Life members

The Consumer Board grants life membership to people who have made an outstanding contribution to consumer rights.


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David Russell

David has been a lifelong champion of consumers. A staff member for 35 years, he played a major part in the development of the Consumer Guarantees Act and the Fair Trading Act during his 17 years as chief executive.

He was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for community service in 2007 and awarded an honorary PhD in commerce by Massey University in 2008.

Peter Sutton

Peter was assistant chief executive and research and testing manager of Consumer during his many years with the organisation.

After leaving to pursue other interests, Peter then served as a member of the Consumer Board from 2004 to 2010.

Rob Crozier

Rob has been a Consumer member for more than 35 years.

He served as a member of the Consumer Board from 2002 to 2012. He has also been Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Hamish Wilson

Hamish worked for Consumer for more than 20 years. He’s tested old technology like video recorders along with a steady stream of washing machines, fridges, dishwashers, TVs and DVD recorders.

Hamish was instrumental in developing closer partnerships with international partners – particularly with our sister organisation in Australia, Choice.