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Board chair. CEO of Big Buddy, a social agency working with volunteer mentors. Richard comes from a business background in IT (for large corporates), and marketing. He's been on school boards and the occasional government panel. He's particularly interested in harnessing the internet power of consumers to give feedback – both good and bad – to the commercial world.
First elected to the Board in 2010.
Deputy chair. Sue Kedgley is a consumer and safe food advocate and writer, and a Wellington Regional Councillor. She is an elected member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board and the UN Women New Zealand Board. She was a Member of Parliament for 12 years and chaired Parliament's Health Select committee for 3 years. She is the author of six books including Eating Safely in a Toxic World.
First elected to the Board in 2013.
Ann is an elected member of the Far North District Council (15 years) holding the Regulatory and Environment portfolios. She chairs the Licensing Committee, is a representative to Local Government New Zealand Zone One, Regional Council Environmental Management and Regional Land Transport Committee. She has also been a Trustee of Top Energy Consumer Trust for 12 years.
First elected to the Board in 2015.
Jon heads Trust and Safety at Trade Me, New Zealand’s largest online market place. Previously he was a Senior Investigator at the Commerce Commission and led the investigation of GlaxoSmithKline for misrepresenting Vitamin C in Ribena. Jon also led the Complaints and Investigations team at the Real Estate Agents Authority and is a Netsafe NZ Board member.
First elected to the Board in 2014.
A pharmacist who owns pharmacies in Dunedin and Ranfurly. Has worked for the National Poisons Centre, in hospitals as a clinical pharmacist and drug information pharmacist. Paul is on various national pharmaceutical organisations including the Pharmaceutical Society, College of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Guild and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
First elected to the Board in 2012.
Marie has long experience of governance including board membership: Equal Opportunities Trust (joint business/government body); International Board of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration; also governance and leadership of the Office of (most recently) the Privacy Commissioner and the Cabinet Office. She has been a member of Consumer New Zealand since the 1970s.
First elected to the Board in 2014.
Kate is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. Her area of teaching is consumer law and policy. She is the author of academic articles and chapters in books on consumer law and policy issues. Her publications cover topics such as online auctions, consumer guarantees, tobacco regulation, unfair contract terms and responsible lending obligations.
First elected to the Board in 2017.
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