Board of directors
Chair, Independent Director, CNZM, BCA, Diploma of Accounting, FCA (CA ANZ)
Chris Moller has been on the Meridian Board since May 2009 and was appointed Chair in January 2011. Chris also serves on the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee. Chris has extensive experience in New Zealand and international business at both director and executive levels. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Rugby Union and co-led New Zealand’s successful bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2011. His 15-year career in the dairy industry included roles as Deputy Chief Executive of Fonterra and Chief Financial Officer of the New Zealand Dairy Board.
Chris is currently a director of Westpac New Zealand Limited. Previously he was chair of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited the NZ Transport Agency and New Zealand Cricket. Chris is also a former director of NZX Limited, Synlait Limited, the International Cricket Council, Cricket World Cup 2015 Limited, the International Rugby Board, Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited (which entered into voluntary liquidation following the conclusion of Rugby World Cup 2011) and National Foods (Pty) Limited.
Deputy Chair, Independent Director, MNZM, CA (CAANZ)
Peter Wilson joined the Meridian Board in May 2011. Peter is a Chartered Accountant and business consultant, and was formerly a partner of Ernst & Young and previously Chairman of Westpac New Zealand Limited. He has extensive experience in banking, business establishment, problem resolution, asset sales and management of change functions. Peter has been involved in companies undertaking capital-raising activities and has wide-ranging governance experience in the public market, in the private sector and with Crown-owned entities.
Peter serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and is currently Chair of Arvida Group Limited. Past directorships include Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited, the Colonial Motor Company Limited, Westpac Banking Corporation and P F Olsen Limited.
Independent Director, BE (Hons), BBS, MMGT, FIPENZ
Mark Cairns joined the Meridian Board in July 2012. He currently serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. Mark has extensive experience in port operations and transportation. He has been Chief Executive of NZX-listed Port of Tauranga Limited since 2005. Prior to joining Port of Tauranga Limited, he was Chief Executive of C 3 Limited (formerly Toll Owens Limited) for five years, following his role as General Manager (Central) at Fulton Hogan Limited.
Mark is Chair of Quality Marshalling (Mount Maunganui) Limited and is a director of Coda Group Limited, Northport Limited and Port of Tauranga Trustee Company Limited. Mark has also previously held director roles in PrimePort Timaru Limited, C 3 Limited and Tapper Transport Limited.
Independent Director, CNZM, BCom, FCA (CAANZ), FINSTD
Jan Dawson joined the Meridian Board in November 2012. Jan is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Jan is Chair of Westpac New Zealand, Deputy Chair of Air New Zealand Limited and a director of AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited. Jan is a professional independent director. She was previously the Chair and Chief Executive of KPMG New Zealand, following a career spanning 30 years specialising in audit and accounting services in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.
She is a Vice President of World Sailing and a Councillor of the University of Auckland. Jan was previously President of Yachting New Zealand and a director of Beca Group, Goodman Fielder Limited and Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Independent Director, ONZM, BCom, MBA, CMinstD
Mary joined the Meridian Board in May 2010 and is Chair of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee. Mary has extensive experience in omni-channel retail, strategy and brand marketing. She has had an extensive governance career over the past 10 years, serving on a number of significant entities. More recently Mary has returned to an executive career as Managing Director of Hallenstein Glassons Limited, having previously held executive roles within the retail industry.
Mary is currently a director of Hallenstein Glassons, Foodstuffs South Island Limited and Foodstuffs NZ Limited. Previously Mary was a Director of IAG NZ limited; Christchurch City Holdings Limited and Briscoe Group Limited.
Independent Director, BA, MBA, MPA (Harvard)
Anake Goodall joined the Meridian Board in May 2011 and serves on the Safety and Sustainability Committee. Anake has diverse management and governance experience, including being a union delegate in the meat industry and a founding director of the Makarewa Credit Union, holding various executive roles in community-based organisations, and being an adviser to the Government and iwi. In past executive roles he served as Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and was before that responsible for managing all aspects of Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty settlement process.
Anake is a past Chair of the Ākina Foundation, and Chairs the Hillary Institute of International Leadership, Seed The Change | He Kākano Hāpai, and EKOS. He is also a Trustee of The Gift Trust and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury. Anake is a New Zealand Harkness Fellow
Independent Director, LLB, CFInstD
Mark Verbiest joined the Meridian Board in March 2017.
Mark is an experienced company director, currently serving on the boards of several major companies and organisations, including: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited (Director), Freightways Limited (Chairman), Willis Bond Capital Partners Limited (Chairman), and the Advisory Board to New Zealand Treasury (Member). He is also a former board member of the Financial Markets Authority and former Chairman of both Spark New Zealand Limited and Transpower New Zealand Limited.
Mark has had significant involvement and experience in the energy and technology sectors, as well the capital markets, in a variety of guises, over many years.