Other Board Members
Greg Mann (Director) has over 20 years of management experience in organisations that conduct research and develop and market valuable new products, services and technologies globally. Currently, he is the General Manager of ArborGen Australasia. ArborGen is the leading global supplier of conventional and advanced genetic tree seedlings to the forestry sector. Greg has a BSc (Hons) from Victoria University and has completed executive training programmes at Darden Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stana Pezic (Director) has over 25 years’ experience in financial management, general management, business planning and strategy, process change and information systems spanning a broad range of industries including forestry and wood processing. She is currently General Manager – Retail Finance for Genesis Energy. Her previous governance roles include Plant and Food Research Ltd and Kaipara District Council. Ms Pezic is a chartered accountant and has a BCom and DipBus from Auckland University.
Dr Jon Ryder (Director) is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) - Pulp, Paper and Packaging and is directly responsible for all activities of these businesses: health safety and environment, EBIT, manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing and strategic development. Jon has gained over 30 years’ experience in the forestry, pulp and paper business. Jon’s interest in the industry started from his biochemistry degree from Manchester University and then a PhD from UMIST in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing. His career has spanned international boundaries starting in the United Kingdom in technical and production management of fine coated papers mills, in New Zealand with packaging paper manufacturing at Kinleith and then pulp mill management experience at Tasman. He also managed the Pulp and Paper Mills in Australia as well as sales and marketing functions for Australian Papers. Jon returned to New Zealand in 2012 to take up the challenge as CEO of the business formerly known as Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging. The name changed to Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) in November 2015 following the sale of the business on 1 December 2014 to a joint venture between Oji Holdings and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ).
Steve Wilson (Director) was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to industry, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Life Member of Plastics New Zealand. His other current roles include Chairman, Holmes Solutions LP, and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Product Accelerator. Mr Wilson is a graduate mechanical engineer (BE 1st Class, Canterbury). He has had over 40 years’ experience as a CEO of companies primarily in the engineering, garment and plastics industries. He has had a diverse range of governance roles on boards of technology companies, venture capital companies and of manufacturing exporters.
Brendon Green (Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāpuhi) (Director) is the founder of Kaitiaki Advisory Limited and holds board positions with Watercare, Tainui Kawhia Incorporation, Workforce Development Council Waihanga Ara Rau (Construction and Infrastructure) and Hiringa Energy Limited. He has served as chair for Tainui Kawhia Incorporation and Tirohia Landfill Generation Joint Venture. Brendon is co-chair of the Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group, is a member of Taumata Aronui that advises the government around education for Māori, holds the position of Maangai Māori on Waikato District Council’s Infrastructure Committee and is a tribal member of Waikato Tainui’s Te Whakakitenga o Waikato. He has held technical and commercial roles with the NZ Dairy Board, Contact Energy, General Electric (Mexico and the US) and Mercury in developing its renewable energy portfolio under Mighty River Power. Brendon holds a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology.
Dr Melinda Webber (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu) (12-month Future Director) is Te Tumu, Deputy Dean and Professor of Māori Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. She was nominated for this role by the trustees of Ngā Hapū e Toru - Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Taeotu and Ngāti Te Kahu. The role will see Dr Webber participate in Board meetings as an observer. The role is not an official Cabinet appointment. A Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar and recipient of a Marsden Fast-Start grant and Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, Dr Webber’s research examines the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students.