Before joining the Post Board, Dr Michael Cullen was a Member of Parliament. His political career spanned three decades, much of it in government. During that time he held a number of portfolios, and in particular was the Minister of Finance, and Attorney-General, and was Deputy Prime Minister for six years. Dr Cullen was also responsible for Treaty of Waitangi negotiations and the introduction of KiwiSaver.
Prior to entering politics, Dr Cullen gained a PhD. in Social and Economic History from the University of Edinburgh. From 1971 to 1981, he was a lecturer at Otago University and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University from 1975 to 1976.
Carol is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Carol is a director of The Business Advisory Group, a chartered accountancy practice where she advises privately owned businesses. Prior to that, Carol was a Partner at Ernst & Young for over 25 years. Carol has extensive financial experience and a sound understanding of efficient Board governance.
Carol holds a number of directorships across a broad spectrum of companies, including T & G Global, NZME, Kiwibank, Kingfish, Barramundi, Marlin Global and NPT. Carol is chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand.
Jackie has an extensive background in private and public organisations. She is currently a director and trustee of The Lion Foundation and the Wellington Museums Trust, an independent member of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee and State Services Commission Audit and Risk Committee, and a business advisor.
Jackie has a strong background in human resources, management and leadership. She previously served as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, and subsequently as a consultant and New Zealand country manager for Hewitt Associates and The Gallup Organisation. Jackie is a member of the Human Resources Institute of NZ and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.
Alan Dunn is a Director of Burger Fuel Worldwide Limited and Z Energy Limited until 2007. He spent 30 years with McDonald’s, holding senior international appointments including Chairman and CEO of McDonald’s New Zealand, Vice-President Operations at McDonald’s head office in Chicago, and regional Vice-President and Managing Director of McDonald’s Nordic region based in Sweden.
In addition to his strong business background, he has contributed to a variety of community and education organisations, including as Chairman of the Clean Up NZ Trust, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Foundation, the AUT School of Hotel and Restaurant Studies Advisory Committee and the AUT Mao¯ri Scholarship Committee, and as a Trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities. In 2001 he chaired the Government Task Force on Business Compliance Cost.
Julia brings a comprehensive range of commercial, financial, tax, regulatory and sustainability expertise, developed over the course of 20 years as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She retired from the PricewaterhouseCoopers partnership at the end of 2012 to pursue a full time governance career.
Julia is currently an independent director of Watercare Services, AWF Madison Group, The a2 Milk Company and Port of Tauranga, as well as a member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors. She is a member of the External Reporting Board Advisory Panel, former Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants' National Tax Committee and former member of the Statutory Panel appointed to review the Emissions Trading Scheme in 2011.
Richard brings 30 years experience across manufacturing, sales and marketing, governance and financial management in a range of industries, with a particular focus on providing investment advice to institutional clients. For the past three years Richard has been a full time director with positions on a number of government and sporting organisations.
Among his positions Richard is a Director of Tourism NZ, Education NZ, and Waterfront Auckland, Chair of the NZ Cycle Trail, and Director of Cycling NZ and SnowSports NZ.
Richard Dellabarca returned to New Zealand in 2015 after 14 years offshore in a variety of CEO, CFO and director positions in private equity backed ventures, capital markets, financial services and technology related opportunities. Prior to this, Richard was an investment banker, working in both New Zealand and Australia in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets.
Richard has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant.
Richard is currently Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, and a Board member for the New Zealand Rugby Union, the NZX listed Wynyard Group, Kea New Zealand and Solvency II Solutions, an insurance software business based in the United Kingdom. Zealand and Solvency II Solutions, an insurance software business based in the United Kingdom.
Richie Smith brings with him over 20 years of national and international executive leadership roles with an extensive background in agriculture. Previously Richie has served as the Chief Executive of companies such as the Farmside Group and GreenFields (CRT).
He currently holds directorships in a number of companies including Hilton Haulage Transport Group, SouthFuels Limited, Timaru District Holdings Limited and Ngai Tahu Farming. Previous directorships in a range of industries have included dairy, agriculture, telecommunications, technology and manufacturing. Richie has also previously held a Ministerial appointment to the South Canterbury District Health Board.
Prior to taking up his current position in January 2010 Brian was a senior partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has an extensive background and experience in strategy, transformation and people management.
Brian has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University) and is a Distinguished Alumni Victoria University. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA).
Jo Avenell joined the company in December 2012 and brought with her a wealth of experience designing corporate strategies, leading cultural change and transformation programmes, developing aligned HR strategies, and delivering enhanced employee engagement, productivity and performance.
Jo was most recently General Manager, Human Resources at Westpac and has held executive and senior HR roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand, and at Ernst & Young and Credit Suisse in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Janet joined the New Zealand Post Group in May 2013 as strategic advisor to the Chief Executive, having previously held a variety of roles in Telecom.
Janet has worked in private, SOE and government sectors, predominantly in the areas of Strategic Planning, Business Performance Management, Business/Investment Analysis, Finance and Leadership.
Malcolm Shaw joined the New Zealand Post Group in 2000, and in his role as Group Manager, Governance & Sustainability, is also Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. He has an extensive legal background, as Legal Counsel for Contact Energy and Assistant General Counsel for the New Zealand Dairy Board and as a lawyer for a number of firms both here and overseas.
Malcolm is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Ashley Smout was appointed to the new position of Group General Manager, Operations in November 2010 and is now the Group General Manager, Customer Engagement.
Ashley joined the New Zealand Post Group from Airways Corporation of New Zealand, where he was Chief Executive Officer for eight years. Before joining Airways Corporation in 1999, Ashley spent 10 years in general management roles with Schneider Electric, including positions in Australia and Singapore. He earlier held marketing and senior operational management roles in New Zealand’s industrial manufacturing sector.
Mark Stewart joined New Zealand Post in 2008 and has held leadership roles across the business – in the store network, mail operations, integration of our parcel (courier) and mail operations, and now as COO.
Prior to New Zealand Post, Mark worked in a number of management consulting roles, most notably with PA Consulting in London, United Kingdom, where he worked in private and public organisations across multiple industries to develop and implement customer and operational strategies to improve business performance.
David Walsh joined the Group in February 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, having previously held the position of General Manager Corporate and Finance at KiwiRail after his role as CFO was widened.
His professional background also includes Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Racing Board, and senior finance roles at Fonterra and TransAlta.