This year there are 3 vacancies on our board and if you're a paying member you get to help decide who should fill them.

Paying online members will receive an email with an online ballot form during the coming week, while magazine subscribers will receive their ballot form with our latest issue. If you don’t receive either, please contact us or download a ballot form here (295 KB).

All paying members at the time voting closes at 5pm Tuesday 6 June 2017 are invited to vote for up to 3 candidates. Please choose 1 voting method only – by email link or by post.

The candidates are:

Guy Alexander, Auckland

“I’m an advocate for consumer rights (particularly the younger generation). With a strong commercial background and not-for-profit experience, I’m confident I have the skills and passion to contribute strongly to the goals of Consumer NZ. The marketplace continues to evolve with an increasing number of online and technology-based players changing the way Kiwis buy. Consumer NZ bridges the knowledge gap by helping New Zealanders understand their rights in a forever-changing landscape.”

Born and raised in Northland, Guy is Auckland-based. He heads Strategic Partnerships at Xero. He has sat on the boards of CanTeen, Child Cancer Foundation, and Volunteering Auckland, and is involved with Rotary Auckland. He is an Institute of Directors member.

Tony Blackett, Auckland

“I’m an experienced manager in the NGO sector and CEO in the disability field (ImagineBetter and AccessAbility). My background spans environmental issues, human rights and disability; I welcome the opportunity to bring this experience to the work of the Board of Consumer NZ.”

Tony is CEO of ImagineBetter and AccessAbility, agencies that work for a world where disabled people can dream big and live well. He works with disabled people and their families towards living a good life. His career has been as a senior manager in the NGO sector focusing on human rights and environmental issues. He has worked for Red Cross, Greenpeace International and Deaf Aotearoa.

Paul Brislen, Auckland

My experience as both a journalist and corporate representative will, I hope, enable me to add value to the Consumer Board. I believe my roles with the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Service and Telecommunications Users Association will also be of service.”

Paul is a public relations consultant and has worked in media (PR and journalism) for 20 years. He has run a newsroom and a team of communications professionals. He ran the Telecommunications Users Association for several years and also held a council position on the Telecommunications Dispute Resolution service. He has helped develop media engagement plans (both mainstream and social media) for a number of clients.

John Duffy, Wellington (sitting member)

“My career has been almost exclusively focused on consumer protection in both the public and private sectors. I am particularly interested in consumer issues arising from the transition to the digital world and helping Consumer NZ remain relevant, and useful to New Zealanders in this changing environment.”

Jon is a member of the Consumer NZ Board. He has headed Trust & Safety at Trade Me for seven years. He is responsible for regulating the largest online marketplace in New Zealand. Prior to this, Jon was a senior investigator at the Commerce Commission, then ran the Complaints and Investigations team at the Real Estate Agents Authority. He is also deputy chair of Netsafe.

Darryl Evans, Waikato

“As chief executive of Mangere Budgeting Services Trust, I have a range of managerial and governance experience. I bring to this role experience in management, governance and advocacy on consumer issues and people’s rights.”

Darryl is CEO of Mangere Budgeting Services Trust, which offers budgeting and family support services. He has been a director and trustee of the Aotearoa Credit Union for three years. He has been a board member of various NGOs, including: Associated Budgeting Consultants (chair); and the Tuakau Youth Centre (chair) for two years. He was recently appointed to the interim Board of a new national entity being set up within Financial Capability Services in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development.

Kate Morrison, Wellington

"Responsibility for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of breaches of consumer law at the Commerce Commission has given me a valuable and unique perspective, and an extensive understanding of consumer protection law. I am an experienced board member, committed to good governance and enthusiastic about making a significant contribution to Consumer NZ.”

As Commerce Commission general manager for six years, Kate oversaw many consumer protection initiatives, including consumer and trader education, enforcement and legislative reform. She has held executive directorships at investment banks overseas. Kate is a member of the Cancer Society Board, an Institute of Directors member, and chair of the Ethics Committee for the Fundraising Institute.

Marie Shroff, Wellington (sitting member)

“I will work to increase Consumer NZ’s relevance for consumers, raise member involvement, and strengthen our financial support through the Consumer Foundation. If re-elected I can make a strong contribution to the Board from my wide and continuing experience in consumer and public rights. I have a proven record for sensible and balanced leadership in our rapidly changing commercial and digital environments.”

Marie is a member of the Consumer NZ Board, chair of the Consumer Foundation, member of the Press Council, chair of the Privacy Foundation, and a member of a professional IT governance taskforce. She held the independent position of Privacy Commissioner from 2003 to 2014. Before that she was head of the Cabinet Office for 16 years

Kate Tokeley, Napier

“I am a university academic who is an expert in consumer law. I am the editor and co-author of Consumer Law in New Zealand and have written numerous articles on consumer law and policy. I can contribute my expertise, my analytical thinking skills, and my passion for consumer welfare to helping consumers get a fair deal.”

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.

Continuing Board members

Our 4 continuing members are:

  • Richard Aston - CEO of Big Buddy, Auckland
  • Sue Kedgley - Local body politician and former Green MP, Wellington
  • Paul Larson – Pharmacist, Dunedin
  • Ann Court – Councillor, Far North District Council, Kerikeri

Election results

The successful candidates will be appointed for a 3-year term starting in June 2017. The results of the election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting to be held at 1pm on Friday 30 June 2017 at Consumer NZ, Level 1, 204 Thorndon Quay, Wellington. All current paying members are invited to attend. The results will also be published in our magazine and online.