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.
Tony Mitchell - Chair
Tony’s career began following his graduation from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor in Management, Marketing & Accounting. After rising to the top of Nielsen New Zealand, he then spent five years in the UK with the organisation before moving back to home in 2011 where he has worked in various roles in both a governance and executive capacity.
Tony is the current CEO of the Marketing Association, Chair of Cycling New Zealand and sits on the global board for the UCI. Tony brings strong commercial skills to take the NZSA into its next chapter.
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.
John Hawkins - Immediate Past Chairman
John 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 Chairman of the NZSA, a position he retained until April 2019 when he retired from the role. He has agreed to remain a Director until the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
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.
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.
Andrew is on the Auckland committee and is the chairman. He is also 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.
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).
Jeannette was raised and educated in Otara. She is of Scottish and Maori heritage and a descendant of Ngati Maru.
Jeannette started her career working as a shorthand typist, and while working both full and part time she undertook tertiary education and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She continued her studies and obtained an MBA.
Jeannette has worked in the UK, Australia and in New Zealand as a Management Consultant with special interests in large scale IT projects and the Health Sector. Jeannette has also worked as a part time lecturer for AUT.
Jeannette and her husband currently run their own business in Auckland and she personally manages their own investment portfolio. In her spare time, she assists charities and is extremely passionate about giving back to the community.
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.