Life members

Our six Consumer rights champions.

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

Pots Roberts

Pots joined Consumer in 1980 and held several roles with us. In 1990, she became our production coordinator, playing a key role in magazine design and photography.

Pots continued in this role until 2017, helping to ensure Consumer was produced on time and to a high standard.

Sue Chetwin

Sue sat at the helm of Consumer NZ as chief executive for 13 years from 2007 to 2020.

During that time, she oversaw the organisation’s research and test programme, publishing, campaigning and finances. She was also Consumer’s spokesperson and represented the organisation on several industry and government bodies.

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.

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