 (a respected global legal directory). Daniel is in the elite tier of leading individuals for Corporate and M&A in that same directory.
As a corporate lawyer, Daniel regularly advises boards and executives on corporate governance matters.
- a Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra;
- a Trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation; and
- a Board Trustee of Kohia Terrace School (a decile 9, full-primary school in Epsom).
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 the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and NZ Asian Leaders (the leading professional organisation for Asian New Zealanders).