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Investment Advisory Panel

The Investment Advisory Panel is responsible for using their expertise and judgement to advise on decisions about the allocation of PGP co-investments, to help ensure that PGP investments are able to achieve the aims of economic growth and sustainability.

In addition, applicants will also report to the Panel (if successful at each stage) on the development of their business plan and the progress on their co-investment programme.

Joanna Perry, Chair

Joanna Perry is a full time non executive director. She is deputy chair of Genesis Energy and independent director of Trade Me, Kiwi Income Property, The Co-operative Bank, Partners Life, Sports New Zealand and Rowing New Zealand. She is also board adviser to Tainui Group Holdings and a member of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee. A Chartered Accountant, Joanna was a KPMG partner for 17 years, chaired the Financial Reporting Standards Board and was a member of the Securities Commission. 

Sir Maarten Wevers

Sir Maarten Wevers is a former Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Lange, High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and Ambassador to Japan. Sir Maarten also served in the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels, focussing on trade and economic policy to support the export ambitions of New Zealand firms. He was also the Chair of the APEC Senior Officials' Meeting, General Manager of Government Business at New Zealand Post, and served as Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004 to 2012. In 2012 he was appointed Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in September 2013, he co-Chaired the fourth Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum.

Sharon Hunter 

Sharon Hunter is a well-known business woman and co-founded PC Direct, New Zealand’s largest and most successful home grown computer company. She is a popular public speaker on the topics of leadership, brand creation and marketing. Of recent times Mrs Hunter has become involved in the non-profit sector, taking a particularly active role on behalf of the Robin Hood Foundation where she has acted as project director for ground breaking initiatives such as AdAid and Shares for Good. She remains active through investment company Hunter Powell Investments.


Dr Kevin Marshall

Dr Kevin Marshall is a biotechnologist and chemical engineer. He has had a distinguished career in the governance, management and commercialisation of research and development in primary industries including dairy, meat, wool, horticulture and seafood. He is currently on the Board of Seafood Innovations Ltd, the Bioresource Processing Alliance, the Plant Bioprotection Co-operative Research Centre and Androgenix Ltd and is a member of the Foundation for Arable Research Strategic Research Committee.


Colin McKenzie

Colin McKenzie retired as partner of Global Forest Partners LP after 40 years working in the forest industry in New Zealand and internationally. He holds degrees in mathematics and forest economics. His previous roles include Chief Executive, Jaakko Poyry Consulting (New Zealand), Chief Operating Officer, Jaakko Poyry Consulting Asia Region (Singapore) and Executive Director of NZFP Forests Limited.


Conflicts of Interest

Members of the Investment Advisory Panel are required to declare all professional interests when first appointed.

Interests are recorded on the Interests Register.

At each IAP meeting a call is made for updates to the declarations of interest register, whether this be to add or remove interests.  Changes are recorded in the meeting minutes, and the Interests Register is updated accordingly.

If a member has an interest in the industry represented in an agenda item, the member will declare his/her interest before any discussion takes place. The IAP then discusses whether the member's interest should preclude him/her from taking part in the ensuing discussion. Where there is no personal or professional advantage for the member in the success or failure of the industry party under discussion, it may be decided that the member's expertise in the industry will aid the discussion. Any such discussions are also duly recorded in the meeting minutes.

Example: The IAP assessed a proposal for a red meat sector programme in November 2011.  Before the proposal was discussed, Bill Falconer declared his interests as independent Chairman of the Meat Industry Association (MIA) and a representative on the Red Meat Strategy Coordination Group (SCG).  The Panel agreed that Mr Falconer would not take part in the final decision regarding the proposal, but would take part in the discussion as his input would be valuable.



Last Updated: 07 November 2014

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