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.
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.
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.
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.
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.